|League||OHA Senior A (original)|
OHA Senior A
Major League Hockey
The Cambridge Hornets were a Senior "AAA" ice hockey team based out of Cambridge, Ontario. They played in the Ontario Hockey Association's Major League Hockey. The new Cambridge Hornets were brought into Southwestern Senior A Hockey League in 1999. They were members of the league in 2003 when it changed its name to Major League Hockey.
The Hornets name was resurrected again in 1962. That team was founded in 1960 as the Galt Terriers, playing in the original OHA Senior A hockey league. The Terriers won the Allan Cup championship in 1961, concluding their first season. As the reigning Allan Cup champions, the Terriers represented Canada at the 1962 Ice Hockey World Championships finishing 2nd place, winning the silver medal. Notable players from that era include, Dave Dryden, Tod Sloan, Darryl Sly and Bill Wylie.
The "Terriers" named itself had been used by teams in Galt dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, before World War II. Notable players included Larry Aurie, Clarence Boucher, John Brackenborough, Art Gauthier, Norman Himes, Carl Liscombe, Cliff McBride, Mickey Murray and Jean Pusie. Following the 1961–62 season, the Galt Terriers were renamed the Galt Hornets.
Gord Renwick served as president of the Hornets from 1966 to 1973. He was encouraged to revive the team's ownership group by close friend, and the team's previous coach Bill Wylie. In 1966, Renwick named Earl Balfour as the team's new playing coach, and signed Gary Collins.
Two seasons later, the 1968–69 Hornets team won 52 of 67 games played, and won the Ontario championship in a four-game sweep of the Barrie Flyers. In the national playoffs, Galt defeated the Gander Flyers in five games, then the Victoriaville Tigers in six games to reach the final. Galt captured the 1969 Allan Cup winning in four consecutive games over the Calgary Stampeders.
Renwick and the team executive used a share-the-wealth philosophy, where the players saw proportion of the team's profits. Galt won another Ontario championship in the 1970–71 season, with the goaltending tandem of Harold Hurley and Ken Broderick. In the playoffs, Galt defeated the Barrie Flyers, Orillia Terriers, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay Twins, and the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts to reach the finals. Galt captured the 1971 Allan Cup winning in four consecutive games over the same Calgary team from 1969, and played to sellout crowds at the Galt Arena Gardens. The Hornets represented Canada at the 1971 Ahearne Cup in Stockholm, finishing in third place behind teams from Russia and Sweden.
The team later changed its name to the Cambridge Hornets, when Galt was amalgamated into Cambridge.
List of Galt Hornets alumni who also played in the NHL.
- Earl Balfour, Ken Broderick, Gary Collins, Mike Corbett, Dave Cressman, Norm Defelice, Dave Dryden, Cec Hoekstra, Tom McCarthy, Vic Teal
List of original era Cambridge Hornets alumni who also played in the NHL.
|1960-61||40||21||13||6||135||130||48||2nd OHA Sr. A||Won League, Won Allan Cup|
|1961-62||34||24||10||0||178||102||48||1st OHA Sr. A|
|1962-63||40||13||25||2||151||214||28||5th OHA Sr. A|
|1963-64||40||25||10||5||195||144||55||2nd OHA Sr. A||Lost Final|
|1964-65||40||24||15||1||167||135||49||2nd OHA Sr. A|
|1965-66||42||18||22||2||149||181||43||5th OHA Sr. A|
|1966-67||40||23||14||3||188||162||49||4th OHA Sr. A|
|1967-68||40||27||12||1||152||105||55||1st OHA Sr. A||Lost Final|
|1968-69||39||29||10||0||243||131||58||1st OHA Sr. A||Won League, Won Allan Cup|
|1969-70||40||26||11||3||198||114||55||OHA Sr. A||Lost Final|
|1970-71||40||32||8||0||246||103||64||OHA Sr. A||Won League, Won Allan Cup|
|1971-72||40||27||12||1||197||126||55||2nd OHA Sr. A||Lost Final|
|1972-73||44||25||18||1||200||153||51||3rd OHA Sr. A|
|1973-74||40||28||12||0||165||132||56||3rd OHA Sr. A|
|1974-75||40||16||21||3||175||181||35||5th OHA Sr. A|
|1975-76||44||23||20||1||190||170||47||3rd OHA Sr. A|
|1976-77||34||22||10||2||188||145||46||2nd OHA Sr. A|
|1977-78||40||27||12||1||200||151||55||1st OHA Sr. A|
|1978-79||40||21||18||1||179||170||43||3rd OHA Sr. A|
|1979-80||40||29||11||0||245||144||58||2nd CSAHL||Won League|
|1980-81||37||33||3||1||290||119||67||1st OHA Sr. A||Lost Final|
|1981-82||34||23||11||0||201||115||46||3rd OHA Sr. A||Lost Final|
|1982-83||40||32||8||0||316||124||64||1st OHA Sr. A||Won League, Won Allan Cup|
|1983-84||38||26||12||0||244||139||52||1st OHA Sr. A||Won League|
|1984-85||40||25||12||3||210||137||53||1st OHA Sr. A|
|1985-86||36||23||13||0||157||144||46||2nd OHA Sr. A|
|1986-87||34||13||21||0||158||171||26||4th OHA Sr. AAA|
The Hornets finished the 2005-06 season in third place, or so they thought. In January 2006, they signed Chris MacKenzie a former semi-pro hockey player. Despite the fact that the player's driver's licence and health card listed him as a resident of Toronto, he lived most of the time in Indianapolis, Indiana. Two other teams in the league appealed the usage of this player as a violation of the league's residency rule, which resulted in a series of late season victories being overturned to these teams' favour. The overturned victories resulted in a drop to fifth and last place for the Hornets. Irate, the ownership of the Hornets pulled their team from the league and filed a lawsuit for damages. The Cambridge Hornets have not stepped on the ice since.
- NHL alumni
List of modern era Cambridge Hornets alumni who also played in the NHL.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout Loses*, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|2001-02||32||27||4||1||0||0||55||221||91||1st OHA Sr||Lost Final|
|2002-03||31||21||7||1||2||0||45||144||104||1st OHA Sr||Lost Final|
|2003-04||32||19||11||2||0||0||40||160||137||2nd OHA Sr|
|2004-05||32||18||12||0||2||0||40||149||148||3rd OHA Sr|
|2005-06||30||13||14||0||1||2||29||140||144||5th OHA Sr|
- Legends of hockey alumni search – Galt Terriers
- Clarence a.k.a. Bowcher Boucher
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- "Gordon Renwick Team Staff Profile". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
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- "Cambridge's Gord Renwick wins Order of Hockey in Canada". TheRecord. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
- Spencer, Randy (2012-11-06). "Galt Hornets 1965/66 The Third Year in Review". The Cambridge Citizen. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
- "Galt Hornets 1968-1969 Allan Cup Champions". Allan Cup. Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
- "Galt Hornets 1968–69". Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame. 1998. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
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- Legends of hockey alumni search – Cambridge Hornets
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