|City||Nepean, Ontario, Canada|
|League||Central Canada Hockey League|
|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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1978-79||48||36||10||2||-||305||187||74||1st CJHL||Lost final 4-3 to Hawkesbury|
|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|
- CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 2003, 2004
- Eastern Canadian Fred Page Cup Championships: 2004
- CJAHL Royal Bank Cup Championships: None
- Adrian Aucoin
- Jamie Baker
- Jeff Chychrun
- Grant Clitsome
- Rob Dopson
- Mike Eastwood
- Mike Eaves
- Stew Gavin
- Mike Meeker
- Tyler Moss
- Darren Pang
- Mark Paterson
- Dan Ratushny
- Keith Redmond
- Joe Reekie
- Travis Scott
- Larry Skinner
- Doug Smith
- Aaron Ward
- Steve Yzerman