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History

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has a rich tradition and the League members work hard every year to keep building upon its successes. The MJHL is the oldest Junior A League in Canada. The first year of operation was the 1918 – 1919 season. That year there were nine teams in two divisions. The teams included the Winnipeg Pilgrims, Elmwood, Grand Trunk Pacific, Winnipeg Tigers, Young Men’s Lutheran Club, Winnipeg Argonauts, Selkirk Fishermen, Weston and Winnipeg Monarchs. The first season consisted of each team playing six games. The MJHL membership has fluctuated over the years with as few as four teams as its lowest level of membership.

As of the 2006 – 2007 season there are eleven (11) member teams in the MJHL and the league has enjoyed great success over the past several years. The theme of the past three MJHL seasons has been “parity”. The League championship has been up for grabs each of the past three seasons with as many as six teams having a legitimate chance of winning. The League has developed into a tough, competitively balanced league. This has created some tremendous playoff series to the delight of the MJHL’s loyal fans.

The mission statement of the MJHL is “To provide each player with an elite hockey development experience with a strong emphasis on education and citizenship.” The MJHL provides wonderful opportunities for young men who are interested in developing as hockey players while pursuing educational and hockey dreams. The MJHL develops players for advancement to higher levels of hockey. When a player decides to play for a MJHL team he will be joining an impressive group of young men who have played in the League and gone on to greatness in the NHL and in other careers. Former MJHL players who have starred or are currently playing in the NHL include Bob Clarke, Reg Leach, Tyler Arnason, Mike Ridley, Duvie Westcott, Shane Hnidy and many many more.

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has enjoyed many years of Junior A hockey. The champions of the League range from well-known names to lesser known ones from earlier eras. Please review the list of MJHL Champions that follows. Please also note that in 1939 a League champion was not crowned. For additional interest please review the top ten list of all time goal scorers in the MJHL.

1919 Y.M.L.C. (Young Mens Lutheran Club) 1963 Brandon Wheat Kings
1920 Selkirk 1964 Brandon Wheat Kings
1921 Winnipeg Falcons 1965 Winnipeg Braves
1922 Varsity University of Manitoba 1966 Winnipeg Rangers
1923 Varsity University of Manitoba 1967 Flin Flon Bombers
1924 Winnipeg Tammay Tigers 1968 St. James Canadians
1925 Varsity University of Manitoba 1969 Dauphin Kings
1926 Winnipeg Tammay Tigers 1970 Dauphin Kings
1927 Elmwood Millionaires 1971 St. Boniface Saints
1928 Elmwood Millionaires 1972 Dauphin Kings
1929 Elmwood Millionaires 1973 Portage la Prairie Terriers
1930 Elmwood Millionaires 1974 Selkirk Steelers
1931 Elmwood Millionaires 1975 Selkirk Steelers
1932 Winnipeg Monarchs 1976 Selkirk Steelers
1933 Brandon Native Sons 1977 Dauphin Kings
1934 Kenora Thistles 1978 Kildonan North Stars
1935 Winnipeg Monarchs 1979 Selkirk Steelers
1936 Elmwood Maple Leafs 1980 Selkirk Steelers
1937 Winnipeg Monarchs 1981 St. Boniface Saints
1938 St. Boniface Seals 1982 Fort Garry Blues
1940 Kenora Thistles 1983 Dauphin Kings
1941 Winnipeg Rangers 1984 Selkirk Steelers
1942 Portage la Prairie Terriers 1985 Selkirk Steelers
1943 Winnipeg Rangers 1986 Winnipeg South Blues
1944 St. James Canadians 1987 Selkirk Steelers
1945 Winnipeg Monarchs 1988 Winnipeg South Blues
1946 Winnipeg Monarchs 1989 Winnipeg South Blues
1947 Brandon Elks 1990 Portage la Prairie Terriers
1948 Winnipeg Monarchs 1991 Winkler Flyers
1949 Brandon Wheat Kings 1992 Winkler Flyers
1950 Brandon Wheat Kings 1993 Dauphin Kings
1951 Winnipeg Monarchs 1994 St. Boniface Saints
1952 Winnipeg Monarchs 1995 Winnipeg South Blues
1953 St. Boniface Canadiens 1996 St. James Canadians
1954 St. Boniface Canadiens 1997 St. James Canadians
1955 Winnipeg Monarchs 1998 Winkler Flyers
1956 St. Boniface Canadiens 1999 OCN Blizzard
1957 Winnipeg Monarchs 2000 OCN Blizzard
1958 St. Boniface Canadiens 2001 OCN Blizzard
1959 Winnipeg Braves 2002 OCN Blizzard
1960 Brandon Wheat Kings 2003 OCN Blizzard
1961 Winnipeg Rangers 2004 Selkirk Steelers
1962 Brandon Wheat Kings 2005 Portage Terriers
2006 Winnipeg South Blues

MJHL Top Ten Goal Scorers

1 Mike Ridley 91 St. Boniface Saints 1982 – 83
2 Brent Sapergia 77 Dauphin Kings 1982 – 83
3 Reg Spence 76 Southeast T. Birds 1989 – 90
4 Jim Misener 73 Dauphin Kings 1974 – 75
5 Kevin Green 72 Kildonan North Stars 1989 – 90
6 Bob Clarke 71 Flin Flon Bombers 1966 – 67
7 Juha Widing 70 Brandon Wheat Kings 1966 – 67
8 Ken Krentz 68 Selkirk Steelers 1977 – 78
9 Reg Leach 67 Flin Flon Bombers 1966 – 67
10 Dale Maksymyk 66 Selkirk Steelers 1976 – 77