National Ringette League
Most recent season or competition:
2021–22 NRL season
National Ringette League .jpg
Former NRL/LNR logo
2021–2022 season introduced a new logo
SportRingette
Founded2004; 18 years ago (2004)
No. of teams- 12 (Covid-hub)
- Normally 15
Country Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
  • Calgary Rath
  • (2018-2019)
Most titlesCambridge Turbos (6 times)
Official websiteNRL.ca
Jocelyne Landry and Josee Doiron racing down the ice in a game against Richmond Hill Lightning on October 28, 2018
Jocelyne Landry and Josee Doiron racing down the ice in a game against Richmond Hill Lightning on October 28, 2018

The National Ringette League (NRL) is the premier sports league for the sport of ringette in North America and Canada's national league for elite ringette players aged 18+. All of the NRL's elite athletes are women, one of ringette's distinctive features. The NRL is a semi-professional league and operates as a showcase league for the sport. It is the first winter team sports league in North America to have women form its entire elite athlete base rather than male. By 2022, the league completed sixteen seasons of play.

The NRL functions as a committee under Ringette Canada, a non-profit sports organization and the national governing body of ringette in Canada. All NRL players are unpaid and the majority of the players come from Canada with some originating from the United States, Finland, and other countries. The NRL's inaugural year was in November 2004.

The final competition for the National Ringette League is held annually at the Canadian Ringette Championships where the winning National Ringette League team is awarded the Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup, named after Canada's first female Governor General, Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé (née Benoît). It is the league's championship trophy and is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. The National Ringette League playoffs are the knockout match, round robin and tournament for determining the champion for the league. The NRL trophy was not awarded during the 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league is currently the only winter team sports league in North America whose entire elite athlete roster involves players who are female rather than male. Because the NRL's players specialize in ringette, a sport created for female athletes, the NRL is not a derivative of a more popular men's game or league like professional women's ice hockey.

The 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, the NRL consisted of fifteen teams in two conferences - a western conference of four teams and an eastern conference of eleven with the eastern conference divided separately into the Red and White divisions.

The 2021–2022 season saw the league change its competitive structure due to COVID-19 by adopting a new "hub format" and the usual 15 team league became a league of 12 teams. The same season saw its BC Thunder team discontinue its participation in the NRL, with Bourassa Royal, Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline, the Richmond Hill Lightning and the Ottawa Ice also withdrawing, but saw two new teams join: the Nepean Ravens and the Saskatchewan Heat.[1] Meanwhile, the Manitoba Intact were renamed the "Manitoba Herd".

The ringette league and the Cambridge Turbos were featured in an episode of Canada's 'Rick Mercer Report' in 2009 called "Ringette Night In Canada".[2]

History

League beginnings and inaugural season

February 12, 2012: Montreal Mission player taking a free pass
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.[3] For ten years, play was confined to Ontario and Quebec, however the sport spread quickly and is now played by over 30,000 players and involves over 50,000 participants[4] across Canada. It was not 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 in three cross-country divisions.[5] There was not a championship match after the first NRL season.

Notable contributions

Terry McAdam

Terry McAdam from Saskatchewan who was instrumental in helping begin the development of the National Ringette League as well as one of its first teams, the Saskatoon Wild,[6] was inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame in 2021.[7][8] During its time in the NRL, the Wild team had also acquired Erin Cumpstone.[9][10] Cumpston was a member of Canada's 2010 National Ringette Team during the World Ringette Championships in 2010 and had played ringette at the 1999 Canada Winter Games. Cumpston was also a highly accomplished softball player as well and was part of the Canadian Softball team who finished 5th at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Keely Brown

Team Canada goaltender, Keely Brown helped form the NRL in 2002 and 2003.[11]

Teams

Top left: Montreal Mission in 2012. Top right: Bourassa Royal in 2012. Bottom: Atlantic Attack in 2016.

