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The Allan Cup is the trophy awarded annually to the national senior amateur men’s ice hockey champions of Canada. It was donated by Sir Montague Allan of Ravenscrag, Montreal, and has been competed for since 1909. The current champions are the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts of Newfoundland and Labrador, who captured the 2017 Allan Cup in Bouctouche, New Brunswick.

Allan Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 Allan Cup
Allan Cup.jpg
Sport Ice hockey
Inaugural season 1909
Most recent
champion(s)
Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts
Most titles Port Arthur Bearcats/Thunder Bay Twins (9)
TV partner(s) TSN
Official website HockeyCanada.ca

Contents

HistoryEdit

In 1908, a split occurred in the competition of ice hockey in Canada. The top amateur teams left the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association, which allowed professionals, to form the new Inter-Provincial Amateur Hockey Union (IPAHU), a purely amateur league. The trustees of the Stanley Cup decided that the Cup would be awarded to the professional ice champion, meaning there was no corresponding trophy for the amateur championship of Canada. The Allan Cup was donated in early 1909 by Montreal businessman and Montreal Amateur Athletic Association president Sir H. Montagu Allan to be presented to the amateur champions of Canada. It was to be ruled like the Stanley Cup had, passed by champion to champion by league championship or challenge.[1][2] Three trustees were named to administer the trophy: Sir Edward Clouston, President of the Bank of Montreal, Dr. H. B. Yates of McGill University, (donor of the Yates Cup to the Intercollegiate Rugby Union in 1898) and Graham Drinkwater, four-time Stanley Cup champion.

The trophy was originally presented to the Victoria Hockey Club of Montreal, members of the IPAHU, to award to the champions of the IPAHU.[2] The first IPAHU champion, and by extension, first winner of the Cup was the Ottawa Cliffsides hockey club. After the season, the Cliffsides were defeated in the first-ever challenge by the Queen’s University hockey club of Kingston, Ontario.

In the early years, trustees of the Cup quickly came to appreciate the difficulties of organizing a national competition in so large a country. In 1914, at the suggestion of one of the trustees, Claude Robinson, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) was formed as a national governing body for the sport. One of the CAHA's first decisions, in 1915, was to replace the challenge system with a series of national playoffs. Starting in 1920, the Allan Cup champion team would represent Canada in amateur play at the Olympics and World Championships. This was discontinued in the 1960s with the introduction of the Canadian national team.

In 1928 the trustees turned over responsibility for the Cup to the CAHA. By 1951, many senior teams had become semi-professional or professional. In 1951, the CAHA set up a "major league" of competition from the semi-pro and professional senior leagues. The leagues would no longer compete for the Allan Cup, but would compete for the new Alexander Cup. The Allan Cup would be competed for on a more purely amateur basis from teams in smaller centres of Canada. The major league concept broke up by 1953, and the Alexander Cup competition was retired after 1954.

Since 1984 the Allan Cup has been competed for by teams in the Senior AAA category. Although interest in senior ice hockey has diminished over its history, the Cup retains an important place in Canadian ice hockey.[3] The Cup championship is determined in an annual tournament held in the city or town of a host team, playing off against regional champions.

The Cup has been won by teams from every province and from the Yukon, as well as by two teams from the United States which played in Canadian leagues. The city with the most Allan Cup championships is Thunder Bay with 10, including four won as Port Arthur before the city's amalgamation. The original Cup has been retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a replica is presented to the champions.

Allan Cup championshipsEdit

ChallengesEdit

Listed are all of the challenges of the early years of the Allan Cup, bolded are the final winner of the season.

