Glace Bay Jr. Miners

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Glace Bay Jr. Miners
Glace Bay Jr Miners.jpg
City Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
League Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League
Division Sid Rowe
Founded c. 1932
Home arena BAYplex
Colors Black, Red and White
              
Owner(s) Jordan Evasuk-MacDonald & Sonny MacDougall
General manager Andre LeBlanc
Head coach Kent Verbeski
Franchise history
c. 1932-1992 Sydney Millionaires
1992-1996 Cape Breton Jr. Mills
1996-2005 Cape Breton Alpines
2005-2007 Whitney Pier Canadians
2007-2010 Cape Breton Canadians
2010-Present Glace Bay Jr. Miners

The Glace Bay Junior Miners are a Canadian Junior ice hockey club from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. They are members of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League and are 1989 and 1997 Don Johnson Cup Maritime Junior B champions and 1976 and 1977 Eastern League Junior A Champions. The team was located in Sydney, Nova Scotia up until 2005.

History[edit]

First observed in the 1932-33 Cape Breton Junior Hockey League, the Sydney Millionaires (named after an earlier professional team) would win their league title in 1933, 1951, 1964, and 1965. In the 1950s they dabbled with other names like the "Steel Kings" and the "Bombers" as their sponsors changed, but they always came back to the Millionaires.

In the 1970s, the Millionaires joined the Eastern Junior B Hockey League. In 1975, the league became the Eastern Junior A Hockey League. The Millionaires won the league in 1976 by defeating the Glace Bay Miners 4-games-to-1 and the New Waterford Jets 4-games-to-none in the final. They moved on to the Eastern Canada Hewitt-Dudley Memorial Trophy semi-final where they lost 4-games-to-1 to the Island Junior Hockey League's Charlottetown Colonels.

The Millionaires repeated as champions in 1977 defeating the New Waterford Jets 4-games-to-none and then the Glace Bay Miners 4-games-to-2 in the final. In the Eastern Canada Junior A quarter-final, the Millionaires defeated the Newfoundland Champion Corner Brook Jr. Royals 4-games-to-none. In the semi-final, the Mills ran into PEI's Charlottetown Generals and were themselves swept 4-games-to-none from the playoffs.

In the 1980s, the Millionaires dropped down to Junior B in the Northumberland Junior B Hockey League. They were league and Provincial Junior B Champions in 1988, 1989, and 1990. In the 1989, at the Maritime Junior B Don Johnson Cup, the Millionaires would win their first Maritime Junior B Championship. In 1992, their league merged with the Mainland Junior B Hockey League and Mills became the Cape Breton Jr. Mills.

In 1996, the Mills became the Cape Breton Alpines. They would win the 1997 league title and move on to the Maritime Junior B Championship, the Don Johnson Cup, where they went undefeated, beating the New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League's Richibucto Bears 7-5, the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League's Windsor Royals 5-4 in double overtime, and the Island Junior Hockey League's Sherwood-Parkdale Kings 8-4. In the final, the Alpines faced Windsor again, clinching their second Maritime Jr. B Championship with a 5-2 win at their home rink.

They would win another league title in 2000, but lost the Don Johnson Cup final to New Brunswick's Woodstock Slammers 4-1.

In 2005, with a sponsorship from Molson Breweries, the team moved to Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia and became the Whitney Pier Canadians. In 2007, they moved to Dominion, Nova Scotia and became the Cape Breton Canadians.

In the summer of 2010, the Canadians were moved to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Sydney's territorial rival, and renamed after their old nemesis the Glace Bay Jr. Miners.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1950-51 19 15 4 0 - 133 75 30 1st CBJHL Won League, Lost Provincial
1951-52 24 14 9 1 - 112 84 29 2nd CBJHL Lost Final
1952-53 24 11 12 1 - 104 115 23 2nd CBJHL Lost Final
1953-55 Statistics Not Available
1955-56 20 14 5 1 - 131 92 29 1st CBJHL Lost Final
1956-75 Statistics Not Available
1975-76 34 22 12 0 - 249 187 44 1st EJAHL Won League
1976-77 36 26 7 3 - -- -- 55 1st EJAHL Won League
1977-78 30 14 15 1 - -- -- 29 3rd EJAHL Lost Semi-final
1978-79 30 14 16 0 - -- -- 28 3rd EJAHL Lost Semi-final
1979-80 32 16 13 3 - -- -- 35 2nd EJAHL Lost Semi-final
1980-85 Statistics Not Available
1985-86 30 3 26 1 - 123 241 7 4th NJBHL
1986-92 Statistics Not Available
1992-93 25 11 12 0 2 136 126 24 3rd NSJBHL
1993-94 27 12 14 - 1 149 140 25 4th NSJBHL
1994-95 32 14 14 - 4 156 177 32 3rd NSJBHL
1995-96 34 19 12 1 2 178 140 40 4th NSJBHL
1996-97 31 21 7 - 3 202 117 45 3rd NSJBHL Won League, Won DJC
1997-98 32 16 14 1 1 152 126 34 4th NSJBHL
1998-99 31 21 9 0 1 174 113 43 2nd NSJBHL
1999-00 32 23 9 0 0 208 113 46 2nd NSJBHL Won League
2000-01 34 23 9 2 0 212 107 48 4th NSJBHL
2001-02 34 22 8 2 2 172 125 48 4th NSJBHL
2002-03 32 28 2 1 1 176 87 58 1st NSJBHL
2003-04 32 21 8 2 1 143 97 45 3rd NSJBHL
2004-05 32 11 17 1 3 120 157 26 7th NSJBHL
2005-06 34 6 24 1 3 134 236 16 9th NSJBHL
2006-07 Did Not Pariticipate
2007-08 33 4 29 0 0 123 248 8 10th NSJHL did not qualify
2008-09 34 16 18 0 0 117 158 32 8th NSJHL Lost Quarter-Finals, 0-4 (Blues)
2009-10 34 5 29 0 0 103 216 10 10th NSJHL did not qualify
2010-11 34 10 20 - 4 108 191 24 4th / 5 Sid Rowe Div
9th / 11 NSJHL
Lost Div SemiFinal, 2-4 (Pirates)
2011-12 33 16 15 - 2 140 132 34 3rd / 5 Sid Rowe Div
7th / 11 NSJHL
Lost Div SemiFinal, 0-4 (Bulldogs)
2012-13 34 25 5 - 4 165 95 54 1st / 5 Sid Rowe Div
1st / 11 NSJHL
Won Div SemiFinal, 4-0 (Bulldogs)
Lost Div Final, 1-4 (Pirates)
2013-14 34 27 4 - 3 175 92 57 1st / 5 Sid Rowe Div
1st / 11 NSJHL
Won Div SemiFinal, 4-0 (Bulldogs)
Won Div Final, 4-0 (Pirates)
Lost LEAGUE Finals, 3-4 (Blazers)

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Preceded by
St. John's Jr. 50's
Don Johnson Cup Champions
1989
Succeeded by
St. Margaret's Bay Mariners
Preceded by
St. Margaret's Bay Mariners
Don Johnson Cup Champions
1997
Succeeded by
Windsor Royals