Wingham Ironmen

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Wingham Ironmen
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City Wingham, Ontario[1]
League Western Junior C Hockey League[2]
Founded Circa 1975[1]
Home arena North Huron Wescast Community Complex
Colours Blue, Yellow, and White
General manager Rob Harrison[3]
Head coach Louie Livingston

The Wingham Ironmen are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Wingham, Ontario, Canada.[1] They play in the Western Junior C Hockey League.[2]

History[edit]

Ironmen goalie during 2014 Clarence Schmalz Cup playoffs.
Ironmen player during 2014 Clarence Schmalz Cup playoffs.

Founded in 1975, the Ironmen started out in Northern Junior D Hockey League.[4] After some success at the Junior D level, the Ironmen joined the Central Junior C Hockey League in 1979.[1]

In 1980, the league changed its name to the Grey-Bruce Junior C Hockey League to reflect the centralization of the league in Grey-Bruce counties region.[1] In 1988, the league allowed the Mount Forest Patriots to join the league. A year later the league was renamed the Western Ontario Junior C Hockey League.[1]

In 2003-04, the Ironmen won the Western league title and went on to compete in the All-Ontario Clarence Schmalz Cup Final. Their competition was the Niagara Junior C Hockey League's Grimsby Peach Kings who swept the Ironmen to win the provincial title.[5]

The 2004-05 season saw the Ironmen take first place in the league. In the league semi-final, the played against the fourth seeded Goderich Sailors and defeated them 4-games-to-none. In the league final, the Ironmen drew their most common foe, the Kincardine Bulldogs. In a hard fought battle, the Ironmen found themselves down 3-games-to-2 to the Bulldogs. In Game 6, the Ironmen came to play and defeating the Bulldogs 5-1. The decisive Game 7 ended with a 4-2 victory for Wingham. As Western league champions, the Ironmen found themselves competing for the Schmalz Cup again. In the provincial quarter-final, the Ironmen drew the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League's Erin Shamrocks. The Ironmen defeated them 4-games-to-2. In the semi-finals, the Ironmen drew the challenging Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League's Essex 73's. The 73's were too much for the Ironmen to handle and they swept Wingham 4-games-to-none.[6]

In 2005-06, the Ironmen finished in first place again. They received a bye to the league semi-final. In the semi-final, the Ironmen were up against the Walkerton Hawks, whom they swept 4-games-to-none. In the league final, the Ironmen mixed it up with the Kincardine Bulldogs but were eliminated 4-games-to-1.[6]

The 2006-07 regular season ended with the Ironmen in second place. They again had a bye to the league semi-final. In the semi-final, the Ironmen ran into a surging, red-hot Walkerton Hawks squad who defeated the Ironmen. The third seeded Hawks beat the Ironmen 4-games-to-none.[6]

Season-by-Season Standings[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1979-80 29 17 10 2 - 172 117 36 4th CJCHL West
1980-81 30 18 8 4 - 154 182 40 2nd GBJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1981-82 30 7 23 0 - 99 177 14 6th GBJCHL
1982-83 30 6 20 4 - 119 170 16 6th GBJCHL
1983-84 30 19 8 3 - 187 123 41 1st GBJCHL Won League, Lost CSC QF
1984-85 30 14 12 4 - 152 153 32 2nd GBJCHL
1985-86 30 2 26 2 - 126 241 4 6th GBJCHL
1986-87 24 9 11 4 - 120 150 22 3rd GBJCHL
1987-88 30 13 14 3 - 167 171 29 3rd GBJCHL
1988-89 30 20 6 4 - 229 138 44 2nd WJCHL
1989-90 Did Not Participate
1990-91 30 12 14 4 - 126 149 28 4th WJCHL
1991-92 29 7 18 4 - 129 173 18 6th WJCHL
1992-93 30 17 9 4 - 180 141 38 3rd WJCHL
1993-94 31 18 7 6 - -- -- 42 2nd WJCHL
1994-95 30 13 12 5 - 152 135 31 5th WJCHL
1995-96 29 14 11 4 - 162 120 32 4th WJCHL
1996-97 30 16 9 5 - 152 107 37 2nd WJCHL
1997-98 35 27 7 1 - 164 87 55 2nd WJCHL
1998-99 35 28 6 1 - 154 78 57 2nd WJCHL
1999-00* 35 23 10 2 - 182 94 48 2nd WJCHL
2000-01 39 8 29 2 - 100 199 18 5th WJCHL
2001-02 35 21 11 3 - 152 118 45 3rd WJCHL
2002-03 35 21 11 - 3 151 117 45 4th WJCHL
2003-04 34 25 5 4 0 177 99 54 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
2004-05 40 30 4 4 2 193 101 66 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Semi-final
2005-06 40 32 5 2 1 237 97 67 1st WJCHL Lost Final
2006-07 40 29 8 0 3 204 135 61 2nd WJCHL Lost Semi-final
2007-08 40 19 15 - 6 196 177 44 4th WJCHL
2008-09 36 19 15 - 2 141 115 40 4th WJCHL
2009-10 36 16 14 - 6 105 126 38 5th WJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2010-11 36 26 9 - 1 196 148 53 2nd WJCHL Lost Semi-final
2011-12 36 19 13 - 4 152 119 42 4th WJCHL Lost Semi-final
2012-13 36 22 14 - 0 194 142 44 4th WJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2013-14 35 26 6 - 3 184 125 55 1st WJCHL Won League, Lost CSC Semi-final

(*) The 1999-00 Season was altered drastically due to the folding of the Lakeshore Pirates. As a disproportionate amount of games had been played by each team against Lakeshore, all history of these games were erased.[7]

Clarence Schmalz Cup Appearances[edit]

2004: Grimsby Peach Kings defeated Wingham Ironmen 4-games-to-none[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wingham Ironmen
  2. ^ a b Western C Teams | Western Junior C Hockey League | Junior C | Leagues | Ontario Hockey Association
  3. ^ Wingham Ironmen | Western C Teams | Western Junior C Hockey League | Junior C | Leagues | Ontario Hockey Association
  4. ^ Owen Sound Sun Times Sports section, February 1976
  5. ^ a b Ontario Hockey Association 2006-2007 Constitution, Regulations and Rules of Competition by The Ontario Hockey Association (2006)
  6. ^ a b c d Home | Ontario Hockey Association
  7. ^ Owen Sound Sun Times Sports Section, November 1999.
  8. ^ Owen Sound Sun Times Sports Section final standings
  9. ^ London Free Press Sports Section final standings
  10. ^ Mount Forest Confederate Sports Section final standings
  11. ^ Owen Sound Sun Times Sports Section for Goal totals

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