Estevan Bruins

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Estevan Bruins
Estevan Bruins logo.svg
City Estevan, Saskatchewan
League SJHL
DivisionViterra
Founded1948
Home arenaAffinity Place
ColoursGold and black
Head coachJason Tatarnic
Website www.estevanbruins.com
Franchise history
1971–presentEstevan Bruins
Previous franchise history
1948–1955Humboldt Indians
1955–1957Humboldt-Melfort Indians
1957–1971Estevan Bruins
1971–1981 New Westminster Bruins
1981–1984 Kamloops Junior Oilers
1984–present Kamloops Blazers

The Estevan Bruins are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Junior "A" Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). The team is based in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada, and plays at Affinity Place. They were founded in 1971, when a previous franchise called the Estevan Bruins, which played in the Major Junior Western Hockey League (WHL), relocated to New Westminster, British Columbia.

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Major Junior franchise (1957–1971)

In 1956, Scotty Munro made a presentation to the leaders of the booming oil town of Estevan. His plan was to move his Humboldt/Melfort Indians (playing in Humboldt and Melfort, Saskatchewan), which was a franchise in the original version of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (1948–1966), to Estevan. The concept of Major Junior hockey had not yet been created, so this original SJHL was playing at the top level of junior hockey in Saskatchewan; should the citizens of Estevan finance the building of a new arena, Munro would bring top-notch hockey entertainment and much-needed help for minor hockey in the town.

His pitch was successful and one year later his newly renamed "Bruins" arrived in Estevan to begin the 1957–58 season in the newly built Agricultural Auditorium. At the time, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League had six teams. The Estevan Bruins, based near the border with the United States, were the southernmost team, located 800 kilometres (500 mi) away from the northernmost team, the Flin Flon Bombers, and would make shorter trips to play the Prince Albert Minto's, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Quakers and Melville Millionaires. The league had grown to eight teams by its final season, 1965–66, then disbanded when five of its eight teams including the Estevan Bruins joined the newly formed Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (along with two Alberta-based teams) for the inaugural 1966–67 CMJHL season.

The CMJHL was renamed the Western Canada Junior Hockey League, expanding into Manitoba, for the 1967–68 WCHL season. [1] The Bruins scored their greatest success in that 1967–68 season, finishing second in the regular season before winning the President's Cup as WCHL playoff champions. They advanced to face British Columbia's Mowat Cup champion, the Penticton Broncos, whom they defeated to take the Abbott Cup as champion of Western Canada. The Bruins then faced Ontario's Niagara Falls Flyers, winner of Eastern Canada's George Richardson Memorial Trophy (having defeated Quebec's Verdun Maple Leafs), in a best-of-7 series for the 1968 Memorial Cup national championship. The Bruins were defeated, in five games, as the Flyers won their second Memorial Cup.

The Bruins played in Estevan through to the completion of the 1969–70 WCHL season, then relocated to New Westminster, British Columbia, where they became the New Westminster Bruins.

Major Junior season-by-season results

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPointsFinishPlayoffs
1966–67 5633185273197712nd WCHLLost semi-final
1967–68 6045132262169902nd WCHLWon Championship
1968–69 6040280294195802nd WCHL EastLost semi-final
1969–70 6028311237255572nd WCHL EastLost quarter-final
1970–71 6641205283201871st WCHL EastLost quarter-final

Junior "A" franchise

With the departure of the major junior Bruins, a new Bruins team was founded in Estevan that same year, which has played in the SJHL ever since. The Estevan Bruins won the SJHL championship in 1985 and 1999.

Media coverage

Radio station CKSE-FM (Rock 106) broadcasts Bruins games. DiscoverEstevan.com covers the team on a daily basis. The team is also covered in print on a weekly basis by the Estevan Mercury and Estevan Lifestyles.

