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Hockey Northwestern Ontario has traditionally not had an Under 18/Major Midget league of its' own. The Kenora AAA Thistles have been a member of the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League since the 2009-10 season. The Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA team has played on and off in the Lakehead Junior Hockey League. When there have been two teams in the region they traditionally play a best-of-three series for the branch championship and spot in the Telus Cup West Regional. When three teams have been involved a round robin with the top two teams playing a championship has been done.

The present format used for qualifying for the Telus Cup began with the 1984 tournament. The regional champion advances to the Telus Cup West Regional playing in a tournament against the champions of the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League, Saskatchewan Male U18 AAA Hockey League and a host team. The winner of this tournament then advances to the Telus Cup.

Prior to 1984 each branch under Hockey Canada sent its' own representative to the then Air Canada Cup.

The Midget/U18 AAA championship is the Don Smith Cup.

Tournaments

Air Canada Cup Era

Year Champion Air Canada Cup
1974 Westfort Hurricanes 10th place
1975 Thunder Bay Miners 7th place
1976 Thunder Bay Lions 6th place
1977 Manitouwadge Flyers 11th place
1978 Fort William 9th place
1979 Andrews Maroons 12th place
1980 Fort Frances Boise Cascade 12th
1981 Current River Comets 4th
1982 Andrews Maroons 6th
1983 Andrews Maroons Bronze Medal

Telus Cup Era

Year Champion West Region/Telus Cup
1984 Fort William Beavers
1985 Current River Comets 1st/6th place
1986 Current River Comets
1987 Current River Comets
1988 Thunder Bay Bearcats ?/Bronze Medal
1989 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
1990 Schreiber North Stars
1991 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
1992 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 1st/Silver Medal
1993 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
1994 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
1995 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 1st/Gold Medal
1996 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 1st/Silver Medal
1997 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 1st/Gold Medal
1998 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
1999 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2000 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2001 Kenora Stars
2002 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2003 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2004 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2005 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2006 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2007 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2008 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA
2009 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 4th/DNQ
2010 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 3rd/DNQ
2011 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 4th/DNQ
2012 Kenora AAA Thistles 4th/DNQ
2013 Kenora AAA Thistles 4th/DNQ
2014 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 4th/DNQ
2015 Kenora AAA Thistles (only team) 4th/DNQ
2016 Kenora AAA Thistles 3rd/DNQ
2017 Kenora AAA Thistles 2nd/DNQ
2018 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 3rd/DNQ
2019 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA 2nd/DNQ
2020 Event cancelled by Hockey Canada March 13th
2021 Event cancelled by Hockey Canada February 5th
2022 Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA TBD

See Also

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