Season 51 of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League (MMJHL) is set to begin this week with the opening game scheduled for Tuesday. 16-time champion Charleswood Hawks host Transcona Railer Express in the first game while all 10 teams will see action throughout the week.
Sanctioned by Hockey Manitoba, the MMJHL is not classified as a Junior A or B league due to league player eligibility rules that permit the use of “over-age” players.
Two teams have dominated in recent years:
Pembina Valley Twisters captured the last Jack McKenzie Trophy (playoff champion) in 2019 and looked like a good candidate to repeat last season before the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the playoffs. The Twisters, who have posted back-to-back 35-win seasons also won the title in 2013.
Raiders Junior Hockey Club has been a force in recent years winning the McKenzie Trophy in 2014, 2017 and 2018. The Raiders also captured Art Moug Trophy (best regular season) in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Parity was seen during the 2019-20 season with third place and eighth separated by just 13 points. St. Vital Vics proved to be a contender finishing in second place, nine points back of the Twisters. 2016 champ Stonewall Jets finished with a +25 goal differential while Transcona were a streaky team capable of winning every night.
MMJHL teams – home arena
- Charleswood Hawks – Eric Coy Arena
- Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins – Century Arena
- Pembina Valley Twisters – Morris Multiplex
- Raiders Junior Hockey Club – Seven Oaks Sportsplex
- River East Royal Knights – Terry Sawchuk Memorial Arena
- St. Boniface Riels – Southdale Community Centre
- St. James Canucks – St. James Civic Centre Arena
- St. Vital Vics – St. Vital Centennial Arena
- Stonewall Jets – Veterans Memorial Sports Complex
- Transcona Railer Express – Ed Golding Memorial Arena
Find everything you need to know on the MMJHL website https://www.mmjhl.ca