Guelph Royals (ice hockey)

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Guelph Royals
CityGuelph, Ontario
LeagueOntario Professional Hockey League
Ontario Hockey Association
Operated1908 (1908)-1909 (OPHL team)
1960 (1960)-1963 (OHA team)
Home arenaGuelph Memorial Gardens
(OHA team)
Parent club(s)New York Rangers
(OHA team)
Franchise history
1908-09Guelph Royals (OPHL team)
c. 1920sGuelph Royals (OHA Sr. team)
1947-60Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters (OHA Jr. team)
Guelph Royals
1960-63Kitchener Rangers

The Guelph Royals name has been used for several hockey teams based in Guelph, Ontario. The most prominent was a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1960 to 1963, that played home games at the Guelph Memorial Gardens. The junior Royals were affiliated with the NHL's New York Rangers.

Other Guelph Royals teams played from 1908, and briefly in 1909 (6 games) in the Ontario Professional Hockey League, and also circa 1920s as Ontario Hockey Association senior teams. The Royals namesake is the City of Guelph's nickname as the "Royal City."

History[edit]

The junior Guelph Royals arose when the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters were sold in 1960, and the new ownership renamed the team. Emile Francis was head coach of the Royals for the 1960–61 OHA season and the 1961–62 OHA season.[1]

Guelph won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy during the 1960–61 OHA season, finishing 1st overall.[2] The Royals' Rod Gilbert led the OHA in goals scored with 54, points scored with 103, and Jean Ratelle led the league in assists with 61.[3] Gilbert won Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy with the most goals in the league,[4] and was also awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the most outstanding player.[5] In the playoffs, the Royals lost in the league finals to the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, 4 games to 2 with a tie.

Many players graduated from junior hockey after the 1960–61 OHA season, and the Royals did not recover their previous form. After two declining seasons the franchise was in financial trouble again. At the end of the 1962–63 OHA season, the team moved to nearby Kitchener, Ontario, becoming the Kitchener Rangers, taking the name of the NHL parent club.

Some of the Guelph Royals players who graduated from the junior ranks played on the newly formed Senior OHA Guelph Regals team.

NHL alumni[edit]

Twenty-one former Guelph Royals have played in the National Hockey League,[6] and two have elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame; Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle.[7]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season results[8]
Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1960-61 48 30 9 9 69 0.719 255 165 1st OHA
1961-62 50 18 26 6 42 0.420 194 236 5th OHA
1962-63 50 9 35 6 24 0.240 158 257 6th OHA
Playoff results
  • 1960-61 Defeated Niagara Falls Flyers 10 points to 4 in quarter-finals.
    Received second-round bye.
    Lost to Toronto St. Michael's Majors 9 points to 5 in finals.
  • 1961-62 Out of playoffs.
  • 1962-63 Out of playoffs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Emile Francis hockey statistics and profile". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  2. ^ "1960-61 Ontario Hockey Association [OHA] standings". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  3. ^ "OHA 1960-61 League Leaders". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  4. ^ "Award - OHL Most Points (Eddie Powers Trophy)". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  5. ^ "Award - OHL Most Outstanding Player (Red Tilson Trophy)". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  6. ^ "NHL Player Search -- Players by Team -- Guelph Royals". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  7. ^ "Guelph Royals -- Legends of Hockey -- The Legends". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  8. ^ "1960-61 Ontario Hockey Association [OHA] standings". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.