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|Flin Flon Bombers|
|City||Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada|
|Home arena||Whitney Forum|
|Colours||Maroon and White|
|Head coach||Mike Reagan|
|1927–1984||Flin Flon Bombers|
|1986–Present||Flin Flon Bombers|
|Previous franchise history|
|1967–78||Flin Flon Bombers|
|1978–79||Edmonton Oil Kings|
|1979–80||Great Falls Americans|
The Flin Flon Bombers are a junior ice hockey based in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. They are affiliated with the Canadian Junior Hockey League as a member of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). Their home rink is the Whitney Forum. Radio station CFAR (102.9 FM, 590 AM) live broadcasts a select number of home and away games throughout the year as well as all playoff games.
The Bombers date back to 1927 and have featured many future hockey greats, including Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, Ted Hampson, Blaine Stoughton, Gene Carr, Chuck Arnason, Gerry Hart, Ken Baumgartner and Mel Pearson. Their trademark colours are maroon and white,
The Bombers played in the Senior Saskatchewan Hockey League for the 1939 to 1944 seasons, and the North Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the 1950 season. No information is available for the 1945, 1946, and 1947 seasons.
The NSJHL became the SJHL for the 1951 season.
The 1956–57 Flin Flon Bombers had no trouble winning their own league, the SJHL, averaging nearly 6 goals a game and allowing only 2 against. They won the league title by 19 points. In the playoffs, they beat the Humboldt Indians 4-games-to-none and won the final over the Prince Albert Mintos 4-games-to-2.
In the Western Canadian playdowns, the Bombers next played Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Junior Hockey League. After allowing the series to be split after four games, the Bombers beat the Oil Kings the next two games to take the series in six. The Bombers then beat the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League's Fort William Canadiens four games straight to win the Abbott Cup.
As per Junior A rules, the Bombers picked up goalie Lynn Davis and defenceman Jean Gauthier from the Fort William and centre Orland Kurtenbach from Prince Albert for the Memorial Cup Finals.
The Eastern Champion was the Ottawa Junior Canadiens. Coached by Sam Pollock and assistant Scotty Bowman. The first three games were in Flin Flon with the series closing out in Regina. The Bombers won the series 4-games-to-2.
The 1956–57 Flin Flon Bombers were inducted into both the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
Harvey Fleming, Carl Forster, Cliff Lennartz, Barry Beatty, Mike Kardash, Duane Rupp, George Konik, Mel Pearson, Ken Willey, Rod Lee, Wayne Sproxton, Ted Hampson (captain), George Wood, Lynn Davis, Jean Gauthier, Ron Hutchinson, Orland Kurtenbach, Pat Ginnell, Doug Dawson (manager), Bobby Kirk (coach), Hec McCaig (trainer), Jim Wardle (executive), Pinkie Davie (executive), Ken Cunningham (stickboy), Rees Jones (stickboy), Dan McCaig (mascot).
The Bombers played for one season in the MJHL before moving on to the WCHL for the 1968 season. See the 1968-1978 WHL section for more details.
Note: The Western Hockey League was known as the Western Canadian Hockey League for the 1967-68 season.
In 1966, Bill Hunter lead the formation of the Western Canada Junior Hockey League. 5 of the 8 teams in the SJHL joined, while the Brandon Wheat Kings and Flin Flon Bombers joined the Manitoba Junior Hockey league. After one season, both would leave and also join the Western Canada Hockey League (the word 'Junior' having being dropped). During the 1966–67 season, the Bombers, led by Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach, dominated the MJHL and cruised to a league championship, capturing the Turnbull Memorial Cup. Clarke set league records for most assists (112), goals (71), and points (183). Besides the scoring title, Clarke was also the MJHL rookie of the year, and first team all-star centre. Joining Clarke on the first all-star team were right winger Reggie Leach, goaltender Chris Worthy, and captain Gerry Hart a defenceman. Defenceman Jack Criel made the second all-star team.
The Clarke-led Bombers continued to dominate with 2 first-place finishes, a loss in the 1968 playoff finals, and a league championship in 1969. The Bombers won a national championship in 1969 by defeating the St. Thomas Barons of the Western Ontario Junior A Hockey League in an unsanctioned best-of-7 series aimed at rivaling the Memorial Cup. Clarke led the league in scoring both years, and was named Most Valuable Player in 1969.
