1973–74 MJHL season

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In Winnipeg on April 5, 1974, the Selkirk Steelers won the MJHL title claiming the Turnbull Memorial Trophy. There was no stopping the Selkirk Steelers on April 19, 1974, in Prince Albert, as the Steelers defeated the Prince Albert Raiders of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League winning the Anavet Cup. On May 1, 1974, with a 5-2 win over Kelowna Buckaroos of the British Columbia Hockey League in the seventh and deciding game, held in Kelowna, the Steelers captured the Abbott Cup and advanced into the national final for the Centennial Cup. In the seventh and deciding game, on May 14, 1974, in Ottawa, the Selkirk Steelers scored a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over the Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Junior A Hockey League to capture the Centennial Cup, emblematic of junior A hockey supremacy in Canada.

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Prince Albert, Saskatchewan City in Saskatchewan, Canada

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Prince Albert Raiders ice hockey team

The Prince Albert Raiders are a major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. The Raiders play in the East Division of the Eastern Conference. They are based in the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. The team plays its home games at the Art Hauser Centre.

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League notes

The MJHL returns to Brandon, as the Brandon Travellers join the North Division. The Travellers were owned and operated by the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Canada Hockey League.

Brandon Wheat Kings ice hockey team

The Brandon Wheat Kings are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Brandon, Manitoba. They are members of the Western Hockey League, joining the league in the 1967–68 season. Prior to that they played in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League except for two seasons in the mid-1960s when they played in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The team was known as the Brandon Elks for a short time in the late 1930s. They won 8 Turnbull Cup Championships as Manitoba Junior Champions, 1939, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1960, 1962, 1963, & 1964 and appeared in the Memorial Cup six times: in 1949, 1979, 1995, 1996, 2010, and 2016, losing each time. The team plays its home games at the Keystone Centre. They also played at Wheat City Arena until 1969, and the Manex Arena from 1969 to 1972. Between 1973 and 1980, the Wheat Kings owned and operated a farm team in the MJHL, called the Travellers. The Wheat Kings are currently the only Western Hockey League franchise based in the province of Manitoba.

Western Hockey League sports league

The Western Hockey League (WHL) is a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitutes the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as the highest level of junior hockey in Canada. Teams play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, with the winner moving on to play for the Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship. WHL teams have won the Memorial Cup 19 times since the league became eligible to compete for the trophy.

The 1974 Selkirk Steelers were inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

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.

The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1985 when the first honoured members were named and plaques were erected in their honour. The first group of inductees was large in order to recognize the accomplishments of Manitoba players, coaches, builders and teams at the international, national, provincial and local levels for many years. Induction ceremonies were held on an annual or bi-annual basis through 1993. Since 1995, the Foundation has added to its honour roll every second year.

Regular season

North Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Selkirk Steelers 48 32 15 1 65 245 182
Brandon Travellers 48 31 16 1 63 225 174
Portage Terriers 48 29 18 1 59 225 201
Dauphin Kings 48 15 32 1 31 206 278
Kenora Muskies 48 10 38 0 20 200 343
South Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
West Kildonan North Stars 48 33 14 1 67 274 188
St. Boniface Saints 48 28 18 2 58 228 188
St. James Canadians 48 19 27 2 40 216 223
Winnipeg Monarchs 48 14 33 1 29 180 252

All-Star game

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League All-Stars took a 3-0 lead in the first period and then received a lesson in the Finnish technique of playing hockey as the Finnish National Juniors skated away to a 6-3 victory at the Winnipeg Arena Thursday night, December 20.Carl Haney opened the scoring at the 0:31 second mark with an unassisted goal, John Mazur then made it 2-0 at 14:17 and 52 seconds later Don Hansford completed the Manitoba club's scoring. Finland's Jarmo Haellfors scored a power-play goal at 18:24 and Jonni Rinne completed a neat three-way passing play 17 seconds later and the first period ended 3-2. Rinne scored his second goal of the game at 3:29 of the second period to tie the game and that's the way the second period ended. In the final period, the Finns dominated every aspect of the game, scoring three unanswered goals. Kari Eloranta gave his club the lead and Haellfors completed his hat trick with a pair of goals.

John Mazur is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player.

Kari Pekka Eloranta is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player who played over 20 years in numerous leagues throughout Europe and North America. Among top-level leagues, he played with Reipas Lahti in the Finnish SM-liiga, Leksands IF, HV71 and Rögle BK in the Swedish Elitserien, the Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL) and HC Lugano in Switzerland. Playing for HV71 during the 1985-1986 season, he was awarded Guldhjälmen. Eloranta was a frequent member of the Finnish national team. In addition to the Canada Cup and World Championships, he was a three-time Olympian and was a member of Finland's silver medal-winning squad at the 1988 Winter Games.

MJHL Lineup:

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Daniel Gordon Bonar is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey forward who played 170 games in the National Hockey League for the Los Angeles Kings.

Mike Bradbury College basketball coach

Michael Downs Bradbury is the current head coach of the New Mexico Lobos women's basketball team.

Playoffs

Division Semi-Finals

Brandon lost to Portage4-games-to-2
St. Boniface defeated St. James 4-games-to-2

Divisional Finals

Selkirk defeated Portage 4-games-to-3
West Kildonan defeated St. Boniface 4-games-to-none

Turnbull Cup Championship

West Kildonan lost to Selkirk4-games-to-1

Anavet Cup Championship

Selkirk defeated Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) 4-games-to-2

Abbott Cup Championship

Selkirk defeated Kelowna Buckaroos (BCHL) 4-games-to-3

Centennial Cup Championship

Selkirk defeated Smiths Falls Bears (CJHL) 4-games-to-3

Awards

Trophy Winner Team
MVP Mark Izzard West Kildonan North Stars
Top Goaltender Andy Stoesz Selkirk Steelers
Rookie of the Year
Hockey Ability & Sportsmanship Award Gord Lidstone West Kildonan North Stars
Scoring Champion Steve Ford Portage Terriers
Most Goals Murray McCarthy St. James Canadians
Coach of the Year

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