Winnipeg Blues

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Winnipeg Blues
Winnipeg South Blues.jpg
City Oak Bluff, Manitoba
League Manitoba Junior Hockey League
Founded1930
Home arenaThe Rink Training Centre
ColoursBlue, Gold, White             
Owner(s)50 Below Sports + Entertainment
General managerTaras McEwen
Head coachGord Burnett
Media Winnipeg Sun
Winnipeg Free Press
Franchise history
1930–1976Winnipeg Monarchs
1976–1977Assiniboine Park Monarchs
1977–1978Winnipeg Monarchs
1978–1984Fort Garry Blues
1984–2010Winnipeg South Blues
2010-presentWinnipeg Blues

The Winnipeg Blues are a Manitoba Junior Hockey League team based in Oak Bluff, a suburban area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The team was founded in 1930 as the Winnipeg Monarchs and also formerly known as the Fort Garry Blues (1978-1984) and Winnipeg South Blues (1984-2010).

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).

Winnipeg Provincial capital city in Manitoba, Canada

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.

Canada Country in North America

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. Its southern border with the United States, stretching some 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

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The Blues/Monarchs hockey club has won 17 Turnbull Cups as MJHL champions, two ANAVET Cups, and six Abbott Cups. The Monarchs were also three-time Memorial Cup champions before the reorganization of Canadian junior hockey in 1970. The 1995 Winnipeg South Blues have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame under the team category.

ANAVET Cup

The ANAVET Cup is an ice hockey trophy, won through a best-of-seven series conducted annually by the Canadian Junior Hockey League. It is played between the Turnbull Cup champions of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the Canalta Cup champions of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The winner of the ANAVET Cup earns the western region's berth in the National Junior A Championship. The series has been contested since 1971, except from 2013 to 2017 when it was replaced by the Western Canada Cup.

Abbott Cup Junior ice hockey tournament in western Canada

The Abbott Memorial Cup, commonly referred to as the Abbott Cup, was awarded annually from 1919 through 1999 to the Junior "A" ice hockey Champion for Western Canada.

Memorial Cup The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League

The Memorial Cup trophy symbolizes the championship of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). It is awarded to the winner of the annual Memorial Cup round-robin tournament which includes a host team selected by the CHL, and the champions of the CHL's three member leagues: the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL). Sixty teams are eligible to compete for the Memorial Cup, representing nine provinces and four American states. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are the current champions, winning in the final game against the host team, the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. The Memorial Cup is known as one of the toughest sporting trophies to win, due to 60 teams participating and the age limit only being 16–21.

History

Winnipeg Monarchs (1930-1978)

The Winnipeg Monarchs won the Memorial Cup as Canadian junior hockey champions three times: in 1935, 1937 and 1946. In 1946, George Robertson scored the winning goal in the seventh game of the 1946 Memorial Cup Final before a sell out crowd at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario. The Monarchs were also finalists in 1932, losing to Sudbury Wolves in the final, and 1951, losing to the Barrie Flyers.

The 1935 Memorial Cup final was the 17th junior ice hockey championship of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The George Richardson Memorial Trophy champions Sudbury Cub Wolves of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association in Eastern Canada competed against the Abbott Cup champions Winnipeg Monarchs of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in Western Canada. In a best-of-three series, held at Shea's Amphitheatre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Winnipeg won their 1st Memorial Cup, defeating Sudbury 2 games to 1.

The 1937 Memorial Cup final was the 19th junior ice hockey championship of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The George Richardson Memorial Trophy champions Copper Cliff Redmen of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association in Eastern Canada competed against the Abbott Cup champions Winnipeg Monarchs of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in Western Canada. This was the first Memorial Cup series to feature a best-of-five format. The games were held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Winnipeg won their second Memorial Cup, defeating Copper Cliff three games to one.

The 1946 Memorial Cup final was the 28th junior ice hockey championship of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The George Richardson Memorial Trophy champions Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey Association in Eastern Canada competed against the Abbott Cup champions Winnipeg Monarchs of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in Western Canada. In a best-of-seven series, held at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Winnipeg won their 3rd Memorial Cup, defeating St. Michael's 4 games to 3.

In addition to the three Memorial Cup titles, the Monarchs won ten Turnbull Cups as MJHL champions and five Abbott Cups as Western Canadian junior hockey champions.

Winnipeg Blues (1978-present)

The Monarchs were sold and relocated to the Century Arena in Fort Garry in 1978 and adopted a new name, the Fort Garry Blues. The team rebranded itself as the Winnipeg South Blues in 1984. The Blues captured six league championships while playing out of Fort Garry.

