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The Telus Cup is Canada's national midget ice hockey club championship. It is an annual event, held by Hockey Canada each April. From 1979 to 2003, the national midget championship was sponsored by Air Canada.

Telus Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 Telus Cup
Telus Cup logo.png
Formerly Air Canada Cup (1979–2003)
Sport Ice hockey
Inaugural season 1978–79
Country Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
Notre Dame Hounds
Most titles Notre Dame Hounds (5)
TV partner(s)
Sponsor(s)
Official website Telus Cup website

The current champions are the Notre Dame Hounds, who won the 2018 Telus Cup in Sudbury, Ontario.

Contents

HistoryEdit

Wrigley Cup (1973–1978)Edit

The forerunner to the Canadian national midget championship was the Wrigley National Midget Hockey Tournament which ran from 1974 though 1978. Oshawa, Ontario hosted the very first Wrigley tournament. In 1973, prior to Wrigley, the Prince Edward Island provincial government co-sponsored it as part of their "Come Home Year" celebrations.

The Wrigley was an invitational event, with each of Canadian Hockey's branches declaring their respective champions through playdowns held during the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The champions were invited to take part in the Wrigley each January, a host team comprised the final competitor.

Each year, the winning team represented Canada in the Soviet Union for a series of games against elite teams, including the Soviet Midget Red Army in Moscow, Leningrad, and Riga. The Verdun Midget Maple Leafs won the first Wrigley championship in 1974, defeating Kingston Gurnsey Realtors of Ontario 5–3. The final game was televised live coast to coast by the CTV Television Network. Media in USSR reported that the last game between the Leafs and the Red Army team in Moscow was viewed by more than 100 million people on Soviet television, although there were only two television channels in Russia at that time. Verdun lost to the National Russian Team, 6–5.

Air Canada Cup (1979–2003)Edit

Canada's official national midget championship, the Air Canada Cup, was established in 1979. The inaugural tournament was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba and used a format similar to the Wrigley. Each of Canada's twelve branches determined their champions through their own playoff system. The branch champions advanced to the national tournament to play for the Air Canada Cup.

In 1984, the Air Canada Cup was revised to the current six-team format. Five regional champions, decided by inter-branch competition (except for Québec), and a predetermined host team play a round robin with the top four teams qualifying for the playoff round. A total of 19 games are played over six days of competition.

Telus Cup (2004–present)Edit

After Air Canada's sponsorship ended in 2003, Telus signed on as the new title sponsor and the national championship was rechristened as the Telus Cup in October 2004.[1]

Teams from Saskatchewan and Quebec have been dominant at this event and have captured the most medals. The most successful teams include the Notre Dame Hounds, Regina Pat Canadians, Prince Albert Mintos, Lac St-Louis Lions, Richelieu Riverains (now Collège Charles-Lemoyne), and Red Deer Rebels/Chiefs.

Each year's gold medal game is televised nationally on TSN (English) and RDS (French), while all other tournament games are streamed live on Hockey Canada's website.