The 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021–2022 season saw the league begin playing in a hub-format instead. While the league previously played 15 teams, it was reduced to 12 for the 2021–2022 season.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2018–2019 season included fifteen National Ringette League teams in Canada, all of whom competed in one of either of the two Conferences, either the Western Conference or the Eastern Conference. The Eastern Conference was divided into two divisions: Red and White. In October 2021, despite having announced team tryouts for September 2021, the BC Thunder team which played in the NRL Western Conference, announced on social media that they would not be putting a team forward in the NRL for the 2021–2022 season.[12] In total five teams withdrew for the 2021–2022 season while two new teams were created. The five teams which withdrew included the BC Thunder, Bourassa Royal, Richmond Hill Lightning, Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline, and the Ottawa Ice. The two new teams formed in 2021–2022 included the Nepean Ravens in Ontario and the Saskatchewan Heat in Saskatchewan.

The now defunct NRL team, LMRL Thunder[13] (Lower Mainland Thunder) which was a team in British Columbia, won a Canadian Ringette Championship gold medal in the National Ringette League division in the 2011–2012 season. Along with winning the NRL Championship title that season, the LMRL Thunder also claimed the Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup, winning the trophy once in its history while the club was active in the National Ringette League.

Teams 2021–2022

The 2021–2022 season saw the league begin playing in a hub-format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the league previously played 15 teams, it was reduced to 12 for the season. 5 teams had withdrawn, including: BC Thunder, Bourassa Royal, Richmond Hill Lightning, Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline, and the Ottawa Ice. However, two new teams joined: the Nepean Ravens and the Saskatchewan Heat. The Manitoba Intact were renamed the Manitoba Herd.

National Ringette League teams 2021–2022
Team City/Area Founded Cups
Eastern Conference Red
Gatineau Fusion
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Gatineau, Quebec
0
Cambridge Turbos
Arms of Ontario.svg
Cambridge, Ontario
2003 6
Waterloo Wildfire
Arms of Ontario.svg
Waterloo, Ontario
0
Nepean Ravens
Arms of Ontario.svg
Nepean, Ontario
2021 0
Eastern Conference White
Atlantic Attack
Arms of New Brunswick.svg
Moncton, New Brunswick
2011 1
Montreal Mission
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Montréal, Quebec
2004 0
Rive Sud Revolution[14]
Armoiries du Québec.svg
South Shore, Quebec
2004 0
Western Conference
Edmonton Black Gold Rush[15]
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Edmonton, Alberta
2015 0
Calgary RATH[16]
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Calgary, Alberta
2007 2
Edmonton WAM!
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Edmonton, Alberta
3
Manitoba Herd
Arms of Manitoba.svg
Winnipeg, Manitoba
2021 0
Saskatchewan Heat[1]
Arms of Saskatchewan.svg
Saskatchewan
2021 0
DEFUNCT
LMRL Thunder[13]
(Lower Mainland Thunder)
Arms of British Columbia.svg
British Columbia
1

Teams by conference 2021–2022

2021–2022 NRL Teams (Hub format - 12 teams)
East RED East WHITE Western
Gatineau Fusion Atlantic Attack Calgary RATH
Cambridge Turbos Riv Sud Revolution Edmonton WAM!
Waterloo Wildfire Montreal Mission Manitoba Herd
Nepean Ravens Edmonton Black Gold Rush
Saskatchewan Heat

