Amherstburg Admirals

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Amherstburg Admirals
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City Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
League Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League
Founded 1987 (1987)
Home arena United Communities Credit Union Complex
Colors Blue, Yellow, and White
              
Head coach Greg Prymack
Franchise history
1987-2013 Kingsville Comets
2013-Present Amherstburg Admirals

The Amherstburg Admirals are a Canadian junior ice hockey club based in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. They are members of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.

From 1987 until 2013, the team was located in Kingsville, Ontario as the Kingsville Comets.

History[edit]

Opening ceremonies to 2013-14 season.
Admirals' player lining up for draw (2013).

In the late 1980s the perennial powerhouse Leamington Flyers seemed poised to make a jump to the Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League. The GLJHL granted expansion to the Comets right on Leamington's doorstep. In 1992, the Flyers finally made the jump and a lot of the local skill attributed to the Flyers switched over to the Comets. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s the Comets would be competitive. As the 2000s wore on, despite a newly renovated arena from the municipality,[1] performance on the ice and attendance greatly declined.

The 2011-2012 season was the Kingsville Comets 25th year of play in the Great Lakes Jr. C league.

Admirals' goalie during 2013-14 season, wearing "baby blues".

In April 2013, the team had struck a tentative deal with the Ontario Hockey Association and the Town of Amherstburg, Ontario to relocate the struggling franchise. Amherstburg had recently constructed a new arena which only required minor upgrades to host a Junior C team.[2] In 26 years in Kingsville the team failed to win a league championship or appear in the GLJHL final. Due to Kingsville's location, the Comets usually ran into either the Essex 73's or the Belle River Canadiens by either the division semi-final or final. In the Comets' 26 seasons, Essex and Belle River combined for 22 league titles.

On September 15, 2013, the Admirals made their hometown debut against the defending league champion Essex 73's. The Admirals would fall 6-0 in front of a sold-out crowd. Chris Wallace played the entire game for the Admirals, making 29 saves.[3] The next night, the Admirals traveled to Wheatley, Ontario for their first road game and came home with their first win. Josh Lafromboise scored the Admirals' first ever goal at 10:38 into the first period and Dan Matoski scored the game winner 1:54 in the third to take a 6-4 victory over the Wheatley Sharks. Chris Wallace picked up the first ever victory in net.[4]

2013-2014 Coaching Staff[edit]

Admirals' goalie during first ever league game in Amherstburg (2013).
  • General Manager - Greg Prymack
  • Head Coach - Greg Prymack
  • Assistant Coach - Chris Leeming
  • Assistant Coach - Laine Parent
  • Assistant Coach - Mike Heikkinen
  • Equipment Manager - Mitch Nelson
  • Equipment Manager - Tom Schinkleshoek
  • Trainer - Don Mouck

Season-by-Season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
Kingsville Comets
1987-88 40 4 35 1 0 115 277 9 10th GLJHL DNQ
1988-89 38 7 30 1 0 168 296 15 12th GLJHL DNQ
1989-90 40 19 20 1 0 155 173 39 6th GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Belle River)
1990-91 42 11 28 1 2 144 239 25 9th GLJHL DNQ
1991-92 40 18 21 1 0 213 225 37 7th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)
1992-93 40 24 14 1 1 211 176 50 4th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)
1993-94 42 15 21 4 2 177 186 36 7th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)
1994-95 42 20 15 5 2 180 136 47 4th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Mooretown)
1995-96 40 17 17 5 1 173 161 40 6th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)
1996-97 40 26 12 2 0 179 124 54 3rd GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Mooretown)
1997-98 44 19 18 6 1 142 156 45 6th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Essex)
1998-99 40 28 10 0 2 199 138 59 4th GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Belle River)
1999-00 44 24 14 2 4 201 147 54 3rd GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Wallaceburg)
2000-01 40 24 10 3 3 158 101 54 2nd GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Wallaceburg)
2001-02 40 20 13 4 3 166 134 47 3rd GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Wheatley-Southpoint)
2002-03 40 21 12 5 2 159 136 49 4th GLJHL Lost Semi-final (Essex)
2003-04 40 18 17 3 2 148 137 41 5th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Dresden)
2004-05 40 22 16 1 1 141 133 46 4th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Wheatley-Southpoint)
2005-06 40 22 16 1 1 182 156 46 5th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Dresden)
2006-07 40 13 22 2 3 146 183 31 6th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Wheatley-Southpoint)
2007-08 40 17 21 1 1 161 192 36 5th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)
2008-09 40 9 29 - 2 129 209 20 9th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Essex)
2009-10 40 12 26 - 2 148 223 26 7th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)
2010-11 40 15 23 - 2 137 165 32 7th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)
2011-12 40 9 28 - 3 108 182 21 8th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Essex)
2012-13 40 11 26 - 3 119 169 25 8th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Essex)
Amherstburg Admirals
2013-14 40 19 18 - 3 133 146 41 7th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final (Belle River)

References[edit]

The Kingsville Comets lasted as members of the GLJHL for 26 seasons, forming in 1987 and being relocated to Amherstburg in 2013. This was the final Comets logo, used for their last few seasons.

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