WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League are excited to announce that they will be returning to the City of Winnipeg for the 2011/12 MJHL season. After playing at the St. Adolphe Community Centre and Arena last season, the Saints will return to Winnipeg and play out of the St. James Civic Centre.
The organization is entering their 45th season in the MJHL and the ownership group of one of the storied franchises in the league is excited to be back in Winnipeg. The Civic Centre has seating for 1,500 fans and is an ideal junior hockey facility. The Saints have played at the Civic Centre in April 2008 and 2010, when they captured the Addison Division title and advanced to the MJHL Championship series. The St. James Canadians played in the MJHL until the 2002/03 season and called the Civic Centre home.
"We're very excited to be returning to Winnipeg for the upcoming MJHL season," says Saints' G.M. and Head Coach David Anning. "The community of St Adolphe was very accommodating to us last season however we felt that it was important for our players and organization to return to Winnipeg. The move to the Civic Centre provides us with an opportunity to continue to play in a suitable junior hockey facility with all the amenities we require on site. We're excited to move forward at our new home."
"Throughout the process of ensuring the Saints had an arena to call home within the city limits, thanks have to go out to Clive Wightman and Phil Sheegl of the City of Winnipeg and Councillor Gord Steeves," added Anning. "As well, Tom Miller and the St James Canucks organization along with the St James Minor Hockey Association were all very helpful in working together to accommodate our transition."
As the Saints prepare for the upcoming MJHL Draft being held June 5th in Russell, MB, they will also begin their transition to the Civic Centre in preparation for their August Training Camp.