THE ABBOTT 'MEMORIAL' CUP



CAPTAIN E. L. (Hick) ABBOTT

Captain Edward Lyman (Hick) Abbott

Captain E. L. (Hick) Abbott was a noted hockey player in Western Canada. He captained the Regina Victorias when it won the Junior Championship of Canada in 1913 and 1914.

Capt. Abbott died in active service in the First World War of 1914-18 and the Abbott Cup Memorial Trophy was presented in his memory in 1919 by the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association and is awarded annually for the championship of Junior 'A' Hockey in Western Canada.

More Detailed Information On Captain E. L. Abbott

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THE ABBOTT CUP

Abbott Cup

The Abbott Cup was contested in the early days by teams from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskactchewan, Manitoba (including western Ontario teams playing in the Manitoba league). From 1971 to 1999, it was contested by the B.C./Alta. Champions and Sask./Man. Champions.

The Abbott Cup winners went on to challenge for The Memorial Cup from 1919 to 1970, the Centennial Cup from 1971 to 1995 and since 1996 the Royal Bank Cup.

In a side note: The Abbott Cup, wasn't seen for two or three years and then reappeared In late April of 1970.
According to the Regina Leader-Post of April 30, 1970:


The Inaugural Abbott Cup Championship

The teams play a two game, total-goal aggregate series.

  • 1919 - Regina Patricias (Sask.)
  • vs Winipeg Lutherans (Man.) Agg. 8-5, 5-4 & 3-1

Guide & Record Book

You can find official results in the RBC Cup Guide and Record Book

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ABBOTT CUP 1920'S

  • 1920 - Selkirk "Fishermen" Juniors (Man.)
  • 1921 - Winnipeg Junior Falcons (Man.)
  • vs Fort William YMCA (Ont.), Agg. 20-7, 9-3 & 11-4
  • 1922 - Regina Patricias (Sask.)
  • vs University of Manitoba, Agg. 6-4, 4-1L & 5-0 ot
  • 1923 - University of Manitoba Bisons
  • vs Calgary Canadians (Alta.), Agg. 10-7, 5-4 & 5-3
  • 1924 - Calgary Canadians (Alta)
  • vs Regina Pats (Sask),Agg. 7-6, 4-2L & 5-2,
  • 1925 - Regina Pats (Sask) [5]
  • vs Fort William War Veterans
  • 1926 - Calgary Canadians (Alta) [5]
  • vs Winnipeg Tammany Tigers, Agg. 6-5, 3-3 & 3-2ot
  • 1927 - Port Arthur West End Juniors (Ont.)
  • vs Regina Pats (Sask), Agg. 5-3, 2-1L & 4-1
  • 1928 - Regina Monarchs (Sask.)
  • vs Unknown at this time
  • 1929 - Elmwood Millionaires (Man.)
  • vs Calgary Canadian-Falcons (Alta.),Agg. 5-4, 1-1 & 4-3

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ABBOTT CUP 1930'S

  • 1930 - Regina Pats
  • vs Elmwood Millionairs, Agg. 8-0, 3-0 & 5-0
  • 1931 - Elmwood Millionairs
  • vs Regina Pats, Agg. 4-3, 1-0L & 4-2 ot2
    Note: OT = 10 minute preiods, 3-2 1st ot - 4-2 2nd ot
  • 1932 - Winnipeg Monarchs
  • vs Saskatoon Wesleys, Agg. 3-2, 1-0L & 3-1

The teams now play a best-of-three game series. Overtime is a full period.

  • 1933 - Regina Pats
  • vs Brandon Native Sons, 0-0 T, 1-1 0t3 & 2-1
  • 1934 - Edmonton Athletics Club
  • vs Port Arthur West Ends, 7-3 & 4-0

Junior Classifications

In 1934 'Junior Hockey' in Canada was divided into 'A' and 'B' classifications. The Abbott Memorial Cup (Western Junior Champions) awarded to the Junior 'A' level and the winners still competed for The Memorial Cup .

  • 1935 - Winnipeg Monarchs
  • vs Saskatoon Wesleys, 5-4, 5-3L & 3-2
  • 1936 - Saskatoon Wesleys
  • vs Winnipeg-Elmwood Maple Leafs, 4-2 & 4-2 ot
  • 1937 - Winnipeg Monarchs
  • vs Saskatoon Wesleys, 5-2, 6-5L & 6-1

The teams now play a best-of-five game series. No overtime games played.

