Stratford Cullitons

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Stratford Cullitons
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City Stratford, Ontario, Canada
League Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Mid-Western
Founded 1962
Home arena William Allman Memorial Arena
Colors Red, Blue, and White
              
General manager Jason Lott
Head coach Phil Westman
Affiliates Mitchell Hawks (WOJCHL)
Franchise history
1962-1967 Stratford Braves
1967-1968 Stratford Burtols
1968-1975 Stratford Warriors
1975-Present Stratford Cullitons

The Stratford Cullitons are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Mid-Western division of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. The team was originally named the Warriors but was changed to Culliton in 1975 in honour of the team sponsor the Culliton brothers.

History[edit]

Between the years of 1951 and 1962, not much is known about junior hockey in the town of Stratford-St. Marys District. Prior to 1952, the Stratford Midgets, who became the Kroehlers and Kist Canadians won a Sutherland Cup in the 1940s[1] and competed as Junior A team for the J. Ross Robertson Cup. Stratford played in the Central "B" from 1962 until 1969. When they joined the reformed Western "B" in 1969, they became the Warriors and stayed on board until 1975. In 1975, the team jumped to the precursor to the Mid-Western "B", the "Waterloo-Wellington Junior "B" Hockey League" and changed their name to the Cullitons, finishing first both seasons. They continued their dominance when the league was renamed the Mid-Western, winning eight of the first 13 championships they competed for. They have since won five more league championships. If the Stratford Canadians era is included, the Stratford Junior "B" club has captured eight Sutherland Cup titles, leading the Mid-Western "B" with six since its founding in 1977.[2] The Cullitons have never failed to make the playoffs since joining the Mid-Western "B", a feat matched only by the Waterloo Siskins.[3] Between 1975-76 and 2004–05, the Cullitons never placed lower than third in the league standings.

One thing that sets the Cullitons apart from any other teams in the league, including the Siskins, is that until 2006 the Cullitons have only suffered one losing season.[4] In fact, in their 32-year history the Cullitons have lost more than 10 games only eight times. On three occasions they registered more ties than losses. They have scored more than 300 goals in a season 11 times, and have only allowed more than 200 goals once.[5] The Cullitons have also been regular-season champions 19 times.[6]

Season-by-Season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1962-63 36 18 17 1 - 168 177 37 3rd CJBHL
1963-64 36 25 11 0 - 241 178 50 1st CJBHL
1964-65 42 18 20 4 - 184 147 40 4th CJBHL
1965-66 40 22 18 0 - 210 184 44 3rd CJBHL
1966-67 32 11 18 3 - 130 140 25 4th CJBHL
1967-68 40 17 21 2 - 163 194 36 5th CJBHL
1968-69 36 17 13 6 - 188 184 40 3rd CJBHL
1969-70 36 24 7 5 - 227 162 53 1st WOJHL Won League
1970-71 42 30 8 4 - 302 174 64 2nd WOJHL Won League
1971-72 40 19 16 5 - 214 212 43 4th WOJHL
1972-73 42 17 20 5 - 241 236 39 6th WOJHL
1973-74 39 21 17 1 - 211 199 43 3rd WOJHL
1974-75 40 11 24 5 - 181 226 27 6th WOJHL
1975-76 42 37 5 0 - 349 176 74 1st WWJBHL Lost Final
1976-77 40 34 3 3 - 278 162 71 1st WWJBHL Won League, Won SC
1977-78 40 34 2 4 - 277 127 72 1st MWJBHL Won League, Won SC
1978-79 42 33 4 5 - 321 141 71 1st MWJBHL Won League
1979-80 42 31 6 5 - 251 149 67 1st MWJBHL Lost Final
1980-81 42 31 10 1 - 240 118 63 1st MWJBHL Won League
1981-82 42 35 7 0 - 272 140 70 1st MWJBHL Won League
1982-83 42 27 13 2 - 293 179 56 2nd MWJBHL Won League
1983-84 42 35 6 1 - 284 126 71 2nd MWJBHL Lost Final
1984-85 42 25 15 2 - 280 185 52 2nd MWJBHL Lost Final
1985-86 40 36 3 1 - 333 134 73 1st MWJBHL Won League, Won SC
1986-87 42 35 7 0 - 345 131 70 1st MWJBHL Won League
1987-88 48 35 11 2 - 332 172 72 3rd MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
1988-89 48 43 4 1 - 398 161 87 1st MWJBHL Lost Final
1989-90 48 41 7 0 - 396 197 82 1st MWJBHL Won League, Won SC
1990-91 48 41 7 0 - 367 148 82 1st MWJBHL Lost Final
1991-92 48 32 10 6 - 299 171 70 3rd MWJBHL Lost Final
1992-93 48 32 15 1 - 279 206 65 3rd MWJBHL Lost Final
1993-94 48 39 8 1 - 278 127 79 1st MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
1994-95 48 41 6 1 - 338 125 83 1st MWJBHL Won League, Won SC
1995-96 48 38 10 0 - 294 140 76 1st MWJBHL Won League
1996-97 48 34 8 6 - 348 183 74 1st MWJBHL Lost Final
1997-98 48 38 9 1 - 315 147 77 1st MWJBHL Lost Final
1998-99 48 43 5 0 - 347 123 86 1st MWJBHL Won League
1999-00 48 33 10 5 - 231 139 71 1st MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
2000-01 48 31 14 3 - 263 167 65 2nd MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
2001-02 48 33 7 8 - 270 124 74 2nd MWJBHL Lost Final
2002-03 48 38 6 4 2 262 115 82 1st MWJBHL Won League, Won SC
2003-04 48 42 4 1 1 294 133 88 1st MWJBHL Won League, Won SC
2004-05 48 31 13 3 1 227 133 66 2nd MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
2005-06 48 24 22 2 - 176 175 50 5th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
2006-07 48 19 24 4 1 158 180 43 7th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
2007-08 48 22 16 7 3 167 158 54 4th GOJHL-MW
2008-09 52 28 22 - 2 211 177 58 5th GOJHL-MW
2009-10 51 23 27 - 1 183 178 47 5th GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. Final
2010-11 51 33 16 - 2 217 150 68 4th GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. QF
2011-12 51 41 9 - 1 266 139 83 2nd GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. Final
2012-13 51 27 18 - 6 193 169 60 5th GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. Final
2013-14 49 28 18 - 3 171 140 59 4th GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. Final

