|Current season, competition or edition:|
2018 National Ringette League playoffs
|No. of teams||15|
|Most titles||Cambridge Turbos (6 times)|
The National Ringette League (NRL) is the top level sports league for the sport of ringette in Canada. It is a showcase league and all of its players are unpaid. The league is guided by the sport's national non-profit sports organization, Ringette Canada. Its inaugural year was in November of 2004.
During the 2018-2019 season, the NRL consisted of fifteen teams in two conferences - a western conference of five teams and an eastern conference of ten. The eastern conference is divided separately into the Red and White divisions.
Teams competing in the Eastern Conference include:
Eastern Conference Red (5 teams):
Eastern Conference White (5 teams):
Western Conference (5 Teams):
As of 2021, the league has completed sixteen seasons of play. The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The majority of the players come from Canada with a few from the United States, Finland, and other countries.
The National Ringette League playoffs are the knockout match, round robin and tournament for determining the champion for the league.
The final competition for the National Ringette League is held annually at the Canadian Ringette Championships and the winning team is awarded the Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup.
Canada's Rick Mercer visited the National Ringette League's Cambridge Turbos in 2009 to shoot an episode about ringette in Canada.
Ringette is a Canadian sport that was first introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario.For ten years, play was confined to Ontario and Quebec, however the sport spread quickly and is now played by 50,000 girls across Canada.
It wasn't until the success of the 2002 World Ringette Championships in Edmonton, Alberta when Canada won the gold medal that the desire to create, establish and organize the National Ringette League emerged.
The first NRL season began in November 2004 with seventeen teams. There wasn't a championship match after the first NRL season.
The first NRL season began in November 2004 with 17 teams. During the second NRL season in 2005-2006, two new teams joined the league bringing the league total to nineteen. The teams were then divided into four conferences. However, during the off season, three teams folded, citing low attendance revenue.
As of 2021, the National Ringette League has fifteen teams competing. In total the league has historically had twenty-six teams competing during different periods of the league's existence:
Atlantic Attack, Quebec City Cyclones,Montreal Mission, Gatineau Fusion, Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline (LSL), Rive Sud Revolution, BLL Nordiques (Bourassa-Laval-Lanaudière), Bourassa Royal (formerly BLL Nordiques), Ottawa Ice, Richmond Hill Lightning, Waterloo Wildfire, Cambridge Turbos, Whitby Wild, Gloucester Devils, Manitoba Jets, Manitoba Intact, Manitoba Prairie Fire, Saskatoon Wild, Calgary RATH, Edmonton WAM!, Edmonton Black Gold Rush, BC Thunder, BC Reign, Fraser Valley Avalanche, Lower Mainland Thunder (aka LMRL Thunder), and the APFG Sixers.
The Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the winning team in the National Ringette League and is named after Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé (née Benoît), the late Governor General of Canada and the first female Governor General in the nation's history.
The final competition for the National Ringette League is held annually at the Canadian Ringette Championships. The winning team in the NRL division is awarded the Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cupnamed after the late Governor General of Canada, Jeanne Sauvé. Initially coined the Jeanne Sauvé Cup, and initiated in December 1984, it was first presented at the 1985 Canadian Ringette Championships in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec. It is now entitled the Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup, in memory of the late Governor General of Canada.
At the end of March, during the week break before the National Ringette League Championships, the League names its annuals Award Nominees. The awards program recognizes the performance of NRL athletes during regular season play with trophies for Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, Top Forward, Top Centre, Top Defense, and Top Goalkeeper. These awards, along with awards for Coaching Staff of the Year, NRL Top Scorer and NRL Scoring Champion. Award winners are announced at the closing banquet of the Canadian Ringette Championships.
The National Ringette League championship final has usually been broadcast on Rogers TV.
Characteristic of North American sports, the NRL is a closed league with no relegation. There is an annual draft in between seasons, which is the main entry for new players in the league. The NRL runs four regional drafts; in 2011, there was one for the region of Ottawa and Gatineau,another one for Manitoba, another for Southern Ontario, and another for the Montreal region. Trading among teams is also common.
The 2010-11 season saw the introduction of a new NRL Championship Tournament which replaced the Championship qualifying rounds. The tournament takes place in just one city. The format is intended to allow the league to create a media event and to hold attention. The top ten teams in the regular season of the league participate in the tournament which crowns the team champion of the league.
