Lakeshore Canadiens

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Lakeshore Canadiens
Lakeshore-Canadiens.jpg
City Belle River, Ontario
League Provincial Junior Hockey League
Conference Southern
Division Bill Stobbs
Founded 1978
Home arena Atlas Tube Centre
Colors Red, Blue, and White
General manager Mark Seguin
Head coach Anthony Iaquinta
Affiliate(s) Lasalle Vipers, Belle River Minor Hockey
League Champions 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2018
Clarence Schmalz Cups 1985, 1992, 1994, 1995
Franchise history
1978–2014: Belle River Canadiens
2014–forward: Lakeshore Canadiens

The Lakeshore Canadiens are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Belle River, Ontario. They play in the Provincial Junior Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association and Hockey Canada. The Canadiens are four-time Clarence Schmalz Cup Winners as Provincial Junior C Champions. The team was known as the Belle River Canadiens from 1978 until 2014.

History[edit]

Belle River Canadiens logo until 2014.
Canadiens defencemen set up in front of their own net (September 2013).

From 1985 until 2001, the Canadiens were one of the most feared teams in all of Ontario Junior "C" hockey. Within those 17 years, the Canadiens won 11 GLJHL Championships and 4 Clarence Schmalz Cups as All-Ontario Junior "C" Champions in 8 trips to the All-Ontario Finals. After 9 years The Canadiens once again won the Great Lakes Junior "C" Title in 2010 defeating the Wallaceburg Lakers in 4 Games. In the Schmalz Cup Semi-Finals they defeated the Grimsby Peach Kings 4 Games to 1 to advance to their first Ontario Final in 9 Years. The Canadiens then Lost the Schmalz Cup in 6 Games to the Alliston Hornets. In 2011 The Canadiens won their 2nd Consecutive Great Lakes title. They once again faced the Grimsby Peach Kings in the Ontario Semi Finals. Grimsby would win the series 4 games to 1.

The Belle River Canadiens have won 14 Great Lakes Junior C League Championships, they are 2nd to the Essex 73's who have won 18. Essex and Belle River have also won the most Ontario Championships, Essex with 6, and the Canadiens with 4.

On June 6, 2014, the team announced it was changing its name to the Lakeshore Canadiens.

The Canadiens moved into the brand new Atlas Tube Centre in the fall of 2014. In their first game at the new Atlas Tube Centre Sebastian Kanally scored the first ever goal 38 seconds into the game as the Canadiens defeated their rivals from Essex by a score of 3–1. The Canadiens would finish 24–13–0–3 in their first full season in their new rink.

The summer of 2016 saw the GLJHL become the Bill Stobbs Division of the new Provincial Junior Hockey League, which resulted from the amalgamation of the eight junior "C" hockey leagues in Southern Ontario.

In 2017-2018 long time General Manager Mark Seguin hired Anthony Iaquinta as Head Coach, under Iaquinta the Canadiens finished First Place in the Stobbs division finishing with a record of 27-8-2-3, the Canadiens would sweep the Blenheim Blades and Mooretown Flags in the first 2 rounds, they would face their rivals from Essex in the division finals. In front of 3 straight sell out crowds on home ice the Canadiens would knock off the 73's in 5 games to claim their 14th League Championship.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1978-79 40 12 23 5 - 160 229 27 7th of 8 GLJHL DNQ
1979-80 41 8 32 1 - 197 351 17 7th of 7 GLJHL DNQ
1980-81 42 8 32 2 - 184 317 18 7th of 8 GLJHL DNQ
1981-82 39 19 16 4 - 253 211 42 4th of 8 GLJHL Lost Quarter-final, 0-3 (73's)
1982-83 39 23 9 7 - 293 177 53 3rd of 8 GLJHL Won Quarter-final, 3-2 (73's)
Lost Semi-final, 2-4 (Flyers)
1983-84 39 27 9 3 - 227 139 57 2nd of 8 GLJHL Won Semi-final, 4-1 (Flyers)
Lost Final, 3-4 (Kings)
1984-85 40 27 9 4 - 224 142 58 1st of 9 GLJHL Won Quarter-final, 3-0 (Flyers)
Won Semi-final, 4-0 (Flags)
Won League, 4-1 (73's)
Won CSC QF, 4-0 (Barons)
Won CSC SF, 4-3 (Warriors)
Won CSC Final, 4-1 (Centennials)
1985-86 40 25 14 1 - 263 190 51 2nd of 9 GLJHL Lost Quarter-final, 2-3 (Flyers)
1986-87 38 23 11 2 2 196 129 50 3rd of 9 GLJHL Lost Quarter-final, 2-4 (Flyers)
1987-88 39 19 14 4 2 209 201 44 5th of 10 GLJHL Lost Quarter-final, 1-4 (73's)
1988-89 38 30 6 2 0 272 123 62 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 12 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Vikings)
Won Div. Final, 4-2 (Flyers)
Won League, 4-0 (Steeplejacks)
Won CSC QF, 4-0 (Blues)
Lost CSC SF, 3-4 (Barons)
1989-90 40 37 1 2 0 301 79 76 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 11 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Vikings)
Won Div. Final, 4-0 (Comets)
Won League, 4-0 (Hawks)
Won CSC QF, 4-0 (83's)
Won CSC SF, 4-3 (Brewers)
Lost CSC Finals, 3-4 (Crushers)
1990-91 40 29 7 3 1 244 101 62 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 10 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Flyers)
Won Div. Final, 4-1 (Vikings)
Won League, 4-0 (Hawks)
Won CSC QF, 4-2 (83's)
Lost CSC SF, 2-4 (Barons)
1991-92 40 35 4 1 0 306 102 71 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 11 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Comets)
Won Div. Final, 4-0 (73's)
Won League, 4-0 (Hawks)
Won CSC QF, 4-1 (Barons)
Won CSC SF, 4-2 (Blues)
Won CSC Final, 4-2 (Siskins)
1992-93 40 27 8 1 4 234 139 59 2nd of 5 South Div.
2nd of 11 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-2 (Comets)
Lost Div. Final, 0-4 (Hawks)
1993-94 40 35 2 3 0 293 109 73 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 11 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Comets)
Won Div. Final, 4-2 (Hawks)
Won League, 4-0 (Steeplejacks)
Won CSC QF, 4-2 (Navy-Vets)
Won CSC SF, 4-0 (Patriots)
Won CSC Final, 4-0 (Real McCoys)
1994-95 40 38 0 1 1 249 87 78 1st of 4 Essex Div.
1st of 11 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-0 (Admirals)
Won Semi-final, 4-0 (Flags)
Won League, 4-0 (Blades)
Won CSC SF, 4-0 (Navy-Vets)
Won CSC Final, 4-0 (Eagles)
1995-96 42 38 2 2 0 198 77 78 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 11 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Comets)
Won Div. Final, 4-0 (Sharks)
Won League, 4-1 (Hawks)
Lost CSC SF, 3-4 (Mounties)
1996-97 40 39 0 1 0 265 82 79 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 11 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-0 (Hawks)
Won Semi-final, 4-0 (Sharks)
Won League, 4-2 (Flags)
Won CSC SF, 4-0 (Bulldogs)
Lost CSC Final, 2-4 (Rangers)
1997-98 45 34 8 3 0 194 104 71 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 10 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-0 (Hawks)
Lost Semi-final, 1-4 (Lakers)
1998-99 40 32 6 1 1 191 94 66 1st of 5 South Div.
1st of 10 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-0 (Hawks)
Won Semi-final, 4-0 (Comets)
Lost Final, 3-4 (Lakers)
1999-00 39 33 3 3 0 214 92 69 1st of 4 South Div.
1st of 9 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-0 (Kings)
Won Semi-final, 4-0 (73's)
Won League, 4-3 (Lakers)
Won CSC SF, 4-0 (Bulldogs)
Lost CSC Final, 2-4 (Chiefs)
2000-01 40 32 3 2 3 175 93 69 1st of 4 South Div.
1st of 9 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-0 (Sharks)
Won Semi-final, 4-2 (73's)
Won League, 4-0 (Lakers)
Won CSC SF, 4-0 (Barons)
Lost CSC Final, 1-4 (Riverhawks)
2001-02 40 21 16 2 1 156 138 45 4th of 4 South Div.
5th of 9 GLJHL
Lost Quarter-final, 3-4 (Flags)
2002-03 40 16 16 6 2 132 126 40 4th of 4 South Div.
5th of 9 GLJHL
Lost Quarter-final, 3-4 (Comets)
2003-04 40 14 18 2 6 101 131 36 3rd of 4 South Div.
6th of 9 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-2 (Flags)
Lost Semi-final, 1-4 (Kings)
2004-05 40 16 21 1 2 130 154 35 4th of 4 South Div.
7th of 9 GLJHL
Lost Quarter-final, 0-4 (Kings)
2005-06 40 20 17 1 2 182 156 43 4th of 4 South Div.
6th of 9 GLJHL
Lost Quarter-final, 0-4 (73's)
2006-07 40 27 10 2 1 221 149 57 2nd of 4 South Div.
2nd of 9 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-1 (Flyers)
Won Semi-final, 4-3 (Sharks)
Lost Finals, 1-4 (73's)
2007-08 40 33 5 1 1 227 114 68 2nd of 4 South Div.
2nd of 9 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-2 (Comets)
Lost Div. Final, 1-4 (73's)
2008-09 40 26 9 - 5 213 133 57 2nd of 4 South Div.
2nd of 9 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-3 (Sharks)
Lost Div. Final, 1-4 (73's)
2009-10 40 31 7 - 2 241 126 64 1st of 4 South Div.
1st of 9 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Comets)
Won Div. Final, 4-2 (73's)
Won League, 4-0 (Lakers)
Won CSC SF, 4-1 (Peach Kings)
Lost CSC Final, 2-4 (Hornets)
2010-11 40 29 10 - 1 192 102 59 1st of 4 South Div.
2nd of 9 GLJHL
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Comets)
Won Div. Final, 4-1 (Flags)
Won League, 4-3 (Sharks)
Lost CSC SF, 1-4 (Peach Kings)
2011-12 40 27 10 - 3 166 112 57 2nd of 4 South Div.
2nd of 9 GLJHL
Won Quarter-final, 4-1 (Sharks)
Won Semi-final, 4-1 (Flags)
Lost Final, 1-4 (73's)
2012-13 40 26 11 - 3 146 109 55 2nd of 9 GLJHL Won Quarter-final, 4-1 (Flags)
Lost Semi-final, 3-4 (Sharks)
2013-14 40 23 15 - 2 165 141 48 2nd of 9 GLJHL Won Quarter-final, 4-3 (Admirals)
Won Semi-final, 4-2 (Blades)
Lost Finals 2-4 (73's)
2014-15 40 24 13 - 3 180 135 51 3rd of 9 GLJHL Lost Quarter-final, 3-4 (Kings)
2015-16 40 18 15 3 4 163 145 43 5th of 9 GLJHL Lost Quarter-final, 3-4 (Flags)
2016-17 40 31 8 1 - 229 115 63 1st of 9 Stobbs Won Div. QF, 4-0 (Flyers)
Won Div. SF, 4-2 (Blades)
Lost Div. Final, 0-4 (73's)
2017-18 40 27 8 2 3 143 94 59 1st of 9 Stobbs Won Div. QF, 4-0 (Blades)
Won Div. SF, 4-0 (Flags)
Won Div. Final, 4-1 (73's)
Lost Conf. Final, 3-4 (Lancers)

2017-2018 Team Staff[edit]

Canadiens player during 2014-15 season.
  • General Manager - Mark Seguin
  • Head Coach - Anthony Iaquinta
  • Assistant Coach - Mike Dobric
  • Assistant Coach - Mike Ditty
  • Assistant Coach - Rene Loignon
  • Assistant Coach - Sean Voy
  • Athletic Trainer - Eric Harvey
  • Equipment Manager - Jim Snivley

Clarence Schmalz Cup appearances[edit]

1985: Belle River Canadiens defeated Midland Centennials 4-games-to-1
1990: Orangeville Crushers defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-3
1992: Belle River Canadiens defeated Stayner Siskins 4-games-to-2
1994: Belle River Canadiens defeated Rockton Real McCoys 4-games-to-none
1995: Belle River Canadiens defeated Bowmanville Eagles 4-games-to-none
1997: Glanbrook Rangers defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-2
2000: Lakefield Chiefs defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-2
2001: Chippawa Riverhawks defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-1
2010: Alliston Hornets defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-2

External links[edit]

Belle River goalie watches puck behind his net during 2013–14 season

Notable alumni[edit]