Vermont Lumberjacks

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Vermont Lumberjacks
City Burlington, Vermont
League EHL-Premier and Elite
Conference North Conference
Founded 2003
Home arena Leddy Arena
Colors Red, Green and White
Owner(s) Stephen Lary
General manager Stephen Lary
Head coach Doc DelCastillo (Premier)
Jim Mosso (Elite)
Franchise history
2003–2014 Washington Junior Nationals
2014–present Vermont Lumberjacks

The Vermont Lumberjacks are an USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior A ice hockey organization from Burlington, Vermont.

The players, ages 16–20, carry amateur status under Junior A guidelines and hope to earn a spot on higher levels of junior hockey in the United States and Canada, Canadian Major Junior, Collegiate, and eventually professional teams.[1][2]

History[edit]

In 2003, the Washington Jr. Nationals from Arlington, Virginia became a charter member of the new Tier III Junior A Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL). The originally played at the 1,200-seat Kettler Capitals Iceplex, official practice facility of the Washington Capitals, before moving to the multi-rink Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland in 2010.[3][4]

In 2013, Tier III junior hockey went through a large reorganization that led to the dissolution of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) and six former EJHL teams joining the AJHL. The AJHL was then re-branded as the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

Following the 2013–14 season, the Jr. Nationals were relocated to Burlington, Vermont and renamed the Vermont Lumberjacks, bringing junior hockey back to the state of Vermont for the two years after the Green Mountain Glades departed following the 2011–12 season.

In 2015, the EHL added a lower level Tier III division (formerly called Tier III Junior B by USA Hockey) called the EHL-Elite Division. This led to the current EHL teams to be placed in the EHL-Premier Division and the Lumberjacks moving their Junior B team from the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League to the Elite Division.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Washington Jr. Nationals
Atlantic Junior Hockey League
2003–04 No information 3rd of 6, AJHL Won Semifinal game, 3-1 vs. New York Bobcats
Won Championship game, 7-2 vs. Philadelphia Little Flyers
League Champions[5]
2004–05 41 14 25 0 2 30 116 163 3rd of 4, South
6th of 8, AJHL
2005–06 42 17 23 0 2 36 146 200 9th of 11, AJHL
2006–07 44 23 18 0 3 49 175 168 3rd of 6, South
5th of 12, AJHL
2007–08 44 22 19 0 3 47 166 178 4th of 5, South
8th of 11, AJHL
2008–09 42 17 19 0 6 40 135 145 5th of 6, South
9th of 12, AJHL
2009–10 42 17 22 0 3 37 148 176 4th of 6, South
8th of 12, AJHL
2010–11 44 6 38 0 0 12 98 286 6th of 6, South
12th of 12, AJHL
2011–12 44 3 38 2 1 9 74 227 12th of 12, AJHL
2012–13 44 7 33 2 2 18 88 183 12th of 12, AJHL Did not qualify
Eastern Hockey League
2013–14 44 5 37 1 1 12 121 146 6th of 6, South Div.
17th of 17, EHL
Lost Play-in game, 2-8 vs. New Jersey Junior Titans
Vermont Lumberjacks
2014–15 44 16 24 4 36 107 154 3rd of 4, North Div.
15th of 19, EHL
Lost Round 1, 0-2 vs. Walpole Express
2015–16 41 17 22 2 36 113 130 7th of 9, North Conf.
14th of 18, EHL-Premier
Lost First Round, 0-2 vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

Alumni[edit]

The Jr. Nationals/Lumberjacks have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, ACHA college and professional programs.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Jeff (2009-03-12). "Washington Area High School Hockey Players Are Sometimes Torn Between Junior Nationals, High School Teams". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  2. ^ Carrera, Katie (2009-04-09). "Dreams Come Closer – D.C. Area's Hockey Players Have More Alternatives On Their Way to College". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  3. ^ "Washington Capitals – Team – Washington Capitals – Team". Capitals.nhl.com. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  4. ^ "USA Junior Hockey Magazine May". Juniorhockeymagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20040414042002/http://www.jrnats.com/
  6. ^ "Atlantic Junior Hockey League". Atlantichockey.org. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 

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