National Ringette League

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National Ringette League
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Sports current event.svg 2018 National Ringette League playoffs
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Sport Ringette
Founded2004
No. of teams15
CountryFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
Most titles Cambridge Turbos (6 times)
Official website NRL.ca
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Calgary Rath, 2019 NRL Champions

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.

Contents

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. [1]

Jocelyne Landry and Josee Doiron charging down the ice in a game against Richmond Hill Lightning on October 28th 2018 Atlantic Attack Ringette Team.jpg
Jocelyne Landry and Josee Doiron charging down the ice in a game against Richmond Hill Lightning on October 28th 2018

History

League beginnings and inaugural season

February 12, 2012: Montreal Mission player taking a free pass National Ringette League 01.jpg
February 12, 2012: Montreal Mission player taking a free pass

Ringette is a Canadian sport that was first introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario. [2] For ten years, play was confined to Ontario and Quebec, however the sport spread quickly and is now played by 50,000 girls [3] 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.

Team history

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: [4]

Atlantic Attack, Quebec City Cyclones, [5] 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, [5] Gloucester Devils, [6] [5] Manitoba Jets, [5] Manitoba Intact, Manitoba Prairie Fire, [5] Saskatoon Wild, [5] Calgary RATH, Edmonton WAM!, Edmonton Black Gold Rush, BC Thunder, BC Reign, [5] Fraser Valley Avalanche, [5] Lower Mainland Thunder (aka LMRL Thunder), [5] and the APFG Sixers. [5]

Awards and honours

Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup

Jeanne Sauve, the first woman to become governor general of Canada. The National Ringette League trophy is named in her honour. Jeanne Sauve GG.jpg
Jeanne Sauvé, the first woman to become governor general of Canada. The National Ringette League trophy is named in her honour.

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 Cup [7] named 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.

NRL Annual Award Nominees

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.

Broadcasting

The National Ringette League championship final has usually been broadcast on Rogers TV.

Format

NRL general regulation

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, [8] another one for Manitoba, [9] another for Southern Ontario, [10] and another for the Montreal region. [11] Trading among teams is also common. [12]

NRL National Championship format

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.

Teams

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.

Current teams

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 ConferenceCanadian TeamCanadian City/AreaFounded Cups
Eastern Conference
East - Red Gatineau Fusion Flag of Quebec.svg Gatineau, Quebec 0
East - Red Ottawa Ice Flag of Ontario.svg Ottawa, Ontario 1
East - White Atlantic Attack Flag of New Brunswick.svg Moncton, New Brunswick 1
East - White Bourassa Royal (initially the BLL Nordiques) Flag of Quebec.svg Bourassa-Laval-Lanaudière, Quebec 20040
East - White Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline Flag of Quebec.svg Lac-Saint-Louis, Quebec 0
East - White Montreal Mission Flag of Quebec.svg Montréal, Quebec 0
East - White Rive Sud Revolution Flag of Quebec.svg South Shore (Montreal), Quebec 0
East - Red Cambridge Turbos Flag of Ontario.svg Cambridge, Ontario 20036
East - Red Richmond Hill Lightning Flag of Ontario.svg Richmond Hill, Ontario 0
East - Red Waterloo Wildfire Flag of Ontario.svg Waterloo, Ontario 0
Western Conference
Western BC Thunder Flag of British Columbia.svg British Columbia 0
Western Black Gold Rush Flag of Alberta.svg Edmonton, Alberta 0
Western Calgary RATH Flag of Alberta.svg Calgary, Alberta 2
Western Edmonton WAM! Flag of Alberta.svg Edmonton, Alberta 3
Western Manitoba Intact (replaced the Manitoba Jets and Manitoba Prairie Fire) Flag of Manitoba.svg Winnipeg, Manitoba 0

Teams by Canadian province or territory (past-present)

Flag of New Brunswick.svg New Brunswick (Canadian Atlantic Province):

Defunct: 0

Flag of Nova Scotia.svg Nova Scotia:

  • Current: 0

Defunct: 0

Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Prince Edward Island:

  • Current: 0

Defunct: 0

Flag of Quebec.svg Quebec:

Defunct: Quebec City Cyclones, BLL Nordiques (Bourassa-Laval-Lanaudière)

Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario:

