1968–69 MJHL season

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Champion

On March 19, 1969, in St. Boniface, the Dauphin Kings were crowned MJHL Champions, capturing the Turnbull Memorial Trophy. The Kings trounced the St. Boniface Saints 5-1, to swept the best of seven in four straight games.

Winnipeg Saints

The Winnipeg Saints were a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The team was known for most of its existence as the St. Boniface Saints and exists today as the Virden Oil Capitals.

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League notes

The MJHL merged with the Central Manitoba Junior Hockey League creating a North Division to house all 4 new teams, the Selkirk Steelers, Portage Terriers, Dauphin Kings, and Kenora Muskies (who operated out of Fort Garry the previous year). The existing teams created the South Division.

Selkirk Steelers

The Selkirk Steelers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada. They are members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and Hockey Canada.

Portage Terriers

The Portage Terriers are a Canadian junior "A" ice hockey team from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. They are members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

Dauphin Kings

The Dauphin Kings are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. They are members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and Hockey Canada. The Kings were established in 1967 and play at the Credit Union Place.

Regular season

North Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Dauphin Kings 34 25 8 1 51 226 122
Selkirk Steelers 34 23 9 2 48 195 116
Kenora Muskies 34 13 21 0 26 177 190
Portage Terriers 34 3 28 3 9 104 236
South Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Winnipeg Monarchs 34 17 12 5 39 145 157
St. Boniface Saints 34 18 14 2 38 145 126
St. James Canadians 34 16 14 4 36 142 146
West Kildonan North Stars 34 12 21 1 25 130 171

All-Star Games

The League's North Division All-Stars pumped in three goals in the opening 20 minutes and then cruised their way to an easy 6-0 win over the South Division selects in Portage on a stormy January 8. Ken McCluskey, Curt Ridley and Ron Low shared the shut-out. Each handled 10 shots during their 20-minute stints. Mickey Walsh went all the way for the South facing 43 shots. Ken George scored a pair, Chuck Arnason, Ron Ramsey, Moe Brunel, and Clayton Kemp added singles.

Charles Curtis Ridley is a Canadian retired ice hockey goaltender. He played 104 games in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vancouver Canucks. Drafted in the second round of the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft, Ridley, then a player of the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, became the first player to ever be drafted directly from Tier II Junior A.

Ronald Albert Low is a Canadian former ice hockey goaltender and coach. He grew up in Foxwarren, Manitoba.

Ernest Charles Arnason is a former Canadian professional ice hockey right wing who played 401 games over eight seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Kansas City Scouts, Cleveland Barons, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota North Stars and Washington Capitals. He was the first player to play for five defunct teams - Atlanta, Kansas City, Colorado, Cleveland and Minnesota. He is the Father of Tyler Arnason.

North Division Lineup:

South Division Lineup:

On January 10, the South Division All-Stars trounced their Japanese visitors, the Seibu hockey club, 7-2 at the St. James Civic Centre. The All-Stars led 3-1 and 4-2 by periods. Four St. Boniface players, Rick Sedgewick, Wayne Altomare, Brian Clague and Wayne Albo scored. Jim Johnston of St. James, John Neil of West Kildonan, and Brian Harding of Winnipeg scored the other Stars goals. Koji Iwimpto and Mel Wakabayashi replied for Seibu.
MJHL Lineup:

Hitoshi "Mel" Wakabayashi is a former All-American ice hockey player, a right-handed center, who played for the 1964 NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines hockey team. He was also named Player of the Year in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1966. He went on to play 11 season in the Japan Ice Hockey League and to coach the Japan men's national ice hockey team at international competitions, including the 1980 Winter Olympics. After his hockey career ended, Wakabayashi became the President of Seibu Canada. In 2001, Wakabayashi was selected by the WCHA as one of the Top 50 Players in 50-year history of the conference. He was also inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 2006.

On January 24, in Dauphin Canadian born Mel Wakabayshi scored three goals to spark Seibu of Japan to an 8-6 victory over the North Division All-Stars before a capacity crowd of more than 2,500. Japan led 3-1 and 6-3 by periods. Rounding out the Japanese scoring were Norio Fukuda, Fumio Yamazaki, Isamu Owata, Tadashi Makawama and Koji Iwamato. Bob Leguilloux of Dauphin and Chuck Arnason of Selkirk scored two goals each. Jim Cahoon of Dauphin and Terry Hart of Selkirk got the other all-star goals.

Playoffs

Divisional Semi-Finals

Selkirk lost to Kenora4-games-to-1
St. Boniface defeated St. James 4-games-to-2

Divisional Finals

Dauphin defeated Kenora 4-games-to-2
Winnipeg lost to St. Boniface4-games-to-3

Turnbull Cup Championship

Dauphin defeated St. Boniface 4-games-to-none

Western Memorial Cup Semi-Final

Dauphin defeated Westfort Hurricanes (TBJHL) 4-games-to-2

Western Memorial Cup Final (Abbott Cup)

Dauphin lost to Regina Pats (SJHL) 4-games-to-3

Scoring leaders

Player Team GP G A Pts
Dennis Schick Dauphin Kings 34 34 50 84
Jim Cahoon Dauphin Kings 33 27 48 75
Chuck Arnason Selkirk Steelers 34 36 37 73
Ron Ramsey Selkirk Steelers 34 23 41 64
Bob Buchy Dauphin Kings 34 22 41 63
Brian Harding Winnipeg Monarchs 33 24 37 61
Bob Leguilloux Dauphin Kings 29 32 24 56
Norm Cherrey Selkirk Steelers 34 27 29 56
Ken George Kenora Muskies 34 27 28 55
Terry Hart Selkirk Steelers 32 25 26 51

Awards

Trophy Winner Team
MVP
Top Goaltender
Rookie of the Year Jim Cahoon Dauphin Kings
Hockey Ability & Sportsmanship Award
Scoring Champion Dennis Schick Dauphin Kings

All-Star Teams

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