London Nationals

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For the team that existed from 1965–1968 with the same name, see London Knights.
London Nationals
London Nationals logo.png
City London, Ontario
League Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Western
Founded c. 1950
Home arena Western Fair
Colors Blue, Black, and White
              
Owner(s) Ken Eansor
General manager Mike Borrows
Head coach Kelly Thomson
Affiliates Mount Brydges Bulldogs (SOJHL)
Franchise history
1950-1958 London Lou Ball Juniors
1958-1960 London Diamonds
1960-1961 London Athletics
1961-1965 London Nationals
1965-1966 Ingersoll Nationals
1966-1967 London Bees
1969-1973 London Squires
1973-1976 London-Glencoe Squires
1976-1991 London Diamonds
1991-Present London Nationals

The London Nationals are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in London, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Western division of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Ken Eansor is the current owner of the London Nationals. The teams General Manager is Tim Flynn. The Assistant General Manager is Tim Simmons, and the Head Coach of the Nationals is Kelly Thomson. The Nationals play their home games at the Western Fair Sports Centre. The arena's seating capacity is 1,800, and features an international-sized ice surface measuring 100' X 200'.

History[edit]

Nationals player during 2013-14 season.

The team's life began in 1950, playing in The Big '10' Western Division out of the Ontario Arena at the Western Fair grounds. They won the Western Division title in 1952 as the London Lou Ball Juniors, after sponsor Lou Ball's clothing store. In 1956 the 'Big 10' was divided, and London became a member of the Western Ontario Junior "B" Hockey League.

The team's name changed to London Diamonds in 1958, then to Athletics in 1960. in 1961 the team was renamed again. They were called the Nationals, after sponsor Canadian National Recreation Association, an organization of Canadian National Railways employees.

In 1963 the Toronto Maple Leafs began sponsoring the Nationals. The Maple Leafs traditionally had affiliations with the Toronto Marlboros and St. Michael's Majors, however with the withdrawal of the Majors from the OHA, and the collapse of the Metro Junior A League, the Leafs were left with only one team. They decided to sponsor the junior team in London, which they wanted to play at the new London Gardens and be promoted to the Ontario Hockey Association.

The OHA initially balked at the proposition however, and so the Nationals continued to play in the Junior B league, winning the London Free Press Trophy as league champions in 1964 and 1965. For the 1965–66 season, the team was finally admitted to major junior hockey, and London's Junior B franchise moved to Ingersoll to make room for the Junior A Nationals. The Junior A team was renamed as London Knights in 1968, and the Nationals name disappeared from the London sports landscape.

Nationals player during 2013-14 season.

The Junior B team returned to London under the name Bees for the 1966-1967 season, but then fell dormant for two seasons. The team was revived in 1969 as the Squires, and played under that name until 1976. The team was then known as the Diamonds from 1976-1991, before the Nationals name was revived after a long-lasting sponsorship with a diamond jeweler dissolved.

The team's time under the Diamonds name was successful, as they claimed the Southwestern Junior B Hockey League title in 1977, and the Western Ontario Hockey League title in 1981, 1983, and 1984.

The team's most recent championship came in 2012 as Western Conference Champions. In 2013, the Nationals defeated the Cambridge Winterhawks to win their first Sutherland Cup.

2013-2014 Coaching Staff[edit]

  • General Manager - Mike Borrows
  • Assistant Manager - Tim Simmons
  • Head Coach - Kelly Thomson
  • Assistant Coach - Matt Pepe
  • Assistant Coach - Reggie Thomas
  • Trainer - Jeff Loop
  • Trainer - John Pearce
  • Trainer - Joe Gowers

Current Roster[edit]

Updated December 19, 2013[1][2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
21 Canada Bauer, JeffJeff Bauer F R 21 2012 London, Ontario
7 Canada Doty, MatthewMatthew Doty D 18 2013 London, Ontario
11 Canada Elie, TristenTristen Elie C L 17 2013 Alexandria, Ontario
8 Canada Fuller, MattMatt Fuller D L 21 2011 London, Ontario
15 Canada Gazdic, MarkMark Gazdic D R 21 2012 Toronto, Ontario
1 Canada Herbst, LiamLiam Herbst G L 17 2013 Mississauga, Ontario
14 Canada Hopkins, PaulPaul Hopkins C L 21 2011 London, Ontario
12 Canada Kemp, AustinAustin Kemp F 17 2013 London, Ontario
4 Canada Kotsovos, AnthonyAnthony Kotsovos D 17 2013 London, Ontario
39 Canada Lombardi, ScottScott Lombardi (C) C R 20 2009 London, Ontario
18 Canada Maton, ChrisChris Maton F 21 2013 Lambeth, Ontario
20 Canada Ratcliffe, KeatonKeaton Ratcliffe C L 17 2012 London, Ontario
30 Canada Riley, JacobJacob Riley G L 21 2013 London, Ontario
9 Canada Robinson, KyleKyle Robinson F L 19 2012 London, Ontario
3 Canada Russell, WadeWade Russell D 19 2012 London, Ontario
44 Canada Todosichuk, DerekDerek Todosichuk RW R 19 2011 Nilestown, Ontario
17 Canada Sims, JonathonJonathon Sims (A) F 21 2009 Dorchester, Ontario
10 Canada Shipley, RyanRyan Shipley D L 20 2013 Ilderton, Ontario
19 Canada Tuffin, RyanRyan Tuffin LW L 20 2010 London, Ontario
5 Canada Wells, RyanRyan Wells (A) D 21 2012 London, Ontario
23 Canada Wildman, MattMatt Wildman (A) F 20 2012 London, Ontario
61 Canada Worrad, DrewDrew Worrad C R 17 2013 Denfield, Ontario


Championships[edit]

2013: London Nationals defeated Cambridge Winterhawks 4-games-to-3

NHL alumni[edit]

List of alumni who also played in the National Hockey League.