Pre-COVID-19

National Ringette League teams 2018–2019
Conference Team City/Area Founded Cups
Eastern Conference Red
East - Red Gatineau Fusion
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Gatineau, Quebec
0
East - Red Ottawa Ice
Arms of Ontario.svg
Ottawa, Ontario
1
East - Red Cambridge Turbos
Arms of Ontario.svg
Cambridge, Ontario
2003 6
East - Red Richmond Hill Lightning
Arms of Ontario.svg
Richmond Hill, Ontario
0
East - Red Waterloo Wildfire
Arms of Ontario.svg
Waterloo, Ontario
0
Eastern Conference White
East - White Atlantic Attack
Arms of New Brunswick.svg
Moncton, New Brunswick
2011 1
East - White Bourassa Royal
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Bourassa-Laval-Lanaudière, Quebec
2004 0
East - White Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Lac-Saint-Louis, Quebec
0
East - White Montreal Mission
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Montréal, Quebec
2004 0
East - White Rive Sud Revolution[14]
Armoiries du Québec.svg
South Shore, Quebec
0
Western Conference
Western Edmonton Black Gold Rush[15]
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Edmonton, Alberta
2015 0
Western Calgary RATH[16]
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Calgary, Alberta
2007 2
Western Edmonton WAM!
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Edmonton, Alberta
3
Western Manitoba Intact
Arms of Manitoba.svg
Winnipeg, Manitoba
0
Western BC Thunder
Arms of British Columbia.svg
British Columbia
0
DEFUNCT
Western LMRL Thunder[13]
(Lower Mainland Thunder)
Arms of British Columbia.svg
British Columbia
1

National Ringette League champions

National Ringette League (NRL) champions compete annually at the Canadian Ringette Championships at the end of the NRL season. The 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a list of the NRL gold (Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup winners), silver, and bronze medal winners from season 2003–04 to season 2020–21:[17]

National Ringette League Champions 2003–2021
Season Location Gold Silver Bronze
2003–04 (Open)
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Calgary
Alberta Ontario Wild Card Manitoba
2004–05 (Open/No championship)
Arms of Manitoba.svg
Winnipeg
Alberta Ontario Ontario Wild Card
2005–06 (Open)
Armoiries du Québec.svg
Longueuil
Cambridge Turbos
(Ontario)
Alberta Quebec
2006–07 (Open)
Arms of Nova Scotia.svg
Halifax
Edmonton WAM!
(Alberta)
Western Wild Card Ontario
2007–08 (NRL)
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
St. Albert
Cambridge Turbos Montreal Mission Calgary RATH
2008–09 (NRL)
Arms of Prince Edward Island.svg
Charlottetown
Cambridge Turbos Edmonton WAM! Montreal Mission
2009–10 (NRL)
Arms of Saskatchewan.svg
Saskatoon
Edmonton WAM! Cambridge Turbos Prairie Fire
2010–11 (NRL)
Arms of Ontario.svg
Cambridge
Edmonton WAM! Cambridge Turbos Calgary RATH
2011–12 (NRL)
Arms of British Columbia.svg
Burnaby
LMRL Thunder (Lower Mainland Ringette League) Montreal Mission Ottawa Ice
2012–13 (NRL)
Arms of New Brunswick.svg
Fredericton
Calgary RATH Prairie Fire Cambridge Turbos
2013–14 (NRL)[18]
Arms of Saskatchewan.svg
Regina
Ottawa Ice Cambridge Turbos Edmonton WAM!
2014–15 (NRL)
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Wood Buffalo
Cambridge Turbos Richmond Hill Lightning Edmonton WAM!
2015–16 (NRL)
Arms of Ontario.svg
London
Cambridge Turbos Gloucester Devils Ottawa Ice
2016–17 (NRL)
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Leduc
Cambridge Turbos Atlantic Attack Waterloo Wildfire
2017–18 (NRL)
Arms of Manitoba.svg
Winnipeg
Atlantic Attack Edmonton WAM! Cambridge Turbos
2018–19 (NRL)[19]
Arms of Prince Edward Island.svg
Charlottetown and Summerside
Calgary RATH Atlantic Attack Cambridge Turbos
2019-20 (NRL) cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020-21 (NRL) cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021–22 (NRL)
Coat of arms of Alberta.svg
Calgary
Calgary RATH Edmonton WAM! Cambridge Turbos

Awards and honours

Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup

The final competition for the National Ringette League is held annually at the Canadian Ringette Championships. The Jeanne Sauvé Memorial Cup[20] is the championship trophy awarded annually to the winning team in the National Ringette League. The trophy is named after the late Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé (née Benoît), commonly known as Jeanne Sauvé, a former Governor General of Canada who became the first female Governor General in the nation's history.

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 called 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.

