Winnipeg Rangers (1939–57)

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Winnipeg Rangers
City Winnipeg, Manitoba
League Manitoba Junior Hockey League
Franchise history
1939-1947Winnipeg Rangers
1947-1952Winnipeg Black Hawks
1952-1957Winnipeg Barons
Playoff championships1941, 1943
Memorial Cup Champions

The Winnipeg Rangers, later known as the Black Hawks and Barons, were a Canadian junior hockey team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. They were two-time Memorial Cup and Turnbull Cup champions (1941 and 1943).

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).

Memorial Cup The Memorial Cup is a junior ice hockey club championship trophy

The Memorial Cup is a junior ice hockey club championship trophy awarded annually to the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) champion. It is awarded following a four-team, round-robin tournament between a host team 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 Acadie–Bathurst Titan are the current champions, winning in the final game against the host team, the Regina Pats of the WHL. 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 1941 Memorial Cup final was the 23rd junior ice hockey championship of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The George Richardson Memorial Trophy champions Montreal Royals of the Quebec Junior Hockey League in Eastern Canada competed against the Abbott Cup champions Winnipeg Rangers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in Western Canada. In a best-of-five series, held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec and at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Winnipeg won their 1st Memorial Cup, defeating Montreal 3 games to 2.

The 1941 Winnipeg Rangers Hockey Club defeated the Saskatoon Quakers to win the Abbott Cup and earned the right to represent the west in the Memorial Cup. They went on to defeat the Montreal Royals 7-4 in the fifth and deciding game to capture the national title. The roster of this team included: Baldy Northcott (Coach), Mike Peters (Spare Goal), Hugh Millar (Defence), Glen Harmon (Defence), Bernie Bathgate (Forward), Bill Heindl Sr. (Defence), R.A. "Sammy" Fabro (Forward), Les Hickey (Forward), Bob Ballance (Forward), Hub Macey (Forward), Manning "Babe" Hobday (Defence), Lou Medynski (Forward), Earl Fast (Forward), Doug Baldwin (Defence), Bill Mortimer (Defence), Alan Hay (Forward), Billy Robinson (Forward), and Hal Thompson (Goal), and Tommy Bredin (Forward).

The Saskatoon Quakers were an ice hockey team that was based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The team existed from 1945 until 1959, and again from 1965–1971, playing in various senior and minor professional leagues during that time. The Quakers represented Canada in 1934 World Ice Hockey Championships held in Milan, Italy where they won Gold. In 1952, they captured the President's Cup as Pacific Coast Hockey League champions.

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.

The Royal Montreal Hockey Club, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, better known as the Montreal Royals, is a defunct ice hockey club. The Club was formed in 1932 and operated various teams in men's junior and senior leagues until 1961. The senior team of the club won the Allan Cup men's championship in 1939 and 1947, and the junior team of 1949 won the Memorial Cup junior men's Canadian championship.

The 1943 Winnipeg Rangers defeated the Saskatoon Quakers to win the Abbott Cup. They then went on to beat the Oshawa Generals in the sixth game of the best of seven Memorial Cup championship. The roster of this team included: Vernon Smith (Mascot), Joe Peters, Frank Mathers, Ben Juzda, Jack Irvine, Bill Tindall, Stan Warecki, Ritchie McDonald, Bill Boorman (Captain), George Mundrick, Tom Fowler, Cal Gardner, Jack Taggert, Bill Vickers, Joe Peterson, Church Russell, Ed Kullman, Doug Jackson, Spence Tatchell, Gus Schwartz, Johnny Gross (Trainer), Henry Borger (VP), Arthur U. Chipman (President), Baldy Northcott (Executive), Bob Kinnear (Coach), and Scotty Oliver (GM).

Oshawa Generals ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League

The Oshawa Generals are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. They are based in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The team is named for General Motors, an early sponsor which has its Canadian headquarters in Oshawa. In November 2016, the General Motors Centre changed its name to Tribute Communities Centre. Its 184 graduates to the National Hockey League are second in the OHL. The Generals have won the Memorial Cup five times, as well as a record thirteen Ontario Hockey League Championships, the J. Ross Robertson Cup.

Calvin Pearly "Ginger, Red, Torchy" Gardner was a Canadian professional ice hockey player in the NHL. In 1943, after playing professional hockey for three years and winning the Memorial Cup, he joined the Canadian military and took part in World War II. At the conclusion of the war, he once again began playing professional hockey. He died in 2001. His two sons Paul and Dave were also professional ice hockey players.

Churchill Davidson Russell was a Canadian professional ice hockey player. Russell played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers. Over the course of his career, he played over 300 pro games, with 74 goals, 101 assists, 175 points.

The hockey club's affiliation changed from the New York Rangers to the Chicago Black Hawks after the 1946-47 season; as such, the team was renamed the Winnipeg Black Hawks. In 1952, the name was changed again, this time to the Winnipeg Barons. The hockey club folded after the 1956–57 season.

New York Rangers National Hockey League franchise in New York City

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden in the borough of Manhattan, an arena they share with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They are one of three NHL teams located in the New York metropolitan area; the others being the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.

The 1941 and 1943 Winnipeg Rangers have been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame under the team category.

The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1985 when the first honoured members were named and plaques were erected in their honour. The first group of inductees was large in order to recognize the accomplishments of Manitoba players, coaches, builders and teams at the international, national, provincial and local levels for many years. Induction ceremonies were held on an annual or bi-annual basis through 1993. Since 1995, the Foundation has added to its honour roll every second year.

A separate team called the Winnipeg Rangers played in the MJHL from 1956 to 1967.

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