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Apr. 2, 2014

Hockey Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League (NSJHL) are proud to announce that a new championship trophy has been introduced for the NSJHL Jr. B Final.

The Veterans Cup was unveiled today at the Somme Branch Legion in Dartmouth. Many veterans were on hand for the event.

“We are proud to be here today at the Somme Branch Legion,” Hockey Nova Scotia Executive Director Darren Cossar told the gathering. “We’re so very grateful that you have allowed us to come here to make this special announcement.”

The history of Nova Scotia Jr. B league hockey dates back to the 1960s when championship teams from the Cape Breton Jr. B Hockey League, Northumberland Jr. B Hockey League and the Antigonish-Pictou-Colchester (APC) Jr. B Hockey League would play off to determine a provincial winner.

Over the years, there were many winners. Teams came and went and the leagues did, too. Jr. B hockey continued.

In 1981, Al Hollingsworth helped found a new league: the Mainland Jr. B Hockey League. It is in this league that we find the roots of the present NSJHL.

During the course of the last thirty-three years, the league has grown and taken on a new name as teams from Windsor to Cape Breton to Cumberland County have claimed the Jr. B crown.

“While these victories were obviously great accomplishments,” said Cossar, “we at Hockey Nova Scotia openly thought about how we could give this championship more meaning.”

This year, the Hockey Nova Scotia board decided to pursue a name that would pay homage to both Nova Scotia’s rich naval history and the contributions of our men and women who have served this nation in our armed forces.

The Veterans Cup is meant to honour all Canadians who have served our nation in uniform.

The new trophy will be awarded for the first time later this month. Currently, the Glace Bay Jr. Miners and Sackville Blazers are tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven championship series. Game 3 is Sunday evening at 6:30 pm at the Sackville Arena.

Hockey Nova Scotia encourages everyone to cheer on these teams as they play off for the first ever NSJHL Veterans Cup!

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