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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", al Trophy 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."
- Red Deer Rustlers (1971 Abbott Cup champions)
- Charlottetown Islanders (1971 Hewitt-Dudley Memorial Trophy champions)
Role of League ChampionsEdit
- AJHL: Red Deer Rustlers
- BCJHL: Victoria Cougars
- CJHL: Ottawa M&W Rangers
- MJHL: St. Boniface Saints
- MarJHL: Charlottetown Islanders
- NBJHL: Moncton Hawks
- NOJHA: Sudbury Wolves
- SJHL: Weyburn Red Wings
- SOJAHL: Detroit Jr. Red Wings
- TBJHL: Thunder Bay Marrs