Sarnia Sting

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Sarnia Sting
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City Sarnia, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division West
Founded 1994 (1994)–95
Home arena RBC Centre (Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre)
Colours Black, white and gold
              
General manager Nick Sinclair
Head coach Trevor Letowski
Affiliate(s) Sarnia Legionnaires
Strathroy Rockets

Website
www.sarniasting.com
Franchise history
1969–92 Cornwall Royals
1992–94 Newmarket Royals
1994–present Sarnia Sting

The Sarnia Sting are a junior ice hockey team based in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. They are one of the 20 teams that make up the Ontario Hockey League. They play out of the RBC Centre (formerly the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre).

This 2014-2015 campaign marks the 20th anniversary of the Sarnia Sting. The Sting have done many different things this season as to reminiscing on the past 20 years. They had fans vote to whom they thought to be the best sting player of all time. They organized a constructed bracket like the NCAA March Madness look and had 64 players go head to head until it dwindled down to Steven Stamkos and Alex Galchenyuk in the finals. In the end, Stamkos was voted on by the fans as the greatest Sarnia Sting player to wear the sweater.

History[edit]

Sting vs. Spitfires - January 2012

The franchise was granted in 1969 as one of the inaugural teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. At the time, the team was located in Cornwall, Ontario and were known as the Cornwall Royals. During the team's tenure in the QMJHL the Royals won the Memorial Cup in 1972, 1980, and in 1981.

For the 1981–82 season, the team transferred to the Ontario Hockey League. In 1992, the franchise moved again to Newmarket, Ontario to play as the Newmarket Royals.

In 1994, the team was bought by the Ciccarelli brothers and moved to Sarnia, Ontario. Robert Ciccarelli is the team's current president and governor. In 1999–2000 he was voted OHL Executive of the Year.

The move of the OHL franchise also forced the Junior "B" Sarnia Bees to change their name to the Sarnia Steeplejacks.

Championships[edit]

The Sarnia Sting are in quest of their first J. Ross Robertson Cup and first Memorial Cup. In 1996–97 was the closest the team came to the OHL Championship, but lost in the quarter-finals to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3.[1] The lone title so far came in the 2003–04 season, when the team won the OHL West Division, winning the Bumbacco Trophy,[2] but were later eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Coaches[edit]

List of Coaches

Multiple seasons in parentheses.

  • 1994–95 D.Boyd, R.Brown, M.Hunter
  • 1995–96 Mark Hunter (5)
  • 1996–97 Joe Canale
  • 1997–99 Mark Hunter (5)
  • 1999–2000 Mark Hunter, Rich Brown (3)
  • 2000–01 Rich Brown, Jeff Perry
  • 2001–03 Jeff Perry (4)
  • 2003–04 Jeff Perry, Greg Walters
  • 2004–06 Shawn Camp (2)
  • 2006–2010 Dave MacQueen (4)
  • 2010–2011 Dave MacQueen, Trevor Letowski
  • 2011–2013 Jacques Beaulieu
  • 2013–present Trevor Letowski (2)

Players[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

None to date. There are currently no retired numbers; however there are banners in honour of Trevor Letowski, and Steven Stamkos who all participated at IIHF World U20 Championships in 1997 and 2008 respectively. Banners that were once hung, but have since been taken down, include the ones of Aaron Brand and Peter Sarno who both won OHL scoring titles and Danny Fritsche who won gold with the United States men's national junior ice hockey team in 2004

NHL alumni[edit]

Current roster[edit]

(as of November 26, 2014)

Goaltenders
Number Nationality Player Catches Acquired Hometown
6 Canada Noah Bushnell R 2013 Tecumseh, Ontario
9 Canada Troy Lajeunesse L 2014 Dokis First Nation, Ontario
32 Canada Justin Fazio L 2013 Sarnia, Ontario
10 Belarus Vladislav Kodola L 2013 Belarus
Defencemen
Number Nationality Player Shoots Acquired Hometown
2 Canada Josh Chapman R 2010 Stouffville, Ontario
11 Canada Hayden Hodgson R 2014 Leamington, Ontario
12 Canada Brandon Lindberg R 2013 Waterloo, Ontario
14 Czech Republic Pavel Zacha L 2014 Brno, Czech Republic
7 United States Anthony DeAngelo R 2011 Sewell, New Jersey
15 Canada Patrick White L 2012 Orleans, Ontario
16 Canada Davis Brown L 2011 Ilderton, Ontario
17 Canada Alexandre Renaud L 2012 Gloucester, Ontario
19 Canada Matteo Ciccarelli L 2012 Sarnia, Ontario
Forwards
Number Nationality Player Shoots Acquired Hometown
21 Canada Daniel Nikandrov L 2011 Markham, Ontario
25 Canada Jordan Kyrou R 2014 Toronto, Ontario
27 Canada Stephen Pierog R 2014 Guelph, Ontario
35 Russia Nikita Korostelev R 2013 Moskva, Russia
3 Canada Alex Black L 2013 Kitchener, Ontario
4 United States Jeff King R 2012 St.Clair, Michigan
5 United States Jakob Chychrun L 2014 Boca Raton, Florida
20 Canada Connor Schlichting R 2013 Newmarket, Ontario
22 Canada Jake O'Donnell R 2014 Bowmanville, Ontario
23 Canada Zachery Core L 2012 Princeton, Ontario
24 Canada Kevin Spinozzi L 2014 Kingston, Ontario
29 Canada Taylor Dupuis L 2013 New Liskeard, Ontario


Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 90 2002–03
Least points 39 2005–06, 2009-10
Most wins 41 2002–03
Least wins 16 2004–05
Most goals for 330 1995–96
Least goals for 156 2004-05
Most goals against 321 2010–11
Least goals against 189 1999–2000
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Reid Boucher 62 2012–13
Most goals (rookie) Nail Yakupov 49 2010–11
Most assists Peter Sarno 93 1998–99
Most points Peter Sarno 130 1998–99
Most points (rookie) Nail Yakupov 101 2010–11
Most points (defenceman) Andy Delmore 78 1996–97
Best GAA (goalie) Greg Hewitt 2.53 1999–2000
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Yearly results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OT = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

(As of April 3, 2013)

Season Games Won Lost Tied OT SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1994–95 66 24 37 5 - - 53 0.402 250 292 3rd Western
1995–96 66 39 23 4 - - 82 0.621 330 276 2nd Western
1996–97 66 35 24 7 - - 77 0.583 286 251 2nd Western
1997–98 66 32 21 13 - - 77 0.583 253 227 3rd Western
1998–99 68 37 25 6 - - 80 0.588 279 216 2nd West
1999–2000 68 33 27 8 - - 74 0.544 211 189 3rd West
2000–01 68 28 31 7 2 - 65 0.463 235 244 3rd West
2001–02 68 27 29 5 7 - 66 0.434 236 260 4th West
2002–03 68 41 19 7 1 - 90 0.654 234 223 2nd West
2003–04 68 37 23 4 4 - 82 0.574 220 210 1st West
2004–05 68 16 41 6 5 - 43 0.316 156 228 5th West
2005–06 68 17 46 - 2 3 39 0.287 197 295 5th West
2006–07 68 34 24 - 5 5 78 0.574 270 241 4th West
2007–08 68 37 29 - 2 0 76 0.559 251 229 3rd West
2008–09 68 35 26 - 4 3 77 0.566 216 210 4th West
2009–10 68 17 46 - 3 2 39 0.287 184 295 5th West
2010–11 68 25 36 - 5 2 57 0.419 243 321 4th West
2011–12 68 34 27 - 2 5 75 0.551 243 235 2nd West
2012–13 68 35 28 - 1 4 75 0.551 247 254 3rd West
Total 1,284 583 562 72 43 24 1,305 0.508 - - 1 Division Title

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1994–95 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1995–96 Defeated S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
  • 1996–97 Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
  • 1997–98 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1998–99 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1999–00 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2000–01 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2001–02 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2002–03 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2003–04 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2004–05 DNQ
  • 2005–06 DNQ
  • 2006–07 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2007–08 Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
  • 2008–09 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2009-10 DNQ
  • 2010-11 DNQ
  • 2011–12 Lost to Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2012–13 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2013-14 DNQ

Jerseys and Logos[edit]

The original Sarnia Sting jersey (worn from 1994/95 - 1998/99) showed a bee playing hockey with its stinger poised. The team's colours were black, white and silver. An alternate jersey (worn from 1997/98 - 1998/99) had a yellow background and a bee holding a stick about the Sarnia name on the chest.

The current jerseys include a white jersey with a bee in the center and a black jersey with "Sarnia" written across the front. During the first half of the season, the team wears the white uniform at home while during the second half of the season they wear the black uniform at home.

During the 2012 offseason the team held a contest to design the team's alternate jersey for the season. The new jersey is yellow with black and white stripes down the arm. The logo is round and includes a picture of the Bluewater Bridges in the background with a bee in the center. Around the bridges and the bee it is inscribed "Sarnia Sting" on top and "Hockey Club" on the bottom.

Arenas[edit]

Relocation from Newmarket, Ontario, in 1994, was made on the promise that a new arena would be built in Sarnia. In the meantime the team played their first three seasons at Sarnia Arena located in the downtown area.

In 1997–98 the Sting played their first season at their new home; The Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre (now known as the RBC Centre). It's a more modern facility with private boxes and many other amenities. The new building also hosted the Ontario Hockey League All Star Game in 1999, and the RE/Max Canada-Russia Challenge in 2004.

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