|League||Manitoba Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||Yellowhead Centre|
|Colours||Black, Red, White|
|General manager||Myles Cathcart|
|Head coach||Dustin Howden (2016–17)|
The Neepawa Natives were founded in 1989 and play home games at the Yellowhead Centre. They were members of the MJHL's Sherwood Division until the league merged its two divisions after the 2013–14 season. The team has never won a league championship.
The creation of the Neepawa Natives team name is rooted in the early 1960s, with the then-named Neepawa Intermediates hockey team. In 1963, Ron Guinn and Cecil Pittman suggested the Neepawa Intermediates should create an actual team name for the Neepawa-based hockey club. A name that would connect to Neepawa (a Cree name meaning abundance or plenty) was explored. The name 'Natives' was selected because Neepawa and Natives both start with the letter 'N', and were seven letters long, which led Pittman and Guinn to believe it was a good fit for the team.
The name would go on to be used by the intermediate team, who would play in the Inter Ridge Hockey League, the Central Plains Hockey League and the South West Hockey League in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1989, Neepawa was accepted into the MJHL and was in need of creating its own team name and identity. Wanting to respect the hockey history created by that Neepawa Intermediates team, it was decided to use the Natives name for the community's new Junior 'A' Hockey club. The Natives name has since been gradually adopted by Neepawa Minor Hockey for its youth teams.
The Neepawa Natives 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 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. Three Natives alumni have played in the National Hockey League. In 11 NHL seasons, Shane Hnidy played for six different teams, appearing in 550 regular season and 40 playoff games, and in his final year won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins. Mark Kolesar played in 28 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Triston Grant appeared in 11 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators.
In October 2011, a 15-year-old Natives player came forward with allegations of sexual-based rookie hazing within the team's locker room. The victim's mother said her son was forced to walk around the team locker room with a set of water bottles tied to his scrotum and that assistant coach Brad Biggers was allegedly present in the dressing room at the time. As a result, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police opened an investigation of the incident and the MJHL hired an independent investigator to look into the incident. No charges were laid.
Following its investigation, the MJHL levied a record $5000 fine against the team and a total of 18 suspensions to team players and personnel, as well an indefinite suspension to Biggers, preventing him from coaching for any team affiliated with Hockey Canada. Head coach and general manager Bryant Perrier, who initially reported the incident to the league, left his post shortly thereafter and later also received an indefinite ban from the MJHL. The team later issued an apology to the hazing victims, its staff, sponsors, fans, and local community.
Note: GP = games played, W = wins, L = losses, T = ties, OTL = overtime losses, GF = goals for, GA = goals against, DNQ = did not qualify
|2006–07||63||41||19||-||3||266||220||85||4th MJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2009–10||62||34||24||-||4||205||189||72||6th MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2016–17||60||21||33||-||6||173||229||48||8th MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
- 1990 DNQ
- 1991 Lost Quarter-final
- Winnipeg South Blues defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-none
- 1992 Lost Quarter-final
- St. James Canadians defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-1
- 1993 Lost Quarter-final
- Portage Terriers defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-none
- 1994 Lost Quarter-final
- Dauphin Kings defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-2
- 1995 Lost Semi-final
- 1996 Lost Final
- 1997 Lost Quarter-final
- Winkler Flyers defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-3
- 1998 Lost Quarter-final
- Winkler Flyers defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-1
- 1999 DNQ
- 2000 DNQ
- 2001 Lost Semi-final
- 2002 Lost Quarter-final
- Portage Terriers defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-1
- 2003 DNQ
- 2004 Lost Quarter-final
- Swan Valley Stampeders defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-2
- 2005 Lost Semi-final
- 2006 DNQ
- 2007 Lost Semi-final
- 2008 DNQ
- 2009 Lost Quarter-final
- Winnipeg Saints defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-none
- 2010 Lost Quarter-final
- Dauphin Kings defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-none
- 2011 DNQ
- 2012 DNQ
- 2013 DNQ
- 2014 DNQ
- 2015 DNQ
- 2016 DNQ
- 2017 Lost Quarter-final
- Steinbach Pistons defeated Neepawa Natives 4-games-to-2