The Mowat Cup

Mowat Cup

The Mowat Cup (emblematic of the Junior Amateur Hockey Championship of British Columbia) was donated to the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association, BCAHA, by Mr. John Mowat of Victoria, B.C. for competition of junior 'A' hockey clubs.

The Mowat Cup has been exclusive to the British Columbia Hockey League after the 1999 Championship.

Other leagues that were eligible for the Mowat Cup are...

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Mowat Cup Champions

1928 The first competition for the Cup was limited to a one game affair as ice time was not available. Fernie defeated Ex-King George in Vancouver. Fernie had won the right to play in the final having defeated Armstrong 17-1, Salmon Arm 16-4, and Revelstoke 7-1

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1932 The Trail Smoke Eaters won their first of 22 titles over the next 29 seasons that the Cup was competed for. They defeated Merritt in Trail.

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1944 The Trail Smoke Eaters won the Mowat and the Abbott Cup, Western Canada Finals, only to be defeated by the Oshawa Generals for the Memorial Cup National Championship.

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1962 Marked the initial year of the Okanagan Mainline Junior A Hockey League and as their champions the Kamloops Rockets defeated the Trail Smoke Eaters in two straight games for the title.

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1963 Saw the last Mowat Cup victory for the Trail Smoke Eaters, to date, as they defeated the New Westminster Royals, for it was their 22nd Mowat Cup win.

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1968 The British Columbia Junior A Hockey League was formed when New Westminster Royals and Victoria Cougars joined the four team Okanagan Junior Hockey League. The Penticton Broncos won the BCJHL Championship in that first year.

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1981 Marked the inaugural season in which the British Columbia Junior Hockey League played the Peace Cariboo Junior Hockey League for the Mowat Cup. The Penticton Knights BCJHL defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings PCJHL two straight in the best of three, 3-0 and 5-1.

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1986 The Penticton Knights became the first ever B.C. team to win the National Title as they defeated Prince George for the Mowat Cup, Calgary for the Doyle Cup BC/AB Championship, Winnipeg for the Abbott Cup Western Canadian Championship and then won the Centennial Cup Tournament with a final win over host Cole Harbour.

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1990 The Mowat Cup Series was changed to a best-of-five for the first time. The New Westminster Royals of the BCJHL defeated Prince George Spruce Kings PCJHL in three straight 7-4, 8-5, 7-4. In the Centennial Cup, hosted by Vernon, the Vernon Lakers defeated New Westminster for the National Title with a come-from-behind 6-5 overtime win.

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1991 The Vernon Lakers of the BCJHL defeated Prince George Spruce Kings of the newly formed Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League in three straight. 5-1,7-5 and 5-2.

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1999 The Vernon Vipers have the unique distinction of being the only BCJHL team to be defeated by a team from the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, the Kimberley Dynamiters.

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2000 The BCJHL becomes the only "JUNIOR A" league in the province so, are automitic Mowat Cup winners.

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Acronyms

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