Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts

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Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts
City Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
League Central West Senior Hockey League
Founded 1966 (1966)
Home arena Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium
Colours

Green, white, red

              
Head coach Tom Coolen
Captain Mike Brent
Website Official website Cataracts on league website
Franchise history
1928–48 Grand Falls
1948–54 Grand Falls All-Stars
1954–65 Grand Falls Andcos
1966–91 Grand Falls Cataracts
1991–present Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts

The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts are a senior ice hockey team based in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador and a member of the Central West Senior Hockey League.

Since 1966, the Cataracts have been awarded the Herder Memorial Trophy seven times as all-Newfoundland senior hockey champions. They are the current Newfoundland senior hockey champions, winning back-to-back titles. The club has received the Evening Telegram Trophy on four occasions after finishing first in the NSHL regular season.

The Cataracts have played all their home games at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium, formerly known as the Grand Falls Stadium until 1991.

History[edit]

The Grand Falls Cataracts were founded in 1966 by a group led by Leo Murphy, Al Dwyer Jr., Jim Temple and Walter Davis and supported by the Cataracts Booster Club whose members were ex-hockey players and hockey fans. The Cataracts joined the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NSHL) for the 1966-67 season. The previous papertown entry in the provincial senior league, the Grand Falls Andcos, had folded at the end of the 1964-65 season. Winnipeg native Nick Mickoski was hired as the Cataracts' first head coach. At the end of the 1967-68 regular season, the Cataracts finished in first place and were awarded the Evening Telegram Trophy. The Cataracts won back-to-back all-Newfoundland senior hockey championships in 1981 and 1982 but did not join the NSHL in 1983-84. The club re-joined the NSHL in 1984-85 to make it a four-team league.

At the end of the 2010-2011 season the Cataracts defeated the Conception Bay North Cee Bee Stars 4-0 in the finals series to win the Herder Memorial Trophy. From 2011-14 the club was part of the re-formed Newfoundland Senior Hockey League. In 2012 Herder finals, the Cataracts were runners-up to the Clarenville Caribous who took the Provincial title.

On March 8, 2015, Cataracts' import Rob Hennigar scored the OT winner to win the CWSHL finals series four-games-to-two. The Cataracts were awarded their second straight all-Newfoundland senior championship and the home town received its thirteenth Herder Memorial Trophy.

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

NSHL = Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (1962-1989) or Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (2011-2014), CBIHL = Central Beothuck Intermediate Hockey League, WCSHL = West Coast Senior Hockey League, CWSHL = Central West Senior Hockey League

Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts regular season and postseason statistics and results, 1966–present
Season League Regular season League Postseason Herder Playoffs
GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS Finish GP W L GF GA Result GP W L GF GA Result
1966-67 NSHL 40 15 22 3 - 146 162 33 5th - - - - - DNQ for Herder playoffs
1967-68 NSHL 40 21 15 4 - 197 156 46dagger 1st 7 3 4 31 30 Lost Herder semi-finals 3-4 to Corner Brook Royals
1968-69 NSHL 40 17 16 7 - 153 150 41 3rd 6 2 4 19 36 Lost Herder semi-finals 2-4 to Gander Flyers
1969-70 NSHL 40 17 18 5 - 173 185 39 4th 7 3 4 30 29 Lost Herder semi-finals 3-4 to Gander Flyers
1970-71 NSHL 36 14 17 5 - 148 149 33 3rd 7 4 3 27 16 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. St. John's Capitals, 4-3double-dagger
1971-72 NSHL 36 25 8 3 - 188 98 53dagger 1st 12 12 0 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. St. John's Capitals, 4-0double-dagger
1972-73 NSHL 36 17 18 1 - 158 149 35 3rd Lost Herder finals to St. John's Capitals, 0-4
1973-74 NSHL 32 17 11 4 - 171 136 38 2nd 10 5 5 64 54 Lost Herder finals to St. John's Capitals, 1-4
1974-75 NSHL 16 8 6 2 - 84 66 18 2nd 2 0 2 11 13 Lost Herder semi-finals to Corner Brook Royals , 0-2
1975-76 NSHL 20 12 6 2 - 111 71 26 2nd 8 4 4 43 37 Lost Herder finals to St. John's Capitals, 1-4
1976-77 NSHL 32 11 19 2 - 161 179 24 3rd, West 3 1 2 21 21 Lost Herder quarter-finals to Gander Flyers, 1-2
1977-78 NSHL 32 19 12 1 - 200 163 39 3rd, West 3 0 3 8 25 Lost Herder quarter-finals to Gander Flyers, 0-3
1978-79 NSHL 30 8 15 7 - 135 172 23 5th - - - - - Did not Qualify for playoffs
1979-80 NSHL 34 17 15 2 - 191 170 36 3rd 4 1 3 Lost semi-finals 1-3 to Labatt BlueCaps
1980-81 NSHL 32 20 9 3 - 198 138 43dagger 1st 11 8 3 47 33 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. Corner Brook Royals, 4-2double-dagger
1981-82 NSHL 32 19 10 3 - 212 148 41 2nd Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. Gander Flyers, 4-3double-dagger
1982-83 NSHL 31 18 11 2 - 174 134 38 2nd Lost Herder finals 3-4 to Stephenville Jets
1983-84 CBIHL
1984-85 NSHL 36 7 28 1 - 170 258 15 4th Lost Herder semi-finals 0-3 to Corner Brook Royals
1992-93 CBIHL
1993-94 CBIHL
2008-09 WCSHL 24 12 12 110 116 25 3rd lost 1-4 to Clarenville Caribous
2009-10 WCSHL 24 16 8 124 83 33 2nd lost 2-4 to Clarenville Caribous
2010-11 NSHL 24 15 6 3 134 95 33dagger 1st Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. CBN Eastlink CeeBee Stars, 4-0double-dagger
2011-12 NSHL 24 15 7 2 109 77 32 2nd Lost Herder finals
2012-13 NSHL 24 20 3 1 114 78 41dagger 1st Lost Herder semi-finals
2013-14 NSHL 24 19 5 0 124 70 38dagger 1st Won Herder Memorial Trophydouble-dagger
2014-15 CWSHL 24 13 10 1 99 82 27 2nd Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. Corner Brook Royals, 4-0double-dagger
2015-16 CWSHL 22 15 6 1 98 72 31 1st 10 8 2 45 17 Won CWSHL championship vs. Corner Brook Royals, 4-1 3 3 0 23 4 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. St. John's Toyota Plaza Caps, 3-0double-dagger
2016-17 CWSHL 18 13 2 3 76 52 29 1st Lost CWSHL championship in OT to Clarenville Caribous, 3-4 DNQ for Herder final

Allan Cup results[edit]

Year Location GP W L T OTL GF GA Results Playoffs
1971 Galt, Ontario 5 2 3 - - 16 19 Lost Eastern final to Galt Hornets, 2-3
1972 Spokane, Washington with Kimberley, British Columbia 4 0 4 0 0 7 21 Lost Eastern final to Barrie Flyers, 0-4
1981 Thunder Bay, Ontario 4 1 3 0 0 12 27 Lost Eastern semi-final to Petrolia Squires, 3-6
1982 Sarnia, Ontario 6 2 3 0 1 21 32 Lost Eastern final to Petrolia Squires, 0-3
2012 Lloydminster, Sask 4 1 2 0 1 12 17 3rd Pool One Lost semi-final to South East Prairie Thunder
2015 Clarenville, NL 4 2 1 0 1 14 12 2nd Division One OT loss semi-final to Bentley Generals
2016 Steinbach, MB 3 2 1 0 0 9 8 1st Division One Lost semi-final to South East Prairie Thunder, 3-2
2017 Bouctouche, NB 4 4 0 0 0 17 9 1st Division Two Won Allan Cup vs. Lacombe Generals, 7-4

Current roster[edit]

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

Leaders[edit]

Team captains[edit]