Starting in 2011-12, eight teams played a full round robin to determine the champion which is also called Elite Eight.
As of 2021 there are fifteen National Ringette League teams in Canada, all of whom compete in one of either of the two Conferences, either the Eastern Conference or Western Conference. The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of 2021 there are fifteen National Ringette League teams in Canada, all of whom compete in one of either of the two Conferences, either the Eastern Conference or Western Conference.
|Canadian Conference||Canadian Team||Canadian City/Area||Founded||Cups|
|East - Red||Gatineau Fusion||Gatineau, Quebec||0|
|East - Red||Ottawa Ice||Ottawa, Ontario||1|
|East - White||Atlantic Attack||Moncton, New Brunswick||1|
|East - White||Bourassa Royal (initially the BLL Nordiques)||Bourassa-Laval-Lanaudière, Quebec||2004||0|
|East - White||Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline||Lac-Saint-Louis, Quebec||0|
|East - White||Montreal Mission||Montréal, Quebec||0|
|East - White||Rive Sud Revolution||South Shore (Montreal), Quebec||0|
|East - Red||Cambridge Turbos||Cambridge, Ontario||2003||6|
|East - Red||Richmond Hill Lightning||Richmond Hill, Ontario||0|
|East - Red||Waterloo Wildfire||Waterloo, Ontario||0|
|Western||BC Thunder||British Columbia||0|
|Western||Black Gold Rush||Edmonton, Alberta||0|
|Western||Calgary RATH||Calgary, Alberta||2|
|Western||Edmonton WAM!||Edmonton, Alberta||3|
|Western||Manitoba Intact (replaced the Manitoba Jets and Manitoba Prairie Fire)||Winnipeg, Manitoba||0|
Defunct: Quebec City Cyclones, BLL Nordiques (Bourassa-Laval-Lanaudière)
Defunct: Whitby Wild, Gloucester Devils
Defunct: Manitoba Jets, Manitoba Prairie Fire
Defunct: Saskatoon Wild
Defunct: BC Reign, Fraser Valley Avalanche, Lower Mainland Thunder (aka LMRL Thunder)
Defunct: APFG Sixers, Central Conference
The following teams no longer exist in the National Ringette League:
While the Manitoba Jets and Manitoba Prairie Fire teams folded, a new team was later created in the province in their stead, the Manitoba Intact, which competes in the NRL Western Conference.
|Black Gold Rush||3||74||19||47||8||0||46|
|Fraser Valley Avalanche||1||30||9||17||4||0||22|
|Lac St.Louis Adrenaline||11||308||89||204||15||2||193|
|Quebec City Cyclones||6||182||87||80||15||0||189|
|Richmond Hill Lighting||11||308||178||113||17||2||373|
|Rive Sud Revolution||11||309||109||188||12||1||230|
National Ringette League (NRL) champions compete annually at the Canadian Ringette Championships at the end of the NRL season.
