Sarnia Sting

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Sarnia Sting
Sarnia Sting logo (2016).svg
City Sarnia, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division West
Founded 1994 (1994)–95
Home arena Progressive Auto Sales Arena
(Capacity: 5,300)
Colours Black, white and gold
              
Owner(s) Derian Hatcher[1]
General manager Nick Sinclair[2]
Head coach Derian Hatcher[3]
Captain Kevin Spinozzi[4]
Affiliate(s) Sarnia Legionnaires
Strathroy Rockets
Website www.sarniasting.com
Franchise history
1969–1992 Cornwall Royals
1992–1994 Newmarket Royals
1994–present Sarnia Sting

The Sarnia Sting are a junior ice hockey team based in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. They are one of the 20 teams that make up the Ontario Hockey League. They play out of the Progressive Auto Sales Arena[5] (formerly the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre).

In January 2015, Buffalo Sabres forward David Legwand and former NHL defenseman Derian Hatcher entered an agreement to purchase the Sarnia Sting.[6]

History[edit]

Sting vs. Spitfires - January 2012

The franchise was granted in 1969 as one of the inaugural teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. At the time, the team was located in Cornwall, Ontario and known as the Cornwall Royals. During the team's tenure in the QMJHL the Royals won the Memorial Cup in 1972, 1980, and in 1981.

For the 1981–82 season, the team transferred to the Ontario Hockey League. In 1992, the franchise moved again to Newmarket, Ontario to play as the Newmarket Royals.

In 1994, the team was bought by the Ciccarelli brothers and moved to Sarnia, Ontario. Robert Ciccarelli, voted OHL Executive of the Year in 1999–2000,[7] was the team's president and governor until January 2015, when the team was sold to its current owners, former NHL defenceman Derian Hatcher and Buffalo Sabres forward David Legwand.[8]

The move of the OHL franchise also forced the Junior "B" Sarnia Bees to change their name to the Sarnia Steeplejacks.

Championships[edit]

The Sarnia Sting are in quest of their first J. Ross Robertson Cup and first Memorial Cup. The 1996–97 season was the closest the team came to the OHL Championship, but lost in the quarter-finals to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3. The lone title so far came in the 2003–04 season, when the team won the OHL West Division, winning the Bumbacco Trophy, but were later eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The Sarnia Sting won their second West Division title in 2016. They beat the Guelph Storm 7-1 to clinch the division. That was their first division title in 12 years. On Saturday March 19, 2016 the Sarnia Sting broke a franchise record from 2002-2003 capturing 41 wins and 91 points to end the 2015-2016 OHL season.

Coaches[edit]

List of Coaches

Multiple seasons in parentheses.

  • 1994–95 D.Boyd, R.Brown, M.Hunter
  • 1995–96 Mark Hunter (5)
  • 1996–97 Joe Canale
  • 1997–99 Mark Hunter (5)
  • 1999–2000 Mark Hunter, Rich Brown (3)
  • 2000–01 Rich Brown, Jeff Perry
  • 2001–03 Jeff Perry (4)
  • 2003–04 Jeff Perry, Greg Walters
  • 2004–06 Shawn Camp (2)
  • 2006–2010 Dave MacQueen (4)
  • 2010–2011 Dave MacQueen, Trevor Letowski
  • 2011–2013 Jacques Beaulieu
  • 2013–2015 Trevor Letowski (2)
  • 2015–present Derian Hatcher

