Keystone Cup

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Keystone Cup
Keystone Cup.jpg
Awarded for Junior B hockey championship of Western Canada
Date 1983 (1983)
Location 2018: Thunder Bay
Country Canada
2018 Gold medalist Thunder Bay Northern Hawks
Most awards Tied at 3: Assiniboia Southern Rebels, Kinistino Tigers

The Keystone Cup is the Junior B ice hockey championship and trophy for Western Canada. The championship is the culmination of the champions of 12 hockey leagues in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario.

There is no national championship for Junior B hockey in Canada, but similar championships are held in Southern Ontario (Sutherland Cup), Ottawa District (Barkley Cup), Quebec (Coupe Dodge), and Atlantic Canada (Don Johnson Memorial Cup)—leaving five teams at the end of each year with a shared claim to being the best Junior B team in Canada.


The Keystone Cup was donated to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association by Keystone Sports from Selkirk, Manitoba. The original tournament took place in 1983 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and was won by the Selkirk Fishermen of the Manitoba Junior B Hockey League.

The championship is determined through a round robin of the winner of the Cyclone Taylor Cup in British Columbia, the winner of the Russ Barnes Trophy in Alberta, the winner of the Athol Murray Trophy in Saskatchewan, the Keystone Junior Hockey League, and the William Ryan Trophy in Northwestern Ontario. In previous years, the winner of the Keystone Jr. B League would have had to go through the Manitoba Provincial Junior B Hockey Championship, but in 2004 their only competition, the Northwest Junior Hockey League, folded. The same thing happened in the William Ryan Trophy Championship for the Thunder Bay Junior B League, as their only competition, the North of Superior Junior B Hockey League, folded in 2004.

For the 2018 edition of the tournament in Thunder Bay, Ontario, teams from British Columbia and Alberta have pulled out of the event. NEAJBHL President Ned Graling cited economic concerns while Kamloops Storm general manager Barry Dewar made unsubstantiated claims about playing conditions and accommodations in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.[1] The Prairie Junior Hockey League followed British Columbia and Alberta and also withdrew from the 2018 Keystone Cup[2] bringing it to a cross border clash between the Keystone Junior Hockey League and the Lakehead Junior Hockey League, won by the host Northern Hawks.[3]

Keystone Cup 2018[edit]

In Thunder Bay, Ontario

Keystone Cup Round Robin
Rank Team League W-L-T GF GA
1 Ontario Thunder Bay Northern Hawks (host) LJHL 3-0-0 22 9
2 Manitoba Peguis Juniors KJHL 1-2-0 15 14
3 Ontario Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye LJHL 1-2-0 11 14
4 Manitoba St. Malo Warriors KJHL 1-2-0 5 16

Round Robin[edit]

Round Robin
Game Away Score Home Score
April 19, 2018
1 Peguis 2 Fighting Walleye 7
2 St. Malo 1 Northern Hawks 7
April 20, 2018
3 Fighting Walleye 1 St. Malo 3
4 Peguis 5 Northern Hawks 6
April 21, 2018
5 Peguis 8 St. Malo 1
6 Fighting Walleye 3 Northern Hawks 9

Championship Round[edit]

Championship Round
Game Away Score Home Score
Semi-final Fighting Walleye 3 Peguis 6
Gold Medal Peguis 2 Northern Hawks 5

