The Memorial Cup is a junior ice hockey club championship trophy awarded annually to the Canadian Hockey League champion. It is awarded following a four-team, round-robin tournament between a host team and the champions of the CHL's three member leagues: the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. Sixty teams are eligible to compete for the Memorial Cup, representing nine provinces and four American states; the Acadie–Bathurst Titan are the current champions, winning in the final game against the host team, the Regina Pats of the WHL. The Memorial Cup is known as one of the toughest sporting trophies to win, due to 60 teams participating and the age limit only being 16-21; the trophy was known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in 1919 to be awarded to the junior champion of Canada. From its inception until 1971, the Memorial Cup was open to all Junior A teams in the country and was awarded following a series of league and regional playoffs culminating in an east-west championship.
The three-league tournament format began in 1972, a season after Canadian Amateur Hockey Association divided the Junior A rank into two tiers, naming the Memorial Cup as the championship of the Major Junior level. The Memorial Cup was established by Captain James T. Sutherland to honour those men who gave their lives during World War I, it was rededicated during the 2010 tournament to honour all soldiers who died fighting for Canada in any conflict. Capt. Sutherland, serving overseas, was President of the Ontario Hockey Association and he brought forward the idea to present a trophy to honour all the young Canadian hockey players who died in battle and have it awarded to the best junior hockey team in Canada; the Ontario Hockey Association's annual meeting was unanimous that a fitting memorial be established to members of the OHA who had fallen on the field of war. "Past President Capt. J. T. Sutherland, now in France, spoke of the splendid work done by Canadian boys in France and suggested the erection of a suitable memorial to hockey players who have fallen."—The Globe, Ontario, Dec. 9, 1918.
"The cup, coveted prize of Canadian junior hockey, was the brainchild of Capt. Jim when he was overseas in the Great War and at the time, President of the Ontario Hockey Association, he wrote suggesting the trophy in memory of the boys who were killed in the war and no doubt a big part of the idea was instigated by his devotion to his beloved Scotty Davidson*, who fell with many other hockey players in the world conflict (including Capt. George T. Richardson*, who died in France, Feb. 9, 1916. --William J. Walshe, Comments on Sport, The Kingston Whig-Standard, Jan. 6, 1939. It started as an East-versus-West format, where the George Richardson Memorial Trophy champions from the East would play the Abbott Cup champions from the West. From 1919 to 1928, the Memorial Cup Final was a two-game total goals affair between a champion from Eastern Canada and a champion from Western Canada, both of which were determined through a series of playdowns under the auspices of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.
In 1929, the Memorial Cup Final became a best-of-three series. In 1934, when the junior hockey teams were further divided between Junior'A' and Junior'B', the Memorial Cup served as the Junior'A' championship trophy, the Sutherland Cup became the Junior'B' trophy. From 1937 the Memorial Cup was a best-of-five series, in 1943 reverted to a best-of-seven series. For the 1970–1971 season, the Junior'A' rank was further split into the Major Junior rank and a second-tier rank, with the Memorial Cup serving as the Major Junior championship trophy, the Manitoba Centennial Trophy, the Royal Bank Cup, serving as the second tier championship trophy. In 1972, the Memorial Cup was contested between three teams: the champions of the three leagues of the Canadian Hockey League: the Ed Chynoweth Cup Champs, J. Ross Robertson Cup Champs, the President's Cup Champs. From 1972 to 1973 these three teams played a single round-robin, with the top two teams advancing to a single-game final. A semi-final game was added in 1974.
