Kincardine Bulldogs

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Kincardine Bulldogs
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City Kincardine, Ontario[1]
League Western Junior C Hockey League[2]
Founded 1994 (1994)[1]
Home arena Davidson Centre Arena[3]
Colours Blue, Red, and White[4]
General manager Doug Kennedy[5]
Head coach Steve Stepaniak (2014-15)
Previous franchise history
1975-1986[6] Kincardine Kinucks[6]

The Kincardine Bulldogs are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Kincardine, Ontario.[1] They play in the Western Junior C Hockey League.[2]

History[edit]

From 1975 until 1986, the Kincardine Kinucks played in the Central Junior "C" and Grey-Bruce Junior "C" Hockey League.[6] They won the league title in 1979.[7] They made it all the way to the Clarence Schmalz Cup All-Ontario Final where they lost to the Bowmanville Eagles in a four game sweep. The team folded in 1986.[6]

In 1994, Kincardine came back to the Junior "C" loop, now called the Western Junior "C" Hockey League.[1] After taking three seasons to find their niche in the league, the Bulldogs won the league championship five of the next six seasons. In 1998, the Bulldogs made it all the way to the All-Ontario Championship but lost out to the Glanbrook Rangers 4-games-to-1.[7] The Bulldogs were 2006 and 2007 Western Junior "C" Champions. Since 1995, the Bulldogs have yet to suffer a losing season.

In 2004-05, the Bulldogs finished the regular season in second place. Their semi-final match up was against the third seeded Hanover Barons. The Bulldogs defeated the Barons 4-games-to-1. In the league final, the Bulldogs were up against the first seeded Wingham Ironmen. The Ironmen defeated the Bulldogs 4-games-to-3 to win the Western Junior C championship.[8]

The 2005-06 season saw the Bulldogs finish off second in the regular season standings and have a bye through the league quarter-finals. In the semi-final, the Bulldogs locked horns with the third seeded Hanover Barons. The Barons did not prove much of a challenge as the Bulldogs walked through them 4-games-to-none. In the final, the Bulldogs were up against the first seeded Wingham Ironmen. The Bulldogs, despite being the lower seed managed to knock off the Ironmen in 5 games, 4-games-to-1, to win the league and enter into the All-Ontario playdowns for the Clarence Schmalz Cup. In the All-Ontario quarter-final, the Bulldogs ran into the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League's Penetang Kings. Despite a valiant effort by the Bulldogs, the Kings ended their season 4-games-to-2.[8]

The 2006-07 regular season ended with the Bulldogs atop the Western Junior C standings. With a bye in the quarter-finals, the Bulldogs faced a Hanover Barons squad just fresh off of eliminating the Mount Forest Patriots. The Bulldogs kept it quick and beat the Barons 4-games-to-1. In the final, the Bulldogs met the Walkerton Hawks. The Hawks had just finished their best season in years, and were looking for more. The Bulldogs curtailed the Hawks and beat them 4-games-to-1 for a second straight league title. In the All-Ontario playdowns, the Bulldogs again locked horns with the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League's Penetang Kings. Everything seemed in hand for the Bulldogs, who by game four were leading the series 3-games-to-1. To the Bulldog's dismay, the Kings roared back and won three straight to win the series 4-games-to-3.[8]

Season-by-Season Standings[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1975-76 31 9 20 2 - 156 227 20 4th CJCHL
1976-77 36 19 16 1 - 258 235 39 4th CJCHL
1977-78 35 4 27 4 - 91 178 12 6th CJCHL
1978-79 30 21 5 4 - 224 149 46 1st CJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
1979-80 29 12 14 3 - 154 152 27 5th CJCHL
1980-81 29 9 15 5 - 149 172 23 5th GBJCHL
1981-82 30 23 6 1 - 208 129 47 1st GBJCHL
1982-83 29 25 3 1 - 202 98 51 1st GBJCHL
1983-84 30 16 11 3 - 174 156 35 3rd GBJCHL
1984-85 30 6 19 5 - 140 163 17 6th GBJCHL
1985-86 30 12 16 2 - 152 184 26 4th GBJCHL
1986-94 Did Not Participate
1994-95 30 3 26 1 - 81 189 7 7th WJCHL
1995-96 29 17 10 2 - 140 107 36 3rd WJCHL
1996-97 28 21 3 4 - 169 100 46 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Semi-Final
1997-98 35 28 5 2 - 199 99 58 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
1998-99 36 30 3 3 - 220 74 63 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Semi-Final
1999-00* 34 30 1 3 - 191 73 63 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Semi-Final
2000-01 39 30 6 3 - 224 81 63 2nd WJCHL Lost Final
2001-02 35 27 7 1 - 183 106 55 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Semi-Final
2002-03 35 24 8 - 3 175 100 51 1st WJCHL Lost Final
2003-04 33 21 5 6 1 138 81 49 2nd WJCHL Lost Final
2004-05 40 25 14 1 0 151 114 51 2nd WJCHL Lost Final
2005-06 40 32 6 2 0 193 90 66 2nd WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Quarter-final
2006-07 39 32 5 0 2 246 103 66 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Quarter-final
2007-08 40 36 3 - 1 240 93 73 1st WJCHL Lost Final
2008-09 36 26 8 - 2 203 97 54 2nd WJCHL
2009-10 36 20 13 - 3 112 102 43 4th WJCHL Lost Semi-final
2010-11 36 18 16 - 2 148 150 38 4th WJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2011-12 36 18 15 - 3 114 126 39 5th WJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2012-13 36 25 10 - 1 176 125 51 2nd WJCHL Lost Final
2013-14 35 17 16 - 2 146 138 36 4th WJCHL Lost Semi-final

(*) The 1999-00 Season was altered drastically due to the folding of the Lakeshore Pirates. As a disproportionate amount of games had been played by each team against Lakeshore, all history of these games were erased.[9]

Clarence Schmalz Cup Appearances[edit]

1979: Bowmanville Eagles defeated Kincardine Kinucks 4-games-to-none[7]
1998: Glanbrook Rangers defeated Kincardine Bulldogs 4-games-to-1[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kincardine Bulldogs
  2. ^ a b Western C Teams | Western Junior C Hockey League | Junior C | Leagues | Ontario Hockey Association
  3. ^ ArenaMaps.com | Davidson Centre Arena | Kincardine | ON | Canada
  4. ^ Kincardine Bulldogs Jr. C. Hockey Club
  5. ^ Kincardine Bulldogs | Western C Teams | Western Junior C Hockey League | Junior C | Leagues | Ontario Hockey Association
  6. ^ a b c d KincardineKinucks
  7. ^ a b c d Ontario Hockey Association 2006-2007 Constitution, Regulations and Rules of Competition by The Ontario Hockey Association (2006)
  8. ^ a b c d Home | Ontario Hockey Association
  9. ^ Owen Sound Sun Times Sports Section, November 1999.
  10. ^ Owen Sound Sun Times Sports Section final standings
  11. ^ London Free Press Sports Section final standings
  12. ^ Mount Forest Confederate Sports Section final standings
  13. ^ Owen Sound Sun Times Sports Section for Goal totals

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