Listowel Cyclones

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Listowel Cyclones
Listowel Cyclones.jpg
City Listowel, Ontario, Canada
League Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Mid-Western
Founded 1972
Home arena Listowel Memorial Arena
Colors Black, Red, and White
              
General manager Jesse Cole[1]
Head coach Jason Brooks[2]
Affiliates Wingham Ironmen (PJHL)
Listowel Cyclones

The Listowel Cyclones are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Listowel, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Mid-Western division of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. They currently play at the Listowel Memorial Arena. The 2016–17 season is to be their last season at the Listowel Memorial Arena. Their new home rink, Steve Kerr Memorial Complex, also located in Listowel is to be operational for the 2017–18 GOJHL hockey season.

History and The Early Years[edit]

The Listowel Cyclones were named after famous local professional hockey player Fred "Cyclone" Taylor.

Founded in 1972, the team started out in the Central Junior C Hockey League, but moved up to Midwestern "B" in 1979. The team had horrible results in the '80s, sometimes going for months without a single victory. The '90s were decent to the Cyclones, but by 1999 the team fell into some bad years. The Cyclones had their coming out party in 2005 though, winning the league championship for the first time in history to earn the right to compete for the Sutherland Cup, another team first.

Cyclones goalie Tyler Fassl during 2014–15 season.

Despite never truly being a contender, the team has had moments of greatness and weakness. On one hand, the Cyclones hold the record for the worst defeat in Mid-Western "B" history: a 23–3 loss to the Waterloo Siskins on December 11, 1983. On the other hand, the team came out of nowhere to win the league title in 2005. Another record they set that year, as the 7th seed in the playoffs, was the lowest entry seed in league history to win the championship. Listowel came in third in the Sutherland Cup Round Robin, losing out to the Chatham Maroons and the eventual champion Thorold Blackhawks.

The Modern Years[edit]

After a franchise best of 33 wins in 2015–2016 (this record was broken the following year in the 2016-2017 season), the Listowel Cyclones were swept 4–0 by the 6th seed Waterloo Siskins in the GOJHL playoffs.[3] Waterloo went on to upset the Kitchener Dutchmen in the second round but lost in the final of the Cherrey Cup to the Stratford Cullitons.

The 2016–2017 roster was composed of several returning players and OHL training camps invitees including Jackob Lee (11th round, Guelph Storm), Holdyn Lansink (12th round, Erie Otters), Brock Baier (10th round, Windsor Spitfires), Chet Phillips (4th round, Saginaw Spirit), Brendan Cederberg (11th round, Peterborough Petes) and Ben Derrough (Owen Sound Attack). The key losses for the team this year is last year's starting goalie Tyler Fassl and their leading scorer from last year Jamie Huber.[4] Tyler Fassl has moved on to the OJHL's Trenton Goldenhawks, defensemen Kade Landry is now with the OHL's Barrie Colts, Jordan Caskenette is with Walkerton Hawks (Jr.C), defensemen Scott Pederson is now playing in the CIS for Laurentian University and 2015-2016 leading scorer Jamie Huber has moved on to the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL.[5] Other notable losses from the 2015-2016 team that were key players in Listowel's record winning season include Tim Nauta, Ben Shelley, Ray McFalls, Corey Flemington and Austin Huizenga. The 2016–2017 team co-captains are veteran locals Caleb Warren and Blake Nichol.[6] The team will also have alternating away and home assistant captains. The alternate captains this year include Riley Robertson, Keaton Willis, Brady Anderson and Holdyn Lansink. Midway through the season, the team added former Cyclone Ben VanOotegham from the Pembroke Lumberkings of the CCHL. VanOotegham previously played for the Listowel Cyclones in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.[7] Halfway through the 2016-2017 GOJHL season the Cyclones were in 1st place in the Midwestern division and look to break last year's franchise win record with a 20–2–2 start.[8] On December 8, 2016, last year's leading scorer Jamie Huber returned from the BCHL to rejoin the team in their record setting season.[9] Along with Huber, the Cyclones added more offensive power by welcoming 3 year OHL veteran and Exeter native Cullen Mercer to the line up on Jan 7th, 2017.[10]

Cyclones forwards Blake Nichol, Jamie Huber, Cullen Mercer and Ben Van Ootegham with the Cherrey Cup

Season records[edit]

