St. Thomas Stars

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St. Thomas Stars
St Thomas Stars.jpg
City St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
League Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Western
Founded 1972
Home arena St. Thomas Timken Community Centre
Colors Green, Yellow, and White
              
General manager Joe Daniels
Head coach Ron Horvat
Affiliates Port Stanley Sailors (SOJHL)
Franchise history
1972-1980 St. Thomas Colonels[1]
1980-1984 St. Thomas Pests[2]
1984-Present St. Thomas Stars[3]

The St. Thomas Stars are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.[4] They play in the Western division of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.[5]

History[edit]

Stars goalie during 2013-14 season.

The old Barons joined the troubled original Western Jr. "B" League in 1961. When the league became the Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League in 1968, the Barons came with them and changed their name in 1970 to the Elgins.[6][7]

In 1969, the Barons won the Western Ontario Junior "A" Championship. As per their league's agreement with the Western Canada Hockey League, the Barons were shipped out to Flin Flon, Manitoba to face off against Bobby Clarke and the WCHL Champion Flin Flon Bombers is a best-of-7 series for National bragging rights. The Bombers came to St. Thomas first and took game one 6-2. In Game two, the Barons returned the favour and won 6-3. The series moved to Flin Flon to conclude. The Bombers took game three 5-0. Game four, the Bombers led 4-0 with 10:10 left in the second period when the second brawl of the game broke out. St. Thomas walked off the ice and the team's coach, Keith Kewly refused to return them to the ice. The "Canadian Hockey Association", the group created to govern this championship, awarded the championship to Flin Flon and waged heavy sanctions against the Barons franchise. None of which ever came into effect.[8]

Stars player during 2013-14 season.

The Elgins folded in 1973 and were replaced by the Colonels, who formed the year before, the next season in the Central Junior C Hockey League. In 1976, the team was moved up to the short-lived "Southwestern Ontario Junior "B" Hockey League". When the Southwestern died, the Colonels jumped to the new "Western League" and changed their name to the Pests in 1980. As expected, the Pests was considered a horrible name and was changed to the Stars in 1984. The Stars are a consistent and strong team in the Western Ontario Jr B Hockey League, and compete to this day.

2013-2014 Coaching Staff[edit]

  • General Manager - Joe Daniels
  • Head Coach - Ron Horvat
  • Assistant Coach - Craig Geerlinks
  • Assistant Coach - Steve Hillier
  • Trainer - Mark Coleman
  • Assistant Trainer - Jim Ford
  • Assistant Trainer - Matt Moyes
  • Assistant Trainer - Tom Jones
  • Equipment Manager - Corey Walker