The growing demands of the WHL caused the Bombers to outgrow their small home arena, and the franchise departed. The club played three and a half dismal seasons after leaving Flin Flon, with iterations as the Edmonton Oil Kings (Alberta, Canada) for the 1979 season, Great Falls Americans (Montana, USA) in 1980, and the Spokane Flyers (Washington, USA) for the 1981 and part of the 1982 season before folding on December 2, 1981.
The Bombers resurfaced in 1978 in the NorMan Junior Hockey League.
In 1977, the Bombers formed a Junior B team as a feeder system. The Jr. B Bombers would eventually win the Baldy Northcott Trophy as Manitoba Provincial Junior B Champions. In the summer of 1978, the ownership sold the Junior A Bombers WCHL rights to Edmonton (where the team would become the ill-fated Edmonton Oil Kings). The Flin Flon ownership, along with the owners of the Thompson King Miners, banded together with people from The Pas, Manitoba and Snow Lake, Manitoba to create a rival Jr. B league to the Manitoba Jr. B League - the NorMan Junior Hockey League (NJHL). After one season, the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association granted the league Tier II Junior A status and the right to compete against the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for Turnbull Cup for a chance to win the Anavet Cup, Abbott Cup, and Centennial Cup.
Flin Flon won NJHL titles in 1979, 1982, and 1984. The Bombers had the distinction of being the only NJHL team to ever beat a MJHL team in a playoff game in the 1984 Turnbull Cup.
In 1984, the Bombers were granted expansion into the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
Flin Flon is located on the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border with a portion of the city in both provinces, while Creighton is located approximately 1 km from Flin Flon and is wholly within Saskatchewan. In 1984, the Bombers were temporarily renamed the Creighton Bombers to allow them to play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, even though no relocation actually occurred, and, in fact, the team was still referred to as the Flin Flon Bombers in all non-official context. In 1986 the SJHL granted the team permission to remain in the league but play out of Manitoba, which allowed the Bombers to revert their name back to the traditional Flin Flon Bombers.
|SSHL (Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League, 1939-1944)|
|1938-39||30||14||13||3||-||-||105||88||31||.517||Oldie Lowe||-||4th of 6||Won League Championship|
|1940-41||32||14||16||2||-||-||121||148||30||.469||Oldie Lowe||-||4th of 5||Lost Semifinal|
|1941-42||32||13||19||0||-||-||105||131||26||.406||-||4th of 5||Lost Semifinal|
|1942-43||Statistics not available||Lost Final|
|1943-44||Statistics not available||Won League Championship|
|NSJHL (North Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, 1949-1950), became the SJHL for the 1950-51 season|
|1948-49||24||5||18||1||-||-||76||119||11||.229||4th of 4||Lost Semi Final|
|1949-50||24||14||9||1||-||-||129||109||29||.604||-||2nd of 4||Lost Final|
|SJHL (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, 1951-1966)|
|1950-51||26||24||11||1||-||-||189||147||49||.681||Alex Shibicky||-||1st of 4||Lost Final|
|1951-52||50||18||27||5||-||-||211||236||41||.410||Alex Shibicky||-||4th of 4||Won League Championship|
|1952-53||45||30||13||2||-||-||200||183||62||.689||Alex Shibicky||-||1st of 4||Won League Championship|
|1953-54||48||27||21||0||-||-||297||204||54||.563||Alex Shibicky||-||2nd of 4||Won League Championship|
|1954-55||48||23||24||1||-||-||218||215||47||.490||Bobby Kirk||-||2nd of 4||Lost Semi Final|
