Calgary Mustangs

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Calgary Mustangs
Calgary Mustangs logo.svg
City Calgary, Alberta
League Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division South
Founded 1990 (1990)
Home arena Father David Bauer Olympic Arena
Colours Navy blue and gold
Franchise history
1972–1976 The Pass Red Devils
1976–1978 Pincher Creek Panthers
1978–1979 Calgary Chinooks
1979–1990 Calgary Spurs
1990–2010 Calgary Royals
2010–present Calgary Mustangs

The Calgary Mustangs are a junior A ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). They play in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena, capacity 1800. They were known as the Calgary Royals from 1990 until 2010.

History[edit]

The logo of the Calgary Royals, used until 2010

The Calgary Jr. "A" Royals were born in 1972-73 as The Pass Red Devils, playing out of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. The Red Devils franchise lasted four years before relocating to the nearby community of Pincher Creek to become the Pincher Creek Panthers. The franchise lasted only two seasons in Pincher Creek before relocating to Calgary to become the Calgary Chinooks. In 1979-80, under a new ownership group, the Chinooks became the Calgary Spurs.

Following the 1989-90 season, the Spurs ceased operations, leaving the AJHL with just seven franchises. Sensing the need for two Calgary based franchises (along with the Calgary Canucks), four local businessmen purchased a new franchise and named it the Calgary Jr. "A" Royals with the mandate of providing Calgary and area kids with the opportunity to combine a high level of hockey with a quality education.

The Royals were immediately successful, finishing second in the regular season standings, behind the Fort Saskatchewan Traders and winning the league championship in their first season. The Royals have been unable to duplicate that success, as the team has failed to make it past the second round of the playoffs since winning the title.

Faced with the challenges of sharing a market with the National Hockey League, Western Hockey League and another AJHL team, the Royals have persevered through the dedication of its corporate partners and many volunteers. Seeking to distinguish itself from the city's minor hockey program of the same name, the franchise renamed itself the Mustangs prior to the 2010–11 season.[1]

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
1990-91 60 34 18 4 - 72 247 179 2nd Overall Won championship
1991-92 60 40 19 - 1 81 346 252 2nd Overall Lost in first round
1992-93 56 28 27 - 1 57 208 208 6th Overall Lost in first round
1993-94 57 26 27 - 3 55 200 238 6th Overall Lost in first round
1994-95 56 25 30 - 1 51 234 252 6th Overall Lost in first round
1995-96 60 23 33 - 4 50 203 244 8th Overall Lost in first round
1996-97 60 17 40 - 3 37 175 262 11th Overall Did not qualify
1997-98 60 24 32 - 4 52 196 235 9th Overall Lost in first round
1998-99 62 39 21 - 2 80 320 243 2nd South Lost in first round
1999-00 64 29 30 - 5 63 255 253 4th South Lost in first round
2000-01 64 25 33 6 - 56 280 328 6th South Lost in second round
2001-02 64 32 29 3 - 67 228 232 4th South Lost in second round
2002-03 64 36 25 3 - 75 246 217 4th South Lost in first round
2003-04 60 34 23 3 - 71 231 173 4th South Lost in second round
2004-05 64 27 32 5 - 59 207 237 5th South Lost in first round
2005-06 60 16 38 6 - 71 231 173 8th South Did not qualify
2006-07 60 30 30 0 - 60 184 209 5th South Lost in first round
2007-08 62 19 41 2 - 40 148 230 8th South Did not qualify
2008-09 62 8 48 6 - 22 158 300 8th South Did not qualify
2009-10 60 21 29 10 - 52 213 255 7th South Lost in first round
2010-11 60 28 31 1 - 57 202 235 4th South Lost in second round
2011-12 60 31 22 7 - 69 194 188 4th South

Playoffs[edit]

Calgary Royals defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-none
Calgary Royals defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-none
Calgary Royals defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Vernon Lakers (BCHL) defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-1
  • 1992 Lost Quarter-final
Lloydminster Blazers defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-2
  • 1993 Lost Quarter-final
Olds Grizzlys defeated Calgary Royals 5-games-to-none
  • 1994 Lost Quarter-final
Olds Grizzlys defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-none
  • 1995 Lost Quarter-final
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-1
  • 1996 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-1
  • 1997 DNQ
  • 1998 DNQ
  • 1999 Lost Quarter-final
Olds Grizzlys defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-none
  • 2000 Lost Preliminary
Bow Valley Eagles defeated Calgary Royals 3-games-to-none
  • 2001 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Royals defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-1
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-2
  • 2002 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Royals defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-2
Canmore Eagles defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-3
  • 2003 Lost Preliminary
Olds Grizzlys defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-1
  • 2004 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Royals defeated Canmore Eagles 3-games-to-none
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-1
  • 2005 Lost Preliminary
Canmore Eagles defeated Calgary Royals 3-games-to-none
  • 2006 DNQ
  • 2007 Lost Preliminary
Brooks Bandits defeated Calgary Royals 3-games-to-1
  • 2008 DNQ
  • 2009 DNQ
  • 2010 Lost Preliminary
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Calgary Royals 3-games-to-2
  • 2011 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Mustangs defeated Olds Grizzlys 3-games-to-none
Okotoks Oilers defeated Calgary Mustangs 4-games-to-none

NHL alumni[edit]

Some of the players that played on the Royals that went on to play in the NHL include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Calgary Mustangs website
Calgary Royals website
Calgary Royals 2004-05 Official Program
  1. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2010-06-17). "New AJHL nickname unbridled". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-17.