Grande Prairie Storm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Grande Prairie Storm
Grande Prairie Storm Logo.svg
CityGrande Prairie, Alberta
LeagueAlberta Junior Hockey League
DivisionNorth
Founded1966
Home arenaRevolution Place
ColoursNavy blue, yellow and white
General managerMark Bomersback
Head coachN/A
Franchise history
1966 - 19xxGrande Prairie Jr. Athletics
19xx - 1989Grande Prairie North Stars
1991 - 1995Grande Prairie Chiefs
1995 - presentGrande Prairie Storm

The Grande Prairie Storm is an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League based in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, whose home rink is at Revolution Place.

Founded: Circa 1975
First AJHL Season: 1996-97
Division titles won: 2003-04
League Championships won: 2004, 2009
Doyle Cup Titles: None
Royal Bank Cup Titles: None

History[edit]

The Grande Prairie North Stars were members of the Peace Junior B Hockey League in the early 1970s. When the Quesnel Millionaires and Prince George Spruce Kings joined the league in 1975, the league became the Peace-Cariboo Junior Hockey League. In 1980, the league was promoted to Junior A and the North Stars with it. The North Stars were not financially strong and ended up sitting out two years (1989-1991). They came back as the Grande Prairie Chiefs in 1991, but the league had brought in teams from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and reformed as the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League.

The Grande Prairie Storm franchise is the successor to the Grande Prairie Chiefs of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League (RMJHL). The Storm came into being in 1995, after a community led group bought the team with the goal of paying off its $150,000 in debts ($223,000 today), and restoring junior A hockey to prominence in the Peace Country. The team started operation with a brand new arena, the Canada Games Arena, built for the 1995 Canada Winter Games.

In 1996, the Storm moved from the RMJHL to the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), where they have competed since. The Storm qualified for the AJHL post season in each of its first 18 consecutive seasons, before missing out in 2014. In 2004, the Storm won their first AJHL championship. They also hosted the Royal Bank Cup tournament that season, however they failed to win the Canadian national championship.

