Calgary Mustangs

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Calgary Mustangs
Calgary Mustangs logo.svg
CityCalgary, Alberta
LeagueAlberta Junior Hockey League
DivisionSouth
Founded1990 (1990)
Home arenaFather David Bauer Olympic Arena
ColoursNavy blue and gold
Franchise history
1972–1976The Pass Red Devils
1976–1978Pincher Creek Panthers
1978–1979Calgary Chinooks
1979–1990Calgary Spurs
1990–2010Calgary Royals
2010–2019Calgary Mustangs

The Calgary Mustangs were a junior A ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). They played in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena. They were known as the Calgary Royals from 1990 until 2010. On May 4, 2019, it was announced that the Mustangs had elected to take a leave of absence for the 2019–20 season.[1]

History[edit]

The logo of the Calgary Royals, used until 2010

The franchsie began play in the 1972–73 season as The Pass Red Devils based in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. The Red Devils franchise lasted four years before relocating to the nearby community of Pincher Creek to become the Pincher Creek Panthers. The team lasted two seasons in Pincher Creek before relocating to Calgary to become the Calgary Chinooks. In 1979–80, under a new ownership group, the Chinooks became the Calgary Spurs.

Following the 1989–90 season, the Spurs ceased operations, leaving the AJHL with just seven franchises. The league opted to keep a second Calgary-based franchise along with the Calgary Canucks, and sold a new franchise to four local businessmen who named it the Calgary Jr. "A" Royals with the mandate of providing Calgary and area kids with the opportunity to combine a high level of hockey with a quality education.

The Royals were immediately successful, finishing second in the regular season standings, behind the Fort Saskatchewan Traders and winning the league championship in their first season. The Royals were unable to duplicate that success, as the team failed to make it past the second round of the playoffs since winning the title.

Faced with the challenges of sharing a market with the National Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and another AJHL team, the Royals were supported through corporate partnerships and volunteers. Seeking to distinguish itself from the city's minor hockey program of the same name, the franchise renamed itself the Mustangs prior to the 2010–11 season.[2]

After several seasons as the Mustangs, the team was unable to secure a lease for the 2019–20 season and was granted a leave of absence for one season.[3]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T/OTL = Ties/Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T/OTL SOL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1990–91 60 34 18 4 72 247 179 2nd Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 (Canucks)
Won Semifinals, 4–0 (Oil Barons)
Won AJHL Championship, 4–2 (Traders)
Lost Doyle Cup, 1–4 (Vernon Lakers of the BCHL)
1991–92 60 40 19 1 81 346 252 2nd Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Blazers)
1992–93 56 28 27 1 57 208 208 6th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 0–5 (Grizzlys)
1993–94 57 26 27 3 55 200 238 6th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Grizzlys)
1994–95 56 25 30 1 51 234 252 6th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Oil Barons)
1995–96 60 23 33 4 50 203 244 8th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Canucks)
1996–97 60 17 40 3 37 175 262 11th Overall Did not qualify
1997–98 60 24 32 4 52 196 235 9th Overall Did not qualify
1998–99 62 39 21 2 80 320 243 2nd South Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Grizzlys)
1999–00 64 29 30 5 63 255 253 4th South Lost Preliminary series, 0–3 (Eagles)
2000–01 64 25 33 6 56 280 328 6th South Won Preliminary series, 3–1 (Canucks)
Lost Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Kodiaks)
2001–02 64 32 29 3 67 228 232 4th South Won Preliminary series, 3–2 (Canucks)
Lost Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Eagles)
2002–03 64 36 25 3 75 246 217 4th South Lost Preliminary series, 1–4 (Grizzlys)
2003–04 60 34 23 3 71 231 173 4th South Won Preliminary series, 3–0 (Eagles)
Lost Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Kodiaks)
2004–05 64 27 32 5 59 207 237 5th South Lost Preliminary series, 0–3 (Eagles)
2005–06 60 16 38 6 71 231 173 8th South Did not qualify
2006–07 60 30 30 0 60 184 209 5th South Lost Preliminary series, 1–3 (Bandits)
2007–08 62 19 41 2 40 148 230 8th South Did not qualify
2008–09 62 8 48 6 22 158 300 8th South Did not qualify
2009–10 60 21 29 10 52 213 255 7th South Lost Preliminary series, 2–3 (Kodiaks)
2010–11 60 28 31 1 57 202 235 4th South Won Preliminary series, 3–0 (Grizzlys)
Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 (Oilers)
2011–12 60 31 22 7 69 194 188 4th South Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 1–3 (Grizzlys)
2012–13 60 21 31 7 50 177 218 6th South Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 1–3 (Kodiaks)
2013–14 60 26 28 6 58 176 206 6th South Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Dragons)
2014–15 60 20 36 4 55 174 229 7th South Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Bandits)
2015–16 60 12 44 4 28 168 295 8th of 8, South
15th of 16, AJHL
Did not qualify
2016–17 60 8 50 2 18 135 344 8th of 8, South
16th of 16, AJHL
Did not qualify
2017–18 60 24 29 7 55 194 248 5th of 8, South
10th of 16, AJHL
Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Kodiaks)
2018–19 60 29 22 9 67 221 192 5th of 8, South
9th of 16, AJHL
Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 2–3 (Kodiaks)

NHL alumni[edit]

Some of the players that played on the Royals that went on to play in the NHL include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rumbolt, Ryan (2019-05-04). "Calgary Mustangs hockey club plans 'leave of absence' from AJHL next season". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  2. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2010-06-17). "New AJHL nickname unbridled". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  3. ^ "Calgary Mustangs Granted Leave of Absence for 2019-2020 Season". AJHL. 8 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Calgary Mustangs website
Calgary Royals website