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Steelers History and Championships

1966-1998

1998-Present

 

Junior “A” hockey in Selkirk dates back to at least 1918, the founding of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). As one of the original members of the MJHL, the Selkirk Fishermen became the second everTurnbull Cup, MJHL Champions by winning the 1920 playoffs. The Fishermen were crowned Western Junior “A” Champions and given the Abbott Cup. They moved on to the Memorial Cup for the National Championship, but were defeated by the Toronto Canoe Club Paddlers.

The 1920 Selkirk Fishermen were inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in the team category.

The Selkirk Steelers Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club was founded for the 1966-67 season when the modern day Manitoba Junior Hockey League was formed. The Selkirk Steelers dominated, between 1974 and 1987, winning eight MJHL championships, including three in a row. The 1973-74 season was the Steelers most successful season. The Steelers won the MJHL title, then defeated the Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2 to win the Anavet Cup. They went on to compete for the Abbott Cup against the Kelowna Buckaroos of theBritish Columbia Junior Hockey League and defeated them 4-games-to-3. This moved the Steelers along to the National Championship against the Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Junior A Hockey League for theManitoba Centennial Cup, the National Junior “A” Championship. In the final game of the series there were three periods of scoreless hockey. The Steelers stole game seven 1-0 when Gord Kaluzniak scored the winner with just over two minutes left to win the Centennial Cup, the teams only National Championship. It took 25 playoff games with 4 out of 5 series’ wins coming on the road and totaling 96 games played overall.

The 1974 Selkirk Steelers were inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in the team category and in 2014 were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

The Steelers have 10 MJHL Turnbull Cup Championships: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2004, and 2007. Three of these championships have resulted in Anavet Cup Manitoba/Saskatchewan Junior “A” Championships: 1974, 1975 and 2007.

Last Trip to the RBC Cup:

After winning the 2007 MJHL Championship, the Steelers went on to face the Humboldt Broncos of theSaskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the Anavet Cup. The best-of-seven series went the distance and resulted in a Game 7 4-3 quadruple overtime victory for the Steelers. The Steelers represented their region at the Royal Bank Cup 2007 tournament. The Steelers battled hard and the scores were very close, but they failed to get beyond the round robin. Their first game of the tournament was against the Nation’s top ranked teams – the Aurora Tigers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The Steelers did well, but lost 4-2. Their second game was against the Nation’s #2 ranked team, the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Steelers lost 3-1. The Steelers then took on the host Prince George Spruce Kings and held them scoreless through two period, but in the third the Spruce Kings squeezed out a 2-1 win. They last game was a “do or die” game against the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior A Hockey League. Despite outshooting the Lumber Kings, Selkirk never led and never caught up to the Fred Page CupChampions—final score: 4-2. With an 0-4 record, the Selkirk Steelers finished their season with the Turnbull Cup, the Anavet Cup, and the pride of having represented Western Canada at the Royal Bank Cup National Championship.

NHL Draft:

Player Team Drafted by Round Overall  
1972 NHL Amateur Draft  
Derek Kuntz Selkirk Steelers New York Islanders 8 113
1971 NHL Amateur Draft  
Chuck Arnason Selkirk Steelers Montreal Canadiens 1 7
Norm Cherrey Selkirk Steelers Vancouver Canucks 8 101

NHL Alumni:

  • Murray Anderson
  • Joe Cooper
  • Gerry Hogue
  • Dale Krentz
  • Keith McCambridge
  • Lyle Phair
  • Johnny Sheppard
  • Alex Shibicky
  • Joe Thorsteinson
  • Nick Wasnie
  • Neil Wilkinson
  • Darren Helm
  • Andrew Murray

Championships:

Championship Years Won
Turnbull Cup 1968, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2004, & 2007
Anavet Cup 1974, 1975, 2007
Abbott Cup 1974
Royal Bank Cup 1974

Season by Season:

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs
1966-67 57 14 42 1 216 382 29 6th MJHL
1967-68 23 19 3 1 159 77 39 1st CMJHL Won League
1968-69 34 23 9 2 195 116 48 2nd MJHL
1969-70 34 9 18 7 155 215 25 8th MJHL
1970-71 48 8 34 6 142 241 22 8th MJHL
1971-72 48 13 34 1 211 278 27 7th MJHL
1972-73 48 20 26 2 202 253 42 7th MJHL
1973-74 48 32 15 1 245 182 65 2nd MJHL Won League, Won AC, Won AbC, Won MCC
1974-75 48 35 12 1 283 175 71 1st MJHL Won League, Won AC
1975-76 52 29 23 0 318 277 58 4th MJHL Won League
1976-77 51 22 27 2 249 263 48 6th MJHL
1977-78 52 36 15 1 317 234 73 1st MJHL
1978-79 46 29 16 1 254 194 59 2nd MJHL Won League
1979-80 48 35 12 1 344 200 71 1st MJHL Won League
1980-81 46 30 15 1 262 207 61 3rd MJHL
1981-82 48 31 15 2 279 249 64 2nd MJHL
1982-83 48 26 22 0 284 255 52 5th MJHL
1983-84 48 35 12 1 340 230 71 2nd MJHL Won League
1984-85 48 28 20 0 286 243 56 3rd MJHL Won League
1985-86 49 33 15 1 308 217 67 3rd MJHL
1986-87 47 35 12 0 300 176 70 1st MJHL Won League
1987-88 48 26 20 2 260 234 54 5th MJHL
1988-89 48 26 22 0 286 274 52 6th MJHL
1989-90 52 28 24 0 295 271 56 5th MJHL
1990-91 48 19 26 3 220 232 41 6th MJHL
1991-92 48 22 24 0 2 200 228 46 5th MJHL
1992-93 48 21 26 1 0 212 247 43 7th MJHL
1993-94 56 16 34 5 1 38 8th MJHL
1994-95 54 19 32 1 2 195 218 41 9th MJHL
1995-96 56 24 27 3 2 280 279 53 7th MJHL
1996-97 54 25 26 2 1 240 273 53 5th MJHL
1997-98 62 26 35 0 1 226 271 53 7th MJHL
1998-99 62 30 29 3 0 247 261 63 5th MJHL
1999-00 64 32 25 7 314 305 71 6th MJHL
2000-01 64 30 30 4 295 278 64 8th MJHL
2001-02 64 23 36 5 216 269 51 9th MJHL
2002-03 63 46 14 3 390 184 95 3rd MJHL
2003-04 64 44 18 1 1 335 236 90 2nd MJHL Won League, LostAC
2004-05 63 34 23 4 2 254 224 74 3rd MJHL Lost final
2005-06 63 36 19 5 3 262 205 80 5th MJHL Lost Semi-final
2006-07 63 49 9 4 1 370 188 103 1st MJHL Won League, WonAC
2007-08 62 44 12 6 260 168 94 1st MJHL
2008-09 62 45 17 0 315 186 90 3rd MJHL
2009-10 62 36 25 1 253 221 73 5th MJHL Lost Quarter-final
2010-11 62 36 17 9 254 222 81 4th MJHL Lost Final
2011-12 62 37 23 2 246 214 76 5th MJHL Lost Quarter-final
2012-13 60 25 30 5 208 212 55 9th MJHL DNQ
2013-14 60 49 17 4 243 122 102 1st MJHL Lost Quarter-final