|Virden Oil Capitals|
|League||Manitoba Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||Tundra Oil & Gas Place|
|Colours||Red, Black, White, Gray|
|General manager||Troy Leslie|
|Head coach||Troy Leslie|
|1967-2000||St. Boniface Saints|
|2012-Present||Virden Oil Capitals|
The Virden Oil Capitals are a Canadian junior 'A' ice hockey team based in Virden, Manitoba. The Oil Capitals are members of the Manitoba 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.
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 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.
The Oil Capitals were created in the spring of 2012, when a group of local investors purchased the Winnipeg Saints franchise and relocated it to Virden to play at newly constructed Tundra Oil & Gas Place.The franchise was founded as the Winnipeg Rangers in 1956 and has won five Turnbull Cups as league champions: twice as the Rangers (1961, 1966) and three times at the St. Boniface Saints (1971, 1981, 1994).
The Winnipeg Saints were a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The team was known for most of its existence as the St. Boniface Saints and exists today as the Virden Oil Capitals.
Tundra Oil & Gas Place is a multi-purpose recreation complex located in the town of Virden, Manitoba, Canada. The venue includes a 1,200-seat ice hockey arena, community hall, and recreational facilities. The naming rights to the complex were acquired by Tundra Oil & Gas Partnership in August 2012.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1960-61||32||21||11||0||-||157||120||42||2nd MJHL||Won League|
|1965-66||48||27||16||5||-||219||186||59||1st MJHL||Won League|
|1970-71||48||19||22||7||-||208||195||45||6th MJHL||Won League, Won AC|
|1980-81||48||41||6||1||-||342||164||83||1st MJHL||Won League|
|1993-94||56||38||16||1||1||--||--||78||1st MJHL||Won League|
|2009-10||62||36||19||-||7||228||199||79||3rd MJHL||Lost Final|
|2010-11||62||31||30||-||1||225||229||63||8th MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2011-12||62||34||22||-||6||230||215||74||6th MJHL||Lost Final|
|2013-14||60||32||24||-||4||202||179||68||5th MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2014-15||60||30||20||-||10||202||191||70||5th MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2015-16||60||37||21||-||2||195||141||76||4th MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2016-17||60||26||26||-||8||167||198||60||7th MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2017-18||60||40||17||-||3||268||181||83||2nd MJHL||Lost final|
|2018-19||60||31||21||-||8||214||196||70||5th MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
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