Centennial/Royal Bank Cup Tournament Recaps

DOCUMENT QUALIFIER:

The format of this web page is in direct response to the late Marty Knack of the former Canadian Junior Amateur Hockey League (CJAHL).

It was in late 2003 that I asked Marty if I could copy the information that he had accumulated and published on the CJAHL site. Not surprisingly Marty gave me permission and I have since tried to keep the information too as close to the original format as possible.

Thanks, Marty, for all you hard work, may you rest in peace, Paul C. Beugleing

Please note: that this Centennial Cup / Royal Bank Cup history document requires much more research, to complete the information, to an acceptable manner. If you can help with any additional scores, rosters, trophy winners, all-star teams, etc... I would sincerely appreciate your additions.

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VERNON Jr 'A' Hockey FRANCHISE SEASON HISTORY
email: vernonfranchise@shaw.ca

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PAUL FENDLEY DEDICATION

This historical publication is dedicated to PAUL FENDLEY of the 1972 Centennial Cup Champion Guelph CMCs. Fendley lost his life as a result of striking his head on the ice, after being checked and losing his helmet. The accident happened in the Cup final series against the Red Deer Rustlers. Hockey is an inherently physical game and occasionally catastrophic accidents will take place in spite of all attempts of risk management. Paul will always be remembered for playing well in a national championship and hopefully the memory of him will ensure every effort towards the Centennial Cup tournaments of the future to be safe ones.

The following two articles appeared in local papers on this subject:

May 8, 1972 ... GAME MISHAP FATAL FOR PAUL FENDLEY

Paul Fendley will be buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Norval, today. The 19 year old son of Phoebe Hunter Collins and the late Norman Fendley died in Kitchener-Waterloo General Hospital Monday from a head injury received in a Centennial Cup junior hockey game in Guelph, Friday night.

With his team playing short-handed, Fendley was checked by a player from the Red Deer Rustlers after nine minutes of the third period. He was knocked off balance and spun around trying to stay on his skates. He lost his protective helmet as he fell, striking the back of his head with full impact.

Fendley was leading scorer on the Guelph CMC's of the Southern Ontario Hockey Association Junior 'A' League who went on to win the game and the cup.

A Georgetown resident, he played his minor hockey here before playing for the Brantford Majors two years ago in the SOHA Junior 'A' League during the 1970–71 season.

In that year he scored 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 20 games. On January 9 he was involved in a trade which moved him to Guelph.

With the CMC's he scored 10 goals and 15 assists in 23 games.

A center, Fendley was Guelph's leading scorer in the 26 game playoff series netting 14 goals and assisting on 18 others for 32 points.

In an 8&ndsah;4 victory he scored five goals and two assists."He would have had a good future in the game", said Guelph general manager Brent Madill. "He would have been a draft prospect for the National Hockey League".

He never regained consciousness after falling to the ice in the third period of the final game and suffering what doctors at the game said was a fractured skull.

Paul leaves his mother, a sister Bonnie (Mrs Fattore) of Hamilton, and a brother Tom at home.

Funeral service today is at Norval Presbyterian Church.

May 8, 1992 ... REMEMBERING DEATH ON ICE
by Rob Massey, Mercury Sports Editor

Twenty years ago today, hockey fans in Guelph wanted to celebrate.

They wanted to celebrate, but they just couldn't. It wouldn't be right. They had this hollow feeling in their stomachs that just wouldn't go away.

On May 8, 1972, 19 year old Paul Fendley of Georgetown succumbed to injuries suffered 73 hours earlier at Memorial Gardens in the Guelph CMC's Centennial Cup winning game.

"It was sad, real sad," recalls Joe Holody. "It was areal fluke but as it turned out, it wasn't that much of a fluke."

Midway through the third period of Guelph's 3-0 win over the Red Deer Rustlers - a win that completed a four game sweep of the Canadian Junior 'A' final for Guelph's first Centennial Cup win - Fendley was injured in a freak accident.

