|Current season, competition or edition:
2017 Esso Cup
|St. Albert Slash|
|TV partner(s)||TSN (English)
|Official website||Esso Cup Website|
The Esso Cup is the Canadian national women's midget ice hockey club championship, sponsored by Esso. It is an annual event, sanctioned by Hockey Canada, that takes place each April. The current champions are the St. Albert Slash, who won the 2017 Esso Cup in Morden, Manitoba. The 2018 Esso Cup will be played in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The provincial teams national championship counterpart is the National Women's Under-18 Championship.
The forerunner to the Esso Cup was the Esso Women's Hockey Nationals, which was the Canadian senior women's championship from 1982 to 2008. With the evolution of the Nationals into a professional tournament, Hockey Canada elected to discontinue it in 2008 and replace it with a national female midget championship known as the Esso Cup.
The Esso Cup follows Hockey Canada's standard six-team national championship format. Branch champions compete in regional playoffs; the winners, together with a predetermined host team, then compete for the national championship.
The Esso Cup uses the IIHF points format for the round robin, which awards three points for a win in regulation time. If the game goes to overtime and/or a shootout, the winning team receives two points and the loser receives one. After the round robin is complete, the top four teams (by points) qualify for the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-final games move on to play for the gold medal.
Winners and Hosts
|Year||Gold Medal||Silver Medal||Bronze Medal||Location|
|2009||Westman Wildcats||Scarborough Sharks||Calgary Flyers||Calgary, AB|
|2010||Thunder Bay Queens||Notre Dame Hounds||Edmonton Thunder||Regina, SK|
|2011||Notre Dame Hounds||Edmonton Thunder||Toronto Aeros||St. Albert, AB|
|2012||Pembina Valley Hawks||Thunder Bay Queens||Edmonton Thunder||Charlottetown, PE|
|2013||LHFDQ North||North Bay Ice Boltz||Edmonton Thunder||Burnaby, BC|
|2014||Weyburn Goldwings||Edmonton Thunder||Sudbury Lady Wolves||Hamilton, ON|
|2015||Sudbury Lady Wolves||Red Deer Chiefs||Saskatoon Stars||Red Deer, AB|
|2016||Brantford Ice Cats||Express du Richelieu||Rocky Mountain Raiders||Weyburn, SK|
|2017||St. Albert Slash||Harfangs de Triolet||Durham West Lightning||Morden, MB|
All-Time Results by Region
|Ontario||OHF, HEO, HNWO||3||3||3|
|Atlantic||HNB, HNS, HPEI, HNL||0||0||0|
- Note: The Quebec region has not participated every year. In such years, a second team from another region has qualified in their place.