Mimico Mountaineers

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Mimico Mountaineers
Mimico Mountaineers.jpg
Sport Box lacrosse
Founded 1993
League Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League
Based in Toronto, Ontario
Arena Mimico Arena
Colours Blue and White
Head coach Toby Warnell
General Manager Sean O'Callaghan

The Mimico Mountaineers or Mimico Lacrosse Club is a Jr. A box lacrosse association in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Mountaineers operate junior-age and younger teams. Their home arena is Mimico Arena in the Mimico neighbourhood of Toronto. Beginning in 2015, their primary junior team will be a member of the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League. From 1993 until 2014, the Mountaineers were members of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League.

History[edit]

Mountaineers goalie 2014.

The Mimico Lacrosse Club was established in 1890 as a field lacrosse organization. In 1931, when the Canadian Lacrosse Association chose the box lacrosse game as its new form of play, the Mimico Lacrosse Club built an outdoor box at the corner of Church Street (Royal York) and Drummond Street, where the game has been played continuously until today. The Mountaineers won the Mann Cup in 1932 and 1942, and Eastern Canadian Senior titles in 1943 and 1947. In WWII, Conn Smythe's 30th Light Anti-aircraft Battery, dubbed "The Sportsmen's Battery" included every member of the Mimico Mountaineers who won the 1942 Mann Cup.Minto Cup victories were also recorded in 1938 and 1951, with Eastern Canadian championships in 1941 and 1946.[1]

Mountaineers player 2014.

Since expansion in 1993 with the Nepean Knights, the Mimico Mountaineers have never really waivered from "average". In recent years there has been improvement, but overall the Mountaineers have always been dancing around the .500 mark and usually a quick exit from the playoffs. In the past four seasons, this trend is starting to take an up swing—but not very quickly. The 2006 season a somewhat landmark year for the Mountaineers, they cracked the playoff semi-finals. After defeating the Clarington Green Gaels 3 games to 1 and the Barrie Tornado in the quarter-finals 3 games to 1, the Mountaineers quietly slipped out of the playoffs with a 3-0 sweep by the eventual Founders Cup champions, the Oakville Buzz.

Although Mimico is a talented team and has slowly risen to the elite of the 26-team OLA Junior "B" league, Mimico just seems to be waiting for the Founders Cup to come to them, instead of going after it themselves.

The Mountaineer line up for the 2006 season included 10 rookies and the team went the furthest it has even been into the playoffs. The 2007 season ended when the Mountaineers were eliminated in 5 games of round two of the playoffs by Halton Hills.

On June 26th, 2014 the Jr. B Mountaineers amalgamated with the Mississauga Tomahawks of the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League. The Jr. B Mountaineers program will no longer operate following the 2014 season. The Jr. B Tomahawks become the official affiliate of the Jr. A Mountaineers, beginning in 2015.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T GF GA PTS Placing Playoffs
1993 22 6 16 0 169 268 12 10th OJBLL DNQ
1994 22 7 15 0 196 253 14 11th OJBLL DNQ
1995 22 11 10 1 222 212 23 3rd OJBLL East Lost Quarter-final
1996 22 17 5 0 274 202 34 2nd OJBLL East Lost Quarter-final
1997 22 14 8 0 301 212 28 4th OJBLL East Lost Quarter-final
1998 20 4 16 0 154 264 8 8th OJBLL East DNQ
1999 20 7 13 0 156 219 14 7th OJBLL East Lost 1st Round
2000 20 5 15 0 173 245 10 7th OJBLL East DNQ
2001 20 10 9 1 177 167 21 6th OJBLL East Lost 1st Round
2002 22 12 9 1 216 182 25 6th OJBLL East Lost 1st Round
2003 20 13 6 1 194 160 27 4th OJBLL East Lost Quarter-final
2004 20 14 6 0 193 130 28 3rd OJBLL East Lost Quarter-final
2005 20 15 5 0 204 128 30 4th OJBLL East Lost 1st Round
2006 20 14 6 0 217 159 28 4th OJBLL East Lost Semi-final
2007 20 15 5 0 198 139 30 2nd OJBLL East Lost Quarter-final
2008 20 14 6 0 215 136 28 6th OJBLL East Eastern Conference Finalist
2009 20 11 8 1 198 177 23 5th OJBLL East Eastern Conference Semi-Finalist
2010 20 13 7 0 193 133 26 4th OJBLL East Founders Cup Silver Medalists
2011 20 6 14 0 196 215 26 10th OJBLL East DNQ
2012 20 9 11 0 224 229 18 7th OJBLL East Lost Conference Quarter-Finals
2013 20 10 10 0 175 175 20 6th OJBLL East Lost Conference Quarter-Finals
2014 20 5 15 0 161 217 10 10th OJBLL East DNQ
2015 Promoted to OJALL

Previous Franchise[edit]

Season GP W L T GF GA PTS Placing Playoffs
1961 24 8 16 0 194 270 16 5th OLA-A DNQ
1962 20 5 15 0 154 232 10 5th OLA-A DNQ
1963 24 8 16 0 225 273 16 7th OLA-A DNQ
1964 24 9 15 0 264 354 18 7th OLA-A DNQ
1965 20 17 3 0 322 229 34 2nd OLA-A Lost Final
1966 24 21 3 0 381 252 42 2nd OLA-A Lost Final
1967 24 13 11 0 285 294 26 4th OLA-A Lost Quarter-final
1968 24 8 16 0 242 287 16 8th OLA-A Lost Quarter-final
1977 22 5 17 0 261 383 10 10th OLA-A DNQ
1978 24 7 17 0 241 326 14 4th OLA-A West Discipline Suspension—DNQ

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