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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|St. James Canadians||34||16||14||4||36||142||146|
|West Kildonan North Stars||34||12||21||1||25||130||171|
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.
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.
Turnbull Cup Championship
Western Memorial Cup Semi-Final
Western Memorial Cup Final (Abbott Cup)
|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|
|Rookie of the Year||Jim Cahoon||Dauphin Kings|
|Hockey Ability & Sportsmanship Award|
|Scoring Champion||Dennis Schick||Dauphin Kings|
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The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) 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 (CJHL).
The Winkler Flyers are a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team playing out of the Winkler Arena in Winkler, Manitoba, Canada. The Flyers entered the MJHL as an expansion team for the 1980-81 season and have won three Turnbull Cup Championships as Manitoba Junior 'A' Champions as well as the ANAVET Cup in 1992.
The Winnipeg Blues are a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The team was founded in 1930 as the Winnipeg Monarchs. The team is also formerly known as the Fort Garry Blues (1978-1984) and Winnipeg South Blues (1984-2010).
The St. James Canadians were a Canadian junior hockey team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League until 2003, folding officially in 2004. The Canadians played out of the St. James Civic Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As the Winnipeg Braves, they won the 1959 Memorial Cup as National Junior Hockey champions.
On March 14, 1968, at home in St. James, the St. James Canadians corralled the Manitoba Junior Hockey League championship, and on March 26, in Selkirk, the Canadians captured the Turnbull Cup defeating the Central Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions Selkirk Steelers.
In the 1970-71 season of Canadian ice hockey, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) champions were Winnipeg Saints, who won the Turnbull Memorial Trophy in the final on March 30, 1971, at home in St. Boniface. The Saints went on to win the Anavet Cup by defeating the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on April 13, 1971, at the St. James ground in Winnipeg.
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