Kanata Lasers

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Kanata Lasers
Conference Yzerman Division
Governing Body Central Canada Hockey League Teir 1
Head coach Canada Jeff Jordan
Assistant coaches Canada JF Best
Captain(s) United States Paul Vella
Alternate captain(s) United States
Canada
Arena Kanata Recreation Complex
Capacity: 800
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Colors Blue, White, and Orange

The Kanata Lasers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Central Canada Hockey League.

Team history[edit]

The Kanata Valley Lasers began play in the Central Junior Hockey League in 1987-88 when an expansion franchise was granted to Kanata, Ontario, which was then a separate suburb of Ottawa. During their first 15 years as the Valley Lasers, the team never missed the playoffs, had the same head coach, Archie Mulligan, won 2 Art Bogart Cup championships in 1992 and 1997 won the Fred Page Cup in 1997.

In May 2002, the Kanata Sports Club sold the Kanata Valley Lasers to Dynasty Flooring Inc. The new ownership refurbished the team, renamed them the Kanata Stallions, and moved from the Jack Charron Arena to the Kanata Recreation Centre. To date, the Stallions have yet to finish in the top 5 and make the CJHL finals. In fact, in the 2004 playoffs, the Stallions upset the Cumberland Grads in seven games to advance to the semi-finals, but lost to the Nepean Raiders in six games. It was the only time to date that the Stallions made it past the first round of the playoffs. The Stallions missed the playoffs multiple times in recent years.

Kanata Stallions logo (2002-2014)

Kanata named former NHL player Chris Valentine as head coach for 2008-09, but was fired in October after a slow start. He was replaced with Vince Millette. The Stallions broke a CJHL record recently with a 26-game losing streak, breaking the 25 game losing streak held by the 1994-1995 Cumberland Grads.

In April 2010, it was announced that the Kanata Stallions would host the 2012 Fred Page Cup at the Kanata Recreation Centre. In the summer of 2011, head coach Adam Dewan was relieved of his duties. Randy Pierce took over the coaching helm, but was fired in February, leaving Corey Foster to replace him to finish the 2011-12 season. In March 2012, the Stallions missed the playoffs when they failed to win their last key games. Despite this, the Stallions' season was not done- being hosts, the team was given a shot at the Fred Page Cup. Battling against all odds, the Stallions were able to make the semi-finals in the tournament, only to fall to the Bogart Cup Champions and eventual tournament runner-up, the Nepean Raiders.

In Fall 2013, the Kanata Stallions announced they would be rebranded under a new ownership group. On January 5, 2014 the team tweeted that they will officially be rebranded as the Kanata Lasers, changing their Twitter handle and image. The club also announced new uniforms were in the works as part of the rebranding. At the end of the 2013-14 season, it was announced that Adam Dewan would return as head coach in the 2014-15 season.

The Kanata Lasers have been at the talk of relocation (even before the Ottawa Canadians of the CCHL2 moved to the Jack Charron Arena nearby). Kanata's destination for relocation has been Renfrew, Stittsville, and other communities in the Ottawa Valley.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1987-88 56 29 24 3 - 260 280 61 5th CJHL
1988-89 56 31 24 1 0 263 200 63 5th CJHL
1989-90 56 37 14 2 3 305 211 79 3rd CJHL
1990-91 53 36 14 1 2 281 213 75 2nd CJHL
1991-92 57 43 7 0 7 363 219 93 2nd CJHL Won League
1992-93 57 34 16 4 3 347 227 75 2nd CJHL
1993-94 57 33 15 5 4 304 259 75 2nd CJHL
1994-95 54 23 20 7 4 221 229 57 7th CJHL
1995-96 54 22 27 5 0 247 280 49 3rd Yzerman
1996-97 54 42 9 3 0 261 170 87 1st Robinson Won League, Won FPC
1997-98 56 25 18 10 3 255 220 63 3rd Robinson
1998-99 54 30 17 7 0 254 229 67 2nd Yzerman
1999-00 56 25 25 6 0 228 229 56 3rd Yzerman
2000-01 55 32 18 5 0 223 191 72 2nd Yzerman
2001-02 55 26 21 11 0 205 208 63 3rd Yzerman
2002-03 55 18 28 9 4 216 253 49 3rd Yzerman
2003-04 55 21 25 9 0 205 234 51 3rd Yzerman
2004-05 57 16 28 6 7 174 222 45 3rd Yzerman
2005-06 57 26 24 3 4 236 233 59 5th in Yzerman DNQ
2006-07 55 22 22 9 2 161 158 55 5th in Yzerman Lost Quarter-final
2007-08 60 22 32 3 3 185 231 50 8th CJHL
2008-09 60 26 27 - 7 204 235 59 9th CJHL DNQ
2009-10 62 15 42 - 5 180 291 35 11th CJHL DNQ
2010-11 62 28 28 - 6 202 227 62 7th CCHL Lost Quarter-final
2011-12 62 24 32 - 6 214 259 54 9th CCHL DNQ
2012-13 62 28 29 - 5 192 237 61 9th CCHL DNQ
2013-14 62 21 34 - 7 192 260 49 11th CCHL DNQ
2014-15 62 10 46 2 4 121 253 26 6th of 6 Yzerman
12th of 12 CCHL
DNQ
2015-16 62 7 54 0 1 115 322 15 5th of 6 Yzerman
11th of 12 CCHL
DNQ

Fred Page Cup[edit]

Eastern Canada Championships
MHL - QAAAJHL - CCHL - Host
Round robin play with 2nd vs 3rd in semi-final to advance against 1st in the finals.

Year Round Robin Record Standing SemiFinal Gold Medal Game
2012 L, Woodstock Slammers 3-4
OTW, Nepean Raiders 2-1
W, Princeville Titans 7-4
2-1-0 2nd of 4 L, Nepean Raiders 1-6 n/a
1997 W, Summerside Western Capitals 6-1
?, Brockville Braves ?-?
?, Longueuil Collège Français ?-?
 ?-?-? 1st of 4 n/a W, Longueuil Collège Français 6-4
Fred Page Cup Champions

Royal Bank Cup[edit]

CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dudley Hewitt Champions - Central, Fred Page Champions - Eastern, Western Canada Cup Champions - Western, Western Canada Cup - Runners Up and Host
Round robin play with top 4 in semi-final and winners to finals.

Year Round Robin Record Standing Semifinal Gold Medal Game
1997 L, Weyburn Red Wings 3-7
W, Summerside Western Capitals 7-5
W, Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats 5-4
W, South Surrey Eagles 7-6
3-1 2nd of 5 L, South Surrey Eagles 2-4 n/a

Championships[edit]

CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 1992, 1997
Eastern Canadian Fred Page Cup Championships: 1997
CJAHL Royal Bank Cup Championships: None

Notable alumni[edit]

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