Wiarton Rock

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Wiarton Rock
City Wiarton, Ontario, Canada
League Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League
Founded 2006
Home arena Wiarton Arena & Community Centre
Colors Blue, Red, and White
              
General manager Tina Ziel
Head coach Joe Ziel
Franchise history
2006–2010 King Wild
2010–2011 Vaughan Wild
2011–2014 Lefroy Wave
2014–2016 Grey Highlands Bravehearts
2016 Wiarton Rock

The Wiarton Rock was a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Wiarton, Ontario, and a member of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL). The Rock relocated multiple times, spending time in King, Nobleton, Lefroy, and Markdale, Ontario.

History[edit]

Bravehearts goalie on Breast Cancer Awareness night during 2014–15 season.

The King Wild's first game was the first game in the GMHL's history taking place on September 8, 2006, against the Richmond Hill Rams in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Wild lost 6-0 to the Rams despite outshooting them. The Wild's first victory was a 5-1 decision over the Toronto Canada Moose on September 9, 2006. The team's first home game was against the Nipissing Alouettes on September 10, 2006. The Wild were victorious, winning by a 5-3 score.

The 2006–07 finalists started the 2007–08 season off rather slow. After playing poorly for most of the season, the Wild surged in the last quarter with a long winning streak to pull to a .500 record by the final regular season game. In the bye round of the playoffs, all byes had been picked and the final two teams remaining were the Wild and the Douro Dukes who would play in the first round by default. Although the Dukes played well, the Wild swept the series 4-0. The Wild continued to play well against the Temiscaming Royals in the league quarter-finals, but were still defeated by the second-seeded team in six games.

In March 2008, the Wild and the Richmond Hill Rams challenged the Mexico national ice hockey team to a set of four exhibition games. The first of two games for the Wild happened on March 22, as the Wild defeated the Mexican Senior team 7-6 in overtime. On March 25, the Wild beat them again 7-6, this time in regulation.

At the 2010 Summer Annual Governor's Meeting, it was announced that the Wild would relocate to the Vaughan Ice Plex in Vaughan, Ontario, after two seasons in Nobleton and two previous in King City.

In the summer of 2011, the Vaughan Wild moved to Lefroy, Ontario, and became the Lefroy Wave. In the spring of 2014, the Wave moved to Markdale, Ontario, and became the Grey Highlands Bravehearts. The Bravehearts were the first junior team to call home since the Junior D Markdale Mohawks played their final season in 1984–85.

After two seasons in Markdale, the Bravehearts moved again to Wiarton, Ontario, for the 2016–17 season where they became the Wiarton Rock. However, the team would not last one season in Wiarton and folded on 14 December 2016 after difficultly icing a full team and earning a 1-24-1 record.[1][2]

Season-by-season records[edit]

King goalie with GMHL Official (2007)
Bravehearts player on Breast Cancer Awareness night during 2014-15 season.
Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
King Wild
2006–07 42 26 13 3 190 152 55 2nd GMHL Won Quarter-finals, 4–1 (Canada Moose)
Won Semi-finals, 4–2 (Rams)
Lost Finals, 1–4 (Rattlers)
2007–08 42 20 20 2 186 179 42 8th GMHL Won Bye Round, 4–0 (Dukes)
Lost Quarter-finals, 2–4 (Royals)
2008–09 43 26 15 2 241 200 54 7th GMHL Lost Quarter-finals, 0–3 (Storm)
2009–10 42 18 20 4 212 205 40 7th GMHL Lost Quarter-finals, 0–3 (Shield)
Vaughan Wild
2010–11 42 13 24 5 173 215 31 11th GMHL Lost Last-minute Qualifier game, 1–9 (Canada Moose)
Lefroy Wave
2011–12 42 23 18 1 179 186 47 6th GMHL Won Bye Round, 2–0 (Red Wings)
Lost Quarter-finals, 2–3 (Rattlers)
2012–13 42 4 35 1 2 110 252 11 15th GMHL Lost Div. Quarter-finals, 0–3 (Rattlers)
2013–14 42 5 34 3 121 274 13 19th GMHL Lost Qualifier game, 3–5 (Predators)
Grey Highlands Bravehearts
2014–15 42 18 21 3 202 245 39 3rd North-Central Div.
12th GMHL
Lost Divisional Round, 2–3 (Aces)
2015–16 42 18 22 0 2 217 256 38 7th Central Div.
20th GMHL
Lost Div. Quarter-finals, 0–3 (Coyotes)
Wiarton Rock
2016–17 26 1 24 1 69 243 3 Folded mid-season

References[edit]

  1. ^ "League Update: December 14, 2016". GMHL. 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "THE DEATH POOL – SPECIAL REPORT – GMHL'S WIARTON ROCK FOLD". The Junior Hockey News. 15 December 2016. 

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