- Kingston Frontenacs
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team = Kingston Frontenacs
Ontario Hockey League
conference = Eastern
division = East
founded = 1989–90
colours = Black, White & Gold
GM = Larry Mavety
name1 = Kingston Victorias
dates1 = 1945–52
name2 = Kingston Frontenacs
dates2 = 1952–73
dates3 = 1973–88
dates4 = 1988–89
name5 = Kingston Frontenacs
dates5 = 1989-PresentThe Kingston Frontenacs are a
junior ice hockeyteam in the Ontario Hockey League, based in Kingston, Ontario, Canadaat the K-Rock Centre. The Frontenacs have also been known as the Kingston Canadiansand the Kingston Raiders.
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 Frontenacon the site of present-day Kingston. The area surrounding Kingston is Frontenac County.
The Kingston Canadians arrival in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) for the 1973–74 season, was a result of the
Montreal Junior Canadiensswitch 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 Rougein 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 Leagueand 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.
Following a change in ownership the club was renamed
Kingston Raidersfor 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.
The Frontenacs franchise is in quest of its first
J. Ross Robertson Cupand first Memorial Cup. The 1992–93 OHL seasonwas 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 Wolvesby one year), and the fourth-longest in the Canadian Hockey League.
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 Cassidywas 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.
List of Coaches
"(Multiple years in parentheses, totals include all incarnations of the Kingston franchise)"
*1975–1982 Jim Morrison (7)
*1983–1985 Rick Cornacchia (2)
*1987–1988 Jacques Tremblay
*1990–1991 Randy Hall
*1991–1992 Paul Cook
*1997–2003 Larry Mavety (9)
*2007–2008 Larry Mavety (9)
Paul Coffeyis 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.
* # 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)
CHL Player of the Year
David Ling CHL Goaltender of the Year
Andrew Raycroft Bobby Smith Trophy
Scholastic Player of the Year
Chris Clifford Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy
Humanitarian of the Year
*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
Chris Gratton F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Lowest Rookie G.A.A.
*1988–89 Jeff Wilson
Jack Ferguson Award
First Overall Draft Pick
Drake Berehowsky Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
Top Scoring Right Winger
David Ling Max Kaminsky Trophy
Most Outstanding Defenceman
*1997–98 Chris Allen
OHL Goaltender of the Year
Andrew Raycroft Red Tilson Trophy
Most Outstanding Player
Andrew Raycroft William Hanley Trophy
Most Sportsmanlike Player
*1983–84 Kevin Conway
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
* Mike Moffat
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*34 -- Mavric Parks (
*2 -- Peter Stevens (
Chester, New York)
*3 -- Corbin Crawford (
*4 -- Taylor Doherty (
*5 -- Tyler Mort (
*6 -- Erik Gudbranson (
*7 -- Zack Fenwick (
*15 -- Jesse Hebscher (
*21 -- Jaroslav Kruzik (
Jihlava, Czech Republic)
*26 -- Kevin Christmas (
*9 -- Andris Dzerins (
*10 -- Nathan Moon (
Belleville, Ontario) ~ PIT 2008
*11 -- Tyler Karius (
*12 -- Charles Sarault (
*16 -- Matthew Kang (
*17 -- Stephen Francella (
*19 -- Robert Mignardi (
Richmond Hill, Ontario)
*20 -- James Marsden (
*22 -- Josh Brittain (
Milton, Ontario) ~ ANA 2008
*23 -- Jesse Brown (
Cortland, New York)
*24 -- George Lovatsis (
*25 -- Ethan Werek (
"Junior B Era"
*1953-1954 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Sutherland Cupsemi-final round robin
*1955-1956 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final round robin
*1962-1963 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Lakeshore Bruinsin Sutherland Cup quarter-final 3-games-to-2
Burlington Cougarsin Sutherland Cup semi-final 3-games-to-none
Lost Sutherland Cup final to
St. Marys Lincolns4-games-to-1
*1963-1964 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
Burlington Cougarsin Sutherland Cup quarter-final 4-games-to-1
Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final to
*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 Bruinsjerseys 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.
The former home arena of the Frontenacs was the
Kingston Memorial Centre, with a seating capacity3,079 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 Centreon 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 Petesby 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
List of ice hockey teams in Ontario
* [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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