  • Current: Ottawa Ice, Richmond Hill Lightning, Waterloo Wildfire, Cambridge Turbos

Defunct: Whitby Wild, Gloucester Devils

Flag of Manitoba.svg Manitoba:

  • Current: Manitoba Intact

Defunct: Manitoba Jets, Manitoba Prairie Fire

Flag of Saskatchewan.svg Saskatchewan:

  • Current: 0

Defunct: Saskatoon Wild

Flag of Alberta.svg Alberta:

  • Current: Calgary RATH, Edmonton WAM!, Edmonton Black Gold Rush

Defunct: 0

Flag of British Columbia.svg British Columbia:

  • Current: BC Thunder

Defunct: BC Reign, Fraser Valley Avalanche, Lower Mainland Thunder (aka LMRL Thunder)

Flag of Yukon.svg Yukon:

  • Current: 0

Defunct: 0

Flag of the Northwest Territories.svg Northwest Territories:

  • Current: 0

Defunct: 0

Flag of Nunavut.svg Nunavut:

  • Current: 0

Defunct: 0


  • NRL Other:

Defunct: APFG Sixers, Central Conference

Teams no longer active in the NRL

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.

Regular season team records

TeamSeasonGPWLSOLGDNP [14] Pt
Atlantic Attack 7186958290199
BC Reign [5] 118018020
BC Thunder [15] 6151677680142
Black Gold Rush 37419478046
Bourassa Royal [16] 1131086207170189
Calgary RATH 1025016167220340
Cambridge Turbos 1130926131171539
Edmonton WAM! 1025015185140316
Fraser Valley Avalanche [5] 1309174022
Gatineau Fusion 1027972193140158
Gloucester Devils [17] 10288150117210321
Lac St.Louis Adrenaline 1130889204152193
Manitoba Intact 24826184056
Manitoba Jets [5] 410340558188
Montreal Mission 1130824453112499
Ottawa Ice 1130720882173433
Prairie Fire [5] 5127913151187
Quebec City Cyclones [17] 61828780150189
Richmond Hill Lighting 11308178113172373
Rive Sud Revolution 11309109188121230
Saskatoon Wild [5] 410424764052
Waterloo Wildfire 11309134158171285
Whitby Wild [5] 4123238911057

National Ringette League champions

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: [18]

SeasonNRL Championship Location Gold SilverBronze
2003-04 (Open) Flag of Alberta.svg Calgary, AlbertaAlbertaOntario Wild CardManitoba
2004-05 (Open/No championship match) Flag of Manitoba.svg Winnipeg, ManitobaAlbertaOntarioOntario Wild Card
2005-06 (Open) Flag of Quebec.svg Longueuil, QuebecOntario (Cambridge Turbos)AlbertaQuebec
2006-07 (Open) Flag of Nova Scotia.svg Halifax, Nova ScotiaAlberta (Edmonton WAM!)Western Wild CardOntario
2007-08 (NRL) Flag of Alberta.svg St. Albert, Alberta Cambridge Turbos Montreal Mission Calgary RATH
2008-09 (NRL) Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Cambridge Turbos Edmonton WAM! Montreal Mission
2009-10 (NRL) Flag of Saskatchewan.svg Saskatoon, SaskatchewanEdmonton WAM! Cambridge Turbos Prairie Fire
2010-11 (NRL) Flag of Ontario.svg Cambridge, OntarioEdmonton WAM! Cambridge Turbos Calgary RATH
2011-12 (NRL) Flag of British Columbia.svg Burnaby, British ColumbiaLMRL Thunder (Lower Mainland Ringette League) Montreal Mission Ottawa Ice
2012-13 (NRL) Flag of New Brunswick.svg Fredericton, New BrunswickCalgary RATHPrairie Fire Cambridge Turbos
2013-14 (NRL) [19] Flag of Saskatchewan.svg Regina, SaskatchewanOttawa Ice Cambridge Turbos Edmonton WAM!
2014-15 (NRL) Flag of Alberta.svg Wood Buffalo, Alberta Cambridge Turbos Richmond Hill LightningEdmonton WAM!
2015-16 (NRL) Flag of Ontario.svg London, Ontario Cambridge Turbos Gloucester DevilsOttawa Ice
2016-17 (NRL) Flag of Alberta.svg Leduc, Alberta Cambridge Turbos Atlantic Attack Waterloo Wildfire
2017-18 (NRL) Flag of Manitoba.svg Winnipeg, Manitoba Atlantic Attack Edmonton WAM! Cambridge Turbos
2018-19 (NRL) [20] Flag of Prince Edward Island.svg Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward IslandCalgary RATH Atlantic Attack Cambridge Turbos
2019-20 (NRL)CancelledCancelledCancelledCancelled
2020-21 (NRL)CancelledCancelledCancelledCancelled

Seasons

2005-06

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.

