1961–62 MJHL season

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On March 21, 1962, in Brandon, the Wheat Kings captured the Turnbull Memorial Trophy as MJHL champions.

Brandon, Manitoba City in Manitoba, Canada

Brandon is the second-largest city in the province of Manitoba, Canada. It is located in the southwestern corner of the province on the banks of the Assiniboine River, approximately 214 km (133 mi) west of the provincial capital, Winnipeg, and 120 km (75 mi) east of the Saskatchewan border. Brandon covers an area of 77.41 km2 and has a population of 48,859, while its census metropolitan area has a population of 58,003. It is the primary hub of trade and commerce for the Westman region as well as parts of southeastern Saskatchewan and northern North Dakota, an area with a combined population of over 180,000 people.


Regular season

League Standings GP W L T Pts GF GA
Brandon Wheat Kings 40 26 12 2 54 238 137
Winnipeg Monarchs 40 20 16 4 44 143 138
St. Boniface Canadiens 40 17 17 6 40 135 152
Winnipeg Rangers 40 16 20 4 36 128 150
Winnipeg Braves 40 9 23 8 26 110 177

All-Star game

The inaugural Manitoba - Saskatchewan all-star game was held in Winnipeg on January 21 before 7,044 fans. The MJHL scored a 6-2 triumph to win the Charlie Gardiner Memorial Trophy. Brandon stars Gerry Kell and Marc Dufour lead the attack with two goals each, Jim Johnson and Paul Allan added singles. Replying for the SJHL were Ron Willy and George Swarbrick.
MJHL Lineup:

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The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a Junior A ice hockey league under Hockey Canada, a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Open to North American-born players 20 years of age or younger, the SJHL's 12 teams play in three divisions: the Olympic Buildings, Sherwood and Viterra Divisions. A major attraction in Saskatchewan, the SJHL draws 400,000 fans each season. The winner of the SJHL playoffs continues on to play in the ANAVET Cup against the champion from the MJHL, for the right to represent the Western region at the National Junior A Championship.

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Brandon defeated St. Boniface 3-games-to-1
Monarchs defeated Rangers 3-games-to-none

Turnbull Cup Championship

Brandon defeated Monarchs 4-games-to-1

Western Memorial Cup Semi-Final

Brandon defeated Port Arthur North Stars (TBJHL) 4-games-to-none

Western Memorial Cup Final (Abbott Cup)

Brandon lost to Edmonton Oil Kings (CAHL) 4-games-to-3


Trophy Winner Team
Top Goaltender Gary McAlpine Brandon Wheat Kings
Rookie of the Year
Scoring Champion Gerry Kell Brandon Wheat Kings
Most Goals Marc Dufour Brandon Wheat Kings

All-Star Teams

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