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.
|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|
- 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
|Turnbull Cup||1968, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2004, & 2007|
|Anavet Cup||1974, 1975, 2007|
|Royal Bank Cup||1974|
Season by Season:
|1967-68||23||19||3||1||–||159||77||39||1st CMJHL||Won League|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1986-87||47||35||12||0||–||300||176||70||1st MJHL||Won League|
|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|
|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|
|2013-14||60||49||17||–||4||243||122||102||1st MJHL||Lost Quarter-final|