Victoria Cougars (VIJHL)

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Victoria Cougars
Cougars Logo.jpg
City Esquimalt, British Columbia
League Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League
Division South
Founded 1998 (1998)–99
Home arena Archie Browning Arena
Colours Black, gold, red, and white
                   
General manager Gary Boyer
Head coach Mark Van Helvoirt
Championships Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy – 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Cyclone Taylor Cup2007

Website
victoriacougars.com
Franchise history
1998-Present Victoria Cougars

The Victoria Cougars are a junior "B" ice hockey team based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the South Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). The Cougars play their home games at Archie Browning Arena. Gary Boyer is the team's president and general manager, Mark Van Helvoirt is the coach and they are captained by Nathan Looysen.

The Cougars joined the league in 1998 as an expansion team. In its VIJHL history, the team has won the Cyclone Taylor Cup once, in 2007. The Cougars have won the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Six times in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. They won the Andy Hebenton Trophy six times, as the team with the league's best regular season record in 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.

History[edit]

From their inaugural year when the team won only one game all season, the Cougars have improved every season. In March 2005, the Victoria Cougars won their first Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy, and won the bronze medal at the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial championships.

They followed that up with their best regular season record in the 2006-07 season, going 39-6-0-3 for 81 points, and a winning percentage of 0.840, second best in the province. In the 2007 playoffs the Cougars won their second VIJHL playoff championship in three years. They then hosted the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial Junior "B" championships at Esquimalt’s Archie Browning Sports Centre, and won the tournament, defeating the Abbotsford Pilots 4-1 to earn the title of the best Junior "B" team in the province in their ninth year of operation.

The Cougars success on the ice continues: The Cougars have finished in the top two in the VIJHL for the last 14 straight regular seasons, capturing the regular season championship in the 2007/08, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons; they have been in the VIJHL Finals 10 of the last 12 years, capturing seven Brent Patterson Memorial Trophys. In 2012-13 they set a new league record, winning 45 of 48 games, losing one in regulation and 2 in overtime.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Division Champions Regular Season Champions League Champions Provincial Champions
Season Division Regular season Playoffs
GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA Result GP W L GF GA Result
1998–99 South 40 1 38 1 3 120 407 4th Lost Division Semifinals
1999–00 South 40 11 22 7 29 168 219 3rd 4 1 3 14 26 Lost Division Semifinals 1–3 (Panthers)
2000–01 South 48 23 19 6 52 233 212 3rd 3 0 3 11 18 Lost in Division Semifinals, 0–3 (Islanders)
2001–02 South 48 23 15 6 4 56 223 209 2nd 4 1 3 13 18 Lost Division Semifinals 1–3 (Islanders)
2002–03 South 48 27 16 1 4 59 254 191 1st 12 7 5 38 41 Won Division Semifinals 4–0 (Islanders)
Won Division Finals 3–2 (Panthers)
Lost Finals, 0–3 (Storm)
2003–04 South 48 28 17 3 0 59 230 186 2nd 11 6 5 40 33 Won in Division Semifinals, 4–1 (Braves)
Lost in Division Finals, 2–4 (Panthers)
2004–05 South 48 29 11 5 3 61 219 145 2nd 13 10 3 66 46 Won in Division Semifinals (Islanders)
Won in Division Finals (Panthers)
Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions, 2–0 (Storm)

Finished 3rd in Cyclone Taylor Cup, 1–2–1 (Final vs Pilots)
2005–06 South 42 29 8 2 3 61 231 129 2nd 5 1 4 12 17 Lost in Division Semifinals, 1–4 (Braves)
2006–07 South 48 39 6 0 3 81 303 132 2nd 23 16 7 83 36 Won in Division Semifinals, 4–0 (Stingers)
Won in Division Finals, 4–0 (Panthers)
Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions, 4–2 (Islanders)
Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions, 3–1–0 (Final vs Pilots)

Finished 4th in Keystone Cup
2007–08 South 48 34 9 2 3 71 226 120 1st 19 12 7 82 44 Won in Division Semifinals, 4–0 (Stingers)
Won in Division Finals, 4–1 (Panthers)
Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions, 4-2 (Islanders)

