St. Catharines Falcons (1968–)

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St. Catharines Falcons
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City St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
League Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Golden Horseshoe
Founded 1968
Home arena Jack Gatecliff Arena
Colors Red and White
         
General manager Frank Girhiny
Head coach Frank Girhiny
Affiliates Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

The St. Catharines Falcons are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Golden Horseshoe division of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. The Falcons play their home games inside Jack Gatecliff Arena in downtown St. Catharines.

History[edit]

Falcons goalie 2014 playoffs.
Falcons player 2014 playoffs.

The current Falcons franchise originated in 1968. The league entered the "Niagara District Junior "B" Hockey League" that same year. The Niagara "B" became the Golden Horseshoe "B" in 1974. The Falcons have competed every year in the league since 1968.

In 2012, the Falcons would attempt to win the Sutherland Cup for the first time in six tries. They would end up defeating the Brantford Eagles 4-games-to-2 to clinch their first ever OHA Junior B championship.

The 2013-14 Falcons had won the 2013-14 Golden Horseshoe regular season crown with the best record by a Junior B team since the 1980s (45-3-1), but were caught with two many imports against the Caledonia Corvairs and Welland Jr. Canadians. Due to the protest by those two teams to the Ontario Hockey Association, the Falcons were stripped of the two victories, which slipped them back to second place in the standings (43-5-1) and allowed Caledonia a superior record (45-3-1) and playoff seed.[1]

Memorable Games[edit]

On March 26, 2006 the St. Catharines Falcons played one of the most memorable games in their history. In Game 6 of the semi-finals against the Thorold Blackhawks, the team played an epic four-overtime game. Ironically, if the Falcons had won they would have played game 7 on the same day game 6 ended.

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1974-75 40 22 14 4 - 248 210 48 4th GHJHL Lost Final
1975-76 40 28 7 5 - 291 209 61 1st GHJHL Won League
1976-77 32 19 7 6 - 235 147 44 1st GHJHL Won League
1977-78 40 26 9 5 - 285 167 57 1st GHJHL Won League
1978-79 42 35 5 2 - 322 155 72 1st GHJHL Won League
1979-80 44 27 13 4 - 296 234 58 4th GHJHL Lost Final
1980-81 42 36 2 4 - 308 135 76 1st GHJHL Won League
1981-82 36 20 9 7 - - - 47 1st GHJHL Won League
1982-83 42 26 12 4 - 261 192 56 1st GHJHL Lost Final
1983-84 42 22 11 9 - 246 200 53 3rd GHJHL
1984-85 42 30 4 8 - 274 154 68 1st GHJHL Won League
1985-86 40 23 10 7 - 268 188 53 2nd GHJHL Won League
1986-87 42 25 11 6 - 231 171 56 3rd GHJHL
1987-88 42 17 20 5 - 241 233 39 4th GHJHL
1988-89 42 24 14 4 - 231 200 52 3rd GHJHL
1989-90 48 40 6 0 2 362 188 82 1st GHJHL Won League
1990-91 42 26 13 2 1 282 186 55 3rd GHJHL
1991-92 42 27 12 2 1 296 194 57 2nd GHJHL Won League
1992-93 42 27 13 1 1 272 194 56 3rd GHJHL
1993-94 40 34 6 0 0 350 153 68 1st GHJHL Won League
1994-95 42 22 16 4 4 232 194 52 3rd GHJHL Lost Final
1995-96 50 33 14 3 0 224 171 69 3rd GHJHL Lost Final
1996-97 42 30 10 1 1 276 169 62 3rd GHJHL Won League
1997-98 49 30 13 5 1 248 169 66 2nd GHJHL Lost Final
1998-99 48 31 14 0 3 212 140 65 2nd GHJHL Won League
1999-00 48 31 12 4 1 215 130 67 2nd GHJHL Won League
2000-01 48 12 35 1 0 149 266 25 7th GHJHL
2001-02 47 10 29 3 5 165 248 28 6th GHJHL
2002-03 48 21 24 3 0 163 187 45 5th GHJHL
2003-04 48 16 30 2 0 126 179 34 5th GHJHL
2004-05 48 26 18 3 1 179 139 56 3rd GHJHL
2005-06 49 33 13 2 1 220 167 69 2nd GHJHL Lost Semi-final
2006-07 49 34 11 2 2 278 183 72 2nd GHJHL Won League
2007-08 49 28 14 5 2 208 158 63 3rd GOJHL-GH Lost Conf. Final
2008-09 52 36 9 - 7 261 150 79 1st GOJHL-GH
2009-10 51 38 8 - 5 280 146 81 1st GOJHL-GH Lost Conf. Final
2010-11 51 34 13 - 4 218 136 72 3rd GOJHL-GH Lost Conf. SF
2011-12 51 40 9 - 2 257 117 82 1st GOJHL-GH Won League
2012-13 51 39 8 - 4 298 131 82 1st GOJHL-GH Lost Round Robin SF
2013-14 49 43 5 - 1 253 128 87 2nd GOJHL-GH Lost Conf. Final

Sutherland Cup Appearances[edit]

1979: Streetsville Derbys defeated St. Catharines Falcons 4-games-to-none
1990: Stratford Cullitons defeated St. Catharines Falcons 4-games-to-none
1994: Waterloo Siskins defeated St. Catharines Falcons 4-games-to-2
1997: Elmira Sugar Kings defeated St. Catharines Falcons 4-games-to-3
2000: Cambridge Winterhawks defeated St. Catharines Falcons 4-games-to-none
2012: St. Catharines Falcons defeated Brantford Eagles 4-games-to-2
2014: Caledonia Corvairs defeated St. Catharines Falcons 4-games-to-3

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/02/24/falcons-penalized-by-oha

External links[edit]