George Richardson Memorial Trophy

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George Richardson
Memorial Trophy
George Richardson Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame
SportIce hockey
Given forEastern Canada champion,
and Memorial Cup berth
First award1932
Final award1971
Most recentQuebec Remparts
Captain George Taylor Richardson, circa 1914.

The George Richardson Memorial Trophy was presented annually from 1932 until 1971, by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. It represented the Eastern Canadian junior hockey championship, and a berth in the Memorial Cup final versus the Abbott Cup champion from Western Canada.[1][2] The George Richardson Memorial Trophy was retired in 1971, when the Memorial Cup became a round-robin series between the winners of the three major junior hockey leagues in Canada; the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Trophy was donated by James Armstrong Richardson Sr. in April 1932, in memory of his brother Captain George Taylor Richardson Chev. L.H. (September 14, 1886 – February 9, 1916).[1][3] He was a Canadian ice hockey player, businessman, philanthropist, and later a soldier. Richardson was considered one of the finest amateurs of his time. He played for the Queen's University team that challenged the Ottawa Hockey Club for the 1906 Stanley Cup,[4] and played for the 14th Regiment of Kingston team won the Ontario Hockey Association title, and the J. Ross Robertson Trophy in 1908, and the 1909 Allan Cup.[5] He was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.[6] Richardson was part of a prominent Kingston, Ontario family that owned and operated James Richardson & Sons.[7] He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in World War I, and died in action in Belgium,[8] and was created a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of the French Third Republic.[9]

Playoff format[edit]

The Eastern Canada junior playoffs were open to the champions from five respective regions. However, league champions did not always participate, and the format varied depending on the number of teams. In the late 1950s, the Junior Canadiens participated as an independent team. Ontario-based teams won the most championships. No team from the Maritimes ever won the George Richardson Memorial Trophy, and the last time a Northern Ontario team won it occurred in 1937.

Region Association Won
Southern Ontario Ontario Hockey Association 31
Northeastern Ontario Northern Ontario Hockey Association 3
Ottawa Valley Ottawa District Hockey Association 0
Quebec Quebec Amateur Hockey Association 4
The Maritimes Maritime Amateur Hockey Association 0
Independent Independent Junior Canadiens (1956–1959) 2

1971 series[edit]

The final Richardson Cup in 1971 between the Quebec Remparts and the St. Catharines Black Hawks was controversial due to violence and off-ice disputes causing its abandonment before completion. The series was played when tensions were high between Anglophone Canadians and Francophone nationalists, and featured future NHL stars Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne. The series was intended to be best-of-seven, but ended after five games with the Remparts leading three games to two. St. Catharines refused to return to Quebec City due to violence that occurred after game four, and threats from the Front de libération du Québec against its players. The CAHA declared the series over when no further compromise could be reached.[10]

Champions and finalists[edit]

1969–70 Montreal Junior Canadiens team, with the George Richardson Memorial Trophy displayed on the lower left.

List of champions and finalists of the George Richardson Memorial Trophy.[10]

  • Number in parenthesis denotes total number of championships won.
Season Champion Total
1931–32 Sudbury Cub Wolves (1) 4–1 Montreal AAA
1932–33 Newmarket Redmen (1) 3–2 Montreal Royals
1933–34 Toronto St. Michael's Majors (1) 19–4 Charlottetown Abegweits
Season Champion Series
1934–35 Sudbury Cub Wolves (2) 2–0 Ottawa Rideaus
1935–36 West Toronto Nationals (1) 2–0 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1936–37 Copper Cliff Redmen (1) 2–0 Ottawa Rideaus
1937–38 Oshawa Generals (1) 2–0 Perth Blue Wings
1938–39 Oshawa Generals (2) 2–1 Verdun Maple Leafs
1939–40 Oshawa Generals (3) 2–0 Verdun Maple Leafs
1940–41 Montreal Royals (1) 3–2 Oshawa Generals
1941–42 Oshawa Generals (4) 4–0 Montreal Royals
1942–43 Oshawa Generals (5) 3–0 Montreal Junior Canadiens
1943–44 Oshawa Generals (6) 3–1 Montreal Royals
1944–45 Toronto St. Michael's Majors (2) 4–2 Montreal Royals
1945–46 Toronto St. Michael's Majors (3) 3–0 Montreal Junior Canadiens
1946–47 Toronto St. Michael's Majors (4) 3–0 Montreal Junior Canadiens
1947–48 Barrie Flyers (1) 3–0 Montreal Nationale
1948–49 Montreal Royals (2) 4–0 Barrie Flyers
1949–50 Montreal Junior Canadiens (1) 4–2 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters
1950–51 Barrie Flyers (2) 4–3 Quebec Citadelles
1951–52 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters (1) 4–2 Montreal Junior Canadiens
1952–53 Barrie Flyers (3) 4–1 Quebec Citadelles
1953–54 St. Catharines Teepees (1) 4–2 Quebec Frontenacs
1954–55 Toronto Marlboros (1) 4–1–1 Quebec Frontenacs
1955–56 Toronto Marlboros (2) 4–3–1 Montreal Junior Canadiens
1956–57 Ottawa-Hull Junior Canadiens (1) 4–1–1 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters
1957–58 Ottawa-Hull Junior Canadiens (2) 4–1 Toronto Marlboros
1958–59 Peterborough Petes (1) 4–2–1 Ottawa-Hull Junior Canadiens
1959–60 St. Catharines Teepees (2) 4–3–1 Brockville Canadiens
1960–61 Toronto St. Michael's Majors (5) 3–0 Moncton Beavers
1961–62 Hamilton Red Wings (1) 4–0 Quebec Citadelles
1962–63 Niagara Falls Flyers (1) 4–0 Espanola Eagles
1963–64 Toronto Marlboros (3) 3–1 Notre-Dame-de-Grace Monarchs
1964–65 Niagara Falls Flyers (2) 3–1 Lachine Maroons
1965–66 Oshawa Generals (7) 3–1 Shawinigan Bruins
1966–67 Toronto Marlboros (4) 3–1 Thetford Mines Canadiens
1967–68 Niagara Falls Flyers (3) 3–2 Verdun Maple Leafs
1968–69 Montreal Junior Canadiens (2) 3–1 Sorel Black Hawks
1969–70 Montreal Junior Canadiens (3) 3–0 Quebec Remparts
1970–71 Quebec Remparts (1) 3–2 St. Catharines Black Hawks

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "History of hockey and the Canadian military". Veterans Affairs Canada. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  3. ^ "Captain George Richardson". Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  4. ^ "War hero George Richardson". Original Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  5. ^ Kennedy, Patrick (2015-01-16). "Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame: George T Richardson will be inducted 99 years after his death in the First World War". The Kingston Whig. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  6. ^ "Richardson, George — Honoured Member". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  7. ^ "Richardson, George Taylor". Queen's Encyclopedia. Queen's University. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  8. ^ "Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War". Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  9. ^ "In memory of Captain George Taylor Richardson". Canadian Virtual War Memorial. Veterans Affairs Canada. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  10. ^ a b Lapp, Richard; Macaulay, Alec (1997). The Memorial Cup. Harbour Publishing. ISBN 1-55017-170-4.

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