|Golden Path Trophy|
|Most recently played||2019|
|Current champions||Guelph Gryphons|
|Current runners-up||McGill Martlets|
|Most titles||Alberta Pandas (8)|
The Golden Path Trophy is a national collegiate sports award, presented annually to the women's ice hockey champions of U Sports, Canada's governing body for university sports. The trophy was donated by Katherine Cartwright in 1998, which is when the championship was first contested. Cartwright was the first head coach of the Queen's Gaels women's hockey program in 1971 and led the movement to reinstate women's hockey at the collegiate level in 1960, following a nine year hiatus.
The championship has been competed for in U Sports since 1998, when the sport was established in what was then known as the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union. Prior to that, only teams from Ontario would compete for a women's ice hockey championship.
With the completion of the 2017 championship, 12 different teams have played in the national championship final. Eight different teams have won the national championship.
With the completion of the 2018 championship, the Alberta Pandas have won the most national championships, with eight wins in 10 appearances, followed by the McGill Martlets, with four wins in nine appearances. The Concordia Stingers and Montreal Carabins are next with two national championship wins, followed by five teams with one win each.
The Alberta Pandas hold the record of three consecutive championships, from 2002 through 2004.
|1998||Concordia Stingers||4-1||Toronto Lady Blues||Concordia Stingers|
|1999||Concordia Stingers||2-0||Alberta Pandas||Toronto Lady Blues|
|2000||Alberta Pandas||2-0||McGill Martlets||Concordia Stingers|
|2001||Toronto Lady Blues||4-3||Regina Cougars||Calgary Dinos|
|2002||Alberta Pandas||5-2||Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks||Regina Cougars|
|2003||Alberta Pandas||5-4 (OT)||Toronto Lady Blues||Regina Cougars|
|2004||Alberta Pandas||2-0||Ottawa Gee-Gees||McGill Martlets|
|2005||Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks||4-1||Alberta Pandas||McGill Martlets|
|2006||Alberta Pandas||2-1||Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks||St. Francis Xavier X-Women|
|2007||Alberta Pandas||4-0||McGill Martlets||Ottawa Gee-Gees|
|2008||McGill Martlets||2-0||Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks||Ottawa Gee-Gees|
|2009||McGill Martlets||3-1||Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks||St. Francis Xavier X-Women|
|2010||Alberta Pandas||2-0||McGill Martlets||St. Francis Xavier X-Women|
|2011||McGill Martlets||5-2||St. Francis Xavier X-Women||Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks|
|2012||Calgary Dinos||5-1||Montreal Carabins||Alberta Pandas|
|2013||Montreal Carabins||3-2||Calgary Dinos||Toronto Lady Blues|
|2014||McGill Martlets||4-3 (2OT)||Montreal Carabins||St. Thomas Tommies|
|2015||Western Mustangs||5-0 ||McGill Martlets||Calgary Dinos|
|2016||Montreal Carabins||8-0||UBC Thunderbirds||Calgary Dinos|
|2017||Alberta Pandas||2-1 (2OT)||McGill Martlets||Queen's Gaels|
|2018||Manitoba Bisons||2-0||Western Mustangs||Western Mustangs|
|2019||Guelph Gryphons||1-0||McGill Martlets||UPEI Panthers|
|5||Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks||1||4||.200|
|3||Toronto Varsity Blues||1||2||.333|
|1||St. Francis Xavier X-Women||0||1||.000|
Previously, the only significant Canadian university women's ice hockey championship was the determination of the champions in the large Ontario associations, as the few non-Ontario teams tended to play against local or regional community teams rather than in organized interuniversity associations. In Ontario, the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WIAU) existed from 1921-22 to 1970-71, then merged with the Ontario-Quebec University Athletic Association to forme the Ontario Women's Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA), competing from 1971-72 to 1996-97. The OWIAA awarded the Dr. Judy McCaw trophy to its annual champion.