Drayton Valley Thunder

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Drayton Valley Thunder
Drayton Valley Thunder Logo.svg
City Drayton Valley, Alberta
League Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division North
Founded 1998 (1998)
Home arena Drayton Valley Omni-Plex
Colours Green, black and white
General manager Mike Mueller
Head coach Mike Mueller

The Drayton Valley Thunder is an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They play in Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada at the Drayton Valley Omni-Plex, capacity 1450.

Founded: 1998-99
Division titles won: 1999-00, 2000-01
Regular season titles won: 2005-06
League Championships won: 2002
Doyle Cup Titles: None
Royal Bank Cup Titles: None

History[edit]

The Drayton Valley Thunder were awarded as an expansion franchise in 1998, and began play in the South Division for the 1998-99 season. One year after finishing sixth in the South, ahead of only their expansion cousins the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves, the Thunder rocketed up the standings, winning the South division in only their second season. Further expansion shifted the Thunder into the North Division in 2000-01, where they won another division title.

In 2002, only four years after being awarded the team, the Thunder captured the Rogers Wireless Cup as AJHL Champions. The Thunder fell to the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL in the Doyle Cup series.

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
1998-99 62 20 36 - 6 46 181 284 6th South Did not qualify
1999-00 64 40 18 - 6 86 268 204 1st South ---
2000-01 64 42 19 3 - 87 293 194 1st North ---
2001-02 64 44 17 3 - 91 300 198 2nd North Won championship
2002-03 64 37 20 7 - 81 240 199 3rd North ---
2003-04 60 27 23 10 - 64 165 177 5th North ---
2004-05 64 39 19 6 - 84 198 146 3rd North Lost in third round
2005-06 60 38 16 6 - 82 203 158 2nd North Lost in second round
2006-07 60 30 26 4 - 64 199 211 4th North Lost in first round
2007-08 62 12 44 6 - 30 151 280 8th North Did not qualify
2008-09 62 7 50 5 - 19 122 318 8th North Did not qualify
2009-10 60 12 42 6 - 30 139 269 8th North Did not qualify
2010-11 60 13 39 8 - 34 164 250 8th North Did not qualify
2011-12 60 27 27 6 - 60 187 224 6th North lost div. semi finals
2012-13 60 30 23 - 7 67 178 177 6th North lost div. quarter finals
2013-14 60 22 33 - 5 49 148 205 7th North lost div. quarter finals

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1999 DNQ
  • 2000 Lost Semi-final
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Bow Valley Eagles 4-games-to-1
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-3
  • 2001 Lost Final
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-2
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Olds Grizzlys 4-games-to-3
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-1
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-none
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-2
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Olds Grizzlys 4-games-to-none
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-none AJHL CHAMPIONS
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-2
  • 2003 Lost Preliminary
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-2
  • 2004 Lost Quarter-final
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-none
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-1
  • 2005 Lost Semi-final
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-none
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-2
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-2
  • 2006 Lost Quarter-final
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Lloydminster Bobcats 3-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-3
  • 2007 Lost Preliminary
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 3-games-to-1
  • 2008 DNQ
  • 2009 DNQ
  • 2010 DNQ
  • 2011 DNQ
  • 2012 Lost Div. Semi-Finals
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Lloydminster Bobcats 3-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-none
  • 2013 Lost Div. Quarter-Finals
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 3-games-to-1
  • 2014 Lost Div. Quarter-Finals
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 3-games-to-1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Drayton Valley Thunder website