Nepean Raiders

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Nepean Raiders
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City Nepean, Ontario, Canada
League Central Canada Hockey League
Division Yzerman
Founded 1972
Home arena Steve Yzerman Arena
Colours Red, Black, Grey, and White
                   
General manager Peter Goulet
Head coach Peter Goulet

The Nepean Raiders are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team from Nepean, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Central Canada Hockey League. The town of Nepean was granted expansion after the Cornwall Royals and the Hull Hawks left the CJHL for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Raiders started their operations in Nepean in 1972.

Early History[edit]

Nepean made the finals multiple times between 1972 to 1981. In the 1980s. Steve Yzerman and Darren Pang are still known for being the most-outstanding Raiders in the early era. The Raiders struggled in the 1980s and 1990s missing the playoffs multiple times, and set a season-record for the most-penalized CJHL team in 1995-96.

Modern history[edit]

The Raiders did not have many winning seasons since the mid 1980s and were on the verge of folding along with the four existing teams in 1984. Attendance was still declining and averaging about 200 fans per game (mainly family and friends of the players). Attendance was an issue in the 1990s. In 1998, Gord Black purchased the Nepean Raiders. He introduced a new logo and new uniforms to rehabilitate the team image. That included abolishing the traditional Raiders logo that has been with the team since 1972 – the team`s inception into the Central Junior Hockey League.

Gord mentioned his dislike towards the Raiders original logo.

In 1999, Gord Black hired Chris Byrne, a 24-year-old alumni of the Kanata Valley Lasers and Nepean Raiders, as a head coach. Byrne was coming off two seasons in the ECHL. Shane Parker was released from his head coaching duties.

In 2001, Byrne quit his day job as an accountant to balance the role of head coach and general manager.

When Byrne took over as head coach and general manager, it resulted in improving the team's performance, despite not making it to the league finals since 1981.

In 2006, it was announced through the Raiders website that Chris Byrne was leaving to take an assistant coach position with the Ottawa 67`s – leaving many supporters and players with the organization stunned.

Archie Mulligan took the role of head coach and general manager at the start of the 2006–07 season. Mulligan quit in November 2007, leaving Gord Black`s son Rob to become general manager. Head Coach Alex Armstrong was voted out in the mid-season and was soon replaced by Gerard Cowie - the father of the Cowie trio of Matt Cowie (2002-2007), Scott Cowie (2003-2004 and 2008-2009) and Craig Cowie (2007–2012).

The summer of 2008 saw new ownership takeover the Nepean Raiders. The news was anticipating for supporters and fans of the Raiders. CBC commentary and NHL alumnus Gerry Galley took over as head coach. Rob Black stayed on as general manager.

The Raiders finished fitst overall, but lost the finals. Rob Black resigned from general manager that following summer.

In December 2009 when things were going well on the ice for the Raiders, the conflict between ownership and coaching staff led to Gerry Galley resigning from the organization - a move that tore apart the team and players wanting out. A head coach was found as Peter Goulet took over and encouraged the players to stay. The move paid off and the Nepean Raiders won their first CCHL championship since 2004.

From 2003 to 2007, the Nepean Raiders made the league finals, winning two out of 5 appearances. In 2008, the Raiders lost the quarter-finals for the first time in almost a decade. This will the last season under the Gord Black ownership.

2003 Fred Page Cup[edit]

Lennoxville Cougars 5 Nepean Raiders 2
Nepean Raiders 3 Charlottetown Abbies 1
Cornwall Colts 3 Nepean Raiders 2 (OT)
Nepean Raiders 3 Cornwall Colts 2 (2OT) semi-finals
Lennoxville Cougars 4 Nepean Raiders 0 championship game

CORNWALL, ONTARIO: Nepean punched its ticket to their first Fred Page Cup with a 4 games to 1 win over the Ottawa Jr. Senators. The Nepean Raiders and the Cornwall Colts were rivals in the last three seasons. Nepean dropped their first game 5–2 to the LHJAAAQ's Lennoxville Cougars, who were only playing in their first season. Nepean won their second game against the maritime representatives Charlottetown Abbies, that would help the Raiders solidify a berth in the semi-finals. Lennoxville earned a bye to the finals, despite a 7–5 loss to the Abbies. Cornwall and Nepean prepared for an all-league tilt on the final day of round robin. Cornwall won the game 3–2 in overtime, despite that the goal shouldn't have counted because there were too many men in the crease area. The Raiders boycotted the players-of-the-game ceremonies because Colts fans threw cups and snack wrappers into the Raiders bench moments after Cornwall scored the game-winner. The Raiders did re-match with Cornwall in the semi-finals. Cornwall forced overtime on a last-minute goal. Brian Ruckwald of Nepean scored the game-winner with a wrist shot that found its way past Cornwall goaltender Christian Boucher.

2004 Fred Page Cup[edit]

Valleyfield Braves 4 Nepean Raiders 0
Saint-Eustache Patriots 6 Nepean Raiders 4
Nepean Raiders 3 Campbellton Tigers 1
Nepean Raiders 3 Saint-Eustache Gladiateurs 2 (2OT) semi-finals
Nepean Raiders 4 Valleyfield Braves 0 championship

SALLEBERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, Quebec: Nepean got added support by acquiring Gloucester Rangers goaltender Mitch O'Keefe, whose team was defeated in the finals by the Raiders in a seven-game series. O'Keefe got his second chance with the Nepean Raiders. The opening game for the Nepean Raiders faced the Valleyfield Braves, who went on to win 4-0, with the support of a sold-out crowd of Braves supporters. Nepean lost the second game to Saint-Eustache, and were in trouble of being eliminated. Campbelton lost to Valleyfield, and therefore Nepean had to win their last game against Campbelton, which they did 3-1. Nepean then went on to upset the Saint-Eustache Gladiateurs (ranked 5th in Canada) 3-2 in the semi-finals. Raiders captain Brennan Sarazin missed two games of the tournament due to exams at Carleton University and having a bad case of laryngitis. Sarazin arrived just in time for the final three must-win games including the championship game, in which Nepean won 4-0.

