Lakefield Chiefs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Lakefield Chiefs
Lakefield Chiefs
Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League
City Lakefield, Ontario
Founded 1980
Head Coach Rod Taylor
General Manager Terry Dunford
Arena Lakefield-Smith Community Centre
Team Colors Red, Yellow, and White
League Champions EJDHL: 1978 and 1979
CJCHL: 1987, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2014
Clarence Schmalz Cups 1987, 2000, 2014
OHA Cups 1978, 1979

The Lakefield Chiefs are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.

History[edit]

Lakefield's goalie during 2014 Schmalz Cup final.
Lakefield player during 2014 Schmalz Cup final.

The Lakefield Chiefs emerged in the late 1970s as members of the Eastern Junior D Hockey League.

In the 1977-78 season, the Chiefs were Eastern league champions and faced off against the Western Ontario Junior D Hockey League Champions the Exeter Hawks. In a long and tight series, the Chiefs won game 7 and the series 4-games-to-3 to win their first OHA Cup as provincial champions.

A year later, the Chiefs were again the Eastern league champions. For the provincial title, the Chiefs drew the Western Ontario league's St. George Dukes. The Chiefs defeated them 4-games-to-2 to clinch their second straight OHA Cup as Ontario Junior "D" Champions.

In 1980, the Lakefield Chiefs were promoted to join the Central Lakeshore Junior C Hockey League. Around 1986, the league merged with the Quinte-St. Lawrence Junior C Hockey League and became the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League. That same year, the Chiefs won the Central Lakeshore championship.

In 1987, the Chiefs won the Central Ontario league championship. They moved on to the provincial championships and found themselves in the Clarence Schmalz Cup final against the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League's Norwich Merchants. The Chiefs came out victorious, winning the series 4-games-to-2 to win their first Clarence Schmalz Cup.

Over the next eleven seasons, the Chiefs won three league titles. They won in 1989, 1997, and 1999. In 2000, the Lakefield Chiefs won their third league championship in four years. This year was different. They pushed deep into provincial playdowns and found themselves again in the Clarence Schmalz Cup finals. Their opponent ended up being the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League's Belle River Canadiens. The Chiefs defeated them to win their second All-Ontario title at the Junior "C" level 4-games-to-2.

The Chiefs won their league again in 2004.

In 2005-06, the Chiefs finished the season in fourth place. In the league quarter-final, the Chiefs defeated the Georgina Ice 3-games-to-none. In the league semi-final, the Chiefs ran into the top seeded Port Perry Mojacks. The Mojacks defeated the Chiefs 4-games-to-1 to move on to the league final.

The 2006-07 season proved to be much more fruitful for the Chiefs. The Chiefs won the regular season crown to earn the top seed in the playoffs. In the league semi-final, the Chiefs played against the Uxbridge Bruins and swept them 4-games-to-none. In the league final, the Chiefs also swept the Port Perry Mojacks 4-games-to-none to win the league championship. They moved on to the provincial quarter-finals where they were pitted against the Empire B Junior C Hockey League's Amherstview Jets. The Chiefs beat the Jets 4-games-to-2 to advance further. In the provincial semi-final, the Chiefs ran into the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League's Penetang Kings. The Chiefs were swept 4-games-to-none by the Kings.

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1987-88 32 27 3 2 - 271 114 56 1st COJCHL
1988-89 40 27 7 6 - 293 182 60 1st COJCHL Won League
1989-90 36 12 22 2 - 177 243 26 6th COJCHL
1990-91 36 19 17 0 - 142 161 38 4th COJCHL
1991-92 34 5 26 0 3 130 193 13 6th COJCHL
1992-93 40 22 15 2 1 236 180 47 4th COJCHL
1993-94 29 13 13 1 2 137 135 29 4th COJCHL
1994-95 36 16 16 1 3 158 174 36 5th COJCHL
1995-96 42 12 27 3 0 162 252 27 5th COJCHL
1996-97 40 22 12 3 3 182 136 50 2nd COJCHL Won League
1997-98 40 25 12 3 1 241 167 52 2nd COJCHL
1998-99 40 27 9 2 2 218 136 58 1st COJCHL Won League
1999-00 40 38 1 1 0 303 102 77 1st COJCHL Won League, Won CSC
2000-01 40 29 7 2 2 183 118 62 1st COJCHL
2001-02 42 23 14 5 0 182 119 51 3rd COJCHL
2002-03 38 17 16 4 1 147 119 39 3rd COJCHL
2003-04 38 21 9 7 1 157 130 50 2nd COJCHL Won League
2004-05 40 26 12 2 0 163 103 54 2nd COJCHL
2005-06 42 20 22 0 0 148 171 40 4th COJCHL Lost Semi-final
2006-07 40 21 13 4 2 169 150 48 1st COJCHL Won League, Lost CSC SF
2007-08 40 27 13 0 0 160 111 54 1st COJCHL
2008-09 40 19 16 3 2 171 173 43 3rd COJCHL
2009-10 40 10 29 - 1 154 203 21 5th COJCHL Lost Semi-final
2010-11 40 16 21 - 3 178 211 35 5th COJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2011-12 40 27 10 - 3 208 141 57 1st COJCHL Lost Final
2012-13 40 28 8 - 4 184 102 60 2nd COJCHL
2013-14 40 35 4 - 1 217 99 71 1st COJCHL Won League, Won CSC

Schmalz Cup Finals appearances[edit]

1987: Lakefield Chiefs defeated Norwich Merchants 4-games-to-2
2000: Lakefield Chiefs defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-2
2014: Lakefield Chiefs defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-none

OHA Cup Finals appearances[edit]

1978: Lakefield Chiefs defeated Exeter Hawks 4-games-to-3
1979: Lakefield Chiefs defeated St. George Dukes 4-games-to-2

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]