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History of Neepawa Natives

The Neepawa Natives is one of the oldest franchises in Manitoba.

The Natives began in 1949 as they played as an Intermediate hockey team playing in the Big Six Intermediate Hockey League. When the NHL only had six teams, many quality players played amateur hockey and moved on to higher levels while honing their skill in leagues like the BSIHL.

The Big Six Intermediate Hockey League (BSIHL) was an Intermediate ‘A’ hockey league operating in the Canadian province of Manitoba.  The league was very competitive as it had dozens former and future NHLers  including Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Hextall and Neepawa Native Jimmy Creighton, who played with the Detroit Red Wings.

The senior team played well into the 1970’s in which they won many provincial titles and the league’s Ross Trophy.

The junior installment of the Neepawa Natives began in 1989 where they have enjoyed 26 years in the MJHL.

The Neepawa Natives have a rich and proud history of developing players for all levels of hockey.  We have a proud history and have had many successful seasons reaching the MJHL Finals in 1996 and the meeting in the division finals seven times.

Neepawa keeps close ties with it alumni and we celebrate the accomplishments on a regular basis.

These accomplishments include many players who have moved onto higher levels of hockey like the NCAA, Major Junior, CIS and professional ranks.