|League||Ontario Hockey League|
|Home arena||Erie Insurance Arena|
|Colors||Navy blue, red, gold, white
|General manager||Sherwood Bassin|
|Head coach||Kris Knoblauch|
|1953–60||Hamilton Tiger Cubs|
|1960–74||Hamilton Red Wings|
|1976–77||St. Catharines Fincups|
|1988–96||Niagara Falls Thunder|
The Erie Otters are a major junior ice hockey team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Ontario Hockey League, one of only three American teams in the circuit. The team takes its name from the North American river otter, a semiaquatic mammal commonly found by Lake Erie.
The Otters' first three seasons in Erie were not kind to them, especially because they were eliminated in the first round of the OHL playoffs each year. However, they saw success in 1999 by capturing the Holody Trophy, which is the league's award for winning the Midwest Division championship. It would be their first of three consecutive Midwest Division championships, culminating in an J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2001–02. Additionally, Dave MacQueen won the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2000–01 as the OHL Coach of the Year and Sherwood Bassin was awarded OHL Executive of the Year for his role in building a championship team as general manager. The Erie Otters became the second American team to win the OHL Championship after the 1995 champions Detroit Junior Red Wings (now the Plymouth Whalers).
Connor McDavid Era (2012-15)
Connor McDavid was the Erie Otters first overall draft pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, after being granted exceptional status by the OHL. In his rookie year, the still woeful Otters won 19 games and finished 19th in th OHL standings. McDavid broke the Erie record for the assists by a rookie previously set by Tim Connolly in 1997-98.Overall McDavid finished his rookie season with 25 goals and 66 points to lead all rookies in scoring.
In the 2013-14 season, the Otters improved greatly due to the rise of overagers Connor Brown and Dane Fox as well as the continuing ascension of Connor McDavid. The Otters finished 2nd in the Midwest division behind the to-be OHL champions Guelph Storm. Brown set new marks for points by an Otter and won the OHL points race and was awarded the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy. In the Playoffs, the Otters defeated the Saginaw Spirit in 5 games and advanced to face the Saulte Ste. Marie Greyhounds where they swept out of the playoffs in 4 games.
In the 2014-15 OHL season, in what would be Connor McDavid's final season in the OHL, the Otters decided to make a run for the Memorial Cup. Doing they loaded up the squad by acquiring Remi Elie from Belleville and Nick Baptiste from Sudbury. In November, McDavid broke his hand in a fight against Mississauga. The incident sparked outrage in the hockey community, many saying that he should not have been fighting at all. Due to the close proximity to the 2015 IIHF WJC many feared he would miss the showcase hosted in Toronto and Montreal. However McDavid would eventually play in the tournament and play a critical role in helping Canada win the title for the first time in 6 years. The Otters eventually won the Midwest division and qualified for the playoffs as the number 2 seed. Dylan Strome won the OHL scoring title with a 126 points in 68 games. McDavid however was award the Red Tilson trophy as the OHL's most outstanding player. (120 pts. in 47 games). In the playoffs Erie handily beat Sarnia and London en route to the Western Conference Final against the number 1 ranked team in Canada, the Saulte Ste. Marie Greyhounds.The Otter would eventually prevail in 5 games with McDavid leading the Erie offence. In the OHL final against the Oshawa Generals, the Gens would prove to be too much for the Otters as the Generals would win the OHL Final in 5 games. McDavid won the Wayne Gretzky Award for playoff MVP with 49 points in 20 games.
Uniforms and logos
The Erie Otters' colors are navy blue, red, gold, and white. Their primary logo includes a red circle with a fierce-looking otter holding a hockey stick and wearing playing equipment. The "Otters" wordmark is superimposed over the design in red with gold and navy blue outline. The team's home uniforms comprise a solid navy blue design with red and gold accents while the away uniforms feature a white jersey and socks.
