St. Paul Vulcans

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St. Paul Vulcans
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City St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
League United States Hockey League
Midwest Junior Hockey League
Can-Am Junior Hockey League
Thunder Bay-Minnesota Junior A Hockey League
Operated1971 (1971)–2000
ColorsRed, yellow, black, white
Franchise history
1971–1972Minnesota Jr. Stars
1972–1973St. Paul Jr. Stars
1973–1995St. Paul Vulcans
1995–2000Twin Cities Vulcans
2000–present Tri-City Storm
Championships
Regular season titles1 Anderson Cups (1983–84)
Playoff championships1 Clark Cups (1984)

The St. Paul Vulcans are a defunct Junior A ice hockey franchise that was based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The franchise was a charter member of the United States Hockey League (USHL) that started play with the 1979-80 season. The franchise was renamed the Twin Cities Vulcans for the start of the 1995 season. In 2000, the team was renamed the Tri-City Storm and moved to Kearney, Nebraska and still play there currently as of 2018.

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History

The Vulcans franchise began as the Minnesota Jr. Stars of the Thunder Bay-Minnesota Junior A Hockey League in 1971. A year later, the league changed its name to the Can-Am Junior Hockey League. The team also changed their name to the St. Paul Jr. Stars. Their rival, the Thunder Bay Vulcans, sponsored by an organization in St. Paul, dropped their sponsorship of the franchise when they announced they would be playing exclusively in Canada the next season. At the start of the 1973 playoffs, the Vulcan organization began funding the Jr. Stars and their name was changed to the St. Paul Vulcans. Despite the name change, the Vulcans were league champions in 1973 and for their only time in team history, entered into the Canadian Centennial Cup playdowns. In the Eastern Centennial Cup Quarter-final, the Vulcans squared off against the Central Junior A Hockey League's Pembroke Lumber Kings. The Lumber Kings downed the Vulcans 4-games-to-1 to end their playoff run.

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 Thunder Bay Beavers were a Canadian Junior ice hockey club from Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Canadians were members of the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League and were 1972 National Centennial Cup quarter-finalists, losing to the eventual winner Guelph CMC's.

The Pembroke Lumber Kings are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Central Canada Hockey League and are the winningest team in CCHL history as well as 2011 Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Champions.

Due to disagreements between the American and Canadian teams in the CAJHL, the league was divided into the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League (again) and the Midwest Junior Hockey League. The Vulcans would be one of the stronger members of the MWJHL. In 1977, the MWJHL would merge into the United States Hockey League - introducing junior hockey to what would become America's top tier of junior hockey.

Midwest Junior Hockey League

The Midwest Junior Hockey League (MWJHL) was an American junior ice hockey league. The MWJHL were members of the United Hockey Union and sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). On March 10, 2015, the league announced it would be joining the United States Premier Hockey League as part of a new Midwest Division beginning in the 2015–16 season.

United States Hockey League ice hockey league, founded 1947

The United States Hockey League (USHL) is the top junior ice hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey. The USHL has 17 member teams located in the Midwestern United States, consisting of players who are 20 years of age and younger. The USHL is strictly amateur, allowing former players to compete in NCAA college hockey.

Season-by-Season Standings

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPResults
1971-722412111-----253rd TBMJHL
1972-73322732-17079561st CAJHL
1973-746038211-343263773rd MWJHL
1974-756033252-305298683rd MWJHL
1975-765025241-272230513rd MWJHL
1976-774829181-239203591st MWJHL
1977-785116350-209287323rd USHL-MW
1978-795012380-170255244th USHL-MW
1979-804810380-205303204th USHL-N
1980-814828191-291223573rd USHL-N
1981-824826211-263251534th USHL
1982-834818282-242294386th USHL
1983-844837803246160771st USHL
1984-8548311601263198634th USHL
1985-8648331302258178692nd USHL
1986-8748212241236228478th USHL
1987-8848291540277181663rd USHL
1988-8948381000306171762nd USHL
1989-9048271911229197566th USHL
1990-9148281631228182604th USHL
1991-9248311223255179673rd USHL
1992-9348261921212201555th USHL
1993-9452202804175183447th USHL
1994-9548311421211166653rd USHL
1995-9646182134169184438th USHL
1996-9754252630190211534th USHL-N
1997-9856193250162242436th USHL-N
1998-9956223400183246444th USHL-C
1999-0058311908203174705th USHL-W

Playoffs

Minnesota Jr. Stars defeated Westfort Hurricanes 2-games-to-none
Thunder Bay Vulcans defeated Minnesota Jr. Stars 4-games-to-none
Dudley Hewitt Cup

The Dudley Hewitt Cup is a championship ice hockey trophy awarded to the Central Canadian Junior A Champion. The trophy is currently decided by round robin tournament format, at the conclusion of the playoffs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Superior International Junior Hockey League, to determine the central seed to the Royal Bank Cup. The Royal Bank Cup is the Canadian National Junior A Championship and is only competed for by teams within the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

St. Paul Jr. Stars defeated Minneapolis Bruins by default (Bruins forfeit late in Game 1)
St. Paul Jr. Stars defeated Thunder Bay Centennials 4-games-to-noneCAJHL CHAMPIONS, JACK ADAMS TROPHY CHAMPIONS
Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL) defeated St. Paul Vulcans 4-games-to-1

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