The Storm have been a major success off the ice as well, as the franchise perennially leads the AJHL in attendance, and often leads the entire Canadian Junior A Hockey League in attendance.[1] The Storm broke the previous attendance record for the Royal Bank Cup by over 9000 fans in 2004.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T/OTL = Ties/Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Year GP W L T/OTL SOL Points GF GA Finish Playoffs
1975-76 39 28 11 0 - 56 217 159 1st, PC Jr. B Lost Finals, 1-4 (Spruce Kings)
1976-77 40 17 23 0 - 34 179 216 4th, PC Jr. B
1977-78 40 21 19 0 - 42 203 164 3rd, PC Jr. B
1978-79 35 13 21 1 - 27 231 254 5th, PC Jr. B
1979-80 48 27 21 0 - 54 296 239 5th, PC Jr. B Lost Semifinals (Golden Hawks)
1980-81 40 17 23 0 - 34 180 207 5th, PCJHL Did not qualify
1981-82 56 37 19 0 - 78 367 234 2nd, PCJHL Lost Finals, 1-4 (Spruce Kings)
1982-83 Did Not Participate
1983-84 50 22 27 1 - 45 278 273 3rd, PCJHL Lost Semifinals, 0-4 (Mustangs)
1984-85 48 20 27 1 - 41 248 274 4th, PCJHL Lost Semifinals, 2-4 (Huskies)
1985-86 50 26 24 0 - 52 281 288 4th, PCJHL Lost Semifinals, 0-4 (Spruce Kings)
1986-87 48 28 20 0 - 56 284 247 3rd, PCJHL Lost Finals, 2-4 (Millionaires)
1987-88 50 38 12 0 - 76 346 189 1st, PCJHL PCJHL Champions, 4-3 (Spruce Kings)
1988-89 52 40 12 0 - 80 333 180 1st, PCJHL Lost Finals, 1-4 (Mustangs)
1989-91 Did Not Participate
1991-92 52 13 37 2 - 28 211 355 5th, Peace-Cariboo Did not qualify
1992-93 52 22 30 0 - 44 260 339 3rd, Peace-Cariboo Lost Conf. Semifinals, 0-4 (Spruce Kings)
1993-94 52 34 17 1 - 69 270 223 3rd, Peace-Cariboo Lost Conf. Semifinals, 3-4 (Huskies)
1994-95 52 24 25 3 - 51 253 272 2nd, Peace-Cariboo Lost Conf. Semifinals, 2-4 (Mustangs)
1995-96 58 40 18 0 - 80 317 228 1st, Peace-Cariboo Lost Conf. Semifinals, 2-4 (Millionaires)
1996-97 60 28 27 - 5 88 236 227 5th, Overall ---
1997-98 60 42 15 - 3 87 277 205 2nd, Overall ---
1998-99 62 33 22 - 7 73 238 203 4th, North ---
1999-00 64 36 26 - 2 74 218 203 4th, North Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0-3 (Pontiacs)
2000-01 64 39 22 3 - 81 279 244 2nd, North Lost Div. Championship, 1-4 (Kodiaks)
2001-02 64 34 21 9 - 77 233 214 5th, North Lost Championship, 0-4 (Thunder)
2002-03 64 40 23 1 - 81 267 193 4th, North Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-4 (Saints)
2003-04 60 40 14 6 - 86 241 139 1st, North AJHL Champions, 4-1 (Oil Barons)
2004-05 64 38 21 5 - 81 216 160 5th, North Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-4 (Oil Barons)
2005-06 60 38 18 4 - 80 211 148 4th, North Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 1-3 (Pontiacs)
2006-07 60 41 15 4 - 86 247 176 2nd, North Lost Div. Semifinals, 2-4 (Kodiaks)
2007-08 62 38 18 6 - 82 207 161 2nd, North Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Saints)
2008-09 62 42 15 5 - 89 228 134 2nd, North AJHL Champions, 4-0 (Saints)
2009-10 60 40 17 4 - 83 233 174 2nd, North Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-4 (Oil Barons)
2010-11 60 34 22 4 - 72 188 157 4th North Lost Div. Quarter Finals, 2-3 (Bobcats)
2011-12 60 21 35 4 - 46 169 221 7th North Lost Div. Quarter Finals, 2-3 (Oil Barons)
2012-13 60 35 21 4 - 74 185 156 2nd North Lost Div. Quarter Finals, 1-3 (Crusaders)
2013-14 60 21 36 3 - 45 155 220 8th North did not qualify
2014-15 60 15 41 4 - 34 119 245 8th North did not qualify
2015-16 60 11 45 4 - 26 138 302 8th North did not qualify
2016-17 60 15 38 7 1 37 146 153 7 of 8 North
14 of 16 AJHL
Lost Div. Quarters, 0-3 (Wolverines)
2017-18 60 28 29 - 3 59 212 225 4 of 8 North
8 of 16 AJHL
Won Div. Quarters, 3-2 (Crusaders)
Lost Div. Semis 0-4 (Saints)

Playoffs[edit]

PCJHL Years

  • 1981 DNQ
  • 1982 Lost Final
Grande Prairie North Stars defeated Dawson Creek Kodiaks 4-games-to-none
Prince George Spruce Kings defeated Grande Prairie North Stars 4-games-to-1
  • 1983 Did Not Participate
  • 1984 Lost Semi-final
Williams Lake Mustangs defeated Grande Prairie North Stars 4-games-to-none
  • 1985 Lost Semi-final
Fort St. John Huskies defeated Grande Prairie North Stars 4-games-to-2
  • 1986 Lost Semi-final
Prince George Spruce Kings defeated Grande Prairie North Stars 4-games-to-none
  • 1987 Lost Final
Grande Prairie North Stars defeated Fort St. John Huskies 4-games-to-3
Quesnel Millionaires defeated Grande Prairie North Stars 4-games-to-2
Grande Prairie North Stars defeated Williams Lake Mustangs 4-games-to-1
Grande Prairie North Stars defeated Prince George Spruce Kings 4-games-to-3 PCJHL CHAMPIONS
Vernon Lakers (BCJHL) defeated Grande Prairie North Stars 2-games-to-none
  • 1989 Lost Final
Grande Prairie North Stars defeated Prince George Spruce Kings 4-games-to-1
Williams Lake Mustangs defeated Grande Prairie North Stars 4-games-to-1
  • 1990 Did Not Participate
  • 1991 Did Not Participate

