New Westminster Royals

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For the former soccer team, see Westminster Royals.
New Westminster Royals in 1912.

The New Westminster Royals was the name of several professional and junior ice hockey teams based in New Westminster, British Columbia.

History[edit]

The first team played from 1912–1914 in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) which was established in 1911. The team was notable as it was the inaugural champion of the PCHA when the league first started out in 1912. It would be the only league championship the Royals would earn.

The name was revived for a club that played in the Pacific Coast Hockey League from 1945 to 1952 and the Western Hockey League from 1952 to 1959. The Royals won the President's Cup in 1949-50 as PCHL champions.

The name was again used for junior A teams in New Westminster, who played in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League from 1967–68 to 1970–71, from 1981–82 to 1982–83, and again from 1988-89 to 1990-91. Future NHL star Cliff Ronning was a notable member of the early 1980s squad. Frank Biller, an ill-famed fraudster from British Columbia would also play for the Royals from 88-90.

Their home arena was the Denman Arena in Downtown Vancouver and later Queen's Park Arena in New Westminster.