There are many tournaments that showcase the best in Canadian Amateur hockey, none more famous than the Memorial Cup, first contested in 1919. Originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup, the trophy was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March of 1919 in memory of the Canadian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. The tournament is a round-robin with the top two teams meeting in a one-game final to determine the country’s top junior club.

The Canadian Hockey League, made up of the OHL, the QMJHL and the WHL, all send their championship teams to the annual tournament each spring. The fourth team represents the host city for that year.

In the long, rich history of the Memorial Cup, hundreds of great players have competed for the right to call it their own, from the legendary Howie Morenz, to current NHL superstar Chris Pronger.


There are many tournaments that showcase the best in Canadian Amateur hockey, none more famous than the Memorial Cup, first contested in 1919. Originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup, the trophy was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March of 1919 in memory of the Canadian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. The tournament is a round-robin with the top two teams meeting in a one-game final to determine the country’s top junior club.

The Canadian Hockey League, made up of the OHL, the QMJHL and the WHL, all send their championship teams to the annual tournament each spring. The fourth team represents the host city for that year.

In the long, rich history of the Memorial Cup, hundreds of great players have competed for the right to call it their own, from the legendary Howie Morenz, to current NHL superstar Chris Pronger.


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The Memorial Cup

The Memorial Cup

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Investigate the role that hockey plays in Canada’s national identity
  • Explore the history of hockey in Canada
  • Identify significant people involved in hockey in Canada
  • Examine the evolution of non-professional hockey in Canada
  • Explore the major amateur leagues, tournaments and awards available to male and female athletes

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