In 1977 the tournament was expanded with no semi-final. The tournament was held at a pre-determined site, rotated among the three leagues; the 1983 Memorial Cup tournament saw the inclusion of a fourth team, the team hosting the event, done to boost tournament attendance. The first tournament under this format was held in Portland and marked the first time that an American city hosted the Memorial Cup; the host Winter Hawks won the Cup that year, becoming the first American team to win the Memorial Cup, as well as becoming the first host team to win it. The four teams played a single round-robin. If two teams are tied for third place a tie-breaker game is played on Thursday, followed by a semi-final game between the second and third-place teams and a final between the first-place team and the semi-final winner; this format continues to be used to this day, with the honour of hosting the tournament rotated amongst the CHL's three member leagues. If the host team wins its respective league championship, the Memorial Cup berth reserved for the league champion is instead awarded to that league's runner-up.
This was the case in 2006, when the Quebec Remparts lost to the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL Finals. However, since Moncton was hosting the Memorial Cup that year, Quebec was awarded the QMJHL berth to the Memorial Cup tour
Flin Flon Bombers
The Flin Flon Bombers are a junior ice hockey team and current member of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, are based in Flin Flon, Canada. Their home rink is the Whitney Forum. Radio station CFAR live broadcasts a select number of home and away games throughout the year, as well as all playoff games; the Bombers date back to 1927 and have featured many future hockey greats, including Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, Ted Hampson, Blaine Stoughton, Gene Carr, Chuck Arnason, Gerry Hart, Ken Baumgartner and Mel Pearson. Their trademark colours are maroon and white, The Bombers played in the Senior Saskatchewan Hockey League for the 1939 to 1944 seasons, the North Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the 1950 season. No information is available for the 1945, 1946, 1947 seasons; the NSJHL became the SJHL for the 1951 season. Memorial Cup championshipThe 1956–57 Flin Flon Bombers had no trouble winning their own league, the SJHL, averaging nearly 6 goals a game and allowing only 2 against, they won the league title by 19 points.
In the playoffs, they beat the Humboldt Indians 4-games-to-none and won the final over the Prince Albert Mintos 4-games-to-2. In the Western Canadian playdowns, the Bombers next played Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Junior Hockey League. After allowing the series to be split after four games, the Bombers beat the Oil Kings the next two games to take the series in six; the Bombers beat the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League's Fort William Canadiens four games straight to win the Abbott Cup. As per Junior A rules, the Bombers picked up goalie Lynn Davis and defenceman Jean Gauthier from the Fort William and centre Orland Kurtenbach from Prince Albert for the Memorial Cup Finals; the Eastern Champion was the Ottawa Junior Canadiens. Coached by Sam Pollock and assistant Scotty Bowman; the first three games were in Flin Flon with the series closing out in Regina. The Bombers won the series 4-games-to-2; the 1956–57 Flin Flon Bombers were inducted into both the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
Championship roster Harvey Fleming, Carl Forster, Cliff Lennartz, Barry Beatty, Mike Kardash, Duane Rupp, George Konik, Mel Pearson, Ken Willey, Rod Lee, Wayne Sproxton, Ted Hampson, George Wood, Lynn Davis, Jean Gauthier, Ron Hutchinson, Orland Kurtenbach, Pat Ginnell, Doug Dawson, Bobby Kirk, Hec McCaig, Jim Wardle, Pinkie Davie, Ken Cunningham, Rees Jones, Dan McCaig. The Bombers played for one season in the MJHL before moving on to the WCHL for the 1968 season. See the 1968-1978 WHL section for more details. Note: The Western Hockey League was known as the Western Canadian Hockey League for the 1967-68 season; the Bobby Clarke eraIn 1966, Bill Hunter lead the formation of the Western Canada Junior Hockey League. 5 of the 8 teams in the SJHL joined, while the Brandon Wheat Kings and Flin Flon Bombers joined the Manitoba Junior Hockey league. After one season, both would leave and join the Western Canada Hockey League. During the 1966–67 season, the Bombers, led by Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach, dominated the MJHL and cruised to a league championship, capturing the Turnbull Memorial Cup.