Below is a list of the NRL gold (Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup winners), silver, and bronze medal winners from 2003-04 to 2020-21:
|Season||NRL Championship Location||Gold||Silver||Bronze|
|2003-04 (Open)||Calgary, Alberta||Alberta||Ontario Wild Card||Manitoba|
|2004-05 (Open/No championship match)||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Alberta||Ontario||Ontario Wild Card|
|2005-06 (Open)||Longueuil, Quebec||Ontario (Cambridge Turbos)||Alberta||Quebec|
|2006-07 (Open)||Halifax, Nova Scotia||Alberta (Edmonton WAM!)||Western Wild Card||Ontario|
|2007-08 (NRL)||St. Albert, Alberta||Cambridge Turbos||Montreal Mission||Calgary RATH|
|2008-09 (NRL)||Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island||Cambridge Turbos||Edmonton WAM!||Montreal Mission|
|2009-10 (NRL)||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||Edmonton WAM!||Cambridge Turbos||Prairie Fire|
|2010-11 (NRL)||Cambridge, Ontario||Edmonton WAM!||Cambridge Turbos||Calgary RATH|
|2011-12 (NRL)||Burnaby, British Columbia||LMRL Thunder (Lower Mainland Ringette League)||Montreal Mission||Ottawa Ice|
|2012-13 (NRL)||Fredericton, New Brunswick||Calgary RATH||Prairie Fire||Cambridge Turbos|
|2013-14 (NRL)||Regina, Saskatchewan||Ottawa Ice||Cambridge Turbos||Edmonton WAM!|
|2014-15 (NRL)||Wood Buffalo, Alberta||Cambridge Turbos||Richmond Hill Lightning||Edmonton WAM!|
|2015-16 (NRL)||London, Ontario||Cambridge Turbos||Gloucester Devils||Ottawa Ice|
|2016-17 (NRL)||Leduc, Alberta||Cambridge Turbos||Atlantic Attack||Waterloo Wildfire|
|2017-18 (NRL)||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Atlantic Attack||Edmonton WAM!||Cambridge Turbos|
|2018-19 (NRL)||Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island||Calgary RATH||Atlantic Attack||Cambridge Turbos|
In 2005-2006, the National Ringette League, for its second season, competed with 19 teams (two new teams joined the league). These teams were distributed in four conferences: the West Conference - five teams, Central Conference – five teams, Ontario Conference - five teams and Quebec Conference - four teams. The dominant teams were the Cambridge Turbos in the Ontario Conference, Montreal Mission in the Quebec Conference, in the Western Division the Edmonton WAM! and the champions of the Central Division, the APFG Sixers. At the end of the regular season were the qualifying rounds: eight teams participated in the [National Ringette League playoffs]] which crown the team champion of the league. The championship match of the NRL/LNR took place in the Centre Étienne Desmarteau in Montreal, on April 1, 2006 which was won by the Cambridge Turbos. During the off-season three teams folded, citing low attendance revenue.
In its third season (2006–2007), the NRL consisted of 16 teams distributed in three conferences: the West Conference – seven teams, Ontario Conference – five teams, all in Ontario, and Quebec Conference – four teams. The Championship finale match took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on April 10, 2007, won by the Edmonton WAM!.
In 2007-2008, seventeen teams competed in two conferences, the Western Conference which included seven teams and the Eastern Conference which included ten teams. The Cambridge Turbos won the NRL Championship by beating the Montreal Mission 2-1 in overtime.
In 2008-2009, the NRL consisted of eighteen teamsgrouped in a Western Conference with six teams and an Eastern Conference with twelve teams. The NRL Championship Game took place in Charlottetown, PEI, and the Cambridge Turbos won again. Also in 2008, the first World Club Ringette Championship was held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Four NRL teams faced two teams from the Professional Ringette Elite League of Finland, the Ringeten SM-Sarja. The Cambridge Turbos won the world title having overcome in the Finnish champion team, LuKi-82 Luvia, in the final.
In the 2009-10 season, the National Ringette League for its sixth season comprised eight teams grouped together in a Western Conference with six teams, and an Eastern Conference with twelve teams. The competition remained very intense and marked the return of the ascendancy of different western Canadian teams:The Edmonton WAM! became the NRL champions again after being eclipsed for two years by the Cambridge Turbos. Edmonton beat Cambridge 2-0 in the National Finals.
From March 27 till April 2, 2011, the NRL Championship Tournament took place in Cambridge, Ontario. In the Final game, the Edmonton WAM! triumphed over the Cambridge Turbos
In the 2011-12 season, the NRL entered its eighth season with nineteen teams playing in two conferences. The NRL experienced a new expansion, with the creation of two new teams:Atlantic Attack (of Moncton in New Brunswick) and Lower Mainland Ringette League (LMRL Thunder of British Columbia).
The 2011-12 regular season began on October 15, 2011 and concluded on March 18, 2012. All in all, thirty matches were contested by each of the teams during the regular season. Each of the teams only faced teams within their own conference. This structure allows teams to reduce the costs of transport given the size of the Canadian territory covered by the league. At the end of the regular season, there is a break of a week when the various individual distinctions are awarded, then a National Ringette League Championship Tournament.
2013-14 : Ottawa Ice
2014-15 : Cambridge Turbos
2015-16 : Cambridge Turbos
2016-17 : Cambridge Turbos
2017-18 : Atlantic Attack
2018-19 : Calgary Rath
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