Monday, January 21, 2019
The New Westminster Bruins accomplished something no other team has done before, or since. In 1978, the Bruins made their fourth consecutive Memorial Cup appearance, but not only did they appear four (4) years in a row, they made the final. Winning the WHL championships four (4) years in a row is something spectacular, and the Bruins fell short of a Memorial Cup, by just one game back to back years. In 1977 however, the team won their first Memorial Cup, when the tournament was hosted in Vancouver. New Westminster came back in 1978, their fourth consecutive appearance, and won the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive time. Dynasties are rarely seen in sport, but are even rarer in junior hockey. Because of the age cap in junior, there is a high turnover of players, making it difficult to produce a winning team every season. The Bruins however, did just that, producing a winning team four (4) season in a row. The 1977-78 New Westminster Bruins team was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 2015 the teams story was featured on the Hockey Hall of Fame’s website.