Esso Cup

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Esso Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 Esso Cup
Esso Cup logo.png
Sport Ice hockey
Inaugural season 2008-09
Most recent
champion(s)
Alberta St. Albert Slash
TV partner(s) TSN (English)
RDS (French)
Sponsor(s) Hockey Canada
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.[1] The provincial teams national championship counterpart is the National Women's Under-18 Championship.

History[edit]

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.[2][3]

The inaugural Esso Cup was played in April 2009 in Calgary, Alberta. The Westman Wildcats from Souris, Manitoba were the first gold medalists. To date, no team has won the Esso Cup more than once.

Format[edit]

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.[3]

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.[2]

Each year's gold medal game is televised nationally on TSN and RDS. All other tournament games are streamed live by FASTHockey.com.

Winners and Hosts[edit]

Esso Cup
Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Location
2009 Manitoba Westman Wildcats Ontario Scarborough Sharks Alberta Calgary Flyers Alberta Calgary, AB
2010 Ontario Thunder Bay Queens Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Alberta Edmonton Thunder Saskatchewan Regina, SK
2011 Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Alberta Edmonton Thunder Ontario Toronto Aeros Alberta St. Albert, AB
2012 Manitoba Pembina Valley Hawks Ontario Thunder Bay Queens Alberta Edmonton Thunder Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, PE
2013 Quebec LHFDQ North Ontario North Bay Ice Boltz Alberta Edmonton Thunder British Columbia Burnaby, BC
2014 Saskatchewan Weyburn Goldwings Alberta Edmonton Thunder Ontario Sudbury Lady Wolves Ontario Hamilton, ON
2015 Ontario Sudbury Lady Wolves Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Saskatchewan Saskatoon Stars Alberta Red Deer, AB
2016 Ontario Brantford Ice Cats Quebec Express du Richelieu Alberta Rocky Mountain Raiders Saskatchewan Weyburn, SK
2017 Alberta St. Albert Slash Quebec Harfangs de Triolet Ontario Durham West Lightning Manitoba Morden, MB
2018 Nova Scotia Bridgewater, NS

All-Time Results by Region[edit]

Medals by Region
Region Branches Gold Silver Bronze
Western HM, SHA 4 1 1
Ontario OHF, HEO, HNWO 3 3 3
Pacific BCAHA, HA 1 2 4
Québec HQ 1 2 0
Host 0 1 1
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.

Award Winners[edit]

See: List of Esso Cup award winners

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morden to host first Esso Cup on Manitoba ice". Hockey Canada. July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "NR.156". Hockey Canada. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Midget female hockey nationals coming to P.E.I.". The Guardian. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2012-01-20.