|1955-56||48||37||10||1||-||-||301||149||75||.781||Bobby Kirk||-||1st of 5||Won League Championship|
|1956-57||53||48||5||2||-||-||309||108||94||.891||Bobby Kirk||-||1st of 6||Won League Championship,|
Won Abbott Cup
Won Memorial Cup
|1957-58||55||28||25||2||-||-||220||177||58||.527||Bobby Kirk||-||3rd of 6||Lost Final|
|1958-59||48||35||12||1||-||-||269||144||71||.740||Emmanuel McLean||-||1st of 7||Won League Championship|
|1959-60||54||35||16||3||-||-||301||189||82||.676||Bobby Kirk||-||1st of 7||Won League Championship|
|1960-61||60||25||28||7||-||-||184||203||57||.475||Bobby Kirk||-||5th of 7||DNQ|
|1961-62||56||29||22||5||-||-||244||199||63||.563||Bobby Kirk||-||3rd of 8||Lost Semi Final|
|1962-63||54||17||35||2||-||-||152||237||36||.333||Bobby Kirk||-||6th of 7||Lost Quarter Final|
|1963-64||62||19||32||11||-||-||262||304||49||.395||Bobby Kirk||-||6th of 8||Lost Quarter Final|
|1964-65||56||21||29||6||-||-||255||298||48||.429||Tom Baird||-||5th of 8||Lost Quarter Final|
|1965-66||60||8||51||1||-||-||199||490||17||.142||Tom Baird||-||8th of 8||DNQ|
|MJHL (Manitoba Junior Hockey League, 1967)|
|1966-67||58||52||6||0||-||-||406||125||104||.929||Pat Ginnell||-||1st of 7||Won League Championship|
|WCJHL (Western Canada Junior Hockey League, 1968), became the WCHL for the 1968-69 season|
|1967-68||60||47||8||5||-||-||361||143||99||.825||Pat Ginnell||-||1st of 11||Lost Final|
|WCHL (Western Canada Hockey League, 1969–78)|
|1968-69||60||47||13||0||-||-||343||159||94||.783||Pat Ginnell||1st East||1st of 8||Won League Championship |
Won James Piggott National Championship
|1969-70||60||42||18||0||-||-||257||176||84||.700||Pat Ginnell||1st East||1st of 8||Won League Championship|
|1970-71||66||41||23||2||-||-||306||224||84||.636||Pat Ginnell||2nd East||3rd of 10||Lost Final|
|1971-72||68||31||36||1||-||-||265||307||63||.463||Pat Ginnell||4th East||8th of 12||Lost Quarter-Final|
|1972-73||68||39||19||10||-||-||334||228||88||.647||Pat Ginnell||2nd East||3rd of 12||Lost Semi-Final|
|1973-74||68||34||21||13||-||-||322||259||81||.596||Pat Ginnell||2nd East||4th of 12||Lost Quarter-Final|
|1974-75||70||19||42||9||-||-||262||389||47||.336||Mel Pearson||6th East||11th of 12||DNQ|
|1975-76||72||18||44||10||-||-||279||441||46||.319||Mickey Keating||6th East||12th of 12||DNQ|
|1976-77||72||16||42||14||-||-||294||411||46||.319||Mickey Keating||3rd East||11th of 12||DNQ|
|1977-78||72||33||30||9||-||-||396||380||75||.521||Mickey Keating||2nd East||7th of 12||Lost Semi-Final|
|NJHL (NorMan Junior Hockey League, 1979-1984)|
|1978-79||24||20||2||2||-||-||210||-||42||.909||-||1st of 3||Won League Championship|
|1979-80||Statistics not available||Tom Skinner||-||2nd of 4||Lost Final|
|1980-81||42||27||12||3||-||-||-||-||57||.692||-||1st of 4||Lost Final|
|1981-82||42||42||0||0||-||-||544||146||84||1.000||Tom Skinner||-||1st of 4||Won League Championship|
|1982-83||Statistics not available||Lost Final|
|1983-84||Statistics not available||Won League Championship|
|SJHL (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, 1985–Present)|
|1984-85||64||16||48||0||-||-||294||495||32||.250||-||8th of 9||Lost Quarter-Final|
|1985-86||60||13||46||1||-||-||234||452||27||.220||-||10th of 10||DNQ|
|1986-87||64||13||50||1||-||-||249||430||27||.211||-||9th of 9||DNQ|
|1987-88||60||21||35||4||-||-||207||337||46||.383||Laury Ryan||-||8th of 11||Lost Quarter-Final|
|1988-89||64||36||26||2||-||-||342||303||74||.578||Laury Ryan||3rd North||5th of 11||Lost Quarter-Final|
|1989-90||68||30||33||5||-||-||293||325||65||.478||4th North||8th of 11||Lost Quarter-Final|
|1990-91||68||27||36||5||-||-||208||286||59||.434||Norm Johnston||5th North||9th of 11||DNQ|
