Erie Otters

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Erie Otters
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City Erie, Pennsylvania
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Midwest
Founded 1996 (1996)–97
Home arena Erie Insurance Arena
Colors Navy blue, red, gold, white
                   
General manager Canada Sherwood Bassin
Head coach Canada Kris Knoblauch

Website
www.ottershockey.com
Franchise history
1946–53 Windsor Spitfires
1953–60 Hamilton Tiger Cubs
1960–74 Hamilton Red Wings
1974–76 Hamilton Fincups
1976–77 St. Catharines Fincups
1977–78 Hamilton Fincups
1978–84 Brantford Alexanders
1984–88 Hamilton Steelhawks
1988–96 Niagara Falls Thunder
1996–present Erie Otters

The Erie Otters are a major junior ice hockey team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Ontario Hockey League, one of only three American teams in the circuit. The team takes its name from the North American river otter, a semiaquatic mammal commonly found by Lake Erie.

History[edit]

The Erie Otters were previously located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where they were called the Niagara Falls Thunder. They moved to downtown Erie's Erie Insurance Arena in 1996.

The Otters' first three seasons in Erie were not kind to them, especially because they were eliminated in the first round of the OHL playoffs each year. However, they saw success in 1999 by capturing the Holody Trophy, which is the league's award for winning the Midwest Division championship. It would be their first of three consecutive Midwest Division championships, culminating in an J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2001–02. Additionally, Dave MacQueen won the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2000–01 as the OHL Coach of the Year and Sherwood Bassin was awarded OHL Executive of the Year for his role in building a championship team as general manager. The Erie Otters became the second American team to win the OHL Championship after the 1995 champions Detroit Junior Red Wings (now the Plymouth Whalers).

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) officially partnered with the Erie Otters in 2012. As part of the deal, LECOM is the team's official medical provider.[1]

Uniforms and logos[edit]

The Erie Otters' colors are navy blue, red, gold, and white. Their primary logo includes a red circle with a fierce-looking otter holding a hockey stick and wearing playing equipment. The "Otters" wordmark is superimposed over the design in red with gold and navy blue outline. The team's home uniforms comprise a solid navy blue design with red and gold accents while the away uniforms feature a white jersey and socks.

For the 2013 season, the Erie Otters introduced a new yellow alternate jersey. This jersey is solid yellow, with the "Otters" wordmark across the chest. This jersey includes blue shoulder stripes, white and blue stripes on the arms and bottom of the jersey, navy blue pants, and yellow socks featuring white and blue stripes. This new alternate jersey has been mentioned as a homage to the past Erie Blades uniforms.[2]

Arena[edit]

The Erie Otters play home games at the Erie Insurance Arena located in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. The arena was built in 1981 and seats 5,500 spectators. The arena is part of the Erie Civic Center Complex, which includes Jerry Uht Park — a baseball stadium for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. In May 2012, the Erie County Convention Center Authority and the Erie Insurance Group announced a 10-year, $3 million naming agreement that will rename the former Louis J. Tullio Arena, "Erie Insurance Arena." This renaming coincides with the completion of the current $42-million dollar renovation project that is currently underway and was completed in September 2013.[3] The renovation, designed by Friday/Sink Combs Dethlefs Joint Venture Architects, modernized Erie Insurance Arena and added some new sections and a landscaped park entrance. Construction on the project was carried by the Pittsburgh-based Turner Construction Company. Improvements to Erie Insurance Arena included additional seating and concourses. To accommodate these new additions, its footprint expanded from the original 152,000-square-foot (14,100 m2) to 218,000-square-foot (20,300 m2). This increased the venue's capacity to 6,500 for hockey, 6,750 for basketball and about 9,000 for concerts. After the renovations had completed in September 2013, Erie Insurance Arena now has enlarged lobbies and more box offices, luxury suites, administrative offices, mechanical rooms, training areas, new locker rooms, and a team store.

Championships[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Dave MacQueen won the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2000–01 as the OHL Coach of the Year.

Multiple years in parentheses

Players[edit]

A total of 21 players have been selected at the National Hockey League Entry Draft since the franchise relocated to Erie, including a five-year stretch from 1997–2001 in which seven members of the team were selected in the first round: (1997 Jason Ward, 11th, Montreal Canadiens; 1998 Michael Rupp, ninth, New York Islanders; 1999 Tim Connolly, fifth, New York Islanders; 2000 Nikita Alexeev, eighth, Tampa Bay Lightning; Brad Boyes, 24th, Toronto Maple Leafs; 2001 Carlo Colaiacovo, 17th, Toronto Maple Leafs; and Adam Munro, 29th, Chicago Blackhawks).

