Winnipeg Braves

Winnipeg Braves

The Winnipeg Braves were a Canadian Junior A hockey team from St. James, Manitoba. They were members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for 10 seasons. The Braves entered the MJHL in 1957 as an expansion team. They were owned by Jack Perrin Jr. and affiliated with his Winnipeg Warriors of the Western Hockey League. Team colors were black and orange, the same as the Warriors. In 59, Perrin affiliated all of his teams with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. In 66, the Team was rename the St. James Braves.

They played in the Winnipeg Arena because of its artificial ice, until the St. James Civic Centre opened in 1967. The Braves were crowned MJHL champions in 1959 and 1965, winning the Turnbull Cup. In 59, the Team went on to win the Abbott Cup as Western Canada Junior A Champions, and the Memorial Cup as Canada Junior A Champions. The 59 Braves were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. In 65, they advanced to the Western Canada Final for the Abbott Cup.

In the fall of 1967, Perrin would sell both his MJHL teams (Winnipeg Warriors) to Ben Hatskin. With the NHL mandating the end of professional teams sponsoring junior teams, the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association did not want the newly created major junior to do so either. Before granting Hatskin’s Jets permission to play in the Western Canada Junior League, demanded he sell his 3 MJHL teams to community-minded groups. The new owners renamed the franchise the St. James Canadians. This ended an era of junior hockey in Manitoba.

Season-by-Season RecordEdit

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Season League GP W L T GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1957-58 MJHL 30 13 16 1 144 135 27 3rd Lost Semi Final
1958-59 MJHL 31 22 7 2 177 111 46 1st Won League
1958-59 Memorial Cup 11 8 3 - 46 31 - - Won Abbott Cup
Memorial Cup 5 4 1 - 25 14 - - Won Memorial Cup
1959-60 MJHL 31 16 14 1 141 126 33 3rd Lost Semi Final
1960-61 MJHL 32 18 14 0 145 117 36 3rd Lost Semi Final
1961-62 MJHL 40 9 23 8 110 177 26 5th DNQ
1962-63 MJHL 39 14 22 3 127 156 31 4th Lost Semi Final
1963-64 MJHL 30 11 16 3 92 120 25 5th DNQ
1964-65 MJHL 45 27 13 5 184 140 59 1st Won League
1964-65 Memorial Cup 11 6 5 - 52 48 - - Lost West Final
1965-66 MJHL 48 20 24 4 207 219 44 3rd Lost Final
1966-67 MJHL 56 21 34 1 254 361 43 5th Lost Quarter Final

League RecordEdit

Season Player Category Amount
1958-59 Laurie Langrell Most Goals--Left Winger 42

Award Winners, League Leaders, & All-StarsEdit

Season Player Achievement
1957-58 Laurie Langrell First All-Star Team
Bill Allum First All-Star Team Coach
Al LeBlanc Second All-Star Team
1958-59 Laurie Langrell Scoring Champion
Most Goals
Al LeBlanc Most Assists
1959-60 Bob Leiter MVP
Most Assists (tied)
Second All-Star Team
John Ayotte Most Goals
Lew Mueller First All-Star Team
Bill Addison All-Star Team Manager
1960-61 Ernie Wakely Top Goals Against Average
First All-Star Team
Ken Stephanson First All-Star Team
1961-62 Jim Dixon Hockey Ability and Sportsmanship Award
Rick Best Second All-Star Team
Wayne Schultz Second All-Star Team (tied)
1962-63 Ted Irvine First All-Star Team
Rick Best Second All-Star Team
1963-64 Ted Irvine First All-Star Team
1964-65 Wayne Stephenson MVP
Top Goaltender Award
Top Goals Against Average
First All-Star Team
George Anderson Second All-Star Team
Brian Dyck Second All-Star Team
Bill Heindl Second All-Star Team
Dunc Rousseau Second All-Star Team
1965-66 Gerry Mazur Hockey Ability and Sportsmanship Award
Gord Malinoski First All-Star Team
George Anderson Second All-Star Team
Jim Woloshyn Second All-Star Team

NHL AlumniEdit

Bill Allum Gary Bergman Ted Green Bill Heindl
Howie Hughes Ted Irvine Bob Leiter John Marks
Wayne Stephenson John Stewart Andy Van Hellemond Ernie Wakely

NHL Draft PicksEdit

Draft Year Player Drafted by Round Overall
1963 Cam Allison New York Rangers 4 20
1968 Jim Benzelock Minnesota North Stars 1 5
John Marks Chicago Blackhawks 1 9
Bruce Buchanan New York Rangers 2 19
1969 Bruce Van Hellemond New York Rangers 4 47
Warren Harrison Oakland Seals 5 53
1970 John Stewart Pittsburgh Penguins 2 21
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