Guelph Storm

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Guelph Storm
Guelph Storm Logo.svg
City Guelph, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division Midwest
Founded 1991 (1991)–92
Home arena Sleeman Centre
Colours Crimson, white, and black
              
General manager Mike Kelly
Head coach Jarrod Skalde
Affiliate(s) Guelph Hurricanes
Website www.guelphstorm.com
Franchise history
1904–1989 Toronto Marlboros
1989–1991 Dukes of Hamilton
1991–present Guelph Storm
Guelph Storm face off on home ice. February 15th, 2006

The Guelph Storm are a major junior ice hockey team based in Guelph, Ontario. They have played in the OHL since the 1991–92 season. The team plays home games at the Sleeman Centre.

History[edit]

The franchise started as the Toronto Marlboros, who moved to Hamilton to become the Dukes of Hamilton in 1989. Following the 1990–91 season, the franchise was relocated to Guelph and renamed the Storm.

The first year in Guelph was dismal, but the building process for Guelph was soon successful. The Storm finished first place in the 1994–95 season. General Manager Mike Kelly was voted the OHL Executive of the Year and Craig Hartsburg voted the Coach of the Year for the Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League. Draft picks from the early years in Guelph include Jeff O'Neill and Todd Bertuzzi.

Guelph reached the OHL finals in 1995 and 1996. The team qualified for the 1996 Memorial Cup by playing against the Memorial Cup host Peterborough Petes in the OHL final.

The Storm won their first J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1998. This success continued into the Memorial Cup Tournament as the Storm rallied to the Championship Game where they lost to the Portland Winter Hawks in overtime in the final game.

In the year 2000, the team moved from the historic but aging Guelph Memorial Gardens into the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre (since renamed the Sleeman Centre). The Storm were selected to host the 2002 Memorial Cup tournament. It marked the team's third appearance in the national junior championship, their first as host team.

Two years later, the Storm won their second OHL Championship, and returned to the 2004 Memorial Cup hosted in Kelowna, British Columbia.

In 2014, the Storm captured their third OHL Championship, and subsequently advanced to the 2014 Memorial Cup final, hosted in London, Ontario.

In the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, defenceman Drew Doughty was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings, the highest ever selection of a Guelph Storm player.

During their time in Guelph, the Storm have a gained a reputation as a "player's" franchise, with a dedication to a winning tradition. Annually, Guelph Storm players are among the highest in academic achievements, winning the Bobby Smith Trophy five times.

The Storm is frequently-noticed and often commended by hockey fans around the league for the way their players very respectfully stand still and at attention until well after the national anthem is finished. This is a practice that was instituted by former coach Jeff Jackson years ago and is still in effect today.

Championships[edit]

The Guelph Storm have appeared in the Memorial Cup tournament five times, won the J. Ross Robertson Cup three times, won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy four times, and have won five division titles.

Coaches[edit]

Craig Hartsburg was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL Coach of the Year for the 1994–95 season, and was also voted the Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year. He is a former NHL defenceman with the Minnesota North Stars. He has also been the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Ottawa Senators as well as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He has twice been an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Dave Barr coached the team from 2004–08, and won the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2005–06.

List of coaches with multiple seasons in parentheses.

  • 1991–1992 - Ron Ivany, Mike Kelly, Bill LaForge
  • 1992–1994 - John Lovell (2)
  • 1994–1995 - Craig Hartsburg
  • 1995–1997 - E.J. McGuire (2)
  • 1997–1998 - George Burnett
  • 1998–1999 - Geoff Ward
  • 1999–2000 - Paul Gillis
  • 2000–2002 - Jeff Jackson (3)
  • 2002–2003 - Jeff Jackson, Shawn Camp
  • 2003–2004 - Shawn Camp (2)
  • 2004–2008 - Dave Barr (4)
  • 2008–2010 - Jason Brooks
  • 2010-interim - Mike Kelly (2-1-0 record)
  • 2010–2015 - Scott Walker
  • 2015–2016 - Bill Stewart
  • 2015-interim - Mike Kelly
  • 2015-Present - Jarrod Skalde

Players[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

18 - Paul Fendley, a former member of the Guelph CMC's who died in an on-ice accident at Guelph Memorial Gardens in 1972. His number has not been issued to a player since, by the Guelph CMC's, Guelph Platers, or Guelph Storm. The number was officially retired in a ceremony before a November 15, 2008 game.

