|Current season or competition:|
2021 Esso Cup
|Formerly||Esso Women's Hockey Nationals|
|Most recent champion(s)||St. Albert Slash|
|Most championships||St. Albert Slash (4)|
|TV partner(s)||TSN (English)|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2020 Esso Cup was to be held at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan hosted by the Prince Albert Bears. 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 being awarded the 2022 event instead.
Winners and Hosts
|Year||Gold Medal||Silver Medal||Bronze Medal||Location|
|2009||Westman Wildcats||Scarborough Sharks||Calgary Flyers||Calgary, AB|
|2010||Thunder Bay Queens||Notre Dame Hounds||Edmonton Thunder||Regina, SK|
|2011||Notre Dame Hounds||Edmonton Thunder||Toronto Aeros||St. Albert, AB|
|2012||Pembina Valley Hawks||Thunder Bay Queens||Edmonton Thunder||Charlottetown, PE|
|2013||LHFDQ North||North Bay Ice Boltz||Edmonton Thunder||Burnaby, BC|
|2014||Weyburn Goldwings||Edmonton Thunder||Sudbury Lady Wolves||Hamilton, ON|
|2015||Sudbury Lady Wolves||Red Deer Chiefs||Saskatoon Stars||Red Deer, AB|
|2016||Brantford Ice Cats||Express du Richelieu||Rocky Mountain Raiders||Weyburn, SK|
|2017||St. Albert Slash||Harfangs de Triolet||Durham West Lightning||Morden, MB|
|2018||St. Albert Slash||Saskatoon Stars||Pionnieeres le Lanaudiere||Bridgewater, NS|
|2019||St. Albert Slash||Sudbury Lady Wolves||Stoney Creek Sabres||Sudbury, ON|
|2020||Tournament cancelled by Hockey Canada due to COVID-19 pandemic||Prince Albert, SK|
|2021||Tournament cancelled February 5th by Hockey Canada due to COVID-19 pandemic||Prince Albert, SK re-awarded from 2020|
|2022||Prince Albert, SK re-awarded from 2021|
All-Time Results by Region
|Ontario||OHF, HEO, HNWO||3||3||4|
|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.
- Esso Cup Atlantic Regional
- Esso Cup Central Regional
- Esso Cup Pacific Regional
- Esso Cup Quebec Regional
- Esso Cup West Regional
- Telus Cup (Male U-18 championship)
- National Women's Under-18 Championship (teams representing the provincial/regional sanctioning body)
- Esso Women's Hockey Nationals
- "Morden to host first Esso Cup on Manitoba ice", Hockey Canada, July 20, 2015.
- NR.156. Hockey Canada (2008-12-01). Retrieved on 2012-01-17.
- Midget female hockey nationals coming to P.E.I.. The Guardian (2010-06-04). Archived from the original on 2013-01-01. Retrieved on 2012-01-20.
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