Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats

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Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats
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City Rayside-Balfour, Ontario
League Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
Operated 1962 (1962)-2005
Home arena Rayside-Balfour Community Centre
Colours Grey, Blue, and White
Franchise history
1962-1969 Garson Falconbridge Native Sons
1969-1973 Chelmsford Canadiens
1973-1995 Rayside-Balfour Canadians
1995-2005 Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats

The Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Rayside-Balfour, Ontario, Canada. This defunct hockey team was a part of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

History[edit]

A very successful franchise, the Sabrecats won the Dudley Hewitt Cup three times (1997, 2000, and 2002) and a dynastic seven straight McNamara Trophies as NOJHL champions (1996–2002). In 2000, they reached the finals of the Royal Bank Cup, only to lose a heartbreaking 2-1 game to the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

The team was granted a one-year leave from the NOJHL in 2005, but in Spring 2006 the NOJHL announced that the Sabrecats will not be returning and have officially folded.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1962-63 38 22 15 1 - 208 175 45 4th NOJHA Lost Semi-final
1963-64 40 13 26 1 - 141 202 27 5th NOJHA DNQ
1964-65 40 20 20 0 - 185 213 40 4th NOJHA Won League
1965-66 40 4 36 0 - 148 337 8 5th NOJHA DNQ
1966-67 40 21 19 0 - 225 222 42 4th NOJHA Lost Semi-final
1967-68 40 24 15 1 - 179 157 49 2nd NOJHA Lost Semi-final
1968-69 48 22 25 1 - 167 163 45 3rd NOJHA Lost Semi-final
1969-70 48 8 39 1 - 176 385 17 5th NOJHA DNQ
1970-71 48 19 25 4 - 218 269 42 3rd NOJHA Lost Semi-final
1971-72 52 22 28 2 - 216 265 46 3rd NOJHA Lost Semi-final
1972-73 42 21 15 6 - -- -- 48 3rd NOHA Jr. B Lost Semi-final
1973-74 40 30 7 3 - -- -- 63 1st NOHA Jr. B Won League, Won NOHA
1974-75 NOHA Jr. B Lost Semi-final
1975-76 4th NOHA Jr. B Lost Semi-final
1976-77 6th NOHA Jr. B DNQ
1977-78 20 6th NOHA Jr. B DNQ
1978-79 40 20 17 3 - -- -- 43 5th NOJHL
1979-80 40 18 20 2 - 197 194 38 4th NOJHL
1980-81 40 9 26 5 - 203 257 23 6th NOJHL
1981-82 42 14 25 3 - 209 273 31 5th NOJHL
1982-83 42 19 16 7 - 275 256 45 3rd NOJHL
1983-84 40 36 2 2 - 426 165 74 1st NOJHL Won League
1984-85 40 23 15 2 - 349 287 48 3rd NOJHL
1985-86 41 22 16 3 - 324 274 47 3rd NOJHL
1986-87 Did Not Participate
1987-88 40 22 15 3 - 275 211 47 3rd NOJHL Lost Final
1988-89 40 28 7 5 - 289 162 61 1st NOJHL Lost Final
1989-90 40 19 18 3 - 222 234 41 4th NOJHL Lost Final
1990-91 40 18 21 1 - 206 231 37 3rd NOJHL Lost Final
1991-92 48 39 7 2 - 482 195 80 1st NOJHL Lost Final
1992-93 48 33 13 2 - 353 242 68 3rd NOJHL
1993-94 40 18 21 1 - 220 228 37 5th NOJHL
1994-95 48 22 26 0 - 233 273 44 5th NOJHL
1995-96 44 37 5 2 - 270 129 76 1st NOJHL Won League
1996-97 40 36 3 1 - 296 112 73 1st NOJHL Won League, Won Dudley Hewitt Cup
1997-98 40 35 3 2 - 252 107 72 1st NOJHL Won League
1998-99 40 32 7 1 - 213 106 65 1st NOJHL Won League
1999-00 40 40 0 0 - 315 80 80 1st NOJHL Won League, Won Dudley Hewitt Cup
2000-01 40 35 3 0 2 284 101 72 1st NOJHL Won League
2001-02 42 37 4 0 1 327 105 75 1st NOJHL Won League, Won Dudley Hewitt Cup
2002-03 48 30 16 2 - 263 178 62 3rd NOJHL
2003-04 48 4 41 2 1 97 299 11 8th NOJHL
2004-05 48 14 31 4 0 147 201 31 7th NOJHL Lost Quarter-final