Fort Frances Royals

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Fort Frances Royals
City Fort Frances, Ontario
League Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League
Manitoba Junior Hockey League
Operated1963 (1963)-1971
Home arena Fort Frances Arena
ColoursOrange, Black, and White
Head coachGlen Witherspoon

The Fort Frances Royals were a Junior ice hockey club from Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. The Royals were members of the Memorial Cup-eligible Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League.

Junior hockey is ice hockey competition generally for players between 16 and 21 years of age. Junior hockey leagues in the United States and Canada are considered amateur and operate within regions of each country.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Fort Frances Town in Ontario, Canada

Fort Frances is a town in, and the seat of, Rainy River District in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. The population as of the 2016 census was 7,739. Fort Frances is a popular fishing destination. It hosts the annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.

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History

The Fort Frances Royals were founded in 1963 as members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. After a season playing against all Manitoba opponents, the Royals elected to transfer to the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League. They were the first team in decades to play in the TBJHL without existing within what would eventually become the City of Thunder Bay.

Manitoba Junior Hockey League

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 Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League (TBJHL) was a Canadian Junior ice hockey league that existed from c. 1920 to 1980. The TBJHL operated in Northwestern Ontario, primarily in the Thunder Bay region.

The Royals folded mid-season in 1969 after a terrible start to the season. Up to this point, the Royals were a force to reckon with in the TBJHL despite never winning a league title.

In 1970-71, the Royals entered the 1971 Centennial Cup playdowns as an independent team. They were defeated 3-games-to-none by the Thunder Bay Marrs in the Northwestern Ontario final.

The 1971 Centennial Cup is the first Tier II Junior "A" 1971 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

The Port Arthur Marrs were a junior ice hockey team that played in Port Arthur, Ontario. They were named for trucking company and sponsor W.H. Marr, Ltd., and contested the 1967 Memorial Cup, which they lost to the Toronto Marlboros.

Season-by-season standings

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPResults
1963-643017121-118136352nd MJHL
1964-65228104-105108203rd TBJHL
1965-663011190-145173223rd TBJHL
1966-67289163-120170213rd TBJHL
1967-68241464-141120481st TBJHL
1968-69241230-7820024th TBJHL

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