THE NATIONAL JR 'A' CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES



THE CENTENNIAL CUP

Original - Centennial Cup

The Manitoba Centennial Trophy was presented to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) by the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association to commemorate their centennial year of 1970.

It was in 1970 that the CAHA 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 Major Junior Hockey League while the Junior "A" section included the remaining junior teams within the association. With the Memorial Cup established as a trophy exclusively for teams in the "Canadian Major Junior Hockey League", the Manitoba Centennial Trophy served as the trophy for the champions of this new Junior "A" division.


There were actually three versions of the Centennial Cup made during its run as the National Junior 'A' Championship. The reasons for this is as yet still unknown but, it is believed to be a combination of possibly a missing trophy (later turning up) and/or someone deciding they needed a better one.

Second Version - Centennial Cup Third Version - Centennial Cup The first trophy, with the bison on the top (picture, top left), is the original Centennial Cup that was presented by Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association. The second trophy, with the hockey player on top (pictured to the left) as was presented to the Vernon Lakers in 1990, the years this was in use is still not known. The third version (pictured to the right and recreated from a program image), similar to the original, was silver tiered with a bowl on top that not only had the team names engraved, but all the players names as well. It was this Centennial Cup that was being used when it was retired.

- info provided by Izak Westgate - Hockey Hall of Fame


The Red Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League defeated the Charlottetown Islanders in 1971 to claim the inaugural Canadian Junior A Championship and Manitoba Centennial Trophy, often referred to as the "Centennial Cup".

The Manitoba Centennial Cup trophy was retired following the championships of 1995. A new trophy was presented by the Royal Bank of Canada, to represent the National Junior 'A' Champions of Canada.

Guide & Record Book

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

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CENTENNIAL CUP 1970's

Teams play a best-of-seven series, East vs West.

  • 1971 - RED DEER RUSTLERS (AJHL) [3] [4] [6]
  • vs Charlottetown Islanders (MarJHL), 4 games to 2
  • 1972 - GUELPH CMCs (SOJHL)
  • vs Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL) [3] [4] [6], 4 games to 0
  • 1973 - PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE TERRIERS (MJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL), 4 games to 1
  • 1974 - SELKIRK STEELERS (MJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Smith Falls Bears (CJHL), 4 games to 3
  • 1975 - SPRUCE GROVE METS (AJHL) [3] [4] [6]
  • vs Guelph CMCs "Biltmore Mad Hatters" (OHA), 4 games to 2
  • 1976 - ROCKLAND NATIONALS (CJHL)
  • vs Spruce Grove Mets (AJHL) [3][4] [6] , 4 games to 1
  • 1977 - PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS (SJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL), 4 games to 0
  • 1978 - GUELPH HOLODAY PLATERS (OHA)
  • Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) [4] [6], 4 games to 0

A "Host" team was added for tournament play. Teams play a tournament round-robin. Each team plays each other twice with the top two playing a one game final.

  • 1979 - PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS (SJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Sherwood Parkdale Metros (MarJHL), 5-3 at

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  • 1980 - RED DEER RUSTLERS (AJHL) [3] [4] [6]
  • vs North York Rangers (OHA), 3-2
  • 1981 - PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS (SJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Belleville Bulls (OHA), 6-2

Teams again play a best-of-seven game series, East vs West.

  • 1982 - PRINCE ALBERT RAIDERS (SJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Guelph Platers (OHA), 4 games to 0
  • 1983 - NORTH YORK RANGERS (OJHL)
  • vs Abbotsford Flyers (BCJHL) [1] [2] [3] [4] [6], 4 games to 0
  • 1984 - WEYBURN RED WINGS (SJHL) [4] [6]
  • vs Orillia Travelways (OHA) , 4 games to 3

Teams [East, West, Central and Host] play a tournament round-robin. Each team plays each other once, with the top three entering the playoffs. The top team directly enters the final and the other two play a semi-final.

The 'Pacific Region' (BC / Alta) was added to the tournament. The teams play a round-robin with the four top teams making the two semi-final games, 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3. The semi-final winners play for the Championship.

