Mount Brydges Bulldogs

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Mount Brydges Bulldogs
Mount Brydges Bulldogs
Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League
City Mount Brydges, Ontario
Founded 1975[1]
Head Coach Jon Fletcher[2]
General Manager Jon Swatuk[3]
Arena Tri-Township Arena[4]
Team Colors Black, Red, Yellow, and White
League Champions 1984, 1997, 2001
OHA Cups 1984, 1997, 2001

The Mount Brydges Bulldogs are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Mount Brydges, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association. The Bulldogs are three-time provincial champions.

History[edit]

The Mount Brydges Bulldogs were founded in 1975[5] as members of the Western Junior D Hockey League.[6]

The 1983–84 season saw the Bulldogs pull off a 22–7–5 record, which led them on to win their first Western league championship, despite competition from the Exeter Hawks who only suffered a total of two losses during the regular season. In the provincial final, the Bulldogs met the Grand Valley Harvesters of the Northern Junior D Hockey League, winning their first series 4 games to 2.[7]

The Bulldogs were a tough team until the mid-1980s. In 1988, the Western league absorbed the Southern league and became an eighteen-team super-league. From then into the mid-1990s, the Bulldogs struggled. In 1991, the Western League was disbanded and replaced with the OHA Junior Development League.[8]

The 1996–97 season proved to be one of the best ever for the Bulldogs. At the end of the regular season, the Bulldogs were at the top of the league with 34 wins and only 3 losses. The Bulldogs battled through three rounds of playoffs to meet the Wellesley Applejacks at the OHAJDL finals. The Bulldogs earned their second OHA Cup with a 4-games-to-none sweep.[9]

The Bulldogs finished the 2000-01 season in eighth place overall with a record of 23 wins and 14 losses. The Bulldogs defeated their competition in the first three rounds of the playoffs to win their conference title. In the provincial championship final they met the Wellesley Applejacks, who were caught flat-footed and defeated 4 games to 1. This marked the Bulldogs' third provincial championship.[10]

The 2004–05 season was a strong one for the Bulldogs who finished sixth place overall in the OHAJDL. They again battled through the first three rounds of the playoffs, winning their conference. In the end, they met the Hagersville Hawks, an opponent that was not to be denied an OHA Cup. The Bulldogs lost the series 4-games-to-1, their first ever loss in the provincial final.

The Bulldogs finished the 2005-06 season with a .500 record and ranked eleventh place overall. In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulldogs pulled off a major upset knocking off the number one ranked Mitchell Hawks 4-games-to-2. In round 2, they met the Thamesford Trojans who defeated the Bulldogs 4-games-to-1.

Mount Brydges pulled off a 21-win season in 2006-07, but still only finished in tenth place overall. In the first round of the playoffs, they met the Lambeth Lancers who defeated the Bulldogs 4-games-to-1.

The 2007-2008 season proved to be their best regular season in franchise history. With 36 wins and only 3 losses, the Bulldogs were number one in the league with 73 points. The Bulldogs swept their way through the first two rounds of the playoffs before meeting the perennial powerhouse Thamesford Trojans in the Yeck Conference finals. Thamesford powered past Mount Brydges 4 games to none, en route to their 2008 championship.

Season-by-season standings[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1975-76 27 1 23 3 - 106 251 5 8th WJDHL
1976-77 32 15 14 3 - 207 183 33 5th WJDHL
1977-78 34 21 7 6 - 235 156 48 4th WJDHL
1978-79 32 3 29 0 - 92 242 6 10th WJDHL
1979-80 34 3 30 1 - 130 313 7 10th WJDHL
1980-81 32 0 32 0 - 84 387 0 10th WJDHL
1981-82 35 11 20 4 - 129 164 26 9th WJDHL
1982-83 36 20 10 6 - 169 129 46 2nd WJDHL
1983-84 34 22 7 5 - 187 115 49 2nd WJDHL
1984-85 33 22 9 2 - 169 140 46 4th WJDHL
1985-86 42 27 11 4 - 223 130 58 4th WJDHL
1986-87 41 23 14 4 - 204 179 50 3rd WJDHL
1987-88 39 15 21 3 - 172 207 33 8th WJDHL
1988-89 35 19 15 1 - 190 156 39 9th WJDHL
1989-90 35 14 17 4 - 133 137 32 10th WJDHL
1990-91 40 12 23 4 1 139 188 29 15th WJDHL
1991-92 40 11 24 3 2 132 196 27 15th OHAJDL
1992-93 38 14 18 4 2 150 182 34 13th OHAJDL
1993-94 40 22 17 1 - 234 185 45 8th OHAJDL
1994-95 39 11 22 2 4 143 194 28 15th OHAJDL
1995-96 38 21 10 5 2 190 142 49 5th OHAJDL
1996-97 38 34 3 0 1 236 102 69 1st OHAJDL
1997-98 39 13 24 1 1 136 152 28 15th OHAJDL
1998-99 40 19 18 2 1 154 155 41 9th OHAJDL
1999-00 40 28 10 2 0 217 139 58 2nd OHAJDL
2000-01 40 23 14 2 1 -- -- 49 8th OHAJDL
2001-02 40 25 14 1 0 211 144 51 5th OHAJDL
2002-03 40 15 24 1 0 129 166 31 16th OHAJDL
2003-04 40 14 21 2 3 142 177 33 15th OHAJDL
2004-05 40 24 12 3 1 166 135 52 6th OHAJDL
2005-06 38 16 16 5 1 155 145 38 11th OHAJDL
2006-07 40 21 18 0 1 165 186 43 10th SOJHL
2007-08 40 36 3 - 1 222 121 73 1st SOJHL
2008-09 40 33 6 - 1 185 129 67 1st SOJHL
2009-10 36 26 7 - 3 197 115 55 3rd SOJHL
2010-11 36 21 12 - 3 166 151 45 6th SOJHL
2011-12 36 21 15 - 0 159 129 42 8th SOJHL
2012-13 37 14 17 - 6 128 162 34 7th SOJHL-Yk
2013-14 40 8 31 - 1 100 195 17 8th SOJHL Lost Quarter-final

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1984 Won league, Won OHA Championship
Mount Brydges Bulldogs defeated Grand Valley Harvesters 4-games-to-2 in OHA final
  • 1997 Won league
Mount Brydges Bulldogs defeated Wellesley Applejacks 4-games-to-none in final
  • 2001 Won league
Mount Brydges Bulldogs defeated Wellesley Applejacks 4-games-to-1 in final
  • 2005 Lost final
Hagersville Hawks defeated Mount Brydges Bulldogs 4-games-to-1 in final
  • 2006 Lost conference semi-final
Thamesford Trojans defeated Mount Brydges Bulldogs 4-games-to-1 in conf. semi-final
  • 2007 Lost conference quarter-final
Lambeth Lancers defeated Mount Brydges Bulldogs 4-games-to-1 in conf. quarter-final
  • 2008 Lost conference final
Mount Brydges Bulldogs defeated Exeter Hawks 4-games-to-none in conf. quarter-final
Mount Brydges Bulldogs defeated West Lorne Lakers 4-games-to-none in conf. semi-final
Thamesford Trojans defeated Mount Brydges Bulldogs 4-games-to-0 in conf. final

Notable alumni[edit]

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