Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League


Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League
Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League
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Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1970
Commissioner Jack Van Dam
Inaugural season 1970
No. of teams 9
Most recent champion(s) Charleswood Hawks
Most titles Charleswood Hawks (15)
Official website MMJHL.ca

The Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League is a Junior ice hockey league in Manitoba, Canada. Founded in 1970, the league is not a member of Hockey Canada and has operated privately since its inception on private funds and donations.

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History

Founded in 1970, the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League was created due to the lack of playing opportunities for Winnipeg-area players. With only the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in the area, recently relegated from Major Junior to Tier II Junior A, there was no active second tier league. The league filed for application to the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association and was initially accepted. When the MAHA was informed the league wanted to call itself the "Manitoba Junior B Hockey League", the MAHA objected on the grounds that the MJHL was helping construct a feeder league for itself with that name. After negotiations between the MJHL and the new league did not work out, as the MJHL wanted a submissive development league, the new league informed the MAHA that it would not join the MAHA.

Early in the league's first season, the original four teams started playing: River Heights, Fort Garry, Charleswood, and Stonewall. Only a week into the season, the league was contacted by teams in Portage la Prairie and St. James who were looking for a league to play in as the MJHL's attempt at a Jr. B league failed. Soon after, Neepawa approached the league with a similar concern. Due to travel, the could not be a part of the league, but did participate in at least two interleague games against each team. In the second season, a team from Kenora, Ontario did this as well. At the end of the first season, the MMJHL was allowed to send a "champion" (St. James) to compete against the MAHA Junior B champion.

The Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League name comes from the league's adaptation of the Western Canada Hockey League's player eligibility rules.

The teams

Team Centre
Charleswood Hawks Charleswood
Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins Fort Garry/Fort Rouge
Pembina Valley Twisters Morris
River East Royal Knights River East
St. Boniface Riels St. Boniface
St. James Canucks St. James
St. Vital Victorias St. Vital
Seven Oaks Raiders Winnipeg
Stonewall Jets Stonewall

Former teams

  • Transcona Railers

Champions

1971 River Heights Cardinals
1972 St. Boniface Riels
1973 St. Boniface Riels
1974 Charleswood Hawks
1975 Ft. Garry Blues
1976 Ft. Garry Blues
1977 Ft. Garry Blues
1978 Ft. Garry Blues
1979 Charleswood Hawks
1980 Seven Oaks Raiders
1981 Charleswood Hawks
1982 River East Royal Knights
1983 Ft. Garry 90's Jr Bisons
1984 Transcona Railers
1985 St. Boniface Riels
1986 St. Boniface Riels
1987 River East Royal Knights
1988 River East Royal Knights
1989 River East Royal Knights
1990 River East Royal Knights
1991 Transcona Railers
1992 Transcona Railers
1993 River East Royal Knights
1994 Charleswood Hawks
1995 Charleswood Hawks
1996 Charleswood Hawks
1997 Charleswood Hawks
1998 St. James Canucks
1999 Ft. Garry/Rouge Twins
2000 Ft. Garry/Rouge Twins
2001 River East Royal Knights
2002 Charleswood Hawks
2003 Charleswood Hawks
2004 St. Vital Victorias
2005 Charleswood Hawks
2006 Charleswood Hawks
2007 Charleswood Hawks
2008 Pembina Valley Twisters
2009 Charleswood Hawks
2010 Charleswood Hawks
2011 Charleswood Hawks

References

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