  • 1938 - St. Boniface Seals
  • vs Edmonton Athletic Club Roamers
    7-3, 8-3, 3-1L, 6-5
  • 1939 - Edmonton Athletic Club Roamers
  • vs Brandon Elks
    6-0, 6-0, 5-0L & 9-3

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ABBOTT CUP 1940'S

  • 1940 - Kenora Thistles
  • vs Edmonton Athletic Club
    2-2T, 7-1L, 3-1, 6-5 & 2-2T
  • 1941 - Winnipeg Rangers
  • vs Saskatoon Quakers (best-of-seven)
    6-4, 4-1L, 3-1, 10-5L, 4-3, 10-2L & 7-3
  • 1942 - Portage La Prairie Terriers
  • vs Edmonton Maple Leafs
    13-3, 6-4 & 7-6
  • 1943 - Winnipeg Rangers
  • vs Saskatoon Quakers
    12-8, 7-2, 12-4L & 3-2
  • 1944 - Trail Smoke Eaters
  • vs Port Arthur Flyers
    4-2, 4-3, & 3-2

The teams now play a best-of-seven eight point game series.

  • 1945 - Moose Jaw Canucks
  • vs Unknown ?
  • 1946 - Winnipeg Monarchs
  • vs Edmonton Canadians
    4-1L, 5-1, 6-3, 5-3 & 9-2.
  • 1947 - Moose Jaw Canucks
  • vs Brandon Elks
    L, L, T, (W?L?), (L?W?), W, W, 6-4
  • 1948 - Port Arthur West End Bruins
  • vs Lethbridge Native Sons
    6-1L, 7-6L, 7-4, 5-4L, 5-0, 6-4 & 11-1
  • 1949 - Brandon Wheat Kings
  • vs Port Authur West End Bruins
    6-2, 6-0, 5-2, 7-4L, 6-4

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ABBOTT CUP 1950'S

  • 1950 - Regina Pats
  • vs Port Arthur West End Bruins, 4-1 Series
    8-5ot, 3-6L, 4-0, 5-3, 1-0
  • 1951 - Winnipeg Monarchs
  • vs Regina Pats
    3-1L, 5-5ot, 2-1, 2-0, 5-2, 2-1L, 4-3Lot, 8-4
  • 1952 - Regina Pats
  • vs Fort William Hurricanes, 4-2 Series
    1-3L, 3-2, 1-2L, 5-2, 6-1, 2-1
  • 1953 - St. Boniface Canadians
  • vs Lethbridge Native Sons, 4-3 Series
    2 Losses, 1 Tie, 4 Wins (GM7:12-1)
  • 1954 - Edmonton Oil Kings
  • vs Fort William Hurricans
  • 1955 - Regina Pats
  • vs Winnipeg Monarchs, 4-3 Series
    7-0, 4-1, 10-4, 5-3L, 2-1, 4-2L, 6-3, 5-4ot
  • 1956 - Regina Pats
  • vs Port Arthur North Stars, 4-1 Series
    8-4L, 4-1L, 9-4, 7-2,
  • 1957 - Flin Flon Bombers
  • vs Fort William Canadiens, 4-0 Series
  • 1958 - Regina Pats
  • vs St. Boniface Canadiens
    7-5, 8-3L, 8-4, 9-0, 5-2L, 4-0
  • 1959 - Winnnipeg Braves(MJHL)
  • vs Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL)
    5-1L, 7-4L, 5-2, 6-4, 5-1 & 3-0

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ABBOTT CUP 1960'S

  • 1960 - Edmonton Oil Kings, Alberta
  • vs Brandon Wheat Kings, Manitoba, 4-3 series
  • 1961 - Edmonton Oil Kings, Alberta
  • vs Winnipeg Rangers, (MJHL)
  • 1962 - Edmonton Oil Kings (AJHL) [3] [4] [5]
  • vs Brandon Wheat Kings (SJHL), 4-3 series
  • 1963 - Edmonton Oil Kings (AJHL) [3] [4] [5]
  • vs Brandon Wheat Kings (SJHL), 4-1 series
  • 1964 - Edmonton Oil Kings (AJHL) [3] [4] [5]
  • vs Estevan Bruins (SJHL)
  • 1965 - Edmonton Oil Kings (AJHL) [3] [4] [5]
  • vs Winnipeg Braves (MJHL)
  • 1966 - Edmonton Oil Kings (AJHL) [3] [4] [5]
  • vs Estevan Bruins (SJHL), 4-2 series

Formation of the CMJHL

1967 was an important year for junior hockey in Western Canada as seven teams, including the defending Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings, formed the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League as an attempt to establish one junior "A" league in the west.

