Alliston Hornets

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Alliston Hornets
Alliston Hornets
Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League
City Alliston, Ontario[1]
Founded 1971[1]
Head Coach Clay Birkett[2]
General Manager Rick Bartlett[2]
Arena New Tecumseth Recreation Complex
Team Colors Green, Yellow, Black, and White
League Champions 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Clarence Schmalz Cups 2008, 2010

The Alliston Hornets are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.[1] They play in the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League.[3]

History[edit]

The Alliston Hornets were founded in 1971 as a member of the South-Central Junior D Hockey League.[1] In 1973, that league was promoted and renamed the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League and then the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League in 1976.[1]

Despite training multiple National Hockey League alumni, the Hornets were in tough in the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League with teams like the Bradford Bulls and the Orangeville Crushers. The Hornets won the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League crown 6 times, but never got past the Clarence Schmalz Cup semi-final in the All-Ontario championships.

In 1994, the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League merged with the Georgian Bay Junior C Hockey League to create the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League.[1] From 1994 until 2007, the Hornets have failed to win a league title. Other than a blip in the radar in 2001-02 that resulted in a 2nd place league finish but no playoff glory, since 1994 the Hornets were not up to par with their competition. In 2004, something changed. Since 2004, the Hornets have been putting up excellent winning seasons with a first place finish and two third place finishes.

The 2005-06 season saw the Hornets finish off in third place. In the league quarter-final they drew the sixth seeded Stayner Siskins. In what many though would be a cakewalk, the Siskins had another shocking conclusion in mind. The Hornets went up on the Siskins 3-games-to-none with little problem. Game 4 saw the Siskins avoid the sweep with a win. The Siskins had gained enough momentum to take game 5 as well. Eventually, in the end, the Siskins won four straight games to make the ultimate comeback and take the series 4-games-to-3 over the Alliston Hornets.[4]

The 2006-07 season saw the Hornets leading the standing for the first half of the season and then fall away to both the Fergus Devils and Penetang Kings. Finishing with the third seed, the Hornets battled the Schomberg Cougars and made quick work of them with a 4-games-to-none sweep of the series. In the semi-final, the Hornets drew the Goliath Clarence Schmalz Cup (CSC) defending Champion Penetang Kings. The second seeded Kings won the series 4-games-to-2 in a drawn out seesaw battle. The Kings went on to win their second straight league and provincial title.[4]

Glory years (2007-present)[edit]

Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, the Alliston Hornets finished the Penetang Kings successful run of two straight GMOHL titles and 2 Clarence Schmalz Cups with six consecutive GMOHL titles and two Schmalz Cups of their own. In six regular seasons (2007-08 to the end of 2012-13), the Hornets have amassed a record of 213 wins, 23 losses, 3 ties, and 7 losses in overtime to win five GMOHL regular season banners. In each of these six years, the Hornets have managed to win the GMOHL playoff championship and advance into the Ontario Hockey Association playdowns.

Success verses Walkerton[edit]

The OHA has pinned up the winner of the GMOHL against the Champion of the Western Ontario Junior C Hockey League every year in the provincial quarter-final since the GMOHL was formed in 1994. From the 1995 playoffs until 2004, the Western League champion never failed in defeating the GMOHL champion. In their twelfth year of competition, the Penetang Kings snapped that steak against the Kincardine Bulldogs and did it again in 2007 against the same team. In the Western League, a new power was rising - the Walkerton Hawks, for years a basement dweller, had surged in recent years and took over the reins from the Bulldogs and like the Hornets won the Western League for six consecutive years. The Hawks and Hornets would meet in the quarter-final of the OHA in each of those six years and it would prove to be a disaster for the Hawks. Despite fielding competitive teams, the Hornets would win every series against the Hawks with a combined record of 24 wins and 9 losses.

Success verses the Empire B League[edit]

The OHA chooses semi-final opponents based on closest proximity to each other. From 2008 until 2013, the Empire B Junior C Hockey League's champion has defeated the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League's champion and has been inline to face the Hornets. From 2008 until 2012 the Hornets did not lose a series to the Empire B League champion. In 2008, the Hornets defeated the Napanee Raiders in 5 games, in 2009 the Amherstview Jets in 5 games, in 2010 the Raiders in 6 games, in 2011 the Picton Pirates in 4 games, and in 2012 the Hornets came back from a 3-games-to-none deficit to defeat the Campbellford Rebels in 7 games. In five years, the Hornets recorded a record of 20 wins and 7 losses against the champions of the Empire B League.