NHL alumni[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated as of September 18, 2016

# Nat Name Pos Date of Birth Acquired NHL Rights Birthplace
2 Canada Tetrault, LeviLevi Tetrault D February 5, 1998 2014 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Pain Court, Ontario
3 United States Rhodes, KyleKyle Rhodes D December 25, 1997 2013 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Powhatan, Virginia
4 Canada Carroll, NoahNoah Carroll D December 2, 1997 2013 OHL Priority Selection CAR, 2016 Strathroy, Ontario
5 Russia Samorukov, DmitriDmitri Samorukov D June 16, 1999 2016 CHL Import Draft Eligible in 2017 Volgograd, Russia
6 Canada Merkley, RyanRyan Merkley D August 14, 2000 2016 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2018 Mississauga, Ontario
7 Canada Philips, BrockBrock Philips RW March 10, 1998 2014 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Fergus, Ontario
8 Canada Bricknell, JakeJake Bricknell RW July 15, 1997 Trade with HAM, 2015 Undrafted Port Perry, Ontario
9 Canada Kirwan, BarretBarret Kirwan C February 18, 2000 2016 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2018 Barrie, Ontario
10 Canada Hall, AustinAustin Hall D April 8, 1997 2013 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Belle River, Ontario
11 Canada Sicoly, NicolasNicolas Sicoly LW January 5, 1998 2014 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
13 Canada Hanna, QuinnQuinn Hanna D April 14, 1999 2015 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2017 Peterborough, Ontario
14 Canada Ralph, CedricCedric Ralph C January 21, 1999 2015 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2017 Peterborough, Ontario
16 Canada Schnarr, NateNate Schnarr C February 25, 1999 2015 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2017 Waterloo, Ontario
19 Canada Ratcliffe, IsaacIsaac Ratcliffe LW February 15, 1999 2015 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2017 London, Ontario
20 Czech Republic Michnac, AlbertAlbert Michnac C October 19, 1998 2016 CHL Import Draft Eligible in 2017 Prague, Czech Republic
21 Canada McEwan, JamesJames McEwan C March 15, 1997 2013 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Chatham, Ontario
22 Canada Stevens, LiamLiam Stevens LW April 23, 1999 2015 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2017 Waterdown, Ontario
23 Canada Hotchkiss, MatthewMatthew Hotchkiss LW February 6, 1998 2014 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Whitby, Ontario
24 Canada Smith, GivaniGivani Smith RW February 27, 1998 Trade with BAR, 2015 DET, 2016 Toronto, Ontario
25 Canada Burghardt, LukeLuke Burghardt C May 12, 1998 2014 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Bowmanville, Ontario
26 Canada Deakin-Poot, NickNick Deakin-Poot C January 28, 1999 2015 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2017 Georgetown, Ontario
27 Canada McFadden, GarrettGarrett McFadden D August 21, 1997 2013 OHL Priority Selection Undrafted Kincardine, Ontario
28 Canada Moncada, LukeLuke Moncada C May 29, 2000 2016 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2018 Scarborough, Ontario
29 Canada Herbst, LiamLiam Herbst G September 14, 1996 Trade with OTT, 2016 Undrafted Etobicoke, Ontario
32 Canada Popovich, AnthonyAnthony Popovich G August 1, 1999 2015 OHL Priority Selection Eligible in 2017 Belleville, Ontario

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 108 2013–14
Most wins 52 2013–14
Most goals for 340 2013-14
Least goals for 167 2004-05
Least goals against 182 2003–04
Most goals against 425 1991–92
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Todd Bertuzzi 54 1994–95
Most assists Jeff O'Neill 81 1993–94/1994–95
Most points Jeff O'Neill 126 1993–94
Most points, rookie Jeff O'Neill 79 1992–93
Most points, defenseman Kevin Dallman 86 2001–02
Best GAA (goalie) Thomas McCollum 2.39 2006–07
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1991–92 66 4 51 11 - - 19 0.144 235 425 8th Emms
1992–93 66 27 33 6 - - 60 0.455 298 360 7th Emms
1993–94 66 32 28 6 - - 70 0.530 323 290 3rd Emms
1994–95 66 47 14 5 - - 99 0.750 330 200 1st Central
1995–96 66 45 16 5 - - 95 0.720 297 186 1st Central
1996–97 66 35 25 6 - - 78 0.576 300 251 2nd Central
1997–98 66 42 18 6 - - 90 0.682 263 189 1st Central
1998–99 68 44 22 2 - - 90 0.662 300 218 1st Midwest
1999–2000 68 29 34 4 1 - 63 0.456 250 256 4th Midwest
2000–01 68 34 23 9 2 - 79 0.566 227 205 2nd Midwest
2001–02 68 41 22 4 1 - 87 0.596 246 218 2nd Midwest
2002–03 68 29 28 9 2 - 69 0.507 217 208 3rd Midwest
2003–04 68 49 14 5 0 - 103 0.757 276 182 2nd Midwest
2004–05 68 23 34 10 1 - 57 0.412 167 189 5th Midwest
2005–06 68 40 24 - 1 3 84 0.618 232 206 3rd Midwest
2006–07 68 33 23 - 3 9 78 0.574 215 200 3rd Midwest
2007–08 68 34 25 - 5 4 77 0.566 213 187 3rd Midwest
2008–09 68 35 26 - 4 3 77 0.566 226 209 2nd Midwest
2009–10 68 35 29 - 3 1 74 0.544 242 255 3rd Midwest
2010–11 68 34 27 - 4 3 75 0.551 249 258 4th Midwest
2011–12 68 31 31 - 2 4 68 0.500 234 238 4th Midwest
2012–13 68 39 23 - 2 4 84 0.618 253 210 4th Midwest
2013–14 68 52 12 - 2 2 108 0.794 340 191 1st Midwest
2014–15 68 38 26 - 2 2 80 0.588 237 237 3rd Midwest
2015–16 68 13 49 - 4 2 32 0.235 156 297 5th Midwest

