Established in 2009, the Esso Cup brings together five regional champions from across the country, plus a host team, to compete for Canada's National Female Midget Championship. Since the inaugural tournament in Calgary, Alta., teams representing nine provinces have participated, and four have laid claim to national champions.
During the 2017-18 season, 100 teams – from the Vancouver Island Seals in British Columbia to the Eastern Icebreakers in Newfoundland and Labrador – have the chance to be the best in Canada. Provincial champions from Ontario and Quebec advance directly to the Esso Cup, while the remaining berths are filled by regional champions from Pacific (B.C. and Alberta), West (Manitoba and Saskatchewan) and Atlantic (N.B., N.L., N.S., P.E.I.).