Picton Pirates

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Picton Pirates
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City Picton, Ontario, Canada
League Empire B Junior C Hockey League
Founded 1989 (1989)
Home arena Prince Edward Community Centre
Colours Red, black, and white
              
General manager Ryan Woodward
Head coach Ryan Woodward
Parent club(s) Wellington Dukes

The Picton Pirates are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Picton, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Empire B Junior C Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.

History[edit]

Pirates' Captain and goalie in 2013 Schmalz Cup finals in Essex, Ontario.

Nicknamed the "Patcheyes", the Picton Pirates were founded in 1989 as members of the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League.

Picton Pirates 2013 Schmalz Cup Champions
Pirates' goalie lining up for a face-off during 2013 Schmalz Cup finals.

The Pirates' first three seasons were disastrous. With nine wins in three seasons, including a winless 1991-92 season, the Pirates did not have a lot to cheer about in the early going. Finally, in the fourth season of operation, the Pirates came to life. The Pirates celebrating winning seasons for the next ten years. They capped off this strong run with their only league championship in the 1998-99 season. The Pirates were also regular season champions in 1998 and 2000.

In 1995, the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League changed its name to the Empire B Junior C Hockey League to avoid further confusion with the rather local Ottawa District Hockey Association's Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League.

In recent years, the Pirates records have been up and down.

In 2005-06, the Pirates finished the regular season in fourth place. In the playoff quarter-final, the Pirates drew the upstart Colborne Cobras. The series ended up being an upset as the it went the distance and the Pirates were defeated 3-games-to-2 in a best-of-five.

The 2006-07 season was not good to the Picton Pirates. They finished in fifth place, just barely outside the playoff picture.

The 2007-08 season was much of the same for the Picton Pirates. They finished in fifth place, again just barely outside the playoff picture.

The 2008-09 season was different the Picton Pirates finished fourth but was swept by the Napanee Raiders in the first round of the playoffs

The 2009-10 season was the same as the 08-09 pirates ended in fourth and again was swept by the Napanee Raiders in round 1 of the playoffs.

From left is former GM Jason Parks, former player Cam Cleave, former head coach Darren Yuill and former player Ryan Beatty.

The 2010-11 season was a year of redemption for the Picton Pirates who finished 3rd and faced off with the 2nd place Amherstview Jets in round 1 beating them in 7 games 4-3, The Pirates then moved on to face the 1st place Napanee Raiders who swept the Pirates 2 years in a row, but the Pirates had other plans for the Raiders taking the first 3 games to lead the series 3-0 the Raiders would claw back with the next 2 wins making it 3-2 but the Pirates were not to be denied in Game 6 at home in front of a packed house the pirates got out to an early 4-0 lead in the first and never looked back winning game 6 5-2 and the Empire Championship series 4-2.

On May 1, 2013, the Pirates became the second team in Empire League history to win the Clarence Schmalz Cup as OHA Junior C champions, defeating the Essex 73's of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League 4-games-to-1.

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1989-90 30 2 27 1 - 116 312 5 6th EOJCHL
1990-91 30 7 23 0 - 141 206 14 6th EOJCHL
1991-92 30 0 28 2 - 85 223 2 6th EOJCHL
1992-93 35 15 15 5 - 184 181 35 3rd EOJCHL
1993-94 36 19 12 5 - 214 159 43 2nd EOJCHL
1994-95 40 23 15 - 2 221 177 48 3rd EOJCHL
1995-96 42 23 14 0 5 214 173 51 4th EBJCHL
1996-97 42 26 15 1 - 211 158 53 2nd EBJCHL
1997-98 36 26 6 4 - 193 124 56 1st EBJCHL
1998-99 36 23 11 1 1 172 116 48 2nd EBJCHL Won League
1999-00 36 24 11 1 0 199 140 49 1st EBJCHL
2000-01 34 17 15 1 1 127 134 36 3rd EBJCHL
2001-02 36 18 12 3 3 164 156 42 3rd EBJCHL
2002-03 34 8 23 1 2 137 187 19 5th EBJCHL
2003-04 34 18 15 0 1 145 154 37 4th EBJCHL
2004-05 34 18 7 6 2 142 100 45 2nd EBJCHL
2005-06 34 13 20 1 0 129 132 27 4th EBJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2006-07 40 13 27 0 3 153 211 29 5th EBJCHL DNQ
2007-08 40 15 23 - 2 163 218 32 5th EBJCHL
2008-09 40 15 23 - 2 151 216 32 4th EBJCHL Lost Semi-final
2009-10 40 22 17 - 1 185 139 45 4th EBJCHL Lost Semi-final
2010-11 40 20 16 - 4 156 150 44 3rd EBJCHL Won League, Lost CSC SF
2011-12 40 27 12 - 1 189 121 55 1st EBJCHL Lost Final
2012-13 40 34 4 - 2 250 80 70 1st EBJCHL Won League, Won CSC
2013-14 40 36 2 - 2 230 62 74 1st EBJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
2014-15 40 21 18 1 - 173 131 43 4th EBJCHL Lost semi-finals - 1-4 - (Panthers)

Schmalz Cup Finals appearances[edit]

2013: Picton Pirates defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-1

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