|League||Ontario Hockey League|
|Home arena||Sleeman Centre|
|Colours||Crimson, white, and black
|General manager||Mike Kelly|
|Head coach||Scott Walker|
|1989–91||Dukes of Hamilton|
The franchise started as the Toronto Marlboros, who moved to Hamilton to become the Dukes of Hamilton in 1989. Following the 1990–91 season, the franchise was relocated to Guelph and renamed the Storm.
The first year in Guelph was dismal, but the building process for Guelph was soon successful. The Storm finished first place in the 1994–95 season. General Manager Mike Kelly was voted the OHL Executive of the Year and Craig Hartsburg voted the Coach of the Year for the Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League. Draft picks from the early years in Guelph include Jeff O'Neill and Todd Bertuzzi.
The Storm won their first J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1998. This success continued into the Memorial Cup Tournament as the Storm rallied to the Championship Game where they lost to the Portland Winter Hawks in overtime in the final game.
In the year 2000, the team moved from the historic but aging Guelph Memorial Gardens into the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre (since renamed the Sleeman Centre). The Storm were selected to host the 2002 Memorial Cup tournament. It marked the team's third appearance in the national junior championship, their first as host team.
During their time in Guelph, the Storm have a gained a reputation as a "player's" franchise with a winning tradition. Annually, Guelph Storm players are among the highest in academic achievements, winning the Bobby Smith Trophy five times.
The Storm is frequently-noticed and often commended by hockey fans around the league for the way their players very respectfully stand still and at attention until well after the national anthem is finished. This is a practice that was instituted by former coach Jeff Jackson years ago and is still in effect today.
Craig Hartsburg was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL Coach of the Year for the 1994–95 season, and was also voted the Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year. He is a former NHL defenceman with the Minnesota North Stars. He has also been the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Ottawa Senators as well as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He has twice been an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.
List of coaches with multiple seasons in parentheses.
- 1991–1992 - Ron Ivany, Mike Kelly, Bill LaForge
- 1992–1994 - John Lovell (2)
- 1994–1995 - Craig Hartsburg
- 1995–1997 - E.J. McGuire (2)
- 1997–1998 - George Burnett
- 1998–1999 - Geoff Ward
- 1999–2000 - Paul Gillis
- 2000–2002 - Jeff Jackson (3)
- 2002–2003 - Jeff Jackson, Shawn Camp
- 2003–2004 - Shawn Camp (2)
- 2004–2008 - Dave Barr (4)
- 2008–2010 - Jason Brooks
- 2010-interim - Mike Kelly (2-1-0 record)
- 2010–2015 - Scott Walker
- 2015–interim - Bill Stewart
- 1992 - Jeff O'Neill, Jack Ferguson Award (First Overall draft pick) and Emms Family Award (Rookie of the Year)
- 1993–94 - Jeff O'Neill, CHL Top Draft Prospect Award
- 1994–95 - Jamie Wright, Bobby Smith Trophy (Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 1994–95 - Mark McArthur and Andy Adams, Dave Pinkney Trophy (Lowest team GAA)
- 1995–96 - Dan Cloutier and Brett Thompson, Dave Pinkney Trophy (Lowest team GAA)
- 1995–96 - Brett Thompson, F.W. 'Dinty' Moore Trophy (Best rookie GAA)
- 1995–96 - Jeff Williams, William Hanley Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player)
- 1997–98 - Manny Malhotra, Bobby Smith Trophy (Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 2000–01 - Craig Anderson, OHL Goaltender of the Year
- 2000–01 - Dustin Brown, Bobby Smith Trophy (Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 2001–02 - Dustin Brown, Bobby Smith Trophy (Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 2002–03 - Dustin Brown, Canadian Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year and Bobby Smith Trophy (Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 2003–04 - Martin St. Pierre, Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Overage Player of the Year)
- 2003–04 - Martin St. Pierre, Wayne Gretzky 99 Award (Playoffs MVP)
- 2005–06 - Ryan Callahan, Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Overage Player of the Year)
- 2007–08 - Drew Doughty, Max Kaminsky Trophy (Most Outstanding Defenceman)
- 2008–09 - Tim Priamo, Roger Neilson Memorial Award (Top Academic College/University Player)
- 2009–10 - Taylor Beck, Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy (Top Scoring Right Winger)
- 2010–11 - Matej Machovsky, F.W. 'Dinty' Moore Trophy (Best rookie GAA)
- 2013-14 - Robby Fabbri, Wayne Gretzky 99 Award (Playoffs MVP)
18 - Paul Fendley, a former member of the Guelph CMC's who died in an on-ice accident at Guelph Memorial Gardens in 1972. His number has not been issued to a player since, by the Guelph CMC's, Guelph Platers, or Guelph Storm. The number was officially retired in a ceremony before a November 15, 2008 game.
