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.
IMAGE: Opening Game of Junior 'A' Hockey League October 30th, 1961
Former NHL player, Walter "Babe" Pratt, drops the puck between captains Dave Kowal (left) of Vernon and Bob Gruber (right) of Kelowna to open the Okanagan Junior Amateur Hockey League at Vernon's Civic Arena. Also in the photo is Wayne Dye (left rear) representing the Vernon Minor Hockey Association, CJIB broadcaster, Don Warner, and Vernon Mayor Frank Becker. Vernon Museum Collection: Vernon News Photo
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.