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Telus Cup
Current season or competition:
2019 Telus Cup
Telus Cup logo
Telus Cup
Formerly Air Canada Cup (1979-2003)
Sport Ice hockey
Inaugural season 1978-79
Country(ies) Flag of Canada Canada
Most recent champion(s) Flag of Ontario Toronto Young Canadians (2)
Most championships Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds (5)
TV partner(s) TSN (English)
RDS (French)
Official website Telus Cup website
Related competitions Esso Cup (female equivalent)

The Telus Cup is Canada's national male 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.

The current champions are the Toronto Young Canadians who won the 2019 Telus Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The 2020 edition is scheduled to be held at the Stade L.P. Gaucher in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec hosted by the Gaulois de Saint-Hyacinthe.

HistoryEdit

Wrigley Cup (1973-1978)Edit

The forerunner to the Canadian national male midget championship was the Wrigley National Midget Hockey Tournament which ran from 1974 though 1978. Oshawa, Ontario hosted the very first Wrigley tournament. 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 play-downs 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 (branch playoffs in Quebec), and a predetermined host team play a round robin with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals advance to the gold medal game, the losers play for the bronze medal. 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.[1]

Teams from Saskatchewan and Quebec have been dominate at this event and 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.

All Telus Cup round robin, semi-final, and bronze medal games are streamed live by FASTHockey.com. Each year's gold medal game is televised nationally on TSN (English) and RDS (French).

