Nanaimo Clippers

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Nanaimo Clippers
Nanaimo Clippers logo.svg
City Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
League British Columbia Hockey League
Conference Coastal
Founded 1972 (1972)–73
Home arena Frank Crane Arena
Colours Orange, Silver, Black, White
                   
General manager Canada Mike Vandekamp
Head coach Canada Mike Vandekamp

Website
www.nanaimoclippers.com/
Franchise history
1972–82 Nanaimo Clippers
1982–83 Esquimalt Buccaneers
1983–present Nanaimo Clippers

The Nanaimo Clippers are a junior "A" ice hockey team based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Coastal Conference of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at Frank Crane Arena.

Franchise history[edit]

The Nanaimo Clippers won the league championship in the 1976 playoffs but lost by default for the Mowat Cup (Provincial Championship). The Clippers were once again league champions in 1978 when the Penticton Vees refused to play the balance of the series (citing rough play - The series stood at 2 games to 1). The Merritt Centennials were earlier chosen to represent the league for the 1978 CAHA Championships. The Nanaimo Clippers folded after the 1982 season, but were started up again before the 1983 season as the Esquimalt Buccaneers. The franchise was moved to Nanaimo early in the 1983 season, playing at the Nanaimo Civic Arena, and renamed the team the Nanaimo Clippers.

In 1998, the Clippers hosted the Royal Bank Cup getting 3 wins and a loss in round-robin play. The Clippers entered the semi-finals as the 2nd seed, behind the South Surrey Eagles also of the BCHL. The Weyburn Red Wings were the Clippers opponent in the semi-final and defeated them by a score of 4-1, South Surrey went on to win the National Championship.

March 13, 2004, marked one of the strangest playoff games in all of hockey history with the Clippers playing in the final game of their first-round league playoff series against the Powell River Kings. With 80 seconds left in the third period and the scored tied 3-3 in Game 7 at Nanaimo, the Powell River goalie left his crease and froze the puck for a whistle. Under league rules, the goalie was guilty of delay of game. But instead of calling a two-minute penalty, the referee incorrectly awarded a penalty shot. Nanaimo scored and won the game 4-3. Powell River protested and league officials agreed to cover all costs for fixing the mistake. The Kings went back to Nanaimo on March 16 to replay the final 1:20 of the third period, with the score tied at 3-3. Powell River started a man short for the delay-of-game penalty but neither team scored in regulation. Just 54 seconds into overtime, Nanaimo captain Michael Olson scored the game-winning goal in front of a packed house of hometown fans, some of whom had felt their team had been wronged and some who thought it was a good chance to end things the right way. The Clippers went on to have a fairly easy road in the playoffs, beating Chilliwack 3-1 in a best-of-five series, Surrey 4-0 in a best-of-seven semifinal and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-1 in the best-of-seven championship final. After taking the BCHL Championship, the Clippers went on to oust the Grande Prairie Storm for the Doyle Cup, earning themselves a berth in the Royal Bank Cup.

On April 16 2007, the Clippers won the Fred Page Cup by defeating the Vernon Vipers three to two in game six of the BCHL finals. The winning goal was scored by Tyler Mazzei with 36 seconds remaining in the third period at the Vernon Multiplex.

NHL alumni[edit]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points PIM Finish Playoffs
1972-73 62 31 30 1 - 352 335 63 1st, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 3-4 (Bruins)
1973-74 64 21 41 2 - 243 321 44 4th, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Lords)
1974-75 66 21 45 0 - 303 385 42 4th, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 2-4 (Blazers)
1975-76 66 41 21 4 - 384 279 89 2nd, BCJHL Fred Page Cup Champions (Vees)
1976-77 68 46 19 3 - 403 323 95 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4-2 (Vees)
1977-78 66 41 23 2 - 392 324 84 2251 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions (Vees)
1978-79 62 33 26 3 - 367 346 69 1625 2nd, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 0-4 (Blazers)
1979-80 66 41 24 1 - 433 346 83 2nd, Coastal Lost in Finals, 3-4 (Knights)
1980-81 44 33 10 1 - 307 200 67 1417 1st, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals
1981-82 48 12 36 0 - 232 347 24 6th, Coastal Did not qualify
1982-83 56 30 25 1 - 309 314 61 2420 3rd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Royals)
1983-84 50 30 19 1 - 303 256 61 2nd, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 2-4 (Eagles)
1984-85 52 21 31 0 - 328 367 42 5th, Coastal Did not qualify
1985-86 52 25 26 1 - 305 337 51 3rd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Flyers)
1986-87 52 24 27 1 - 276 292 49 4th, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 0-4 (Sockeyes)
1987-88 52 28 20 4 - 277 252 60 3rd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Flyers)
1988-89 60 32 25 3 - 309 312 67 2931 3rd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 0-4 (Paper Kings)
1989-90 60 38 21 1 - 381 314 77 2326 2nd, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 3-4 (Royals)
1990-91 60 25 32 3 - 307 342 53 3rd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Paper Kings)
1991-92 60 27 30 3 - 319 309 57 3059 3rd, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 2-4 (Ice Hawks)
1992-93 60 29 29 2 - 320 326 60 1738 3rd, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 3-4 (Paper Kings)
1993-94 60 21 36 3 - 270 351 45 4th, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Paper Kings)
1994-95 60 25 33 2 - 280 330 52 3rd, Coastal Lost in Preliminary, 0-2 (Eagles)
1995-96 60 30 25 5 - 251 236 65 1284 3rd, Island Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Vipers)
1996-97 60 34 22 4 - 263 243 72 2nd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Paper Kings)
1997-98 60 30 29 1 - 215 223 61 5th, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 0-4 (Eagles)
1998-99 60 37 21 - 2 298 229 76 1st, Coastal Lost in Division Quarterfinals, 0-3 (Salsa)
1999-00 60 28 21 - 11 202 218 67 3rd, Coastal Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-4 (Chiefs)
2000-01 60 31 25 - 4 221 216 66 1673 1st, Island Lost in Preliminary, 3-4 (Salsa)
2001-02 60 41 17 - 2 262 215 84 1st, Island Lost in Semifinals, 1-4 (Chiefs)
2002-03 60 41 16 3 0 267 196 85 1st, Island Lost in Quarterfinals, 0-3 (Eagles)
2003-04 60 37 15 2 6 256 161 82 2131 2nd, Island Fred Page Cup Champions, 4-1 (Silverbacks)
Doyle Cup Champions
2004-05 60 48 9 0 3 240 142 99 1st in League Lost in Semi-Finals
2005-06 60 44 12 0 4 255 160 92 1st in League Lost in Quarter-Finals
2006-07 60 41 12 2 5 287 187 89 1st in League Won League
2007-08 60 42 14 0 4 249 155 88 1st in League Lost in Finals
2008-09 60 28 24 2 6 186 193 64 9th BCHL Lost in First Round
2009-10 60 24 25 1 10 197 204 59 10th BCHL Lost in Quarter-Finals
2010-11 60 29 23 1 7 203 205 66 5th, Coastal Lost Division Quarter-final
2011-12 60 26 25 0 9 186 193 61 10th BCHL DNQ
2012-13 56 32 20 0 4 182 167 68 2nd, Island Lost Division Semi-final
2013-14 58 27 28 1 2 176 172 57 3rd, Island Lost Division Semi-final

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