Esso Cup
Current season or competition:
2021 Esso Cup
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Esso Cup
Formerly Esso Women's Hockey Nationals
Sport Ice hockey
Inaugural season 2008-09
Most recent champion(s) St. Albert Slash
Most championships St. Albert Slash (4)
TV partner(s) TSN (English)
RDS (French)
Official website Esso Cup Website
Related competitions Telus Cup (Male Equivalent)

The Esso Cup is the Canadian national women's U-18 (formerly midget) ice hockey club championship, sponsored by Esso. It is an annual event, sanctioned by Hockey Canada, that takes place each April. The current champions are the St. Albert Slash, who won the 2018 Esso Cup in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The forerunner to the Esso Cup was the Esso Women's Hockey Nationals, which was the Canadian senior women's championship from 1982 to 2008. With the evolution of the Nationals into a professional tournament, Hockey Canada elected to discontinue it in 2008 and replace it with a national female midget championship known as the Esso Cup.[2][3]

The inaugural Esso Cup was played in April 2009 in Calgary, Alberta. The Westman Wildcats from Souris, Manitoba were the first gold medalists. The St. Albert Slash of Alberta are the only team to win the championship more than once.

Format[edit | edit source]

The Esso Cup follows Hockey Canada's standard six-team national championship format. Branch champions compete in regional playoffs; the regional winners and a predetermined host team then compete for the national championship. In years when not all regions have participated in the Esso Cup, another region has been allowed to send a second team to keep the field at six teams.[3]

The Esso Cup uses the IIHF points system for the round robin, which awards three points for a win in regulation time. If the game is decided in overtime or a shootout, the winning team receives two points and the losing team receives one. No points are awarded for losing a game in regulation time. After the round robin is complete, the top four teams (by points) qualify for the playoff round.[2]

Each year's gold medal game is televised nationally on TSN and RDS. All other tournament games are streamed live on Hockey Canada's website.

The 2020 Esso Cup was to be held at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan hosted by the Prince Albert Bears.[4] It would be cancelled when Hockey Canada announced on March 12th that all activity under its' jurisdiction were cancelled for the season. Prince Albert was re-awarded the 2021 tournament with Lloydminster, Alberta who were originally schedule to host the 2021 event[5] being awarded the 2022 event instead.

Winners and Hosts[edit | edit source]

Esso Cup
Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Location
2009 Flag of Manitoba Westman Wildcats Flag of Ontario Scarborough Sharks Flag of Alberta Calgary Flyers Flag of Alberta Calgary, AB
2010 Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Queens Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Alberta Edmonton Thunder Flag of Saskatchewan Regina, SK
2011 Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Alberta Edmonton Thunder Flag of Ontario Toronto Aeros Flag of Alberta St. Albert, AB
2012 Flag of Manitoba Pembina Valley Hawks Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Queens Flag of Alberta Edmonton Thunder Flag of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, PE
2013 Flag of Quebec LHFDQ North Flag of Ontario North Bay Ice Boltz Flag of Alberta Edmonton Thunder Flag of British Columbia Burnaby, BC
2014 Flag of Saskatchewan Weyburn Goldwings Flag of Alberta Edmonton Thunder Flag of Ontario Sudbury Lady Wolves Flag of Ontario Hamilton, ON
2015 Flag of Ontario Sudbury Lady Wolves Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Stars Flag of Alberta Red Deer, AB
2016 Flag of Ontario Brantford Ice Cats Flag of Quebec Express du Richelieu Flag of Alberta Rocky Mountain Raiders Flag of Saskatchewan Weyburn, SK
2017 Flag of Alberta St. Albert Slash Flag of Quebec Harfangs de Triolet Flag of Ontario Durham West Lightning Flag of Manitoba Morden, MB
2018 Flag of Alberta St. Albert Slash Flag of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Stars Flag of Quebec Pionnieeres le Lanaudiere Flag of Nova Scotia Bridgewater, NS
2019 Flag of Alberta St. Albert Slash Flag of Ontario Sudbury Lady Wolves Flag of Ontario Stoney Creek Sabres Flag of Ontario Sudbury, ON
2020 Tournament cancelled by Hockey Canada due to COVID-19 pandemic Flag of Saskatchewan Prince Albert, SK[6]
2021 Flag of Saskatchewan Prince Albert, SK re-awarded from 2020
2022 Flag of Alberta Lloydminster, Alberta re-awarded from 2021

All-Time Results by Region[edit | edit source]

Medals by Region
Region Branches Gold Silver Bronze
Western HM, SHA 5 2 1
Ontario OHF, HEO, HNWO 3 3 4
Pacific BCAHA, HA 2 2 4
Québec HQ 1 2 1
Host 0 2 1
Atlantic HNB, HNS, HPEI, HNL 0 0 0
As of 2019–20 season
Note: The Quebec region has not participated every year. In such years, a second team from another region has qualified in their place.

Award Winners[edit | edit source]

See: List of Esso Cup award winners

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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