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CENTENNIAL CUPS 1990's

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THE ROYAL BANK CUP

Roayl Bank Cup

After the retirement of the Manitoba Centennial Cup trophy, following the championships of 1995, a new trophy was presented by the Royal Bank of Canada, to represent the National Junior 'A' Champions of Canada. The offical name of the new trophy is Royal Bank of Canada Cup but, is commonly referred to as either the RBC Cup (2008-present), RBC Royal Bank Cup (2004-2007) or the Royal Bank Cup (1996-2003).

Roayl Bank Cup Logo 1996-2002     Roayl Bank Cup Logo 2003-2007     Roayl Bank Cup Logo 2008-present

In May of 1996, the Vernon Vipers defeated the Melfort Mustangs winning the inaugural Royal Bank Cup in Melfort, Saskatchewan, continuing the fine tradition of a National Junior 'A' Championship.

Current Format for the RBC Tournament

Once the 10 league champions have been decided, those teams meet for regional bragging rights, with champions of the Doyle Cup (Pacific - BCHL, AJHL), Anavet Cup (West - SJHL, MJHL), Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central - SIJHL, NOJHL, OJHL) and Fred Page Cup (East - CCHL, LHJQ, MHL) joining the hosts to play for the national title.

Guide & Record Book

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

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ROYAL BANK CUP 1990's

The Centennial Cup is replaced by the new sponsor of the Tournament and is called the Royal Bank Cup.

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ROYAL BANK CUP 2000's

  • 2000 - FORT McMURRAY OIL BARONS (AJHL)
  • vs Rayside Balfour Sabrecats (NOJHA), 2-1
  • 2001- CAMROSE KODIAKS (AJHL) [3] [6]
  • vs Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL), 5-0
  • 2002 - HALIFAX OLAND EXPORTS (MarJHL)
  • vs OCN Blizzard (ManJHL), 3-1
  • 2003 - HUMBOLDT BRONCOS (SJHL)
  • vs Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) [3] [7], 3-1
  • 2004 - AURORA TIGERS (OPJHL)
  • vs Kindersley Klippers (SJHL), 7-1
  • 2005 - WEYBURN REDWINGS (SJHL)
  • vs Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) [3] [7], 3-2
  • 2006 - BURNABY EXPRESS (BCHL)[1] [2] [3] [7]
  • vs Yorkton Terriers (SJHL), 8-2
  • 2007 - AURORA TIGERS (OPJHL)
  • vs Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL), 3-1
  • 2008 - HUMBOLDT BRONCOS (SJHL)
  • vs Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) [3] [7], 1-0
  • 2009 - VERNON VIPERS (BCHL) [1] [2] [3] [7]
  • vs Humboldt Broncos (SJHL), 2-0

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ROYAL BANK CUP 2010's

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THE NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP

National Junior A Banner Logo

The Royal Bank Of Canada cancelled its premier sponsorship with Hockey Canada so, the tournament is now called the National Junior A Championship.

The National Junior A Championship, is an annual ice hockey competition that determines the Canadian Junior A champion. It is played under the supervision of Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

The forerunner to the National Junior A Championship was the Royal Bank Cup, which ran from 1996 to 2018, and the Manitoba Centennial Cup, which ran for 25 years from 1971 to 1995 inclusive.

The current tournament structure is a five-team round-robin followed by a playoff. The participating teams are the four regional champions and the host team.

  • Fred Page Cup: Eastern Champion
  • Dudley Hewitt Cup: Central Champion
  • ANAVET Cup: Western Champion
  • Doyle Cup: Pacific Champion
  • Host Team: Predetermined by Canadian Junior Hockey League

Guide & Record Book

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

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NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 2019 Brooks, Alberta, May 11-19
  • 2020 Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, May

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NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP

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NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP

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ACRONYMS

  • AJHL - Albert Junior Hockey League
  • BCHL - British Columbia Hockey League
  • BCJHL - British Columbia Junior Hockey League
  • CCHL - Central Canada Tier 1 Junior A Hockey League
  • CJHL - Central Junior Hockey League
  • MJHL - Manitoba Junior Hockey League
  • MarJHL - Maritime Junior Hockey League
  • NOJHA - Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
  • OHA - Ontario Hockey Association
  • OJAHL - Ontario Junior Amateur Hockey League
  • OJHL - Ontario Junior Hockey League
  • OPJHL - Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League
  • SJHL - Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
  • SOJHL - Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League
  • USHL - United States Hockey League

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NOTATIONS

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