Toronto Patriots

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Toronto Patriots
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City Rexdale, Ontario, Canada
League Ontario Junior Hockey League
Founded 1996
Home arena Westwood Arena
Colors Blue, Gold, and White
              
General manager Jason Fortier
Head coach Jason Fortier
Franchise history
1996-1998 Quinte Hawks
1998-2007 Bancroft Hawks
2008-2009 Upper Canada HC
2009-2011 Upper Canada Patriots
2011-2014 Toronto Lakeshore Patriots
2011-Present Toronto Patriots

The Toronto Patriots are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of Ontario Junior Hockey League.

History[edit]

Quinte (1996-1998)[edit]

In 1996, the Quinte Hawks of Deseronto, Ontario were granted expansion into the Metro Junior A Hockey League.[1] David Frost was brought in to coach the team. Frost faced criminal charges in 2008 for his conduct for his time with the team,[2] but was acquitted.[3] Frost brought with him Mike Jefferson and Sheldon Keefe.[4] Although both would play in the National Hockey League, Jefferson (later changed to Danton) would become famous for a mysterious murder-for-hire plot that targeted Frost and landed him in prison.[5]

Bancroft (1998-2007)[edit]

In 1998, the Metro Junior A Hockey League folded and merged with the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The Hawks moved into the OPJHL but were relocated to Bancroft, Ontario.[6] In nine seasons, the Bancroft Hawks would never celebrate a winning season.[7]

In 2007, due to mounting troubles with finding appropriate ownership and supporting the team financially, the Bancroft Hawks were granted a leave from the Ontario Hockey Association.[8]

Upper Canada (2008-Present)[edit]

In the summer of 2008, a group of Toronto-based businessmen bought the rights to the Bancroft franchise[9][10] and renamed the team the Upper Canada Hockey Club and moved the team to North York.[11] The club had a working relationship with the Upper Canada College but is not directly affiliated. Despite owning the franchise that used to be the Hawks, no member of the UCHC was involved with the manifestations of the franchise in either Deseronto or Bancroft.

The Upper Canada Hockey Club's first game was an 8-5 loss to the Seguin Bruins on September 6, 2008.[12] The team's first win was at home against the Villanova Knights, 5-4 on September 14, 2008.[13] In 2009, the team changed their name to the Patriots and moved to Etobicoke. Two seasons later they became the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. In 2011, the Patriots had their best season yet when they finished 3rd in the South Division and making it to the Conference Finals, eventually losing to the Whitby Fury.

In 2013, the team moved to Rexdale where they won the 2014 Buckland Cup and Dudley Hewitt Cup. In 2014, the team dropped "Lakeshore" from its name.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
Quinte Hawks
1996-97 50 34 13 3 - 280 143 71 5th Metro A
1997-98 49 23 24 2 - 213 222 48 8th Metro A
Bancroft Hawks
1998-99 51 12 37 1 1 124 224 26 13th OPJHL-E
1999-00 49 18 25 3 3 177 221 42 7th OPJHL-E
2000-01 49 11 35 1 2 171 246 25 9th OPJHL-E
2001-02 49 16 26 5 2 184 209 39 8th OPJHL-E
2002-03 49 21 22 3 3 206 254 48 6th OPJHL-E
2003-04 49 21 24 2 2 194 230 46 6th OPJHL-E
2004-05 49 8 36 2 3 133 261 21 10th OPJHL-E
2005-06 49 11 35 1 2 144 282 25 9th OPJHL-E Lost Conf. QF
2006-07 49 6 39 3 1 134 269 16 10th OPJHL-E DNQ
2007-08 Did Not Participate
Upper Canada Hockey Club
2008-09 49 9 39 - 1 115 286 19 9th OJHL-P
Upper Canada Patriots
2009-10 50 15 31 - 4 163 244 34 9th CCHL-W DNQ
2010-11 50 28 20 - 2 179 184 58 4th OJHL-S Lost Round of 16
Toronto Lakeshore Patriots
2011-12 49 27 17 - 5 199 169 59 3rd OJHL-S Lost Conf. Final
2012-13 55 34 16 - 5 213 154 73 3rd OJHL-S
2013-14 53 35 12 - 6 196 145 76 1st OJHL-S Won League, Won DHC

Playoffs[edit]

MetJHL Years

  • 1997 Lost Semi-final
Quinte Hawks defeated Wellington Dukes 4-games-to-1
Third in round robin quarter-final (4-2)
Aurora Tigers defeated Quinte Hawks 4-games-to-2
  • 1998 Lost Quarter-final
Wexford Raiders defeated Quinte Hawks 3-games-to-none

OJHL Years

Notable alumni[edit]

Quinte[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]