- Craig Anderson
- Eric Beaudoin
- Taylor Beck
- Chris Beckford-Tseu
- Ken Belanger
- Todd Bertuzzi
- Dustin Brown
- Ryan Callahan
- Dan Cloutier
- Sylvain Cloutier
- Jeff Cowan
- Matt D'Agostini
- Kevin Dallman
- Aaron Downey
- Drew Doughty
- Daniel Girardi
- Chris Hajt
- Dwayne Hay
- Peter Holland
- Greg Jacina
- Cam Janssen
- Manny Malhotra
- Kent McDonell
- Brian McGrattan
- Rumun Ndur
- Jeff O'Neill
- Daniel Paille
- Ryan Parent
- Richard Panik
- Mike Prokopec
- Matt Ryan
- Kerby Rychel
- Martin St. Pierre
- Charlie Stephens
- Alek Stojanov
- Daniel Taylor
- Fedor Tyutin
- Ryan Vandenbussche
- Herbert Vasiljevs
- Brian Wesenberg
- Brian Willsie
- Jamie Wright
Updated as of March 11, 2015
|Team records for a single season|
|Most goals for||340||2013-14|
|Least goals for||167||2004-05|
|Least goals against||182||2003–04|
|Most goals against||425||1991–92|
|Individual player records for a single season|
|Most goals||Todd Bertuzzi||54||1994–95|
|Most assists||Jeff O'Neill||81||1993–94/1994–95|
|Most points||Jeff O'Neill||126||1993–94|
|Most points, rookie||Jeff O'Neill||79||1992–93|
|Most points, defenseman||Kevin Dallman||86||2001–02|
|Best GAA (goalie)||Thomas McCollum||2.39||2006–07|
|Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played|
Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss
- 1991–92 - Out of playoffs.
- 1992–93 - Lost to Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 1 in first round.
- 1993–94 - Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in division semi-finals.
- 1994–95 - First place in OHL. Earned first round bye.
Defeated Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
Lost to Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 2 in finals.
- 1995–96 - First place in OHL. Earned first round bye.
Defeated Niagara Falls Thunder 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 3 in finals.
Finished 4th place in Memorial Cup hosted by Peterborough Petes.
- 1996–97 - Defeated Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
Defeated S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 3 in semi-finals.
- 1997–98 - First place in OHL. Earned first round bye.
Defeated Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
Defeated Ottawa 67's 4 games to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup in 2nd place.
Defeated Spokane Chiefs 2-1 (OT) in semi-finals.
Lost to Portland Winter Hawks 4-3 (OT) in finals. Finished 2nd place in Memorial Cup.
- 1998–99 - Defeated Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
- 1999–2000 - Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2000–01 - Lost to Brampton Battalion 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2001–02 - Defeated Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup tied for third place.
Lost to Victoriaville Tigres 4-3 in tiebreaker game. Finished 4th place as hosts of Memorial Cup.
- 2002–03 - Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
- 2003–04 - Defeated Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
Defeated London Knights 4 games to 3 in conference finals.
Defeated Mississauga Ice Dogs 4 games to 0 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
Finished 4th place in Memorial Cup hosted by Kelowna Rockets.
- 2004–05 - Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2005–06 - Defeated Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
- 2006–07 - Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2007–08 - Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
- 2008–09 - Lost to Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2009–10 - Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2010–11 - Lost to Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2011–12 - Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2012–13 - Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2013-14 - Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals
Defeated Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
Defeated North Bay Battalion 4 games to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup in 1st place.
Lost to Edmonton Oil Kings 6-3 in finals. Finished 2nd place in Memorial Cup
- 2014–15 - Defeated Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
Uniforms and logos
For the 2007/08 season, the team switched to a crimson and white colour scheme with the same logo that was on the last jerseys, except the "stripes" that appear across the "belly" of the Storm logo itself were modified from black to crimson. The white jersey has "STORM" written on top of the logo, and the crimson jersey has "GUELPH" above the logo. The new shoulder patches, featuring the alternate "GS" logo, have been redesigned and are meant to be read from the inside (the "G") outward (the "S").
The Guelph Storm primary logo is the team mascot "Spyke" surrounded by a twister with the team name above it. The team colours are white, grey, crimson and black. Home jerseys have a white background, and away jerseys have a crimson background.
The previous Guelph Storm logo (inset right) was used from 1991 to 1995. The team colours then were white, blue, grey and black. Home jerseys had a white background and away jerseys had a blue background.
- Uniforms & Logos - from www.sportslogos.net
The Guelph Storm played at the Guelph Memorial Gardens from 1991 until the year 2000 when moving to the new Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre, since renamed the Sleeman Centre. The GSEC was built into what was a former Eaton's department store in a downtown shopping mall. The GSEC hosted the 2001 Hershey Cup and the 2002 Memorial Cup.
- Ice Size = 200' x 85'
- Capacity = 4,361 seating, 4,981 with standing
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