New Westminster Royals

The New Westminster Royals was the name of several professional ice hockey teams based in New Westminster, British Columbia, first established in 1911 for the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA). Though nominally based in New Westminster, the team played its home games at the Denman Arena in nearby Vancouver, as an arena was not available; the team would never play a PCHA home game in New Westminster as a result. They won the inaugural PCHA championship in 1912, though financial difficulties saw the team relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1914 and become the Portland Rosebuds.

New Westminster Royals
CityNew Westminster, British Columbia
Home arenaDenman Arena
Franchise history
1912–1914New Westminster Royals
1914–1918Portland Rosebuds
Regular season titles1 (1912)
Stanley Cups0


The first team played from 1912–1914 in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) which was established in 1911. The team was notable as it was the inaugural champion of the PCHA when the league first started out in 1912. It would be the only league championship the Royals would earn. Their home arena was the Denman Arena in Vancouver.

The name was revived for a club that played in the Pacific Coast Hockey League from 1945 to 1952 and the Western Hockey League from 1952 to 1959. The Royals won the President's Cup in 1949–1950 as PCHL champions.

The New Westminster Royals name was revived for a junior-level franchise in Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League in 1962, and later merged into the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. The BCJHL franchise played on-and-off from 1962 to 1991 in the years when the New Westminster Bruins were not playing.

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    • Coleman, Charles L. (1966), The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. I, 1893–1926 inc., National Hockey League
    • Whitehead, Eric (1980), The Patricks: Hockey's Royal Family, Toronto: Doubleday Canada, ISBN 0-385-15662-6

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