VERNON JR. CANADIANS

A BRIEF HISTORY OF AREA HOCKEY

BEGINNINGS

The Vernon region has had a rich and storied hockey history, with the first teams being organized in the late 1890's.

The senior teams of the area had won the Coy Cup, BC Championship, with Enderby winning the first in 1923, Vernon won three straight and Lumby won a few times in the 1930's.

Vernon Senior hockey continued into the '40's and '50's with the Okanagan Senior Hockey League beign formed during this time, it included teams from Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton.

The league folded in 1961 but, not before some noteable players emerged. One such player, whom many Vernon Jr. A hockey fans will recognize, was Norman "Odie" Lowe Jr. Odie would, after retiring from senior hockey, become a long time coach of the Vernon Jr. A teams.

As far a junior age teams go there were the BX Monarchs of the late 1930's, the Hydrophones Midgets and the Vernon Bombers Juniors of the early 1940's

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VERNON JR. CANADIANS

JUNIOR AMATEUR 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.

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SEASON OVERVIEW

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VERNON JUNIOR CANADIANS
Season League
Regular Season Playoffs
Rank GP W L T PTs GF GA GP W L GF GA Result / Series-Score / Opponent
1961-62 OMJHL 4th 29 7 21 1 15 95 182 5 2 3 - -
Lost Semifinals, 2-3 (Kelowna)

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