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
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
The Winnipeg Blues are a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team based near Oak Bluff, Canada, a suburban area of Winnipeg. The team was founded in 1930 as the Winnipeg Monarchs and formerly known as the Fort Garry Blues and Winnipeg South Blues; the Blues/Monarchs hockey club has won 17 Turnbull Cups as MJHL champions, two ANAVET Cups, six Abbott Cups. The Monarchs were three-time Memorial Cup champions before the reorganization of Canadian junior hockey in 1970; the 1995 Winnipeg South Blues have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame under the team category. The Winnipeg Monarchs won the Memorial Cup as Canadian junior hockey champions three times: in 1935, 1937 and 1946. In 1946, George Robertson scored the winning goal in the seventh game of the 1946 Memorial Cup Final before a sell out crowd at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario; the Monarchs were finalists in 1932, losing to Sudbury Wolves in the final, 1951, losing to the Barrie Flyers. In addition to the three Memorial Cup titles, the Monarchs won ten Turnbull Cups as MJHL champions and five Abbott Cups as Western Canadian junior hockey champions.
The Monarchs were sold and relocated to the Century Arena in Fort Garry in 1978 and adopted a new name, the Fort Garry Blues. The team rebranded itself as the Winnipeg South Blues in 1984; the Blues captured six league championships while playing out of Fort Garry. The Blues shortened their name to the Winnipeg Blues; the team won its league-record 17th Turnbull Cup in 2014 and made their only Western Canada Cup appearance that year. In April 2019, the MJHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the team to 50 Below Sports + Entertainment Inc, owners of the Western Hockey League's Winnipeg Ice; the Blues will relocate to The Rink Training Centre, located just outside Winnipeg city limits in the Rural Municipality of Macdonald, for the 2019–20 season. The Blues are the sole Junior "A" club based in the Winnipeg area since the Winnipeg Saints relocated to Virden in 2012. Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against 1971 Lost Quarter-finalSt.
James Canadians defeated Winnipeg Monarchs 4-games-to-21972 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg Monarchs 4-games-to-21973 DNQ 1974 DNQ 1975 DNQ 1976 Lost Quarter-finalWest Kildonan North Stars defeated Assiniboine Park Monarchs 4-games-to-11977 DNQ 1978 DNQ 1979 DNQ 1980 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-21981 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-11982 Won League, Won Turnbull Cup, Lost Anavet CupFort Garry Blues defeated Kenora Thistles 4-games-to-none Fort Garry Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none Fort Garry Blues defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-none MJHL CHAMPIONS Fort Garry Blues defeated Flin Flon Bombers 3-games-to-none TURNBULL CUP CHAMPIONS Prince Albert Raiders defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-21983 Lost Semi-finalFort Garry Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-none St. Boniface Saints defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-21984 Lost Semi-finalFort Garry Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1 Kildonan North Stars defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-21985 Lost FinalWinnipeg South Blues defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1 Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-11986 Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Lost Abbott CupWinnipeg South Blues defeated Thunder Bay Hornets 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-none MJHL CHAMPIONS Winnipeg South Blues defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-3 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS Penticton Knights defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-11987 Lost FinalWinnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-31988 Won League, Lost Anavet CupWinnipeg South Blues defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-2 Winnipeg South Blues defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-none MJHL CHAMPIONS Notre Dame Hounds defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none1989 Won League, Lost Anavet CupWinnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1 Winnipeg South Blues defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-none MJHL CHAMPIONS Humboldt Broncos defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-11990 Lost Quarter-finalSt.