2018 Roll of Champions[edit]


Keystone Cup Champions
Year Champions Runners-Up Consolation Champions Host City
Pre-Keystone Cup Era
1978 British Columbia Quesnel Millionaires Saskatchewan Saskatoon Quakers --
1980 Manitoba Transcona Railers Manitoba Selkirk Fishermen Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Manitoba Winnipeg, MB
1981 Manitoba Transcona Railers Washington (state) Northwest Americans Saskatchewan Hudson Bay Saints Manitoba Winnipeg, MB
1982 Saskatchewan Saskatoon Quakers Saskatchewan Hudson Bay, SK
Keystone Cup Era
1983 Manitoba Selkirk Fishermen Saskatchewan Saskatoon Wesleys Ontario Thunder Bay Hornets Manitoba Portage la Prairie, MB
1984 Manitoba Portage la Prairie Terriers Manitoba Selkirk Fishermen Ontario Thunder Bay Hornets Ontario Schreiber, ON
1985 Alberta Vermilion Tigers Manitoba Winnipeg, MB
1986 Alberta Vermilion Tigers Saskatchewan Prince Albert North Stars Saskatchewan Nipawin, SK
1987 Alberta Calgary Bruins Alberta Vermilion Tigers Alberta Vermilion, AB
1988 Saskatchewan Warman Valley Crusaders Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK
1989 British Columbia Columbia Valley Rockies Saskatchewan Kinistino Tigers Alberta Stony Plain Flyers Manitoba Gimli, MB
1990 British Columbia Columbia Valley Rockies Alberta Calgary Bruins British Columbia Invermere, BC
1991 Saskatchewan Kinistino Tigers Alberta Lloydminster Bandits Alberta Stony Plain Flyers Alberta Stony Plain, AB
1992 Saskatchewan Kinistino Tigers Saskatchewan Saskatoon Chiefs Manitoba Selkirk Fishermen Saskatchewan Kinistino, SK
1993 Alberta Lloydminster Bandits Saskatchewan Kinistino Tigers Manitoba Selkirk, MB
1994 Saskatchewan Kinistino Tigers Manitoba Selkirk Fishermen Ontario Fort William Hurricanes Ontario Thunder Bay, ON
1995 Alberta Lloydminster Bandits Saskatchewan Regina Capitals Saskatchewan Lloydminster, SK
1996 Saskatchewan Assiniboia Southern Rebels Alberta St. Albert Merchants British Columbia Ridge Meadows Flames British Columbia Sicamous, BC
1997 Saskatchewan Grenfell Storm Manitoba St. Malo Warriors Saskatchewan Saskatoon Royals Saskatchewan Grenfell, SK
1998 British Columbia Ridge Meadows Flames Ontario Hearst Elans Manitoba Winnipeg, MB
1999 Ontario Fort William Hurricanes Alberta Edmonton Royals British Columbia Campbell River Storm Ontario Thunder Bay, ON
2000 Alberta Edmonton River Kings Alberta Airdrie Thunder British Columbia Abbotsford Pilots Alberta Airdrie, AB
2001 Saskatchewan Assiniboia Southern Rebels British Columbia Ridge Meadows Flames British Columbia Beaver Valley Nitehawks British Columbia Maple Ridge, BC
2002 British Columbia Sicamous Eagles Alberta Spruce Grove Regals Saskatchewan Assiniboia Southern Rebels Saskatchewan Assiniboia, SK
2003 Saskatchewan Assiniboia Southern Rebels Alberta Spruce Grove Regals British Columbia Richmond Sockeyes Manitoba Portage la Prairie, MB
2004 Saskatchewan Regina Capitals British Columbia Richmond Sockeyes Alberta Red Deer Vipers Ontario Schreiber, ON
2005 British Columbia Osoyoos Storm Saskatchewan Saskatoon Royals Alberta Medicine Hat Cubs Alberta Medicine Hat, AB
2006 Alberta Red Deer Vipers British Columbia Campbell River Storm British Columbia Delta Ice Hawks British Columbia Campbell River, BC
2007 Saskatchewan Saskatoon Royals Saskatchewan Fort Qu'Appelle Fort Knox Manitoba Winnipeg Saints Saskatchewan Fort Qu'Appelle, SK
2008 Alberta Sherwood Park Knights Manitoba Norway House North Stars British Columbia Grandview Steelers Manitoba Selkirk, MB
2009 British Columbia Richmond Sockeyes Ontario Thunder Bay Wolverines Saskatchewan Saskatoon Royals Ontario Thunder Bay, ON
2010 British Columbia Revelstoke Grizzlies Saskatchewan Tri-Town Thunder British Columbia Kamloops Storm British Columbia Kamloops, BC
2011 Alberta Blackfalds Wranglers Alberta Sherwood Park Knights Saskatchewan Pilot Butte Storm Alberta Sherwood Park, AB
2012 British Columbia Abbotsford Pilots Ontario Thunder Bay Northern Hawks Alberta Whitecourt Wolverines Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK
2013 British Columbia Richmond Sockeyes Saskatchewan Saskatoon Royals Alberta Okotoks Bisons Manitoba St. Malo, MB
2014 British Columbia Beaver Valley Nitehawks British Columbia Abbotsford Pilots Alberta Blackfalds Wranglers British Columbia Abbotsford, BC
2015 British Columbia Campbell River Storm Alberta North Edmonton Red Wings Saskatchewan Saskatoon Quakers Alberta Cold Lake, AB
2016 British Columbia 100 Mile House Wranglers Saskatchewan Saskatoon Quakers Alberta North Peace Navigators Saskatchewan Regina, SK
2017 Alberta Wainwright Bisons British Columbia Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saskatchewan Regina Capitals Manitoba Arborg, MB
2018 Ontario Thunder Bay Northern Hawks Manitoba Peguis Juniors Ontario Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye Ontario Thunder Bay, ON

Most Top 3 Finishes by Province (since 1999)[edit]

Keystone Cup medal count by Province
Region Gold Silver Bronze Total
British Columbia British Columbia 9 5 7 21
Alberta Alberta 5 6 6 17
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan 4 5 5 14
Ontario Ontario 2 2 1 5
Manitoba Manitoba 0 2 1 3


  1. ^ "Storm, B.C. and Alberta junior B teams, pull out of Keystone Cup". Kamloops This Week. 2017-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Capitals dedicate PJHL championship to Broncos". Regina Leader-Post. 2018-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Northern Hawks capture Keystone Cup". TBNewswatch. 2018-04-22. 

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