Allan Cup Challenge Series
Year Champion Finalist Goal total Location
1909   Ottawa Cliffsides Initial Champion, as IPAHU Champions
  Queen's Golden Gaels   Ottawa Cliffsides 5-4 (1 gm)   Ottawa, ON
1910   Queen's Golden Gaels   McGill Redmen 7-2 (1 gm)   Ottawa, ON
  Queen's Golden Gaels   Ottawa Cliffsides 6-3 (1 gm)   Kingston, ON
  Toronto St. Michael's Majors   Queen's Golden Gaels 5-4 (1 gm)   Kingston, ON
  Toronto St. Michael's Majors   Sherbrooke 8-3 (1 gm)   Toronto, ON
1911   Winnipeg Victorias   Toronto St. Michael's Majors Default
  Winnipeg Victorias   Kenora Thistles 16-10 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
1912   Winnipeg Victorias   Calgary Athletic Club 19-6 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
  Winnipeg Victorias   Toronto Eatons 24-5 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
  Winnipeg Victorias   Regina Capitals 9-3 (1 gm)   Winnipeg, MB
1913   Winnipeg Hockey Club Awarded as ManHL Champions
  Winnipeg Hockey Club   Moose Jaw Moose 16-3 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
  Winnipeg Hockey Club   Edmonton Eskimos 18-8 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
1914   Winnipeg Monarchs Awarded as ManHL Champions
  Winnipeg Monarchs   Kenora Thistles 6-2 (1 gm)   Winnipeg, MB
  Regina Victorias   Winnipeg Monarchs 5-4 (1 gm)   Winnipeg, MB
  Regina Victorias   Grand-Mère 10-5 (2 gms)   Regina, SK
1915   Melville Millionaires Awarded as SSHL Champions
  Melville Millionaires   Prince Albert Mintos 15-13 (2 gms)   Melville/Prince Albert, SK
  Melville Millionaires   Toronto Victorias 15-11 (2 gms)   Melville, SK
  Winnipeg Monarchs   Melville Millionaires 7-6 (2 gms)   Melville, SK
1916   Winnipeg 61st Battalion   Winnipeg Monarchs 11-10 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
  Winnipeg 61st Battalion   Winnipeg Victorias 5-3 (1 gm)   Winnipeg, MB
  Winnipeg 61st Battalion   Fort William 8-6 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
  Winnipeg 61st Battalion   Regina Victorias 13-3 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
1917   Winnipeg Victorias Awarded as WPL Champions
  Winnipeg Victorias   Winnipeg Union Canadienne 22-11 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
  Winnipeg Victorias   Winnipeg 221st Battalion 11-5 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
  Winnipeg Victorias   Port Arthur 141st Battalion 10-5 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
  Toronto Dentals   Winnipeg Victorias 13-12 (2 gms)   Winnipeg, MB
1918   Kitchener Greenshirts   Toronto Dentals 7-4 (2 gms)   Kitchener/Toronto, ON
  Kitchener Greenshirts   Port Arthur Columbus Club 20-2 (1 gm)   Toronto, ON
  Kitchener Greenshirts   Winnipeg Ypres 6-4 (2 gms)   Toronto, ON

