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St. John's Jr. 50's
City: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
League: St. John's Junior Hockey League
Operated: December 12, 1979-1993
Home Arena: Prince of Wales Arena
General Manager: John Martin, Doug O'Leary
Head Coach: Bas Whelan, John Fitzgerald, Don Quinn
Franchise history
1979-1980: St. John's Jr. Blue Caps
1980-1982: St. John's Guards
1982-1993: St. John's Jr. 50's

The St. John's Jr. 50's were a Canadian Junior ice hockey club from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. They were members of the St. John's Junior Hockey League, the first ever 3-time Don Johnson Cup Atlantic Junior B Champions and one-time Newfoundland Junior A Champions.

HistoryEdit

In 1980, the St. John's Junior Hockey League was formed. Prior to 1980, there was a junior town-league that was not of a very high caliber. The SJJHL would end up being one of the stronger Atlantic junior leagues in the 1980s, with the 50's leading the way by become the first 3-time Atlantic Junior B Champion.

In the old city league, the team was known as the St. John's Jr. Blue Caps, but gained a sponsorship from Labatt Breweries in 1980. In 1979-80, the Jr. Blue Caps lost only once and were winners of the Veitch Memorial Trophy as provincial champions.

In the summer of 1980, new St. John's League President Danny Williams (future Premier of the province) would not allow them to adopt a beer sponsored name, so they were known as the St. John's Guards after the Guards Athletic Association until 1982 when they became the Jr. 50's (after the beer).

In their second season as the Jr. 50's, the 50's lost the final to the St. John's Jr. Shamrocks, but met them again in the Veitch Memorial Trophy final for the right to move on to the Don Johnson Cup and beat them 6-5.

By their third season, the 50's had won their first league title, their second Veitch Memorial Trophy in a round robin against the St. John's Jr. Shamrocks, and then their first Don Johnson Cup by defeating the Northumberland Junior B Hockey League's Antigonish Bulldogs in the final.

In 1987, two seasons later, the 50's won their second league title, again won the Veitch Memorial Trophy as Newfoundland Junior Champions, and then the Windsor Valley Jets 9-5 in the Don Johnson Cup final to clinch their second Atlantic Championship.

In 1988, they made it a third league title and Atlantic Championship to cap off a memorable run.

In 1989, the St. John's Junior Hockey League was promoted to Junior A. In the process, the league shrunk from eight to an elite four team league. The 50's would survive this process. The 50's won the 1991 SJJHL title to become Newfoundland Junior A champions. As they moved on into National Playdowns, they competed against the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League's Halifax Canadians for the J. Pius Callaghan Cup Atlantic Junior A Championship. The Canadians swept the 50's in four games to end their Centennial Cup run.

The summer of 1991 saw the SJJHL return to Junior B. The 50's would win league titles in 1992 and 1993. In the summer of 1993, the 50's ceased operations and were replaced by the St. John's Jr. Caps.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1979-80 Statistics Missing Won VMT
1980-81 32 17 10 5 - 144 135 39 1st SJJHL
1981-82 32 6 25 1 - 91 272 13 5th SJJHL DNQ
1982-83 32 22 7 3 - 228 136 47 2nd SJJHL Lost Semi-final
1983-84 40 27 10 3 - 303 151 57 2nd SJJHL Lost Final, Won VMT
1984-85 35 28 3 4 - 289 117 60 1st SJJHL Won League, Won VMT, Won DJC
1985-86 28 20 4 4 - 187 138 44 2nd SJJHL
1986-87 30 25 5 0 - 221 120 50 1st SJJHL Won League, Won VMT, Won DJC
1987-88 32 26 5 1 - 302 130 53 1st SJJHL Won League, Won DJC
1988-89 42 19 22 1 - 245 224 39 6th SJJHL
1989-90 36 30 4 2 - 277 152 62 1st SJJHL
1990-91 34 21 12 1 - 212 156 43 1st SJJHL Won League
1991-92 27 22 3 2 - 188 82 46 1st SJJHL Won League
1992-93 39 32 7 0 - 286 148 64 1st SJJHL Won League

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Preceded by
Antigonish Bulldogs
Don Johnson Cup Champions
1985
Succeeded by
Mount Pearl Jr. Blades
Preceded by
Mount Pearl Jr. Blades
Don Johnson Cup Champions
1987 and 1988
Succeeded by
Sydney Millionaires
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