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The team was officially founded in 1935. This was the first year that an All-Newfoundland championship was awarded, and in subsequent years the Herder Memorial Trophy would become the coveted symbol of hockey supremacy on the island. Corner Brook defeated Grand Falls for the Western Newfoundland championship that year, and by March 27 they had been named All-Newfoundland champions after downing the St. John’s Guards in the capital to win the first Herder Memorial Trophy.
By the winter of 1940, Newfoundland, ruled by the British Commission of Government, was at war. A number of men from Corner Brook joined the service in the following five years and, obviously, both local and All-Newfoundland play suffered as a result.
From those humble beginnings, hockey players and organizers had proceeded to win an additional 8 Herders over the years, and be the first island team to win the Allan Cup, the symbol of Senior hockey supremacy throughout Canada.
The team had been members of the West Coast Senior Hockey League unitl it collapsed in 2011; with the formation of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League. The team was having a hard time making ends meet in Corner Brook to the point that live broadcasts of the games were discontinued with the hope of increasing attendance. The team relocated to Deer Lake and was renamed the Western Royals for the 2012-13 season in an effort to cut expenses as the Pepsi Centre was becoming too expensive for them to play in. This move only lasted two seasons as the team returned to the Pepsi Centre for what was to be the 2014-15 NSHL season but on June 1st, Corner Brook and three other members of the league withdrew and formed the Central/West Senior Hockey League.
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