Delhi Travellers

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Delhi Travellers
Delhi Travellers
Midwestern Junior C Hockey League
City Delhi, Ontario
Founded Circa 1960
Franchise history Circa 1960-1972: Delhi Rockets
1972-1991: Delhi Flames
1991-1998: Delhi Leafs
1998-Pres: Delhi Travellers
Head Coach Tim Christo (2015-16)
General Manager Doug Cooper
Arena Delhi Community Arena
Team Colors Blue, Silver, and White
              
League Champions 1981, 1986
OHA Cups None


The Delhi Travellers are a Canadian junior hockey team based in Delhi, Ontario, Canada. The Travellers play in the Midwestern Junior C Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.

History[edit]

Prior to 1966, the Delhi franchise was a member of the Shamrock Junior D Hockey League. In 1966, they jumped to the Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League. In 1972, the team changed their name from the Rockets to the Flames.

The 1980-81 season saw the Flames raise to the heights of provincial recognition. They finished second overall in the Southern league standings with 21 wins, seven losses, and six ties, a fair distance behind the first place St. George Dukes. Once in the playoffs, the Flames took the Southern league by storm and won their first ever league championship. The victory launched the Flames into the provincial final in competition for the OHA Cup. Their opponents were the Belmont Bombers, the champions of the Western Junior D Hockey League. The Bombers made quick work of the Flames, sweeping the series 4-games-to-none.

In the 1986 playoffs, the Flames once again took the Southern league crown. The victory brought them into line for another crack at the OHA Cup. Once in the provincial final, they found them against the Western league champions Seaforth Centenaires. The Centenaires were battle-hardened from their play in the North Division of the 12-team Western league and kept the Flames at bay for a 4-games-to-1 series victory.

In 1988, Delhi's Southern league folded and merged with the Western league to create a province-wide 18-team super-league. In 1991, the Western league was dropped in favour of the OHA Junior Development League.

From their point of entry into the Western league in 1988, the Delhi Flames found themselves in vast trouble. In 1991, the team changed their names to the Delhi Leafs to honour the towns former Intermediate league representative. The Leafs suffered horrible losing season from 1991 all the way until they opted to change their team name to the Delhi Travellers in 1998. After one season under the Travellers moniker, and one of their worst seasons in franchise history, the team took a leave of absence from the OHAJDL.

In 2000-01, the Travellers were back and finished in thirteenth place overall in the OHAJDL. This marked their best finish since entering the league in 1988. A year later they had a winning record. In fact, as of 2007, every season from 2000-on the Travellers at least matched their previous seasons performance if not bettered it.

After the 2005-06 season, the Travellers found themselves in second place overall in the OHAJDL with 29 wins. In the opening round of the playoffs, the Travellers challenged and defeated the Burford Bulldogs 4-games-to-2. In the conference semi-final, the Travellers then met the Hagersville Hawks and beat them 4-games-to-3. Then Delhi challenged the Tavistock Braves and swept them 4-games-to-none to win their first ever birth into the league final since joining the league eighteen years before. They met the underdog Lucan Irish, a seventh seed berth from the other conference who defied all odds to make it this far. The Irish were not to be denied of the Cinderella Story, as they defeated the Travellers 4-games-to-2 to win the OHA Cup.

After 2006, the OHAJDL was disbanded and replaced by the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League. In its first season, the Travellers finished in second place despite winning 32 games—three more than the previous season. In the first round of the playoffs, the Travellers challenged the Port Dover Sailors. The Travellers had no problem with the Sailors and swept them 4-games-to-none. The next round had Delhi faced off against the St. George Dukes. The longtime rivals went to six games with Delhi win the series 4-games-to-2. The next round had the Travellers trying for their second straight conference title against the Tavistock Braves. The series went the distance and the Travellers came out on top in Game 7 winning the series 4-games-to-3. In their second straight final, the Travellers met a tough foe in the Mitchell Hawks. The Hawks and Travellers fought, but the Hawks won Game 6 and took the series 4-games-to-2 to take away Delhi's second straight chance at the OHA Cup.

