Groningen Grizzlies

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GIJSBears Groningen
Year Founded 1969
Home Ice Sportcentrum Kardinge (capacity 800)
City Groningen, Netherlands
Team Colors Red, White, Black
Head Coach Sergey Yashin
Championships 1 (1985–86)

Pecoma Grizzlies Groningen were a professional ice hockey team in Groningen, Netherlands. They played in the Dutch Eredivisie, the highest-level hockey division in the Netherlands. Home games were played at the Sportcentrum Kardinge.

History[edit]

Founded on December 23, 1969, as Groninger IJshockey Stichting (GIJS), the team played in the lower divisions until 1976, when it began competing in the Eredivisie. It won its first and only Eredivisie championship in the 1985-86 season, with 7 wins and 1 loss in the playoffs.

Failure to attract a major sponsor forced the team out of the Eredivisie from 1988 until 2007. In 2007-2008, after winning two straight championships in the eerste divisie (the top amateur division), the team re-entered the Eredivisie for three seasons. However, after three losing seasons and weak ticket sales, the team dropped out of the Eredivisie in the summer of 2010.

Season results[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, OTW = Overtime Wins, OTL = Overtime Losses, L = Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W OTW T OTL L GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
2009–10 28 1 0 - 1 26 87 223 4 8th, Eredivisie Did not qualify
2008–09 24 10 2 - 0 12 77 90 34 6th, Eredivisie Lost quarter-finals to Geleen
2007–08 24 1 1 - 1 21 61 207 6 7th, Eredivisie Did not qualify
1988–2006 - - - - - - - - - - Did not compete in Eredivisie
1986–87 10 4 - 2 - 4 52 54 12 4th, Eredivisie Did not qualify
1985–86 16 10 - 2 - 4 87 60 22 1st, Eredivisie Won National Championship
1984–85 36 27 - 1 - 8 289 136 55 4th, Eredivisie 3rd in playoff round (3-0-3)
1983–84 10 3 - 0 - 7 39 65 6 5th, Eredivisie Lost semi-final to Nijmegen (0-2)
1981–83 - - - - - - - - - - Did not compete in Eredivisie
1980–81 32 13 - 5 - 14 171 136 31 6th, Eredivisie Did not qualify
1979–80 18 10 - 3 - 5 102 76 23 4th, Eredivisie 3rd in playoff round (1-2-3)
1978–79 18 11 - 1 - 6 91 76 23 4th, Eredivisie 2nd in playoff round (3-0-3)
1977–78 20 15 - 0 - 5 114 86 30 1st, Eredivisie 2nd in playoff round (4-0-2)
1976–77 24 9 - 1 - 14 127 154 30 6th, Eredivisie None (regular season determined champion)
1975–76 14 9 - 2 - 7 62 77 12 5th, Eredivisie None (regular season determined champion)

Squad 2008-09[edit]

Goalies[edit]

  • 31 Mathieu Blanchard
  • 35 Tom Korte

Defence[edit]

  • 13 Jeoen Oosterwijk
  • 14 Noel Coultice
  • 19 Ronald Trip
  • 4 Preston Cicchine
  • 44 Blair Tassone
  • 98 Ricardo Dijkema

Forwards[edit]

  • 9 Derek Bachynski
  • 11 Danny Kerstholt
  • 14 Blair Lefebvre
  • 15 Ram Sidhu
  • 19 Jolke Balt
  • 20 Zahir Hup
  • 21 Alwin Assendorf
  • 22 Reinier Holthof
  • 24 Klaver Jan Middelweerd
  • 29 Nick Pomponio
  • 69 Arjan Peters

Coaches[edit]

  • Coach: Sergey Yashin
  • Teammanager: Kees Lok

Championships[edit]

Eredivisie National Championship

once: 1985-86

Eerste divisie championship

twice: 2005-06; 2006–07

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