West Sound Warriors

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West Sound Warriors
City Bremerton, Washington
League Northern Pacific Hockey League (2000–2016)
USPHL-USP3 (2016–2017)
Western States Hockey League (2017–present)
Founded 2000 (original franchise)
2015 (WSHL franchise)
Home arena Bremerton Ice Center
Colors Red, Gold and Black
              
Franchise history
Original franchise
2000–2003 Puget Sound Kings
2003–2011 Puget Sound Tomahawks
2011–2017 West Sound Warriors
WSHL franchise
2015–2017 Vancouver Rangers
2017–present West Sound Warriors

The West Sound Warriors are a Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned junior ice hockey that plays at the Bremerton Ice Center in Bremerton, Washington, as part of the Western States Hockey League. Formerly, the team was a USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III ice hockey team that played in the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NorPac/NPHL) and the United States Premier Hockey League-USP3 (USPHL-USP3).[1]

History[edit]

2000–2017[edit]

The original franchise joined the NorPac in 2000 as the Puget Sound Kings, playing home games at the Puget Sound Hockey Center in Tacoma, Washington. In 2003, the owners of the Bremerton Ice Center acquired the franchise and moved it to the new arena and renamed to the Tomahawks. The team changed its name to the West Sound Warriors prior to the 2011–12 season.

The NorPac was classified as Junior B until 2007, when the league and member teams were granted Tier III Jr. A status by USA Hockey, the governing body for ice hockey in the United States. In 2013, the NorPac changed its moniker to NPHL.

In 2016, the NPHL was dissolved after two of the six members withdrew from the league. The four remaining teams, including the Warriors, were then added to the USP3 Pacific Division of the United States Premier Hockey League.[2]

After one season in the USPHL, the franchise announced it was suspending operations for the 2017–18 season. The organization stated they would assess their status for the 2018–19 season.[3]

2017–present[edit]

After the Warriors announced their suspension from the USPHL, the Vancouver Rangers of the Western States Hockey League came to an agreement with the Bremerton Ice Center to relocate to Bremerton from Vancouver, Washington.[4] The Rangers' ownership would continue to own and operate the team but they would take on the identity of the Warriors.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA Finish Playoffs
West Sound Warriors
2011–12 42 13 28 1 27 156 232 6th of 7, NorPac Lost Quarterfinals, 0-2 vs. Yellowstone Quake
2012–13 40 31 8 1 0 63 306 122 1st of 6, NorPac Won Semifinals, 3-0 vs. Glacier Nationals
Lost Finals, 2-3 vs. Bellingham Blazers
2013–14 40 33 4 1 2 69 300 87 2nd of 5, NPHL Won Semifinals, 3-0 vs. Eugene Generals
Lost Finals, 2-3 vs. Bellingham Blazers
2014–15 42 36 3 2 1 75 320 76 1st of 6, NPHL Won Semifinals, 3-0 vs. Cheney Ice Hawks
Won Finals, 3-0 vs. Bellingham Blazers
CASCADE CUP CHAMPIONS
2015–16 40 8 30 1 1 18 89 260 6th of 6, NPHL Did not qualify
2016–17 44 6 37 1 13 88 294 4th of 4,
USP3-Pacific Div.
Did not qualify

USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championships[edit]

2015 Tier III Division 2 National Championships included the champion teams from the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL), Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MetJHL), USPHL-Elite Division, and USPHL-Empire Division.
Round robin play in pool with top two teams advancing to final.[5]

Year Round Robin Record Ranking National Championship
2015 L, Boston Jr. Bruins (USHPL-Elite) 2-4
L, New York Aviators (USPHL-Empire) 1-5
W, Boston Junior Rangers (MetJHL) 6-2
1-2-0 3rd of 4 Did not advance

Alumni[edit]

The Warriors have had a number of alumni move on to collegiate programs and higher levels of junior ice hockey in the United States and Canada.

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