St. Michael's Buzzers

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St. Michael's Buzzers
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City Toronto, Ontario, Canada
League Ontario Junior Hockey League
Founded 1917
Home arena St. Michael's College School Arena
Colors Navy blue, Baby blue, and White
              
Owner(s) Board of Directors
General manager Rich Ricci
Head coach Rich Ricci
Franchise history
1990 merged w/ Vaughan Raiders

The St. Michael's Buzzers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They compete in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).

History[edit]

The St. Michael's Buzzers date back to at least 1920, as future NHLer Bobby Bauer had made his home at St. Mikes for the 1930-31 season.[1] The team was founded around 1932-33.

The Buzzers won the first ever Sutherland Cup as All-Ontario Junior "B" Champions in 1934, and won it again in 1936, 1945, 1961, 1982, and 1989. They also won the Frank L. Buckland Trophy as OPJHL Champions in 2005, 2006 and 2013.

The 1933-34 season saw them finish second in the Ontario Hockey Association Junior Hockey League behind their own parent club, the Toronto St. Michael's Majors.[2] As "A" champions, the Majors went on to win the Memorial Cup, while the Buzzers went on to win the Sutherland Cup as Ontario "B" champions. The next season, the Big 10 Junior B league was formed and the Buzzers left to join it.

In the 1950s, the Buzzers established themselves in the Metro Junior B Hockey League. In 1961, the Buzzers defeated the Big 10's Owen Sound Greys 4-games-to-none to win the Sutherland Cup. They sat from 1961 to 1963 as their parent club, the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, struggled financially. In 1966-67 the team again took a one-year leave of absence. Despite this, the Buzzers played during the glory years of the Metro league. In 1972, the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League was formed and raided the league for all but four of its charter members, of which one of these teams folded. A season later, the OPJHL also took the Markham Waxers leaving the Metro league with only the Buzzers and Toronto Nationals as the league's original blood. By 1980, the Nationals had folded and had left the Buzzers as the only team left in a twelve team league that pre-dated the 1972 realignment.

The team again took a leave of absence in 1989 after their Sutherland Cup championship, after the Metro League's dispute with the OHA. The following season the Vaughan Raiders merged with the Buzzers, assuming the Buzzer name. The Buzzers left the Metro league in 1995 to join the new Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

The Buzzers disbanded in 1997 to make way for the Ontario Hockey League's St. Michael's Majors. They reformed in 1999. They were OJHL Champions in 2004-05, 2005–06 and 2012-13. In 2005, Andrew Cogliano was drafted straight from the Buzzers by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2005 NHL Draft. Including the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, the Buzzers have had a total of six players drafted to the NHL ranks: 2007 Entry Draft Brendan Smith 1st Round to Detroit Red Wings, Louie Caporusso 3rd Round to the Ottawa Senators; 2008 Entry Draft Brandon Burlon 2nd Round to the New Jersey Devils, Nick D'Agostino 7th Round to the Pittsburgh Penguins; 2009 Entry Draft Riley Smith 3rd Round to the Dallas Stars.

