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The Manitoba Female Hockey League U 18 'AAA' (MFMHLU18AAA) is a female U18 'AAA' hockey league operating in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The league plays under the sanction of Hockey Manitoba, in affiliation with Hockey Canada. Starting with the 2011-12 season, the League was granted 'AAA' status, and now it’s champion represents Manitoba in Esso Cup play for the Canadian Championship.

About the League

The MFMHL was founded in 2008 after an Ad-hoc committee was struck by Hockey Manitoba to develop a Constitution for Regional Female Midget Hockey that would provide an elite level for female players within Hockey Manitoba's 10 Regions to aspire to. The Committee worked for several months to develop the constitution and after a final meeting in Portage la Prairie where all Regions were invited to review and endorse the new constitution. It was ratified by Hockey Manitoba in the Spring of 2008.

The first season (2008-09) saw 5 teams compete within the league and 2 teams Eastman and Central Plains played an interlocking schedule with the Female Midget 'AA' teams from Winnipeg Minor Hockey Association.
The 2009-10 season again saw a 5 team league as Norman joined the circuit however Eastman dropped out of the league. The WMHA did not wish to establish an interlocking schedule in 2009-10 with the MFMHL however a Showcase event was developed by the WMHA where MFMHL and WMHA Midget 'AA' Female teams played each other over Christmas break. The first 2 years saw Pembina Valley win back to back MFMHL Championships.

The MFMHL has shown it is a very competitive league for elite Midget Females to play hockey and has seen several graduating players move onto Canadian or United States University Hockey as well as Manitoba Women's Junior Hockey League.

It is the MFMHL's goal to promote elite female midget hockey within Hockey Manitoba's designated Regions and provide the players with an opportunity to improve their skills by participating in a competitive league where they receive strong coaching that will allow them to move onto higher opportunities within female hockey.

Teams

Team Center
Central Plains Capitals Portage la Prairie
Eastman Selects Ste. Anne
Interlake Lightning Stonewall
Pembina Valley Hawks Morris
Westman Wildcats Hartney
Winnipeg Avros Winnipeg
Winnipeg Ice Winnipeg
Yellowhead Chiefs Shoal Lake

Recent Former Teams

Team Center
Brandon Wheat Kings Brandon
Norman Wild Thompson & The Pas
Parkland Panthers Gilbert Plains

Championship

Since the 2011-12 season, the league championship has doubled as the Provincial Female Midget 'AAA' championship. Each year, the Manitoba champion competes in an interprovincial playoff series against the champion from the Saskatchewan Female Midget 'AAA' Hockey League. The winner of that series earns a berth in the Esso Cup, the National Female Midget Championship tournament.

The Pembina Valley Hawks were national champions in 2012, while the Westman Wildcats won the inaugural Esso Cup in 2009, prior to joining the league. Pembina Valley hosted the 2017 Esso Cup in Morden.

League Champions

Season Champion Provincials/West Regional/Telus Cup
2008-09 Pembina Valley Hawks Lost Provincial Semifinals
2009-10 Pembina Valley Hawks L, 2010 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to none
2010-11 Pembina Valley Hawks L, 2011 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to none
2011-12 Pembina Valley Hawks W, 2012 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to none
Won 2012 Esso Cup
2012-13 Pembina Valley Hawks L, 2013 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to none
2013-14 Pembina Valley Hawks L, 2014 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to 1
2014-15 Central Plains Capitals West Regional Not played due to no Quebec entry
4th at 2015 Esso Cup
2015-16 Yellowhead Chiefs L, 2016 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to none
2016-17 Pembina Valley Hawks (Westman Wildcats) L, 2017 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to none
2017-18 Eastman Selects L, 2018 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to none
2018-19 Westman Wildcats L, 2019 Esso Cup West Regional 2 games to none
2019-20 League playoffs cancelled prior to final begining
2020-21 Season cancelled after a few games
2021-22 Westman Wildcats TBD

Note: Pembina Valley hosted 2017 Esso Cup, Westman advance to Esso Cup West Regional

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