Tuesday, May 12, 2015
25 Year's Ago Today....
The Lakers were only in the Centennial Cup because they were the hosts. New West, easily the best team in the country, went 52-3-4 in the BCHL regular season, beat the Interior Conference champion Lakers (who were 33-20-5) 4-2 in the league final, then won 12 straight games (including a 5-3 decision over Vernon in the round robin) to reach the Centennial Cup final.
The Lakers, who had 28 days off before the tournament, went 3-1 in the round robin (the first year the tournament went to five teams), and eliminated the Nipiwin Hawks of Saskatchewan 11-5 in their semifinal, setting up a rematch with the Royals and a showdown of, arguably, Canada’s top-two junior A squads.
This was the Lakers second straight Centennial Cup as Vernon would make it to a record four straight Centennial Cups from 1989-1992
Here’s a rundown on how the Lakers did through out the BCJHL Playoffs to advance to the teams second straight Centennial Cup.
Preliminary Roundrobin Series:
Vernon finished off with a record of 5-2.
BCJHL League Finals: New Westminster defeated Vernon 4-2
The Centennial Cup 1990 is the Tier II Junior "A" 1990 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.
The Centennial Cup was competed for by the winners of the Doyle Cup, Anavet Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, the Callaghan Cup, and a host city.
The tournament was hosted by the Vernon Lakers and Vernon, British Columbia.
The Playoffs: Round Robin
Rank Team League Ticket W-L GF GA
1 x-New Westminster Royals BCJHL Doyle Cup 4-0 28 8
2 x-Vernon Lakers BCJHL Host 3-1 19 9
3 x-Nipawin Hawks MJHL Anavet Cup 2-2 12 10
4 x-Longueuil College Francais QJAAAHL Dudley Hewitt Cup 1-3 12 24
5 Amherst Ramblers MJAHL Callaghan Cup 0-4 7 27
Note: x- denotes teams who have advanced to the semi-final.
Vernon Lakers defeated Longueuil Sieurs 6-1
Nipawin Hawks defeated Amherst Ramblers 4-3 in overtime
New Westminster Royals defeated Longueuil Sieurs 11-3
New Westminster Royals defeated Amherst Ramblers 9-0
Vernon Lakers defeated Nipawin Hawks 2-1 in overtime
Nipawin Hawks defeated Longueuil Sieurs 5-2
New Westminster Royals defeated Vernon Lakers 5-3
Vernon Lakers defeated Amherst Ramblers 8-2
Longueuil Sieurs defeated Amherst Ramblers 6-2
New Westminster Royals defeated Nipawin Hawks 3-2 for the Abbott Cup
New Westminster Royals 10
Longueuil Sieurs 4
Vernon Lakers 11
Nipawin Hawks 5
Cetennial Cup Final:
Vernon Lakers 6
New Westminster Royals 5
Please note: Final was won in overtime.
Most Valuable Player: Marc Alain Duchaine (Longueuil Sieurs)
Top Scorer: Kelly Jones (New Westminster Royals)
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Kelly Jones (New Westminster Royals)
Mark Karpen (New Westminster Royals)
David Oliver (Vernon Lakers)
Al Monitowy (Nipawin Hawks)
Andrew Wolf (New Westminster Royals)
Dean Zayonce (Vernon Lakers)
Lauren Belland (Nipawin Hawks)
Role of League Champions:
AJHL: Calgary Canucks
BCJHL: New Westminster Royals
CJHL: Hawkesbury Hawks
MJHL: Portage Terriers
MVJHL: Amherst Ramblers
NOJHL: Sudbury Cubs
PCJHL: Prince George Spruce Kings
QPJHL: Longueuil College Francais
SJHL: Nipawin Hawks
Vernon Lakers Playoff Roster:
Owner-GM Mel Lis
Head Coach Ed Johnstone
Assistant Coach Keith Chase