History of the Esso Golden Ring

The first Esso Golden Ring was held January 2-5, 1986 at Village Square arena with 22 teams participating playing a total of 59 games.  Divisions competing were Junior, Belle, and Deb.  The tournament started as an ‘A’ level tournament, which is equivalent to what ‘AA’ is today.

 

January 2-4, 2987- 21 teams participated in 54 games.  Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba competed in the Tween, Junior, Belle, and Deb levels.

 

December 27-29, 1987- 53 teams participated in 106 games.  This year the Esso Golden Ring hosted ‘A’ level teams along with ‘B’ level teams.  Levels participating were Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, and Deb.

 

January 20-22, 1989- 57 teams participated in 112 games. Levels participating were Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, and Deb.
January 19-21, 2990- 87 teams participated in 149 games.  Levels participating were Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, and Deb.

 

January 18-20, 1991- 152 teams participated in 275 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate.

 

January 24-26, 1992- 125 teams participated in 253 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate.

 

January 22-24, 1993- 133 teams participated in 265 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate.

 

January 28-30, 1994- 139 teams participated in 283 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, Intermediate, and Masters.

 

January 20-22, 1995- 150 teams participated in 300 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate.

 

February 2-4, 1996- 155 teams participated in 310 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, Intermediate, and Masters.

 

January 24-26, 1997- 164 teams participated in 333 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate.

 

January 23-25, 1998- 158 teams participated in 319 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate. The control centre moved from Village Square to East Twin arenas and stat lines were used for the first time for coaches to retrieve game scores and standings.

 

January 22-24, 1999- 161 teams participated in 323 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario participated in the tournament.

 

January 28-30, 2000- 162 teams participated in 332 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate. Overtime happened in 11 of 36 quarter-finals, 8 of 26 semi-finals, and in 5 of 15 final games. The tournament had custom game sheets, and shot clocks were used at the Deb/ Intermediate AA division.

 

January 19-21, 2001- 167 teams participated in 328 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, and Intermediate. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario participated in the tournament. Junior, Belle, Intermediate AA used shot clocks.

 

January 18-20, 2002- 169 teams participated in 336 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, Intermediate, and Open. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario took part in the tournament.

 

January 17-19, 2003- 173 teams participated in 356 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, Intermediate, and Open.

 

January 23-25, 2004- 163 teams participated in 334 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, Intermediate, and Open. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario took part in the tournament. Tween AA, Junior AA, Junior A, Belle AA, Belle A, and Open AA used shot clocks.

 

January 21-23, 2005- 166 teams participated in 345 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, Deb, Intermediate, and Open. The National Ringette League chose the Esso Golden Ring to host league games for the NRL. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba took part in the tournament.

 

January 20-22, 2006- 176 teams participated in 357 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, and Open. All divisions except Bunny and Novice used the shot clocks. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec took part in the tournament.

 

January 19-21, 2007- 181 teams participated in 367 games.   Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, and Open. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec took part in the tournament.

 

January 18-20, 2008-191 teams participated in 369 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, and Open. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Quebec took part in the tournament.

 

January 16-18, 2009- 185 teams participated in 355 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, and Open. There were 94 Calgary teams, 64 teams from Alberta, and 26 out of province teams.

 

January 15-17, 2010- 186 teams participated in 355 games. Levels participating were Bunny, Novice, Petite, Tween, Junior, Belle, and Open. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario took part in the tournament.

 

January 14-16, 2011- 187 teams participated in 355 games. Levels participating were U7, U9, U10, U12, U14, U16, U19, and Open. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec took part in the tournament.

 

January 20-22, 2012- 163 teams participated in 311 games. Levels participating were U7, U9, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec took part in the tournament.

 

January 18-20, 2013- 154 teams participated in 297 games. Levels participating were U7, U9, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19, and Open AA. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and, Manitoba took part in the tournament.

 

January 17-19, 2014- 175 teams participated in 338 games. Levels participating were U7, U9, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19, and Open AA. Teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick took part in the tournament.

 

January 16-18, 2015- 190 teams participated in 365 games. Levels participating were U7, U10-1, U10-2, U10-3, U12, U14, U16, U19, and Open AA.  The control centre moved from East Twin to the Don Hartman NE Sportsplex.

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