1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers Hockey Team
Inducted 1999

1956-57 Flin Flon BombersThe 1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers’ road to the Memorial Cup final was a relatively smooth one. From early December to mid-January, the team never gave up a point in the Saskatoon Junior Hockey League (SJHL) standings and clinched the league title by mid-February.

In the playoffs, they beat Humboldt four straight and won the final in six games over the Prince Albert Mintos. The next series with Edmonton Oil Kings of the WJHL had to begin immediately so the Bombers played their home games in Prince Albert. After splitting the first four games in the Bombers’ “home” rink, Flin Flon beat the Oil Kings two straight in Edmonton to clinch the series 4-2.

The Bombers were the first team from the SJHL to reach the Western junior final. They quickly showed that they belonged by beating Fort William Canadiens 4-2 in the first two games played in Flin Flon. They swept the series with 3-1 and 4-2 victories in Fort William. As allowed by CAHA regulations, the Bombers picked up back-up goalie Lynn Davis and defenceman Jean Gauthier from the Lakehead and centre Orland Kurtenbach from Prince Albert for the Memorial Cup.

Coming west for the Canadian championship was a powerhouse assembled by the Montreal Canadiens. Coached by Sam Pollock and assistant Scotty Bowman, the Ottawa Canadiens won the eastern final in five games over Guelph Biltmores.

The CAHA scheduled the first three games in Flin Flon with the balance in Regina, where Montreal sponsored the junior Pats. Game one was delayed for two days due to weather conditions, but the Bombers were ready for the heavily favoured easterners and went on to a 3-1 victory. The Canadiens won the next two games 4-3 and 5-2. The Bombers won game five 3-2.

Montreal Canadiens’ coach Toe Blake came west to watch the final after winning a second straight Stanley Cup. The easterners fought back to tie the series with a 4-2 victory in game six. On May 8, the Flin Flon Bombers brought the national championship west, for the first time since 1948, with a 3-2 victory.

The 1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers were also inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

Roster: Harvey Fleming, Carl Forster, Cliff Lennartz, Barry Beatty, Mike Kardash, Duane Rupp, George Konik, Mel Pearson, Ken Willey, Rod Lee, Wayne Sproxton, Ted Hampson (Capt.), George Wood, Lynn Davis, Jean Gauthier, Ron Hutchinson, Orland Kurtenbach, Pat Ginnell, Doug Dawson - General Manager, Bob Kirk - Coach, Hec McCaig - Trainer, Jim Wardle - Executive, Pinkie Davie - Executive, Ken Cunningham - Stickboy, Rees Jones - Stickboy, Dan McCaig -Mascot.

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