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National Ringette League
|No. of teams||19|
|TV partner(s)||CAN: Rogers TV|
The National Ringette League (also indicated by the initials NRL) is an elite league of ringette in Canada. The NRL groups together the best nineteen-year-old players of the country. The NRL consists of nineteen teams separated into two conferences. The western conference has six teams and the east conference has thirteen teams. The LNR recruits directly from Ringuette Canada, the guiding organisation for the ringette in Canada. The great majority of the players come from Canada even if some players arise from the United States or from Finland.
Ringette was introduced in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario. The sport is now played by 50,000 young women across Canada. The creation of the National Ringette League is following the success of the 2002 Ringette world championships in Edmonton where Canada won the gold medal. The first NRL season was played in November 2004 with 17 teams. In the 2011-12 season, the NRL enters its eighth season with 19 teams playing in two conferences:
|Gatineau Fusion||Gatineau, Quebec|
|Gloucester Devils||Gloucester, Ontario|
|Ottawa Ice||Ottawa, Ontario|
|Quebec City Cyclones||Quebec City, Quebec|
|Atlantic Attack||Moncton, New Brunswick|
|Bourassa Royal||Laval, Quebec|
|Lac-Saint-Louis Adrenaline||West-Montreal, Quebec|
|Montreal Mission||Montréal, Quebec|
|Rive Sud Revolution||South Shore Montreal, Quebec|
|Cambridge Turbos||Cambridge, Ontario|
|Richmond Hill Lightning||Richmond Hill, Ontario|
|Waterloo Wildfire||Waterloo, Ontario|
|Whitby Wild||Whitby, Ontario|
|Calgary Rath||Calgary, Alberta|
|Edmonton WAM!||Edmonton, Alberta|
|LMRL Thunder||British Columbia|
|Manitoba Jets||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Prairie Fire||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Saskatoon Wild||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan|
The regular season of the NRL begins in October and comes to an end in March. All in all, thirty one matches are competed by each of the teams during the regular season. Each of the teams faces only teams of their conference. This structure allows 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.
In 2010-11 season, new fact, an NRL Championship Tournament replaces the Championship qualifying rounds, this tournament takes place in just one city. This allows 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.
This is a list of NRL champions season by season:
- 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
The championship final game is broadcast on Rogers TV.
Awards and Honours
At the end of each season (at the end of March) the League announces its annual awards during the week of break before the playoffs. The annual NRL honors reward the athletes having obtained excellent performances during the regular season. Each of the twp conferences present one athlete and one coach as the finalists in every category. The players and coaches of the National Championship Tournament are chosen among these finalists.
Developing young players
The NRL works with the lower Ringette leagues to help young players improve in the sport. Several NRL teams additional teams of young players 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. This helps the scouts from the NRL teams to identify the young talented players.
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