Kingston Frontenacs

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Kingston Frontenacs
Kingston Frontenacs Logo.jpg
City Kingston, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division East
Founded 1989 (1989)–90
Home arena Rogers K-Rock Centre
Colours Black, gold and white
              
General manager Canada Doug Gilmour
Head coach Canada Paul McFarland
Affiliate(s) Kingston Voyageurs

Website
www.kingstonfrontenacs.com
Franchise history
1945–52 Kingston Victorias
1952–73 Kingston Frontenacs
1973-88 Kingston Canadians
1988-89 Kingston Raiders
1989-present Kingston Frontenacs
Frontenacs pre-game skate.

The Kingston Frontenacs are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League, based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The team is coached by Paul McFarland and Doug Gilmour is the General Manager. The Frontenacs play home games at the Rogers K-Rock Centre, which opened in 2008.

Team history predates the OHA, back to 1945, to a team known as the Kingston Victorias. This franchise was founded in the OHA in 1973–74, then known as the Kingston Canadians until 1987–88. The team was briefly known as the Kingston Raiders in 1988–89, and as the Frontenacs ever since.

History[edit]

The "Frontenacs" name has been long associated with hockey in the Kingston area. Several teams have been known as the Frontenacs. The origin of the name "Frontenacs" comes from Louis de Buade de Frontenac, governor of New France, who established Fort Frontenac on the site of present-day Kingston. The area surrounding Kingston is Frontenac County.

From 1959 to 1963, there was also a Kingston Frontenacs team in the Eastern Professional Hockey League.

Before 1945[edit]

The city had a team in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Jr. league in the 1910s. NHL Alumni from this team are Alec Connell, Bill Cook, Allan Davidson and Flat Walsh.

There was also an Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Sr. League team from the 1910s to 1940s. NHL Alumni from this team are Mickey Blake, Glen Brydson, Bill Cook, Gus Giesebrecht, Doug Stevenson, Charles Stewart, Carl Voss and Flat Walsh.

Some members of this team then formed an entry in the Ontario Veteran's Hockey League (OVHL) during World War II. NHL Alumni from this team are Hub Macey, Gus Marker, Walt McCartney and Ed Nicholson.

1952–1973[edit]

In 1952, the Kingston Victoria were renamed the Kingston Frontenacs. This team played at the Junior B level, then later at the Junior A level. This Frontenacs team lost in the 1963 Sutherland Cup final to the St. Marys Lincolns, 4 games to 1.

Kingston Canadians (1973-1988)[edit]

The Kingston Canadians arrival in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) for the 1973–74 season, was a result of the Montreal Junior Canadiens switch to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 1972. During the summer of 1972, the QMJHL had threatened a lawsuit against the OHA to force the Junior Canadiens to return to the Quebec-based league. To solve the problem, the OHA granted the Junior Canadiens franchise a "one-year suspension" of operations, while team ownership transferred the team and players into the QMJHL, renaming themselves the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge in the process.

After a one-year hiatus, the OHA then reactivated the suspended franchise under new ownership and with new players, calling the team the Kingston Canadians. The new Kingston team was essentially an expansion franchise promoted from the OHA's Tier II league, that had only common name to share with the old Junior Canadiens. The Tier II Frontenacs originated in the Eastern Junior B Hockey League and date back to at least the early 1940s as the Kingston Victorias. However, in some OHA histories (such as the annual Media Guide) the Kingston team is still shown as the legitimate successors of the Junior Canadiens' legacy.

Kingston Raiders (1988-1989)[edit]

Following a change in ownership the club was renamed Kingston Raiders for one season in 1988–89. Due to ownership problems, the team was sold again following that season.

Kingston Frontenacs (1989-present)[edit]

In 1989, the new ownership, including Wren Blair and Bob Attersley, renamed the team Kingston Frontenacs after the Eastern Professional Hockey League team of which they had both been members. The uniforms and logos were revived from the old franchise. The city embraced and welcomed the new ownership. Wren Blair and Bob Attersley were both hockey legends in their own right. In 1997 Wren Blair would be honoured with the Bill Long Award for distinguished service in the OHL. The club was sold to the Springer family of Kingston in June 1998, with Doug Springer becoming the Owner and Governor.

