West Lorne Lakers

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West Lorne Lakers
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City West Elgin, Ontario
Port Stanley, Ontario
League Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League
Operated 1989 (1989)-2008
Home arena West Elgin Arena
Colours Red, Black, and White
General manager Lyle Bedford
Head coach Russ Morningstar
Franchise history
1989-2004 Port Stanley Lakers
2004-2008 West Lorne Lakers

The West Lorne Lakers were a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in West Elgin, Ontario, Canada. Until the end of the 2007-2008 season, they played in the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA). The Lakers have since left the OHA according to their website [1]

History[edit]

The Port Stanley Lakers were founded in 1989 as members of the Western Ontario Junior D Hockey League. A large league comprising the remnants of multiple other Southern Ontario Junior leagues. In 1991, this league renamed itself the OHA Junior Development League.

In 1994, the Lakers finished first amongst all OHAJDL teams in the regular season with a stellar record of 36 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties. They made it all the way to the league finals in the playoffs and found themselves nose-to-nose with the Mitchell Hawks. The Hawks were not to be denied as they swept the Lakers aside 4-games-to-none to win the OHA Cup as league champions.

The 1995 season saw the Lakers pull off a rock solid performance, finishing second overall. They pushed all the way to the OHAJDL finals once again. Their opponents this time around were the Thamesford Trojans. The Trojans defeated the Lakers 4-games-to-2 to win the OHA Cup.

The next season, the Lakers entered the playoffs and met the Lambeth Lancers in the first round. The Lancers meant business and defeated the Lakers 4-games-to-2 to put them out of the playoffs.

The Lakers finished the 1996-97 season in fifth place overall. In the first round of the playoffs, they met the Thamesford Trojans. They defeated the Trojans 4-games-to-none. In the second round, the Lakers were defeated by the Mount Brydges Bulldogs 4-games-to-2.

The Lakers showed great promise in the 1997-98 season, finishing second overall. They entered the playoffs against the Lambeth Lancers, whom they defeated 4-games-to-1. In the second round, the Lakers were up against the Thamesford Trojans who they also beat in five games. In the conference final, Port Stanley ran into the Exeter Hawks. In a drawn out series, the Hawks bested the Lakers in the seventh game to win the series 4-games-to-3 and deny the Lakers a chance at the OHA Cup.

The 1999-00 proved to be one for the ages for the Port Stanley Lakers. After finishing first overall in the OHAJDL with a record of 31 wins and 9 losses, the Lakers pushed deep into the playoffs. Their first opponents were the Lambeth Lancers, who the Lakers defeat 4-games-to-2. In the second round, the Lakers came up against the Thamesford Trojans and swept them 4-games-to-none. The conference finals were next and the Lakers were up against a tough Lucan Irish squad. The Irish couldn't handle the Lakers, as Port Stanley took the series 4-games-to-1. This earned the Lakers their first OHAJDL final since 1995. The Lakers challenged the Burford Bulldogs and defeated them 4-games-to-1 to win their franchises first ever OHA Cup.

The 2000-01 season marked the end of an era of domination for the Lakers. This was the last season for many that they would ride amongst the top teams in the standings. After finishing first overall in the league, the Lakers entered the playoffs against the North Middlesex Stars. The Lakers swept the Stars 4-games-to-none. In the second round of the playoffs, the Lakers met the Seaforth Centenaires. The underdog Centenaires took the Lakers to game seven and defeated them in an upset.

In 2004, the Lakers met Thamesford in the first round of the playoffs and defeated them 4-games-to-none. In the second round, they met Lambeth and defeated them 4-games-to-2. In the conference final, the Lakers met the Exeter Hawks and were swept in four games.

During the off-season, the Lakers moved to West Elgin and became the West Lorne Lakers. In 2005, the Lakers met Lambeth in the first round of the playoffs and defeated them in seven games. They then met the Lucan Irish and again won the series in seven games. In the conference final, it appeared that the Lakers might do it again in game seven to the Mount Brydges Bulldogs. This time, the opponents prevailed and the Bulldogs won the series in seven games.

In 2006, the Lakers met the Exeter Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. The Hawks fell to the Lakers 4-games-to-2. In the second round of the playoffs, the Lakers fell to Thamesford 4-games-to-none.

In the off-season, the OHAJDL disbanded and the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League was formed in its place. West Lorne finished low in the standings but still made the playoffs. They met the Lambeth Lancers in the first round and defeated them 4-games-to-2. In the second round of the playoffs, the Lakers lost to the North Middlesex Stars 4-games-to-2.

