|City||Oak Bluff, Manitoba|
|League||Manitoba Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||The Rink Training Centre|
|Colours||Blue, Gold, White|
|Owner(s)||50 Below Sports + Entertainment|
|General manager||Taras McEwen|
|Head coach||Gord Burnett|
|Media|| Winnipeg Sun |
Winnipeg Free Press
|1976–1977||Assiniboine Park Monarchs|
|1978–1984||Fort Garry Blues|
|1984–2010||Winnipeg South 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.The team won its 17th Turnbull Cup in 2014 and made their only Western Canada Cup appearance that year.
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.
The Blues are the sole Junior "A" club based in the Winnipeg area since the Winnipeg Saints relocated to Virden in 2012.
|Turnbull Cup||1932, 1935, 1937, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1957||1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1995, 2006, 2014|
|ANAVET Cup||1986, 1995|
|Abbott Cup||1932, 1935, 1937, 1946, 1951||1995|
|Memorial Cup||1935, 1937, 1946|
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1931-32||12||11||0||1||-||31||14||23||1st WinJHL||Won League, Won AbC|
|1934-35||13||9||3||1||-||65||33||29||3rd MJHL||Won League, Won AbC, Won MC|
|1936-37||16||12||2||2||-||74||32||26||2nd MJHL||Won League, Won AbC, Won MC|
|1944-45||8||8||0||0||-||72||13||16||1st MJHL||Won League|
|1945-46||10||8||1||1||-||59||28||17||1st MJHL||Won League, AbC, Won MC|
|1947-48||23||11||10||2||-||123||103||24||3rd MJHL||Won League|
|1950-51||36||26||9||1||-||208||128||53||2nd MJHL||Won League, Won AbC|
|1951-52||36||26||10||0||-||155||111||52||1st MJHL||Won League|
|1954-55||32||20||10||2||-||173||141||42||1st MJHL||Won League|
|1956-57||29||17||8||4||-||175||146||38||2nd MJHL||Won League|
|1981-82||48||38||9||1||-||310||167||77||1st MJHL||Won League|
|1985-86||48||36||12||0||-||312||157||72||2nd MJHL||Won League, Won AC|
|1987-88||48||32||16||0||-||253||192||64||2nd MJHL||Won League|
|1988-89||48||34||8||6||-||286||178||74||1st MJHL||Won League|
|1994-95||55||24||26||3||2||207||230||53||5th MJHL||Won League, Won AC, Won AbC|
|2005-06||63||39||20||-||4||245||198||82||3rd MJHL||Won League|
|2008-09||62||27||27||-||8||211||242||62||8th MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2011-12||62||38||19||-||5||252||204||81||3rd MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2012-13||60||45||14||-||1||269||165||91||2nd MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2013-14||60||31||23||-||6||199||175||68||6th MJHL||Won League|
|2014-15||60||38||15||-||7||231||181||83||3rd MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2015-16||60||32||18||-||10||212||174||74||5th MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2016-17||60||27||27||-||6||193||202||60||6th MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2017-18||60||31||22||-||7||215||220||69||6th MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2018-19||60||31||22||-||7||195||182||69||6th MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
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