Season-by-season results

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPointsFinishPlayoffs
1971–724626200227184405th SJHL
1972–734834140243163682nd SJHL South
1973–745034142233150701st SJHL
1974–755841170302202822nd SJHL
1975–765829281300291593rd SJHL South
1976–776020400237358405th SJHL South
1977–786032262309265663rd SJHL South
1978–796014451211339296th SJHL South
1979–806034260318273682nd SJHL SouthLost 2nd Round
1980–816034242326272702nd SJHL SouthDid not qualify
1981–826017403246332375th SJHL SouthDid not qualify
1982–836423410294353467th SJHLLost 1st Round
1983–846430331301341616th SJHLLost 1st Round
1984–856444182382275902nd SJHLWon League, Won Anavet Cup
1985–866047112461242962nd SJHL
1986–876425363301340536th SJHLLost 1st Round
1987–886029292289305605th SJHL
1988–896430331347357614th SJHL South
1989–906830308239261683rd SJHL SouthLost 1st Round
1990–916826375260330575th SJHL SouthDid not qualify
1991–926445163328224941st SJHLLost Final
1992–936432262256232703rd SJHL SouthLost Semi-final
1993–946827329245252634th SJHL SouthLost 1st Round
1994–956429296259271644th SJHL SouthLost Quarter-final
1995–966438179273202852nd SJHL SouthLost Semi-final
1996–976419378230282465th SJHL SouthLost Quarter-final
1997–986428297220234633rd SJHL SouthLost Quarter-final
1998–996644148288191961st SJHLWon League, Won Anavet Cup
1999–006020328190246485th SJHL SouthLost Quarter-final
2000–0162203831225299446th SJHL SouthDid not qualify
2001–0264292546243259683rd SJHL SherwoodLost Quarter-final
2002–0360193254212262475th SJHL SherwoodDid not qualify
2003–0460212388188209585th SJHL SherwoodDid not qualify
2004–0555341461195143751st SJHLLost Semi-final
2005–0655133633140223326th SJHL SherwoodDid not qualify
2006–0758312106203203681st SJHL SherwoodLost Quarter-final
2007–085829254197184624th SJHL SherwoodLost Survivor Series
2008–095624257203185555th SJHL SherwoodLost Survivor Series
2009–105818364160209406th SJHL SherwoodDid not qualify
2010–115829236228229647th SJHLLost Quarter-final
2011–125828282208211589th SJHLLost Quarter-final
2012–1354212940153199469th SJHLLost Quarter-final
2013–1456272036164173633 of 4 Viterra Div
6th SJHL
Lost Quarter-final
2014–155622277146203513 of 4 Viterra Div
10th of 12 SJHL
Lost Wild Card, 2–3 (North Stars)
2015–1658352003231203732 of 4 Viterra Div
5th of 12 SJHL
Lost Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Hawks)
Western Canada Cup as Hosts
2016–1758371821225201771 of 4 Viterra Div
4th of 12 SJHL
Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Terriers)
Lost Semifinals 0–4 (North Stars)
2017–1858341932239184731 of 4 Viterra Div
4th of 12 SJHL
Won Quarterfinals 4–0 (Klippers)
Won Semifinals 4–1 (North Stars)
Lost SJHL Finals 3–4 (Hawks)
2018–1958312232210171671 of 4 Viterra Div
7th of 12 SJHL
Won Quarterfinals 4–3 (Broncos)
Lost Semifinals 3–2 (Mustangs)
2019–2058312331211192662 of 4 Viterra Div
6th of 12 SJHL
Led Quarterfinals 3–1 (Mustangs)
Playoffs cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–216411026199SJHL season cancelled March 23, 2021, due to the pandemic

Playoffs

Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Estevan Bruins defeated Regina Blues 4-games-to-2
Estevan Bruins defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-2
Estevan Bruins defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-none
Estevan Bruins defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Weyburn Red Wings defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-3
Melville Millionaires defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-3
Regina Blues defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Estevan Bruins defeated Regina Blues 4-games-to-none
Moose Jaw Canucks defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-2
Estevan Bruins defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-3
Moose Jaw Canucks defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Yorkton Terriers defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Melville Millionaires defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Estevan Bruins defeated Lloydminster Lancers 4-games-to-none
Estevan Bruins defeated Battlefords North Stars 4-games-to-1
Estevan Bruins defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-3SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Estevan Bruins defeated Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) 4-games-to-1ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Penticton Knights (BCJHL) defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Estevan Bruins defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-none
Estevan Bruins defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-none
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-3
Lloydminster Lancers defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Weyburn Red Wings defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-2
Estevan Bruins defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-none
Estevan Bruins defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-1
Melfort Mustangs defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Estevan Bruins defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-2
Melville Millionaires defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Notre Dame Hounds defeated Estevan Bruins 3-games-to-1
Estevan Bruins defeated Melville Millionaires 2-games-to-none
Lebret Eagles defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Estevan Bruins defeated Lebret Eagles 4-games-to-2
Yorkton Terriers defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-3
Estevan Bruins defeated Minot Top Guns 2-games-to-none
Weyburn Red Wings defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Weyburn Red Wings defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Estevan Bruins defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-none
Estevan Bruins defeated Notre Dame Hounds 4-games-to-1
Estevan Bruins defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-noneSJHL CHAMPIONS
Estevan Bruins defeated OCN Blizzard (MJHL) 4-games-to-2ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Fifth in 1999 Royal Bank Cup round robin (1-3)
First in round robin (2-2) vs. Weyburn Red Wings and Yorkton Terriers
Melville Millionaires defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Third in round robin (1-3) vs. Yorkton Terriers and Notre Dame Hounds
Estevan Bruins defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Yorkton Terriers defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-3
Second in round robin (1-2-1) vs. Melville Millionaires and Yorkton Terriers
Yorkton Terriers defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-2
Yorkton Terriers defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-2
Kindersley Klippers defeated Estevan Bruins 3-games-to-2
Estevan Bruins defeated Melville Millionaires 3-games-to-2
Yorkton Terriers defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Qualifying RoundEstevan Bruins defeated Notre Dame Hounds 3-games-to-0
Quarter Final Weyburn Red Wings defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-none
Qualifying RoundEstevan Bruins defeated Kindersley Klippers 3-games-to-1
Quarter Final Yorkton Terriers defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1
Qualifying RoundEstevan Bruins defeated Flin Flon Bombers 3-games-to-2
Quarter Final Battlefords North Stars defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1

Western Canada Cup

Western Canada Championships ** BCHLAJHLSJHLMJHL — Host **
Round-robin play with 1st vs 2nd – winner advance to National Championship and loser to runner-up game
3rd vs 4th in a second semifinal with winner to runner-up game.
Runner-up game determines second representative to National Championship.
Competition began 2013 season.

YearRound-robinRecordStandingSemifinalChampionship gameRunner-up game
2016L, West Kelowna Warriors 0–3
L, Portage Terriers 2–3
L, Melfort Mustangs 1–2
L, Brooks Bandits 4–6
0–4–05th of 5Did not advance

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