Barrie Flyers

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Barrie Flyers
City Barrie, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey Association
Operated 1945 (1945)–1960
Home arena Barrie Arena
Colours White, black and gold
Parent club(s) Boston Bruins
Championships 1951 & 1953 Memorial Cup champions
Franchise history
1945–1960 Barrie Flyers
1960–72 Niagara Falls Flyers
1972–present Sudbury Wolves

The Barrie Flyers were a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1945 to 1960, from Barrie, Ontario.

History[edit]

The Barrie Flyers junior team was founded in 1945 by Leighton "Hap" Emms. The franchise was soon affiliated with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. Barrie quickly became a powerhouse in the OHA. They appeared in the Memorial Cup three times, losing the first time in 1948, then winning twice, in 1951 and 1953. The Emms family relocated the team to Niagara Falls in 1960 where the team continued to win and played for 12 seasons, then relocated to Sudbury to become the Sudbury Wolves.

1948 Memorial Cup[edit]

Barrie won the right to play for the cup by defeating the Windsor Spitfires for the OHA championship, and the Montreal Nationales to win the Richardson Trophy as eastern Canadian representatives.

The Flyers were runners up for the Memorial Cup in 1948 played at Maple Leaf Gardens. They were swept by the Port Arthur West End Bruins (now Thunder Bay) in a best-of-seven series.

The series was very physical and bitter between the teams. After the third game, Emms threatened that the Flyers would not continue to play without a change in referees. The series ultimately continued with the same referees.

Game 1  Port Arthur 10 vs. Barrie  8
Game 2  Port Arthur  8 vs. Barrie  1
Game 3  Port Arthur  5 vs. Barrie  4
Game 4  Port Arthur  9 vs. Barrie  8 (OT)

1951 Memorial Cup[edit]

Barrie won the right to play for the cup by defeating the Toronto Marlboros for the OHA championship, and the Quebec Citadels in a best-of-seven series to win the Richardson Trophy as eastern Canadian representatives. The series against Quebec was heavily penalized and arguments ensued with the final game being played on neutral ice at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The Flyers won the Memorial Cup in 1951 played at Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. They swept the Winnipeg Monarchs in a best-of-seven series.

Game 1  Barrie 5 vs. Winnipeg 1
Game 2  Barrie 5 vs. Winnipeg 1
Game 3  Barrie 4 vs. Winnipeg 3
Game 4  Barrie 9 vs. Winnipeg 5

1953 Memorial Cup[edit]

Barrie won the right to play for the cup by defeating the St. Michael's Majors for the OHA championship. The Flyers won the Memorial Cup in 1953 played at Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba. They defeated the St. Boniface Canadiens in a best-of-seven series.

Game 1  Barrie 6 vs. St. Boniface 4
Game 2  Barrie 6 vs. St. Boniface 3
Game 3  Barrie 7 vs. St. Boniface 5
Game 4  Barrie 4 vs. St. Boniface 7
Game 5  Barrie 6 vs. St. Boniface 1

Championships[edit]

The Barrie Flyers were a dominant team during the late 1940s and early 1950s, and one of a few clubs to win multiple Memorial Cup championships. The Flyers won the Ontario championship 4 times, the Eastern Canadian championship 3 times, and the national championship twice.

Memorial Cup
  • 1948 Lost to Port Arthur West End Bruins
  • 1951 CAHA Champions vs. Winnipeg Monarchs
  • 1953 CAHA Champions vs. St. Boniface Canadiens
George Richardson Memorial Trophy
  • 1948 Champions vs. Montreal Nationales
  • 1949 Lost to Montreal Royals
  • 1951 Champions vs. Quebec Citadels
  • 1953 Champions vs. Quebec Citadels
J. Ross Robertson Cup
  • 1948 OHA Champions vs. Windsor Spitfires
  • 1949 OHA Champions vs. Toronto Marlboros
  • 1951 OHA Champions vs. Toronto Marlboros
  • 1953 OHA Champions vs. St. Michael's Majors
  • 1956 Lost to Toronto Marlboros

Players[edit]

37 Flyers went on to play in the National Hockey League.

Award winners[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Regular season results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1945-46 28 8 18 2 18 0.308 89 171 7th OHA
1946-47 35 17 16 2 36 0.514 129 144 6th OHA
1947-48 36 23 13 0 46 0.639 198 116 3rd OHA
1948-49 48 28 16 4 60 0.625 208 134 2nd OHA
1949-50 48 21 24 3 45 0.469 180 217 5th OHA
1950-51 54 38 14 2 78 0.722 276 161 1st OHA
1951-52 53 22 30 1 47 0.425 225 230 7th OHA
1952-53 56 37 17 2 76 0.679 258 187 1st OHA
1953-54 59 25 33 1 51 0.432 260 285 7th OHA
1954-55 49 18 31 0 36 0.367 169 251 7th OHA
1955-56 48 20 25 3 43 0.448 179 207 6th OHA
1956-57 52 13 37 2 28 0.269 147 218 6th OHA
1957-58 51 18 29 4 40 0.392 201 234 6th OHA
1958-59 54 21 27 6 48 0.444 178 192 5th OHA
1959-60 48 24 18 6 54 0.562 193 172 3rd OHA

Arena[edit]

The Barrie Flyers played home games at the Barrie Arena from 1945 to 1960.