Clarke set league records for most assists and points. Besides the scoring title, Clarke was the MJHL rookie of the year, first team all-star centre. Joining Clarke on the first all-star team were right winger Reggie Leach, goaltender Chris Worthy, captain Gerry Hart a defenceman. Defenceman Jack Criel made the second all-star team; the Clarke-led Bombers continued to dominate with 2 first-place finishes, a loss in the 1968 playoff finals, a league championship in 1969. The Bombers won a national championship in 1969 by defeating the St. Thomas Barons of the Western Ontario Junior A Hockey League in an unsanctioned best-of-7 series aimed at rivaling the Memorial Cup. Clarke led the league in scoring both years, was named Most Valuable Player in 1969; the growing demands of the WHL caused the Bombers to outgrow their small home arena, the franchise departed. The club played three and a half dismal seasons after leaving Flin Flon, with iterations as the Edmonton Oil Kings for the 1979 season, Great Falls Americans in 1980, the Spokane Flyers for the 1981 and part of the 1982 season before folding on December 2, 1981.
The Bombers resurfaced in 1978 in the NorMan Junior Hockey League. In 1977, the Bombers formed a Junior B team as a feeder system; the Jr. B Bombers would win the Baldy Northcott Trophy as Manitoba Provincial Junior B Champions. In the summer of 1978, the ownership sold the Junior A Bombers WCHL rights to Edmonton; the Flin Flon ownership, along with the owners of the Thompson King Miners, banded together with people from The Pas and Snow Lake, Manitoba to create a rival Jr. B league to the Manitoba Jr. B League - the NorMan Junior Hockey League. After one season, the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association granted the league Tier II Junior A status and the right to compete against the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for Turnbull Cup for a chance to win the Anavet Cup, Abbott Cup, Centennial Cup. Flin Flon won NJHL titles in 1979, 1982, 1984; the Bombers had the distinction of being the only NJHL team to beat a MJHL team in a playoff game in the 1984 Turnbull Cup. In 1984, the Bombers were granted expansion into the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
Flin Flon is located on the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border with a portion of the city in both provinces, while Creighton is located 1 km from Flin Flon and is wholly within Saskatc
The Steinbach Pistons are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Steinbach, Canada. They are members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, a member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League; the MJHL granted an expansion team to the Southeast Tribal Council, a group of First Nation bands in southeastern Manitoba, to begin play in the 1988-89 season. The team was played out of the Notre Dame Arena in Winnipeg; the team was renamed the Southeast Blades in 1992. After taking a leave of absence for the 1996-97 season, the Blades moved northeast of Winnipeg to Sagkeeng First Nation; the Blades played ten seasons in Sagkeeng. Their best season was in 2002-03, when they advanced to the Turnbull Cup finals, losing to the OCN Blizzard; the Beausejour Blades were formed in 2007 following the sale and relocation of the team to the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour. The move did not improve the team's fortunes: the Blades managed to win only 13 games over two seasons in Beausejour. During the 2009 Allan Cup in Steinbach, the City of Steinbach, together with Blades management, announced that the team would be relocating to Steinbach for the 2009–10 MJHL season.
The team was renamed the Steinbach Pistons, in recognition of the city's reputation as "The Automobile City". Steinbach was home to a MJHL team called the Hawks from 1985 to 1988. Despite the team's improved record after the move to Steinbach, the Pistons failed to qualify for the playoffs in each of their first three seasons; the team's continued poor performance and strained financial position spurred a group of investors from the local business community to purchase the Pistons in 2012 and convert it to a community-owned organization. The next season, the Pistons ended the franchise's ten year playoff drought and captured their first Turnbull Cup; the Pistons enjoyed their best season in 2017-2018 when the team won its second Turnbull Cup, defeated the Nipawin Hawks to win the ANAVET Cup, qualified for the National Junior "A" Championship for the first time. Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against 1989 DNQ 1990 Lost Div Semi FinalKildonan North Stars defeated Southeast Thunderbirds 4-games-to-none1991 DNQ 1992 DNQ 1993 DNQ 1994 Lost Div Semi FinalSt.
