|League||Ontario Hockey League|
|Home arena||Erie Insurance Arena|
|Colors||Navy blue, gold, red, white
|1953–1960||Hamilton Tiger Cubs|
|1960–1974||Hamilton Red Wings|
|1976–1977||St. Catharines Fincups|
|1988–1996||Niagara Falls Thunder|
The Erie Otters are a Major junior ice hockey team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Midwest Division of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), one of only three American teams in the circuit. The "Otters" name refers to the North American otter (Lontra canadensis), a semiaquatic mammal common to Lake Erie.
The Erie Otters were previously located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where they were called the Niagara Falls Thunder. They moved to Erie Insurance Arena in downtown Erie in time for the 1996–97 season. After three seasons of mediocrity in Erie, they won the Midwest Division's Holody Trophy in 1999. It was their first of three consecutive Midwest Division championships, culminating in a J. Ross Robertson Cup in the 2001–02 season. 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 were the second U.S. team to win the OHL Championship, following the 1994–95 season champions Detroit Junior Red Wings (now the Plymouth Whalers).
Connor McDavid era (2012-15)
Connor McDavid, a Canadian center, played for the Erie Otters from 2012 to 2015, before joining the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Otters chose him as their first overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection Draft. The NHL Central Scouting Bureau subsequently named McDavid the top North American prospect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, where the Oilers selected him first overall. The Greater Toronto Hockey League named McDavid "Player of the Year" for the 2011–12 season following a record of 79 goals and 130 assists. Hockey Canada, the governing body for amateur hockey in Canada, granted McDavid "Exceptional Player" status, which permitted him to play in the OHL a year earlier than would otherwise be permissible for a player his age. He was only the third player to receive that status, after John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad.
Uniforms and logos
The Erie Otters' colors are navy blue, gold, red, and white. Their primary logo features a circular outline with a fierce, anthropomorphic otter furnishing a hockey stick and gear. The "Otters" wordmark is superimposed over the design in red with gold and navy blue outline. The team's home uniform includes a navy blue sweater with red and gold accents. The away uniforms feature a white jersey with navy blue and red trim.
For the 2013 season, the Erie Otters introduced a gold alternate jersey. This jersey features a navy blue shoulder yoke, navy blue and white stripes, and the cursive "Otters" wordmark centered across the chest. Its design resembles the sweaters of the defunct Erie Blades, who played from 1975 to 1982.
The Erie Otters play their home games at Erie Insurance Arena, which opened in 1981 and currently seats 5,500 spectators. It is a centerpiece of the Erie Civic Center Complex, which also includes the Jerry Uht Park baseball stadium, home to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.
- 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, 2015–16
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 December 29th, 2015
|#||Player||Born||Place of birth||Drafted|
|20||Jake Lawr||1998||Caledon, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|31||Devin Williams||1995||Saginaw, Michigan||Undrafted|
|#||Player||Born||Place of birth||Drafted|
|2||Mitchell Byrne||1998||Brampton, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|4||Taylor Egan||1998||Carp, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|6||Jordan Sambrook||1998||Markham, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|14||Erik Černák||1997||Košice, Slovakia||LA –– Round 2, 43rd overall –– 2015|
|22||Josh Wainman||1999||Peterborough, Ontario||Eligible 2017|
|24||Darren Raddysh||1996||Caledon, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|25||T. J. Fergus||1997||Oakville, Ontario||Undrafted|
|44||Travis Dermott||1996||Newmarket, Ontario||TOR –– Round 2, 34th overall –– 2015|
|#||Player||Position||Born||Place of birth||Drafted|
|7||Christian Girhiny||LW||1998||Thorold, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|8||Jakob Mayenschein||C||1997||Landshut, Germany||Undrafted|
|9||Kyle Maksimovich||LW||1998||Hamilton, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|10||Shaun Bily||C||1998||Doylestown, Pennsylvania||Eligible 2016|
|11||Mitchell Webb||LW||1997||Fort Erie, Ontario||Undrafted|
|12||Alex DeBrincat||RW||1997||Farmington Hills, Michigan||Eligible 2016|
|13||Brett Neumann||C||1999||Toronto, Ontario||Eligible 2017|
|15||Kyle Pettit||C||1996||Komoka, Ontario||VAN –– Round 6, 156th overall –– 2014|
|17||Taylor Raddysh||RW||1998||Caledon, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|19||Dylan Strome||C||1997||Mississauga, Ontario||ARI –– Round 1, 3rd overall –– 2015|
|21||Patrick Fellows||LW||1997||Mississauga, Ontario||Undrafted|
|27||Jake Marchment||C||1995||Courtice, Ontario||LA –– Round 6, 157th overall –– 2014|
|29||Nick Betz||RW||1995||Mount Clemens, Michigan||Undrafted|
|36||Riley MacRae||LW||1998||Dundas, Ontario||Eligible 2016|
|42||Haydn Hopkins||C||1997||Victoria, British Columbia||Undrafted|
|43||Vanya Lodnia||C||1999||Novi, Michigan||Eligible 2017|
|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 Sault Ste. 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 Greyhounds 4 games to 2 in conference finals.
Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in finals.
- 2015-16 Defeated Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference finals.
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- NHL Central Scouting's 2015 final rankings, National Hockey League, April 8, 2015
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