The establishment of the CMJHL, which was the forerunner of the present Western Hockey League, created several issues including who would be eligible to represent the west in the Memorial Cup finals.

It was determined that the CMJHL teams would not have the right to participate in the playdowns for the national junior hockey championship and as a result, for the first time since 1959 a team other than the Oil Kings would represent the west in the national final.

  • 1967 - Port Arthur Marrs [4] [5]
  • vs New Westminster Royals (Pacific Coast JHL) [2] [3] [4]
    , 4-1 series
  • 1968 - Estevan Bruins (SJHL) [4] [5]
  • vs Penticton Broncos (BCJHL) [1] [2] [3] [4] , 4 games to 0
  • 1969 - Regina Pats (SJHL) [4] [5]
  • vs Lethbridge Sugar Kings (AJHL) [3] [4], 4-3

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ABBOTT CUP 1970'S

  • 1970 - Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL) [4] [5]
  • vs Westfort Hurricanses (Thunder Bay Ont.), 4-2
    -- Inter-Provincial Playdowns:
    vs Vernon Essos (BCJHL) [1] [2] [3] [4] , 4-0
    vs Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL), 4-2

Junior 'A" Realignment

In 1971, Junior 'A' Hockey was divided once again to form a 'Major Junior' and a 'Tier II' level, commonly reffered to as Junior A.

As a result the 'Major Junior' level were no longer eligible for the Abbott Cup which was awarded to the 'Tier II' level. The Abbott Cup winners would go on to challenge for the newly donated The Manitoba Centennial Cup (National Championship) as the 'Tier II' level were no longer eligible for the Memorial Cup.

  • 1971 - Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL) [3] [4] [6]
  • vs St. Boniface Saints (MJHL), 4 games to 0
    (3-1, 3-2, 4-2, 5-1)
  • 1972 - Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL) [3] [4] [6]
  • vs Humboldt Broncos (SJHL), 4 games to 1
    (3-2, 0-7, 6-2, 6-5, 4-2)
  • 1973 - Portage la Prairie Terriers (MJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Penticton Broncos (BCJHL) [1] [2] [3] [4] , 4 games to 3
    (1-5,4-6,6-4OT,3-5,6-3,5-3,6-2)
  • 1974 - Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Kelowna Buckaroos (BCJHL) [1] [2] [3] [4] , 4 games to 3
    (5-4,0-6,5-4,8-3,4-5OT,3-7,5-2)
  • 1975 - Spruce Grove Mets (AJHL) [3][4] [6]
  • vs Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) , 4 games to 2
    (3-1,6-5,3-2,4-5,2-4,4-2)
  • 1976 - Spruce Grove Mets (AJHL) [3][4] [6]
  • vs Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL)
  • 1977 - Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Richmond Sockeyes (Pacific Coast JHL) [2] [3]
  • 1978 - Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Merritt Centennials (BCJHL) [2] [3] [4]
  • Note: Merritt was selected to represent the BCJHL [1] for the national playdowns
  • 1979 - Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Fort Saskatchewan Traders (AJHL) [3] [4]

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ABBOTT CUP 1980'S

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ABBOTT CUP 1990'S

National Championship Tournament

With a realignment of "Regions", in 1990, the Abbott Cup best-of-seven series was eliminated. The Abbott Cup would now be awarded during a Round-Robin game at the National Championship Tournament between the Doyle Cup champion (BC/Alta Pacific Region) and the Anavet Cup champion (Man/Sask Western Region). .

Royal Bank Cup

In 1996 The Royal Bank of Canada became the major sponsor of the National Championship and the Centennial Cup was replaced with the Royal Bank Cup.

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ABBOTT CUP RETIREMENT

The Abbott Cup was retired after the 1999 season.

Excerpt from Gregg Drinnans' blog "Taking Note".....

J. Lyman Potts, Joe's eldest son, realized in the mid-1990s, that the Abbott Cup no longer was being given the respect it deserved. He wrote to old friend Tom Melville, a former Regina Leader-Post sports editor, and the two of them mounted a lengthy campaign that resulted in the Abbott Cup being retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The Abbott Cup....Lest We Forget about E.L. 'HICK' Abbott

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ABBREVIATIONS

  • AJHL - Alberta Junior Hockey League
  • BCHL - British Columbia Hockey League
  • BCJHL - British Columbia Junior Hockey League
  • MJHL - Manitoba Junior Hockey League
  • PCJHL - Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League / "Pac A"
  • SJHL - Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

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NOTATIONS

note: some info came from www.chl.ca/CHLMemorialCup05/history.html

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