Boniface Saints defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-11995 Lost Div Semi FinalSt. Boniface Saints defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-none1996 DNQ 1997 Did Not Participate 1998 DNQ 1999 DNQ 2000 DNQ 2001 DNQ 2002 DNQ 2003 Lost FinalSoutheast Blades defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-3 Southeast Blades defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1 OCN Blizzard defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-none2004 DNQ 2005 DNQ 2006 DNQ 2007 DNQ 2008 DNQ 2009 DNQ 2010 DNQ 2011 DNQ 2012 DNQ 2013 Won League, Lost in 2013 Western Canada Cup round robinSteinbach Pistons defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-3 Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2 Steinbach Pistons defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-2 MJHL CHAMPIONS Fifth and eliminated from 2013 Western Canada Cup round robin 2014 Lost Division FinalSteinbach Pistons defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-3 Winnipeg Blues defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-12015 Lost FinalSteinbach Pistons defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-0 Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-1 Portage Terriers defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-02016 Lost FinalSteinbach Pistons defeated Swan Valley Stampeders 4-games-to-0 Steinbach Pistons defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-3 Portage Terriers defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-12017 Lost Semi-finalSteinbach Pistons defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-2 Portage Terriers defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-22018 Won League, Won ANAVET CupSteinbach Pistons defeated Swan Valley Stampeders 4-games-to-0 Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2 Steinbach Pistons defeated Virden Oil Capitals 4-games-to-2 MJHL CHAMPIONS Steinbach Pistons defeated Nipawin Hawks 4-games-to-2 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS Fifth and eliminated from 2018 Royal Bank Cup round robin 2019 Lost Semi-finalSteinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2 Swan Valley Stampeders defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-2 Canadian Jr.
A National ChampionshipsDudley Hewitt Champions – Central, Fred Page Champions – Eastern, Doyle Cup Champion – Pacific, ANAVET Cup Champion – Western, HostRound-robin play with top four in semifinal games and winners to finals. List of ice hockey teams in Manitoba Steinbach Pistons website Steinbach Pistons season statistics and records at The Internet Hockey Database
The Portage Terriers are a Canadian junior "A" ice hockey team from Portage la Prairie, Canada. They are a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League; the Portage Terriers were founded in 1942. During their first season, the Terriers won the Turnbull Cup as Manitoba junior champions and went on to defeat the Oshawa Generals to win the Memorial Cup, their roster included Joe Bell, Gordon Bell, Billy Gooden, Lin Bend, Jack MacDonald, Wally Stefaniw, Bobby Love, Oliver "Bud" Ritchie, Bill Heindl Sr. Jack O'Reilly, Joe Ledoux, Lloyd Smith and Don Campbell. A shortage of players following World War II forced the Terriers to cease operations in 1947; the Portage Terriers would be reborn twenty years as members of the new Central Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The CMJHL lasted only one season before it merged with the MJHL; the Terriers became a Junior'A' club following the reorganization of Canadian junior hockey in 1970. In 1972-73, the Terriers won the Anavet Cup as Manitoba-Saskatchewan champions and Abbott Cup as Western Canadian champions, defeated the Pembroke Lumber Kings to win the 1973 Centennial Cup.
The team endured some tough years following their Centennial Cup appearance and it was not until 1989 that the Terriers would recapture the league title. Since the mid-2000s, the Terriers have been one of the MJHL's most dominant franchises, a stretch that has included eight league championships, two ANAVET Cup titles, three Royal Bank Cup appearances. During the 2014-15 season, the Terriers set a new league record by posting a winning percentage of.917 during the regular season, after which they went undefeated through the playoffs to capture the Turnbull Cup. The Terriers finished second at the Western Canada Cup and moved on to host the 2015 Royal Bank Cup in Portage la Prairie, where they captured the national title with a victory over the Carleton Place Canadians in the championship game; the Terriers repeated as MJHL champions the following two seasons. The team and the city have been selected to host the National Junior'A' Championship again in 2020; this will mark the 50th season for the championship, known as the Manitoba Centennial Cup.
