Petes Enjoy Rich Memorial Cup Tradition
The Memorial Cup is the pinnacle of success in junior hockey and no one has reached it more often than the Peterborough Petes.
Since the Canadian Hockey League revamped the Memorial Cup into a round-robin tournament in 1972, the Petes have made a record seven appearances.
In the franchise’s 50-year history, it has been to the Memorial Cup eight times dating back to 1959 when the Petes played the Winnipeg Braves in the days when the national title was decided in a best of seven series.
The Petes participated in the inaugural round-robin event in 1972 and three consecutive years from 1978-80. They also made it in 1989, 1993 and hosted the tournament in 1996. On each occasion, the Petes entered the tournament as the Ontario Hockey League, or its predecessor the Ontario Hockey Association, champion.
While the Petes only Memorial Cup win came in 1979, they do hold the CHL record for most appearances in the final since 1972, having reached the championship game six times.
Only in 1989, when they lost in the semifinals, and in 2006 when they lost in the tie breaker game have the Petes failed to reach the final.