2004 Royal Bank Cup[edit]

Nepean Raiders 4 Nanaimo Clippers 3 (2OT)
Nepean Raiders 2 Kindersley Klippers 1
Grande Prairie Storm 4 Nepean Raiders 2
Aurora Tigers 3 Nepean Raiders 1
Aurora Tigers 7 Nepean Raiders 2 semi-finals

GRANDE-PRAIRIE, ALBERTA: The Nepean Raiders trailed 3-0 to the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL, before winning the game in double overtime as Raiders captain Brennan Sarazin netted the winner. The next day, the Raiders improved their record to 2-0 after a 2-1 win over the SJHL champions Kindersley Klippers. Chris Priolo scored for the Raiders twice. Nepean had a chance to improve their record to 3-0 against the Grande-Prairie Storm, but lost 4-2. Nepean would lose their last round-robin game to the top-ranked Aurora Tigers 3-1, despite that the Tigers lost to Grande-Prairie 4-2 earlier. Nepean looking to became the first CJHL team to make the Royal Bank Cup finals since its inception in 1996. Nepean would lose a heart-breaker 7-2, and Aurora would go on to win the Royal Bank Cup.

Season-by-Season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1972-73 55 22 32 1 - 214 268 45 5th CJHL
1973-74 50 26 18 6 - 287 236 58 2nd CJHL
1974-75 50 23 17 10 - 254 216 54 4th CJHL
1975-76 50 16 27 7 - 186 240 39 5th CJHL
1976-77 50 28 13 9 - 263 193 65 1st CJHL
1977-78 48 24 20 4 - 258 205 52 3rd CJHL
1978-79 48 36 10 2 - 305 187 74 1st CJHL Lost final 4-3 to Hawkesbury
1979-80 50 25 22 3 - 312 260 53 3rd CJHL
1980-81 50 29 13 8 - 281 206 66 1st CJHL
1981-82 50 21 22 7 - 253 260 51 4th CJHL
1982-83 50 12 31 7 - 194 258 31 7th CJHL
1983-84 54 28 17 9 - 278 251 65 1st CJHL
1984-85 54 20 30 2 2 226 286 44 5th CJHL
1985-86 60 36 21 2 1 302 251 75 3rd CJHL
1986-87 52 30 21 1 0 266 207 61 2nd CJHL
1987-88 56 29 17 5 5 249 246 68 4th CJHL
1988-89 55 25 30 0 0 216 262 50 7th CJHL
1989-90 55 19 33 2 1 228 274 41 7th CJHL
1990-91 55 25 23 3 4 242 236 57 5th CJHL
1991-92 57 26 23 1 6 274 261 59 6th CJHL
1992-93 57 32 19 3 3 285 258 70 4th CJHL
1993-94 57 31 21 2 3 306 290 67 4th CJHL
1994-95 54 10 38 4 2 214 326 26 10th CJHL Out of Playoffs
1995-96 54 14 35 5 0 220 315 33 5th in Yzerman Out of Playoffs
1996-97 53 27 23 3 0 232 223 57 4th in Yzerman Lost quarter-finals 4-1 to Smiths Falls
1997-98 56 20 23 13 10 180 180 63 4th in Yzerman Lost quarter-finals 4-1 to Brockville
1998-99 54 31 21 2 0 202 194 64 3rd in Yzerman Lost semi-final 4-1 to Hawkesbury
1999-00 56 33 20 3 0 245 239 69 2nd in Yzerman Lost quarter-final 4-1 to Kanata
2000-01 55 26 19 10 0 222 186 63 3rd in Yzerman Lost semi-final 4-0 to Cornwall
2001-02 55 34 11 10 0 263 174 78 2nd Lost semi-final 4-2 to Ottawa
2002-03 55 32 17 6 2 227 185 72 1st in Yzerman Won league 4-1 over Ottawa
2003-04 55 37 14 3 1 229 144 78 1st Won league 4-3 over Gloucester
2004-05 57 42 9 3 3 225 131 90 1st Lost final 4-3 to Hawkesbury
2005-06 59 37 16 3 3 231 174 80 2nd in Yzerman Lost final 4-2 to Hawkesbury
2006-07 55 26 21 6 2 178 165 60 3rd in Yzerman Lost final 4-1 to Pembroke
2007-08 60 32 23 3 2 233 203 69 5th CJHL Lost quarter-final 4-2 to Brockville
2008-09 60 42 12 - 6 261 145 90 1st CJHL Lost final 4-2 to Pembroke
2009-10 62 33 26 - 3 250 217 69 6th CJHL Lost Quarter-final 4-2 to Cornwall
2010-11 62 27 25 - 10 207 227 64 6th CCHL Lost Quarter-final 4-3 to Brockville
2011-12 62 46 11 - 5 269 159 97 1st CCHL Won League 4-3 over Cornwall
2012-13 62 38 20 - 4 235 182 80 4th CCHL Lost Final 4-2 to Cornwall
2013-14 62 27 24 - 11 189 225 65 7th CCHL Lost Quarter-final

Championships[edit]

CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 2003, 2004
Eastern Canadian Fred Page Cup Championships: 2004
CJAHL Royal Bank Cup Championships: None

Notable alumni[edit]

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