Hockey in Vernon started in 1898 with games between the Okanagan and Kootenay team. Then in 1903-04 the Vernon club captured the B.C. Sr. A championship, defeating Sandon. Again in 1912-13 they latched onto the Sr. A title, but then came World War I and hockey was in the doldrums until about 1924.
In 1960, a 18-member group, which included long time owner and manager Vern Dye, signed $300.00 notes and bought the Vernon Junior Canadians from owner Bill Brown for Vernon Minor Hockey.
The Vernon Jr. Canadians along with the Penticton Jr. Vees, Kelowna Buckaroos and Kamloops Jr. Rockets, four junior "B" teams, formed the Okanagan-Mainline Junior 'A' Hockey League in 1961 on the advise and determination of Canadians' owner Bill Brown. This was the Vernon Jr. Canadians and the Vernon franchises' inaugural season.
Statistics wise, it was not a very successful season for the Vernon Jr. Canadains ... success, was the fact, that they played their first season as a junior 'A' team.