James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none1991 Lost FinalWinnipeg South Blues defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1 Winkler Flyers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none1992 Lost Semi-finalWinnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-2 St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none1993 Lost Semi-finalWinnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-2 St. Boniface Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-11994 Lost Quarter-finalSt. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-31995 Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Abbott Cup, Lost 1995 Centennial Cup semi-finalWinnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1 Winnipeg South Blues defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-none MJHL CHAMPIONS Winnipeg South Blues defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-2 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS Third in 1995 Centennial Cup round robin ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS Gloucester Rangers defeated Winnipeg South Blu
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
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
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams consisting of six players each: one goaltender, five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Ice hockey is most popular in Canada and eastern Europe, the Nordic countries and the United States. Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada. In addition, ice hockey is the most popular winter sport in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia and Switzerland. North America's National Hockey League is the highest level for men's ice hockey and the strongest professional ice hockey league in the world; the Kontinental Hockey League is much of Eastern Europe. The International Ice Hockey Federation is the formal governing body for international ice hockey, with the IIHF managing international tournaments and maintaining the IIHF World Ranking.
Worldwide, there are ice hockey federations in 76 countries. In Canada, the United States, Nordic countries, some other European countries the sport is known as hockey. Ice hockey is believed to have evolved from simple stick and ball games played in the 18th and 19th century United Kingdom and elsewhere; these games were brought to North America and several similar winter games using informal rules as they were developed, such as "shinny" and "ice polo". The contemporary sport of ice hockey was developed in Canada, most notably in Montreal, where the first indoor hockey game was played on March 3, 1875; some characteristics of that game, such as the length of the ice rink and the use of a puck, have been retained to this day. Amateur ice hockey leagues began in the 1880s, professional ice hockey originated around 1900; the Stanley Cup, emblematic of ice hockey club supremacy, was first awarded in 1893 to recognize the Canadian amateur champion and became the championship trophy of the NHL. In the early 1900s, the Canadian rules were adopted by the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace, the precursor of the IIHF and the sport was played for the first time at the Olympics during the 1920 Summer Olympics.
In international competitions, the national teams of six countries predominate: Canada, Czech Republic, Russia and the United States. Of the 69 medals awarded all-time in men's competition at the Olympics, only seven medals were not awarded to one of those countries. In the annual Ice Hockey World Championships, 177 of 201 medals have been awarded to the six nations. Teams outside the "Big Six" have won only five medals in either competition since 1953; the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, unlike the annual World Championships and quadrennial Olympic tournament, both run by the International Ice Hockey Federation. World Cup games are played under NHL rules and not those of the IIHF, the tournament occurs prior to the NHL pre-season, allowing for all NHL players to be available, unlike the World Championships, which overlaps with the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. Furthermore, all 12 Women's Olympic and 36 IIHF World Women's Championships medals were awarded to one of these six countries.
The Canadian national team or the United States national team have between them won every gold medal of either series. In England, field hockey has been called "hockey" and what was referenced by first appearances in print; the first known mention spelled as "hockey" occurred in the 1773 book Juvenile Sports and Pastimes, to Which Are Prefixed, Memoirs of the Author: Including a New Mode of Infant Education, by Richard Johnson, whose chapter XI was titled "New Improvements on the Game of Hockey". The 1573 Statute of Galway banned a sport called "'hokie'—the hurling of a little ball with sticks or staves". A form of this word was thus being used in the 16th century, though much removed from its current usage; the belief that hockey was mentioned in a 1363 proclamation by King Edward III of England is based on modern translations of the proclamation, in Latin and explicitly forbade the games "Pilam Manualem, Pedivam, & Bacularem: & ad Canibucam & Gallorum Pugnam". The English historian and biographer John Strype did not use the word "hockey" when he translated the proclamation in 1720, instead translating "Canibucam" as "Cambuck".
According to the Austin Hockey Association, the word "puck" derives from the Scottish Gaelic puc or the Irish poc. "... The blow given by a hurler to the ball with his camán or hurley is always called a puck." Stick-and-ball games date back to pre-Christian times. In Europe, these games included the Irish game of hurling, the related Scottish game of shinty and versions of field hockey. IJscolf, a game resembling colf on an ice-covered surface, was popular in the Low Countries between the Middle Ages and the Dutch Golden Age, it was played with a wooden curved bat, a wooden or leather ball and two poles, with t