Prince Albert Raiders

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Prince Albert Raiders
Prince Albert Raiders Logo.svg
City Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
League Western Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division East
Founded 1982 (1982)–83
Home arena Art Hauser Centre
Colours Black, Green, Gold
              
General manager Bruno Campese
Head coach Marc Habscheid
Championships
  • 1985 Memorial Cup Champions
  • 1985 WHL Champions

Website
www.raiderhockey.com
Kyle Chipchura in action.

The Prince Albert Raiders are a major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. The Raiders play in the East Division of the Eastern Conference. They are based in the Saskatchewan city of Prince Albert. The team plays its home games at the Art Hauser Centre.

History[edit]

The early days[edit]

The Raiders started in 1971 as one of the most successful Tier II franchises in Canada, playing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). Prince Albert won the Tier II national championship, the Manitoba Centennial Trophy, a record 4 times in a six-year span from 1977 to 1982. While competing for the Manitoba Centennial Trophy, the Raiders competed against a few future OHL teams, the Guelph Platers and the Belleville Bulls. The Raiders also won 7 straight Anavet Cups between 1976 until 1982 against various champions of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Terry Simpson was the team's coach for those 6 years in the SJHL. He stayed with the team for its first 4 years when it moved up to the WHL. The City of Prince Albert was granted a WHL expansion franchise for the 1982–83 season.

1984–85 season[edit]

Three years later, the Raiders were the best team in the WHL. Led by team captain Dan Hodgson, the team achieved the best regular season record in the WHL of 58 wins, 11 losses and 3 ties. The Raiders defeated the Calgary Wranglers, Medicine Hat Tigers and the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL playoffs to win the WHL championship. Other notable members of the 1984–1985 team were; Tony Grenier, Dave Pasin, Pat Elynuik, Dave Manson, Ken Baumgartner, Dave Goertz and Emanuel Viveiros.

The Raiders went on to compete for the 1985 Memorial Cup versus the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Verdun Junior Canadiens and the Shawinigan Cataractes. In a game that featured 108 minutes in penalties called, Prince Albert lost 6–2 to Shawinigan. The second game saw the Raiders beat Verdun 5 to 3 with 2 goals from defenceman Dave Goertz. In their third game, the Raiders defeated the Sault Ste. Marie 8 to 6, and Dan Hodgson had 5 assists in the match. The Raiders and Greyhounds would play each other again in the semi-finals and Prince Albert would prevail again by a score of 8 to 3. The Raiders won the Memorial Cup and became CHL champions by defeating the Shawinigan Cataractes 6–1 in the final.

Since 1985 the Raiders have produced many NHL stars, but have yet to win the WHL championship again.

Championships[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Listed below are alumni from Prince Albert Raiders of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL) who went on to play in the National Hockey League.

SJHL Raiders[edit]

