Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
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City Pittston, Pennsylvania
League NAHL
Division North
Founded 2005 (EHL franchise)
2010 (NAHL franchise)
Operated 2010-present
Home arena Revolution Ice Centre
Colors

Navy and White


         
Owner(s) Dr. Louis DeNaples Jr.
General manager Justin Lyle (NAHL)
Head coach Justin Lyle (NAHL)
Franchise history
First franchise (AtJHL/EHL)
2005–2010 Binghamton Jr. Senators
2010–2015 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Second franchise (NAHL)
2010–2012 Dawson Creek Rage
2015–present Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are an USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Jr. A ice hockey team from Pittston, Pennsylvania.[1] Starting in the 2015–16 season they will play in the North Division of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) after purchasing the dormant Dawson Creek Rage franchise, moving up from the Central Division of the Tier III Eastern Hockey League (formerly the Atlantic Junior Hockey League until 2013).

The players, ages 16–20, carry amateur status under Junior A guidelines and hope to earn a spot on higher levels of junior hockey in the United States and Canada, Canadian Major Junior, Collegiate, and eventually professional teams.

History[edit]

AtJHL/EHL[edit]

Until 2010 the team played in Binghamton, New York as the Binghamton Jr. Senators at the Chenango Ice Rink in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AtJHL). After relocating, the organization would also field a team at the Jr. B level in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League as well as youth hockey select teams at the Midget U18, Midget 16U, Bantam, Peewee, and Squirt and Mite levels. The Knights have taken their name from the youth organization which was formed in 2005. Along with Revolution Ice Centre, the Knights also practice at Revolution Training Centre in Dunmore, PA. The training center has two skating surfaces: one synthetic ice and the other is an 85 x 45 ice surface.[2]

The Knights won the AtJHL Championship during the 2012–13 season. The Knights came out victorious in the best of three series against the Northern Cyclones and earned the AtJHL President's Cup. The Knights lost the first game of the series 0-2 against the Cyclones, however, the Knights bounced back from their first loss of the playoffs with a lopsided 9-2 win. During the last game the Cyclones had a 2-1 lead and it looked like they would hoist the President's Cup, but Knights forward Matt Cessna tied the game at 2-2 with just 22 seconds remaining in the third period. Then, with just over four minutes remaining in the first overtime, Matt Cessna scored the game-winner. For his in-game heroics, Cessna was named the Most Valuable Player of the Playoff Championship Series. The Knights 2012–13 AtJHL Championship Team contained some well-known last names in the hockey world, including team captain Jack Ceglarski (Grandson of Len Ceglarski) and the defenceman Oscar Nyquist (Brother of Gustav Nyquist).[3][4]

NAHL[edit]

On May 1, 2015, it was announced that the Knights had purchased the dormant Dawson Creek Rage franchise in the North American Hockey League and will begin play as a Tier II team in the 2015–16 NAHL season.[5]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Results Playoffs
EHL - Tier III
2013–14 44 19 16 8 1 121 111 47 4th Central Div
8 of 17 EHL
Won Round 1, 2-0 (Jr Flyers)
Lost Quarter-finals, 0-2 (Cyclones)
2014–15 44 28 14 2 0 155 126 58 2nd Central Div
6 of 19 EHL
Won Round 1, 2-1 (Bandits)
Lost Quarter-finals, 0-2 (Cyclones)
NAHL - Tier II

Alumni[edit]

The Junior Senators have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, ACHA college and professional programs, including:[6]

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