Finished 4th in Cyclone Taylor Cup, 0–4–0 (Final vs Ghostriders)
2008–09 South 48 34 8 6 74 236 132 2nd 15 9 6 63 46 Won Div. Semifinals 4–1 (Braves)
Won in Division Finals, 4–1 (Panthers)
Lost in Finals, 1–4 (Generals)
2009–10 South 48 34 7 7 75 229 141 2nd 14 7 7 Won in Division Semifinals, 4–3 (Braves)
Lost in Division Finals, 3–4 (Panthers)
2010–11 South 44 33 9 2 68 202 110 1st 10 6 4 26 20 Bye in Quarterfinals
Won Semifinals 3–0 (Generals)
Lost in Finals, 3–4 (Panthers)
2011–12 South 42 36 5 1 73 200 93 1st 13 10 3 60 30 Bye in Quarterfinals
Won Semifinals 4–1 (Islanders)
Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions, 4–0 (Panthers)

Finished 2nd in Cyclone Taylor Cup, 2–2–0 (Final vs Pilots)
2012–13 South 48 46 1 2 94 280 98 1st 18 14 4 94 42 Won Division Semifinals 4–1 (Panthers)
Won in Division Finals, 4–1 (Braves)
Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions, 4–0 (Glacier Kings)

Finished 2nd in Cyclone Taylor Cup, 2–2–0 (Final vs Sockeyes)
2013-14 South 48 35 10 1 2 73 225 92 1st 19 14 5 78 36 Won Div Semifinals 4–0 (Islanders)
Won in Division Finals, 4–1 (Storm)
Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions, 4–2 (Panthers)

Finished 3rd in Cyclone Taylor Cup, 2–2–0 (Final vs Leafs)
2014–15 South 48 42 5 1 85 256 99 1st 12 8 4 66 21 Won Quarterfinals 4–0 (Islanders)
Won Semiinals, 4-0 (Wolves)
Lost League Finals, 0-4 (Storm)
2015-16 South 48 41 5 1 1 84 265 88 1st 16 12 3 85 42 Won Quarterfinal 4–0 (Islanders)
Won Semifinals, 4-0 (Panthers)
Won League Finals 4-2 (Storm)
Cyclone Cup (see below)

Cyclone Taylor Cup[edit]

British Columbia Jr B Provincial Championships

Season Round Robin Record Standing Bronze Medal Game Gold Medal Game
2016* W, 100 Mile House 4-2
W, Campbell River 5-3
W, Mission City 7-5
3-0-0 1st of 4 n/a L, 100 Mile House 5-4
Silver Medalists
  • Host

Awards and trophies[edit]

Cyclone Taylor Cup

  • 2006-07

Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy
VIJHL Championship

  • 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2015-16

Andy Hebenton Trophy
Regular Season Champion

  • 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2015-16

Grant Peart Memorial Trophy
Least Penalized Team

  • 1997-98, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2011-12

Doug Morton Trophy
Leading Scorer

  • Daryl Boyer: 1999-00
  • Daryl Boyer: 2000-01
  • Mark Van Helvoirt: 2001-02
  • Karl Carveth: 2004-05
  • Michael Hammond: 2005-06
  • Steve Axford: 2011-12 (tied with Ty Jones (Braves))

Top Forward
(New award for 2011-12 season)

  • Brody Coulter: 2011-12

Jack Kingston Memorial Trophy
Top Defenceman

  • Cam Smith: 2005-06
  • Jacob Koistinen: 2007-08
  • Adam Steenbergen: 2008-09

Jamie Benn Trophy
Most Valuable Player

  • Adam Steenbergen: 2009-10

Jamie Robertson Trophy
Most Sportsmanlike Player

  • Michael Hammond: 2005-06

Larry Lamoureaux Trophy
Rookie of the Year

  • Ryan Fuzi: 2000-01
  • Brandon Wong: 2001-02
  • Matt Thomson: 2003-04
  • Michael Hammond: 2005-06
  • Steven Axford: 2007-08
  • Samuel Rice: 2008-09

Ray's Sports Centre Trophy
Top Goaltender

  • Matt Thomson: 2003-04
  • Matt Thomson: 2005-06
  • Corey Koop: 2009-10
  • Evan Roch 2011-12

Walt McWilliams Memorial Trophy
Unsung Hero

  • Tim Simpson: 2002-03

Coach of the Year
(New award for 2011-12 season)

  • Mark Van Helvoirt 2011-12

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