Kanata Lasers

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Kanata Lasers
Kanata Lasers logo, Jan 2014.jpg
City Kanata, Ontario, Canada
League Central Canada Hockey League
Division Yzerman
Founded 1987
Home arena Kanata Recreational Complex
Colours Blue, orange, white,
              
General manager Jeff Hawkins
Head coach Gregg Kennedy
Franchise history
1987-2002 Kanata Valley Lasers
2002-2014 Kanata Stallions
2014-Present Kanata Lasers

The Kanata Lasers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Kanata, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Central Canada Hockey League.

Team history[edit]

The Kanata Valley Lasers began play in the Central Junior Hockey League in 1987-88 when an expansion franchise was granted to Kanata, Ontario, which is a suburb of Ottawa. During their first 15 years as the Valley Lasers, the team never missed the playoffs, had the same head coach, Archie Mulligan, won 2 Art Bogart Cup championships in 1992 and 1997 won the Fred Page Cup in 1997.

In May 2002, the Kanata Sports Club sold the Kanata Valley Lasers to Dynasty Flooring Inc. The new ownership refurbished the team, renamed them the Kanata Stallions, and moved from the Jack Charron Arena to the Kanata Recreation Centre. To date, the Stallions have yet to finish in the top 5 and make the CJHL finals. In fact, in the 2004 playoffs, the Stallions upset the Cumberland Grads in seven games to advance to the semi-finals, but lost to the Nepean Raiders in six games. It was the only time to date that the Stallions made it past the first round of the playoffs. The Stallions missed the playoffs multiple times in recent years.

Kanata Stallions logo (2002-2014)

Kanata named former NHL player Chris Valentine as head coach for 2008-09, but was fired in October after a slow start. He was replaced with Vince Millette. The Stallions broke a CJHL record recently with a 26-game losing streak, breaking the 25 game losing streak held by the 1994-1995 Cumberland Grads.

In April 2010, it was announced that the Kanata Stallions would host the 2012 Fred Page Cup at the Kanata Recreation Centre. In the summer of 2011, head coach Adam Dewan was relieved of his duties. Randy Pierce took over the coaching helm, but was fired in February, leaving Corey Foster to replace him to finish the 2011-12 season. In March 2012, the Stallions missed the playoffs when they failed to win their last key games. Despite this, the Stallions' season was not done- being hosts, the team was given a shot at the Fred Page Cup. Battling against all odds, the Stallions were able to make the semi-finals in the tournament, only to fall to the Bogart Cup Champions and eventual tournament runner-ups, the Nepean Raiders.

In Fall 2013, the Kanata Stallions announced they would be rebranded under a new ownership group. On January 5, 2014 the team tweeted that they will officially be rebranded as the Kanata Lasers, changing their Twitter handle and image. The club also announced new uniforms were in the works as part of the rebranding. At the end of the 2013-14 season, it was announced that Adam Dewan would return as head coach in the 2014-15 season.

To date, the Stallions have 7 alumni playing for the Carleton Ravens of the CIS, as well as numerous players throughout the NCAA Division I and III ranks.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1987-88 56 29 24 3 - 260 280 61 5th CJHL
1988-89 56 31 24 1 0 263 200 63 5th CJHL
1989-90 56 37 14 2 3 305 211 79 3rd CJHL
1990-91 53 36 14 1 2 281 213 75 2nd CJHL
1991-92 57 43 7 0 7 363 219 93 2nd CJHL Won League
1992-93 57 34 16 4 3 347 227 75 2nd CJHL
1993-94 57 33 15 5 4 304 259 75 2nd CJHL
1994-95 54 23 20 7 4 221 229 57 7th CJHL
1995-96 54 22 27 5 0 247 280 49 3rd Yzerman
1996-97 54 42 9 3 0 261 170 87 1st Robinson Won League, Won FPC
1997-98 56 25 18 10 3 255 220 63 3rd Robinson
1998-99 54 30 17 7 0 254 229 67 2nd Yzerman
1999-00 56 25 25 6 0 228 229 56 3rd Yzerman
2000-01 55 32 18 5 0 223 191 72 2nd Yzerman
2001-02 55 26 21 11 0 205 208 63 3rd Yzerman
2002-03 55 18 28 9 4 216 253 49 3rd Yzerman
2003-04 55 21 25 9 0 205 234 51 3rd Yzerman
2004-05 57 16 28 6 7 174 222 45 3rd Yzerman
2005-06 57 26 24 3 4 236 233 59 5th in Yzerman DNQ
2006-07 55 22 22 9 2 161 158 55 5th in Yzerman Lost Quarter-final
2007-08 60 22 32 3 3 185 231 50 8th CJHL
2008-09 60 26 27 - 7 204 235 59 9th CJHL DNQ
2009-10 62 15 42 - 5 180 291 35 11th CJHL DNQ
2010-11 62 28 28 - 6 202 227 62 7th CCHL Lost Quarter-final
2011-12 62 24 32 - 6 214 259 54 9th CCHL DNQ
2012-13 62 28 29 - 5 192 237 61 9th CCHL DNQ
2013-14 62 21 34 - 7 192 260 49 11th CCHL DNQ

Championships[edit]

CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 1992, 1997
Eastern Canadian Fred Page Cup Championships: 1997
CJAHL Royal Bank Cup Championships: None

Notable alumni[edit]

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