2006-07

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!.

2007-08

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. [21] [22]

2008-09

In 2008-2009, the NRL consisted of eighteen teams [23] grouped 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. [24] [25] [26] 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. [27] The Cambridge Turbos won the world title having overcome in the Finnish champion team, LuKi-82 Luvia, in the final. [28] [29]

2009-10

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: [30] 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. [31]

2011-12

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 [32]

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: [33] Atlantic Attack (of Moncton in New Brunswick) [34] 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

2013-14  : Ottawa Ice

2014-15

2014-15  : Cambridge Turbos

2015-16

2015-16  : Cambridge Turbos

2016-17

2016-17  : Cambridge Turbos

2017-18

2017-18  : Atlantic Attack

2018-19

2018-19  : Calgary Rath

Income and payment for the ringette players

In 2008, the budget of each NRL team varied between $15 000 and $20 000. [35] The teams and the league contribute to cover all the transport spending, accommodation and rent of arenas. The players must find their own financiers to pay for their equipment and personal spending and the players aren't paid for play. [35] The audience in the matches for several NRL teams is limited to hundreds of supporters.

Development of young players

The NRL maintains a collaboration with the lower Ringette leagues in regards to the development of the young female players, therefore several teams of the NRL have affiliated development teams for Under 19 years old and Under 16 years old. The Canadian Championships for U16 and U19 (usually taking place in April every year) takes place in the same place as the NRL playoff tournament elimination. [36] [37] It is this tournament which allows the tracers and talent scouts for the NRL teams to identify emerging young athletes as potential future NRL players.


See also

Notes and references

  1. https://www.ringette.ca/about-us/media/
  2. "History of Ringette". Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  3. About Ringette Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
  4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ringettecanada/albums/72157622195245485/
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Defunct team
  6. http://gcra-ringette.ca/news.php?news_id=1598778
  7. http://www.ringette.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CRC-Trophies.pdf
  8. "Ottawa-Gatineau 2011 draft results". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  9. "Manitoba Draft results 2011". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  10. "Southern Ontario draft results/". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  11. "Montreal Division draft results 2011/". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  12. Busy trade deadline for National Ringette League
  13. Western conference did not play any match this season.
  14. Stands for games did not play
  15. Include one season as LMRL Thunder.
  16. Include four seasons as BLL Nordiques
  17. 1 2 Inactive team
  18. https://www.ringette.ca/events/canadian-ringette-championships/
  19. https://www.ringette.ca/event_results/2014-regina-saskatchewan/
  20. 2018-19 National Ringette League season|2018-19
  21. Turbos complete 'Mission' at nationals
  22. "Cambridge Turbos crowned NRL champions". Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  23. "National Ringette League announces expansion". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  24. "Cambridge Turbos were Eastern Conference champions". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  25. Turbos defend national championship
  26. "Cambridge Turbos are the NRL champions". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  27. (fi) Ringeten SM-Sarja Website Archived 2011-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
  28. Cambridge Turbos to meet Luvia in world club championship final Archived 2013-05-16 at the Wayback Machine
  29. Cambridge Turbos on top of the ringette world
  30. Alberta teams dominate ringette championships
  31. WAM! stops Turbos three-peat
  32. Edmonton WAM! capture Canadian ringette title
  33. National Ringette League announces expansion teams
  34. Atlantic Attack announces coaching staff for inaugural National Ringette League season
  35. 1 2 (in French) Le Fusion de Gatineau lance sa saison inaugurale
  36. "2011 Tim Hortons Canadian ringette championships underway in Cambridge". Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  37. "Alberta U16, Quebec U19 and Edmonton WAM! golden at Canadian ringette championships". Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2012-01-27.

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