On February 12, 2017 the Listowel Cyclones broke their franchise single season wins record with a convincing 34th win over the Elmira Sugar Kings (6-3) and reclaimed sole possession of 1st place in the midwestern conference of the GOJHL. They previously set the single season franchise record last year with 33 wins. [11] [12] What has turned out to be a season of firsts, on February 23rd, 2017, the Listowel Cyclones defeated the Cambridge Winterhawks 4–0 and are the first Jr. B Listowel Cyclone team in 38 years and franchise history to clinch 1st place in the midwestern conference of the GOJHL [13] [14] [15]

2017 Cherrey Cup[edit]

Listowel Cyclones 2017 Cherrey Cup Champions

The Cyclones began the 2017 playoffs by facing the 8th seed the Brantford 99ers in the conference quarterfinals and defeated the 99ers with 4 straight wins to win the series 4–0. In the next round the Cyclones faced off against the Waterloo Siskins. This series was especially sentimental for cyclone players who were part of the team last year that was swept in heart breaking fashion (4–0). The Cyclones won the first 2 games in convincing fashion, 6–0 and 7–1. The Cyclones won game #3 3–2 in overtime with Jamie Huber scoring the overtime winner. [16] On March 22nd, 2017 the Cyclones defeated the Siskins 6–2 in Waterloo, completing the sweep and won some redemption after last year's sweep in Waterloo on March 9th, 2016. The game was marked by Cullen Mercer scoring 4 goals in eight minutes in the second period. [17] CTV news Kitchener referred to Mercer as the "one man cyclone" after his 4 goal performance. The Listowel Cyclones advanced to the Cherrey Cup finals for the first time since 2011. [18]

After losing the first two games of the series to the Elmira Sugar Kings (3–2 OT and 3–2), the Listowel Cyclones rallied back to win 4 straight games and win the Cherrey Cup on April 9, 2017. This was the franchise's second Cherrey Cup win, the other being in 2004–05. [16]

2017 Sutherland Cup[edit]

The Listowel Cyclones began the Sutherland Cup semi-finals as the 1st ranked team and faced the Western Conference champions London Nationals. On Friday April 21, 2017, the London Nationals defeated the Listowel Cyclones 3–2 in game 5 in a heart breaking overtime win, defeating the Cyclones 4–1 in the series. Although it wasn't the ideal result of the season there is a lot to be proud of including a midwestern conference 1st place finish (first in team history), a Cherrey cup championship (only 2nd championship in 37 years) and several players from this years team can return next year.

Current staff[edit]

Co-Captain Blake Nichol with the 2017 Cherrey Cup

2016–2017 Staff:[17][18]

  • Jesse Cole: General Manager/Assistant Coach
  • Wayne Long: Assistant General Manager
  • Jason Brooks: Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations
  • Don Annett: President
  • Brad Haines: Vice President
  • Todd Norman: Assistant Coach
  • Jeremy Hayward: Goalie Coach
  • Ben Shelley: Video Coach
  • Cory Birk: Head Trainer/Physiotherapist
  • Dr. Brent Milljour: Trainer/Chiropractor
  • Mark Kennedy: Equipment Manager
  • Graham Beare: Assistant Equipment Manager
  • Matt Fischer: Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Concussion Screening Coordinators: Cory Birk, Dr. Kaitlyn Mitchell, Dr. Brent Milljour
  • Team Chapel Leader: John Farnworth
  • Billet Coordinator: Rick Cameron
  • Videographers: Nick Townsend and Jimmy Homewood