WHL Raiders[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

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1971–72 44 32 12 0 - 277 185 51 3rd SJHL
1972–73 48 33 15 0 - 284 202 48 1st SJHL North
1973–74 50 35 15 0 - 228 204 70 1st SJHL Won League
1974–75 58 39 19 0 - 351 210 78 1st SJHL North
1975–76 58 47 10 1 - 377 184 95 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
1976–77 60 45 14 1 - 392 242 91 1st SJHL North Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1977–78 59 41 17 1 - 391 220 83 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
1978–79 60 44 13 3 - 405 221 91 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1979–80 60 45 14 1 - 381 197 91 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
1980–81 60 50 7 3 - 454 199 103 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1981–82 60 57 3 0 - - - 114 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1982–83 72 16 55 1 - 312 455 33 8th East Out of playoffs
1983–84 72 41 29 2 - 411 357 84 5th East Lost in first round
1984–85 72 58 11 3 - 481 255 116 1st East Won championship and Memorial Cup
1985–86 72 52 17 3 - 424 257 107 2nd East Lost East Division final
1986–87 72 43 26 3 - 346 264 89 3rd East Lost East Division semi-final
1987–88 72 43 24 5 - 373 284 91 3rd East Lost East Division semi-final
1988–89 72 37 33 2 - 302 286 76 4th East Lost East Division quarter-final
1989–90 72 38 33 1 - 302 286 77 2nd East Lost East Division final
1990–91 72 38 29 5 - 337 284 81 4th East Lost East Division quarter-final
1991–92 72 50 20 2 - 356 261 102 1st East Lost East Division final
1992–93 72 25 42 5 - 252 317 55 9th East Out of playoffs
1993–94 72 31 37 4 - 326 321 66 8th East Out of playoffs
1994–95 72 44 26 2 - 308 267 90 2nd East Lost East Division final
1995–96 72 47 19 6 - 309 250 100 2nd East Lost Eastern Conference final
1996–97 72 29 34 9 - 235 262 67 5th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
1997–98 72 20 47 5 - 322 288 45 6th East Out of playoffs
1998–99 72 45 22 5 - 288 213 95 1st East Lost Eastern Conference final
1999–00 72 26 33 6 7 221 257 65 4th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2000–01 72 18 47 3 4 204 348 43 6th East Out of playoffs
2001–02 72 26 41 2 3 234 324 57 5th East Out of playoffs
2002–03 72 27 37 3 5 185 258 62 5th East Out of playoffs
2003–04 72 38 23 6 5 215 186 87 2nd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2004–05 72 31 32 5 4 185 191 71 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference final
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2005–06 72 25 36 1 10 167 228 61 5th East Out of playoffs
2006–07 72 27 39 3 3 203 266 60 4th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2007–08 72 26 42 3 2 196 248 57 6th East Out of playoffs
2008–09 72 31 36 4 1 233 270 67 4th East Out of playoffs
2009–10 72 32 35 3 2 229 249 69 5th East Out of playoffs
2010–11 72 31 36 2 3 247 283 67 4th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2011–12 72 21 45 3 3 219 312 48 6th East Out of playoffs
2012–13 72 37 28 3 4 234 233 81 2nd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2013–14 72 35 32 3 2 243 258 75 4th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final

WHL Championship history[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

SJHL Years

  • 1972 Lost Semi-final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-2
Melville Millionaires defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2
  • 1973 Lost Semi-final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Saskatoon Olympics 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2
  • 1975 Lost Final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Saskatoon Olympics 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-none
Swift Current Broncos defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-none SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) 4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Spruce Grove Mets (AJHL) defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-2 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Dauphin Kings (MJHL) 4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Calgary Canucks (AJHL) 4-games-to-1 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL) 4-games-to-none CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-3
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-1 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Kildonan North Stars (MJHL) 4-games-to-none ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Merritt Centennials (BCJHL) 4-games-to-1 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
Guelph Platers (OPJHL) defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-3
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-2 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) 4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders (AJHL) 4-games-to-2 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
First in 1979 Centennial Cup round robin (3-1)
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) 5-4 OT in final CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-2
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-2 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) 4-games-to-2 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL) defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-3 SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated St. Boniface Saints (MJHL) 4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated St. Albert Saints (AJHL) 4-games-to-none ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
First in 1981 Centennial Cup round robin (3-1)
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Belleville Bulls (OPJHL) 6-2 in final CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-none SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Fort Garry Blues (MJHL) 4-games-to-2 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated St. Albert Saints (AJHL) 4-games-to-1 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Guelph Platers (OJHL) 4-games-to-none CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS

WHL Years

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 116 1984–85
Most wins 58 1984–85
Most goals for 481 1984–85
Least goals for 167 2005–06
Least goals against 186 2003–04
Most goals against 455 1982–83
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Dan Hodgson 70 1984–85
Most assists Dan Hodgson 119 1983–84
Most points Dan Hodgson 182 1984–85
Most points, rookie Dan Hodgson 130 1982–83
Most points, defenceman Emanuel Viveiros 109 1983–84
Best GAA (goalie) Rejean Beauchemin 2.32 2003–04
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Rockland Nationals
Centennial Cup Champions
1977
Succeeded by
Guelph Platers
Preceded by
Guelph Platers
Centennial Cup Champions
1979
Succeeded by
Red Deer Rustlers
Preceded by
Red Deer Rustlers
Centennial Cup Champions
1981 and 1982
Succeeded by
North York Rangers