With the CMC's playing a man short and Fendley trying to waste as much of that penalty time as possible, he was spun around by a routine check near the penalty box by Red Deer's Doug Lindskog. Fendley was knocked off balance by the check and fell to the ice, although he tried to retain possession of the puck. However, the ill-fated player lost his helmet in the collision and the back of his head smacked the ice surface.

"I was sitting right there by the penalty box," says Holody. "He was checked, flew up in the air and landed on his head."

Fendley was examined immediately by team physician Dr. Don Fraser before being taken unconscious to Guelph General Hospital. Fendley was rushed from there to Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital were he died three days later.

There had been talk prior to Fendley's injury that the CMC's, as Canadian Junior 'A' Champions, would challenge for the right to participate in the Memorial Cup tournament for the national major junior championship. Those plans, though, were abandoned.

"No matter what would've happened, it would've been a sad, sad situation," says Holody. "The players didn't feel like playing and there wouldn't have been much to celebrate if we had won."

"It was dampened," remembers Len Gaudette, who was a member of the CMC's executive and would later become general manager of the club. "It was quite a bit of a shock."

Fendley had been an integral part of the CMC's championship-winning team. He had started the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League season with Brantford before being obtained by the Royal City squad in a mid-season trade. He netted 20 goals and 24 assists during the regular season, but became the team's scoring leader in the playoffs when he collected 14 goals and 18 assists.

"At the funeral as everybody went by, one of his team-mates slipped the championship puck into the casket so he was buried with it," says Gaudette.

Although Fendley had nothing concrete as far as the NHL was concerned, it was thought that his future was bright. NHL scouts had been impressed with his improvement during his junior career and he had received scholarship offers from a couple of American universities.

"I think he had potential," said Holody. "I think he would have made it in the NHL."

While Fendley is remembered for his hockey exploits, Gaudette remembers him for his personality."He was a very nice person," says Gaudette. "He wasn't the type who was getting upset and swearing all the time. He was the kind that parents would be proud to bring up."

While the memory of that dark moment in Guelph hockey history might have faded, the memory of the teenaged hockey player who passed away before his time has not.

Holody, whose teams would win the Centennial Cup later in the decade after he kept junior 'A' hockey in the Royal City alive,pays tribute to Fendley on any team he sponsors, regardless of the age group.

"We've never used his number 18 in any game after that - in any team I've sponsored since then, it's always been part of the deal," stated Holody. "We've never used his number."

A portrait of Fendley hangs in the lobby of Memorial Gardens and a scholarship in his memory is awarded annually by the Guelph Platers' Junior 'B' squad.

The Centennial Cup


The Manitoba Centennial Cup

The Manitoba Centennial Trophy was presented to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) by the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association to commemorate their centennial year of 1970. It was in that year that the CAHA reconfigured their junior tier, creating two separate classifications - Major Junior and Junior "A." The Major Junior class encompassed the teams that made up the "Canadian Major Junior Hockey League" while the Junior "A" section included the remaining junior teams within the association. With the Memorial Cup established as a trophy exclusively for teams in the "Canadian Major Junior Hockey League", the Centennial Cup served as the trophy for the champions of this new Junior "A" division.

The Red Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League defeated the Charlottetown Islanders in 1971 to claim the inaugural Canadian Junior A Championship and Manitoba Centennial Trophy, often referred to as the "Centennial Cup."

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CENTENNIAL CUP TOURNAMENT RECAPS



West vs East, in a best-of-seven series.

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Central Region added, round-robin, top two play in a best-of-seven series.

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The Royal Bank Cup

The Royal Bank Cup

In May of 1996, the Vernon Vipers defeated the Melfort Mustangs winning the inaugural Royal Bank Cup in Melfort, Saskatchewan, continuing the fine tradition of a National Junior ‘A’ Championship. Each league across Canada sends their championship club to a regional qualifier, playing for the right to represent the region at the Royal Bank Cup tournament.


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ROYAL BANK CUP TOURNAMENT RECAPS

 

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