The Terriers have played at Stride Place the Portage Credit Union Centre, since 2010. Prior to this, the Terriers played at the Portage Centennial Arena; the team's head coach and general manager is Blake Spiller, who has held the position since 2006. Spiller is the winningest coach in the team's history; the 1942 and 1972-73 Portage Terriers have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame under the team category. Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against 1971 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-21972 Lost Semi-finalPortage Terriers defeated Kenora Muskies 4-games-to-1 Dauphin Kings defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1973 Won League, Won Man/Sask Championship, Won Abbott Cup, Won 1973 Centennial CupPortage Terriers defeated Kenora Muskies 4-games-to-none Portage Terriers defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-none MJHL CHAMPIONS Portage Terriers defeated Humboldt Broncos 3-games-to-2 and a default MAN/SASK CHAMPIONS Portage Terriers defeated Penticton Broncos 4-games-to-3 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS Portage Terriers defeated Pembroke Lumber Kings 4-games-to-1 CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS1974 Lost Semi-finalPortage Terriers defeated Brandon Travellers 4-games-to-2 Selkirk Steelers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-31975 Lost Semi-finalPortage Terriers defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-none Selkirk Steelers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-11976 Lost Quarter-finalBrandon Travellers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-11977 DNQ 1978 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1979 Lost Semi-finalPortage Terriers defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-3 Selkirk Steelers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1980 DNQ 1981 Lost Quarter-finalDauphin Kings defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1982 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1983 Lost Quarter-finalDauphin Kings defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1984 Lost Quarter-finalDauphin Kings defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1985 DNQ 1986 DNQ 1987 Lost Quarter-finalDauphin Kings defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-11988 Lost FinalPortage Terriers defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-1 Portage Terriers defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-1 Winnipeg South Blues defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1989 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-31990 Won League, Lost Anavet CupPortage Terriers defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-1 Portage Terriers defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-1 Portage Terriers defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none MJHL CHAMPIONS Nipawin Hawks defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-21991 Lost Quarter-finalWinkler Flyers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-11992 Lost Semi-finalPortage Terriers defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-1 Winkler Flyers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-11993 Lost Semi-finalPortage Terriers defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-none Dauphin Kings defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-11994 Lost Quarter-finalWinkler Flyers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-11995 Lost Quarter-finalNeepawa Natives defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none1996 Lost Quarter-finalNeepawa Natives defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-31997 Lost Quarter-finalOCN Blizzard defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-11998 Lost Quarter-finalOCN Blizzard defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-21999 Lost Quarter-finalWinkler Flyers defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-22000 Lost Quarter-finalDauphin Kings defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none2001 Lost Quarter-finalNeepawa Natives d
Kenora Thistles (1926–40)
The Kenora Thistles were a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team playing in the Canadian town of Kenora, Ontario. The Kenora Thistles junior hockey club was founded in 1925 in a local Northern league with Keewatin and Norman; the Thistles participated in the Thunder Bay regional playoffs as an independent team. In 1927, they moved to the Memorial Cup-eligible Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League; the 1926 regional playoffs put them up against Fort Frances in the semi-final. Kenora won the games 6-1 to earn a berth into the region finals. In the final, the Thistles 4-0 to end their season. In 1927, the Thistles squared off with the Port Arthur West End Juniors in a two-game series for the region. Port Arthur won 5-1 to take the series; the Thistles first season of league play had them win the regular season crown of the TBJHL. In the playoffs, with a direct berth to the league final, the Thistles played the Fort William Juniors, they won the second game 5-3 to take the series. In the Memorial Cup Eastern semi-final, the Thistles had to play the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Elmwood Millionaires.
