Vaughan Vipers

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Vaughan Vipers
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City Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
League Ontario Junior Hockey League
Operated 1991-2012
Home arena Al Palladini Community Centre
Colours Purple, Black and White
              
General manager Jason Fortier
Head coach Jason Fortier
Affiliates Vaughan Kings (GTHL)
Franchise history
1991-1996 Royal York Rangers
1996-Present Vaughan Vipers

The Vaughan Vipers were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Manny Legace never played for the VAUGHAN Vipers. He played for the Vaughan Raiders

History[edit]

In 1991, the expansion Royal York Rangers joined the Central Jr. B league, which became the Ontario Provincial league. In 1996, the team moved to become the Vaughan Vipers. In the first season in 1996-97, the Vipers failed to make the playoffs and were the fourth-worst team. After managing only 7 wins out of a 51-game schedule, the Vipers finished with only 18 points, and the Vipers finished out of playoff contention for the third-consecutive year. The 1999-00 season would bring changes, and the Vipers produced talent with some local players, who were discarded from major junior hockey, especially the Ontario Hockey League. The records from the previous years were identical, but in different categories. Vaughan made the post-season for the first time in their short history, especially defeating the Pickering Panthers in four games and the Markham Waxers in 5 games. The Thornhill Rattlers were no match for the Vipers and lost the series in 4 games. The following seasons, the Vipers began to sink to the bottom of the standings and were fortunate to qualify for the playoffs, only to exit the first round. The Vipers would not advance to another playoff round until 2007.

Vaughan's best season came in 2007-08, when the team boosted a 41-4-4 record, despite finishing 2nd place in the OPJHL's South Conference behind the dominant St. Michael's Buzzers. The Vipers received a bye to the next round of the playoffs, but lost the second round series to the Markham Waxers in four games.

In their final 2011-12 season, the Vipers finished 2nd behind the St. Michael's Buzzers, but would lose a heart-breaking series to the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots in 7 games. Marcus Hinds scored the final goal in Vaughan Vipers history just over 11 minutes into the third period in a 4-2 loss to Toronto at the Al Palladini Community Centre in front of 323 fans.

In March 2012, the Vipers withdrew their membership from the OJHL. The news came as a shock, as the Vipers were potential top team in the OJHL. The news came as a shock and surprise to head coach/general manager Jason Fortier, who had just came up with some marketing ideas for the team, but owner Al Doria claimed it was too late and went ahead with the buyout option offered by the league.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1991-92 42 2 40 0 - 83 349 4 16th CJBHL
1992-93 49 6 42 1 - 152 347 17 17th CJBHL
1993-94 42 1 40 1 - 124 345 3 8th OPJHL-W
1994-95 49 11 33 5 - 183 312 29 7th OPJHL-W
1995-96 50 9 39 2 - 181 364 21 6th OPJHL-Me
1996-97 51 16 33 2 - 179 272 35 6th OPJHL-Me
1997-98 51 7 40 2 2 192 354 18 5th OPJHL-Me
1998-99 51 9 38 2 2 198 346 22 11th OPJHL-W
1999-00 49 36 7 3 3 221 125 78 1st OPJHL-S
2000-01 49 19 23 5 2 169 173 45 8th OPJHL-S
2001-02 49 19 25 3 2 173 196 43 7th OPJHL-S
2002-03 49 26 17 2 4 205 204 58 4th OPJHL-S
2003-04 49 18 29 1 1 161 200 38 7th OPJHL-S
2004-05 49 20 21 4 4 157 177 48 6th OPJHL-S
2005-06 49 22 19 5 3 193 180 52 6th OPJHL-S Lost Conf. QF
2006-07 49 32 7 7 3 192 108 74 1st OPJHL-S Lost Conf. SF
2007-08 49 41 4 - 4 256 127 86 2nd OPJHL-S
2008-09 49 33 13 - 3 242 152 69 4th OJHL-M
2009-10 56 29 17 - 10 217 183 68 8th OJAHL Lost Quarter-final
2010-11 50 34 13 - 3 233 145 71 1st OJHL-S Lost Quarter-final
2011-12 49 29 18 - 2 196 153 60 2nd OJHL-S Lost Division SF

Notable alumni[edit]

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