Clarenville Caribous

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Clarenville Caribous
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City Clarenville, NL
League Central West Senior Hockey League
Operated 2006 (2006)
Home arena Eastlink Clarenville Events Centre
Colours Black, Red, and White
General manager Derek MacPhee
Head coach Ivan Hapgood
Captain Dustin Russell
Website Caribous on league website

The Clarenville Caribous (also commonly known as the Clarenville Ford Caribous due to a five-year sponsorship deal announced September 23, 2015[1]) are a senior ice hockey team based in Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador and a member of the Central West Senior Hockey League. The Caribous are three-time winners of the Herder Memorial Trophy as all-Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey Champions and winners of the 2011 Allan Cup as National Senior "AAA" Hockey Champions.[2]

History[edit]

The Caribous broke into the WCSHL in 2006-2007, ending the season in last place with 18 points. However, in the very next season in 2007-2008 they shot past the other three teams, ending the season in first place with 30 points. They also went on to beat the Corner Brook Royals in the first round of the playoffs, only to be defeated by the Deer Lake Red Wings in the next. A very big improvement for one year.

The following season proved to be an even bigger improvement for the team. In the club's third year in the League, the 2008-2009 season, the team went to the playoffs to win against the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, and got revenge on the Deer Lake Red Wings, defeating them in the next round. The Caribous went on to play the Conception Bay North CeeBee Stars in the final, and won the series 4-1. Clarenville won the Herder Memorial Trophy for the first time in club history.[3]

In the Summer of 2009, the Caribous applied for Sr. AAA status to compete in future Allan Cup National Championship events.[4] After winning the 2010 WCSHL Championship, the Caribous took home their second straight Herder Memorial Trophy be beating CBN for the second year in a row, 4-1.[5] The Caribous were winless (0-3) at the 2010 Allan Cup in Fort St. John, British Columbia.[6]

In 2010-11, the Caribous went 14-10-0-0 for second place in the WCSHL. They were eliminated in the league semi-final by Deer Lake to end their hopes for a third straight league title and Herder Trophy. Again registered with Hockey Canada as Senior AAA,[7] the Caribous traveled west to Kenora, Ontario to compete at the 2011 Allan Cup. The Caribous went undefeated (4-0), beating Alberta's Bentley Generals 5-3[8] in the final to win their first and Newfoundland and Labrador's second ever Allan Cup.[9]

Seasons and Records[edit]

Season by season results[edit]

Led league in pointsdagger Herder Trophy championsdouble-dagger

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, DNQ = Did not qualify

WCSHL = West Coast Senior Hockey League, NSHL = Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, CWSHL = Central West Senior Hockey League

Clarenville Caribous regular season and postseason statistics and results, 2006–present
Season League Regular season Postseason
GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS Finish GP W L GF GA Result
2006-07 WCSHL 18
2007-08 WCSHL 30dagger 1st Lost in WCSHL finals to Deer Lake Red Wings
2008-09 WCSHL 24 14 9 1 134 109 29 2nd Won Herder vs. Conception Bay CeeBee Stars, 4-1double-dagger
2009-10 WCSHL 24 16 6 2 104 81 34dagger 1st Won Herder vs. Conception Bay CeeBee Stars, 4-1double-dagger
2010-11 WCSHL 24 14 10 0 106 99 28 2nd Lost Semi-final, Won Allan Cup
2011-12 NSHL 24 15 5 2 36dagger 1st Won Herder vs. Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts, 4-1double-dagger
2012-13 NSHL 24 15 7 2 119 100 32 2nd Lost in Herder final
2013-14 NSHL 24 13 6 5 116 81 31 2nd
2014-15 CWSHL 24 13 10 1 110 94 27 3rd
2015-16 CWSHL 22 10 11 - 1 90 96 21 3rd 7 3 4 22 22 Lost in league semi-finals to Corner Brook Royals, 3-4

Allan Cup results[edit]

Season Location GP W L T OTL GF GA Results Playoffs
2010 Fort St. John, BC 3 0 3 0 0 8 20 3rd Pool Two Lost Quarter-final
2011 Kenora, Ontario 4 4 0 0 0 15 7 1st Pool One Won Allan Cup
2013 Red Deer, Alberta 4 3 1 0 0 18 10 1st Pool One Lost in Final
2014 Dundas, Ontario 4 3 1 0 0 18 8 1st Pool One Lost in Final
2015 Clarenville, NL 4 2 2 0 0 10 9 2nd Division two Lost in semi-final (South East Prairie Thunder)

Current roster[edit]

For the current team roster see Caribous profile on the league website

Leaders[edit]

Captains[edit]

  • Dustin Russell (2006-2015)
  • Andrew Sweetland (2015-2016)

Coaches[edit]

  • Randy Pearcey (2006-2010)
  • Ivan Hapgood (2014-2016)

Trophies and awards[edit]

Team awards[edit]

  • Three all-Newfoundland senior hockey championships (Herder Memorial Trophy): 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Awarded the Allan Cup in 2011 as the national senior amateur men’s ice hockey champions of Canada.


Individual awards[edit]


S. E Tuma Memorial Trophy (Top scorer in the regular season)

  • Andrew Sweetland, 2013 (42 pts)


T.A. (Gus) Soper Memorial Award (MVP in the regular season)


President's Goaltender's Award (Top goaltender in the regular season of operating Senior A leagues)


Top Defenseman


Rookie of the year



Coach of the Year


Howie Clouter Memorial Trophy (Most Gentlemanly and effective player)


Cliff Gorman Memorial Award (Most valuable player of the Herder Playoffs)



Honoured Members[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

  • #27 Les Stanley (1962-1980)
  • #2 Bill Norcott(1963-1975)
  • #7 Robert Gladney (1981-1983)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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