Espanola Rivermen

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Espanola Rivermen
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City Espanola, Ontario, Canada
League Canadian International Hockey League
Founded 2013[1]
Home arena Espanola Regional Recreational Complex
Owner(s) Tim Clayden[2]
General manager Chad Clarke[3]
Head coach Tom McCarthy[4]

The Espanola Rivermen[5] are a Canadian junior ice hockey franchise based in Espanola, Ontario, Canada.[6] They were founded as a part of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League,[7] but joined the Canadian International Hockey League after one season.

History[edit]

The Espanola Rivermen were granted expansion in the summer of 2013 to the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.[8] They are the first junior club in Espanola since the demise of the Espanola Kings of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League and first NOJHL franchise since the Espanola Screaming Eagles.[9]

As a condition of expansion, Tim Clayden, former owner of the North Bay Trappers[10] and the Trenton Golden Hawks,[11] would have to sell his Trappers' franchise to get the team in Espanola. When a buyer was found for the Trappers, his expansion was granted.

The Rivermen's first ever game was played in Kirkland Lake, Ontario against the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners on September 6, 2013.[12][13] Despite an early 2-0 lead, the Rivermen would lose the game 8-3. Brandon Janke scored the first goal in team history, while Griffin Strain played the game in net.[14] The next night, the Rivermen travelled to Iroquois Falls, Ontario to play the Abitibi Eskimos. The Rivermen won 3-1 to pick up their first ever franchise victory. Strain would get the win in net.[15]

The Rivermen's first ever home game was on September 27, 2013, as they host the Sudbury Nickel Barons.[16] The Rivermen would win the game 5-4. The first home ice goal was scored by Cray Roberge, 14:35 into the first period, on a penalty shot. Brennan Dubchak would score the eventual winning goal 9:04 into the third period while Griffin Strain made 44 saves to pick up the historic win.[17]

With the Canadian International Hockey League's future uncertain for next season, the Espanola Rivermen are seeking to rejoin the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League or join the former CIHL teams in the World United Hockey League.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2013-14 56 32 23 0 1 218 187 65 3rd NOJHL Lost Semi-final

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