Dixie Beehives (2005–11)

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Dixie Beehives
Toronto Dixie Beehives.jpg
City Oswego, New York, United States
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Weston, Ontario, Canada
League Ontario Junior Hockey League
Operated 2005-2011
Home arena Canlan Ice Sports Etobicoke
Colors Red, Gold and Black
              
General manager Louie Gialedakis
Head coach Louie Gialedakis
Affiliates Mississauga Hornets (GTHL)
Franchise history
2005-2007 Oswego Admirals
2007-2009 Toronto Dixie Beehives
2009-2011 Dixie Beehives

The Dixie Beehives were a Canadian Junior "A" ice hockey team from Etobicoke, Ontario. They were a part of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The team originated in Oswego, New York as the Oswego Admirals.

History[edit]

In 2006 local business man and hockey fan Joe Moore approached the OPJHL about acquiring a team. The Oswago Admirals, a Junior A team in the east Division of the OPJHL, were for sale and arrangement were made to purchase the team and bring it to Toronto were ice time was procurred at Weston Arena.

The Admirals were owned by the same man who owned the Syracuse Jr. Crunch, but are not the same franchise as the Crunch as they currently play in the United States. Their first season went well as they earned a birth into the playoffs. Nine games under .500 on the season, the Admirals did not survive past the first round of their first season.

Admirals

The Admirals' first ever game was a 3-1 loss to the Kingston Voyageurs on September 8, 2005. During that game, the franchise's first ever goal was scored by Jason Deluca. The goalie to start this historic game was Mark Schacker. The Admirals' first home game took place on September 22, 2006—a 2-2 tie with the Cobourg Cougars. Evan Lucas scored the Admirals' first ever home goal while Cory Gershon picked up the tie in net. Their first win was also against the Kingston Voyageurs at home, a 5-2 victory on September 23, 2005. Corey Callen scored the eventual game-winning-goal and Cory Gershon stopped 30 of 32 shots for that first team victory.

After a good second season and a first round exit to the Port Hope Predators that was shortened by bad weather.

The Toronto Dixie Beehives began play at Weston Arena on Sept. 15th with a game vs. the Vaughan Vipers. The first season saw the team make the playoffs before going down 3 straight to the Markham Waxers in the quarter final match.

In the summer of 2009, the Beehives relocated from Weston to Etobicoke and dropped "Toronto" from their name. On April 3, 2011, the Dixie Beehives officially ceased operations.

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2005-06 49 17 26 4 2 150 193 40 6th OPJHL-E Lost Conf. QF
2006-07 49 19 25 2 3 154 188 43 6th OPJHL-E Lost Conf. QF
2007-08 49 17 27 - 5 175 248 39 6th OPJHL-S Lost Conf. QF
2008-09 49 17 30 - 2 147 200 36 7th OJHL-P
2009-10 50 12 37 - 1 146 241 25 10th CCHL-W DNQ
2010-11 50 4 43 - 3 133 350 11 8th OJHL-S DNQ

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