Kingston Frontenacs


Kingston Frontenacs

Hockey team |CAN_eng=1
team = Kingston Frontenacs

city = Kingston, Ontario
league = Ontario Hockey League
conference = Eastern
division = East
founded = 1989–90
arena = K-Rock Centre
colours = Black, White & Gold
coach = Larry Mavety
GM = Larry Mavety
affiliates = Kingston Voyageurs
name1 = Kingston Victorias
dates1 = 1945–52
name2 = Kingston Frontenacs
dates2 = 1952–73
name3 = Kingston Canadians
dates3 = 1973–88
name4 = Kingston Raiders
dates4 = 1988–89
name5 = Kingston Frontenacs
dates5 = 1989-Present
The Kingston Frontenacs are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League, based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada at the K-Rock Centre. The Frontenacs have also been known as the Kingston Canadians and the Kingston Raiders.

History

The "Frontenacs" name has been long associated with hockey in the Kingston area. Four other teams have been known as the Frontenacs.

The city had a team in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Jr. league in the 1910s. There was also an Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Sr. League team from the 1910s to 1940s, followed by an entry in the Ontario Veteran's Hockey League (OVHL) during World War II. From 1959 to 1963 there was also a team in the Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL).

The origin of the name "Frontenacs" comes from Louis de Buade de Frontenac, governor of New France who established Fort Frontenac on the site of present-day Kingston. The area surrounding Kingston is Frontenac County.

Kingston Canadians

The Kingston Canadians arrival in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) for the 1973–74 season, was a result of the Montreal Junior Canadiens switch to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 1972. During the summer of 1972, the QMJHL had threatened a lawsuit against the OHA to force the Junior Canadiens to return to the Quebec-based league. To solve the problem, the OHA granted the Junior Canadiens franchise a "one-year suspension" of operations, while team ownership transferred the team and players into the QMJHL, renaming themselves the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge in the process.

The OHA then reactivated the suspended franchise after a one year hiatus, under new ownership and with new players, calling the team the Kingston Canadians. The new Kingston team was essentially an expansion franchise promoted from the OHA's Tier II league, that had only common name to share with the old Junior Canadiens. The Tier II Frontenacs originated in the Eastern Junior B Hockey League and date back to at least the early 1940s as the Kingston Victorias. However, in some OHA histories (such as the annual Media Guide) the Kingston team is still shown as the legitimate successors of the Junior Canadiens' legacy.

Kingston Raiders

Following a change in ownership the club was renamed Kingston Raiders for one season in 1988–89. Due to ownership problems, the team was sold again following that season.

Birth of OHL Frontenacs

In 1989 the new ownership, including Wren Blair and Bob Attersley, renamed the team Kingston Frontenacs after the EPHL team of which they had both been members. The uniforms and logos were revived from the old franchise. The city embraced and welcolmed the new ownership.

Wren Blair and Bob Attersley were both hockey legends in their own right. In 1997 Wren Blair would be honoured with the Bill Long Award for distinguished service in the OHL.

The club was sold to the Springer family of Kingston in June 1998, with Doug Springer becoming the Owner and Governor.

Championships

The Frontenacs franchise is in quest of its first J. Ross Robertson Cup and first Memorial Cup. The 1992–93 OHL season was the closest the team has come to either, where they lost the conference final to Peterborough. Had the Frontenacs won the conference that year, they would have also qualified for the Memorial Cup playing in the finals versus the host S.S.Marie Greyhounds.

The lone division title won by the Frontenacs was in the 1994–95 season where the team won the OHL East Division, represented by the Leyden Trophy. The Kingston franchise has the second-longest championship drought in the OHL (second to the Sudbury Wolves by one year), and the fourth-longest in the Canadian Hockey League.

Coaches

Larry Mavety has coached the Frontenacs for most of the team's history. He was the coach and general manager of the Frontenacs for six years before stepping aside as coach in 2003 to concentrate on the general manager role. Mavety also was the Matt Leyden Trophy as he OHL Coach of the Year in 1989–1990. Mavety returned to coaching 12 games into the 2007–08 season on an interim basis after Bruce Cassidy was relieved of his duties.

In 2003, Jim Hulton returned to his home town to become coach of the Frontencs. He played OHL hockey in Kingston with the Kingston Raiders team of 1988–89.

The Kingston Frontenacs have had one coach go on to the NHL as a coach and former NHL player. Dave Allison played with the Montreal Canadiens for 3 games in 1983–1984, and coached the Ottawa Senators for part of the 1995–1996 season.

