Kingston Voyageurs

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Kingston Voyageurs
Kingston Voyageurs.jpg
City Kingston, Ontario, Canada
League Ontario Junior Hockey League
Founded 1974
Home arena Ambassador Hotel Rink at The INVISTA Centre
Colours Blue, Red, and White
              
Affiliates Napanee Raiders (EBJCHL)
Greater Kingston Frontenacs (OMHA) Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

The Kingston Voyageurs are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League.

History[edit]

The Voyageurs entered the Metro Junior B Hockey League in 1974. The Voyageurs filled the Junior "B" void left when the Kingston Frontenacs jumped from the Eastern Junior B Hockey League in 1972 to the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League and then the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League in 1973 as the Kingston Canadians.

The Voyageurs continued with the league when it became the Metro Junior A Hockey League in 1991 and stuck around until 1995. In 1995, the team jumped to the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The Vees were bought in the summer of 2006 by their major sponsor Gregg Rosen from KIMCO Steel Sales Ltd., who promptly spent more money to fix up the teams existing dressing room, build an office above the dressing room for the coaching staff and buy the players new equipment and sticks among other things. The Voyageurs currently play out of the new $24.5 million Invista Centre, located on Fortune Crescent, near Highway 401 and Gardiners Road.

On April 14, 2009, the Voyageurs won their first Buckland Trophy defeating the Oakville Blades in 5 games. On April 25, 2009, the Voyageurs defeated the Fort William North Stars 4-1 to capture the first Dudley Hewitt Cup in team history. By virtue of the win the Voyageurs qualified for the 2009 Royal Bank Cup. They played their first game of the tournament on May 3 against the host Victoria Grizzlies. They finished in fourth place in the tournament.

In 2011, due to Gregg Rosen being diagnosed with cancer, the team was sold to a group that included Colin Birkas, the head coach of the Greater Kingston Jr. Frontenacs. Evan Robinson was relieved of his head coaching duties and Birkas replaced him. As well, the general manager duties were assumed by Denis Duchesne. During the summer of 2014, Duchesne was relieved of his duties as general manager and the role was filled on an interim basis by Birkas and Rick Poirier. Poirier retired from the team shortly before Christmas 2014. Toward the end of the 2014-15 season, Birkas was suspended for an infraction during a game against the Wellington Dukes, causing assistants Ben Munroe and Dan Clarke to assume the coaching duties. Birkas' suspension was for the balance of the 2014-15 season, the playoffs, and the entire 2015-16 season. Despite this, the Voyageurs rallied and managed to have a magical 2015 playoff run. This was highlighted by a comeback from being down 0-3 against the Aurora Tigers to win in seven games, as well as taking the defending champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots to Game 7 in the Buckland Cup finals.

Over the Summer of 2015, former assistant coach Peter Goulet was hired as the teams General Manager, with Goulet leaving the CCHL's Nepean Raiders in the process. Goulet hired his old assistant coach Taurean White to be the Head Coach, while also bring in former Kingston Frontenac and NHLer Mark Major and ex-Vee Phil Mangan as assistant coaches. Video Coach Fraser MacAlpine was promoted to Assistant GM.

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1974–75 38 18 14 6 - 216 189 42 7th Metro B
1975–76 34 13 17 4 - 140 152 30 9th Metro B
1976–77 34 12 17 5 - 130 162 29 12th Metro B
1977–78 35 14 15 6 - 141 155 34 9th Metro B
1978–79 44 25 14 5 - 245 194 55 4th Metro B
1979–80 42 10 29 3 - 183 248 23 12th Metro B
1980–81 42 15 23 4 - 181 213 34 9th Metro B DNQ
1981–82 35 11 17 7 - 160 175 29 8th Metro B
1982–83 36 11 15 10 - 144 152 32 7th Metro B
1983–84 42 10 26 6 - 181 233 26 12th Metro B DNQ
1984–85 36 4 27 5 - 119 219 13 11th Metro B DNQ
1985–86 37 7 27 3 - 164 304 17 11th Metro B DNQ
1986–87 37 17 16 4 - 183 163 38 6th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1987–88 37 22 7 8 - 224 131 52 2nd Metro B Lost Semi-final
1988–89 40 27 8 5 - 262 157 59 2nd Metro B Lost Final
1989–90 44 21 11 12 - 249 192 54 6th Metro B
1990–91 44 18 18 8 - 223 178 44 7th Metro B
1991–92 44 30 12 2 - 225 147 62 3rd Metro A
1992–93 48 17 29 2 - 162 204 36 9th Metro A
1993–94 50 26 21 3 - 216 207 55 7th Metro A Lost Quarter-final
1994–95 50 21 24 5 - 241 219 47 9th Metro A
1995–96 50 37 10 3 - 247 135 82 1st OPJHL-R Lost Conf. SF
1996–97 51 42 7 2 - 313 138 87 1st OPJHL-R Lost Conf. Final
1997–98 51 23 16 10 2 224 192 58 4th OPJHL-R
1998–99 51 29 15 5 2 211 179 65 4th OPJHL-E
1999–00 49 23 20 4 2 193 181 52 5th OPJHL-E
2000–01 49 25 16 7 1 202 159 58 4th OPJHL-E
2001–02 49 25 15 6 3 185 141 59 4th OPJHL-E
2002–03 49 31 13 4 1 206 132 67 3rd OPJHL-E Lost Conf. SF
2003–04 49 20 18 8 3 171 166 51 4th OPJHL-E Lost Conf. SF
2004–05 49 23 19 4 3 149 163 53 5th OPJHL-E Lost Conf. SF
2005–06 49 23 23 2 1 153 179 49 5th OPJHL-E Lost Conf. SF
2006–07 49 26 17 3 3 195 166 58 4th OPJHL-E Lost Conf. Finals
2007–08 49 33 13 - 3 188 146 69 2nd OPJHL-E Lost Conf. Finals
2008–09 49 36 9 - 4 256 136 76 1st OJHL-R Won League
2009–10 56 46 5 - 5 274 133 97 1st OJAHL Lost Final
2010–11 50 34 11 - 5 242 134 73 2nd OJHL-E Lost Conf. SF
2011–12 49 23 24 - 2 172 166 48 6th OJHL-E Lost Conf. Final
2012–13 55 34 15 - 6 168 134 74 2nd OJHL-E Lost Conf. Final
2013–14 53 39 11 - 3 210 138 81 1st OJHL-E Lost Conf. Final
2014-15 54 31 17 2 4 208 136 68 3rd OJHL-E Lost Final
2015-16 54 34 14 2 4 199 158 74 2nd of 5 East Div
2nd of 11 NE Conf
3rd of 22 OJHL
Won Conf. Quarters 4-0 (Cougars)
Won Conf. Semifinals 4-0 (Royals)
Lost Conf. Finals, 0-4 (Golden Hawks)