Kenora won both games 3-2 to play in the Eastern final. Up against the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Regina Pats, the Thistles fell 8-0 in game one but only managed to win game two by a score of 4-3, thus eliminating them from a chance at the Memorial Cup. In their second TBJHL season, the Thistles came in first again, they ended up against the Fort William Juniors in the finals, beating them 1-0 and tying them 2-2 to win the regional playoffs. In the Eastern Memorial Cup semi-final, the Thistles again met up with the MJHL's Elmwood Millionaires, they won game one 4-3, but were eliminated. Their third and final TBJHL season had them finish in second place behind the Fort William Legion. In the semi-final, the Thistles were up against the Port Arthur Juniors, they won game one 3-2, but objected to the second game's refereeing and were ejected from the playoffs by the league. This would be their last game in the TBJHL. In 1930, the Thistles were accepted into the South Division of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League which would cut back on their travel as all the teams in the South Division were from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
After winning the division in just their third season, the Thistles were forcefully moved to the more distant North Division. Despite the travel, the Thistles took their first league title in 1934; the Thistles would end up losing the Abbott Cup semi-final to the Port Arthur West Ends 9-goals-to-8 in two games. From 1936 until 1939 the Thistles suffered, three consecutive losing seasons left them financially in trouble; the 1939-40 season was a great season for the Thistles. They won the league by defeating the Elmwood Maple Leafs 3-games-to-none in the league final won the Abbott Cup as Western Canadian champions. In the Abbott Cup semi-final, the Thistles defeated the Port Arthur Juniors 2-games-to-1. In the final, they defeated the Edmonton Athletic Club Roamers with 2 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties. In their first and only Memorial Cup appearance, the Thistles and Oshawa Generals marked the second time two teams from Ontario would square off for the Memorial Cup; the Generals won game one 1-0, game two 4-1.
The Thistles rebounded and won game three 4-3, but lost game four 4-2 and the series 3-games-to-1 to the Generals. In the summer of 1940, it became apparent that they would not have the numbers or the money to continue competing during World War II and folded. Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against John Gallagher Bill Juzda Doug Lewis Jake Milford Babe Pratt Chuck Rayner Stu Smith Bill Thomson Jimmy Ward Aubrey Webster List of ice hockey teams in Ontario Kenora Thistles Official Website
Virden Oil Capitals
The Virden Oil Capitals are a Canadian junior'A' ice hockey team based in Virden, Manitoba. The Oil Capitals are members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League; the Oil Capitals were created in the spring of 2012, when a group of local investors purchased the Winnipeg Saints franchise and relocated it to Virden to play at newly constructed Tundra Oil & Gas Place. The franchise was founded as the Winnipeg Rangers in 1956 and has won five Turnbull Cups as league champions: twice as the Rangers and three times at the St. Boniface Saints. Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against 1971 Won League, Won Man/Sask Championship, Lost Abbott CupSt. Boniface Saints defeated West Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-3 St. Boniface Saints defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-none St. Boniface Saints defeated Kenora Muskies 4-games-to-none MJHL CHAMPIONS St. Boniface Saints defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-2 MAN/SASK CHAMPIONS Red Deer Rustlers defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1972 Lost Quarter-finalWest Kildonan North Stars defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-11973 Lost Semi-finalSt.
Boniface Saints defeated West Kildonan North Stars 9-points-to-7 St. James Canadians defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1974 Lost Semi-finalSt. Boniface Saints defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-2 West Kildonan North Stars defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1975 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1976 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-11977 Lost Quarter-finalKenora Thistles defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-21978 Lost Quarter-finalKildonan North Stars defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-11979 Lost Semi-finalSt. Boniface Saints defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1 Kildonan North Stars defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1980 Lost Quarter-finalKildonan North Stars defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-21981 Won League, Won Turnbull Cup, Lost Anavet CupSt. Boniface Saints defeated Kenora Thistles 4-games-to-none St. Boniface Saints defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1 St. Boniface Saints defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-1 MJHL CHAMPIONS St. Boniface Saints defeated Thompson King Miners 3-games-to-none TURNBULL CUP CHAMPIONS Prince Albert Raiders defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-11982 Lost Semi-finalSt.