The Kingston franchise has the second-longest championship drought in the OHL (second to the Sudbury Wolves by one year), and the fourth-longest in the Canadian Hockey League. The lone division title won by the Frontenacs was in the 1994–95 season where the team won the OHL East Division, represented by the Leyden Trophy. In the 1992–93 OHL season, the Frontenacs lost the conference final to Peterborough.

Coaches[edit]

Larry Mavety coached the Frontenacs for much of the teams history. He originally coached the team in 1988–89, when they were still known as the Kingston Raiders. In 1989–90, the first season the franchise was known as the Frontenacs, he won the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL Coach of the Year. Mavety returned to Kingston in 1997 to become the head coach once again, and stayed in that position until midway through the 2002–03 season when he stepped down to focus on his general manager duties. After a slow start in the 2007–08 season, Mavety once again found himself coaching the Frontenacs, where he remained until November 2008 when it was announced that Doug Gilmour had signed a 3-year contract as the team's new coach. Concurrently, it was announced that Mavety would stay on as general manager. Mavety remained as the general manager until the end of the 2010-11 season.

The franchise has had two coaches go on to the NHL as a head coach; Dave Allison, who coached Kingston from 1992–94, coached the Ottawa Senators for 25 games in the 1995–96 season, while Gary Agnew, who coached the Frontenacs from 1994–97, was an interim head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets for five games in the 2006–07 season.

Kingston Canadians (1973–1988)[edit]

During the inaugural season of the Kingston Canadians in 1973–74, Jack Bownass was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHA Coach of the Year.

Former NHL defenceman Jim Morrison coached the team from 1975–82, which was the longest stint a coach had when the club was known as the Canadians.

List of coaches[edit]

(Multiple years in parentheses, totals include all incarnations of the Kingston franchise)

Players[edit]

Paul Coffey is the only former member of the Kingston franchise to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, getting the honour in 2004. In 1977–1978, Coffey played for the Kingston Canadians, as a late season addition from the North York Rangers. He played 8 regular season games and 5 playoff games with the Canadians.

Current roster[edit]

Updated as of September 9, 2014

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
4 Canada Duchesne, ChadChad Duchesne D L 19 2014 Kingston, Ontario
9 Canada Verbeek, RyanRyan Verbeek LW L 18 2013 Kingston, Ontario
11 Canada Dorval, ZackZack Dorval C L 16 2014 Hearst, Ontario
13 Finland Parikko, JarkkoJarkko Parikko D R 17 2014 Lappeenranta, Finland
15 United States Field, SamSam Field RW R 16 2014 Tenafly, New Jersey
17 Canada Kujawinski, RyanRyan Kujawinski C L 19 2012 Iroquois Falls, Ontario
18 Canada Polesello, RobertRobert Polesello LW L 20 2010 Bolton, Ontario
20 Canada McKeown, RolandRoland McKeown D R 18 2012 Listowel, Ontario
21 Canada Schutt, SamuelSamuel Schutt RW L 20 2012 Palmer Rapids, Ontario
26 Canada Nichol, TedTed Nichol C R 17 2013 Listowel, Ontario
40 Canada Peressini, LucasLucas Peressini G L 19 2012 Nobleton, Ontario
55 Canada Watson, MattMatt Watson D R 18 2012 London, Ontario
60 Canada Helvig, JeremyJeremy Helvig G L 17 2013 Markham, Ontario
67 Canada Crouse, LawsonLawson Crouse LW L 17 2013 Mount Brydges, Ontario
77 Canada Steele, WarrenWarren Steele D L 20 2010 Williamsburg, Ontario
80 Canada Lemmon, MackMack Lemmon RW R 19 2013 Aurora, Ontario
81 Canada McGlynn, ConorConor McGlynn C L 19 2011 Oakville, Ontario
82 Finland Lammikko, JuhoJuho Lammikko LW L 18 2014 Noormarkku, Finland
89 Canada O'Grady, ReaganReagan O'Grady D R 15 2014 Brampton, Ontario
92 Canada Pawley, CoreyCorey Pawley LW L 19 2013 Sarnia, Ontario
93 Canada Bennett, SamSam Bennett C L 18 2012 Holland Landing, Ontario
96 Canada Watson, SpencerSpencer Watson RW L 18 2012 London, Ontario