  • Leo Murphy, 1967–68, 1970–71
  • Jim Beckman, 1971–72
  • Al Dwyer, 1973–74
  • Harold Stanley, 1975–76
  • Brad Lewis, 2011–12
  • Mike Brent, 2013–16

Head coaches[edit]

  • Nick Mickoski, 1967–69
  • Jim Beckman, 1969–70
  • Marc Pichette, 1970–73
  • Leo Murphy, 1973-76 (playing-coach)
  • Joe Grimes, 1977–78
  • Al Dwyer Jr., 1978–79
  • Joe Byrne, 1979–82
  • Gord Gallant, 1982–83, 1984–85
  • Alex Faulkner, 1983-84 (first 13 games of season)
  • Tony Grimes. 1983-84
  • Barry Manual, 2007–08
  • Walt Lewis, 2008–09
  • Paul Glavine, 2009–10
  • Brian Casey, 2010–12
  • Shane Lukinchuk, 2012–15
  • Tom Coolen, 2015-17


Team awards[edit]

Team MVP[edit]

(Cataracts most valuable player in the regular season)

  • Tyler Whitehead, 2011
  • Cam Fergus, 2016


James "Bucky" Hannaford Jr. Award[edit]

(Awarded to the player who shows dedication to the team both on and off the ice)

  • Mike Brent, 2011
  • Nicklas Lindstrom, 2016
  • Nicklas Lindstrom, 2017


Cohen's Cup[edit]

  • Danny Wicks, 2017


League trophies and awards[edit]

League individual awards[edit]

League MVP (in the regular season)

  • Collin Circelli, 2017

Top Scorer (in the regular season)

  • Cam Fergus, 2016

Top goal scorer (in the regular season)

  • Chad Earle, 2011

Coach of the Year (in the regular season)

  • Brian Casey, 2011
  • Tom Coolen, 2017

Top Goalie (in the regular season)

  • Bryan Gillis, 2017

Rookie of the Year (in the regular season)

  • Chad Earle, 2011

Hockey NL (HNL) Trophies and Awards[edit]

HNL team awards[edit]


HNL individual awards[edit]

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

  • Charlie Greene, 1975
  • Gene Faulkner, 1976
  • Dennis Goulding, 1977
  • Bruce Campbell, 1982
  • Ron Hennigar, 2014


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

  • Ron Hennigar, 2014
  • Cam Fergus, 2016


Albert "Peewee" Crane Memorial Trophy (Senior league rookie of the year)

  • Terry French, 1969
  • Don Howse, 1972
  • Brandon Nicholas, 2008
  • Chad Earle, 2011


Howie Clouter Memorial Trophy (Most Gentlemanly and Effective Player in the regular season)

  • Al Dwyer Jr., 1974, 1975
  • Dan Flynn, 1981
  • Bruce Campbell, 1982
  • Troy Thompson, 2006
  • Andre Gill, 2010


President's Goaltender's Award (Top goaltender in the regular season)

  • Fred Janes, 1968, 1969
  • Jean-Guy Morissette, 1972
  • Rocky Martin, 1973
  • Eddie Davis, 1982
  • Mark Yetman, 2012
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2014
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2016


Top Defenseman (Top defenseman in the regular season)

  • Rodi Short, 2014
  • Luke Gallant, 2016


Coach of the Year

  • Shane Lukinchuk, 2014
  • Tom Coolen, 2016


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

  • A.J. Whiffen, 2014
  • Cam Fergus, 2015
  • Luke Gallant, 2016


Honoured members[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Note: (the year of retirement is noted)

  • #7 Al Dwyer Jr.
  • #12 Jim Temple
  • #8 Gene Faulkner (2011)
  • #55 Martin Lapointe (2015)
  • #16 Clar Goulding (2017)
  • # Wayne Faulkner (2017)

NL Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

The following people associated with the Cataracts have been inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.


References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Abbott, Bill (2000). Herder Memorial Trophy: A History of Senior Hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador. Breakwater Books. 
  • Elliott, Jerry "Stats" (2010). Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey: A Trip Down Memory Lane. Jerry Elliott.