ST. JOHN’S, NL – 24 high school hockey teams from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia will take to the ice from February 4th – 7th for the 2016 Confederation Cup, hosted by Gonzaga High School in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Now in it’s 18th installment, the two-tier tournament has featured several of Newfoundland’s top players, most recently Joel Bishop (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL), Tyler Boland (Rimouski Océanic, QMJHL), and Carolina Hurricanes draft-pick Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL).
The St. Andrew’s College Saints of Aurora, Ontario, a prep hockey school, were victorious in the first two years of the tournament. The 2000 Confederation Cup Final can be viewed below, featuring St. Andrew’s and the Laval Cavaliers of Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Held at the old Memorial Stadium, the former home of the now defunct St. John’s Maple Leafs AHL club, the tournament was a very popular event that saw a peak of 56 teams play in the 2003 tournament.
The inaugural year featured 28 teams, and after the 2003 tournament it was decided that the number of invited teams would be limited to 48 (32 male teams & 16 female teams).
The last female teams competed in 2007, and, in 2014, there were no teams competing from New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island for the first time since the tournament commenced.
Last year’s tournament featured 20 teams, with just one team coming from outside Newfoundland.
The 2016 teams are listed below.