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Below is the Sarnia Sting roster for the 2016–2017 regular season as of December 8, 2016:[9][10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
3 Canada Black, AlexAlex Black (A) D L 19 2013 OHL Kitchener, Ontario
4 United States King, JeffJeff King D R 20 2012 OHL St. Clair, Michigan
9 Canada Lajeunesse, TroyTroy Lajeunesse C L 19 2014 FA Dokis First Nation, Ontario
10 Canada Salinitri, AnthonyAnthony Salinitri (A) C L 18 2014 OHL Windsor, Ontario
11 Canada Hough, CameronCameron Hough LW L 16 2016 OHL Stouffville, Ontario
12 Canada Stos, JacobJacob Stos LW L 18 2014 OHL Walden, Ontario
13 Canada Hinz, BradyBrady Hinz C R 16 2016 OHL Stratford, Ontario
15 Czech Republic Helt, FilipFilip Helt LW L 18 2016 OHL Litvínov, Czech Rep.
16 United States Ernst, JordanJordan Ernst D L 19 2016 OHL Mokena, Illinois
18 Germany Latta, LouisLouis Latta LW L 18 2015 OHL Schongau, Germany
19 Canada McGregor, RyanRyan McGregor (AInjured Reserve LW L 17 2015 OHL Burlington, Ontario
20 Canada Schlichting, ConnorConnor Schlichting D L 19 2013 OHL Newmarket, Ontario
21 Slovakia Ruzicka, AdamAdam Ruzicka C L 17 2016 OHL Bratislava, Slovakia
22 Canada Lindo, JadenJaden Lindo (AInjured Reserve RW R 20 2012 OHL Brampton, Ontario
23 Canada Egert, CurtisCurtis Egert LW L 17 2015 OHL Welland, Ontario
24 Canada Spinozzi, KevinKevin Spinozzi (C) D L 20 2012 OHL Granby, Quebec
25 Canada Kyrou, JordanJordan Kyrou (A) RW R 18 2014 OHL Toronto, Ontario
26 Canada Sproviero, FrancoFranco Sproviero C L 18 2014 OHL Sarnia, Ontario
27 Canada Josling, SeanSean Josling RW R 17 2016 OHL Toronto, Ontario
28 United States Hatcher, KeltonKelton Hatcher D L 17 2015 OHL Haddonfield, New Jersey
30 Canada Hughes, AidanAidan Hughes G L 17 2015 OHL London, Ontario
31 Canada Coffin, BlairBlair Coffin G L 16 2016 OHL Dunnville, Ontario
32 Canada Fazio, JustinJustin Fazio G L 19 2013 OHL Sarnia, Ontario
35 Russia Korostelev, NikitaNikita Korostelev RW R 19 2013 OHL Moscow, Russia

NHL rights[edit]

Number Player Position NHL rights
10 Canada Anthony Salinitri C Philadelphia Flyers 2016
22 Canada Jaden Lindo RW Pittsburgh Penguins 2014
25 Canada Jordan Kyrou LW St. Louis Blues 2016
35 Russia Nikita Korostelev RW Toronto Maple Leafs 2015

Award winners[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

None to date. There are currently no retired numbers; however, there are banners in honour of Shawn Burr and Kerry Fraser. Banners that were once hung, but have since been taken down, include the ones of Aaron Brand and Peter Sarno who both won OHL scoring titles, Trevor Letowski, who all participated at IIHF World U20 Championships in 1997, Danny Fritsche who won gold with the United States men's national junior ice hockey team in 2004 and Steven Stamkos who participated in 2008.

NHL alumni[edit]

Team records[edit]