The team also has a strong and committed group of game-day volunteers, executive members, scouts and other support staff that play an integral role in the team's day-to-day operations and the continued success of the hockey club.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1972-73 31 19 10 2 - -- -- 40 3rd CJCHL
1973-74 33 10 17 6 - 133 198 26 5th CJCHL
1974-75 29 15 12 2 - 159 132 32 4th CJCHL II
1975-76 30 17 10 3 - 169 162 37 3rd CJCHL II
1976-77 36 28 7 1 - 359 130 57 1st CJCHL Won League
1977-78 35 25 8 2 - 237 124 52 1st CJCHL Won League
1978-79 30 17 10 3 - 165 139 37 3rd CJCHL
1979-80 42 14 24 4 - 200 268 32 8th MWJBHL DNQ
1980-81 42 20 22 0 - 187 205 40 5th MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
1981-82 42 23 17 2 - 235 187 48 5th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1982-83 42 17 25 0 - 220 275 34 5th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1983-84 42 4 38 0 - 151 340 8 8th MWJBHL DNQ
1984-85 42 8 33 1 - 178 337 17 8th MWJBHL DNQ
1985-86 40 2 38 0 - 119 402 4 6th MWJBHL DNQ
1986-87 40 13 26 1 - 191 279 27 5th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1987-88 48 20 27 1 - 266 298 41 7th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1988-89 48 23 25 0 - 247 305 46 3rd MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1989-90 48 6 42 0 - 171 411 12 9th MWJBHL DNQ
1990-91 48 7 41 0 - 159 359 14 9th MWJBHL DNQ
1991-92 48 22 24 2 - 224 207 46 5th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1992-93 48 28 18 2 - 234 192 58 5th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1993-94 48 27 17 4 - 259 176 58 4th MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
1994-95 48 26 20 2 - 260 204 54 6th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1995-96 48 15 29 4 - 165 212 34 8th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1996-97 48 21 22 5 - 254 232 47 6th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1997-98 48 10 34 4 - 156 249 24 8th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1998-99 48 17 27 4 - 173 228 38 8th MWJBHL Lost Quarter-final
1999-00 47 4 40 3 - 115 277 11 10th MWJBHL DNQ
2000-01 48 9 37 2 - 161 269 20 9th MWJBHL DNQ
2001-02 48 14 32 2 - 158 237 30 8th MWJBHL
2002-03 48 17 24 7 2 166 226 43 8th MWJBHL
2003-04 48 18 25 1 4 169 193 41 7th MWJBHL
2004-05 48 21 19 5 3 171 156 50 7th MWJBHL Won League
2005-06 48 23 23 2 - 191 174 48 6th MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
2006-07 48 25 16 5 2 169 148 57 3rd MWJBHL Lost Semi-final
2007-08 48 29 14 4 1 151 126 63 2nd GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. SF
2008-09 52 30 14 - 8 212 161 68 4th GOJHL-MW
2009-10 51 27 23 - 1 179 188 55 3rd GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. QF
2010-11 51 31 16 - 4 231 160 66 5th GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. Final
2011-12 51 18 30 - 3 176 216 39 6th GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. QF
2012-13 51 28 20 - 3 206 185 59 6th GOJHL-MW
2013-14 49 16 25 - 8 143 194 40 8th GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. QF
2014-15 49 21 26 - 2 131 145 44 7th GOJHL-MW Lost Conf. Quarterfinal, 1–4 (Dutchmen)
2015-16 50 33 17 0 0 196 156 66 3rd of 9-MW
8th of 26-GOJHL
Lost Conf. Quarterfinal, 0–4 (Siskins)
2016-17 50 40 7 1 2 215 104 83 1st of 9-MW
3rd of 27-GOJHL
Won Conf. Quarterfinal 4–0 (99ers)
Won Conf. Semifinals, 4-0 (Siskins)
Won Conf. Finals, 4–2 (Sugar Kings)
Lost Sutherland Cup Semi-finals 1–4 London Nationals

Championships[edit]

  • Cherrey Cup Champions 2017
  • Cherrey Cup Champions 2005
  • Midwestern Conference Regular Season Champions 2016-17

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-sports/2016/07/01/listowel-cyclones-changes/
  2. ^ http://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-sports/2016/07/01/listowel-cyclones-changes/
  3. ^ http://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-sports/2016/03/10/cyclones-season-ends/
  4. ^ http://gojhl-cms.stats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=93965&seasonid=14558
  5. ^ http://www.sprucekings.bc.ca/spruce-kings-add-jamie-huber
  6. ^ http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/listowel-cyclones-name-co-captains-for-gojhl-season-1.3064504
  7. ^ http://gojhl-cms.stats.pointstreak.com/playerpage.html?playerid=7424554&seasonid=16158
  8. ^ http://gojhl-cms.stats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=668
  9. ^ http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2016/12/09/game-day-first-place-listowel-cyclones-welcome-back-top-forward-from-bchl
  10. ^ http://www.southwesternontario.ca/sports-story/7072498-listowel-cyclones-acquire-cullen-mercer/
  11. ^ http://gojhl-cms.stats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=2929019
  12. ^ http://www.ourperth.ca/sports-story/7127344-cyclones-set-new-franchise-record-with-34th-victory/
  13. ^ http://gojhl-cms.stats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=3073066
  14. ^ http://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-sports/2017/02/23/cyclones-look-clinch-first/
  15. ^ http://www.ourperth.ca/sports-story/7157200-listowel-cyclones-clinch-no-1-seed-in-midwest/#.WLBWcH0ZFK4.facebook
  16. ^ http://www.570news.com/2017/04/10/listowel-wins-2017-cherrey-cup/
  17. ^ http://pointstreaksites.com/view/ohajrblistowel/staff-74/support-staff-8
  18. ^ http://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-sports/2016/07/01/listowel-cyclones-changes/

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