Guelph Storm

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Guelph Storm
Guelph Storm Logo.svg
City Guelph, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Midwest
Founded 1991 (1991)–92
Home arena Sleeman Centre
Colours Crimson, white, and black
              
General manager Canada Mike Kelly
Head coach Canada Scott Walker
Affiliate(s) Guelph Hurricanes

Website
www.guelphstorm.com
Franchise history
1904–89 Toronto Marlboros
1989–91 Dukes of Hamilton
1991–present Guelph Storm
Guelph Storm face off on home ice. February 15th, 2006

The Guelph Storm are a major junior ice hockey team based in Guelph, Ontario. They have played in the OHL since the 1991–92 season. The team plays home games at the Sleeman Centre.

History[edit]

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.

Guelph reached the OHL finals in 1995 and 1996. The team qualified for the 1996 Memorial Cup by playing against the Memorial Cup host Peterborough Petes in the OHL final.

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.

Two years later, the Storm won their second OHL Championship, and returned to the 2004 Memorial Cup hosted in Kelowna, British Columbia.

In the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, defenceman Drew Doughty was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings, the highest ever selection of a Guelph Storm player.

During their time in Guelph, the Storm have a gained a reputation as a "player's" franchise with a winning tradition.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] This is a practice that was instituted by former coach Jeff Jackson years ago and is still in effect today.

Championships[edit]

The Guelph Storm have appeared in the Memorial Cup tournament four times, won the J. Ross Robertson Cup three times, won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy four times, and have won five division titles.

Coaches[edit]

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.

Dave Barr coached the team from 2004–08, and won the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2005–06. He is currently an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.

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–present - Scott Walker

Players[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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.

NHL alumni[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated as of September 9, 2014

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
3 United States Rhodes, KyleKyle Rhodes D R 16 2013 Powhatan, Virginia
4 Canada Carroll, NoahNoah Carroll D L 16 2013 Strathroy, Ontario
5 Canada Rapp, AleksAleks Rapp RW R 17 2013 Mississauga, Ontario
6 Switzerland Baltisberger, PhilPhil Baltisberger D L 18 2013 Zurich, Switzerland
7 Canada Harpur, BenBen Harpur D L 19 2011 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
8 Canada Leslie, ZacZac Leslie D L 20 2010 Ottawa, Ontario
9 Canada Fabbri, RobbyRobby Fabbri C L 18 2012 Mississauga, Ontario
10 Canada Hall, AustinAustin Hall D R 17 2013 Belle River, Ontario
11 Canada Dickinson, JasonJason Dickinson LW L 19 2011 Georgetown, Ontario
12 Canada Hilton, JesseJesse Hilton RW R 16 2014 Stoney Creek, Ontario
13 Canada Craievich, AdamAdam Craievich RW R 17 2013 Sarnia, Ontario
14 Canada Boston, TylerTyler Boston C R 17 2013 Newmarket, Ontario
15 Canada Stevens, MarcMarc Stevens RW R 18 2012 Turkey Point, Ontario
17 Canada Bertuzzi, TylerTyler Bertuzzi LW L 19 2011 Sudbury, Ontario
19 Canada Pierog, StephenStephen Pierog C R 20 2014 Guelph, Ontario
20 Canada Auger, JustinJustin Auger RW R 20 2010 Waterloo, Ontario
21 Canada McEwan, JamesJames McEwan LW L 17 2013 Chatham, Ontario
22 Switzerland Suter, PiusPius Suter C L 19 2013 Wallisellen, Switzerland
23 Canada Hotchkiss, MatthewMatthew Hotchkiss RW R 16 2014 Whitby, Ontario
26 Canada Bauman, ChaddChadd Bauman D L 19 2011 Conestogo, Ontario
27 Canada McFadden, GarrettGarrett McFadden D L 17 2013 Kincardine, Ontario
31 Canada Mancina, MatthewMatthew Mancina G L 18 2012 Tecumseh, Ontario
39 Canada Nichols, JustinJustin Nichols G L 19 2013 St. Catharines, Ontario

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 108 2013–14
Most wins 52 2013–14
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
Statistic Player Total 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

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
1991–92 66 4 51 11 - - 19 0.1440 235 425 8th Emms
1992–93 66 27 33 6 - - 60 0.455 298 360 7th Emms
1993–94 66 32 28 6 - - 70 0.530 323 290 3rd Emms
1994–95 66 47 14 5 - - 99 0.750 330 200 1st Central
1995–96 66 45 16 5 - - 95 0.720 297 186 1st Central
1996–97 66 35 25 6 - - 78 0.576 300 251 2nd Central
1997–98 66 42 18 6 - - 90 0.682 263 189 1st Central
1998–99 68 44 22 2 - - 90 0.662 300 218 1st Midwest
1999–2000 68 29 34 4 1 - 63 0.456 250 256 4th Midwest
2000–01 68 34 23 9 2 - 79 0.566 227 205 2nd Midwest
2001–02 68 41 22 4 1 - 87 0.596 246 218 2nd Midwest
2002–03 68 29 28 9 2 - 69 0.493 217 208 3rd Midwest
2003–04 68 49 14 5 0 - 103 0.757 276 182 2nd Midwest
2004–05 68 23 34 10 1 - 57 0.412 167 189 5th Midwest
2005–06 68 40 24 - 1 3 84 0.618 232 206 3rd Midwest
2006–07 68 33 23 - 3 9 78 0.574 215 200 3rd Midwest
2007–08 68 34 25 - 5 4 77 0.566 213 187 3rd Midwest
2008–09 68 35 26 - 4 3 77 0.566 226 209 2nd Midwest
2009–10 68 35 29 - 3 1 74 0.544 242 255 3rd Midwest
2010–11 68 34 27 - 4 3 75 0.551 249 258 4th Midwest
2011–12 68 31 31 - 2 4 68 0.500 234 238 4th Midwest
2012–13 68 39 23 - 2 4 84 0.618 253 210 4th Midwest
2013–14 68 52 12 - 2 2 108 0.794 340 191 1st Midwest

Playoffs[edit]

  • 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.

Uniforms and logos[edit]

Old guelph storm logo.png

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.

Arenas[edit]

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

Profiles and photos from "The OHL Arena & Travel Guide:"

See also[edit]

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