PlayoffsEdit

Allan Cup Final Series/Round Robins
Year Eastern Finalist Western Finalist Series Primary Location
1919   Hamilton Tigers   Winnipeg Selkirks 7-6 (gls)   Toronto, ON
1920   University of Toronto   Winnipeg Falcons 5-11 (gls)   Toronto, ON
1921   University of Toronto   Brandon 8-3 (gls)   Winnipeg, MB
1922   Toronto Granites   Regina Victorias 13-2 (gls)   Toronto, ON
1923   Toronto Granites   University of Saskatchewan 11-2 (gls)   Winnipeg, MB
1924   Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds   Winnipeg Selkirks 6-3 (gls)   Toronto, ON
1925   University of Toronto   Port Arthur Bearcats 0-2   Winnipeg, MB
1926   University of Toronto   Port Arthur Bearcats 1-2-1   Toronto, ON*
1927   University of Toronto Grads   Fort William Thundering Herd 2-1-1   Vancouver, BC
1928   Montreal Victorias   University of Manitoba Bisons 1-2   Ottawa, ON
1929   Montreal St-Francois Xavier   Port Arthur Bearcats 0-2-1   Winnipeg, MB
1930   Montreal Hockey Club   Port Arthur Bearcats 2-0   Toronto, ON
1931   Hamilton Tigers   Winnipeg Hockey Club 0-2   Winnipeg, MB
1932   Toronto National Sea Fleas   Fort William Blues 2-0   Montreal, QC
1933   Moncton Hawks   Saskatoon Quakers 2-0   Vancouver, BC
1934   Moncton Hawks   Fort William Beavers 2-1   Toronto, ON
1935   Halifax Wolverines   Port Arthur Bearcats 2-0   Halifax, NS
1936   Sudbury Falcons   Kimberley Dynamiters 0-2   Winnipeg, MB
1937   Sudbury Tigers   North Battleford Beavers 3-2   Calgary, Alta
1938   Cornwall Flyers   Trail Smoke Eaters 1-3   Calgary, Alta
1939   Royal Montreal Hockey Club   Port Arthur Bearcats 1-3   Montreal, QC
1940   Kirkland Lake Blue Devils   Calgary Stampeders 3-0   Toronto, ON
1941   Sydney Millionaires   Regina Rangers 2-3-1   Regina, Sask
1942   Ottawa RCAF Flyers   Port Arthur Bearcats 3-2   Ottawa, ON*
1943   Ottawa Army Commandos   Victoria Army 3-1   Calgary, Alta*
1944   Quebec Aces   Port Arthur Shipbuilders 3-0   Quebec City, QC
1944-45 Competition was Suspended due to World War II
1946   Hamilton Tigers   Calgary Stampeders 1-4   Calgary, Alta*
1947   Royal Montreal Hockey Club   Calgary Stampeders 4-3   Montreal, QC*
1948   Ottawa Senators   Edmonton Flyers 1-4   Edmonton, Alta*
1949   Ottawa Senators   Regina Capitals 4-1   Ottawa, ON*
1950   Toronto Marlboros   Calgary Stampeders 4-1   Calgary, Alta*
1951   Owen Sound Mercurys   Fort Frances Canadians 4-3   Owen Sound, ON
1952   Stratford Indians   Fort Frances Canadians 2-4   Fort Frances, ON
1953   Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Dutchmen   Penticton V's 4-1   Kitchener, ON
1954   Sudbury Wolves   Penticton V's 3-4   Penticton, BC*
1955   Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Dutchmen   Fort William Beavers 4-1   Kitchener, ON
1956   Chatham Maroons   Vernon Canadians 1-4   Vernon, BC*
1957   Whitby Dunlops   Spokane Flyers 4-0   Toronto, ON
1958   Belleville McFarlands   Kelowna Packers 4-3   Kelowna, BC*
1959   Whitby Dunlops   Vernon Canadians 4-0   Toronto, ON
1960   Chatham Maroons   Trail Smoke Eaters 4-0-1   Trail, BC
1961   Galt Terriers   Winnipeg Maroons 4-1   Galt, ON
1962   Montreal Olympics   Trail Smoke Eaters 1-4   Trail, BC
1963   Windsor Bulldogs   Winnipeg Maroons 4-1   Windsor, ON
1964   Woodstock Athletics   Winnipeg Maroons 0-4   Winnipeg, MB
1965   Sherbrooke Beavers   Nelson Maple Leafs 4-0   Sherbrooke, QC
1966   Sherbrooke Beavers   Drumheller Miners 2-4   Calgary, Alta
1967   Drummondville Eagles   Calgary Spurs 4-0   Drummondville, QC
1968   Victoriaville Tigres   St. Boniface Mohawks 4-1   Winnipeg, MB
1969   Galt Hornets   Calgary Stampeders 4-0   Galt, ON
1970   Orillia Terriers   Spokane Jets 2-4   Spokane, WA
1971   Galt Hornets   Calgary Stampeders 4-0   Galt, ON
1972   Barrie Flyers   Spokane Jets 2-4   Spokane, WA*
1973   Orillia Terriers   St. Boniface Mohawks 4-1   Orillia, ON
1974   Barrie Flyers   Cranbrook Royals 4-2   Cranbrook, BC
1975   Barrie Flyers   Thunder Bay Twins 2-4   Thunder Bay, ON
1976   Barrie Flyers   Spokane Flyers 0-4   Spokane, WA
1977   Brantford Alexanders   Spokane Flyers 4-1   Brantford, ON
1978   Brantford Alexanders   Kimberley Dynamiters 1-4   Kimberley, BC
1979   Petrolia Squires   Steinbach Huskies 4-1   Sarnia, ON
1980   Cambridge Hornets   Spokane Flyers 0-4   Spokane, WA
Year Champion Runner-Up Final Score Location
1981   Petrolia Squires   St. Boniface Mohawks 5-1   Thunder Bay, ON
Year Eastern Finalist Western Finalist Series Primary Location
1982   Petrolia Squires   Cranbrook Royals 1-4   Cranbrook, BC
1983   Cambridge Hornets   St. Boniface Mohawks 4-0   Cambridge, ON
1984   Cambridge Hornets   Thunder Bay Twins 1-4   Thunder Bay, ON
1985   Corner Brook Royals   Thunder Bay Twins 3-4   Corner Brook, NL
1986   Corner Brook Royals   Nelson Maple Leafs 4-0   Nelson, BC
1987   Brantford Motts Clamatos   Nelson Maple Leafs 4-0   Brampton, ON
1988   Charlottetown Islanders   Thunder Bay Twins 0-4   Thunder Bay, ON
Year Champion Runner-Up Final Series Location
1989   Thunder Bay Twins   St. Boniface Mohawks 2-0 (Best-of-3)   Thunder Bay, ON
Year Eastern Finalist Western Finalist Series Primary Location
1990   Montreal-Chomedy Construction   Abbotsford Flyers 4-2   Vaudreuil, QC
1991   Charlottetown Islanders   Thunder Bay Twins 4-0   Thunder Bay, ON
Year Champion Runner-Up Final Score Location
1992   Saint John Vito's   Stony Plain Eagles 6-2   Saint John, NB
1993   Whitehorse Huskies   Quesnel Kangaroos 7-4   Quesnel, BC
1994   Warroad Lakers   St. Boniface Mohawks 5-2   Warroad, MN
1995   Warroad Lakers   Stony Plain Eagles 3-2   Stony Plain, Alta
1996   Warroad Lakers   Stony Plain Eagles 6-1   Unity, Sask
1997   Powell River Regals   Warroad Lakers 7-3   Powell River, BC
1998   Truro Bearcats   London Admirals 6-1   Truro, NS
1999   Stony Plain Eagles   Powell River Regals 6-3   Stony Plain, Alta
2000   Powell River Regals   Lloydminster Border Kings 4-1   Lloydminster, Sask
2001   Lloydminster Border Kings   Petrolia Squires 7-2   Sarnia, ON
2002   St-Georges Garaga   Stony Plain Eagles 4-2   Powell River, BC
2003   Île-des-Chênes North Stars   Stony Plain Eagles 3-2 (2OT)   Dundas, ON
2004   St-Georges Garaga   Ministikwan Islanders 5-0   Saint-Georges, QC
2005   Thunder Bay Bombers   Montmagny Sentinelles 4-3   Lloydminster, Sask
2006   Powell River Regals   Whitby Dunlops 7-1   Powell River, BC
2007   Lloydminster Border Kings   Whitby Dunlops 4-3   Stony Plain, Alta
2008   Brantford Blast   Bentley Generals 3-1   Brantford, ON
2009   Bentley Generals   South East Prairie Thunder 4-3 (2OT)   Steinbach, MB
2010   Fort St. John Flyers   Bentley Generals 4-1   Fort St. John, BC
2011   Clarenville Caribous   Bentley Generals 5-3   Kenora, ON
2012   South East Prairie Thunder   Rosetown Red Wings 4-1   Lloydminster, Sask
2013   Bentley Generals   Clarenville Caribous 3-0   Red Deer, Alta
2014   Dundas Real McCoys   Clarenville Caribous 3-2 (2OT)   Dundas, ON
2015   South East Prairie Thunder   Bentley Generals 2-0   Clarenville, NL
2016   Bentley Generals   South East Prairie Thunder 4-3 (OT)   Steinbach, MB
2017   Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts   Lacombe Generals 7-4   Bouctouche, NB
2018   Rosetown, SK

{*} denotes event held in multiple locations. Applicable locations are listed on the event's specific article.

Most championships by provinceEdit

This is a list of champions by province, territory, or state.

Allan Cups by Province/State
Rank Region Championships
1   Ontario 49
2   Manitoba 12
3   British Columbia 11
4   Quebec 9
5   Alberta 7*
6   Saskatchewan 4*
-   Washington 4
8   Minnesota 3
-   New Brunswick 3
10   Newfoundland and Labrador 3
-   Nova Scotia 2
11   Prince Edward Island 1
-   Yukon 1

(*) Two championships won by teams from Lloydminster are included only in the total for Saskatchewan.

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