The hardest trophy to win in Canadian hockey? For the last 47 years, teams have faced off for Canada’s National Junior A Championship, but only after claiming league and regional titles first. Four regional representatives and a host team make up the field, and the 31 different championship teams have come from seven provinces.
The Road to the National Junior A Championship includes over 130 teams in 10 leagues – from Port Alberni, B.C., to Flin Flon, Man., to Campbellton, N.B. 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.