For the 2013 season, the Erie Otters introduced a new yellow alternate jersey. This jersey is solid yellow, with the "Otters" wordmark across the chest. This jersey includes blue shoulder stripes, white and blue stripes on the arms and bottom of the jersey, navy blue pants, and yellow socks featuring white and blue stripes. This new alternate jersey has been mentioned as a homage to the past Erie Blades uniforms.
The Erie Otters play home games at the Erie Insurance Arena located in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. The arena was built in 1981 and seats 5,500 spectators. The arena is part of the Erie Civic Center Complex, which includes Jerry Uht Park — a baseball stadium for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. In May 2012, the Erie County Convention Center Authority and the Erie Insurance Group announced a 10-year, $3 million naming agreement that will rename the former Louis J. Tullio Arena, "Erie Insurance Arena." This renaming coincides with the completion of the current $42-million dollar renovation project that is currently underway and was completed in September 2013. The renovation, designed by Friday/Sink Combs Dethlefs Joint Venture Architects, modernized Erie Insurance Arena and added some new sections and a landscaped park entrance. Construction on the project was carried by the Pittsburgh-based Turner Construction Company. Improvements to Erie Insurance Arena included additional seating and concourses. To accommodate these new additions, its footprint expanded from the original 152,000-square-foot (14,100 m2) to 218,000-square-foot (20,300 m2). This increased the venue's capacity to 6,500 for hockey, 6,750 for basketball and about 9,000 for concerts. After the renovations had completed in September 2013, Erie Insurance Arena now has enlarged lobbies and more box offices, luxury suites, administrative offices, mechanical rooms, training areas, new locker rooms, and a team store.
- J. Ross Robertson Cup (OHL Champions)
- Wayne Gretzky Trophy (Western Conference Champions)
- Hamilton Spectator Trophy (1st place regular season)
- Holody Trophy (Midwest Division Champions)
1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2014-15
Multiple years in parentheses
- 1996–1997 Chris Johnstone, Dale Dunbar
- 1997–1998 Dale Dunbar (2)
- 1998–1999 Paul Theriault
- 1999–2006 Dave MacQueen (7)
- 2006–2007 Peter Sidorkiewicz (2)
- 2007–2012 Robbie Ftorek (4)
- 2012–present Kris Knoblauch
A total of 21 players have been selected at the National Hockey League Entry Draft since the franchise relocated to Erie, including a five-year stretch from 1997–2001 in which seven members of the team were selected in the first round: (1997 Jason Ward, 11th, Montreal Canadiens; 1998 Michael Rupp, ninth, New York Islanders; 1999 Tim Connolly, fifth, New York Islanders; 2000 Nikita Alexeev, eighth, Tampa Bay Lightning; Brad Boyes, 24th, Toronto Maple Leafs; 2001 Carlo Colaiacovo, 17th, Toronto Maple Leafs; and Adam Munro, 29th, Chicago Blackhawks).
- 1999–2000 - Brad Boyes, CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award, Bobby Smith Trophy (OHL Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 2000–01 - Brad Boyes, Red Tilson Trophy (Most Outstanding Player), William Hanley Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player)
- 2000–01 - Joey Sullivan, Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy (Humanitarian of the Year)
- 2001–02 - Brad Boyes, CHL Sportsman of the Year Award, Red Tilson Trophy (Most Outstanding Player), William Hanley Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player), Wayne Gretzky 99 Award (Playoffs MVP)
- 2001–02 - Cory Pecker, Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Overage Player of the Year)
- 2003–04 - Chris Campoli, CHL Humanitarian of the Year, Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy (OHL Humanitarian of the Year)
- 2006–07 - Derrick Bagshaw, Roger Neilson Memorial Award (Top Academic University Player)
- 2007-09 - Ryan O’Reilly, Jack Ferguson Award (First Overall draft pick)
- 2011-12 - Connor McDavid, Jack Ferguson Award (First Overall draft pick)
- 2013-14 - Connor Brown, Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy (Scoring Champion), Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy (Top Scoring Right Winger), Red Tilson Trophy (Most Outstanding Player)
- 2013-14 - Dane Fox, Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Top Overage Player of the Year)
