The Royals went on to repeat their championship victory again in 1981, after a nearly undefeated season. Summaries of games were reported in the weekly CFE newspaper Der Kanadier. Highlights include an 11-1 victory over the CFB Lahr Flyers on 18 November 1980, a 13-1 victory over the 1 R22eR team on 27 November 1980, and another 6-3 victory over the Flyers on 6 January 1981 (with their goalie facing 71 shots on net). A Remembrance Day Classic was held on 11 November 1980, where the Royals faced the 1st Canadian Air Group (1 CAG) Knights. The game was attended by special guest Brigadier-General Paul D. Manson, commander of 1 CAG, and the 3RCR Pipes and Drums band performed between periods. The Royals defeated the Knights 4-0.
To demonstrate the quality of Canadian sports instruction, the CFEHL hosted an annual exhibition game with the hockey team from one of the three Canadian military colleges. The Royals were selected to host the hockey team from le Collège militaire royal (CMR) for an exhibition game on 14 December 1980. The team from the Royal Military College of Canada had been hosted by the CFEHL the previous season.
The only loss in the Royals’ season came on 17 February 1981, in a 6-2 defeat by the Gunners. This game occurred too late in the season to affect official standings though, as the Royals had already guaranteed first place in the league with a 7-2 win over the Knights on 8 February, 1981. This victory is mentioned in the April 1981 edition of the regimental journal Pro Patria. A letter from 3RCR’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel R.P. Alden, CD featured the following message: “Regimental hockey fans can rest assured that the 3RCR Royals are still in a league leading and commanding position in the Canadian Forces Europe Senior Hockey League. To date, the Royals have lost only one game and with a little luck, give every indication of repeating as CFEHL Champions.”
In the semi-finals, the Royals defeated the Knights in two games to win the Base Championship. They went on to play the Gunners in the inter-base CFEHL final. The August 1981 edition of Pro Patria included an update from Lieutenant-Colonel Alden: “The inevitable result of a hard-fought Canadian Forces Europe hockey season was a 3 RCR Royals championship victory. Team Manager, Major J.A. Boyd, and Coach, Warrant Officer R.H. MacIntyre, directed their Royal Canadians through an exciting season of hockey action and finished up with a good effort at the Canadian Forces National Championships at Cold Lake, Alberta. Normal rotation will open a few holes in the Royal’s lineup next year; but it should also serve to draw some new blood into the system and add some fresh faces and young legs to the Royal’s colours.”