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 91 2015–16
Least points 39 2005–06, 2009–10
Most wins 42 2015–16
Least wins 16 2004–05
Most goals for 330 1995–96
Least goals for 156 2004–05
Most goals against 321 2010–11
Least goals against 189 1999–2000
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Reid Boucher 62 2012–13
Most goals (rookie) Nail Yakupov 49 2010–11
Most assists Peter Sarno 93 1998–99
Most points Peter Sarno 130 1998–99
Most points (rookie) Nail Yakupov 101 2010–11
Most points (defenceman) Andy Delmore 78 1996–97
Best GAA (goalie) Greg Hewitt 2.53 1999–2000
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Yearly results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OT = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OT SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1994–95 66 24 37 5 - - 53 0.402 250 292 3rd Western
1995–96 66 39 23 4 - - 82 0.621 330 276 2nd Western
1996–97 66 35 24 7 - - 77 0.583 286 251 2nd Western
1997–98 66 32 21 13 - - 77 0.583 253 227 3rd Western
1998–99 68 37 25 6 - - 80 0.588 279 216 2nd West
1999–2000 68 33 27 8 - - 74 0.544 211 189 3rd West
2000–01 68 28 31 7 2 - 65 0.463 235 244 3rd West
2001–02 68 27 29 5 7 - 66 0.434 236 260 4th West
2002–03 68 41 19 7 1 - 90 0.654 234 223 2nd West
2003–04 68 37 23 4 4 - 82 0.574 220 210 1st West
2004–05 68 16 41 6 5 - 43 0.316 156 228 5th West
2005–06 68 17 46 - 2 3 39 0.287 197 295 5th West
2006–07 68 34 24 - 5 5 78 0.574 270 241 4th West
2007–08 68 37 29 - 2 0 76 0.559 251 229 3rd West
2008–09 68 35 26 - 4 3 77 0.566 216 210 4th West
2009–10 68 17 46 - 3 2 39 0.287 184 295 5th West
2010–11 68 25 36 - 5 2 57 0.419 243 321 4th West
2011–12 68 34 27 - 2 5 75 0.551 243 235 2nd West
2012–13 68 35 28 - 1 4 75 0.551 247 254 3rd West
2013–14 68 17 44 - 2 5 41 0.301 211 341 5th West
2014–15 68 29 32 - 4 3 65 0.478 232 263 3rd West
2015–16 68 42 19 - 5 2 91 0.669 254 192 1st West
2016–17 30 16 11 - 3 0 35 0.603 112 110 3rd West
Total 1,518 687 668 - 72 57 1,537 - 5,350 5,602 2 Division Titles

Statistics as of December 9, 2016.[11]

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1994–95 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1995–96 Defeated S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
  • 1996–97 Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
  • 1997–98 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1998–99 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1999–00 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2000–01 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2001–02 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2002–03 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2003–04 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2004–05 DNQ
  • 2005–06 DNQ
  • 2006–07 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2007–08 Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
  • 2008–09 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2009-10 DNQ
  • 2010-11 DNQ
  • 2011–12 Lost to Saginaw Spirit 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2012–13 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2013-14 DNQ
  • 2014–15 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2015–16 Lost to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.

Jerseys and logos[edit]

The original Sarnia Sting jersey logo

The original Sarnia Sting jersey (worn from 1994/95 - 1998/99) showed a bee playing hockey with its stinger poised. The team's colours were black, white and silver. An alternate jersey (worn from 1997/98 - 1998/99) had a yellow background and a bee holding a stick about the Sarnia name on the chest.

The current jerseys include a white jersey with a bee in the center and a black jersey with "Sarnia" written across the front. During the first half of the season, the team wears the white uniform at home while during the second half of the season they wear the black uniform at home.

During the 2012 offseason the team held a contest to design the team's alternate jersey for the season. The new jersey is yellow with black and white stripes down the arm. The logo is round and includes a picture of the Blue Water Bridge in the background with a bee in the center. Around the bridges and the bee it is inscribed "Sarnia Sting" on top and "Hockey Club" on the bottom.

Arenas[edit]

Relocation from Newmarket, Ontario in 1994 was made on the promise that a new arena would be built in Sarnia. In the meantime the team played their first four seasons at Sarnia Arena located in the downtown area.

In 1998–99 the Sting played their first season at their new home, The Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre (now known as the Progressive Auto Sales Arena). It's a more modern facility with private boxes and many other amenities. The new building also hosted the Ontario Hockey League All Star Game in 1999, and the RE/Max Canada-Russia Challenge in 2004.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sting Office". Sarnia Sting. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Nick Sinclair – General Manager". Sarnia Sting. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hockey Operations". Sarnia Sting. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Spinozzi Named Sting Captain". Sarnia Sting. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Simpson, Barbara (8 August 2016). "Council endorses Progressive deal". Sarnia Observer. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Bridge, Terry (22 January 2015). "Sarnia Sting sold to new owners". Sarnia Observer. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "OHL Recognizes Karmanos and Ciccarelli". Ontario Hockey League. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sarnia Sting sold to Derian Hatcher and David Legwand". Sarnia Observer. Postmedia Network. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sarnia Sting - 2016–17 Regular Season". Sarnia Sting. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sarnia Sting 2016–17 roster and scoring statistics at hockeydb.com". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Standings". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 

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