1989 Centennial Cup

The 1989 Centennial Cup is the 19th Junior "A" 1989 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

1989 Manitoba Centennial Cup
Centennial Cup Logo Late 80s.png
Tournament details
DatesMay 1989
Venue(s)Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svgThunder Bay Flyers (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svgSummerside Western Capitals
Third place Bronze medal blank.svgMoncton Hawks
Fourth placeVernon Lakers
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Scoring leader(s)Greg Johnson (Thunder Bay)
MVPTodd Hendersen (Thunder Bay)
Ornate gold-plated bowl mounted on a wooden plinth atop a two-tier rectangular wooden base adorned with name plates
The Centennial Cup

The Centennial Cup was competed for by the winners of the Abbott Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, the Callaghan Cup, and a host city.

The tournament was hosted by the Summerside Western Capitals in the city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

The PlayoffsEdit

The Thunder Bay Flyers were coached by Dave Siciliano, and won the United States Hockey League regular season and playoffs in 1989.[1] The Flyers began the Canadian playoffs undefeated in eight games with series victories versus the Sudbury Cubs and the Pembroke Lumber Kings to win the Dudley Hewitt Cup.[1][2] Siciliano recalled that the Flyers were not given respect in advance of the 1989 Centennial Cup, and said that "the host Summerside team commented at the coaches press conference that Thunder Bay couldn't be very strong since they played in an American-based league".[2] During the round-robin stage of the tournament, the Flyers earned wins versus the Vernon Lakers and Moncton Hawks, and lost to the Summerside Western Capitals.[1][2] The Flyers earned a berth in the cup finals based on goal difference among three teams tied for first place, then defeated Summerside by a 4–1 score in the final game to win the Centennial Cup.[2] The Centennial Cup championship was the first for any team from Northwestern Ontario.[1]

Round RobinEdit

Rank Team League Ticket W-L GF GA
1 # Thunder Bay Flyers USHL Dudley Hewitt Cup 2-1 18 9
2 x Moncton Hawks MVJHL Callaghan Cup 2-1 13 11
3 x Summerside Western Capitals IJHL Host 2-1 13 14
4 Vernon Lakers BCJHL Abbott Cup 0-3 8 18

Note: # - denotes team advanced to the final.

Note: x - denotes teams who have advanced to the semi-final.


Thunder Bay Flyers defeated Vernon Lakers 8-2
Summerside Western Capitals defeated Thunder Bay Flyers 5-4
Moncton Hawks defeated Vernon Lakers 5-2
Moncton Hawks defeated Summerside Western Capitals 6-3
Thunder Bay Flyers defeated Moncton Hawks 6-2
Summerside Western Capitals defeated Vernon Lakers 5-4 double overtime

Semi and FinalsEdit

Semi-finals Centennial Cup Finals
1 Thunder Bay Flyers 4
3 Summerside Western Capitals 1
2 Moncton Hawks 2
3 Summerside Western Capitals 3

Please note: Semi- Final was won in 14:51 of 3rd overtime period


Most Valuable Player: Todd Hendersen (Thunder Bay Flyers)
Top Scorer: Greg Johnson (Thunder Bay Flyers)
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Cam Sylven (Vernon Lakers)

All-Star TeamEdit


Greg Johnson (Thunder Bay Flyers)
Ken Murchison (Summerside Western Capitals)
Jason Bortolussi(Thunder Bay Flyers)


Rodney Gallant (Summerside Western Capitals)
Stephane Duval (Moncton Hawks)


Darin Baker (Moncton Hawks)

Roll of League ChampionsEdit

AJHL: Red Deer Rustlers
BCJHL: Vernon Lakers
CJHL: Pembroke Lumber Kings
IJHL: Summerside Western Capitals
MJHL: Winnipeg South Blues
MVJHL: Moncton Hawks
NOJHL: Sudbury Cubs
PCJHL: Williams Lake Mustangs
QPJHL: Longueuil Collège Français
SJHL: Humboldt Broncos

Related linksEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Imrie, Diane (April 12, 2018). "Reliving the years when Flyers were buzzing". The Chronicle-Journal. Thunder Bay, Ontario. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "National Jr. A Championship Rewind: Thunder Bay Flyers celebrated initial national Jr. A title 30 years ago". Canadian Junior Hockey League. May 19, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2021.

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