Little Britain Merchants

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Little Britain Merchants
Little Britain Merchants
Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League
City Little Britain, Ontario
Founded 1978
Head Coach Rob Louttit
General Manager Kerri Phillips
Arena Little Britain Community Centre
Affiliate(s) Lindsay Muskies
Team Colors Red and White
League Champions 1998, 2010
Little Britain Merchants players celebrate the third goal of the game in 2011

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

History[edit]

The Little Britain Merchants were founded in 1978 as members of the Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League.

In 1984, the Merchants made the jump to the Central Lakeshore Junior C Hockey League. Two year later, the league merged with the Quinte-St. Lawrence Junior C Hockey League and formed the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League. The expansion of the Merchants was to fill the void left by the folding of the Stouffville Clippers. The Merchants surprised many when they advanced to the Central Lakeshore Final that season. They would be swept by the Bowmanville Eagles who went on to the CSC SF.

In the 1997-98 season, the Merchants finished first overall in the Central Ontario league regular season with twenty-seven wins in forty games. The Merchants went on to win the their first league championship that year. They would advance to the CSC SF where they were put out of business by the eventual Schmalz Cup Champions - Glanbrook Rangers of the Niagara District League.

The 2005-06 seasons saw the Little Britain Merchants finish the regular season in second place overall. In the league semi-final, the Merchants drew the third seeded Uxbridge Bruins. The series went the distance with the Bruins pulling out the game 7 victory to clinch the series 4-games-to-3 and ruin any form of Merchant playoff run.

The 2006-07 regular season ended with the Merchants finishing in third place overall. Their semi-final opponent would prove to be the second seeded Port Perry Mojacks. In a long, hard fought series, the two teams pushed on to the bitter end where the Mojacks came out victorious winning game 7 and the series 4-games-to-3 to advance to the league final.

Little Britain won their 2nd League Championship in 2009-10 when they upset the defending champion Uxbridge Bruins. The Merchants next opponent in the QF of the CSC playoffs was the Empire B Champion Napanee Raiders. The Merchants and Raiders could not win on each others ice. The Raiders who had home ice advantage ended up advancing in 7 games.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1987-88 32 15 15 2 - 148 162 32 5th COJCHL
1988-89 40 20 14 6 - 181 161 46 5th COJCHL
1989-90 36 9 23 4 - 163 218 22 7th COJCHL
1990-91 36 18 17 1 - 192 156 37 5th COJCHL
1991-92 34 20 10 0 4 196 164 44 2nd COJCHL
1992-93 40 25 12 2 1 240 178 53 1st COJCHL
1993-94 30 10 16 3 1 122 136 24 5th COJCHL
1994-95 36 13 20 1 2 146 163 29 6th COJCHL
1995-96 42 29 11 1 1 207 159 60 3rd COJCHL
1996-97 40 19 16 5 0 177 172 43 4th COJCHL
1997-98 40 27 8 4 1 208 158 59 1st COJCHL Won League - Lost CSC SF
1998-99 40 19 19 2 0 181 213 41 4th COJCHL
1999-00 40 14 23 1 2 150 231 31 5th COJCHL
2000-01 40 12 26 1 1 161 202 27 5th COJCHL
2001-02 42 12 24 2 4 147 204 30 5th COJCHL
2002-03 38 12 21 3 2 131 177 29 5th COJCHL
2003-04 38 10 20 5 3 129 174 28 4th COJCHL
2004-05 40 17 21 1 1 123 161 36 4th COJCHL
2005-06 42 28 13 1 0 191 144 57 2nd COJCHL Lost Semi-final
2006-07 40 19 12 6 3 175 154 47 3rd COJCHL Lost Semi-final
2007-08 40 20 14 4 2 137 152 46 3rd COJCHL
2008-09 40 9 27 3 1 159 219 22 5th COJCHL
2009-10 40 21 17 - 2 153 158 44 3rd COJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
2010-11 40 16 20 - 4 143 174 36 4th COJCHL Lost Semi Final
2011-12 40 24 13 - 3 158 146 51 2nd COJCHL Lost Semi Final
2012-13 40 13 24 - 3 113 156 29 5th COJCHL
2013-14 40 13 22 - 5 122 176 31 5th COJCHL DNQ

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