Playoffs[edit]

MetJHL Years

  • 1990 Lost Semi-final
Kingston Voyageurs defeated Wellington Dukes 4-games-to-3
Wexford Raiders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-none
  • 1991 Lost Quarter-final
Kingston Voyageurs defeated Markham Thunderbirds 2-games-to-1
Wexford Raiders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-1
  • 1992 Lost Quarter-final
Wexford Raiders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-1
  • 1993 Lost Preliminary
Richmond Hill Riot defeated Kingston Voyageurs 3-games-to-none
  • 1994 Lost Quarter-final
Wexford Raiders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-1
  • 1995 Lost Quarter-final
Thornhill Islanders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-none

OJHL Years

Current roster[edit]

Updated as of March 29, 2016

# Nat Name Pos Date of Birth Acquired Birthplace
5 Canada Drew, HunterHunter Drew D October 21, 1998 2015 Kingston, Ontario
6 United States Schantz, NickNick Schantz D August 1, 1997 2015 Plain City, Ohio
7 Canada Hardiman, JoshJosh Hardiman D March 12, 1996 2015 Montreal, Quebec
9 Canada Hanlon, JacobJacob Hanlon (A) F February 21, 1995 2015 Mississauga, Ontario
11 Canada Emelifeonwu, ZacharyZachary Emelifeonwu (C) F September 5, 1996 2012 Kingston, Ontario
12 Canada Langfield, ColeCole Langfield F February 4, 1996 2015 Lansdowne, Ontario
14 United States Bosio, DannyDanny Bosio F February 19, 1996 2015 Brighton, Michigan
15 Canada Tonge, ColinColin Tonge F February 10, 1998 2014 Kingston, Ontario
16 United States Abrams, TommyTommy Abrams F August 25, 1995 2015 Orland Park, Illinois
17 Canada Rinaldi, AnthonyAnthony Rinaldi (A) F August 17, 1995 2015 Pierrefonds, Quebec
18 Canada Bebb, ConnorConnor Bebb F February 8, 1995 2015 Mississauga, Ontario
19 United States Corliss, MasonMason Corliss F October 4, 1995 2015 Katy, Texas
20 Canada Kekewich, ReedReed Kekewich D January 2, 1997 2015 Kingston, Ontario
22 Canada Lourenço, MatthewMatthew Lourenço D August 15, 1995 2015 Montreal, Quebec
23 Canada Brahaney, JakobJakob Brahaney D March 26, 1999 2015 Hastings, Ontario
25 Canada Beckstead, ColeCole Beckstead F June 20, 1998 2015 Morrisburg, Ontario
27 Canada Boulard, AustinAustin Boulard F May 3, 1995 2015 Timmins, Ontario
28 Canada Russell, ReidReid Russell (A) D January 3, 1997 2014 Napanee, Ontario
31 Canada Richer, DavidDavid Richer G December 14, 1995 2015 Montreal, Quebec
33 Canada Springer, ZachZach Springer G October 23, 1998 2015 Kingston, Ontario
38 United States Harris, IanIan Harris F February 27, 1995 2015 Fort Wayne, Indiana
39 Canada Suriyuth, AndrewAndrew Suriyuth F January 21, 1999 2015 Kingston, Ontario
44 United States Zielinski, JackJack Zielinski D March 8, 1996 2015 Richmond, Virginia
72 Canada Cobbold, ConnorConnor Cobbold F February 7, 1996 2015 Stittsville, Ontario
91 Canada Nadeau, BrandonBrandon Nadeau F November 9, 1997 2014 Inverary, Ontario

Staff[edit]

  • Owner - Community Sports Entertainment Ltd.
  • Owner - Dr. Dijana Oliver
  • Owner - Rob Zarichny


  • General Manager - Peter Goulet
  • Head Coach - Taurean White
  • Assistant GM - Fraser MacAlpine
  • Assistant Coaches - Mark Major/Phil Mangan
  • Stats/Analytics - Christian Carriere
  • Trainer - Rick Ewart
  • Play-by-Play Host - Allan Etmanski
  • Pointstreak Operator & Timekeeper - Tom Hertz
  • Gameday Co-Ordinator - Jeff Stillwell
  • Head Scout - Rob Ridgely
  • Locker Room Attendant - "Big Rick" Lambert
  • Team Photographer - James C. McColl

Retired numbers[edit]

  • #2 Anthony Geldart
  • #8 Daniel Cleary
  • #10 Scott Martin
  • #24 Ryan Vince

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]