Boniface Saints defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-2 Fort Garry Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1983 Lost FinalSt. Boniface Saints defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none St. Boniface Saints defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-2 Dauphin Kings defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-11984 Lost Quarter-finalKildonan North Stars defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1985 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-11986 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-31987 Lost Semi-finalSt. Boniface Saints defeated Steinbach Hawks 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1988 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-11989 Lost Quarter-finalKildonan North Stars defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1990 DNQ 1991 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-31992 Lost Quarter-finalWinnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-21993 Lost FinalSt.
Boniface Saints defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-none St. Boniface Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1 Dauphin Kings defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none1994 Won League, Lost Anavet CupSt. Boniface Saints defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-1 St. Boniface Saints defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1 St. Boniface Saints defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-2 MJHL CHAMPIONS Weyburn Red Wings defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-31995 Lost Semi-finalSt. Boniface Saints defeated Southeast Blades 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-31996 Lost Quarter-finalWinnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-31997 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-31998 Lost Quarter-finalWinnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-31999 Lost Semi-finalSt. Boniface Saints defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-2 Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-32000 DNQ 2001 Lost Quarter-finalWinnipeg South Blues defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-32002 DNQ 2003 DNQ 2004 Lost Semi-finalWinnipeg Saints defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-2 Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-22005 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-12006 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-22007 Lost Semi-finalWinnipeg Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-3 Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-none2008 Lost FinalWinnipeg Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1 Winnipeg Saints defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-1 Portage Terriers defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-12009 Lost Semi-finalWinnipeg Saints defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-none Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-22010 Lost FinalWinnipeg Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none Winnipeg Saints defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-none Dauphin Kings defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-none2011 Lost Quarter-finalSelkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-12012 Lost FinalWinnipeg Saints defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-1 Winnipeg Saints defeated OCN Blizzard 4-games-to-2 Portage Terriers defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-12013 DNQ 2014 Lost Semi-finalVirden Oil Capitals defeated Swan Valley Stampeders 4-games-to-2 Dauphin Kings defeated Virden Oi
Manitoba Junior Hockey League
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is a Junior'A' ice hockey league operating in the Canadian province of Manitoba and one of eleven member leagues of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The MJHL consists of 11 teams playing a balanced 60-game schedule, with the top eight teams qualifying for the playoffs; the quarter-finals, semi-finals, final are determined by best-of-seven series. The playoff champion is awarded the Turnbull Cup; the league had two divisions and Sherwood, prior to the 2014-15 season. The winner of the MJHL playoffs competes against the champion from Saskatchewan for the ANAVET Cup and a berth in the National Junior A Championship; the league has a rich tradition. Its first year of operation was the 1918 -- 19 season, it was known as the Winnipeg and District League until 1931, when it became the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. During the inaugural season, there were nine teams in two divisions, each playing a six-game schedule; the teams included the Winnipeg Pilgrims, Grand Trunk Pacific, Winnipeg Tigers, Young Men's Lutheran Club, Winnipeg Argonauts, Selkirk Fishermen and Winnipeg Monarchs.
Over the years, more than 200 MJHL players have gone on to the National Hockey League, 11 of those MJHL graduates have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame: Andy Bathgate, Turk Broda, Art Coulter, Bobby Clarke, Charlie Gardiner, Bryan Hextall, Tom Johnson, Harry Oliver, Babe Pratt, Terry Sawchuk, Jack Stewart. In 1955, the brothers Art and Gordon Stratton of the Winnipeg Barons set a league record for most points in a single season with 76 each. In 1957, Ray Brunel of the St. Boniface Canadiens broke it with 105. In the early 1960s, the powerhouse Brandon Wheat Kings, built by Jake Milford, won three titles in a row, four in five years. In 1961, goalie Ernie Wakely of the Winnipeg Braves was named Canada's outstanding junior hockey player for the month of January. In 1962, Clarence Campbell president of the NHL attended inaugural Manitoba–Saskatchewan all-star game in Winnipeg. In 1963, Jim Irving, captain of the Winnipeg Rangers, was named Manitoba's outstanding junior athlete and received the Carl Pederson Memorial Award.