In 2013, the tides changed, as the Picton Pirates returned to the Schmalz Cup semi-final. The Pirates would sweep the Hornets in 4-straight-games to end Alliston's reign of dominance over the Empire B League.

Two provincial titles[edit]

Season-by-Season Standings[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1971-72 29 16 10 3 - 132 111 35 2nd SCJDHL Lost Final
1972-73 29 12 12 6 - 136 117 31 4th SCJDHL Lost Semi-final
1973-74 30 13 14 3 - 141 147 29 4th Central G1 Lost Semi-final
1974-75 32 16 16 0 - 145 146 32 4th Central G1 Lost Semi-final
1975-76 32 22 9 1 - 183 124 45 2nd Central G1 Won League, Lost CSC QF
1976-77 30 20 9 1 - 199 149 41 2nd Central G1 Won League, Lost CSC SF
1977-78 32 20 5 7 - 209 110 47 1st MOJCHL Won League, Lost CSC SF
1978-79 31 27 1 3 - -- -- 57 1st MOJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1979-80 40 26 13 1 - 214 169 53 2nd MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1980-81 36 27 9 0 - 208 134 54 1st MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1981-82 40 34 5 1 - 292 163 69 1st MOJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1982-83 36 22 14 0 - 231 193 44 2nd MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1983-84 34 20 12 2 - 209 158 42 3rd MOJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1984-85 36 21 13 2 - 250 188 44 3rd MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1985-86 34 7 27 0 - 139 277 14 9th MOJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1986-87 34 17 16 1 - 183 156 35 5th MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1987-88 34 10 23 1 - 150 194 21 6th MOJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1988-89 36 12 23 1 - 135 224 25 5th MOJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1989-90 34 10 24 0 - 146 211 20 6th MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1990-91 34 13 21 0 - -- -- 26 5th MOJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1991-92 34 17 13 4 - 184 171 38 3rd MOJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1992-93 39 14 22 2 1 183 210 31 6th MOJCHL
1993-94 40 15 24 1 - 217 239 31 6th MOJCHL
1994-95 36 16 17 3 - -- -- 35 7th GMOHL
1995-96 44 24 20 0 - 215 207 48 4th GMOHL
1996-97 36 13 22 1 - 164 192 27 8th GMOHL
1997-98 36 12 23 1 - 145 191 25 9th GMOHL
1998-99 36 16 20 0 - 177 196 32 6th GMOHL
1999-00 36 10 24 2 - 136 198 22 7th GMOHL
2000-01 36 7 27 2 0 98 227 16 7th GMOHL
2001-02 36 23 12 0 1 134 129 47 2nd GMOHL
2002-03 36 10 24 1 1 117 178 22 7th GMOHL Lost Quarter-final
2003-04 36 9 25 1 1 115 181 20 7th GMOHL
2004-05 40 26 9 5 0 170 114 57 1st GMOHL
2005-06 42 26 12 4 0 215 141 56 3rd GMOHL Lost Quarter-final
2006-07 42 27 13 1 1 198 131 56 3rd GMOHL
2007-08 42 36 3 3 0 255 98 75 1st GMOHL Won League, Won CSC
2008-09 42 40 2 - 0 310 71 80 1st GMOHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
2009-10 42 38 2 - 2 239 98 78 1st GMOHL Won League, Won CSC
2010-11 40 32 5 - 3 234 102 67 1st GMOHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
2011-12 40 32 8 - 0 236 113 64 2nd GMOHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
2012-13 40 35 3 - 2 256 89 72 1st GMOHL Won League, Lost CSC SF
2013-14 40 30 9 - 1 156 93 61 2nd GMOHL Lost Final

(*) Standings Incomplete.

  • 2000-2004[5]
  • 2004–Present[4]

Clarence Schmalz Cup Appearances[edit]

2008: Alliston Hornets defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-3
2009: Essex 73's defeated Alliston Hornets 4-games-to-none
2010: Alliston Hornets defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-2
2011: Grimsby Peach Kings defeated Alliston Hornets 4-games-to-1
2012: Grimsby Peach Kings defeated Alliston Hornets 4-games-to-1

Notable alumni[edit]

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