|Thompson King Miners|
|League|| Manitoba Junior Hockey League |
NorMan Junior Hockey League
|Home arena||C. A. Nesbitt Arena|
|Colors||Orange, Black, and White|
The Thompson King Miners were a Canadian junior ice hockey team from Thompson, Manitoba, Canada. The King Miners were members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the NorMan Junior Hockey League.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.
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.
Thompson is the largest city in the Northern Region of Manitoba and is situated along the Burntwood River, 761 kilometers north of Winnipeg. Originally founded in 1956 as a mining town, Thompson now primarily serves as the "Hub of the North", providing goods and services to the surrounding communities.
The Thompson King Miners joined the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in 1975. After three rough seasons, the King Miners folded in 1978. One of the big problems for the team was that they were fairly remote compared to the rest of the teams in the MJHL due to their distance from Winnipeg, the central-point of the MJHL.
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).
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. Centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, it is near the longitudinal centre of North America, approximately 110 kilometres (70 mi) north of the Canada–United States border.
In the summer of 1978, the people of Thompson did not want to lose their Junior team, so along with the people of Flin Flon (who just dropped out of the Western Canada Junior Hockey League) formed a Junior B league (NorMan Junior Hockey League) with The Pas Huskies and the Snow Lake Spartans. Flin Flon would be the first league champion and eventually win the Manitoba Provincial Junior B Hockey Championship in 1979. In the summer of 1979, based on the strength of the Flin Flon and Thompson clubs, the league was promoted to Junior "A" to compete for the Centennial Cup. That first season of the NorMan League, the team would be known as the "Nickel Knights", but the name was soon dropped.
Flin Flon is a mining city in Canada. It is located on a correction line in the boundary of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with the majority of the city located within Manitoba. Residents thus travel south into Saskatchewan, and north into Manitoba.
The NorMan Junior Hockey League (NJHL) was Junior A hockey league in Northern Manitoba, Canada from 1978 until 1985. The NJHL was a member of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association, a part of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The winner of the NJHL was allowed to compete against the champion of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for the Turnbull Cup and a berth into the Centennial Cup national playdowns.
The King Miners would win the first ever NorMan Junior "A" title by defeating the Flin Flon Bombers 3-games-to-none. They then faced the MJHL Champion for the Turnbull Cup, the Manitoba Junior Championship. The MJHL Champion Selkirk Steelers defeated them 3-games-to-none (6-2, 13-2, and 7-4) to move on to the Anavet Cup against the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League champion.
The Flin Flon Bombers are a junior ice hockey team and current member of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), and are based in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. Their home rink is the Whitney Forum. Radio station CFAR live broadcasts a select number of home and away games throughout the year, as well as all playoff games.
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 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a Junior A ice hockey league under Hockey Canada, a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Open to North American-born players 20 years of age or younger, the SJHL's 12 teams play in three divisions: the Olympic Buildings, Sherwood and Viterra Divisions. A major attraction in Saskatchewan, the SJHL draws 400,000 fans each season. The winner of the SJHL playoffs continues on to play in the ANAVET Cup against the champion from the MJHL, for the right to represent the Western region at the National Junior A Championship.
The King Miners take their second straight NJHL crown by defeating the Flin Flon Bombers 4-games-to-2, despite finishing second to them in the league standings. In the Turnbull Cup, the MJHL's St. Boniface Saints defeated them 3-games-to-none (6-4, 11-4, and 9-2) to move on to the Anavet Cup.
After not winning the league for three straight seasons, the King Miners won what would be the last ever NJHL championship in 1985. At the Turnbull Cup, the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL defeated them (8-3, 5-0, and 6-3) to move on to the Anavet Cup.
With Flin Flon moving to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in 1984, the NorMan League with Thompson, The Pas, and Snow Lake folded unceremoniously at the end of the 1984-85 season. Although there were attempts to expand the league into Saskatchewan, the league was never able to come back from the lack of teams and never played another season. This would be the end of Junior hockey in Thompson.
|1975-76||52||14||38||0||188||300||28||5th MJHL North||DNQ|
|1976-77||49||19||28||2||201||252||40||4th MJHL North||Lost Div Semi Final|
|1977-78 a||52||7||45||0||134||219||14||MJHL (Folded)||-|
|1978-79||22||6||14||2||108||--||14||2nd NJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|1979-80||36||29||7||0||--||--||58||1st NJHL||Won League|
|1980-81||42||24||12||6||--||--||54||2nd NJHL||Won League|
|1981-85||Statistics Not Available|
Note a: Withdrew from League Jan 9, 1978. 19 games were counted as default losses.
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