Mississauga Chargers

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Mississauga Chargers
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City Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
League Ontario Junior Hockey League
Founded 1980
Home arena Port Credit Arena
Colors Black, Red, and White
              
General manager Tony Clarke
Head coach Joe Washkurak
Affiliates Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Mississauga Jets (GTHL)
Franchise history
1980-1984 Weston Dukes
1984-1987 King City Dukes
1987 North York Civics
1987-1988 Richmond Hill Dukes
1988-1990 Thornhill Thunderbirds
1990 merged w/ Markham Connections
1990-1991 Markham Thunderbirds
1991-1992 Thornhill Thunderbirds
1992-1994 Mississauga Senators
1994-Present Mississauga Chargers

The Mississauga Chargers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. They are the product of a 1990 merger of two former Metro Junior B franchises, the Thornhill Thunderbirds and the Markham Connection. After the 1990 merger the team spent one year in Markham known as the Markham Thunderbirds, and in 1991 they returned to their Thornhill Thunderbirds name for one season. In 1992, the team moved to Mississauga. As a member of the Metro Junior A Hockey League they participated for 3 seasons. They left for the OPJHL in 1995. They have had a glim past few years, but in the 2007-08 season they saw a rare light when team captain Bruce Crawford lead the entire OPJHL in scoring (41-57-98).

History[edit]

Richmond Hill/Thornhill Franchise[edit]

This franchise had begun in 1981 as the Weston Dukes, becoming the King City Dukes in 1984, and becoming the Richmond Hill Dukes in 1987 for one season. The team moved to Thornill in 1988, and was named the Thunderbirds for two seasons before the merger.

Markham Travelways/Connection Franchise[edit]

In 1983 the North York Flames moved to Markham, and were named as the Travelways. In 1989 they were renamed the Markham Connection after the Travelways bus sponsor was sold.

Season-by-season results[edit]

The Thornhill Franchise[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
Weston Dukes
1980-81 42 14 22 6 - 183 201 34 10th Metro B DNQ
1981-82 34 11 19 4 - 148 202 26 10th Metro B
1982-83 35 3 25 7 - 149 255 13 12th Metro B
1983-84 42 16 19 7 - 198 216 39 7th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
King City Dukes
1984-85 36 15 21 0 - 192 195 30 8th Metro B
1985-86 37 12 22 3 - 205 243 27 9th Metro B DNQ
1986-87 37 17 17 3 - 202 223 37 8th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
Richmond Hill Dukes
1987-88 37 9 24 4 - 178 244 22 11th Metro B DNQ
Thornhill Thunderbirds
1988-89 38 19 13 6 - 190 172 44 3rd Metro B
1989-90 44 27 9 8 - 246 147 62 3rd Metro B Won League
Markham Thunderbirds
1990-91 44 18 20 6 - 176 171 42 8th Metro B
Thornhill Thunderbirds
1991-92 44 36 6 2 - 245 113 74 1st Metro A
Mississauga Senators
1992-93 48 25 18 5 - 212 177 55 5th Metro A
1993-94 50 17 31 2 - 213 260 36 12th Metro A DNQ
Mississauga Chargers
1994-95 50 23 24 3 - 249 271 49 7th Metro A
1995-96 50 30 15 5 - 258 203 65 3rd OPJHL-Me
1996-97 51 29 19 3 - 234 220 62 3rd OPJHL-Me
1997-98 51 15 29 3 4 178 265 37 4th OPJHL-Me
1998-99 51 6 41 3 1 161 321 16 12th OPJHL-W
1999-00 49 19 24 2 4 190 220 44 7th OPJHL-W
2000-01 49 25 16 3 5 216 194 58 4th OPJHL-W
2001-02 49 18 23 4 4 174 164 44 7th OPJHL-W
2002-03 49 24 19 3 3 189 203 54 6th OPJHL-W
2003-04 49 25 21 0 3 214 225 53 5th OPJHL-W
2004-05 49 14 32 2 1 197 260 31 8th OPJHL-W
2005-06 49 16 29 4 0 173 221 36 8th OPJHL-W Lost Conf. QF
2006-07 49 15 33 0 1 179 272 31 7th OPJHL-W Lost Conf. QF
2007-08 49 22 23 - 4 213 245 48 7th OPJHL-W
2008-09 49 11 33 - 5 186 300 27 9th OJHL-M
2009-10 56 18 34 - 4 207 273 40 12th OJAHL DNQ
2010-11 50 12 34 - 4 184 299 28 7th OJHL-W DNQ
2011-12 49 11 38 - 0 140 282 22 7th OJHL-S DNQ
2012-13 55 22 29 - 4 194 228 48 6th OJHL-S DNQ
2013-14 53 25 26 - 2 169 206 52 4th OJHL-S Lost Conf. QF

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1990 Won League
Thornhill Thunderbirds defeated Bramalea Blues 4-games-to-2
Thornhill Thunderbirds defeated Henry Carr Crusaders 4-games-to-2
Thornhill Thunderbirds defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-3 METJHL CHAMPIONS
  • 1991 Lost Preliminary
Kingston Voyageurs defeated Markham Thunderbirds 2-games-to-1
  • 1992 Lost Semi-final
Thornhill Thunderbirds defeated Pickering Panthers 4-games-to-none
Wexford Raiders defeated Thornhill Thunderbirds 4-games-to-2
  • 1993 Lost Quarter-final
St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Mississauga Senators 4-games-to-2
  • 1994 DNQ
  • 1995 Lost Quarter-final
Caledon Canadians defeated Mississauga Chargers 4-games-to-none

Markham Travelways/Connections Franchise[edit]

Markham Travelways/Connections
City Markham, Ontario, Canada (1983-1990)
North York, Ontario, Canada (1974-1983)
League Metro Junior B Hockey League
Operated 1974-1990
Franchise history
1974-1977 North York Rangers
1977-1983 North York Flames
1983-1989 Markham Travelways
1989-1990 Markham Connections
1990 merged w/ Thornhill Thunderbirds
Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
North York Rangers
1974-75 38 12 21 5 - 170 201 29 10th Metro B
1975-76 36 7 23 6 - 153 208 20 12th Metro B
1976-77 36 15 17 4 - 192 172 34 10th Metro B
North York Flames
1977-78 35 8 19 8 - 167 177 24 12th Metro B
1978-79 44 22 18 4 - 265 235 48 7th Metro B
1979-80 42 24 11 7 - 290 201 55 3rd Metro B
1980-81 42 24 14 4 - 223 178 52 4th Metro B
1981-82 36 13 16 7 - 177 191 33 7th Metro B
1982-83 36 6 26 4 - 153 251 16 11th Metro B
Markham Travelways
1983-84 42 14 24 4 - 186 225 34 10th Metro B DNQ
1984-85 36 23 11 2 - 218 185 48 4th Metro B
1985-86 37 23 6 8 - 245 172 54 3rd Metro B Lost Semi-final
1986-87 37 19 11 7 - 171 146 45 4th Metro B Lost Semi-final
1987-88 37 19 12 6 - 196 154 44 5th Metro B Lost Final
1988-89 40 12 25 3 - 150 229 27 9th Metro B
Markham Connection
1989-90 44 12 27 5 - 192 291 29 9th Metro B

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1990 Lost Preliminary
Oshawa Legionaires defeated Markham Connections 3-games-to-none

Notable alumni[edit]

Other Mississauga Teams[edit]

Before the Chargers, the Mississauga Torspos played in the Metro Junior B league from 1985 until 1988. Also, in 1992, the Central Junior "B" league Streetsville Derbys were known as the Mississauga Derbys for the 1992-93 season, before retaining their original name.

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