Nickel Centre Native Sons

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Nickel Centre Native Sons
City Garson, Ontario
League Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
Operated 1976 (1976)-1987
Home arena Garson Arena
Colours Orange, black, and white

The Nickel Centre Native Sons were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Garson, Ontario, Canada. This defunct hockey team was a part of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Nickel Centre Native Sons 1976 - 1986
Nickel Centre Power Trains 1986 - 1987

History[edit]

The Native Sons originated in the NOHA Jr. B League. In their time in the league, Nickel Centre won two McNamara Cups as league champions, 1979 and 1987. In 1987, the team did something that no other NOJHL team was able to do. After winning the NOJHL, the Power Trains took on the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League Champion Owen Sound Greys for the right to play for the Dudley Hewitt Cup. Nickel Centre pulled off a massive upset and beat the Grey 4-games-to-2. In 8 years, the NOJHL and Old OPJHL competed for the Ontario Hockey Association title 7 times, and 1987 was the only ever time the NOJHL won. The next season, the Old OPJHL disbanded and left the NOJHL to battle it out with Thunder Bay for Ontario's seed in the Centennial Cup. The Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Junior A Hockey League ended up winning the Dudley to earn the birth into the National Championship.

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1978-79 40 22 13 5 - -- -- 49 2nd NOJHL Won League
1979-80 40 24 13 3 - 278 212 51 3rd NOJHL
1980-81 40 17 15 8 - 243 223 42 3rd NOJHL
1981-82 42 23 16 3 - 224 212 49 3rd NOJHL
1982-83 42 15 21 6 - 233 279 36 5th NOJHL
1983-84 40 18 20 2 - 254 299 38 4th NOJHL
1984-85 - - - - - -- -- - Did Not Play
1985-86 41 13 26 2 - 209 343 28 5th NOJHL
1986-87 38 21 14 2 - 285 230 44 2nd NOJHL Won League