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1991–92 - Out of playoffs.
  • 1992–93 - Lost to Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 1 in first round.
  • 1993–94 - Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in division semi-finals.
  • 1994–95 - First place in OHL. Earned first round bye.
    Defeated Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 2 in finals.
  • 1995–96 - First place in OHL. Earned first round bye.
    Defeated Niagara Falls Thunder 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 3 in finals.
    Finished 4th place in Memorial Cup hosted by Peterborough Petes.
  • 1996–97 - Defeated Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
    Defeated S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 3 in semi-finals.
  • 1997–98 - First place in OHL. Earned first round bye.
    Defeated Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
    Defeated Ottawa 67's 4 games to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup in 2nd place.
    Defeated Spokane Chiefs 2-1 (OT) in semi-finals.
    Lost to Portland Winter Hawks 4-3 (OT) in finals. Finished 2nd place in Memorial Cup.
  • 1998–99 - Defeated Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
  • 1999–2000 - Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2000–01 - Lost to Brampton Battalion 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2001–02 - Defeated Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
    Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup tied for third place.
    Lost to Victoriaville Tigres 4-3 in tiebreaker game. Finished 4th place as hosts of Memorial Cup.
  • 2002–03 - Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2003–04 - Defeated Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated London Knights 4 games to 3 in conference finals.
    Defeated Mississauga Ice Dogs 4 games to 0 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished 4th place in Memorial Cup hosted by Kelowna Rockets.
  • 2004–05 - Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2005–06 - Defeated Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
    Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
  • 2006–07 - Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2007–08 - Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2008–09 - Lost to Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2009–10 - Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2010–11 - Lost to Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2011–12 - Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2012–13 - Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2013-14 - Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals
    Defeated Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
    Defeated North Bay Battalion 4 games to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup in 1st place.
    Lost to Edmonton Oil Kings 6-3 in finals. Finished 2nd place in Memorial Cup
  • 2014–15 - Defeated Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2015–16 - Out of playoffs.

Uniforms and logos[edit]

Old guelph storm logo.png

For the 2007/08 season, the team switched to a crimson and white colour scheme with the same logo that was on the last jerseys, except the "stripes" that appear across the "belly" of the Storm logo itself were modified from black to crimson. The white jersey has "STORM" written on top of the logo, and the crimson jersey has "GUELPH" above the logo. The new shoulder patches, featuring the alternate "GS" logo, have been redesigned and are meant to be read from the inside (the "G") outward (the "S").

The Guelph Storm primary logo is the team mascot "Spyke" surrounded by a twister with the team name above it. The team colours are white, grey, crimson and black. Home jerseys have a white background with "STORM" above the logo, and away jerseys have a crimson background with "GUELPH" above the logo.

The previous Guelph Storm logo (inset right) was used from 1991 to 1995. The team colours then were white, blue, grey and black. Home jerseys had a white background and away jerseys had a blue background.

Arenas[edit]

The Guelph Storm played at the Guelph Memorial Gardens from 1991 until the year 2000 when moving to the new Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre, since renamed the Sleeman Centre. The GSEC was built into what was a former Eaton's department store in a downtown shopping mall. The GSEC hosted the 2001 Hershey Cup and the 2002 Memorial Cup.

Ice Size = 200' x 85'
Capacity = 4,715 seating, 4,981 (with standing)

Profiles and photos from "The OHL Arena & Travel Guide:"

See also[edit]

External links[edit]