The Frank McKinnon Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League player who has exhibited the best of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
Frank McKinnon was a giant in amateur hockey in Canada.
In 1979, he became the first chairman of the board of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (Hockey Canada), a post he would hold until 1982. His contributions to growing the game at the grassroots levels were immense. In 1981, he was awarded the Gordon Juckes Award for efforts in developing amateur hockey at the national level. Two years later he was named Hockey Canada’s Volunteer of the Year. He received a third award from Hockey Canada, the Order of Merit, in 1991. Named a Life Patron of Hockey Canada in 1993, and a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014. McKinnon served 18 years as a member, five years as President, of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association. He was a Vice-President and Director of the Sports Federation of Canada, a Vice-President of the Canadian Olympic Association, a Congress member of the International Ice Hockey Federation and a Trustee of the Centennial Cup, which he helped create. McKinnon was also the Commissioner of the MJHL for ten years.
1966-67 winner Butch Goring went on to a 16 year career in the National Hockey League, winning the NHL’s equivalent trophy the Lady Byng. And a member of the New York Islanders that won 4 consecutive Stanley Cups.
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