Bruce Cassidy was announced as the new Frontenacs coach on July 12, 2006. He is a former NHL player with the Chicago Black Hawks, and previously coached the Washington Capitals.

List of Coaches

"(Multiple years in parentheses, totals include all incarnations of the Kingston franchise)"


*1973–1975 Jack Bownass (2)
*1975–1982 Jim Morrison (7)
*1982–1983 Rod Graham
*1983–1985 Rick Cornacchia (2)
*1985–1985 Jim Dorey (2)
*1985–1987 Fred O'Donnell (2)
*1987–1988 Jacques Tremblay
*1988–1988 Jim Dorey (2)
*1988–1990 Larry Mavety (9)

*1990–1991 Randy Hall
*1991–1992 Paul Cook
*1992–1994 Dave Allison (2)
*1994–1997 Gary Agnew (3)
*1997–2003 Larry Mavety (9)
*2002–2003 Greg Bignell
*2003–2006 Jim Hulton (3)
*2006–2008 Bruce Cassidy (2)
*2007–2008 Larry Mavety (9)

Players

Paul Coffey is the only former member of the Kingston franchise to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, getting the honour in 2004. In 1977–1978, Coffey played for the Kingston Canadians, as a late season addition from the North York Rangers. He played 8 regular reason games and 5 playoff games with the Canadians.

Retired numbers

* # 17 David Ling [ [http://www.kingstonfrontenacs.com/multimedia/2007-09-21-davidling.html] ]

Four other numbers have been "honoured" from the Kingston Canadians, although they are not retired and remain in use. (#5 Mike O'Connell, #7 Tony McKegney, #10 Brad Rhiness, #14 Ken Linseman)

Award winners

CHL Player of the Year
*1994–95 David Ling

CHL Goaltender of the Year
*1999–00 Andrew Raycroft

Bobby Smith Trophy
Scholastic Player of the Year
*1985–86 Chris Clifford

Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy
Humanitarian of the Year
*1992–93 Keli Corpse
*2007-08 Peter Stevens

Dave Pinkney Trophy
Lowest Team G.A.A.
*1989–90 Jeff Wilson & Sean Gauthier

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
OHL Scoring Champion
*1983–84 Tim Salmon

Emms Family Award
Rookie of the Year
*1991–92 Chris Gratton

F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Lowest Rookie G.A.A.
*1988–89 Jeff Wilson

Jack Ferguson Award
First Overall Draft Pick
*1985 Bryan Fogarty
*1988 Drake Berehowsky

Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
Top Scoring Right Winger
*1994–95 David Ling

Max Kaminsky Trophy
Most Outstanding Defenceman
*1974–75 Mike O'Connell
*1997–98 Chris Allen

OHL Goaltender of the Year
*1994–95 Tyler Moss
*1999–00 Andrew Raycroft

Red Tilson Trophy
Most Outstanding Player
*1994–95 David Ling
*1999–00 Andrew Raycroft

William Hanley Trophy
Most Sportsmanlike Player
*1983–84 Kevin Conway
*1997–98 Matt Bradley
*1999–00 Mike Zigomanis

First round draft picks

The Kingston franchise has had several players selected in the first round of the NHL draft.
*Alex Forsyth – 18th overall, Washington Capitals, 1975 Draft
*Mark Suzor – 17th overall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1976 Draft
*Mike Crombeen – 5th overall, Cleveland Barons, 1977 Draft
*Mike Gillis – 5th overall, Colorado Rockies, 1978 Draft
*Behn Wilson – 6th overall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1978 Draft
*Ken Linseman – 7th overall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1978 Draft
*Jay Wells – 16th overall, Los Angeles Kings, 1979 Draft
*Rik Wilson – 12th overall, St. Louis Blues, 1980 Draft
*Mike Stothers – 21st overall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1980 Draft
*Roger Belanger – 16th overall, Pittsburgh Penguins, 1984 Draft
*Scott Metcalfe – 20th overall, Edmonton Oilers, 1985 Draft
*Bryan Fogarty – 9th overall, Quebec Nordiques, 1987 Draft
*Scott Pearson – 6th overall, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1988 Draft
*Drake Berehowsky – 10th overall, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1990 Draft
*Chris Gratton – 3rd overall, Tampa Bay Lightning, 1993 Draft
*Brett Lindros – 9th overall, New York Islanders, 1994 Draft
*Chad Kilger – 4th overall, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 1995 Draft
*Kevin Grimes – 26th overall, Colorado Avalanche, 1997 Draft
*Anthony Stewart – 25th overall, Florida Panthers, 2003 Draft
*Chris Stewart – 18th overall, Colorado Avalanche, 2006 Draft