Sutherland Cup Appearances[edit]

1977: Stratford Cullitons defeated Streetsville Derbys 4-games-to-2
1978: Stratford Cullitons defeated Streetsville Derbys 9-points-to-5
1981: Burlington Cougars defeated Stratford Cullitons 8-points-to-4
1983: Henry Carr Crusaders defeated Stratford Cullitons 4-games-to-none
1986: Stratford Cullitons defeated Streetsville Derbys 4-games-to-none
1990: Stratford Cullitons defeated St. Catharines Falcons 4-games-to-none
1995: Stratford Cullitons defeated St. Thomas Stars 4-games-to-none
1999: Chatham Maroons defeated Startford Cullitons 4-games-to-3
2003: Stratford Cullitons defeated Thorold Blackhawks 4-games-to-3
2004: Stratford Cullitons defeated Thorold Blackhawks 4-games-to-none [11]

Notable alumni[edit]

[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ontario Hockey Association 2006-2007 Constitution, Regulations and Rules of Competition by The Ontario Hockey Association (2006)
  2. ^ Ontario Hockey Association 2006-2007 Constitution, Regulations and Rules of Competition by The Ontario Hockey Association (2006)
  3. ^ Mid-Western Ontario OHA Jr. B Hockey League 25th Anniversary Program by J. Clark Hayman (2002)
  4. ^ Mid-Western Ontario OHA Jr. B Hockey League 25th Anniversary Program by J. Clark Hayman (2002)
  5. ^ Mid-Western Ontario OHA Jr. B Hockey League 25th Anniversary Program by J. Clark Hayman (2002)
  6. ^ Mid-Western Ontario OHA Jr. B Hockey League 25th Anniversary Program by J. Clark Hayman (2002)
  7. ^ The Windsor Star, February 1975
  8. ^ Welcome to The Stratford Cullitons
  9. ^ Mid-Western Ontario OHA Jr. B Hockey League 25th Anniversary Program by J. Clark Hayman (2002)
  10. ^ Midwestern Junior Hockey League
  11. ^ Ontario Hockey Association 2006-2007 Constitution, Regulations and Rules of Competition by The Ontario Hockey Association (2006)
  12. ^ http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayersByTeam.jsp?team=Stratford+Cullitons Legends of Hockey -- Cullitons Pro Alumni List provided by NHLPA

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