Thursday, May 12, 2022

Mustangs Relive 1996 Royal Bank Cup Loss To Vernon:

Twenty six years ago today, on May 12th

1996 The Vernon Vipers won their third National Championship, winning the Inaugural Royal Bank Cup shutting out the Host Melfort Mustangs 2-0. 

Sticks and Gas Podcast talks to former members of the 1996 Host Melfort Mustangs, a team that went 44-14-6 in the regular season and 4-0 (Round Robin) at the 1996 Royal Bank Cup before falling short in the final to Vernon. 

Here is the podcast link (Scroll down to Episode 1)

Sticks and Gas Podcast (

1996 Royal Bank Cup,

1996 Royal Bank Cup - Wikipedia

1995-96 was the first season for the Vernon franchise, under the "Vernon Vipers" after the team changed names from the Vernon Lakers to the Vernon Vipers in the summer of 1995. That 95/96 season the Vipers went 43-13-4 during the regular season before defeating Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley in the playoffs before knocking off Langley in the BCHL Finals. Vernon would sweep Prince George to win the Mowat Cup before knocking off the St. Albert Saints in seven games to win the Doyle Cup and advance to the 1996 Royal Bank Cup in Melfort, Saskatchewan. The Vipers finished 2-2 during the Round Robin, beat Newmarket in the Semi-finals to advance to the Finals vs Melfort.

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