In the Summer of 2013, after much uncertainty, the Travellers ended up in the new Midwestern Junior C Hockey League. In 2014-15, the team finished an Imperfect Season, losing all 40 games played.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1966-67 24 16 8 0 - 118 95 32 1st SCJDHL
1967-68 24 17 7 0 - 147 104 34 2nd SCJDHL
1968-69 30 20 9 1 - 196 132 41 2nd SCJDHL
1969-70 30 15 12 3 - 156 146 33 3rd SCJDHL
1970-71 30 13 17 0 - 146 155 26 5th SCJDHL
1971-72 28 11 15 2 - 122 133 24 6th SCJDHL
1972-73 30 17 13 0 - 133 122 34 4th SCJDHL
1973-74 29 16 13 0 - 164 156 32 3rd SCJDHL
1974-75 30 17 13 0 - 190 172 34 2nd SCJDHL
1975-76 35 23 9 3 - -- -- 49 2nd SCJDHL
1976-77 28 9 18 1 - -- -- 19 8th SCJDHL
1977-78 34 4 29 1 - 129 261 9 8th SJDHL
1978-79 32 14 18 0 - 158 187 28 5th SJDHL
1979-80 32 14 16 2 - 160 169 30 6th SJDHL
1980-81 34 21 7 6 - 213 115 48 2nd SJDHL
1981-82 36 20 14 2 - -- -- 42 4th SJDHL
1982-83 36 16 15 5 - -- -- 37 4th SJDHL
1983-84 36 22 11 3 - -- -- 47 2nd SJDHL
1984-85 35 17 14 4 - -- -- 38 2nd SJDHL
1985-86 32 21 6 5 - -- -- 47 1st SJDHL
1986-87 40 14 20 6 - -- -- 34 5th SJDHL
1987-88 31 12 16 3 - -- -- 27 4th SJDHL
1988-89 35 6 22 7 - 137 246 19 17th WJDHL
1989-90 35 5 27 3 - 165 255 13 17th WJDHL
1990-91 40 9 30 1 0 156 248 19 18th WJDHL
1991-92 33 1 31 1 0 117 296 3 17th OHAJDL
1992-93 40 10 26 1 3 130 239 24 16th OHAJDL
1993-94 40 5 33 2 - 112 283 12 17th OHAJDL
1994-95 39 5 31 2 1 122 270 13 18th OHAJDL
1995-96 40 14 25 1 0 168 229 29 16th OHAJDL
1996-97 39 13 22 2 2 163 216 30 14th OHAJDL
1997-98 37 14 19 3 1 160 192 32 14th OHAJDL
1998-99 38 5 29 1 3 86 207 14 18th OHAJDL
1999-00 Did Not Participate
2000-01 40 13 25 0 2 -- -- 28 13th OHAJDL
2001-02 40 19 17 1 3 148 147 42 10th OHAJDL
2002-03 40 18 17 1 4 156 175 41 11th OHAJDL
2003-04 40 18 12 7 3 161 146 46 5th OHAJDL
2004-05 40 27 11 0 2 163 114 56 3rd OHAJDL
2005-06 38 29 6 3 0 176 92 61 2nd OHAJDL
2006-07 42 32 9 0 1 198 120 65 2nd SOJHL
2007-08 42 30 6 - 6 183 126 66 2nd SOJHL
2008-09 40 31 6 - 3 202 122 65 2nd SOJHL
2009-10 36 28 6 - 2 214 119 58 2nd SOJHL
2010-11 35 20 14 - 1 155 136 41 8th SOJHL
2011-12 35 26 8 - 1 180 136 53 2nd SOJHL
2012-13 38 17 19 - 2 167 183 36 6th SOJHL-Mc
2013-14 39 6 31 - 2 106 194 14 8th MWJCHL Lost Quarters - 1-4 - (Mounties)
2014-15 40 0 40 0 - 52 273 0 9th MWJCHL DNQ

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1981 Won league, Lost OHA final
Belmont Bombers defeated Delhi Flames 4-games-to-none in OHA final
  • 1986 Won league, Lost OHA final
Seaforth Centenaires defeated Delhi Flames 4-games-to-1 in OHA final
  • 2006 Lost final
Delhi Travellers defeated Burford Bulldogs 4-games-to-2 in conf. quarter-final
Delhi Travellers defeated Hagersville Hawks 4-games-to-3 in conf. semi-final
Delhi Travellers defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-none in conf. final
Lucan Irish defeated Delhi Travellers 4-games-to-2 in final
  • 2007 Lost final
Delhi Travellers defeated Port Dover Sailors 4-games-to-none in conf. quarter-final
Delhi Travellers defeated St. George Dukes 4-games-to-2 in conf. semi-final
Delhi Travellers defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-3 in conf. final
Mitchell Hawks defeated Delhi Travellers 4-games-to-2 in final
  • 2009 Lost final
Delhi Travellers defeated Burford Bulldogs 4-games-to-none in conf. semi final
Delhi Travellers defeated Hagersville Hawks 4-games-to-none in conf. final
Delhi Travellers competed against North Middlesex Stars and Thamesford Trojans in semi-final round robin
Delhi Travellers advanced to finals against North Middlesex Stars
North Middlesex Stars defeated Delhi Travellers 4-games-to-3 in final
  • 2010 Lost semi-final
Delhi Travellers defeated St. George Dukes 4-games-to-1 in conf. semi final
Delhi Travellers defeated Hagersville Hawks 4-games-to-1 in conf. final
Exeter Hawks and Thamesford Trojans defeated Delhi Travellers in semi-final round robin

Notable alumni[edit]

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