NHL alumni

:"Kingston Canadians"


*Perry Anderson
*Scott Arniel
*Roger Belanger
*Neil Belland
*Phil Bourque
*Gord Buynak
*Jeff Chychrun
*Chris Clifford
*Paul Coffey
*Mike Crombeen
*Peter Dineen
*Brian Dobbin
*Peter Driscoll

*Richie Dunn
*Todd Elik
*Bryan Fogarty
*Mike Forbes
*Alex Forsyth
*Mike Gillis
*Ron Handy
*Greg Holst
*Greg Hotham
*Scott Howson
*Tim Kerr
*Marc Laforge
*Ken Linseman

*Darren Lowe
*Tom McCarthy
*Tony McKegney
*Scott Metcalfe
* Mike Moffat
*Kirk Muller
*Craig Muni
*Bernie Nicholls
*Mike O'Connell
*Scott Pearson
*Rob Plumb
*Walt Poddubny
*Paul Pooley

*Herb Raglan
*Moe Robinson
*Howard Scruton
*Steve Seftel
*Steve Seguin
*Mike Siltala
*Dennis Smith
*Mike Stothers
*Mark Suzor
*Jay Wells
*Behn Wilson
*Rik Wilson
:"Kingston Raiders"

*Drake Berehowsky
*Tony Cimellaro
*Sean Gauthier

*Mark Major
*Scott Pearson
*Jason Simon
:"Kingston Frontenacs

*Chris Allen
*Sean Avery
*Chris Beckford-Tseu
*Drake Berehowsky
*Matt Bradley
*Jan Bulis
*Tony Cimellaro
*Matt Cooke

*Patrick DesRochers
*Matt Elich
*Drew Fata
*Sean Gauthier
*Chris Gratton
*Josh Gratton
*Chad Kilger
*Nathan LaFayette

*Marc Lamothe
*Brett Lindros
*David Ling
*Mark Major
*Sean McMorrow
*Jason Morgan
*Marc Moro
*Tyler Moss

*Shane O'Brien
*Andrew Raycroft
*Craig Rivet
*Mike Smith
*Anthony Stewart
*Daniel Taylor
*Mike Zigomanis

Current roster

:"Last updated October 3rd, 2008.";Goaltenders
*1 -- Anthony Peters (Blyth, Ontario)
*34 -- Mavric Parks (Eganville, Ontario);Defencemen
*2 -- Peter Stevens (Chester, New York)
*3 -- Corbin Crawford (Plainfield, Ontario)
*4 -- Taylor Doherty (Cambridge, Ontario)
*5 -- Tyler Mort (Keswick, Ontario)
*6 -- Erik Gudbranson (Orleans, Ontario)
*7 -- Zack Fenwick (Toronto, Ontario)
*15 -- Jesse Hebscher (Toronto, Ontario)
*21 -- Jaroslav Kruzik (Jihlava, Czech Republic)
*26 -- Kevin Christmas (Hamilton, Ontario);Forwards
*9 -- Andris Dzerins (Jekabpils, Latvia)
*10 -- Nathan Moon (Belleville, Ontario) ~ PIT 2008
*11 -- Tyler Karius (Oakville, Ontario)
*12 -- Charles Sarault (Mississauga, Ontario)
*16 -- Matthew Kang (Toronto, Ontario)
*17 -- Stephen Francella (Bolton, Ontario)
*19 -- Robert Mignardi (Richmond Hill, Ontario)
*20 -- James Marsden (Exeter, Ontario)
*22 -- Josh Brittain (Milton, Ontario) ~ ANA 2008
*23 -- Jesse Brown (Cortland, New York)
*24 -- George Lovatsis (Markham, Ontario)
*25 -- Ethan Werek (Goodwood, Ontario)

