Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League
|Current season, competition or edition:
2016-17 MMJHL season
|CEO||Jack Van Dam|
|No. of teams||10|
|Stonewall Jets (2016)|
|Most titles||Charleswood Hawks (16)|
The Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League (MMJHL) is a junior ice hockey league in Manitoba, Canada. Founded in 1970, the league was operated as an independent league. MMJHL affiliated with Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada in the mid-1990s. Teams compete annually for the Art Moug Trophy (regular season winner) and Jack McKenzie Trophy (playoff champion).
Founded in 1970, the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League was created due to a lack of playing opportunities for Winnipeg-area players. After the restructuring of junior hockey in the country, Hockey Canada relegated the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) from Major Junior (previously known as Tier I) to Junior 'A' (Tier II), meaning there was no active "second-tier" league in the Winnipeg area.
The new league applied to the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Manitoba) for membership and was initially accepted. When the MAHA was informed the league wanted to call itself the "Manitoba Junior 'B' Hockey League", MAHA objected on the grounds that the MJHL was in the process of constructing a developmental league for itself with that name. After negotiations between the MJHL and the new league did not work out, the league informed the MAHA that it would operate independently.
Affiliation with Hockey Manitoba did happen during the mid-1990s as insurance premiums became too much for league members.
The league's first season started with the original four teams: Charleswood Hawks, Fort Garry Blues, River Heights Cardinals 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 after the MJHL's attempt to create a Junior 'B' league failed. Soon after, Neepawa approached the league also, but due to travel did not join. Instead, Neepawa participated 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 Hockey League's player eligibility rules (permitted to roster four "over-age" 21-year-old players).
|Team||Centre||Founded||McKenzie Trophy titles||Moug Trophy titles|
|Charleswood Hawks||Eric Coy Arena||1970||16||14|
|Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins||Century Arena||1970||7||5|
|Pembina Valley Twisters||Morris Arena||2001||2||1|
|Raiders Junior Hockey Club||Billy Mosienko Arena||1977||2||4|
|River East Royal Knights||Terry Sawchuk Memorial Arena||1981||7||8|
|St. Boniface Riels||Southdale Community Centre||1971||5||7|
|St. James Canucks||St.James Civic Centre Arena||1978||1||1|
|St. Vital Victorias||St. Vital Centennial Arena||1975||1||3|
|Stonewall Jets||Veterans Memorial Sports Complex||2001||1||0|
|Transcona Railer Express||Ed Golding Memorial Arena||2012||0||0|
- East Kildonan Knights (1972–81)
- Kern-Hill Nationals (1973–75)
- Midland Centennials (1975–85)
- Portage la Prairie (1970–72)
- River Heights Cardinals (1970–78)
- Selkirk (1972–73)
- Stonewall (1970–71)
- Transcona Railers (1983-2011)
- Transcona Titans (1972–76)
- West Kildonan Nev Knights (1972–75)
|Season||Jack McKenzie Trophy (playoff champion)||Art Moug Trophy (regular season winner)||Regular season record|
|1970-71||River Heights Cardinals||River Heights Cardinals||23-3-6|
|1971-72||St. Boniface Riels||St. Boniface Riels||22-6-2|
|1972-73||St. Boniface Riels||St. Boniface Riels||24-7-4|
|1973-74||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||25-8-2|
|1974-75||Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Blues||West Kildonan Nev Knights||19-11-7|
|1975-76||Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Blues||St. Boniface Riels||22-7-7|
|1976-77||Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Blues||Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Blues||30-7-5|
|1977-78||Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Blues||Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Blues||28-7-7|
|1978-79||Charleswood Hawks||Seven Oaks Raiders||31-10-1|
|1979-80||Seven Oaks Raiders||Seven Oaks Raiders||36-6-0|
|1980-81||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||31-11-0|
|1981-82||River East Royal Knights||St. Boniface Riels||28-13-0|
|1982-83||Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Bisons||St. James Canucks||25-6-1|
|1983-84||Transcona Railers||Transcona Railers||27-12-1|
|1984-85||St. Boniface Riels||St. Boniface Riels||32-7-1|
|1985-86||St. Boniface Riels||St. Boniface Riels||29-10-3|
|1986-87||River East Royal Knights||River East Royal Knights||28-13-0|
|1987-88||River East Royal Knights||River East Royal Knights||34-6-2|
|1988-89||River East Royal Knights||River East Royal Knights||37-3-2|
|1989-90||River East Royal Knights||River East Royal Knights||35-6-1|
|1990-91||Transcona Railers||St. Vital Victorias||27-14-1|
|1991-92||Transcona Railers||Transcona Railers||33-8-1|
|1992-93||River East Royal Knights||River East Royal Knights||33-9-0|
|1993-94||Charleswood Hawks||River East Royal Knights||33-8-1|
|1994-95||Charleswood Hawks||River East Royal Knights||33-9-0|
|1995-96||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||39-2-1|
|1996-97||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||33-8-1|
|1997-98||St. James Canucks||Charleswood Hawks||30-10-2|
|1998-99||Fort Garry/Rouge Twins||Fort Garry/Rouge Twins||36-5-1|
|1999-00||Fort Garry/Rouge Twins||Fort Garry/Rouge Twins||31-9-2|
|2000-01||River East Royal Knights||Fort Garry/Rouge Twins||28-9-2-3|
|2001-02||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||35-7-1-2|
|2002-03||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||37-6-1-1|
|2003-04||St. Vital Victorias||St. Vital Victorias||41-1-2-1|
|2004-05||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||42-2-0-1|
|2005-06||Charleswood Hawks||St. Vital Victorias||34-8-1-2|
|2006-07||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||41-2-1-1|
|2007-08||Pembina Valley Twisters||Charleswood Hawks||34-6-2-3|
|2008-09||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||35-8-2|
|2009-10||Charleswood Hawks||Pembina Valley Twisters||35-7-3|
|2010-11||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||40-3-2|
|2011-12||Charleswood Hawks||Charleswood Hawks||33-4-3|
|2012-13||Pembina Valley Twisters||Charleswood Hawks||37-4-4|
|2013-14||Raiders Jr. Hockey Club||St. Boniface Riels||37-6-2|
|2014-15||St. Boniface Riels||Raiders Jr. Hockey Club||31-8-5|
|2015-16||Stonewall Jets||Pembina Valley Twisters||32-9-4|
|Best regular season record||St. Vital Victorias||41-1-2-1||2003-04|
|Most goals scored (team) in a season||River East Royal Knights||346 (42 games)||1989-90|
|Least goals against (team) in a season||Charleswood Hawks||84 (40 games)||2011-12|
|Most points (individual) in a season||Bruno Zarrillo, River East Royal Knights||63 goals, 76 assists||1987-88|
|Most goals (individual) in a season||Scott Parker, River East Royal Knights||72 goals||1989-90|
|Best goalie GAA in a season**||Stuart Fleury, Charleswood Hawks||1.83 GAA||2012-13|
|Best goalie save% in a season**||Mitch David, Charleswood Hawks||.937 save%||2010-11|
** = minimum of 12 games played
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- "Independent or outlaw hockey league?". The Globe And Mail. 17 January 2011.
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- "Feeding The Beast". Winnipeg Free Press. 30 November 2012.
- "Twisters Win MMJHL Title". PembinaValley.com. 22 April 2013.
- "Can Pembina Valley Twisters defend their MMJHL title?". Metro News. 20 September 2013.
- "Raiders beat favoured Riels to win MMJHL crown". MyToba.ca. 12 April 2014.