RMJHL Years

  • 1992 DNQ
  • 1993 Lost Quarter Final
Prince George Spruce Kings defeated Grande Prairie Chiefs 4-games-to-none
  • 1994 Lost Quarter Final
Fort St. John Huskies defeated Grande Prairie Chiefs 4-games-to-3
  • 1995 Lost Quarter Final
Williams Lake Mustangs defeated Grande Prairie Chiefs 4-games-to-2
  • 1996 Lost Quarter Final
Quesnel Millionaires defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-2

AJHL Years

  • 1997 Lost Semi Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Bow Valley Eagles 4-games-to-2
Calgary Canucks defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
  • 1998 Lost Semi Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Bow Valley Eagles 4-games-to-1
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
  • 1999 Lost Quarter Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 2-games-to-none
St. Albert Saints defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
  • 2000 Lost Div. Quarter Final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-none
  • 2001 Lost Div. Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-2
Grande Prairie Storm defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-1
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
  • 2002 Lost Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 3-games-to-none
Grande Prairie Storm defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-2
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Canmore Eagles 4-games-to-3
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-none
  • 2003 Lost Div. Semi Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-2
St. Albert Saints defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Lloydminster Blazers 4-games-to-1
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Olds Grizzlys 4-games-to-2
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-1 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
First in 2004 Royal Bank Cup round robin (3-1)
Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-3 in semi-final
  • 2005 Lost Div. Semi Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-1
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
  • 2006 Lost Div. Quarter Final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-1
  • 2007 Lost Div. Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-none
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-1
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-2
  • 2008 Lost Div. Semi Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated St. Albert Steel 3-games-to-2
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-3
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Lloydminster Bobcats 3-games-to-1
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-2
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Brooks Bandits 4-games-to-1
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-none AJHL CHAMPIONS
Vernon Vipers (BCHL) defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-none
  • 2010 Lost Div. Semi Final
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Lloydminster Bobcats 3-games-to-1
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
  • 2011 Lost Div. Quarter Final
Lloydminster Bobcats defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-2
  • 2012 Lost Div. Quarter Finals
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-2
  • 2013 Lost Div. Quarter Finals
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-1
  • 2014 Did not qualify
8th in North
  • 2015 Did not qualify
8th in North
  • 2016 Did not qualify
8th in North
  • 2017 Lost Div. Quarter Finals
Whitecourt Wolverines defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-0
  • 2018 Lost Div. Semi Finals
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-2
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-0 (28-2 goals for)

Players[edit]

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AJHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Storm player

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Denver Harvie LW 287 120 203 323 1.13
Dawson Gall C 235 96 198 294 1.25
Zahn Raubenheimer RW 251 119 122 241 0.96
Dennis Rix Forward 217 71 140 211 0.97
Chris Wilson Forward 180 100 109 209 1.16
Jordan Menzies Forward 195 73 128 201 1.03
Garrett Larson Forward 174 80 91 171 0.98
Mike Lefley Forward 179 85 85 170 0.95
Cory Pecush Forward 117 74 94 168 1.44
Blaine Bablitz Forward 120 56 100 156 1.30

League Awards[edit]

Player Awards[edit]

  • 2018 AJHL Rookie of the Year - Zachary Okabe

Team Awards[edit]

  • 2004 AJHL Inter Pipeline Cup Champions
  • 2009 AJHL Inter Pipeline Cup Champions

NHL alumni[edit]

The following former Storm have gone on to play in the NHL:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]