Bonnyville Pontiacs

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Bonnyville Pontiacs
Bonnyville Pontiacs Logo.svg
City Bonnyville, Alberta
League Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division North
Founded 1991 (1991)
Home arena R. J. Lalonde Arena
Colours Black, silver and white
General manager Rick Swan
Head coach Rick Swan

The Bonnyville Pontiacs are an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They play in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada at the R. J. Lalonde Arena, capacity 2700.

Founded: 1991-92
Division titles won: None
Regular season titles won: None
League Championships won: None
Doyle Cup Titles: None
Royal Bank Cup Titles: None

History[edit]

The Bonnyville Pontiacs entered the AJHL as the league's ninth active franchise in 1991-92, adopting the Pontiacs name and logo originally used by the Senior A team of the same name in the 1950s.

The Franchise was awarded, along with the 1991-92 All-star game on June 1, 1991, leaving just two months for the new organization to find staff and players before puck drop. Ultimately, the short timeframe seriously hampered the team on the ice, as it finished a distant last, missing the playoffs. The Pontiacs would remain in last for two more years before finally climbing out of the basement, however the franchise has never really managed to separate itself from the bottom half of the league or division standings. Only in the last few seasons have the Pontiacs become a consistent winning team.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T/OTL = Ties/Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T/OTL SOL Points GF GA Finish Playoffs
1991-92 60 8 51 - 1 17 186 399 9th Overall Did not qualify
1992-93 56 13 42 - 1 27 192 324 9th Overall Did not qualify
1993-94 56 15 37 - 4 34 209 368 9th Overall Did not qualify
1994-95 56 24 29 - 3 51 219 278 7th Overall Lost in first round
1995-96 60 27 30 - 3 57 243 257 7th Overall Lost in first round
1996-97 60 27 30 - 3 57 242 270 8th Overall Lost in first round
1997-98 60 20 36 - 4 44 204 266 11th Overall Did not qualify
1998-99 62 33 29 - 0 66 282 261 5th North Lost in first round
1999-00 64 34 26 - 4 72 251 230 5th North Lost in second round
2000-01 64 17 38 9 - 43 194 307 8th North Did not qualify
2001-02 64 20 43 1 - 41 176 284 8th North Did not qualify
2002-03 64 27 29 8 - 62 207 243 6th North Lost in first round
2003-04 60 27 25 8 - 62 189 172 6th North Lost in first round
2004-05 64 36 17 11 - 83 218 189 4th North Lost in first round
2005-06 60 38 19 3 - 79 240 185 5th North Lost in second round
2006-07 60 24 29 7 - 55 173 208 6th North Lost in first round
2007-08 62 34 21 7 - 75 211 166 4th North Lost in second round
2008-09 62 35 22 5 - 75 215 187 4th North Lost in first round
2009-10 60 27 29 4 - 58 175 190 5th North Lost in second round
2010-11 60 35 16 9 - 79 198 150 3rd North Lost in second round
2011-12 60 34 20 6 - 74 187 158 5th North Lost in first round
2012-13 60 32 19 - 9 73 177 170 3rd North Lost in second round
2013-14 60 26 28 - 6 58 182 212 5th North Lost in first round

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1992 DNQ
  • 1993 DNQ
  • 1994 DNQ
  • 1995 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
  • 1996 Lost Quarter-final
Olds Grizzlys defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
  • 1997 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 1998 DNQ
  • 1999 Lost Preliminary
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 2-games-to-none
  • 2000 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-none
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
  • 2001 DNQ
  • 2002 DNQ
  • 2003 Lost Preliminary
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-none
  • 2004 Lost Preliminary
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-2
  • 2005 Lost Preliminary
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-1
  • 2006 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-1
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-none
  • 2007 Lost Preliminary
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-2
  • 2008 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-2
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 2009 Lost Preliminary
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-1
  • 2010 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-none
  • 2011 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-none
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 2012 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-none
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 2013 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 3-games-to-1
Whitecourt Wolverines defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
  • 2014 Lost Preliminary
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-0

NHL alumni[edit]

The following former Pontiacs have gone on to play in the NHL:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Bonnyville Pontiacs website