Format

League structure

As of the 2018–2019 season, the NRL consisted of fifteen teams in two conferences - a western conference and an eastern conference. The western conference consists of five teams. The eastern conference consists of ten teams where the eastern conference is divided separately into the Red and White divisions. The NRL played in a hub format for the 2021–2022 season.

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,[21] another one for Manitoba,[22] another for Southern Ontario,[23] and another for the Montreal region.[24] Trading among teams is also common.[25]

NRL National Championship format

Main article: National Ringette League playoffs

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.

National Ringette League playoffs

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

Regular season team records

This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (March 2022)

Initial record was from 2007–08 season.[26] Stats updated as of end of 2017–18 season. Teams in italics no longer compete in the National Ringette League as of 2021.

2017–18 season
Team Season GP W L SOL GDNP[27] Pt
Atlantic Attack 7 186 95 82 9 0 199
Bourassa Royal[28] 11 310 86 207 17 0 189
Lac St.Louis Adrenaline 11 308 89 204 15 2 193
Rive Sud Revolution 11 309 109 188 12 1 230
Montreal Mission 11 308 244 53 11 2 499
BC Thunder[29] 6 151 67 76 8 0 142
Edmonton Black Gold Rush 3 74 19 47 8 0 46
Calgary RATH 10 250 161 67 22 0 340
Edmonton WAM! 10 250 151 85 14 0 316
Manitoba Intact 2 48 26 18 4 0 56
Cambridge Turbos 11 309 261 31 17 1 539
Gatineau Fusion 10 279 72 193 14 0 158
Ottawa Ice 11 307 208 82 17 3 433
Richmond Hill Lighting 11 308 178 113 17 2 373
Waterloo Wildfire 11 309 134 158 17 1 285
BC Reign[13] 1 18 0 18 0 2 0
Fraser Valley Avalanche[13] 1 30 9 17 4 0 22
Gloucester Devils[30] 10 288 150 117 21 0 321
Manitoba Jets[13] 4 103 40 55 8 1 88
Prairie Fire[13] 5 127 91 31 5 1 187
Quebec City Cyclones[30] 6 182 87 80 15 0 189
Saskatoon Wild[13] 4 104 24 76 4 0 52
Whitby Wild[13] 4 123 23 89 11 0 57

National Ringette League seasons

2005–06

Main article: 2005–06 National Ringette League season

2005–06 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
19 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 (Assiniboine Park/Fort Garry, an AA provincial team from Manitoba). 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, and was won by the Cambridge Turbos. During the off-season three teams folded, citing low attendance revenue.

2005–2006 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2006–07

Main article: 2006–07 National Ringette League season

2006–07 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
16 Edmonton WAM!

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!.

2006–2007 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Alberta Edmonton WAM!
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2007–08

Main article: 2007–08 National Ringette League season

2007–08 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
17 Cambridge Turbos

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.[31][32]

2007–2008 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Quebec Montreal Mission
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2008–09

Main article: 2008–09 National Ringette League season

2008–09 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
18 Cambridge Turbos

In 2008–2009, the NRL consisted of eighteen teams[33] 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.[34][35][36]

Also in 2008, the first Ringette World Club Championship was held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Four NRL teams faced two teams from the elite Ringette League of Finland, the Ringeten SM-sarja.[37] The Cambridge Turbos won the world title having overcome in the Finnish champion team, LuKi-82 Luvia, in the final.[38][39]

2008–2009 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2009–10

Main article: 2009–10 National Ringette League season

2009–10 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
18 Edmonton WAM!

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:[40] 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.[41]

2009–2010 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Alberta Edmonton WAM!
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2010–11

Main article: 2010–11 National Ringette League season

2009–10 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
? Edmonton WAM!

The 2010–11 NRL Championship Tournament took place in Cambridge, Ontario from March 27, 2011, to April 2, 2011. In the Final game, the Edmonton WAM! triumphed over the Cambridge Turbos.[42]

2010–2011 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Alberta Edmonton WAM!
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2011–12

Main article: 2011–12 National Ringette League season

2011–12 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
19 LMRL Thunder
(Lower Mainland Ringette League)

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:[43] Atlantic Attack (of Moncton in New Brunswick)[44] 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 allowed 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. This is the year the Elite Eight began.

