Orangeville Crushers

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Orangeville Crushers
Orangeville Crushers.jpg
City Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
League Ontario Junior Hockey League
Midwestern Junior B Hockey League
Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League
Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League
Operated 1975-2011
Home arena Alder Street Recreation Facility
Colors Orange, Black, and White
              
General manager Robin Inscoe
Head coach Dale Hawerchuk
Affiliates Barrie Colts (OHL)
Schomberg Cougars (GMOHL)
Franchise history
1975-1987 Orangeville Stone Crushers
1987-2001 Orangeville Crushers
2001-2004 Orangeville Thunder
2004-2010 Orangeville Crushers
2010-2011 Orangeville Flyers

The Orangeville Crushers were a Canadian Junior "A" ice hockey team from Orangeville, Ontario. They played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, Midwestern Junior B Hockey League, and Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League.

History[edit]

Founded in 1975, the Stonecrushers sat out the 1978-79 season. The owners of the team opted to attempt to field a team in the Georgian Bay Intermediate A Hockey League by the name of the Orangeville Cougars. The Cougars only won twice in all of 1978-79 and the Stonecrushers were brought back for 1979-80.

The team originated in the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League, after one season in the league it became the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League. In the late 80's and early 90's, the Crushers played in the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League and won two straight league championships. They won the Clarence Schmalz Cup in 1990 as All-Ontario Champions. In the Clarence Schmalz Cup Finals, the Crushers came back from a 3-0 deficit in games to defeat the Belle River Canadiens of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League 4-3. The 1991 Clarence Schmalz Cup Final pitted the Crushers against a bound and determined Hanover Barons of the Western Junior C Hockey League. The Crushers again went down 3-0 in games and again forced a seventh and deciding contest but came out on the losing end, dropping the final game and the series 4-3.

In the mid-90's, the Crushers were accepted into the Midwestern Junior B Hockey League and stayed there until 2006. Orangeville had been accepted to play in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League for the start of the 2006-07 Season. A vote was concocted by the OPJHL teams, where the Crushers were voted in by a 33-3 vote. The Crushers would play out of the North Division. The team's head coach for the beginning of 2006-07 would be Steve Chelios, brother of National Hockey League great Chris Chelios [1]. Chelios was let go in late October. The President of the team is another former NHLer, Dale Hawerchuk.

Junior A[edit]

The Crushers' first Junior "A" game took place on September 15, 2006 against Vaughan Vipers in Orangeville. The game resulted in a 6-3 loss. The Crushers' first ever Junior "A" goal was scored by Trevor Branning at 1:17 into the first period. Anthony Ferrante started the game in net.

The Crushers' first ever Junior "A" win was against the Stouffville Spirit on September 28, 2006 in Stouffville, Ontario. The final score was 3-2, with goaltender Michael Hutchinson picking up the win in net. Hutchinson stopped 35 of 37 shots, as the Crushers were badly outshot. Hutchinson also held the Spirit scoreless for the first 48:13 of the game, coming within less than 12 minutes of the shutout. The Crushers' Wil Munson of Corona, California scored the eventual game winner.

The Crushers finished the season one point out of the final playoff spot. With three games to go in the season, Orangeville either had to win or tie to clinch a spot or the Buffalo Jr. Sabres had to tie or lose—neither happened.

Team owner and National Hockey League Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk took over as head coach. In 2010, the changed its name to the Flyers.

On April 3, 2011, despite three consecutive .500 or more seasons, the franchise ceased operations. A week later, the owner of the Villanova Knights announced that he was moving the Knights to Orangeville and renaming them the "Orangeville Flyers".

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1975-76 32 10 11 11 - 156 145 31 5th CJCHL Lost "C" Semi-final
1976-77 30 15 15 0 - 176 187 30 5th CJCHL Lost "C" Semi-final
1977-78 32 13 12 7 - 155 152 33 4th MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1978-79 Did Not Participate
1979-80 39 12 27 0 - 201 253 24 5th MOJCHL DNQ
1980-81 36 15 21 0 - 182 188 30 4th MOJCHL Lost Final
1981-82 40 7 32 1 - 190 311 15 6th MOJCHL DNQ
1982-83 36 20 15 1 - 201 162 41 3rd MOJCHL Lost Final
1983-84 34 26 6 2 - 232 132 54 1st MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1984-85 36 20 16 0 - 254 174 40 5th MOJCHL Lost Final
1985-86 34 17 16 1 - 235 196 35 4th MOJCHL
1986-87 34 21 13 0 - 246 161 42 3rd MOJCHL Lost Semi-final
1987-88 36 32 4 0 - 297 148 64 1st MOJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1988-89 36 32 4 0 - 366 121 64 1st MOJCHL Lost Final
1989-90 35 30 5 0 - 294 138 60 1st MOJCHL Won League, Won CSC
1990-91 34 31 3 0 - 265 101 62 1st MOJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
1991-92 34 25 7 2 - 205 124 52 1st MOJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1992-93 38 23 13 2 0 193 160 48 1st MOJCHL Won League
1993-94 40 35 5 0 - 303 126 70 1st MOJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1994-95 48 26 19 3 - 190 168 55 5th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1995-96 48 29 17 2 - 219 171 60 4th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1996-97 48 17 25 6 - 162 189 40 7th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1997-98 48 29 18 1 - 202 152 59 5th MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
1998-99 48 24 21 3 - 214 203 51 5th MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
1999-00 48 17 29 2 - 169 215 36 7th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
2000-01 48 8 40 0 - 159 299 16 10th MWJBHL DNQ
2001-02 48 8 38 2 - 131 280 18 9th MWJBHL DNQ
2002-03 48 3 44 1 0 101 351 7 10th MWJBHL DNQ
2003-04 48 2 44 0 2 84 282 6 10th MWJBHL DNQ
2004-05 48 4 43 1 0 89 346 9 10th MWJBHL DNQ
2005-06 48 5 42 1 - 104 303 11 10th MWJBHL DNQ
2006-07 49 9 36 3 1 131 213 22 7th OPJHL-N DNQ
2007-08 49 17 29 - 3 138 197 37 6th OPJHL-N Lost Division QF
2008-09 49 33 15 - 1 212 159 67 4th OJHL-P Lost Division F
2009-10 50 29 16 - 5 215 184 63 4th CCHL-W Lost Preliminary
2010-11 50 24 24 - 2 173 176 50 5th OJHL-N Lost Round of 16

Clarence Schmalz Cup Appearances[edit]

1990: Orangeville Crushers defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-3
1991: Hanover Barons defeated Orangeville Crushers 4-games-to-3

Notable alumni[edit]

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