Goaltender Wayne Stephenson led the Winnipeg Braves to the MJHL Championship in 1965. In 1967, future Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke of the Flin Flon Bombers set league records for most goals and points in a single season. Clarke led the Bombers to win the MJHL title. During the summer of 1967, the MAHA agreed to allow three teams to enter the new Western Hockey League, the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Flin Flon Bombers from the MJHL, the Ben Hatskin's owned Winnipeg Jets. Hatskin owned three MJHL teams. Part of the agreement was the continuation of the MJHL. Hatskin sold his three teams to local interests; the Winnipeg Warriors became the West Kildonan North Stars, the St. James Braves became the St. James Canadians, the Winnipeg Rangers became the St. Boniface Saints; these three teams along with the Winnipeg Monarchs became the new MJHL. The Selkirk Steelers, however opted to join the new Central Manitoba Junior Hockey League; the next year, the MJHL absorbed the CMJHL, creating a North Division to house the former CMJHL teams: the Steelers, Portage Terriers, Dauphin Kings, Kenora Muskies, who had operated out of Fort Garry the previous year.
The existing teams created the South Division. On September 19, 1968, the Winnipeg Monarchs announced the signing of Hiroshi Hori, a defenceman from Japan. Hori, a high school all-star in his homeland, would spend a year with the team and return home to pass on what he had learned. A Canadian missionary to Japan, Father Moran was behind the idea. With CAHA approval, Moran convinced the Japanese Skating Union to sponsor one player to a year in Canada; the CAHA chose Winnipeg as the site because of the added experience from watching the Canadian National Team, the Monarchs volunteered. On Sunday February 9, 1969, the MJHL held a special emergency meeting to discuss Butch Goring leaving the Winnipeg Jets of the WCHL and joining the Dauphin Kings. Goring played the night before in Kenora for the Kings during a regular season game; the MJHL gave the Kings approval to use Goring in regular playoff games. Goring was leading the WCHL in goals at the time. Monday, WCHL president Ron Butlin said a court injunction would be sought against Goring and another Jet forward Merv Haney from playing with the Dauphin Kings.
Saying the CHA would be "taking whatever action is necessary against Dauphin and the MAHA for damages." Goring and Haney would play for all the way to the Western Memorial Cup Finals. In September 1971, Winnipeg Monarchs President Bob Westmacott announced 17-year-old Stephan Lindberg of Sweden had been invited to training camp. Jack Bownass, former coach of Canada's national team, recommended Lindberg to the Monarchs; the Dauphin Kings were the first "dynasty" of the new MJHL, winning the league three out of four years, 1969, 1970, 1972, boasting such stars as Ron Low, Butch Goring, Ron Chipperfield. The Kings went to the Western Memorial Cup final in 1969, in 1972 recorded 40 wins, a modern-day MJHL record. Charlie Simmer of the Kenora Muskies won the scoring title in 1973, the same year the Portage Terriers were crowned National Champs, winning the Centennial Cup. In 1974, the Selkirk Steelers won the national crown, giving the MJHL back to back "Canadian Championships", it was players such as Low, Chipperfield, Chuck Arnason, Murray Bannerman, Paul Baxter, John Bednarski, Rick Blight, Dan Bonar, Brian Engblom, Glen Hanlon, Bob Joyce, Barry Legge, Perry Miller, Chris Oddleifson, Curt Ridley, Rick St. Croix, Blaine Stoughto