Midland Flyers

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Midland Flyers
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City Midland, Ontario[1]
League Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League[2]
Founded 1978 (1978)
Home arena North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre
Colours Black, Orange, and White
General manager Gerry Asselin
Head coach Dave Steele(2014-15)
Franchise history
1978–1994[3] Midland Centennials[3]
1994–1999[4] Midland Flyers[4]
1999–2002[5] Midland Thunder[5]
2002–Present[1] Midland Flyers[1]

The Midland Flyers is a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Midland, Ontario.[1] They play in the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League.[2]

History[edit]

In 1985, the Centennials won the Georgian Bay championship and wheeled their way through to the Clarence Schmalz Cup final where their ran into the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League's Belle River Canadiens. The Canadiens took the All-Ontario final 4-games-to-1.[6]

In 1994, the Georgian Bay Junior C Hockey League merged with the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League to create the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League. That same year, the Midland Centennials decided to change their name to the Midland Flyers.[4]

In 1999, the team chose to change its name to the Midland Thunder.[5] The team was very competitive. Despite not winning any league championships, the Thunder maintained a winning record and kept near the top of the league.

The 2002 seasons saw two things happen. In 2002, the Midland Thunder once again became the Midland Flyers.[1] Also, 2002 was the year where the franchise's winning ways seemed to have disappeared. In the five seasons since Midland became the Flyers, the team has not won ten games in one season.

The 2005-06 season saw the team bottom out with a completely winless season. The eighth seeded Flyers drew the wrath of the first seed Penetang Kings who swept the Flyers in their first of six rounds of playoffs to win the Clarence Schmalz Cup as All-Ontario Champions.[7]

The 2006-07 was a mild improvement, but barely enough to know that the Midland Flyers are in a healthy place. For the second year in a row, the Flyers drew the Penetang Kings in the first round of the playoffs. The result was much of the same as the Kings beat the Flyers 4-games-to-none to win the league quarter-final.[7] Again, the Kings went on to win the league and another Clarence Schmalz Cup.[6]

2012-2013 Season[edit]

In the 2013 GMOJHL playoffs, the Flyers defeated the Caledon Golden Hawks in 5 games and the Stayner Siskins in 5 games to reach their first league final since 1986. Midland faces the five-time consecutive champion Alliston Hornets in the final.

Season-by-Season Standings[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1973-74 40 15 19 6 - 171 189 36 4th MOJBHL Lost Final
1974-75 40 21 11 8 - 193 161 50 3rd MOJBHL Lost Semi-final
1975-76 36 16 14 6 - 149 162 38 4th MOJBHL
1976-77 40 10 24 6 - 158 231 26 6th MOJBHL DNQ
1977-78 Did Not Participate
1978-79 36 6 25 5 - 168 248 17 7th GBJCHL DNQ
1979-80 30 0 29 1 - -- -- 1 7th GBJCHL DNQ
1980-81 34 14 18 2 - 191 211 30 5th GBJCHL Lost Semi-final
1981-82 40 13 24 3 - -- -- 29 7th GBJCHL DNQ
1982-83 34 17 15 2 - -- -- 36 6th GBJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1983-84 32 14 10 8 - -- -- 36 3rd GBJCHL Lost Semi-final
1984-85 32 19 11 2 - 215 164 40 3rd GBJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
1985-86 32 25 5 2 0 265 144 52 1st GBJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1986-87 32 19 9 3 1 186 168 42 2nd GBJCHL Lost Semi-final
1987-88 30 10 18 0 2 142 194 22 5th GBJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1988-89 36 25 9 0 2 221 137 52 2nd GBJCHL Lost Semi-final
1989-90 36 24 10 1 1 181 121 50 3rd GBJCHL Lost Semi-final
1990-91 30 4 24 1 1 100 188 10 6th GBJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1991-92 36 14 18 2 2 -- -- 32 5th GBJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1992-93 35 13 17 2 3 -- -- 31 4th GBJCHL Lost Quarter-final
1993-94 38 17 19 0 2 -- -- 36 4th GBJCHL Lost Semi-final
1994-95 36 21 15 0 - -- -- 42 5th GMOHL
1995-96 43 15 26 2 - 164 209 32 8th GMOHL
1996-97 36 19 16 1 - 172 195 39 5th GMOHL
1997-98 36 18 15 3 - 185 177 39 4th GMOHL
1998-99 36 26 10 0 - 216 151 52 1st GMOHL
1999-00 36 20 14 2 - 201 160 42 4th GMOHL
2000-01 36 20 12 3 1 174 119 43 3rd GMOHL
2001-02 36 19 12 4 1 149 125 43 4th GMOHL
2002-03 36 7 27 1 1 146 230 16 8th GMOHL Lost Quarter-final
2003-04 36 4 27 3 2 107 245 13 8th GMOHL
2004-05 40 6 31 1 2 102 212 15 8th GMOHL
2005-06 42 0 37 1 4 93 269 5 8th GMOHL Lost Quarter-final
2006-07 41 3 35 1 2 91 237 9 7th GMOHL
2007-08 42 15 21 3 3 121 179 36 5th GMOHL
2008-09 42 6 31 - 5 96 215 17 7th GMOHL
2009-10 42 10 27 - 5 102 201 25 6th GMOHL Lost Quarter-final
2010-11 40 15 22 - 3 132 187 33 5th GMOHL
2011-12 40 16 22 - 2 144 167 34 6th GMOHL Lost Semi Final
2012-13 40 25 14 - 1 203 146 51 3rd GMOHL Lost Final
2013-14 39 5 29 - 5 111 233 15 10th GMOHL Lost Quarter-final
  • 1973–1977[8]
  • 2000–2004[9]
  • 2004–Present[7]

2013 Offseason[edit]

Midland Flyers announced that head coach Ed Garinger has resigned his current position with the Midland Flyers and has joined the Alliston Hornets as Head Coach. .Midland Flyers have hired Luke Dubbin as Head Coach along with Kyle Horzempa as assistant coach. Gerry Asselin will return as well as General Manager and team president.

2014 Offseason[edit]

Midland Flyers announced that head coach Luke Dubbin was stepping down and have hired Dave Steele as their new head coach. Dave was an assistant coach with the Waterloo Siskins of the Greater Ontario Junior (B) Hockey League the previous season. Waterloo had won their Midwestern Conference Championship (first in 20 years). Gerry Asselin is remaining as General Manager and President.

Clarence Schmalz Cup Appearances[edit]

1985: Belle River Canadiens defeated Midland Centennials 4-games-to-1[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Midland Flyers
  2. ^ a b GBMOJHL Teams | Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario Junior Hockey League | Junior C | Leagues | Ontario Hockey Association
  3. ^ a b Midland Centennials
  4. ^ a b c Midland Flyers
  5. ^ a b c MidlandThunder
  6. ^ a b c Ontario Hockey Association 2006–2007 Constitution, Regulations and Rules of Competition by The Ontario Hockey Association (2006)
  7. ^ a b c Home | Ontario Hockey Association
  8. ^ Owen Sound Sun Times Sports section, final standings
  9. ^ http://www.ohahockey.org/ Provided by GMO League statistician
  10. ^ Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - Player - Sandy McCarthy

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