The hardest trophy to win in Canadian hockey? For the last 51 years, Junior A teams have faced off for the Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, 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 Centennial Cup includes 117 teams in nine leagues – from Canmore, Alta., to Flin Flon, Man., to Campbellton, N.B. Once the nine league champions have been decided, those teams meet for regional bragging rights, with champions of the Doyle Cup (Pacific – 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.