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The ANAVET Cup is a yearly playoff series between the Turnbull Cup Champions of Manitoba and the Canalta Cup Champions from Saskatchewan. In it’s beginning, starting in 1971, the Anavet Cup winner advanced to the Abbott Cup for the Western Canada Junior ‘A’ Championship. This format ended after the 1989 playoffs. After that, the Anavet Cup Champion advanced directly to the National Championship tournament, now known as the RBC Cup. The Cup was retired after the 2012 playoffs, with the introduction of the Western Canada Cup. However, after one cycle of each branch hosting one tournament it was decided to revert back to the previous format and the Anavet Cup was reinstated for the 2017-18 season.

the 2010-11 Portage Terriers accepting the Anavet Cup

During the Championship’s original 42 year history, Saskatchewan dominated winning 29 times.
It was not that way in the beginning, with
Manitoba winning four of the first 5.

Then the Terry Simpson coached Prince Albert Raiders captured seven consecutive Cups. Before moving up to major junior the Raiders appeared 8 times in 12 years. Only 3 other teams have won consecutive Cups the Selkirk Steelers, Weyburn Red Wings, and Humboldt Broncos. The OCN Blizzard streak of 5 straight appearances is the 2nd longest, however they captured only 1 Cup.

Most Wins
Team League Wins
Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 7
Humboldt Broncos SJHL 7
Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 5
Portage Terriers MJHL 4
Selkirk Steelers MJHL 3
Most Appearances
Team League Appearances
Selkirk Steelers MJHL 10
Humboldt Broncos SJHL 10
Portage Terriers MJHL 8
Prince Albert Raiders SJHL 8
Weyburn Red Wings SJHL 7


ANAVET President Mike Terry with original Cup after it's retirement

The 74 Selkirk Steelers were actually the first winner of the ANAVET Cup. The idea for the trophy was born in the clubroom of the Selkirk branch of the Army Navy and Airforce Veterans.

“The Steelers had just defeated Prince Albert in the Manitoba-Saskatchewan final,” says Mike Terry, Selkirk’s ANAVET president. “Back in those days there was no trophy awarded to the winning team. We had the idea to donate a trophy. Cost us 75 dollars….that was pretty expensive back in those days. But we felt it was a good investment for hockey.”

“We actually presented the Steelers with the ANAVET Cup the next season,” Terry says with a laugh.

It was decided that the original ANAVET Cup would be retired after the 2007 Championship. And it was only fitting that the Steelers would win back the original ANAVET Cup, bringing it back home for good. These days the ANAVET Cup has only two names on its base, the Steelers of 74 and 07. All the other championship names were placed on the new ANAVET Cup.


  • Champions are in bold

Note: click on Year for game by game results

Manitoba/Saskatchewan Junior "A" Championship
Year MJHL Champion SJHL Champion Series
1971 St. Boniface Saints Weyburn Red Wings 4-2
1972 Dauphin Kings Humboldt Broncos 2-4
1973 Portage Terriers Humboldt Broncos 3-2 (D)
1974 Selkirk Steelers Prince Albert Raiders 4-2
1975 Selkirk Steelers Swift Current Broncos 4-0
1976 Selkirk Steelers Prince Albert Raiders 1-4
1977 Dauphin Kings Prince Albert Raiders 1-4
1978 Kildonan North Stars Prince Albert Raiders 0-4
1979 Selkirk Steelers Prince Albert Raiders 1-4
1980 Selkirk Steelers Prince Albert Raiders 2-4
1981 St. Boniface Saints Prince Albert Raiders 1-4
1982 Fort Garry Blues Prince Albert Raiders 2-4
1983 Dauphin Kings Yorkton Terriers 4-1
1984 Selkirk Steelers Weyburn Red Wings 2-4
1985 Selkirk Steelers Estevan Bruins 1-4
1986 Winnipeg South Blues Humboldt Broncos 4-3
1987 Selkirk Steelers Humboldt Broncos 0-4
1988 Winnipeg South Blues Notre Dame Hounds 0-4
1989 Winnipeg South Blues Humboldt Broncos 1-4
1990 Portage Terriers Nipawin Hawks 2-4
1991 Winkler Flyers Yorkton Terriers 1-4
1992 Winkler Flyers Melfort Mustangs 4-1
1993 Dauphin Kings Flin Flon Bombers 2-4
1994 St. Boniface Saints Weyburn Red Wings 3-4
1995 Winnipeg South Blues Weyburn Red Wings 4-2
1996 St. James Canadians Melfort Mustangs 0-4
1997 St. James Canadians Weyburn Red Wings 1-4
1998 Winkler Flyers Weyburn Red Wings 3-4
1999 OCN Blizzard Estevan Bruins 2-4
2000 OCN Blizzard North Battleford North Stars 1-4
2001 OCN Blizzard Weyburn Red Wings 2-4
2002 OCN Blizzard Kindersley Klippers 4-1
2003 OCN Blizzard Humboldt Broncos 1-4
2004 Selkirk Steelers Kindersley Klippers 3-4
2005 Portage Terriers Yorkton Terriers 4-2
2006 Winnipeg South Blues Yorkton Terriers 1-4
2007 Selkirk Steelers Humboldt Broncos 4-3
2008 Portage Terriers Humboldt Broncos 0-4
2009 Portage Terriers Humboldt Broncos 3-4
2010 Dauphin Kings La Ronge Ice Wolves 4-1
2011 Portage Terriers La Ronge Ice Wolves 4-3
2012 Portage Terriers Humboldt Broncos 3-4
Event retired 2013-2018 when Western Canada Cup was used
2018 Steinbach Pistons Nipawin Hawks 4-2
2019 Portage Terriers Battlefords North Stars 4-1
2020 Tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic