Cornwall Royals

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Cornwall Royals
Cornwall royals.jpg
City Cornwall, Ontario
League QMJHL (1969–82)
OHL (1983–92)
Operated 1969 (1969) to 1992
Home arena Cornwall Civic Complex
Colours Blue, white and red
Championships 1972, 1980, & 1981 Memorial Cup Champions
Franchise history
1969–92 Cornwall Royals
1992–94 Newmarket Royals
1994–present Sarnia Sting
Cornwall Royals
1972 Memorial Cup Champions
Cornwall Royals
1981 Memorial Cup Champions

The Cornwall Royals were a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1969 to 1981 and the Ontario Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. This team should not be confused with other Cornwall Royals teams that played in the QSHL, MMJHL, or OHA-B.

History[edit]

From 1961 until 1969, the Cornwall Royals were successful members of the Central Junior A Hockey League. After an application to join the OHL was rejected, the franchise became one of the inaugural teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1969. The Cornwall Royals were one of the league's premier teams during its tenure in the QMJHL, winning 3 Memorial Cup titles. For the 1981–82 season, the team transferred into the Ontario Hockey League.

The Royals suffered through many tough seasons and poor attendance after moving to the OHL. The switch in leagues alienated many die-hard fans from across the Quebec border. Seeking better fortunes, the franchise moved to Newmarket, Ontario to play as the Newmarket Royals in 1992. In 1994 the team was bought by the Ciccarelli brothers and moved to Sarnia, Ontario as the Sarnia Sting.

Championships[edit]

The Cornwall Royals are one of only 7 clubs to win consecutive Memorial Cup championships. They did so in 1980 and 1981. In total, the Royals won 3 Memorial Cups, 3 President's Cups, and 5 division titles while in the QMJHL. The Royals did not win any OHL championships.

CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 1966, 1967, 1968

Memorial Cups
  • 1972 CHL Champions vs. Peterborough Petes
  • 1980 CHL Champions vs. Peterborough Petes
  • 1981 CHL Champions vs. Kitchener Rangers

Coaches[edit]

Orval Tessier guided the Cornwall Royals to the Memorial Cup championship in 1972. Doug Carpenter coached the 1980 Royals, and Bob Kilger in 1981.

Marc Crawford was a former Cornwall Royals player who came back to coach. He would win the Stanley Cup coaching the Colorado Avalanche. He also coached the Vancouver Canucks, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Dallas Stars.

List of Coaches

(Multiple years in parentheses)

*1982–83 coaches Bob Kilger, Bill Murphy, Gord Woods, Jocelyn Guevremont

Players[edit]

The Cornwall Royals graduated 55 players to the National Hockey League. From these alumni, 31 played for the Royals in the QMJHL, and 29 played for the Royals in the OHL, and 5 played for the Royals in both leagues.

CHL awards[edit]

QMJHL awards[edit]

OHL awards[edit]

Hockey Hall of Fame members[edit]

Three alumni of the Cornwall Royals have been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The first was New York Islanders goalie Billy Smith. Smith was the inaugural goalie for the Royals in the QMJHL during the 1969–70 season. After this season he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings.

Dale Hawerchuk is the second inductee. He led the Royals to two Memorial Cup championships in 1980 and 1981. He was drafted first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft

The most recent inductee is Doug Gilmour. Gilmour was a big part of the back to back Memorial Cup Titles in '80 and '81, and later won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989, scoring the Cup winning goal. He also captained the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1993 to 1997.

NHL alumni[edit]

QMJHL (1969–1981)
OHL (1981–1992)

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season League Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1969–70 QMJHL 56 24 31 1 49 0.438 223 255 2nd West
1970–71 QMJHL 62 22 40 0 44 0.355 260 326 10th QMJHL
1971–72 QMJHL 62 47 13 2 96 0.774 361 182 1st QMJHL
1972–73 QMJHL 64 43 19 2 88 0.688 365 253 2nd QMJHL
1973–74 QMJHL 70 46 22 2 94 0.671 438 328 1st West
1974–75 QMJHL 72 36 24 12 84 0.583 322 296 3rd West
1975–76 QMJHL 72 39 24 9 87 0.604 349 270 2nd West
1976–77 QMJHL 72 38 24 10 86 0.597 345 281 2nd Lebel
1977–78 QMJHL 72 46 18 8 100 0.694 404 258 1st Lebel
1978–79 QMJHL 72 29 36 7 65 0.451 361 397 3rd Lebel
1979–80 QMJHL 72 41 25 6 88 0.611 388 333 1st Lebel
1980–81 QMJHL 72 44 26 2 90 0.625 403 311 1st Lebel
1981–82 OHL 68 28 35 5 61 0.449 303 327 6th Leyden
1982–83 OHL 70 36 33 1 73 0.521 370 335 5th Leyden
1983–84 OHL 70 33 37 0 66 0.471 348 375 6th Leyden
1984–85 OHL 66 34 30 2 70 0.530 355 344 4th Leyden
1985–86 OHL 66 28 36 2 58 0.439 307 356 5th Leyden
1986–87 OHL 66 23 40 3 49 0.371 261 369 6th Leyden
1987–88 OHL 66 35 24 7 77 0.583 333 255 3rd Leyden
1988–89 OHL 66 31 30 5 67 0.508 350 308 4th Leyden
1989–90 OHL 66 24 38 4 52 0.394 309 361 6th Leyden
1990–91 OHL 66 23 42 1 47 0.356 281 335 7th Leyden
1991–92 OHL 66 38 22 6 82 0.621 328 289 3rd Leyden

Playoffs[edit]

QMJHL (1969–1981)
  • 1969–1970 Lost to Verdun Maple Leafs 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
  • 1970–1971 Out of playoffs.
  • 1971–1972 Defeated Verdun Maple Leafs 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Shawinigan Bruins 8 points to 2 in semi-finals.
    Defeated Quebec Remparts 9 points to 5 in finals. QMJHL CHAMPIONS
    Defeated Peterborough Petes 2-1 in Memorial Cup final. MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
  • 1972–1973 Defeated Montreal Bleu-Blanc-Rouge 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Sorel Eperviers 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Quebec Remparts 4 games to 3 in finals.
  • 1973–1974 Lost to Laval National 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals.
  • 1974–1975 Lost to Montreal Bleu-Blanc-Rouge 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1975–1976 Defeated Montreal Juniors 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Quebec Remparts 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
  • 1976–1977 Defeated Trois-Rivières Draveurs 8 points to 4 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Sherbrooke Castors 9 points to 0 in semi-finals.
  • 1977–1978 Defeated Hull Olympiques 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Montreal Juniors 8 points to 2 in semi-finals.
  • 1978–1979 Lost to Verdun Eperviers 8 points to 6 in quarter-finals.
  • 1979–1980 Defeated in Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
    Defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 2 in finals. QMJHL CHAMPIONS
    Defeated Peterborough Petes 3-2 in Memorial Cup final. MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
  • 1980–1981 Defeated Quebec Remparts 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Sherbrooke Castors 4 games to 3 in semi-finals.
    Defeated Trois-Rivières Draveurs 4 games to 1 in finals. QMJHL CHAMPIONS
    Defeated Kitchener Rangers 5-2 in Memorial Cup final. MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
OHL (1981–1992)
  • 1981–1982 Lost to Toronto Marlboros 6 points to 4 in first round.
  • 1982–1983 Defeated Toronto Marlboros 7 points to 1 in first round.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's 8 points to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1983–1984 Lost to Peterborough Petes 6 points to 0 in first round.
  • 1984–1985 Defeated Toronto Marlboros 8 points to 2 in first round.
    Lost to Belleville Bulls 6 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
  • 1985–1986 Lost to Belleville Bulls 9 points to 3 in first round.
  • 1986–1987 Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 1 in first round.
  • 1987–1988 Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in first round.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals.
  • 1988–1989 Defeated Toronto Marlboros 4 games to 2 in first round.
    Defeated Ottawa 67's 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 2 in semi-finals.
  • 1989–1990 Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 2 in first round.
  • 1990–1991 Out of playoffs.
  • 1991–1992 Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 2 in first round.

Uniforms and logos[edit]

Cornwall Royals home jersey

The Cornwall Royals used similar red, white and blue uniforms for their entire 24 year existence. Their unusual logo was the winning entry in a contest, hand drawn by a local child.[citation needed]

Arenas[edit]

The Cornwall Royals played out of the Water Street Arena from 1969 to 1976 while in the QMJHL. The Arena, renamed in honour of Si Miller, the city's Director of Parks and Recreation for more than 30 years, was torn down in 2012.

From 1976 to 1992 the Royals played out for the Cornwall Civic Complex, located across the road from their previous arena. The arena hosted the 1990 Chrysler Challenge Cup, the annual All-Star game between the OHL and the QMJHL, which the OHL won by a score of 3 to 0.