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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 2019 Telus Cup
Telus Cup logo.png
FormerlyAir Canada Cup (1979–2003)
SportIce hockey
Inaugural season1978–79
CountryCanada
Most recent
champion(s)
Notre Dame Hounds
Most titlesNotre Dame Hounds (5)
TV partner(s)
Sponsor(s)
Official websiteTelus Cup website

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

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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. Canadian Amateur Hockey Association president Jack Devine announced the sanction of the new national midget hockey tournament for the top 12 teams in the country, with the Wrigley Company being the initial sponsor.[1] Gord Renwick organized the first event in 1974, and served as the tournament chairman.[2][3] The 1974 Wrigley Cup was scheduled at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium, with the winning team would earn a trip to the Soviet Union, and future events would be rotated around Canada.[1]

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.[4]

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 Toronto Young Nationals Cantonniers de Magog Tisdale Trojans Thunder Bay, ON
2020 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC

National championships by regionEdit

Medals by Region
Region Branches Gold Silver Bronze
West SHA, HM, NWO 19 6 8
Quebec HQ 10 16 15
Pacific BCH, HA, HN 6 9 8
Central OHF, HEO 5 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

  1. ^ a b MacLaine, Ian (November 8, 1973). "National Final For 12 Midget Teams". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. p. 67. 
  2. ^ "Council honours Gord Renwick". CambridgeTimes. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  3. ^ "Gord Renwick". Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  4. ^ "Canada's National Midget Championship Officially Named the Telus Cup". Hockey Canada. October 14, 2004. Retrieved January 14, 2012.

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