Winners and hostsEdit

Wrigley Cup
Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Location
1974   Verdun Leafs   Kingston   Hull Kiwanis   Oshawa, ON
1975   Barrie Co-ops   Verdun Leafs   Oshawa Parkway   Oshawa, ON
1976   Calgary Spurs   Toronto Nationals   Swift Current Legionnaires   Calgary, AB
1977   Don Mills Flyers   Lions du Lac St-Louis   Burnaby Winter Club   Moncton, NB
1978   Couillard de Ste-Foy   East Ottawa Voyageurs   Toronto-Wexford   Verdun, QC
Air Canada/Telus Cup
Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Location
1979   Couillard de Ste-Foy   St. Michael's College Buzzers   Notre Dame Hounds   Winnipeg, MB
1980   Notre Dame Hounds   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   North Shore Winter Club   Cornwall, ON
1981   Lions du Lac St-Louis   Kitchener Greenshirts   Antigonish Novas   Halifax, NS
1982   Burnaby Winter Club   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Cape Breton Colonels
  South Ottawa Warriors (tie)
  Victoria, BC
1983   Regina Pat Canadians   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Andrews Maroons   Ste-Foy, QC
1984   North Bay Pine Hill   Notre Dame Hounds   Lions du Lac St-Louis   North Bay, ON
1985   Lions du Lac St-Louis   Regina Pat Canadians   Calgary Buffaloes   Regina, SK
1986   Notre Dame Hounds   Toronto Redwings   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Moncton, NB
1987   Riverains du Richelieu   Notre Dame Hounds   Calgary Buffaloes   Gloucester, ON
1988   Regina Pat Canadians   Calgary Northstars   Thunder Bay Bearcats   Thunder Bay, ON
1989   Calgary Buffaloes   Regina Pat Canadians   Wexford Raiders   St. John's, NL
1990   Riverains du Richelieu   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Notre Dame Hounds   Sorel, QC
1991   Calgary Northstars   Sherwood Park Chain Gang   Lions du Lac St-Louis   Calgary, AB
1992   Lions du Lac St-Louis   Thunder Bay Kings   Dartmouth Kings   Dartmouth, NS
1993   Yorkton Mallers   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Sault Ste Marie Legion   Kitchener, ON
1994   Regina Pat Canadians   Red Deer Chiefs   L'Intrepide de Gatineau   Brandon, MB
1995   Thunder Bay Kings   Red Deer Chiefs   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Sherbrooke, QC
1996   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Thunder Bay Kings   North Kamloops Lions   Kamloops, BC
1997   Thunder Bay Kings   New Liskeard Cubs   Calgary Royals   New Glasgow, NS
1998   Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne   Sudbury Nickel Capitals   Calgary Buffaloes   Sudbury, ON
1999   Regina Pat Canadians   Calgary Flames   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Prince Albert, SK
2000   Cantonniers de Magog   C.F. de Montréal-Bourassa   Saskatoon Contacts   Montréal, QC
2001   Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy   Calgary Royals   Toronto Young Nationals   Prince George, BC
2002   Tisdale Trojans   Dartmouth Subways   Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne   Bathurst, NB
2003   Calgary Northstars   Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard   St. John's Maple Leafs   Sault Ste Marie, ON
2004   Brandon Wheat Kings   Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne   Red Deer Chiefs   Kenora, ON
2005   Saskatoon Contacts   L'Intrépide de Gatineau   Commandeurs de Lévis   Gatineau, QC
2006   Prince Albert Mintos   Calgary Buffaloes   Patriotes de Châteauguay   Charlottetown, PEI
2007   Prince Albert Mintos   Red Deer Chiefs   Blizzard du Sém. St-François   Red Deer, AB
2008   Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves   Winnipeg Thrashers   Blizzard du Sém. St-François   Arnprior, Ontario
2009   Notre Dame Hounds   Calgary Buffaloes   R.S. de Laval-Bourassa   Selkirk, MB
2010   Notre Dame Hounds   Mississauga Reps   St. John's Fog Devils   Lévis, QC
2011   Winnipeg Thrashers   London Jr. Knights   Lac St-Louis Lions   St. John's, NL
2012   Red Deer Chiefs   Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin   Saskatoon Contacts   Leduc, AB
2013   Red Deer Chiefs   Ottawa Junior 67's   R.R. de Laval-Montréal   Sault Ste Marie, ON
2014   Prince Albert Mintos   Grenadiers de Châteauguay   Okanagan Rockets   Moose Jaw, SK
2015   Toronto Young Nationals   Grenadiers de Châteauguay   Regina Pat Canadians   Rivière-du-Loup, QC
2016   North York Rangers   Saint John Vito's   Lac St-Louis Lions   Quispamsis, NB
2017   Cape Breton West Islanders   Blizzard du Sém. St-François   Mississauga Rebels   Prince George, BC
2018   Notre Dame Hounds   Cantonniers de Magog   Lethbridge Hurricanes   Sudbury, ON
2019   Thunder Bay, ON

National championships by regionEdit

Medals by Region
Region Branches Gold Silver Bronze
West SHA, HM, NWO 19 6 7
Quebec HQ 10 15 15
Pacific BCH, HA, HN 6 9 8
Central OHF, HEO 4 8 6
Atlantic HNB, HNS, HPEI, HNL 1 2 5

Note: Wins by host teams and teams prior to regional consolidation have been assigned to their respective regions as they currently exist.

Award winnersEdit

Telus Cup alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit