Blind River Beavers

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Blind River Beavers
Blind River Beavers Logo 2014.png
City Blind River, Ontario, Canada
League Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Western
Founded 1999
Home arena Blind River Community Centre
Colours Black, Red, and White
              
General manager Dennis Lawrence (2016–17)
Head coach Kyle Brick (2016–17)
Franchise history
1999–2000 Nickel Centre Barons
2000–2001 Blind River Barons
2001–Present Blind River Beavers

The Blind River Beavers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Blind River, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).

History[edit]

The Beavers Primary Logo from 2001–2014

The Blind River Beavers had a long history in the International Junior B Hockey League. In 2000, Junior A hockey was brought to Blind River as the Blind River Barons when the franchise moved from Nickel Centre. The team re-branded to the Blind River Beavers in fall 2001. The team has finished as high as fourth on a few occasions and made the playoffs but have failed to advance to the second round as of 2016.

The Blind River Beavers have developed talent for NCAA Division I and Division III schools and being the team responsible for sending more talented players onto the NCAA than any other NOJHL team.[citation needed]

The Beavers introduced a new logo at the start of the 2014–15 season. During that season, the Blind River Beavers set Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League records for fewest wins and points in a season as they went 0-51-1 during the regular season. The previous records were held by the 1991–92 Elliot Lake Vikings, who went 1-47-0 for 2 points. They also failed to win a game during their first round playoff series with the Soo Thunderbirds, losing that series 4-games-to-0.

The team showed considerable improvement during the 2015–16, improving their record to 10-40-0-4. However it was not enough to make the playoffs, as the Beavers finished three points behind Espanola for the final playoff spot in the West Division. The Beavers were led offensively by Max Khull, who had a team high 38 points.

At the end of the season, the Beavers hired Soo Thunderbirds assistant Kyle Brick to be their new head coach and named Dennis Lawrence as their GM. They would also hire several new scouts from the Thunderbirds as they had recently changed ownership.[citation needed] The 2016–17 season saw the Beavers earn their first winning record since 2010–11. Blind River improved to 32–20–4–0 finishing 20 points behind the Thunderbirds and were second in the division.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts Results Playoffs
Nickel Centre Barons
1999–00 40 4 35 1 110 279 9 6th NOJHL
Blind River Barons
2000–01 40 6 33 1 0 121 317 13 7th NOJHL
Blind River Beavers
2001–02 42 3 39 0 0 106 414 6 7th NOJHL
2002–03 48 8 38 2 163 357 18 6th NOJHL
2003–04 48 14 31 1 2 172 266 31 7th NOJHL
2004–05 48 27 18 2 1 208 172 57 4th NOJHL Lost Quarter-final
2005–06 48 13 33 0 2 140 209 28 6th NOJHL Lost Quarter-final
2006–07 48 26 18 0 4 201 180 56 4th NOJHL Lost Quarter-final
2007–08 50 25 20 5 189 194 74 5th NOJHL Lost Quarter-Final
2008–09 50 25 21 4 188 182 54 5th NOJHL
2009–10 50 29 14 7 239 205 65 4th NOJHL Lost Quarter-final
2010–11 50 25 21 4 223 199 54 4th NOJHL Lost Quarter-final
2011–12 50 8 40 2 117 276 18 7th NOJHL Lost Quarter-final
2012–13 48 13 27 2 6 178 226 34 5th NOJHL
2013–14 56 10 42 0 4 127 281 24 8th NOJHL Lost Quarter-final
2014–15 52 0 51 0 1 98 366 1 4 of 4, West
9 of 9, NOJHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–4 vs. Thunderbirds
2015–16 54 10 40 0 4 139 326 24 6 of 6, West
11 of 12, NOJHL
Did not qualify
2016–17 56 32 20 0 4 214 162 68 2 of 6, West
5 of 12, NOJHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 4–3 vs. Canadians
Won Div. Finals, 4–1 vs. Eagles
Lost League Finals, 0–4 vs. Voodoos

Head coaches[edit]

  • Kyle Brick (2016–present)
  • Brad Barton (2015–16)
  • Bart Jarrett
  • Don Gagnon
  • Angelo Gallo
  • Todd Stencill
  • Doug McEwen
  • Jim Capy
  • Al Monforth

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]