Essex 73's

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Essex 73's
Essex 73's
Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League
City Essex, Ontario
Founded 1973
Division South
Head Coach Gil Langlois
General Manager Scott Miller
Arena Essex Centre Sports Complex
Team Colors Orange, Black, and White
League Champions 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014
Clarence Schmalz Cups 1975, 1977, 1978, 2002, 2005, 2009

The Essex 73's are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Essex, Ontario. The 73's are members of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey Association. The 73's have won the GLJHL playoff championship 18 times and the Clarence Schmalz Cup as Provincial Junior C Champions 6 times.

History[edit]

The Essex 73’s have competed in the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League since the 1973-74 season. In total, the club has won 18 Great Lakes Junior C League Championships and 6 All Ontario Junior C titles. By both measures, they are the most successful team in Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League history. Their 6 Clarence Schmalz Cup (CSC) wins and 13 CSC finals appearances are both Ontario Junior C records.

Essex goalie warming up during 2012 playoffs.
73's goalie in 40th anniversary commemorative jersey during 2013 Schmalz Cup finals.

With Dave Prpich behind the bench the 73’s won four league titles in a row from 1974-75 to 1978-79, including three All Ontario Championships in that span. The 73’s would claim two more Great Lakes League Championships in the 80’s in 1985-86 and 1986-87.

After some struggles in the early to mid 90’s the 73’s got back into winning form taking the title for the first time in ten years in 1997-98 the team won the Great Lakes League Championship by defeating the Wallaceburg Lakers in the league final. Their loss to the Kincardine Bulldogs in the All Ontario semi-finals marked the 73's most successful season in a decade.

In the 2001-02 season General Manager Al Lemay brought aboard Head Coach Tony Piroski who coached the team from 2001-2010. The 73's had great success under Piroski and in his first season the 73’s won the Great Lakes League and the All Ontario Title defeating the Uxbridge Bruins in the finals.

On September 27, 2003 19 year old forward Glen Ivancic was fatally stabbed in Windsor. A banner #25 hanged from the rafters at the Essex Memorial Arena for years before it was given to his parents.

Essex players warming up during 2012 playoffs.

The team reached the All Ontario Junior C Finals five straight seasons (tying an Ontario Junior C Record), defeating the Grimsby Peach Kings in 2005 but losing to the Penetang Kings in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 they faced the offensive powerhouse Alliston Hornets and were defeated in a memorable game 7 overtime loss in Essex. The 2008-2009 season saw the 73's finish with a remarkable 59 wins, 1 overtime loss, 1 regulation loss, and 1 shoot-out loss (including play-offs). The team finished with 31 wins and 0 losses at home in their final season in the historic Essex Memorial Arena. The 73's returned to the finals in 2009 to face Alliston for the second straight year and the 73's fifth consecutive Clarence Schmalz Cup Finals appearance. Essex overwhelmed Alliston on their way to a four game sweep to win the provincial title. In nine seasons under Piroski the 73's won 7 Great Lakes League Championships and claimed the Clarence Schmalz Cup 3 times as All Ontario Champions.

The 73's re-hired Les Garrod to the team in the 2010-2011 season, the team would finish 2nd place to the Belle River Canadiens and go out in the first round to the Wheatley Sharks in 7 games, it would be the first time in 15 years (1996–97) that the team did not make it out of the First round. Garrod and staff resigned at the end of the season.