2011–12 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) British Columbia LMRL Thunder
(Lower Mainland Ringette League)
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2012–13

Main article: 2012–13 National Ringette League season

2012–13 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
? Calgary RATH
2012–13 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Calgary Calgary RATH
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2013–14

Main article: 2013–14 National Ringette League season

2013–14 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
13 Ottawa Ice
2013–14 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ottawa Ottawa Ice
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2014–15

Main article: 2014–15 National Ringette League season

2014–15 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
14 Cambridge Turbos
2014–15 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2015–16

Main article: 2015–16 National Ringette League season

2015–16 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
15 Cambridge Turbos
2015–16 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2016–17

Main article: 2016–17 National Ringette League season

2016–17 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
16 Cambridge Turbos
2016–17 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2017–18

Main article: 2017–18 National Ringette League season

The 2017–2018 NRL season began on September 30, 2017, and ended on April 14, 2018.

2017–18 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
15 Atlantic Attack

Main article: 2018 National Ringette League playoffs

2017–18 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) New Brunswick Atlantic Attack
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alberta Edmonton WAM!
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Ontario Cambridge Turbos
4th Alberta Calgary RATH
5th Ontario Richmond Hill Lightning
6th Quebec Montreal Mission
7th Quebec Gatineau Fusion
8th Manitoba Manitoba Intact

2018–19

Main article: 2018–19 National Ringette League season

2018–19 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
? Calgary RATH
2018–19 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Calgary Calgary RATH
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

2019–2020

The 2019–2020 National Ringette League season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020–2021

The 2020–2021 National Ringette League season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021–2022

Main article: 2021–2022 National Ringette League season

2021–2022 National Ringette League season
Number of teams Season champions
15 To be determined
2021–22 NRL results
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s)
2nd place, silver medalist(s)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

Broadcasting

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

Income and payment

In 2008, the budget of each NRL team varied between $15,000 and $20000.[45] 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 are not paid for play.[45] The audience in the matches for several NRL teams is limited to hundreds of supporters.

Player development

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.[46][47] 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.

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. 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.

As of the 2021–2022, the National Ringette League has fifteen teams competing with the BC Thunder failing to put forward a team for the season, but a new team was formed in Ontario, the Nepean Ravens.

In total the league has historically had twenty-eight teams competing during different periods of the league's existence:[48]

National Ringette League teams
Current (15) Defunct (13)
New Brunswick Atlantic Attack Manitoba APFG Sixers[13]
(Assiniboine Park/Fort Garry)
Quebec Montreal Mission British Columbia BC Reign[13]
Quebec Bourassa Royal British Columbia Fraser Valley Avalanche⁣[13]
Quebec Gatineau Fusion Ontario Gloucester Devils[13] (withdrew in 2017)⁣[49]
Quebec Rive Sud Revolution British Columbia Lower Mainland Thunder
(aka LMRL Thunder)[13]
Quebec Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline (LSL) Manitoba Manitoba Prairie Fire[13]
Ontario Cambridge Turbos Quebec BLL Nordiques
(Bourassa-Laval-Lanaudière)[13]
Ontario Waterloo Wildfire Manitoba Manitoba Jets[13]
Ontario Ottawa Ice Quebec Quebec City Cyclones[13]
Ontario Richmond Hill Lightning Saskatchewan Saskatoon Wild⁣[13]
Manitoba Manitoba Herd Ontario Whitby Wild[13]
Alberta Edmonton WAM! Alberta Edmonton Edge[13]
Alberta Calgary RATH British Columbia BC Thunder[13] announced October 2021
Alberta Edmonton Black Gold Rush Manitoba Manitoba Intact
Ontario Nepean Ravens
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Heat

Gallery

See also

Notes and references

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  41. ^ WAM! stops Turbos three-peat
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