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The 1979 Air Canada Cup was Canada's inaugural national midget 'AAA' hockey championship. It took place April 16 – 22, 1979 at the Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association established the Air Canada Cup for the 1978–79 season as the new official midget championship, replacing the invitational Wrigley National Midget Tournament.

The Couillard de Ste-Foy (Quebec) captured the first national championship, defeating St. Michael's College Buzzers (Ontario) in the gold medal game. The Notre Dame Hounds (Saskatchewan) took the bronze medal.[1][2]

Future National Hockey League players competing at the inaugural Air Canada Cup were Garry Galley, Paul Gillis, Mike Moller, Randy Moller, Tony Tanti, James Patrick, and future Hall of Fame defenceman Al MacInnis.

TeamsEdit

Result Team Branch City
Gold medal icon Flag of Quebec Couillard de Ste-Foy Quebec Ste-Foy, QC
Silver medal icon Flag of Ontario St. Michael's College Buzzers Ontario Toronto, ON
Bronze medal icon Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Saskatchewan Wilcox, SK
4 Flag of Ontario Ottawa West 79's Ottawa District Ottawa, ON
5 Flag of British Columbia North Shore Winter Club British Columbia North Vancouver, BC
6 Flag of Nova Scotia Antigonish Novas Nova Scotia Antigonish, NS
7 Flag of Prince Edward Island PEI Eastern Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, PE
8 Flag of Manitoba St. James Canadians Manitoba Winnipeg, MB
9 Flag of New Brunswick Moncton Flyers New Brunswick Moncton, NB
10 Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Alberta Red Deer, AB
11 Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador Corner Brook Newfoundland Corner Brook, NL
12 Flag of Ontario Andrews Maroons Thunder Bay District Thunder Bay, ON

Round robinEdit

DC8 FlightEdit

StandingsEdit

Rank Team W-L-T GF GA PTS
1 Flag of Ontario St. Michael's College Buzzers 4-1-0 24 11 8
2 Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds 4-1-0 25 14 8
3 Flag of British Columbia North Shore Winter Club 4-1-0 27 18 8
4 Flag of Manitoba St. James Canadians 1-3-1 15 18 3
5 Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs 1-4-0 20 25 2
6 Flag of Ontario Andrews Maroons 0-4-1 10 35 1

ScoresEdit

  • St. Michael's College 6 - Red Deer 0
  • Notre Dame 11 - Andrews 2
  • North Shore 4 - St. James 3
  • North Shore 8 - Red Deer 8
  • St. Michael's College 5 - Notre Dame 3

  • St. James 2 - Andrews 2
  • Notre Dame 3 - North Shore 2
  • St. Michael's College 5 - Andrews 2
  • St. James 5 - Red Deer 3
  • North Shore 4 - St. Michael's College 3

  • Red Deer 8 - Andrews 2
  • Notre Dame 4 - St. James 3
  • North Shore 9 - Andrews 2
  • Notre Dame 4 - Red Deer 2
  • St. Michael's College 5 - St. James 2

DC9 FlightEdit

StandingsEdit

Rank Team W-L-T GF GA PTS
1 Flag of Quebec Couillard de Ste-Foy 5-0-0 41 5 10
2 Flag of Ontario Ottawa West 79's 3-1-1 19 13 7
3 Flag of Nova Scotia Antigonish Pirates 2-3-0 20 23 4
4 Flag of Prince Edward Island PEI Eastern 2-3-0 16 29 4
5 Flag of New Brunswick Moncton Flyers 1-3-1 16 22 3
6 Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador Corner Brook 1-4-0 10 30 2

ScoresEdit

  • Ottawa West 5 - Antigonish 4
  • Ste-Foy 14 - Corner Brook 1
  • Eastern 4 - Moncton 3
  • Ottawa West 5 - Corner Brook 1
  • Ste-Foy 9 - Eastern 1

  • Antigonish 5 - Moncton 4
  • Ste-Foy 8 - Moncton 1
  • Ottawa West 5 - Eastern 2
  • Corner Brook 4 - Antigonish 2
  • Ottawa West 3 - Moncton 3

  • Ste-Foy 7 - Antigonish 2
  • Eastern 5 - Corner Brook 4
  • Antigonish 7 - Eastern 3
  • Moncton 4 - Corner Brook 1
  • Ste-Foy 3 - Ottawa West 1

PlayoffsEdit

Bronze medal gameEdit

  • Notre Dame 7 - Ottawa West 2

Gold medal gameEdit

  • Ste-Foy 9 - St. Michael's College 7

Individual awardsEdit

  • Most Valuable Player: Flag of Quebec Pierre Rioux (Ste-Foy)
  • Top Scorer: Flag of Quebec Claude Drouin (Ste-Foy)
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player: Flag of British Columbia Paul Houck (North Shore)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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