National Ringette League

The National Ringette League (NRL) is the top level ringette league in Canada. It is a showcase league, with all players involved unpaid, and is guided by the sports national non-profit sports organization, Ringette Canada.

National Ringette League
Current season, competition or edition:
2018 National Ringette League playoffs
No. of teams14
Country Canada
Most recent
Atlantic Attack
Most titlesCambridge Turbos (6 times)

The NRL currently consists in the 2018-2019 season of fourteen teams in two conferences - a western conference of five teams and an eastern conference of nine, divided in Read and White division. The great majority of the players come from Canada with a few from the United States, Finland, and other countries.

Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup

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[1] 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 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,[2] another one for Manitoba,[3] another for Southern Ontario,[4] and another for the Montreal region.[5] Trading among teams is also common.[6]


Ringette is a Canadian sport that was first introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario.[7] For ten years, play was confined to Ontario and Quebec, however the sport spread quickly and is now played by 50,000 girls[8] across Canada.

However, it took the success of the 2002 Ringette world championships at Edmonton, where Canada took the golden medal, to spur the creation of the National Ringette League. The first NRL season began in November 2004 with 17 teams. There was no championship match after the first NRL season.

Season 2005-2006

In 2005-2006, the National Ringette League, for its second season, competed with 19 teams (two new teams joined the league). These teams are now 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 qualifying rounds: eight teams participate in the NRL Playoffs which crown the team champion of the league. The championship match of the LNR took place in the Centre Étienne Desmarteau in Montreal, on April 1, 2006 and Cambridge Turbos won. During the off season three teams folded, citing low attendance revenue.

Season 2006-2007

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, on April 10, 2007, won by the Edmonton WAM!.

Season 2007-2008

In 2007-2008, 17 teams competed in two conferences, the Western Conference including seven teams, and East Conference including ten teams. The Cambridge Turbos won the NRL Championship by beating the Montreal Mission 2-1 in extra time.[9][10]

Season 2008-2009

In 2008-2009, the NRL contained 18 teams[11] grouped in a Western Conference with six teams and an East Conference with twelve teams. The NRL Championship Game took place in Charlottetown, PEI, and the Cambridge Turbos won again[12][13][14] Also in 2008, the first World Club Ringuette Championship was held in Sault-Sainte-Marie, Ontario. Four NRL teams faced two teams from the Professional Ringette Elite League of Finland, the Ringeten SM-Sarja.[15] The Cambridge Turbos won the world title having overcome in finale the Finnish champion team, LuKi-82 Luvia.[16][17]

Season 2009-2010

In the 2009-10 season, the National Ringuette League was for its sixth season comprised 18 teams grouped together in a Western Conference with six teams and an East Conference with twelve teams there. The competition remained very intense and marked the return of the ascendancy of different west teams:[18] Edmonton WAM! became again the NRL Championship after an eclipse of two years at the hands of the Cambridge Turbos. Edmonton beats Cambridge 2-0 in National Finals.[19]

Season 2011-2012

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[20]

In the 2011-12 season, the NRL entered its eighth season with 19 teams playing in two conferences. The NRL knows a new expansion, with the creation of two new teams:[21] Atlantic Attack (of Moncton in New Brunswick)[22] 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 are competed by each of the teams during the regular season. Each of the teams faces only teams of his 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 NRL Championship Tournament.


Conference Team City/Area Head Coach
Eastern Conference
East - Red Gatineau Fusion Gatineau, Quebec Courtney Wolfe
East - Red Ottawa Ice Ottawa, Ontario Al Bateman
East - White Atlantic Attack Moncton, New Brunswick Gilles Proulx
East - White Bourassa Royal Bourassa-Laval-Lanaudière, Quebec Yves Leclair
East - White Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline Lac-Saint-Louis, Quebec David Singh
East - White Montreal Mission Montréal, Quebec Daniel Dussault
East - White Rive Sud Revolution South Shore (Montreal), Quebec Luc Plante
East - Red Cambridge Turbos Cambridge, Ontario Glen Gaudet
East - Red Richmond Hill Lightning Richmond Hill, Ontario Keith Jasper
East - Red Waterloo Wildfire Waterloo, Ontario Doug Miners
Western Conference
Western BC Thunder British Columbia Chris Wakefield
Western Black Gold Rush Edmonton, Alberta Paul Bechard
Western Calgary RATH Calgary, Alberta Paul Geddes
Western Edmonton WAM! Edmonton, Alberta Michelle Brown
Western Manitoba Intact Winnipeg, Manitoba Rob Walker

NRL National Champions

In 2010-11 season, new fact, a NRL Championship Tournament replaces the Championship qualifying rounds, this tournament takes place in just one city. This allows the league to create a media event and to hold attention. Ten better teams in the regular season of the league, participate in this tournament which crowns the team champion of the league. The championship final game is broadcast on Rogers TV.

Starting in 2011-12, eight teams are playing a full round robin to determine the champion which is also called Elite Eight.

List of NRL champions season by season

  • 2018-19 : Calgary Rath
  • 2017-18 : Atlantic Attack
  • 2016-17 : Cambridge Turbos
  • 2015-16 : Cambridge Turbos
  • 2014-15 : Cambridge Turbos
  • 2013-14 : Ottawa Ice
  • 2012-13 : Calgary Rath
  • 2011-12 : LMRL Thunder
  • 2010-11 : Edmonton WAM!
  • 2009-10 : Edmonton WAM!
  • 2008-09 : Cambridge Turbos
  • 2007-08 : Cambridge Turbos
  • 2006-07 : Edmonton WAM!
  • 2005-06 : Cambridge Turbos
  • 2004-05 : No championship match

Awards and honours

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.

Income and payment for the ringette players

In 2008, the budget of each NRL team of the varies between $15 000 and $20 000.[23] The teams and the league contribute to cover all the transport spending, accommodation and rent of arenas. The players however have to find their own financiers to pay for their equipment and their personal spending and aren't paid for play.[23] The audience in the matches for several NRL teams is limited to some supporters' hundreds.

Development of young players

The NRL maintains a collaboration with the lower Ringette leagues as regards the development of the young girls players: So several teams of the NRL have affiliated development's teams Under 19 years old and Under 16 years old. The Canadians Championship U16 and U19 (usually in April) take place in the same place as the NRL playoff tournament elimination.[24][25] What allows the tracers of the teams NRL to identify the young talented players.

Regular season team record

Atlantic Attack 7186958290199
BC Reign[28] 118018020
BC Thunder[29] 6151677680142
Black Gold Rush 37419478046
Bourassa Royal[30] 1131086207170189
Calgary RATH 1025016167220340
Cambridge Turbos 1130926131171539
Edmonton WAM! 1025015185140316
Fraser Valley Avalanche[28] 1309174022
Gatineau Fusion 1027972193140158
Gloucester Devils[31] 10288150117210321
Lac St.Louis Adrenaline 1130889204152193
Manitoba Intact 24826184056
Manitoba Jets[28] 410340558188
Montreal Mission 1130824453112499
Ottawa Ice 1130720882173433
Prairie Fire[28] 5127913151187
Quebec City Cyclones[31] 61828780150189
Richmond Hill Lighting 11308178113172373
Rive Sud Revolution 11309109188121230
Saskatoon Wild[28] 410424764052
Waterloo Wildfire 11309134158171285
Whitby Wild[28] 4123238911057

See also

Notes and references

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