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1932-33 6 3 1 2 - 12 6 8 1st OHA Gr. 4
1933-34 6 6 0 0 - 37 10 12 1st Toronto Prep Won League, Won SC
1934-35 6 6 0 0 - -- -- 12 1st OHA Gr. 6 Won League, Lost SC Final
1935-36 8 6 1 1 - -- -- 13 1st Toronto Prep Won League, Won SC
1936-37 8 2 6 0 - 37 41 4 4th Toronto Prep
1937-38 8 4 4 0 - 31 30 8 4th Toronto Prep
1938-39 7 1 6 0 - 18 41 2 5th Toronto Prep
1939-40 6 3 2 1 - 28 25 7 2nd Toronto Prep
1940-41 5 2 2 1 - 14 16 5 2nd Toronto Prep
1941-42 8 2 6 0 - 29 36 4 5th Toronto Prep
1942-43 8 5 3 0 - 40 30 10 2nd Toronto Prep
1943-44 9 3 4 2 - 27 30 8 3rd Toronto Prep DNQ
1944-45 11 11 0 0 - 90 21 22 1st Toronto Prep Won League, Won SC
1945-46 8 7 1 0 - 91 21 14 1st Toronto Prep
1946-47 12 7 5 0 - 51 40 14 3rd Toronto Jr. B
1947-48 11 6 4 0 - 38 30 12 2nd Toronto Jr. B Won League, Lost SC
1948-49 15 6 9 0 - 46 51 12 4th Toronto Jr. B
1949-50 24 8 12 4 - -- -- 20 3rd Toronto Jr. B
1950-51 19 11 6 2 - 110 79 24 2nd Metro B Lost Semi-final
1951-52 20 14 5 1 - 108 65 29 2nd Metro B Lost Final
1952-53 29 12 15 2 - 133 119 26 4th Metro B Lost Semi-final
1953-54 32 16 14 2 - 133 148 34 5th Metro B Lost Final
1954-55 20 8 10 2 - 61 81 18 6th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1955-56 28 10 17 1 - 80 136 21 7th Metro B DNQ
1956-57 24 10 12 2 - 105 110 22 4th Metro B Won League
1957-58 24 16 6 2 - -- -- 34 1st Metro B Lost Semi-final
1958-59 28 10 17 1 - 97 109 21 6th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1959-60 28 19 6 3 - 129 88 41 1st Metro B Lost Semi-final
1960-61 28 21 6 1 - 154 72 43 1st Metro B Won League, Won SC
1961-63 Did Not Participate
1963-64 32 9 19 4 - 111 148 22 9th Metro B Lost Semi-final
1964-65 36 15 14 7 - 151 152 37 6th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1965-66 35 14 17 4 - 143 153 32 5th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1966-67 Did Not Participate
1967-68 36 22 10 4 - 178 135 48 2nd Metro B Lost Final
1968-69 36 24 11 1 - 171 117 49 2nd Metro B Lost Final
1969-70 36 28 5 3 - 297 134 59 1st Metro B Lost Semi-final
1970-71 44 24 15 5 - 242 201 53 5th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1971-72 44 13 25 6 - 186 252 32 10th Metro B
1972-73 34 8 21 5 - 135 195 21 10th Metro B
1973-74 44 23 18 3 - 262 246 49 5th Metro B
1974-75 38 22 14 2 - 194 181 46 6th Metro B
1975-76 36 17 12 7 - 154 138 41 6th Metro B
1976-77 36 16 14 6 - 150 134 38 6th Metro B
1977-78 36 25 10 1 - 192 127 51 2nd Metro B
1978-79 44 25 8 11 - 245 152 61 3rd Metro B
1979-80 42 28 9 5 - 258 182 61 1st Metro B
1980-81 42 24 10 8 - 230 174 57 1st Metro B Won League
1981-82 35 22 7 6 - 201 126 50 2nd Metro B Won League, Won SC
1982-83 36 21 13 2 - 171 146 44 4th Metro B
1983-84 42 20 16 6 - 233 196 46 5th Metro B
1984-85 36 10 21 5 - 145 176 25 10th Metro B DNQ
1985-86 36 19 15 2 - 228 184 40 5th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1986-87 37 21 11 5 - 215 138 47 3rd Metro B Lost Semi-final
1987-88 37 16 14 7 - 206 181 39 7th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1988-89 39 33 5 1 - 276 114 67 1st Metro B Won League. Won SC
1989-90 Did Not Participate
1990-91 44 22 16 6 - 207 169 50 5th Metro B
1991-92 44 18 21 5 - 222 221 41 8th Metro A
1992-93 48 26 16 6 - 234 190 56 4th Metro A
1993-94 50 25 19 6 - 249 204 56 6th Metro A Lost Quarter-final
1994-95 50 26 18 6 - 230 203 58 5th Metro A
1995-96 50 21 26 3 - 212 205 47 5th OPJHL-Me
1996-97 51 26 22 3 - 210 173 59 4th OPJHL-Me
1997-99 Did Not Participate
1999-00 49 18 28 3 0 183 231 39 7th OPJHL-S
2000-01 49 23 22 3 1 204 215 50 6th OPJHL-S
2001-02 49 34 10 4 1 230 145 73 2nd OPJHL-S
2002-03 49 25 15 6 3 209 174 59 3rd OPJHL-S
2003-04 49 33 13 1 2 249 163 69 1st OPJHL-S Lost Final
2004-05 49 36 7 4 2 259 128 78 2nd OPJHL-S Won League
2005-06 49 29 12 5 3 226 153 66 1st OPJHL-S Won League
2006-07 49 33 9 7 0 209 128 73 2nd OPJHL-S Lost Semi-final
2007-08 49 43 4 - 2 291 124 88 1st OPJHL-S Lost Division Final
2008-09 53 24 24 - 5 227 249 53 6th OJHL-C
2009-10 50 25 21 - 4 194 205 54 7th CCHL-W Lost Preliminary
2010-11 50 27 21 - 2 225 174 56 5th OJHL-S Lost Qualifier
2011-12 49 37 8 - 4 215 135 78 1st OJHL-S Lost Conf. Final
2012-13 55 37 15 - 3 224 151 77 1st OJHL-S Won League
2013-14 53 27 19 - 7 185 153 61 3rd OJHL-S Lost Conf. QF

Playoffs[edit]

MetJHL Years

  • 1991 Lost Quarter-final
Henry Carr Crusaders defeated St. Michael's Buzzers 4-games-to-none
  • 1992 Lost Quarter-final
St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Weston Dodgers 3-games-to-none
Muskoka Bears defeated St. Michael's Buzzers 4-games-to-3
  • 1993 Lost Final
St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Mississauga Senators 4-games-to-2
St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Muskoka Bears 4-games-to-none
Wexford Raiders defeated St. Michael's Buzzers 4-games-to-1
  • 1994 Lost Quarter-final
Muskoka Bears defeated St. Michael's Buzzers 4-games-to-2
  • 1995 Lost Semi-final
St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Aurora Eagles 4-games-to-2
Caledon Canadians defeated St. Michael's Buzzers 4-games-to-none

OJHL Years

Sutherland Cup Appearances[edit]

1961: St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Owen Sound Greys 4-games-to-none
1982: St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Sarnia Bees 4-games-to-3
1989: St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Niagara Falls Canucks 4-games-to-1

Vaughan Raiders[edit]

Vaughan Raiders
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City Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
League Central Junior B Hockey League
Metro Junior B Hockey League
Operated 1984-1990
Colors

Green, Black, and White


              
Franchise history
1990 merged w/ St. Michael's Buzzers
Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1984-85 40 14 19 7 - 172 202 35 7th CJBHL
1985-86 48 22 19 7 - 246 231 51 6th CJBHL
1986-87 42 16 16 10 - 190 195 42 5th CJBHL
1987-88 44 29 9 6 - 260 195 64 3rd CJBHL
1988-89 42 21 19 2 - 204 190 44 8th CJBHL
1989-90 44 16 25 3 - 200 211 35 8th Metro B

Notable alumni[edit]

Raiders

References[edit]

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