Since 1974, the best minor hockey teams in the country have gathered to compete for Canada's National Midget Championship. Five regional champions join the host team in a week-long marathon to crown the very best in Canada. In the first 44 years of the tournament, teams from seven provinces have claimed a national title.
The TELUS Cup has been a starting point for hundreds of NHL careers; alumni of Canada’s National Midget Championship include a trio of first-overall picks (Gord Kluzak, Wendel Clark, Sidney Crosby), and a who’s-who of Canadian stars past and present – names like Brind’Amour, Drouin, Eberle, Francis, Letang, Roy, Sakic and Yzerman.
This season, 149 teams from Victoria to St. John’s will face off for the right to be called national champions; the LHMAAAQ champions advance directly to the TELUS Cup as Quebec representatives, while the other four regional spots will be filled by the champions of Pacific (B.C. and Alberta), West (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, NW Ontario), Central (GNML, MHAO, GTHL, OMHA, HEO) and Atlantic (N.S., N.L., N.B., P.E.I.).