London Nationals Junior B [3]
London Diamonds Junior B [4]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Standing Playoffs
1950-51 14 8 6 0 - -- -- 18 2nd Big '10' Western
1951-52 16 11 5 0 - 107 68 22 2nd Big '10' Western Won League
1952-53 18 14 4 0 - -- -- 28 1st Big '10' Western
1953-54 24 6 18 0 - 119 189 12 4th Big '10' Western
1954-55 25 5 20 0 - 110 204 10 4th Big '10' Western
1955-56 27 0 27 0 - 68 249 0 5th Big '10' Western
1956-57 27 9 18 0 - 126 167 18 5th WJBHL
1957-58 30 20 10 0 - -- -- 40 2nd WJBHL
1958-59 36 14 22 0 - 165 224 28 3rd WJBHL
1959-60 25 1 24 0 - -- -- 2 6th WJBHL
1960-61 32 0 32 0 - 86 399 0 5th WJBHL
1961-62 36 10 25 1 - 201 254 21 7th WJBHL
1962-63 35 3 32 0 - 133 348 6 6th WJBHL
1963-64 40 28 11 1 - 260 159 57 2nd WJBHL Won League
1964-65 40 23 17 0 - 213 181 46 3rd WJBHL Won League
1965-66 40 25 15 0 - 237 178 50 3rd WJBHL
1966-67 40 5 35 0 - 124 278 10 5th WJBHL
1967-69 Did Not Participate
1969-70 36 16 17 3 - 137 169 35 3rd WOJHL
1970-71 41 10 29 2 - 139 240 22 4th WOJHL
1971-72 39 12 18 9 - 173 185 33 5th WOJHL
1972-73 42 21 15 6 - 224 203 48 2nd WOJHL
1973-74 40 4 32 4 - 114 239 12 5th WOJHL
1974-75 40 19 15 6 - 186 172 44 2nd WOJHL
1975-76 39 11 22 6 - 168 206 28 6th WOJHL
1976-77 38 13 24 1 - 191 274 27 5th SWJBHL DNQ
1977-78 40 30 8 2 - 261 171 62 1st SWJBHL Lost Final
1978-79 42 19 18 5 - 227 213 43 5th WOJHL
1979-80 42 22 12 8 - 182 127 52 5th WOJHL Lost Final
1980-81 42 31 9 2 - 256 147 64 1st WOJHL Won League
1981-82 42 22 16 4 - 196 180 48 3rd WOJHL Lost Final
1982-83 42 31 7 4 - 263 138 66 1st WOJHL Won League
1983-84 48 34 7 7 - 297 148 75 1st WOJHL Won League
1984-85 48 35 13 0 - 285 164 70 1st WOJHL Lost Final
1985-86 42 34 5 3 - 275 150 71 1st WOJHL
1986-87 42 28 10 4 - 272 162 60 2nd WOJHL Lost Final
1987-88 42 13 24 3 2 190 213 31 7th WOJHL
1988-89 41 19 16 4 2 197 193 44 5th WOJHL
1989-90 40 20 18 1 1 205 231 42 4th WOJHL
1990-91 48 15 30 3 0 170 259 33 8th WOJHL
1991-92 48 30 13 3 2 274 191 65 1st WOJHL East Won League
1992-93 52 25 20 5 2 - - 57 2nd WOJHL East
1993-94 50 25 21 3 1 273 251 54 2nd WOJHL East
1994-95 52 16 34 0 2 223 281 34 4th WOJHL East
1995-96 51 27 17 5 2 208 184 61 3rd WOJHL East
1996-97 52 23 19 7 3 220 230 56 3rd WOJHL East
1997-98 52 14 35 0 3 205 307 31 5th WOJHL East
1998-99 52 19 32 0 1 213 282 39 4th WOJHL East
1999-00 54 22 27 0 5 189 232 49 8th GOHL
2000-01 54 39 11 1 3 251 143 82 2nd GOHL Lost Final
2001-02 54 32 21 0 1 251 169 65 6th WOHL
2002-03 48 31 14 0 3 207 182 65 3rd WOHL
2003-04 48 27 18 2 1 172 150 57 5th WOHL Lost Final
2004-05 48 22 22 1 3 161 173 48 5th WOHL
2005-06 48 22 25 1 0 148 165 45 8th WOHL Lost Quarter-final
2006-07 48 21 23 - 4 183 178 46 7th WOHL Lost Quarter-final
2007-08 48 30 14 - 4 214 175 64 3rd GOJHL-W Lost Conf. Final
2008-09 52 33 10 - 9 221 174 75 2nd GOJHL-W Lost Conf. Final
2009-10 50 37 10 - 3 244 133 77 1st GOJHL-W Lost Conf. SF
2010-11 51 34 13 - 4 235 162 72 2nd GOJHL-W Lost Conf. Final
2011-12 51 28 20 - 3 185 190 59 3rd GOJHL-W Lost SF Round Robin
2012-13 51 28 17 - 6 196 172 62 4th GOJHL-W Won League
2013-14 49 29 19 - 1 188 150 59 5th GOJHL-W Lost Conf. SF

Sutherland Cup championships[edit]

2013: London Nationals defeated Cambridge Winter Hawks 4-games-to-3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013/2014 ROSTER". Point Streak. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  2. ^ "London Nationals". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  3. ^ www.legendsofhockey.net
  4. ^ www.legendsofhockey.net

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