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Memorial Cup

Memorial Cup

The John Ross Robertson Memorial Cup was first presented in 1919 to the junior champions of Canada. Two teams from northwestern Ontario have claimed this national title. The Fort William Great War Vets won the title in 1922. Given the high cost of travel, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association deemed that the team favoured to win the national title, the Toronto Aura Lee, would simply stop in Fort William on their way to the finals being held in Winnipeg. It was here that one of the greatest upsets in junior hockey occurred with Fort William defeating the Aura Lee 5-3 in a sudden death playoff. They went on to defeat the Regina Caps to claim Thunder Bay's first national hockey title.

In 1948 the Port Arthur West End Bruins defeated the Barrie Flyers in four straight games to bring home the Memorial Cup. Many members of the team went on to play in the NHL including Benny Woit, Danny Lewicki, Barton Bradley and Dave Creighton.

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