- 2013-14 - Connor McDavid, William Hanley Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike Player), Bobby Smith Trophy (Scholastic Player of the Year)
- 2013-14 - Oscar Dansk & Devin Williams, Dave Pinkney Trophy (Lowest Team Goals Against)
- Brad Boyes (#16)
- Vince Scott (#18)
Updated April 29th, 2015
|#||Player||Born||Place of birth||Drafted|
|31||Devin Williams||1995||Saginaw, Michigan||Eligible 2015|
|35||Daniel Dekoning||1996||Listowel, Ontario||Eligbile 2015|
|#||Player||Born||Place of birth||Drafted|
|3||Cory Genovese||1994 (OA)||Hespeler, Ontario||Undrafted|
|6||Patrick Murphy||1995||Hamilton, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
|23||Kurtis MacDermid||1994 (OA)||Sauble Beach, Ontario||LA - Free Agent 2012|
|24||Darren Raddysh||1996||Caledon, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
|25||T.J. Fergus||1997||Oakville, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
|42||Mitchell Byrne||1998||Brampton, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|44||Travis Dermott||1996||Newmarket, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
|57||Troy Donnay||1994 (OA)||Fenton, Michigan||NYR - Free Agent 2013|
|#||Player||Position||Born||Place of birth||Drafted|
|9||Kyle Maksimovich||LW||1998||Hamilton, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|10||Shaun Bily||C||1998||Doylestown, Pennsylvania||Eligible 2016|
|11||Mason Marchment||RW||1995||Uxbridge, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
|12||Alex DeBrincat||C||1997||Detroit, Michigan||Eligible 2016|
|14||Nicholas Baptiste||RW||1995||Ottawa, Ontario||BUF – Round 3, 69 overall – 2013|
|15||Kyle Pettit||C||1996||Komoka, Ontario||VAN – Round 6, 156 overall – 2014|
|17||Taylor Raddysh||RW||1998||Caledon, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|19||Dylan Strome||C||1997||Mississauga, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
|21||Patrick Fellows||LW||1997||Toronto, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
|26||Quentin Maksimovich||C||1996||Hamilton, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
|27||Jake Marchment||C||1995||Ajax, Ontario||LAK – Round 6, 157 overall – 2014|
|29||Nick Betz||RW||1995||Clinton Township, Michigan||Eligible 2015|
|81||Remi Elie||LW||1995||Green Valley, Ontario||DAL – Round 2, 40 overall – 2013|
|97||Connor McDavid||C||1997||Newmarket, Ontario||Eligible 2015|
Note: (OA) = Overage player
|Team records for a single season|
|Most goals for||331||2014–15|
|Least goals for||169||2011–12|
|Least goals against||170||2013–14|
|Most goals against||378||2006–07|
|Individual player records for a single season|
|Most goals||Dane Fox||64||2013–14|
|Most assists||Dylan Strome||84||2014–15|
|Most points||Dylan Strome||129||2014–15|
|Most points, rookie||Alex DeBrincat||104||2014–15|
|Most points, defenceman||Chris Campoli||66||2003–04|
|Best GAA (goalie)||Adam Munro||2.31||2000–01|
|Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played|
Legend: OTL - Overtime Loss, SL - Shootout Loss, PTS - Points, GF - Goals For, GA - Goals Against
- 1996–97 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
- 1997–98 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 3 in division quarter-finals.
- 1998–99 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
- 1999–2000 Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
- 2000–01 Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
- 2001–02 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated London Knights 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
Defeated Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
Lost to Victoriaville Tigres 5-4 (OT) in the Memorial Cup semi-finals.
- 2002–03 Out of playoffs.
- 2003–04 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
- 2004–05 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2005–06 Out of playoffs.
- 2006–07 Out of playoffs.
- 2007–08 Out of playoffs.
- 2008–09 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2009–10 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2010–11 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2011–12 Out of playoffs.
- 2012–13 Out of playoffs.
- 2013-14 Defeated Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
- 2014-15 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
Defeated Sault Ste. Marie 4 games to 2 in conference finals.
Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in finals.