The Hockey Memorial Cup is the final championship tournament for the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). This annual tournament is held in a round-robin style where each team in the tournament gets the chance to compete against one another, rather than in an elimination style tournament. The 2020 Hockey Memorial Cup would mark the 102nd annual championship.
The Canadian Hockey league is the top junior hockey league in the world, with a majority of Canadian based teams and few American teams. The Hockey Memorial Cup was previously known as the OHA Memorial Cup, since the trophy was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association. The CHL hosts three other leagues for the Memorial cup, the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), who compete for the title and the grand trophy.
The Memorial Cup in hockey is the highest recognized junior hockey league championship in the world. The Memorial Cup is the trophy representing the championship tournament that is awarded to the winning team across the 4 leagues that participate in the tournament. The tournament trophy was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association, honoring young soldiers who sacrificed their lives for Canada is the first World War. There have been 101 crowned Memorial Cup champions since the beginning of the tournament and the trophy donation.
Three outside leagues compete in the Memorial Cup, in addition to the host league, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). The three other leagues are the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). These leagues consist of 60 teams based mainly in Canada, with a few teams from the United States. The teams represent nine provinces in Canada and five American states.
The 2020 Memorial Cup was supposed to be held at Prospera Place, British Columbia. The host team was the Kelowna Rockets. It was supposed to be played from May 22-31st, 2020 by the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Memorial Cup was canceled, due to a cancellation of the regular season and the playoffs. All four leagues agreed to have the Memorial Cup canceled and are looking forward to the next season.
The 2021 Memorial Cup is going to be hosted by the Oshawa Generals and the Soo Greyhounds. The set arena for the Oshawa Generals is the Tributes Communities Centre located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The 2021 Memorial Cup will take place from May 20-30th, 2021, featuring teams from all leagues participating to win the final title and trophy.