Team records

Playoffs

"Junior B Era"
*1953-1954 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final round robin
*1955-1956 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final round robin
*1962-1963 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Defeated Lakeshore Bruins in Sutherland Cup quarter-final 3-games-to-2
Defeated Burlington Cougars in Sutherland Cup semi-final 3-games-to-none
Lost Sutherland Cup final to St. Marys Lincolns 4-games-to-1
*1963-1964 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Defeated Burlington Cougars in Sutherland Cup quarter-final 4-games-to-1
Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final to Weston Dukes 4-games-to-none
*1964-1965 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Lost Sutherland Cup quarter-final to Hamilton Mountain Bees 4-games-to-2
*1969-1970 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final to Hamilton Mountain Bees 4-games-to-3"OHL Era"
*1973–1974 Out of playoffs.
*1974–1975 Lost to Toronto Marlboros in quarter-finals 9 points to 7.
*1975–1976 Lost to Ottawa 67's in quarter-finals 9 points to 5.
*1976–1977 Defeated Sudbury Wolves in quarter-finals 9 points to 3.
Lost to Ottawa 67's in semi-finals 9 points to 7.
*1977–1978 Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds in first round 6 points to 4.
*1978–1979 Defeated Ottawa 67's in first round 6 points to 2.
Lost to Peterborough Petes in quarter-finals 9 points to 5.
*1979–1980 Lost to Sudbury Wolves in first round 3 games to 0.
*1980–1981 Defeated Ottawa 67's in division semi-finals 9 points to 5.
Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds in division finals 9 points to 5.
*1981–1982 Lost to Peterborough Petes in first round 6 points to 2.
*1982–1983 Out of playoffs.
*1983–1984 Out of playoffs.
*1984–1985 Out of playoffs.
*1985–1986 Defeated Oshawa Generals in first round 8 points to 4.
Finished 3rd place in round-robin versus Peterborough Petes and Belleville Bulls, and are eliminated.
*1986–1987 Defeated Belleville Bulls in first round 4 games to 2.
Lost to Oshawa Generals in quarter-finals 4 games to 2.
*1987–1988 Out of playoffs.
*1988–1989 Out of playoffs.
*1989–1990 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 3 in first round.
*1990–1991 Out of playoffs.
*1991–1992 Out of playoffs.
*1992–1993 Defeated North Bay Centennials 4 games to 1 in first round.
Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
*1993–1994 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
*1994–1995 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
*1995–1996 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
*1996–1997 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
*1997–1998 Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 3 in division quarter-finals.
Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals.
*1998–1999 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
*1999–2000 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
*2000–2001 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
*2001–2002 Out of playoffs. (Lost to North Bay Centennials 6 to 2 in 8th place tie-breaker game.)
*2002–2003 Out of playoffs.
*2003–2004 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
*2004–2005 Out of playoffs.
*2005–2006 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
*2006–2007 Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
*2007–2008 Out of playoffs.

Team uniforms and logos

The original uniforms and logos of the OHL Frontenacs were revived from the EPHL franchise, which was affiliated with the Boston Bruins. The logo featured a yellow letter 'K' with a black outline, surrounded by black spokes leading to a yellow circle border with the name Kingston Frontenacs in black.

In 2002, the team adopted a new logo with a stylized Count Frontenac. The jerseys feature a star striping pattern similar to Dallas of the NHL, and a modified version of the former "K" logo is used on the shoulder.

In 2007, the Frontenacs unveiled a 3rd jersey, which will be black, yellow and white, and very similar looking to the Boston Bruins jerseys from the early 1970s. The "K" logo will be used on the front of the jersey. The Frontenacs began wearing these jerseys on February 22, 2008, which was the same night that they opened their new arena.

Arenas

The former home arena of the Frontenacs was the Kingston Memorial Centre, with a seating capacity 3,079 seated, and 3,300 including standing room. Built in 1950, its ice size has unique dimensions of 200' x 92'. The Frontenacs' final game was played at the Memorial Center on February 15, 2008, a 6–4 win over the London Knights. Kyle Paige scored the final goal ever at the Memorial Centre.

The Kingston Frontenacs began play at their new downtown arena, the K-Rock Centre on February 22, 2008, in a 3–2 loss to the Belleville Bulls. The Frontenacs won their first game at the K-Rock Centre on February 24, 2008 defeating the Peterborough Petes by a score of 7–4.
* [http://www.ohlarenaguide.com/frontenacs.htm K-Rock Centre] The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
* [http://www.ohlarenaguide.com/fronts.htm Kingston Memorial Centre] The OHL Arena & Travel Guide

ee also

*List of ice hockey teams in Ontario

References

External links

* [http://www.kingstonfrontenacs.com www.kingstonfrontenacs.com] Official web site
* [http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/ Ontario Hockey League] Official web site
* [http://www.chl.ca/ Canadian Hockey League] Official web site
* [http://www.kingstonvoyageurs.on.ca/ Kingston Voyageurs] Affiliated club


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