West Elgin Arena

After nineteen seasons in the Ontario Hockey Association, the Lakers franchise announced that they will be leaving the OHA. "The Lakers will continue play in various forms at other venues outside the OHA," said team President Wayne Bedford.[1] As of the 2008-09 season, the Lakers have relegated themselves to the London Ice Park recreational men's league. They posted a 19-1 record in their first season outside of the OHA. As it became clear there would be no return for the Lakers, a new team was granted to Port Stanley - the Port Stanley Sailors.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results
1989-90 35 5 27 3 - 113 214 13 18th WJDHL
1990-91 40 23 12 5 0 174 152 51 5th WJDHL
1991-92 40 19 15 3 3 146 161 44 6th OHAJDL
1992-93 39 22 12 5 0 214 158 49 5th OHAJDL
1993-94 40 36 2 2 - 331 126 74 1st OHAJDL
1994-95 40 29 7 2 2 237 162 62 2nd OHAJDL
1995-96 38 26 11 1 0 181 139 53 3rd OHAJDL
1996-97 38 23 12 1 2 217 141 49 5th OHAJDL
1997-98 39 28 8 1 2 194 114 57 2nd OHAJDL
1998-99 40 20 15 4 1 188 153 45 8th OHAJDL
1999-00 40 31 9 0 0 242 114 62 1st OHAJDL
2000-01 40 29 8 1 2 -- -- 61 1st OHAJDL
2001-02 40 22 13 3 2 190 176 49 6th OHAJDL
2002-03 40 16 22 1 1 167 202 34 13th OHAJDL
2003-04 40 20 18 2 0 189 199 42 9th OHAJDL
2004-05 38 16 18 4 0 177 188 36 12th OHAJDL
2005-06 38 16 17 3 2 155 183 37 13th OHAJDL
2006-07 40 13 24 0 3 184 229 29 14th SOJHL
2007-08 40 19 19 - 2 137 159 40 10th SOJHL

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1994 Lost final
Mitchell Hawks defeated Port Stanley Lakers 4-games-to-none in final
  • 1995 Lost final
Thamesford Trojans defeated Port Stanley Lakers 4-games-to-2 in final
  • 1996 Lost conference quarter-final
Lambeth Lancers defeated Port Stanley Lakers 4-games-to-2 in conf. quarter-final
  • 1997 Lost conference semi-final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Thamesford Trojans 4-games-to-none in conf. quarter-final
Mount Brydges Bulldogs defeated Port Stanley Lakers 4-games-to-2 in conf. semi-final
  • 1998 Lost conference final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-1 in conf. quarter-final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Thamesford Trojans 4-games-to-1 in conf. semi-final
Exeter Hawks defeated Port Stanley Lakers 4-games-to-3 in conf. final
  • 2000 Won League
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-2 in conf. quarter-final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Thamesford Trojans 4-games-to-none in conf. semi-final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Lucan Irish 4-games-to-1 in conf. final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Burford Bulldogs 4-games-to-1 in final
  • 2001 Lost conference semi-final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated North Middlesex Stars 4-games-to-none in conf. quarter-final
Seaforth Centenaires defeated Port Stanley Lakers 4-games-to-3 in conf. semi-final
  • 2004 Lost conference final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Thamesford Trojans 4-games-to-none in conf. quarter-final
Port Stanley Lakers defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-2 in conf. semi-final
Exeter Hawks defeated Port Stanley Lakers 4-games-to-none in conf. final
  • 2005 Lost conference final
West Lorne Lakers defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-3 in conf. quarter-final
West Lorne Lakers defeated Lucan Irish 4-games-to-3 in conf. semi-final
Mount Brydges Bulldogs defeated West Lorne 4-games-to-3 in conf. final
  • 2006 Lost conference semi-final
West Lorne Lakers defeated Exeter Hawks 4-games-to-2 in conf. quarter-final
Thamesford Trojans defeated West Lorne Lakers 4-games-to-none in conf. semi-final
  • 2007 Lost conference quarter-final
West Lorne Lakers defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-2 in conf. quarter-final
North Middlesex Stars defeated West Lorne Lakers 4-games-to-2 in conf. semi-final
  • 2008 Lost conference semi-final
West Lorne Lakers defeated Lambeth Lancers 4-games-to-1 in conf. quarter-final
Mount Brydges Bulldogs defeated West Lorne Lakers 4-games-to-none in conf. semi-final

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b West Lorne Lakers Junior Hockey Club - Hockey club located in West Lorne, Ontario 2008-2009 Season

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