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Keystone Junior Hockey League

Keystone Junior Hockey League
Keystonelogo.jpg
PresidentEd Albert
Former name(s)Manitoba Junior 'B' Hockey League (1977-2004)
Founded1977
No. of teams5
Associated Title(s)Baldy Northcott Trophy
Keystone Cup
Websitekeystonejr.ca

The Keystone Junior Hockey League (KJHL) is a Junior 'B' ice hockey league in the province of Manitoba, Canada. The league, sanctioned by Hockey Manitoba, was formerly known as the Manitoba Junior 'B' Hockey League.

History

The KJHL champion used to play the champion of the Northwest Junior Hockey League (NJHL) for the Baldy Northcott Trophy. Since the demise of the NJHL in 2004, the KJHL has been the only Junior 'B' league in the province; thus its champion has been awarded the provincial title. The provincial champion moves on to compete for the Western Canadian Junior 'B' championship, the Keystone Cup.[1]

In 2018, five southern teams of the KJHL announced they were leaving and forming their own league, the Capital Region Junior Hockey League (CRJHL). The five departing clubs Arborg Ice Dawgs, Lundar Falcons, North Winnipeg Satelites, Selkirk Fishermen and St. Malo Warriors cited travel costs as well as parents expressing concerns for bus travel in light of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy.[2][3] The Fisher River Hawks also announced they would be taking a one-year leave of absence from the league.[4]

The league added another team after their 2019 AGM with the NCN Flames joining for the 2019-20 season.[5] NCN Flames last competed in the Northwest Junior Hockey League in 2004 winning two league championships and one Baldy Northcott Trophy (2002).

Teams

Team City/Area Arena Founded Head Coach
Cross Lake Islanders Cross Lake Cross Lake Sports Complex 2006 Dennis Trout
NCN Flames Nelson House Gilbert McDonald Arena 2019 Cody Genaille
Norway House North Stars Norway House Kinosao Sipi Multiplex 2004 Cory Hutchings
OCN Storm Opaskwayak Cree Nation Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre 2012 Marcel Fontaine
Peguis Juniors Peguis Peguis Multiplex 1994 Michael Spence

Former/inactive teams

Champions

Year Playoff winner Keystone Cup result Year Playoff winner Keystone Cup result
1978 Transcona Railers 2001 St. Malo Warriors
1979 Transcona Railers 2002 North Winnipeg Satelites
1980 Transcona Railers Railers - Gold
Fishermen - Silver
2003 North Winnipeg Satelites
1981 Transcona Railers Railers - Gold 2004 Selkirk Fishermen
1982 Transcona Railers 2005 Selkirk Fishermen
1983 North Winnipeg Satelites Fishermen - Gold 2006 North Winnipeg Satelites
1984 Selkirk Fishermen Fishermen - Silver 2007 Winnipeg Saints Saints - Bronze
1985 North Winnipeg Satelites 2008 Norway House North Stars North Stars - Silver
1986 North Winnipeg Satelites 2009 St. Malo Warriors
1987 Oak Bluff Raiders 2010 Selkirk Fishermen
1988 North Winnipeg Satelites 2011 Arborg Ice Dawgs
1989 North Winnipeg Satelites 2012 Arborg Ice Dawgs
1990 Beausejour Comets 2013 Peguis Juniors
1991 Selkirk Fishermen 2014 Selkirk Fishermen
1992 Selkirk Fishermen Fishermen - Bronze 2015 Selkirk Fishermen
1993 Selkirk Fishermen 2016 Peguis Juniors Juniors - 5th of 6
1994 Selkirk Fishermen Fishermen - Silver 2017 Peguis Juniors Ice Dawgs - 4th of 6
Juniors - 5th of 6
1995 St. Malo Warriors 2018 Peguis Juniors Juniors - Silver

Warriors - 4th of 4

1996 Peguis Juniors 2019 Peguis Juniors Islanders - Bronze

Juniors - 4th of 4

1997 St. Malo Warriors Warriors - Silver
1998 Peguis Juniors
1999 Selkirk Fishermen
2000 St. Malo Warriors

Notable alumni

  • Darren Helm (2003–04) – Selkirk Fishermen
  • Brady Keeper (2012-13) – Norway House North Stars[6]
  • Thomas Stuart-Dant (2010-13) – Selkirk Fishermen
  • Neil Wilkinson (1984–85) – Selkirk Fishermen
  • Bryce Young (2017-18) – OCN Storm[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Peguis Juniors off to St. Malo for Keystone Cup". Interlake Spectator. April 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Report: KJHL Looking For New Teams". ThompsonOnline. August 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Warriors join new CRJHL". The Carillon. October 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Notice regarding the Fisher River Hawks Jr. B". Fisher River Cree Nation. October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "NCN Flames to join KJHL for 2019-20". GameOn Magazine. May 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Brady Keeper, first Pimicikamak Cree Nation member to play in the NHL, makes a visit home". Thompson Citizen. April 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "CJHL announces Top Rookie Award finalists for 2018-19". Canadian Junior Hockey League. May 2, 2019.

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