Deloraine Royals celebrate 50 years

The Deloraine Royals Senior Hockey team came into being for the 1968-69 Southwest Hockey League season. Prior to this season a Senior team had operated out of Deloraine for three years called the Deloraine Wheat Kings. They were a team managed out of Brandon that played their home games in Deloraine. In 1968-69 the Deloraine Royals formed and participated in the South Division of the Southwest Hockey League along with the Boissevain Border Kings, Pierson Bruins, Waskada Comets, Killarney Shamrocks and Brandon University. The Souris Elks, one of the original SWHL teams had taken a leave of absence in 68-69 before returning to the league the following year. The first contact for the Royals was Fred Dujardin and some of the original players on that first squad were: Dunc Mills, Gary Ewen, Dennis Olischefski, Wayne Coxworth, Bob Clelland, Mike Lane, Ken McGee, Lyle Franklin, Robin Couvier, Don Lane, Bill Willox, Wayne Wilson, Fred Dujardin and Denis Vandoorne. In the mid to late seventies, the Royals established a League record which has since been surpassed of six straight Southwest League Titles. They brought home another pennant in 1982. Most recently the Royals won back to back Tiger Hills League Championships in 2014 and 2015. In 2014 they followed up their League Title with. Provincial Championship at the Manitoba Cup.

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  To commemorate 50 straight years of Deloraine Royals Senior Hockey, a series of 50th Anniversary Events will be taking place on the weekend of January 11 and 12, 2019. The current Royals’ team will be hosting another original Southwest League Team, the Souris Elks for a THHL League game on Friday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. Preceding the game there will be a short presentation and ceremonial puck drop. Following the contest a “Meet and Greet” will be held for current and former Royals personnel at the Rendezvous Restaurant. On Saturday afternoon, January 12, two alumni games for former Royals will be featured at the Doc Bonar Arena. Admission for spectators is free. A 1:00 p.m. contest will feature former Royals in the 50-plus bracket while a 3:00 p.m. game showcases Royals’ alumni ages 30-50. That evening a banquet will be held at the new community complex for current and former Royals players and management along with their spouses or significant others. A social evening with music by “The Beetles”, a tribute band out of Brandon, will follow at the complex at 9:00 p.. Tickets for the social will be available to the general public in December.

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