Honoured numbers[edit]

Six numbers have been "honoured" from the Kingston Canadians/Frontenacs. They are not retired and remain in use. (#5 Mike O'Connell, #7 Tony McKegney, #10 Brad Rhiness, #14 Ken Linseman, #17 David Ling, #7 Mike Zigomanis, #88 Keli Corpse)

Award winners[edit]

CHL Player of the Year

CHL Goaltender of the Year

Bobby Smith Trophy
Scholastic Player of the Year

Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy
Humanitarian of the Year

Dave Pinkney Trophy
Lowest Team G.A.A.

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
OHL Scoring Champion

Emms Family Award
Rookie of the Year

F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Lowest Rookie G.A.A.

Jack Ferguson Award
First Overall Draft Pick

Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
Top Scoring Right Winger

Max Kaminsky Trophy
Most Outstanding Defenceman

OHL Goaltender of the Year

Red Tilson Trophy
Most Outstanding Player

William Hanley Trophy
Most Sportsmanlike Player

Team captains[edit]

First round draft picks[edit]

The Kingston franchise has had several players selected in the first round of the NHL draft.

NHL alumni[edit]

Kingston Canadians
Kingston Raiders
Kingston Frontenacs

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 87 1989–90
1994–95
Most wins 42 1989–90
Most goals for 357 1975–76
Least goals for 152 1972–73
Least goals against 218 2000–01
Most goals against 432 1987–88
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Bernie Nicholls 63 1980–81
Most assists Tim Salmon 100 1983–84
Most points Bernie Nicholls 152 1980–81
Most PIMs David Ling 275 1992–93
Most points, rookie Greg Holst 80 1973-74
Most points, defenceman Rik Wilson 100 1980–81
Best GAA, goalie Dayne Davis 2.77 2003–04
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • Kingston Frontenacs 1960–73 (EJBHL & OPJHL)
  • Kingston Canadians 1973–88
  • Kingston Raiders 1988–89
  • Kingston Frontenacs 1989–present

