|League||Ontario Hockey League|
|Home arena||Progressive Auto Sales Arena
|Colours||Black, white and gold
|General manager||Nick Sinclair|
|Head coach||Derian Hatcher|
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 (formerly the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre).
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.
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, 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.
The move of the OHL franchise also forced the Junior "B" Sarnia Bees to change their name to the Sarnia Steeplejacks.
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.
- 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
|2||Calvas, TheoTheo Calvas||D||R||18||2015 OHL||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan|
|4||King, JeffJeff King||D||R||20||2012 OHL||St. Clair, Michigan|
|7||Grima, NickNick Grima||D||R||17||2015 OHL||Toronto, Ontario|
|8||Perry, BrockBrock Perry||RW||R||18||2015 OHL||Sarnia, Ontario|
|9||Lajeunesse, TroyTroy Lajeunesse||C||L||19||2014 FA||Dokis First Nation, Ontario|
|10||Salinitri, AnthonyAnthony Salinitri (A)||C||L||18||2014 OHL||Windsor, Ontario|
|11||Hough, CameronCameron Hough||LW||L||16||2016 OHL||Stouffville, Ontario|
|12||Stos, JacobJacob Stos||LW||L||18||2014 OHL||Walden, Ontario|
|13||Hinz, BradyBrady Hinz||C||R||16||2016 OHL||Stratford, Ontario|
|15||Helt, FilipFilip Helt||LW||L||18||2016 OHL||Litvínov, Czech Rep.|
|16||Ernst, JordanJordan Ernst||D||L||19||2016 OHL||Mokena, Illinois|
|17||Rymsha, DrakeDrake Rymsha||C||R||18||2014 OHL||Huntington Woods, Michigan|
|18||Latta, LouisLouis Latta||LW||L||18||2015 OHL||Schongau, Germany|
|19||McGregor, RyanRyan McGregor (A)||LW||L||17||2015 OHL||Burlington, Ontario|
|20||Schlichting, ConnorConnor Schlichting||D||L||19||2013 OHL||Newmarket, Ontario|
|21||Ruzicka, AdamAdam Ruzicka||C||L||17||2016 OHL||Bratislava, Slovakia|
|22||Lindo, JadenJaden Lindo (A)||RW||R||21||2012 OHL||Brampton, Ontario|
|23||Egert, CurtisCurtis Egert||LW||L||17||2015 OHL||Welland, Ontario|
|24||Spinozzi, KevinKevin Spinozzi (C)||D||L||20||2012 OHL||Granby, Quebec|
|25||Kyrou, JordanJordan Kyrou (A)||RW||R||18||2014 OHL||Toronto, Ontario|
|26||Sproviero, FrancoFranco Sproviero||C||L||18||2014 OHL||Sarnia, Ontario|
|27||Josling, SeanSean Josling||RW||R||17||2016 OHL||Toronto, Ontario|
|28||Hatcher, KeltonKelton Hatcher||D||L||17||2015 OHL||Haddonfield, New Jersey|
|30||Hughes, AidanAidan Hughes||G||L||17||2015 OHL||London, Ontario|
|31||Coffin, BlairBlair Coffin||G||L||16||2016 OHL||Dunnville, Ontario|
|32||Fazio, JustinJustin Fazio||G||L||19||2013 OHL||Sarnia, Ontario|
|10||Anthony Salinitri||C||Philadelphia Flyers 2016|
|22||Jaden Lindo||RW||Pittsburgh Penguins 2014|
|25||Jordan Kyrou||LW||St. Louis Blues 2016|
Bobby Smith Trophy
CHL Rookie of the Year
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
Emms Family Award
F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Ivan Tennant Memorial Award
Jack Ferguson Award
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy
OHL Executive of the Year
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.
- Jamie Arniel
- Reid Boucher
- Eric Boulton
- Sean Brown
- Daniel Carcillo
- Jakob Chychrun
- Richard Clune
- Larry Courville
- Mike Danton
- Andy Delmore
- Patrick DesRochers
- Justin DiBenedetto
- Jamie Fraser
- Dan Fritsche
- Alex Galchenyuk
- Trevor Gillies
- Nikolay Goldobin
- Micheal Haley
- Jeff Heerema
- Mark Katic
- Drew Larman
- Alan Letang
- Trevor Letowski
- Matt Martin
- Sean McMorrow
- Connor Murphy
- David Nemirovsky
- Kris Newbury
- Ivan Novoseltsev
- Matt Pelech
- Marek Posmyk
- Dalton Prout
- Peter Sarno
- Jon Sim
- Ryan Spooner
- Steven Stamkos
- Joey Tenute
- Mike Van Ryn
- Ryan Wilson
- Nail Yakupov
- Pavel Zacha
- Jeff Zehr
|Least points||39||2005–06, 2009–10|
|Most goals for||330||1995–96|
|Least goals for||156||2004–05|
|Most goals against||321||2010–11|
|Least goals against||189||1999–2000|
|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|
Legend: OT = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss
|Total||1,532||692||674||-||77||55||1,550||-||5,394||5,655||2 Division Titles|
- 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
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.
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.
- Sarnia Arena - The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
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.
- RBC Centre - The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
- "Sting Office". Sarnia Sting. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
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- "Hockey Operations". Sarnia Sting. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
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- "OHL Recognizes Karmanos and Ciccarelli". Ontario Hockey League. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "Sarnia Sting sold to Derian Hatcher and David Legwand". Sarnia Observer. Postmedia Network. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
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- "Sarnia Sting 2016–17 roster and scoring statistics at hockeydb.com". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
- "Ontario Hockey League - Sarnia Sting 2016-17 Regular Season". ontariohockeyleague.com. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- "Standings". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved 19 January 2017.