Before they hit the ice for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team or Canada's National Women’s Team, the future of women’s hockey debuts on the national stage at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, playing for a gold medal and national bragging rights. Eight provincial and regional teams – Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario Blue, Ontario Red, Quebec and Saskatchewan – gather for the national championship each year for a five-games-in-five-days sprint to gold.

Since the tournament’s inception in 2001, it has often been a first step towards international gold; 14 players who helped Canada’s National Women’s Team win its fourth-consecutive gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games were alumnae of the National Women’s Under-18 Championship. Two-time Olympic gold medallist Marie-Philip Poulin ranks as the all-time leading scorer in tournament history, racking up 30 points (12G 18A) over three appearances with Quebec.

National Women's Under-18 Championship
Quebec City, Que.
November 1-5, 2017
Huntsville, Ont.
November 4-8, 2015
Calgary, Alta.
November 6-10, 2013
Dawson Creek, B.C.
November 7-11, 2012
Which team has won the most gold medals? Which team scored the most goals in a game? How many alumna have played internationally? Get the answers in the National Women's U18 Championship Guide & Record Book.

All-Time Results
Year Gold Silver Bronze Location
2017  Ontario Red Ontario Blue British Columbia Quebec City, Que.
2016  Ontario Red Quebec British Columbia Regina, Sask.
2015 Ontario Red Manitoba Ontario Blue Huntsville, Ont.
2013 Ontario Red Ontario Blue Alberta Calgary, Alta.
2012 Ontario Blue Manitoba Ontario Red Dawson Creek, B.C.
2011 Ontario Red Quebec Manitoba Saguenay, Que.
2009 Ontario Red Ontario Blue Quebec Surrey, B.C.
2008 Ontario Red Quebec Manitoba Greater Napanee, Ont.
2007 Ontario Red Quebec Manitoba Kitchener, Ont.
2005 (Nov.) Ontario Red Quebec Atlantic Salmon Arm, B.C.
2005 (Jan.) Ontario Red Quebec British Columbia Salmon Arm, B.C.
2001 Ontario Red Quebec West Trois-Rivières, Que.
2017 NWU18C: BC 2 - SK 1 OT (bronze)
British Columbia wins second consecutive bronze medal at U18 Nationals
2017 NWU18C: ON-R 3 ON-B 1 (Gold)
Ontario Red wins fourth consecutive National Women’s U18 Championsip.
2017 NWU18C: AB 4 - QC 1 (Preliminary)
Betinol, Fry led Alberta’s offence on its way to earning a 4-1 win over Quebec and fifth overall .
2017 NWU18C: MB 2 - ATL 1 (Preliminary)
Manitoba earns 2-1 win to secure seventh place at U18s.