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1972-73 31 4 26 1 - -- -- 9 8th CJCHL
1973-74 32 15 13 4 - 179 177 34 4th CJCHL
1974-75 36 13 17 6 - 248 259 32 4th CJCHL III
1975-76 27 8 18 1 - 152 182 17 4th CJCHL III
1976-77 38 11 25 2 - 201 284 24 6th SWJBHL DNQ
1977-78 40 19 20 1 - 237 223 39 3rd SWJBHL Lost Semi-final
1978-79 42 3 37 2 - 148 330 8 8th WOJHL
1979-80 42 2 38 2 - 121 388 6 8th WOJHL
1980-81 42 7 29 6 - 162 274 20 7th WOJHL
1981-82 42 10 27 5 - 182 248 25 8th WOJHL
1982-83 42 17 17 8 - 178 193 42 4th WOJHL
1983-84 48 22 21 5 - 238 233 49 5th WOJHL
1984-85 48 20 23 5 - 254 292 45 4th WOJHL
1985-86 42 26 11 5 - 245 169 57 2nd WOJHL Won League
1986-87 42 24 15 3 - 271 234 51 4th WOJHL Won League, Won SC
1987-88 42 19 20 2 1 213 207 41 5th WOJHL
1988-89 42 9 30 2 1 195 284 21 7th WOJHL
1989-90 40 17 19 3 1 173 185 38 6th WOJHL
1990-91 48 34 11 1 2 234 183 71 2nd WOJHL
1991-92 48 17 27 3 1 202 227 38 4th WOJHL East
1992-93 52 23 23 3 3 - - 52 3rd WOJHL East
1993-94 51 10 36 2 3 192 307 25 5th WOJHL East
1994-95 52 36 13 0 3 351 245 75 1st WOJHL East Won League, Lost SC final
1995-96 52 28 18 5 1 272 244 62 2nd WOJHL East Won League, Lost SC final
1996-97 52 30 18 3 1 234 216 64 2nd WOJHL East
1997-98 52 36 11 5 0 304 210 77 1st WOJHL East Lost Final
1998-99 52 37 11 0 4 301 195 78 1st WOJHL East Lost Final
1999-00 54 31 17 0 6 229 200 68 4th GOHL
2000-01 54 12 41 0 1 151 298 25 10th GOHL
2001-02 54 13 37 4 0 183 289 30 9th WOJHL
2002-03 48 19 25 2 2 142 171 42 6th WOJHL
2003-04 48 22 19 4 3 154 148 51 6th WOJHL
2004-05 48 31 15 1 1 184 141 64 2nd WOJHL Lost Final
2005-06 48 21 22 3 2 132 140 47 7th WOJHL
2006-07 48 25 20 - 3 177 195 53 6th WOJHL Lost Quarter-final
2007-08 48 19 20 - 9 165 187 47 7th GOJHL-W Lost Quarter-final
2008-09 52 12 31 - 9 154 258 33 8th GOJHL-W Lost Quarter-final
2009-10 50 21 25 - 4 173 179 46 7th GOJHL-W Lost Conf. Final
2010-11 51 30 17 - 4 200 163 64 4th GOJHL-W Lost SF Round Robin
2011-12 51 26 23 - 2 204 215 54 5th GOJHL-W Lost Conf. QF
2012-13 51 26 18 - 7 194 209 59 5th GOJHL-W Lost Conf. QF
2013-14 49 20 26 - 3 168 211 43 7th GOJHL-W Lost Conf. QF

Barons/Elgins Season-by-Season Results[edit]

St. Thomas Barons
City St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
League Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League
Western Ontario Junior A Hockey League
Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League
Operated 1961-1973[9][10]
Colors Green, Yellow, and White
              
Franchise history
1961-1970 St. Thomas Barons[11]
1970-1973 St. Thomas Elgins[12]
1973 Merged w/ St. Thomas Colonels
Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1961-62 36 26 9 1 - 238 180 53 1st WOJBHL Won League
1962-63 35 24 11 0 - 246 153 48 2nd WOJBHL
1963-64 40 29 11 0 - 273 185 58 1st WOJBHL
1964-65 39 20 18 2 - 213 206 42 4th WOJBHL
1965-66 40 21 17 2 - 227 209 44 4th WOJBHL
1966-67 40 26 13 1 - 225 165 53 1st WOJBHL Won League
1967-68 50 25 22 3 - 297 241 53 3rd WOJBHL
1968-69 56 37 18 1 - 255 178 75 1st WOJAHL Won League, Lost National Final
1969-70 54 31 21 2 - 245 236 64 3rd WOJAHL
1970-71 44 13 26 5 - 205 270 31 5th SOJAHL
1971-72 56 20 26 10 - 244 288 50 4th SOJAHL
1972-73 60 10 45 5 - 209 373 25 7th SOJAHL

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1969 Won League, Lost CHA Championship
St. Thomas Barons defeated Chatham Maroons 4-games-to-2
St. Thomas Barons defeated Brantford Foresters 4-games-to-none WOJAHL CHAMPIONS
Flin Flon Bombers (WCHL) defeated St. Thomas Barons 2-games-to-1 and series default
  • 1970 Lost Semi-final
Chatham Maroons defeated St. Thomas Barons 4-games-to-none
  • 1971 DNQ
  • 1972 Lost Semi-final
Guelph CMC's defeated St. Thomas Barons 4-games-to-none
  • 1973 DNQ

Sutherland Cup Appearances[edit]

1962: Waterloo Siskins defeated St. Thomas Barons 4-games-to-1
1987: St. Thomas Stars defeated Niagara Falls Canucks 4-games-to-none
1995: Stratford Cullitons defeated St. Thomas Stars 4-games-to-none
1996: Niagara Falls Canucks defeated St. Thomas Stars 4-games-to-2[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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