This year’s Memorial Cup marks three significant milestones. It’s been a century since the Memorial Cup was first created, a half-century since the QMJHL was formed in 1969 and a quarter-century since the host Halifax Mooseheads came into existence.
100 years ago…
The Memorial Cup is first contested in remembrance of Canadian soldiers killed in the First World War. With soldiers streaming home from Europe hockey leagues at both the professional and junior levels take shape.
- Canadian Prime Minister: Robert Borden
- Memorial Cup champion: University of Toronto Schools
- Stanley Cup champion: none – flu epidemic
- Teddy Roosevelt dies; Russian Civil War rages and Treaty of Versailles is signed
50 years ago…
The QMJHL begins play for the 1969-70 season with 11 teams after the merger of the leading teams of the Quebec Junior Hockey League and the Metropolitan Montreal Junior Hockey League.
- Canadian Prime Minister: Pierre Trudeau
- Memorial Cup Champion: Montreal Junior Canadiens
- Stanley Cup Champion: Montreal Canadiens
- Dwight Eisenhower dies; Vietnam War rages and Woodstock concert is held in New York state
25 years ago…
The Halifax Moosheads were founded in 1994 and began play in the 1994-95 season. The team was the first Atlantic to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and has blazed a trail for the other Maritime-based clubs that exist a quarter century later.
- Canadian Prime Minister: Jean Chretien
- Memorial Cup Champion: Kamloops Blazers
- Stanley Cup Champion: New York Rangers
- Richard Nixon dies; War in the Balkans rages and world is gripped by O.J. Simpson trial
Other interesting facts ahead of tonight’s Memorial Cup Final…
- The Halifax Mooseheads and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies square off in the second-ever all-QMJHL Final and first since the Quebec Remparts defeated the host Moncton Wildcats in 2006.
- The QMJHL champion Huskies and league finalist Mooseheads will face each other for the eighth time in less than a month after Rouyn-Noranda defeated Halifax in six games to hoist the President’s Cup.
- One head coach will join a unique category tonight. Either Rouyn-Noranda’s Mario Pouliot (Acadie-Bathurst ’18) or Halifax’s Eric Veilleux (Shawinigan ’12) will join Don Hay (Kamloops ’94, ’95, Vancouver ’07) and Bryan Maxwell (Medicine Hat ’87, Spokane ’91) as just the third coach in CHL history to win Memorial Cup championships with two different teams. Should the Huskies win, Pouliot would become the first coach in CHL history to win with different teams in back-to-back seasons.
- On a similar note, Rouyn-Noranda’s Noah Dobson or Halifax’s Samuel Asselin and Antoine Morand will accomplish a similar feat. They would join a group of four other players since the establishment of the Round Robin format in 1972 in Daniel Robertson (Windsor ’17, Oshawa ’15), Stephen MacAulay (Halifax ’13, Saint John ’11), Gary Roberts (Guelph ’86, Ottawa ’84) and Robert Savard (Cornwall ’80, ’81, Kitchener ’82) to win championships with two different teams. They would be the first to do so in back-to-back seasons since Savard in 1981 & ’82.