|1991-92||64||27||32||5||-||-||206||243||59||.461||Norm Johnston||3rd North||8th of 12||Lost Division Semi-Final|
|1992-93||64||35||23||6||-||-||277||215||76||.594||Norm Johnston||2nd North||4th of 12||Won League Championship,|
Won Anavet Cup
|1993-94||68||36||28||4||-||-||272||259||76||.559||Norm Johnston||4th North||7th of 13||Lost Division Quarter-Final|
|1994-95||64||14||44||6||-||-||184||336||34||.266||6th North||13th of 13||DNQ|
|1995-96||64||21||38||5||-||-||201||280||47||.367||5th North||9th of 13||Lost Division Quarter-Final|
|1996-97||64||23||37||4||-||-||204||250||50||.391||Larry Wintoneak||6th North||10th of 13||DNQ|
|1997-98||64||23||33||8||-||-||191||249||54||.422||Larry Wintoneak||6th North||11th of 13||DNQ|
|1998-99||66||34||29||3||-||-||194||224||71||.538||Larry Wintoneak||5th North||9th of 14||Lost Division Quarter-Final|
|1999-00||60||29||27||4||-||-||215||180||62||.517||Larry Wintoneak||5th North||8th of 13||Lost Division Semi-Final|
|2000-01||62||44||15||3||0||-||271||182||91||.734||Larry Wintoneak||1st Dodge||1st of 13||Lost Division Final|
|2001-02||64||10||46||6||2||-||170||334||28||.219||Troy Walkington||6th Dodge||12th of 12||DNQ|
|2002-03||60||10||41||6||3||-||168||290||29||.242||Troy Walkington||7th Dodge||12th of 12||DNQ|
|2003-04||60||17||28||12||3||-||183||238||49||.408||Ryan Hoffman||5th Dodge||10th of 12||DNQ|
|2004-05||55||10||36||6||3||-||138||244||29||.264||Ryan Hoffman||6th Itech||12th of 12||DNQ|
|2005-06||55||19||33||1||2||-||173||216||41||.373||Hoffman/Stokes||5th Itech||10th of 12||Lost Division Semi-Final|
|2006-07||58||18||38||-||2||-||168||264||38||.328||Doug Stokes||6th Itech||12th of 12||DNQ|
|2007-08||58||33||21||-||4||-||219||172||70||.603||Mike Reagan||3rd Itech||5th of 12||Lost Division Final|
|2008-09||56||32||20||-||4||-||213||168||68||.607||Mike Reagan||2nd Itech||4th of 12||Lost Division Final|
|2009-10||58||37||17||-||4||-||214||157||78||.672||Mike Reagan||1st Itech||2nd of 12||Lost Division Semi-Final|
|2010-11||58||25||31||-||2||0||196||212||52||.448||Mike Reagan||5th Bauer||9th of 12||Lost Division Semi-Final|
|2011-12||58||28||21||-||3||6||205||214||65||.560||Mike Reagan||5th Bauer||8th of 12||Lost Division Quarter-Final|
|2012-13||54||34||19||-||1||0||198||143||69||.639||Mike Reagan||3rd North||5th of 12||Lost Division Final|
|2013-14||56||23||30||-||1||2||139||169||49||.438||Mike Reagan||3rd Sherwood||10th of 12||Lost Wild Card|
|2014-15||56||31||13||-||6||6||207||159||74||.661||Mike Reagan||2nd Sherwood||5th of 12||Lost Quarter-Final|
|2015-16||58||34||20||-||0||4||216||169||72||.621||Mike Reagan||3rd Sherwood||6th of 12||Lost Final|
|2016-17||58||39||14||-||2||3||245||150||83||.716||Mike Reagan||1st Sherwood||2nd of 12||Lost Final|
|2017-18||58||24||26||-||3||5||194||216||56||.483||Mike Reagan||3rd Sherwood||9th of 12||Lost Quarter-Final|
|2018-19||58||36||16||-||1||3||233||186||72||.621||Mike Reagan||3rd Sherwood||6th of 12||Lost Quarter-Final|
SSHL (Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League), 1939-1944
NSJHL (North Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League), 1949-50
SJHL (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League), 1951-1966
MJHL (Manitoba Junior Hockey League), 1967
WCJHL (Western Canada Junior Hockey League), 1968
WCHL (Western Canada Hockey League), 1969-1978
NJHL (NorMan Junior Hockey League), 1979-1984
SJHL (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, 1985–Present
|1973-74||WCHL||Cam Connor||Right Wing||65||47||44||91|
|2012-13||SJHL||Brett Boehm||Right Wing||49||25||29||54|
The current Flin Flon Bombers roster can be found on the SJHL website.
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