The 73's brought aboard former Windsor Spitfire Scott Miller for the 2011 season as the clubs General Manager and hired former Lasalle Vipers assistant Gil Langois as the teams Head Coach. This tandem has delivered three consecutive Great Lakes League Championships and two Clarence Schmalz Cup Finals appearances. In 2013 the 73's swept both Ayr and the familiar Niagara champion Grimsby before losing in the CSC finals 4 games to 1 to the Picton Pirates. 2014 featured a more difficult road to the CSC finals with a high scoring 7 game quarter final against Dorchester along with a 5 game semi-final victory over the Western League champion Wingham Ironmen before the 73's were swept in the Schmalz Cup finals by the Lakefield Chiefs who eliminated the defending champions from Picton as well as the Grimsby Peach Kings on their way to the final.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1973-74 44 34 6 4 - 357 160 72 1st GLJHL Lost "C" Final (Leamington)
1974-75 42 33 8 1 - 292 155 67 1st GLJHL Won League (Leamington)
Won CSC SF (New Hamburg)
Won CSC Final (Lindsay)
1975-76 42 30 9 3 - 297 159 63 1st GLJHL Won League (Dresden)
Won CSC SF (Clinton)
Lost CSC Final (Dunnville)
1976-77 42 27 11 4 - 236 164 58 1st GLJHL Won League (Dresden)
Won CSC SF (Listowel)
Won CSC Final (Bowmanville)
1977-78 42 39 2 1 - 377 105 79 1st GLJHL Won League (Dresden)
Won CSC QF (Listowel)
Won CSC SF (Flamborough)
Won CSC Final (Bowmanville)
1978-79 40 25 13 2 - 291 222 52 2nd GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Leamington)
1979-80 42 25 13 4 - 280 215 54 2nd GLJHL Lost Final (Leamington)
1980-81 42 32 7 3 - 325 165 67 1st GLJHL Won League (Leamington)
Won CSC QF (Wingham)
Won CSC SF (Woodstock)
Lost CSC Final (Bowmanville)
1981-82 39 23 13 3 - 241 177 49 3rd GLJHL Lost Final (Leamington)
1982-83 40 19 17 4 - 244 232 42 4th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)
1983-84 39 14 20 5 - 221 204 33 6th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Leamington)
1984-85 40 26 11 3 - 254 161 55 2nd GLJHL Lost Final (Belle River)
1985-86 40 25 9 6 - 229 144 56 1st GLJHL Won League (Mooretown)
Won CSC QF (Hanover)
Lost CSC SF (Norwich)
1986-87 38 26 11 1 0 236 163 53 2nd GLJHL Won League (Dresden)
Lost CSC QF (Hanover)
1987-88 39 18 15 4 2 210 167 42 6th GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Leamington)
1988-89 38 19 15 2 2 210 184 44 7th GLJHL Lost Division Semi-final (Leamington)
1989-90 40 9 30 1 0 129 260 19 10th GLJHL DNQ
1990-91 42 19 19 2 2 190 195 42 6th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Amherstburg)
1991-92 41 22 15 3 1 203 169 48 4th GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Belle River)
1992-93 40 14 24 1 1 166 224 30 9th GLJHL DNQ
1993-94 40 16 22 2 0 206 232 34 8th GLJHL DNQ
1994-95 41 10 26 3 2 133 204 25 10th GLJHL DNQ
1995-96 41 16 18 7 0 150 145 39 8th GLJHL DNQ
1996-97 40 20 16 2 2 161 162 44 6th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Kingsville)
1997-98 45 27 12 6 0 210 132 60 3rd GLJHL Won League (Wallaceburg)
Lost CSC SF (Kincardine)
1998-99 39 31 7 1 0 213 122 63 3rd GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Wallaceburg)
1999-00 43 17 20 2 4 139 153 40 5th GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Belle River)
2000-01 40 22 12 6 0 153 143 50 4th GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Belle River)
2001-02 40 30 8 0 2 159 97 62 1st GLJHL Won League (Wheatley-Southpoint)
Won CSC SF (Woodstock)
Won CSC Final (Uxbridge)
2002-03 40 33 4 3 0 161 91 69 1st GLJHL Won League (Wheatley-Southpoint)
Lost CSC SF (Grimsby)
2003-04 40 33 3 4 0 152 77 70 1st GLJHL Lost Final (Dresden)
2004-05 40 32 5 1 2 206 81 67 1st GLJHL Won League (Dresden)
Won CSC SF (Wingham)
Won CSC Final (Grimsby)
2005-06 40 25 11 3 1 160 99 54 4th GLJHL Won League (Wheatley-Southpoint)
Won CSC SF (Simcoe)
Lost CSC Final (Penetang)
2006-07 40 32 4 2 2 182 90 68 1st GLJHL Won League (Belle River)
Won CSC SF (Grimsby)
Lost CSC Final (Penetang)
2007-08 40 33 3 2 2 216 91 70 1st GLJHL Won League (Wallaceburg)
Won CSC SF (Grimsby)
Lost CSC Final (Alliston)
2008-09 40 39 0 - 1 202 73 79 1st GLJHL Won League (Dresden)
Won CSC SF (Norwich)
Won CSC Final (Alliston)
2009-10 40 29 9 - 2 187 101 60 2nd GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Belle River)
2010-11 39 26 12 - 1 167 120 53 3rd GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Wheatley)
2011-12 40 33 6 - 1 185 124 67 1st GLJHL Won League (Belle River)
Lost CSC SF (Grimsby)
2012-13 40 32 6 - 2 205 89 66 1st GLJHL Won League (Wheatley)
Won CSC QF (Ayr)
Won CSC SF (Grimsby)
Lost CSC Final (Picton)
2013-14 40 34 3 - 3 212 95 71 1st GLJHL Won League (Belle River)
Won CSC QF (Dorchester)
Won CSC SF (Wingham)
Lost CSC Final (Lakefield)

2014-2015 Coaching Staff[edit]

Essex goalie warming up during 2013 playoffs. Wearing black road jersey.
  • Director of Hockey Operations - Rick Schuchard
  • Genral Manager - Scott Miller
  • Assistant Manager - Steve Caldwell
  • President - Gord Andry
  • Head Coach - Gil Langlois
  • Assistant Coach - Craig Miller
  • Assistant Coach - Pat Chittle
  • Assistant Coach - Cam Crowder
  • Goalie Coach - Brian Spearing
  • Equipment Manager - Tyson Tatomir
  • Dressing Room Manager - Frank Matthys
  • Trainer - Adam Ripley

Clarence Schmalz Cup Appearances[edit]

1975: Essex 73's defeated Lindsay Muskies 4-games-to-3
1976: Dunnville Terriers defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-2
1977: Essex 73's defeated Bowmanville Eagles 4-games-to-2
1978: Essex 73's defeated Bowmanville Eagles 4-games-to-1
1981: Bowmanville Eagles defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-2
2002: Essex 73's defeated Uxbridge Bruins 4-games-to-3
2005: Essex 73's defeated Grimsby Peach Kings 4-games-to-3
2006: Penetang Kings defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-1
2007: Penetang Kings defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-1
2008: Alliston Hornets defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-3
2009: Essex 73's defeated Alliston Hornets 4-games-to-none
2013: Picton Pirates defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-1
2014: Lakefield Chiefs defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-none

Notable alumni[edit]

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