Winners and hostsEdit

Wrigley Cup
Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Location
1974 Flag of Quebec Verdun Leafs Flag of Ontario Kingston Flag of Quebec Hull Kiwanis Flag of Ontario Oshawa, ON
1975 Flag of Ontario Barrie Co-ops Flag of Quebec Verdun Leafs Flag of Ontario Oshawa Parkway Flag of Ontario Oshawa, ON
1976 Flag of Alberta Calgary Spurs Flag of Ontario Toronto Nationals Flag of Saskatchewan Swift Current Legionnaires Flag of Alberta Calgary, AB
1977 Flag of Ontario Don Mills Flyers Flag of Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of British Columbia Burnaby Winter Club Flag of New Brunswick Moncton, NB
1978 Flag of Quebec Couillard de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario East Ottawa Voyageurs Flag of Ontario Toronto-Wexford Flag of Quebec Verdun, QC
Air Canada/Telus Cup
Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Location
1979 Flag of Quebec Couillard de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario St. Michael's College Buzzers Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB
1980 Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of British Columbia North Shore Winter Club Flag of Ontario Cornwall, ON
1981 Flag of Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of Ontario Kitchener Greenshirts Flag of Nova Scotia Antigonish Novas Flag of Nova Scotia Halifax, NS
1982 Flag of British Columbia Burnaby Winter Club Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Nova Scotia Cape Breton Colonels
Flag of Ontario South Ottawa Warriors (tie)
Flag of British Columbia Victoria, BC
1983 Flag of Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario Andrews Maroons Flag of Quebec Ste-Foy, QC
1984 Flag of Ontario North Bay Pine Hill Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of Ontario North Bay, ON
1985 Flag of Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Flag of Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Flag of Saskatchewan Regina, SK
1986 Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Ontario Toronto Redwings Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of New Brunswick Moncton, NB
1987 Flag of Quebec Riverains du Richelieu Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Flag of Ontario Gloucester, ON
1988 Flag of Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Flag of Alberta Calgary Northstars Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Bearcats Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay, ON
1989 Flag of Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Flag of Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Flag of Ontario Wexford Raiders Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's, NL
1990 Flag of Quebec Riverains du Richelieu Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Quebec Sorel, QC
1991 Flag of Alberta Calgary Northstars Flag of Alberta Sherwood Park Chain Gang Flag of Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of Alberta Calgary, AB
1992 Flag of Quebec Lions du Lac St-Louis Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Flag of Nova Scotia Dartmouth Kings Flag of Nova Scotia Dartmouth, NS
1993 Flag of Saskatchewan Yorkton Mallers Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario Sault Ste Marie Legion Flag of Ontario Kitchener, ON
1994 Flag of Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Quebec L'Intrepide de Gatineau Flag of Manitoba Brandon, MB
1995 Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Quebec Sherbrooke, QC
1996 Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Flag of British Columbia North Kamloops Lions Flag of British Columbia Kamloops, BC
1997 Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay Kings Flag of Ontario New Liskeard Cubs Flag of Alberta Calgary Royals Flag of Nova Scotia New Glasgow, NS
1998 Flag of Quebec Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne Flag of Ontario Sudbury Nickel Capitals Flag of Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Flag of Ontario Sudbury, ON
1999 Flag of Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Flag of Alberta Calgary Flames Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Saskatchewan Prince Albert, SK
2000 Flag of Quebec Cantonniers de Magog Flag of Quebec C.F. de Montréal-Bourassa Flag of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Contacts Flag of Quebec Montréal, QC
2001 Flag of Quebec Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy Flag of Alberta Calgary Royals Flag of Ontario Toronto Young Nationals Flag of British Columbia Prince George, BC
2002 Flag of Saskatchewan Tisdale Trojans Flag of Nova Scotia Dartmouth Subways Flag of Quebec Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne Flag of New Brunswick Bathurst, NB
2003 Flag of Alberta Calgary Northstars Flag of Quebec Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Maple Leafs Flag of Ontario Sault Ste Marie, ON
2004 Flag of Manitoba Brandon Wheat Kings Flag of Quebec Riverains du C.C. Lemoyne Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Ontario Kenora, ON
2005 Flag of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Contacts Flag of Quebec L'Intrépide de Gatineau Flag of Quebec Commandeurs de Lévis Flag of Quebec Gatineau, QC
2006 Flag of Saskatchewan Prince Albert Mintos Flag of Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Flag of Quebec Patriotes de Châteauguay Flag of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, PEI
2007 Flag of Saskatchewan Prince Albert Mintos Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Quebec Blizzard du Sém. St-François Flag of Alberta Red Deer, AB
2008 Flag of Ontario Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves Flag of Manitoba Winnipeg Thrashers Flag of Quebec Blizzard du Sém. St-François Flag of Ontario Arnprior, ON
2009 Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Alberta Calgary Buffaloes Flag of Quebec R.S. de Laval-Bourassa Flag of Manitoba Selkirk, MB
2010 Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Ontario Mississauga Reps Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Fog Devils Flag of Quebec Lévis, QC
2011 Flag of Manitoba Winnipeg Thrashers Flag of Ontario London Jr. Knights Flag of Quebec Lac St-Louis Lions Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's, NL
2012 Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Quebec Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin Flag of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Contacts Flag of Alberta Leduc, AB
2013 Flag of Alberta Red Deer Chiefs Flag of Ontario Ottawa Junior 67's Flag of Quebec R.R. de Laval-Montréal Flag of Ontario Sault Ste Marie, ON
2014 Flag of Saskatchewan Prince Albert Mintos Flag of Quebec Grenadiers de Châteauguay Flag of British Columbia Okanagan Rockets Flag of Saskatchewan Moose Jaw, SK
2015 Flag of Ontario Toronto Young Nationals Flag of Quebec Grenadiers de Châteauguay Flag of Saskatchewan Regina Pat Canadians Flag of Quebec Rivière-du-Loup, QC
2016 Flag of Ontario North York Rangers Flag of New Brunswick Saint John Vito's Flag of Quebec Lac St-Louis Lions Flag of New Brunswick Quispamsis, NB
2017 Flag of Nova Scotia Cape Breton West Islanders Flag of Quebec Blizzard du Sém. St-François Flag of Ontario Mississauga Rebels Flag of British Columbia Prince George, BC
2018 Flag of Saskatchewan Notre Dame Hounds Flag of Quebec Cantonniers de Magog Flag of Alberta Lethbridge Hurricanes Flag of Ontario Sudbury, ON
2019 Flag of OntarioToronto Young Nationals Flag of QuebecMagog Cantonniers Flag of SaskatchewanTisdale Trojans Flag of Ontario Thunder Bay, ON
2020 Tournament cancelled by Hockey Canada due to COVID-19 pandemic Flag of QuebecSt-Hyacinthe, Quebec
2021 Sydney, Nova Scotia or St-Hyacinthe, Quebec
2021 likely St-Hyacinthe, Quebec after originally awarded to Sydney, Nova Scotia
2022 Sydney, Nova Scotia
2023 St-Hyacinthe, Quebec (if don't host 2021 tournament)

National championships by regionEdit

Medals by Region
Region Branches Gold Silver Bronze
West SHA, HM, NWO 18 6 8
Quebec HQ 10 15 15
Pacific BCH, HA, HN 6 9 7
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

See: List of Telus Cup award winners

Telus Cup alumniEdit

See: List of Telus Cup alumni who played in the NHL

ReferencesEdit

  1. Canada's National Midget Championship Officially Named the Telus Cup. Hockey Canada (October 14, 2004). Retrieved on January 14, 2012.

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