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shoot Out Loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1960–61 20 8 9 3 - - 19 0.475 -- -- 4th EJBHL
1961–62 Statistics Not Available
1962–63 21 20 1 0 - - 40 0.952 153 40 1st EJBHL
1963–64 30 14 11 5 - - 33 0.550 150 122 1st EJBHL
1964–65 26 12 11 3 - - 25 0.519 -- -- 1st EJBHL
1965–66 34 23 9 2 - - 48 0.706 226 140 1st EJBHL
1966–67 Statistics Not Available
1967–68 31 13 14 4 - - 30 0.484 155 135 4th EJBHL
1968–69 30 15 13 2 - - 32 0.533 -- -- 3rd EJBHL
1969–70 30 19 10 1 - - 39 0.650 176 115 2nd EJBHL
1970–71 30 14 11 5 - - 33 0.550 183 170 3rd EJBHL
1971–72 Statistics Not Available
1972–73 44 13 30 1 - - 27 0.307 152 273 12th OPJHL
1973–74 70 20 43 7 - - 47 0.336 256 378 10th in OHA
1974–75 70 25 35 10 - - 60 0.429 297 345 8th in OMJHL
1975–76 66 33 24 9 - - 75 0.568 357 316 3rd in Leyden
1976–77 66 32 24 10 - - 74 0.561 295 259 3rd in Leyden
1977–78 68 27 32 9 - - 63 0.463 288 323 4th in Leyden
1978–79 68 26 38 4 - - 56 0.412 265 306 5th in Leyden
1979–80 68 35 26 7 - - 77 0.566 320 298 4th in Leyden
1980–81 68 39 26 3 - - 81 0.596 334 273 3rd in Leyden
1981–82 68 29 34 5 - - 63 0.463 302 316 5th in Leyden
1982–83 70 24 45 1 - - 49 0.350 351 425 7th in Leyden
1983–84 70 25 45 0 - - 50 0.357 313 378 7th in Leyden
1984–-85 66 18 47 1 - - 37 0.280 239 380 7th in Leyden
1985–86 66 35 28 3 - - 73 0.553 297 257 4th in Leyden
1986–87 66 26 39 1 - - 53 0.402 287 316 4th in Leyden
1987–88 66 14 52 0 - - 28 0.212 246 432 7th in Leyden
1988–89 66 25 36 5 - - 55 0.417 278 313 7th in Leyden
1989–90 66 42 21 3 - - 87 0.659 300 232 2nd in Leyden
1990–91 66 15 47 4 - - 34 0.258 255 382 8th in Leyden
1991–92 66 16 44 6 - - 38 0.288 241 316 8th in Leyden
1992–93 66 36 19 11 - - 83 0.629 314 265 2nd in Leyden
1993–94 66 30 28 8 - - 68 0.515 265 259 5th in Leyden
1994–95 66 40 19 7 - - 87 0.659 284 224 1st in Eastern
1995–96 66 29 31 6 - - 64 0.485 266 267 5th in Eastern
1996–97 66 25 35 6 - - 56 0.424 257 277 4th in Eastern
1997–98 66 35 27 4 - - 74 0.561 330 275 3rd in Eastern
1998–99 68 22 42 4 - - 48 0.353 240 320 5th in East
1999–2000 68 38 22 5 3 - 84 0.618 258 245 3rd in East
2000–01 68 28 28 11 1 - 68 0.500 232 218 4th in East
2001–02 68 18 37 9 4 - 49 0.360 197 272 5th in East
2002–03 68 25 37 2 4 - 56 0.412 222 287 5th in East
2003–04 68 30 28 7 3 - 70 0.515 210 221 2nd in East
2004–05 68 28 33 4 3 - 63 0.463 219 242 4th in East
2005–06 68 37 24 - 4 3 81 0.596 258 237 2nd in East
2006–07 68 31 30 - 5 2 69 0.507 269 284 3rd in East
2007–08 68 25 41 - 0 2 52 0.382 230 317 5th in East
2008–09 68 18 40 - 6 4 46 0.338 200 278 5th in East
2009–10 68 33 30 - 2 3 71 0.522 229 251 2nd in East
2010–11 68 29 30 - 4 5 67 0.493 245 279 3rd in East
2011–12 68 19 41 - 3 5 46 0.338 188 290 5th in East
2012–13 68 27 35 - 3 3 60 0.441 217 273 3rd in East
2013–14 68 39 23 - 3 3 84 0.618 301 255 3rd in East

Playoffs[edit]

Junior B Era

  • 1953–1954 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final round robin
  • 1955–1956 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final round robin
  • 1962–1963 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Defeated Lakeshore Bruins in Sutherland Cup quarter-final 3-games-to-2
    Defeated Burlington Cougars in Sutherland Cup semi-final 3-games-to-none
    Lost Sutherland Cup final to St. Marys Lincolns 4-games-to-1
  • 1963–1964 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Defeated Burlington Cougars in Sutherland Cup quarter-final 4-games-to-1
    Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final to Weston Dukes 4-games-to-none
  • 1964–1965 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Lost Sutherland Cup quarter-final to Hamilton Mountain Bees 4-games-to-2
  • 1969–1970 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final to Hamilton Mountain Bees 4-games-to-3

OPJHL Era

  • 1972-1973 Did Not Qualify.

