Gloucester Rangers

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Gloucester
City Gloucester, Ontario, Canada
League Central Canada Hockey League
Division Yzerman
Founded 1968
Home arena Earl Armstrong Arena
Colours Black, Green, Gold, and White
General manager Canada
Head coach Canada Daniel Sauvé
Captain Canada
Franchise history
1968-1973 Ottawa M&W Rangers
1973-2005 Gloucester Rangers
2005-2008 Orleans Blues
2008–present Gloucester Rangers
2017– Rockland Nationals

The Gloucester Rangers were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Gloucester, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Central Canada Hockey League. The Rockland Nationals will begin play in 2017-18, after the Gloucester Rangers relocated to Rockland after nearly 50 years in Gloucester.

History[edit]

The franchise dates back to the 1968 expansion Ottawa M.&.W (MacIntosh & Watts) Rangers and made their home in Leitrim in south Ottawa. In 1972, the M&W Rangers became the Gloucester Rangers and played out of the Earl Armstrong Arena. The Rangers won their first Art Bogart Cup as league champions in 1981 by defeating the Pembroke Lumber Kings. The 1995 Centennial Cup (now Royal Bank Cup) was awarded to the City of Gloucester and the Gloucester Rangers. The Rangers, who were up by a goal in the championship game against the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL. The Canucks tied the game in the dying seconds and won the Centennial Cup in overtime. After their last playoff appearance of the 20th century, the Rangers fell on hard times missing the playoffs multiple times.

In 2002, new owners decided to change the colours to Black, Purple, and Silver. The team rebuilt with blockbuster trades with cross-town rivals and defending league champions Ottawa Junior Senators. Unfortunately, the Rangers came close to winning the 2004 league championship by one goal in a sudden death game 7 to Nepean. In October 2004, coaching staff walking out of the organization over disagreements with management and ownership leaving the team with a shortage of players throughout the season through trades and releases. The team was sold to a group of Orleans businessmen in April 2005, who re-branded the team as the Orleans Blues, but couldn't move to Orleans, Ontario because of an inadequate arena, and therefore were forced to change back to the Gloucester Rangers for the 2008-09 season.

New ownership and final season in Gloucester[edit]

In late September 2016, Paul Jennings sold the Gloucester Rangers to a group of 4 partners being André Chaput, André Charlebois, Jean-Robert Leger and Robert Bourdeau. Paul Jennings purchased the Orleans Blues franchise from Chaput in 2007. The Gloucester Rangers will finish the 2016-17 season and will relocate to Rockland, Ontario to become the Rockland Nationals after playing at the aging Earl Armstrong for nearly 50 years.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1968-69 40 11 22 7 - 145 202 29 5th CJHL
1969-70 40 30 6 4 - 198 108 64 1st CJHL Won League
1970-71 48 26 12 10 - 235 158 62 2nd CJHL Won League
1971-72 48 27 20 1 - 234 188 55 2nd CJHL
1972-73 55 30 20 5 - 293 233 65 2nd CJHL
1973-74 50 25 19 6 - 297 252 56 4th CJHL
1974-75 50 14 27 9 - 241 289 37 5th CJHL
1975-76 50 26 21 3 - 271 203 55 2nd CJHL
1976-77 50 24 21 5 - 241 231 53 3rd CJHL
1977-78 48 30 13 5 - 261 204 65 2nd CJHL
1978-79 48 23 23 2 - 210 235 48 3rd CJHL
1979-80 50 33 12 5 - 284 187 71 2nd CJHL
1980-81 50 28 15 7 - 248 191 63 3rd CJHL Won League
1981-82 50 11 36 3 - 191 266 25 6th CJHL
1982-83 48 15 28 5 - 189 241 35 6th CJHL
1983-84 53 21 16 6 - 233 235 48 6th CJHL
1984-85 54 18 33 1 2 234 328 39 6th CJHL
1985-86 60 35 21 1 3 311 247 74 4th CJHL
1986-87 54 28 21 2 3 260 248 61 3rd CJHL
1987-88 56 25 27 1 3 275 271 54 6th CJHL
1988-89 55 10 39 1 5 203 316 26 9th CJHL
1989-90 56 34 18 2 2 325 281 72 4th CJHL
1990-91 54 32 15 2 5 347 276 71 3rd CJHL
1991-92 57 40 12 4 1 360 233 85 3rd CJHL
1992-93 56 30 18 3 5 308 261 68 5th CJHL
1993-94 57 37 16 2 2 324 245 78 1st CJHL Won League
1994-95 55 32 18 2 3 263 219 69 3rd CJHL
1995-96 54 35 18 1 0 249 177 71 3rd in Robinson
1996-97 54 26 24 4 0 209 221 56 3rd in Yzerman
1997-98 56 26 21 9 3 223 217 64 2nd in Robinson
1998-99 54 7 43 4 0 18 149 287 5th in Robinson Out of Playoffs
1999-00 55 11 41 4 0 26 177 307 5th in Robinson Out of Playoffs
2000-01 55 14 35 6 0 37 192 278 4th in Robinson Lost quarter-final 4-1 to Cornwall
2001-02 55 6 43 7 0 19 162 331 5th in Robinson Out of Playoffs
2002-03 55 27 17 11 2 67 246 210 3rd in Robinson Lost semi-final 4-3 to Nepean
2003-04 55 30 21 4 0 188 167 64 4th Lost final 4-3 to Nepean
2004-05 57 24 26 1 6 194 204 55 3rd in Robinson Lost quarter-final 4-3 to Hawkesbury
2005-06 57 16 37 1 3 172 262 36 5th in Robinson DNQ
2006-07 55 26 21 6 2 184 190 60 2nd in Robinson Lost quarter-final 4-2 to Nepean
2007-08 60 14 38 4 4 188 301 36 10th CJHL DNQ
2008-09 60 26 26 - 8 198 247 60 8th CJHL Lost quarter-final 4-0 to Nepean
2009-10 62 35 21 - 6 277 225 76 4th CJHL Lost quarter-final 4-2 to Ottawa
2010-11 62 35 25 - 2 263 244 72 4th CCHL Lost semi-final 4-0 to Pembroke
2011-12 62 13 46 - 3 186 325 29 12th CCHL DNQ
2012-13 62 19 35 - 8 166 246 46 10th CCHL DNQ
2013-14 62 23 32 - 7 219 280 53 9th CCHL DNQ
2014-15 62 31 30 - 1 199 223 63 3rd of 6 Yzerman
9th of 12 CCHL
Won Prelim. Playin, 2-0 (73's)
Lost Quarterfinals, 0-4 (Jr. Senators)
2015-16 62 5 52 3 2 116 305 15 6th of 6 Yzerman
12th of 12 CCHL
DNQ
2016-17 62 22 34 3 3 141 204 50 4th of 6 Yzerman
10th of 12 CCHL
DNQ

Championships[edit]

CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 1970, 1971, 1981, 1994
Eastern Canadian Fred Page Cup Championships: None
CJAHL Royal Bank Cup Championships: None

Notable alumni[edit]

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