From 1955 through 1964, 10 straight years, the Winnipeg Maroons were Manitoba’s only senior A hockey team. It was automatic, they represented Manitoba in Allan Cup playoffs. In 56-57, when the Maroons did not compete, Manitoba had no representative. During this time span the Maroons played a make shift schedule, representing Manitoba nine times, and winning three Patton Cups, as Western Canada Champion.
After the 64 season, the Maroons joined with the Canadian National Team, who had just relocated to Winnipeg. Needing an Allan Cup representative, Manitoba turned to the Manitoba Intermediate AA Hockey League.
For 65-66, the Manitoba Senior Hockey League was reborn, and the Maroons were back. The League lasted six seasons, but in its final season, only half of the Leagues 4 teams register as Seniors. The other half as Intermediate. This caused the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association to pull the Provincial Championship.
The Maroons return was shorted lived, lasting only 2 seasons, before the team relocated to St. Boniface, becoming the St. Boniface Mohawks. The Maroons left as Manitoba champs in 67, and in 68, the Mohawks continued the winning tradition capturing both the Manitoba Championship, and the Western Canada title in their inaugural season. The Mohawks would go on to win 3 Manitoba Championships in their first 4 seasons.
During the next four years, 1972-75, the Mohawks played off only once, against the East Kildonan Screaming Eagles in 73, for the Provincial crown. Representing Manitoba all four years, and winning the Patton Cup in 73.
In 76, the creation of the Central Amateur Senior Hockey League ushered in a new era of stability. The League existed for 16 seasons, crowning Manitoba’s champ in each of them. CASHL teams captured 7 Patton Cups,
the Steinbach Huskies were the first in 79, followed by a pair from St. Boniface in 81 & 83. The powerhouse Thunder Bay Twins not only collected Pattons, but Allan Cups as well. Winning both in 84, 85, 88, & 91.
At it's demise, the Central Amateur Senior Hockey League was Canada’s last true Senior Hockey League.
For the next three years, 1992-94, the Warroad Lakers and the St. Boniface Mohawks played off for the Provincial Championship, Warroad won all three. Both played an exhibition schedule during the regular season. Prior to the 93-94 season, the Mohawks announced that ‘this year would be their last’. Warroad hosted the 94 Allan Cup, both the Lakers and Mohawks qualified and met in the championship game. Warroad won the Cup.
St. Boniface Mohawks in 27 years, represented Manitoba 14 times in Allan Cup play, winning 4 Patton Cups.
In 95 & 96, tournaments were held to crown a Provincial champion, with Warroad winning both. The Lakers would win their last championship in 97, defeating the Ile des Chenes North Stars in a Provincial playoff.
Warroad Lakers won three straight Allan Cups and were gunning for a four peat in their 50th and last year.
Ile des Chenes would represent Manitoba for the next two years, the province’s only senior team in 1998, and winning a play-off in 99 with Peguis Mohawks.
This category of hockey was called:
- Senior A (???? to 1983)
Currently Senior AAA, since 1983
Manitoba Senior Hockey ChampionsEdit
Pattison Cup, first awarded in 1902.
Note: 1923 to 1925 & from 1928 to 1929 this was a combined Manitoba / Northwest Ontario championship.
Man/Sask Senior ChampionsEdit
Western Canada Senior Hockey ChampionsEdit
Patton Cup (1925 to 1991)
|1925||Port Arthur Bearcats||1928||University of Manitoba||1929||Port Arthur Bearcats|
|1931||Winnipegs||1961||Winnipeg Maroons||1963||Winnipeg Maroons|
|1964||Winnipeg Maroons||1968||St. Boniface Mohawks||1973||St. Boniface Mohawks|
|1979||Steinbach Huskies||1981||St. Boniface Mohawks||1983||St. Boniface Mohawks|
|1984||Thunder Bay Twins||1985||Thunder Bay Twins||1988||Thunder Bay Twins|
|1991||Thunder Bay Twins||Cup retired after the 1991 playoffs|
Canada Senior Hockey ChampionsEdit
- Central Amateur Senior Hockey League (1976-91)
- Manitoba Senior Hockey League (1966-70)
- Manitoba Intermediate AA Hockey League (1965)
- Manitoba Senior Hockey League (1953-54)
- Manitoba Senior Hockey League (1947-48)
- Winnipeg Senior Services Hockey League (1943)
- Winnipeg Active Services Hockey League (1942)
- Winnipeg Big Four Hockey League (1937)
- Manitoba Senior Hockey League (1933-34)
- Thunder Bay-Manitoba Hockey League (1928-29)
- Manitoba Senior Hockey League (1927)
- Winnipeg Senior Hockey League (1919)
Note: ( ) Reflects years not seasons, years reflect awarding of Manitoba Championship. (list: 1918 to 2019)
- Manitoba East Hockey League (2009)
- South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League (1995-96), (2001), (2006)
- Carillon Senior Hockey League (2005-06)
- Hanover Tache Hockey League (1995-05)
- North Central Hockey League (2002-05)
- South Interlake Hockey League (2001)
- Eastman Hockey League (1999-00)
- Canadian Central Hockey League (1972-74)
- Manitoba Senior Hockey League (1971)
- Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (1963-64), (1969), (1971)
- States-Dominion Hockey League (1950 & 1951)
- Manitoba-Thunder Bay Senior Hockey League (1949)
- Manitoba Senior B Hockey League (1949)
- Winnipeg Commercial Hockey League (1946)
- Winnipeg Active Services Hockey League (1941)
- Winnipeg Military Reserve Hockey League (1941)
- Winnipeg and District Senior Hockey League (1939 & 1940)
- Winnipeg Military Hockey League (1940)
- Winnipeg and District Senior B Hockey League (1936)
- Manitoba Senior Hockey League (1935)
- Winnipeg Senior Hockey League (1930-32)
- Western Manitoba Hockey League (1930-32)
- Winnipeg and District Intermediate Hockey League (1926)
- Manitoba Senior Hockey League (1920-25)
- Winnipeg Senior Hockey League (1922 & 1923)
- Winnipeg Senior Hockey League (1920)
- Winnipeg Military Hockey League (1918)
- Brandon Military Hockey League (1918)
Notes: ( ) Reflects years not seasons, years reflect League Team(s) involvement. (list: 1939 to 2016)