Toronto Aeros

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Toronto Aeros
MississaugaAeros.png
CityToronto, Ontario
LeagueNational Women's Hockey League
Founded1974[1]
Colorswhite, blue
Franchise history
1992–2003Beatrice Aeros
2003–2006Toronto Aeros
2006–2007Mississauga Aeros

The Toronto Aeros, often called Beatrice Aeros after their primary sponsor, the North York Aeros, and the Mississauga Aeros were a semi-professional women's ice hockey team that played in Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario. The team played its home games in Beatrice Ice Gardens in Toronto and Iceland Mississauga in Mississauga. In 2010, the Canadian Women's Hockey League placed an expansion team back in Toronto and was sometimes known as the Aeros among fans. In 2011, the CWHL team eventually took on the name of Toronto Furies.

Team history[edit]

Originally playing out of North York, Ontario,[2] the senior Aeros were established in the Central Ontario Women's Hockey League and the Ontario Women's Hockey Association as the Aeros. The senior team was associated with organization that operated several teams from youth to adult. Throughout the organization's history, the senior Aeros have also been known as the Toronto Aeros and North York Aeros. In 1999, the organization began being called the Beatrice Aeros after their main sponsor, Beatrice Foods Canada, and played out of the Beatrice Ice Gardens at York University.

The senior Aeros joined the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) upon its launch in 1998. On March 22, 1998, Dana Antal scored at 5:31 of a 10-minute overtime period on a pass from Jennifer Botterill as Team Alberta (represented by the Calgary Oval X-Treme) defeated Team Ontario (represented by the Beatrice Aeros) by a 3–2 mark to win the Esso Women's Nationals.[3]

During the 1999–2000 NWHL season, the Beatrice Aeros played the Sainte-Julie Pantheres in the championship game. In the second game of the final, Cherie Piper scored the game-winning goal with 9:06 left to play in the first period, and Lauren Goldstein earned the shutout for the Aeros.[4] With the 1–0 win, Beatrice earned the championship based on goal differential.

The team changed its name in 2003 to become the Toronto Aeros. In 2006–07 they relocated to Mississauga and changed their name to the Mississauga Aeros. They played their home games at the Beatrice Ice Gardens at York University in Toronto.

After one season in Mississauga, the NWHL and the senior Aeros ceased operations in 2007.[1] The Canadian Women's Hockey League subsequently was created from the remnants of the NWHL. As part of the new league's reorganization, the NWHL's Oakville Ice returned to affiliating with the Mississauga Chiefs hockey organization and took the Mississauga Aeros place in the new league for 2007–08. The Mississauga Chiefs played for three seasons before the CWHL restructured completely, folding the Chiefs team while subsequently placing a new team in Toronto, which then acquired many of the former Chiefs' players including Jennifer Botterill and Sami Jo Small.[5] While officially the 2010–11 Toronto CWHL team had no name, but would sometimes be called the "Toronto Aeros" in the media. The CWHL team adopted the name Toronto Furies after their appearance 2011 Clarkson Cup.

Championship[edit]

List of NWHL Championship Cup won 1998 to 2007[edit]

  • 1998–99 - Fran Rider Cup (second place at Esso Women's nationals)
  • 1999–2000 - Beatrice Aeros vs. Sainte-Julie Panthères, hosted in Brampton
  • 2000–01 - Beatrice Aeros vs. Sainte-Julie Panthères
  • 2001–02 - Beatrice Aeros vs. Brampton Thunder
  • 2004–05 - Toronto Aeros vs. Montreal Axion, hosted in Brampton

Season-by-season[edit]

Year GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
1998–99 40 37 2 1 189 39 75 1st West Div. Eliminated in first round
1999–00 40 35 3 2 217 37 72 1st West Div. Won NWHL Championship
2000–01 40 35 2 3 222 48 73 1st West Div. Won NWHL Championship
2001–02 30 23 2 5 149 39 51 1st West Div. Won NWHL Championship
2002–03 36 32 3 1 201 54 65 1st Central Div. Lost NWHL Championship
2003–04 36 33 2 1 197 42 67 1st Central Div. Eliminated in first round
2004–05 36 24 8 4 142 68 54 2nd Central Div. Won NWHL Championship
2005–06 36 13 19 4 114 127 32 4th Central Div. Did not qualify
2006–07 21 15 6 0 107 51 31 2nd NWHL Eliminated in first round

Notable former players[edit]

# Player Hometown Tenure
17 Canada Jennifer Botterill (F) Ottawa, Ontario 1998–1999, 2003–2007
77 Canada Cassie Campbell (F) Brampton, Ontario 1998–2000
34 Canada Nicole Corriero (F) Thornhill, Ontario Played for the junior team
9 Canada Gillian Ferrari (D) Thornhill, Ontario 1998–2004
91 Canada Geraldine Heaney (D) Weston, Ontario 1998–2006
8 Canada Angela James (C) Toronto, Ontario 1992–2000
71 Canada Becky Kellar (D) Hagersville, Ontario 1998–2004
14 Canada Cherie Piper (F) Scarborough, Ontario 1999–2001
11 Canada Cheryl Pounder (D) Toronto, Ontario 1998–2007
17 Finland Sari Krooks (F) 1988–1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aeros History". TorontoAeros.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "HEANEY CALLED TO THE HALL: WOMEN?۪S HOCKEY PIONEER GERALDINE HEANEY MAKES HISTORY AGAIN, THIS TIME AS THIRD WOMAN INDUCTED INTO HOCKEY HALL OF FAME". thecwhl.com. July 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "Alberta downs Ontario 3-2 in Overtime in Gold Medal Final to win 1998 Esso Women's Nationals Hockey Championship". Hockey Canada. March 22, 1998. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.dgp.toronto.edu/people/vv1/nwhl/1999-00/Mnews.html#NI-039
  5. ^ "Toronto 2010–11 draft". Archived from the original on April 5, 2011.