In 1970, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association reconfigured their junior tier, creating two separate classifications - Major Junior and Junior "A." The Major Junior class encompassed the teams that made up the Canadian Hockey League while the Junior "A" section included all other junior teams that did not play in the CHL.

With the Memorial Cup established as a trophy exclusively for teams in the Canadian Hockey League, a trophy for the champions of the new Junior "A" division was required. Originally, the Centennial Trophy filled this need, but in 1996, a new trophy was introduced named the Royal Bank Cup.

In 1970, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association reconfigured their junior tier, creating two separate classifications - Major Junior and Junior "A." The Major Junior class encompassed the teams that made up the Canadian Hockey League while the Junior "A" section included all other junior teams that did not play in the CHL.

With the Memorial Cup established as a trophy exclusively for teams in the Canadian Hockey League, a trophy for the champions of the new Junior "A" division was required. Originally, the Centennial Trophy filled this need, but in 1996, a new trophy was introduced named the Royal Bank Cup.

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The Royal Bank Cup

The Royal Bank Cup

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The Air Canada Cup Midget Hockey Championships is an annual tournament that has graduated over 150 players into the NHL after showcasing their skills as sixteen and seventeen year olds. Prior to being named the Air Canada Cup, the tournament was known as "The Wrigley." The Wrigley debuted in 1974 and instantly became the foremost minor hockey tournament. The tournament was inspired by the success of a midget tournament that was organized to help celebrate Canada’s centennial in 1967. That tournament boasted teams from coast to coast and both of the territories, which is the plan that was adopted for the Wrigley/Air Canada Cup as well.


The Air Canada Cup Midget Hockey Championships is an annual tournament that has graduated over 150 players into the NHL after showcasing their skills as sixteen and seventeen year olds. Prior to being named the Air Canada Cup, the tournament was known as "The Wrigley." The Wrigley debuted in 1974 and instantly became the foremost minor hockey tournament. The tournament was inspired by the success of a midget tournament that was organized to help celebrate Canada’s centennial in 1967. That tournament boasted teams from coast to coast and both of the territories, which is the plan that was adopted for the Wrigley/Air Canada Cup as well.


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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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