Fort Garry, Winnipeg human settlement in Manitoba, Canada

Fort Garry is a district of the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, located in the southwestern part of the city south of the district of Fort Rouge and east of the former town of Tuxedo. It was named for the historical fortification in Downtown Winnipeg known as Upper Fort Garry, although the nearest (northernmost) point of the district is actually 3.75 km from the site of the fort.

The Blues moved into the new MTS Iceplex in 2010 and shortened their name to the Winnipeg Blues. [1] The team won its 17th Turnbull Cup in 2014 and made their only Western Canada Cup appearance that year.

Western Canada Cup Junior A hockey

The Western Canada Cup (WCC); was the Junior A ice hockey championship for western Canada from 2013 to 2017. The annual five-team event consisted of the host team and the champions from the four western leagues, and was used to determine the two Western seeds for the National Junior A Championship, then known as the RBC Cup.

The 2014 Western Canada Cup was played at Credit Union Place in Dauphin, Manitoba from April 26 to May 4, 2014. The Yorkton Terriers and host Dauphin Kings finished first and second, respectively, to each earn a berth in the 2014 Royal Bank Cup.

In April 2019, the MJHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the team to 50 Below Sports + Entertainment Inc, owners of the Western Hockey League's Winnipeg Ice. The Blues relocated to The Rink Training Centre in the Rural Municipality of Macdonald for the 2019–20 season. [2]

The Blues are the sole Junior "A" club based in the Winnipeg area since the Winnipeg Saints relocated to Virden in 2012.

List of championships

ChampionshipMonarchsBlues
Turnbull Cup 1932, 1935, 1937, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1955, 19571982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1995, 2006, 2014
ANAVET Cup 1986, 1995
Abbott Cup 1932, 1935, 1937, 1946, 19511995
Memorial Cup 1935, 1937, 1946

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

SeasonGP W L T OTLGF GA PointsFinishPlayoffs
1930-319720-2915141st MJHL
1931-32121101-3114231st WinJHLWon League, Won AbC
1932-3310280-183443rd MJHL-S
1933-34141121-----39th MJHL
1934-3513931-6533293rd MJHLWon League, Won AbC, Won MC
1935-3615681-5647136th MJHL
1936-37161222-7432262nd MJHLWon League, Won AbC, Won MC
1937-38231364-7055303rd MJHL
1938-39221363-10581293rd MJHL
1939-40241662-10868341st MJHL
1940-4112390-528966th MJHL
1941-42188100-92127166th MJHL
1942-4313751-6572154th MJHL
1943-44101000-5826181st MJHL
1944-458800-7213161st MJHLWon League
1945-4610811-5928171st MJHLWon League, AbC, Won MC
1946-47151230-9454242nd MJHL
1947-482311102-123103243rd MJHLWon League
1948-493011190-132150223rd MJHL
1949-503616200-142148322nd MJHL
1950-51362691-208128532nd MJHLWon League, Won AbC
1951-523626100-155111521st MJHLWon League
1952-533616191-132152333rd MJHL
1953-543613230-147172264th MJHL
1954-553220102-173141421st MJHLWon League
1955-56241662-153108341st MJHL
1956-57291784-175146382nd MJHLWon League
1957-583018111-167127371st MJHL
1958-59305250-89176105th MJHL
1959-60325270-90221105th MJHL
1960-61326251-107205135th MJHL
1961-624020164-143138442nd MJHL
1962-633915213-141177333rd MJHL
1963-643013152-112124284th MJHL
1964-654519215-159165433rd MJHL
1965-664820244-198197444th MJHL
1966-675721342-235316464th MJHL
1967-683620133-200157431st MJHL
1968-693417125-145157393rd MJHL
1969-703417125-136120393rd MJHL
1970-714816248-210221407th MJHL
1971-72489381-163284198th MJHL
1972-734823250-261254465th MJHL
1973-744714330-180251288th MJHL
1974-754819290-244286387th MJHL
1975-765227241-253255556th MJHL
1976-775121300-204242448th MJHL
1977-785212382-194323269th MJHL
1978-794410322-175281229th MJHL
1979-804729180-270220583rd MJHL
1980-814822251-228235454th MJHL
1981-82483891-310167771st MJHLWon League
1982-834831161-255199633rd MJHL
1983-844833150-242176663rd MJHL
1984-854837101-292174751st MJHL
1985-864836120-312157722nd MJHLWon League, Won AC
1986-874827201-318232554th MJHL
1987-884832160-253192642nd MJHLWon League
1988-89483486-286178741st MJHLWon League
1989-905236160-348202722nd MJHL
1990-914830171-246212613rd MJHL
1991-9248172902219246367th MJHL
1992-9348192531207234428th MJHL
1993-9455332110----673rd MJHL
1994-9555242632207230535th MJHLWon League, Won AC, Won AbC
1995-9656212843246267498th MJHL
1996-9755193123234275438th MJHL
1997-9862303020247259624th MJHL
1998-9962273320223289566th MJHL
1999-00643820-6281239822nd MJHL
2000-01642927-8221252667th MJHL
2001-02643128-5237246677th MJHL
2002-03643029-5234277658th MJHL
2003-04642531-8252248588th MJHL
2004-05633223-8251217724th MJHL
2005-06633920-4245198823rd MJHLWon League
2006-07634016-7251171873rd MJHL
2007-08623817-7260228834th MJHL
2008-09 622042-01953134010th MJHL
2008-09 622727-8211242628th MJHLLost Quarter-final
2010-11 621832-122152924810th MJHLDNQ
2011-12 623819-5252204813rd MJHLLost Semi-final
2012-13 604514-1269165912nd MJHLLost Semi-final
2013-14 603123-6199175686th MJHLWon League
2014-15 603815-7231181833rd MJHLLost Semi-final
2015-16 603218-10212174745th MJHLLost Semi-final
2016-17 602727-6193202606th MJHLLost Quarter-final
2017-18 603122-7215220696th MJHLLost Semi-final
2018-19 603122-7195182696th MJHLLost Quarter-final

