Fort Saskatchewan Traders

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Fort Saskatchewan Traders
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City Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
League Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division North
Home arena Jubilee Recreation Centre
Colours Black, red and white
Franchise history
1976–2007 Fort Saskatchewan Traders
2007–2012 St. Albert Steel
2012–present Whitecourt Wolverines

The Fort Saskatchewan Traders were an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They played in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, at the Jubilee Recreation Centre, capacity 2000.

Founded: 1976-77
Division titles won: 1983-84
Regular season titles won: 1983-84, 1990-91, 1992-93
League Championships won: 1979, 1984
Doyle Cup Titles: None
Royal Bank Cup Titles: None

History[edit]

The team's name comes from Fort Saskatchewan's history as an North-West Mounted Police trading fort when it was originally settled in the 1870s.

In 1978-79, the Traders completed their most successful season in the AJHL, as they won the league championship, and then defeated the Richmond Sockeyes of the BCHL in the Vernon Cup (forerunner to the Doyle Cup) before falling to the eventual national champion Prince Albert Raiders in six games at the Centennial Cup finals.

The Traders fell upon hard times in their last years as financial difficulties and low attendance left the future of the Traders in doubt. The Traders were reportedly sold to a group representing St. Albert during the 2005-06 season, however the deal failed to gain league approval. Finally, on March 15, 2007, a deal to relocate the Traders to St. Albert for the 2007-08 season was approved, ending the Traders' 31 year run in Fort Saskatchewan.[1] Only the Calgary Canucks have had a longer tenure in one city. Once relocated, the team was renamed the St. Albert Steel. The team relocated again after the 2011-2012 season to Whitecourt where they became the Whitecourt Wolverines.

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
1976-77 60 33 24 3 - 69 292 280 5th Overall ---
1977-78 58 37 21 2 - 76 345 299 3rd Overall ---
1978-79 60 41 18 1 - 83 340 246 2nd Overall Won Championship
1979-80 59 24 35 0 - 48 282 336 6th Overall ---
1980-81 60 23 36 1 - 47 273 316 4th North ---
1981-82 60 30 29 1 - 61 266 288 3rd North ---
1982-83 60 26 34 0 - 52 301 299 3rd North ---
1983-84 60 40 19 1 - 81 325 262 1st North Won Championship
1984-85 60 36 22 2 - 74 312 231 3rd North ---
1985-86 52 21 29 2 - 44 227 256 3rd North ---
1986-87 60 24 34 2 - 50 258 295 4th North ---
1987-88 60 29 30 1 - 59 295 280 2nd North ---
1988-89 60 38 21 1 - 77 304 270 2nd North ---
1989-90 60 33 27 0 - 66 307 263 3rd North ---
1990-91 56 37 15 4 - 78 282 218 1st Overall ---
1991-92 60 31 28 - 1 63 246 251 6th Overall ---
1992-93 56 36 18 - 2 74 248 197 1st Overall ---
1993-94 56 33 21 - 2 67 206 175 3rd Overall ---
1994-95 56 18 34 - 4 40 201 267 9th Overall ---
1995-96 60 36 19 - 5 77 209 189 4th Overall ---
1996-97 60 26 31 - 3 55 247 234 9th Overall ---
1997-98 60 40 18 - 2 82 249 225 3rd Overall ---
1998-99 62 37 24 - 1 75 294 252 3rd North ---
1999-00 64 35 25 - 4 74 1272 255 3rd North ---
2000-01 64 26 32 6 - 58 249 300 7th North ---
2001-02 64 20 41 3 - 43 190 315 7th North ---
2002-03 64 20 36 8 - 48 214 285 7th North ---
2003-04 60 16 39 5 - 37 159 281 8th North Did not qualify
2004-05 64 19 41 4 - 42 157 228 6th North
2005-06 60 37 20 3 - 77 201 179 6th North Lost in First Round
2006-07 60 45 11 4 - 94 286 146 1st North Lost in Final

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1977 Lost Quarter-final
Red Deer Rustlers defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2
  • 1978 Lost Final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Edmonton Crusaders 4-games-to-3
First in semi-final round robin (3-1) vs. Calgary Canucks and St. Albert Saints
Calgary Canucks defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-none
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Calgary Chinooks 4-games-to-none
Second in semi-final round robin (2-2) vs. Calgary Canucks and St. Albert Saints
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Richmond Sockeyes (PJHL) 4-games-to-1 ALTA/BC CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2
  • 1980 Lost Quarter-final
St. Albert Saints defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-none
  • 1981 Lost Quarter-final
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-none
  • 1982 Lost Quarter-final
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2
  • 1983 Lost Quarter-final
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-none
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-none
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-3
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Red Deer Rustlers 4-games-to-none AJHL CHAMPIONS
Langley Eagles (BCJHL) defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2
  • 1985 Lost Semi-final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-2
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-none
  • 1986 Lost Quarter-final
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-1
  • 1987 Lost Quarter-final
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-1
  • 1988 Lost Quarter-final
Hobbema Hawks defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2
  • 1989 Lost Final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Lloydminster Blazers 4-games-to-2
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-none
Red Deer Rustlers defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-1
  • 1990 Lost Quarter-final
Lloydminster Blazers defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-3
  • 1991 Lost Final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-none
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Lloydminster Blazers 4-games-to-1
Calgary Royals defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2
  • 1992 Lost Semi-final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-3
Olds Grizzlys defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-1
  • 1993 Lost Final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 5-games-to-4
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-3
Olds Grizzlys defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-3
  • 1994 Lost Quarter-final
St. Albert Saints defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-3
  • 1995 DNQ
  • 1996 Lost Quarter-final
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-none
  • 1997 DNQ
  • 1998 Lost Final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Lloydminster Blazers 4-games-to-none
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
St. Albert Saints defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2
  • 1999 Lost Quarter-final
Lloydminster Blazers defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-3
  • 2000 Lost Quarter-final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated St. Albert Saints 3-games-to-1
Lloydminster Blazers defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-none
  • 2001 Lost Preliminary
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-2
  • 2002 Lost Preliminary
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-none
  • 2003 DNQ
  • 2004 DNQ
  • 2005 Lost Preliminary
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-none
  • 2006 Lost Preliminary
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-none
  • 2007 Lost Final
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-none
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Okotoks Oilers 4-games-to-1
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-2

Notable alumni[edit]

The following former Traders have gone on to play in the NHL:

Traders who moved on to play for the Canadian Women's National & Olympic Teams:

See also[edit]

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