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New Westminister Bruins (WCHL)
1974-75 to 1977-78
New Westminister Bruins (WCHL) - 1974-75 to 1977-78

"I reached out to tap him [linesman Harv Hildebrandt] on the head and my hand caught in his hair. He was wearing a toupee which came off in my hand, so I just dropped it on the ice. The funny thing is that Harv reached down and put it on backwards." - coach Ernie McLean in 1976 (league was not amused and ordered McLean to post a $5,000 personal performance bond)

Coach Ernie McLean once threw an opposition's water bottle at the referee with no one looking. The name of the opposing team was written on the bottle and hence the team received a penalty. McLean's team scored on the subsequent powerplay

The Bruins' two standout defensemen - Beck and Maxwell - were drafted 2nd and 7th overall in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft

The franchise moved to Kamloops in 1981 and became the Kamloops Junior Oilers.

  Memorial Cups: 2 consecutive

Memorial Cup Appearances: 4 consecutive (league record)

Regular Season Winning %: .663

Individual Trophy Winners: 9

Individuals Selected To Memorial Cup All-Star Team: 9

Key Contributors: Barry Beck, Fred Berry, Mark Lofthouse, Brad Maxwell, John Ogrodnick, Harry Phillipoff, Barry Smith, Stan Smyl, Carey Walker, Brian Young

Key Team Records:
Most Points: 112 in 1975-76
Fewest Home Losses, One Season: 0 in 1973-74 (league record)

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