Playoffs

St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg Monarchs 4-games-to-2
St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg Monarchs 4-games-to-2
West Kildonan North Stars defeated Assiniboine Park Monarchs 4-games-to-1
St. James Canadians defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-2
St. James Canadians defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-1
Fort Garry Blues defeated Kenora Thistles 4-games-to-none
Fort Garry Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none
Fort Garry Blues defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-noneMJHL CHAMPIONS
Fort Garry Blues defeated Flin Flon Bombers (NJHL) 3-games-to-noneTURNBULL CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-2
Fort Garry Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-none
St. Boniface Saints defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-2
Fort Garry Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1
Kildonan North Stars defeated Fort Garry Blues 4-games-to-2
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1
Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Thunder Bay Hornets 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-noneMJHL CHAMPIONS
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) 4-games-to-3ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Penticton Knights (BCJHL) defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-none
Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-3
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-2
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-noneMJHL CHAMPIONS
Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL) defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-noneMJHL CHAMPIONS
Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1
Winkler Flyers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-2
St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-2
St. Boniface Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-3
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. James Canadians 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Kildonan North Stars 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-noneMJHL CHAMPIONS
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL) 4-games-to-2ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Third in 1995 Centennial Cup round robin (2-2) ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
Gloucester Rangers (CJHL) defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-1 in semi-final
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-3
St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none
St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-3
St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg South Blues defeated St. Boniface Saints 4-games-to-3
OCN Blizzard defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-2
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-1
OCN Blizzard defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Winnipeg Saints 4-games-to-3
Winkler Flyers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none
St. James Canadians defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-3
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-2
Southeast Blades defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-3
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-1
Selkirk Steelers defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-3
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg South Blues defeated OCN Blizzard 4-games-to-1MJHL CHAMPIONS
Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-3
Winnipeg Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg Saints defeated Winnipeg South Blues 4-games-to-none
Winnipeg Blues defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-none
Portage Terriers defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2
Winnipeg Blues defeated Winkler Flyers 4-games-to-2
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2
Winnipeg Blues defeated Winkler Flyers 2-games-to-0
Winnipeg Blues defeated Selkirk Steelers 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg Blues defeated Steinbach Pistons 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg Blues defeated Dauphin Kings 4-games-to-1MJHL Champions
Fifth and eliminated from Western Canada Cup round robin (1-3)
Winnipeg Blues defeated Swan Valley Stampeders 4-games-to-0
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-1
Winnipeg Blues defeated Virden Oil Capitals 4-games-to-3
Portage Terriers defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-0
OCN Blizzard defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-1
Winnipeg Blues defeated Portage Terriers 4-games-to-2
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2
Steinbach Pistons defeated Winnipeg Blues 4-games-to-2

NHL alumni

See also

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