OHL Era

  • 1973–1974 Out of playoffs.
  • 1974–1975 Lost to Toronto Marlboros in quarter-finals 9 points to 7.
  • 1975–1976 Lost to Ottawa 67's in quarter-finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1976–1977 Defeated Sudbury Wolves in quarter-finals 9 points to 3.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's in semi-finals 9 points to 7.
  • 1977–1978 Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds in first round 6 points to 4.
  • 1978–1979 Defeated Ottawa 67's in first round 6 points to 2.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes in quarter-finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1979–1980 Lost to Sudbury Wolves in first round 3 games to 0.
  • 1980–1981 Defeated Ottawa 67's in division semi-finals 9 points to 5.
    Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds in division finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1981–1982 Lost to Peterborough Petes in first round 6 points to 2.
  • 1982–1983 Out of playoffs.
  • 1983–1984 Out of playoffs.
  • 1984–1985 Out of playoffs.
  • 1985–1986 Defeated Oshawa Generals in first round 8 points to 4.
    Finished 3rd place in round-robin versus Peterborough Petes and Belleville Bulls, and are eliminated.
  • 1986–1987 Defeated Belleville Bulls in first round 4 games to 2.
    Lost to Oshawa Generals in quarter-finals 4 games to 2.
  • 1987–1988 Out of playoffs.
  • 1988–1989 Out of playoffs.
  • 1989–1990 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 3 in first round.
  • 1990–1991 Out of playoffs.
  • 1991–1992 Out of playoffs.
  • 1992–1993 Defeated North Bay Centennials 4 games to 1 in first round.
    Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
  • 1993–1994 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1994–1995 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1995–1996 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1996–1997 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1997–1998 Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 3 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals.
  • 1998–1999 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1999–2000 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2000–2001 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2001–2002 Out of playoffs. (Lost to North Bay Centennials 6 to 2 in 8th place tie-breaker game.)
  • 2002–2003 Out of playoffs.
  • 2003–2004 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2004–2005 Out of playoffs.
  • 2005–2006 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2006–2007 Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2007–2008 Out of playoffs.
  • 2008–2009 Out of playoffs.
  • 2009-2010 Lost to Brampton Battalion 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2010-2011 Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2011–2012 Out of playoffs.
  • 2012-2013 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2013-2014 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.

Team uniforms and logos[edit]

Old frontenacs logo.jpg

The original uniforms and logos of the OHL Frontenacs were revived from the EPHL franchise, which was affiliated with the Boston Bruins. The logo featured a yellow letter 'K' with a black outline, surrounded by black spokes leading to a yellow circle border with the name Kingston Frontenacs in black.

In 2002, the team adopted a new logo with a stylized Count Frontenac. The jerseys feature a star striping pattern similar to Dallas of the NHL, and a modified version of the former "K" logo is used on the shoulder.

In 2007, the Frontenacs unveiled a 3rd jersey, which was black, yellow and white, and very similar looking to the Boston Bruins jerseys from the early 1970s. The "K" logo was used on the front of the jersey. The Frontenacs began wearing these jerseys on February 22, 2008, which was the same night that they opened their new arena.

In 2008, The Frontenacs unveiled a new 3rd jersey which was worn at home between opening night and New Years barring 2 games where the black star jersey was worn. The new jersey was a white version of the black alternate which was worn for the second half of the season.

In 2009, the Frontenacs, along with all CHL teams unveiled new uniforms using RBK EDGE templates. In 2012, the Frontenacs began wearing a newly designed set of uniforms featuring a large K as a logo.

Arenas[edit]

The former home arena of the Frontenacs was the Kingston Memorial Centre, with a seating capacity 3,079 seated, and 3,300 including standing room. Built in 1950, its ice size has unique dimensions of 200' x 92'. The Frontenacs' final game was played at the Memorial Center on February 15, 2008, a 6–4 win over the London Knights. Kyle Paige scored the final goal ever at the Memorial Centre.

The Kingston Frontenacs began play at their new downtown arena, the Rogers K-Rock Centre on February 22, 2008, in a 3–2 loss to the Belleville Bulls. The Frontenacs won their first game at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on February 24, 2008 defeating the Peterborough Petes by a score of 7–4.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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