Award winners[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated December 6th, 2013

Goaltenders
# Player Born Place of birth Drafted
31 United States Devin Williams 1995 Saginaw, Michigan Eligible 2015
35 Canada Daniel Dekoning 1996 Listowel, Ontario Eligbile 2015
Defencemen
# Player Born Place of birth Drafted
3 Canada Cory Genovese 1994 Hespeler, Ontario Undrafted
13 Canada Jesse Saban 1997 Lindsay, Ontario Eligible 2015
23 Canada Kurtis MacDermid 1994 Sauble Beach, Ontario LA - Free Agent 2012
24 Canada Darren Raddysh 1996 Caledon, Ontario Eligible 2015
25 Canada T.J. Fergus 1997 Oakville, Ontario Eligible 2015
44 Canada Travis Dermott 1996 Newmarket, Ontario Eligible 2015
57 United States Troy Donnay 1994 Fenton, Michigan NYR - Free Agent 2013
91 Canada Cole Mayo 1997 London, Ontario Eligible 2015
Forwards
# Player Position Born Place of birth Drafted
6 Canada Patrick Murphy RW 1995 Hamilton, Ontario Eligible 2015
8 Canada Joel Wigle RW 1994 Brantford, Ontario Undrafted
9 Canada Kyle Maksimovich LW 1998 Hamilton, Ontario Eligible 2016
10 United States Shaun Bily C 1998 Doylestown, Pennsylvania Eligible 2016
11 Canada Mason Marchment RW 1995 Uxbridge, Ontario Eligible 2015
12 United States Alex DeBrincat C 1997 Detroit, Michigan Eligible 2016
15 Canada Kyle Pettit C 1996 Komoka, Ontario VAN – Round 6, 156 overall – 2014
17 Canada Taylor Raddysh RW 1998 Caledon, Ontario Eligible 2016
19 Canada Dylan Strome C 1997 Mississauga, Ontario Eligible 2015
21 Canada Patrick Fellows LW 1997 Toronto, Ontario Eligible 2015
26 Canada Quentin Maksimovich C 1996 Hamilton, Ontario Eligible 2015
27 Canada Trent Fox C 1997 Chatham, Ontario Eligible 2015
29 United States Nick Betz RW 1995 Clinton Township, Michigan Eligible 2015
37 United States Travis Wood LW 1995 Hudson, Wisconsin Eligible 2015
97 Canada Connor McDavid C 1997 Newmarket, Ontario Eligible 2015

Note: (OA) = Overage player

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 106 2013–14
Most wins 52 2013–14
Most goals for 312 2013–14
Least goals for 169 2011–12
Least goals against 170 2013–14
Most goals against 378 2006–07
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Dane Fox 64 2013–14
Most assists Connor Brown 83 2013–14
Most points Connor Brown 128 2013–14
Most points, rookie Connor McDavid 66 2012–13
Most points, defenceman Chris Campoli 66 2003–04
Best GAA (goalie) Adam Munro 2.31 2000–01
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1996–97 66 23 36 7 - - 53 0.402 240 260 5th Central
1997–98 66 33 28 5 - - 71 0.538 261 252 4th West
1998–99 68 31 33 4 - - 66 0.485 271 297 3rd Midwest
1999–2000 68 33 28 4 3 - 73 0.515 224 229 1st Midwest
2000–01 68 45 11 10 2 - 102 0.735 264 171 1st Midwest
2001–02 68 41 22 4 1 - 87 0.632 246 218 1st Midwest
2002–03 68 24 35 6 3 - 57 0.397 181 248 5th Midwest
2003–04 68 29 26 6 7 - 71 0.471 221 212 5th Midwest
2004–05 68 31 26 6 5 - 73 0.500 186 207 4th Midwest
2005–06 68 26 35 - 4 3 59 0.434 219 266 5th Midwest
2006–07 68 15 50 - 1 2 33 0.243 209 378 5th Midwest
2007–08 68 18 46 - 2 2 40 0.294 206 343 5th Midwest
2008–09 68 34 29 - 3 2 73 0.537 208 254 3rd Midwest
2009–10 68 33 28 - 5 2 73 0.537 257 259 4th Midwest
2010–11 68 40 26 - 1 1 82 0.603 281 229 3rd Midwest
2011–12 68 10 53 - 3 3 26 0.191 169 338 5th Midwest
2012–13 68 19 40 - 4 5 47 0.346 206 312 5th Midwest
2013–14 68 52 14 - 2 0 106 0.779 312 170 2nd Midwest
Total: 1220 537 565 52 44 22 1192 0.489 4161 4643 -

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1996–97 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1997–98 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 3 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1998–99 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1999–2000 Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2000–01 Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
    Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
  • 2001–02 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated London Knights 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
    Defeated Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Lost to Victoriaville Tigres 5-4 (OT) in the Memorial Cup semi-finals.
  • 2002–03 Out of playoffs.
  • 2003–04 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2004–05 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2005–06 Out of playoffs.
  • 2006–07 Out of playoffs.
  • 2007–08 Out of playoffs.
  • 2008–09 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2009–10 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2010–11 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2011–12 Out of playoffs.
  • 2012–13 Out of playoffs.
  • 2013-14 Defeated Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
    Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in conference finals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LECOM becomes official medical provider...". Otters Hockey.com. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Creamer, Chris. "New Otters Jersey Evokes Memories of the Blades". SportsLogos.net Blog. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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