Buffalo Regals

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Buffalo Regals
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City Cheektowaga, New York, United States
League Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Golden Horseshoe
Founded 1987
Home arena Holiday Twin Rinks
Colors Navy, red, white
              
General manager Mike Answeeney (2016–17)
Head coach Jamie Macajiewski (2016–17)
Affiliates Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
Franchise history
1987–2011 Wheatfield Jr. Blades
2011–2013 Buffalo Blades
2013–present Buffalo Regals

The Buffalo Regals are an American Junior "B" ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. They play in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL). The organization also have several youth hockey teams.

History[edit]

Founded in 1987, the Wheatfield Jr. Blades played out of the Northeastern Junior Hockey League from 1987 until 1997. In 1997, the Blades jumped to the Tier III Junior B Empire Junior Hockey League (EmJHL). In the 2005–06 season, the Blades elected to field two teams, one to play in the EmJHL and another to play in the Canadian Junior B Golden Horseshoe Junior Hockey League (GHJHL). Each team's primary players were different, but listed the other team's players as affiliates. In the 2006–07 Season, the Blades sold their EmJHL team to the Buffalo Stars.

Before the 2011–12 season, the team was renamed the Buffalo Blades and managed by Jerry Shorthouse and John Bruno. As the Buffalo Blades, the team would only win nine times in 101 games. In 2013, the team was bought by a group with close ties to the local minor hockey association and the team was renamed the Regals.

It was announced on September 2, 2014 that the Regals would not play the 2014–15 season after the OJHL's Buffalo Jr. Sabres ended an agreement to transfer players between the two teams, causing the Regals to lose a valuable source of talent and unable to field a team.[1] Prior to the 2015–16 season, the Regals failed to file the appropriate reinstatement paper work with USA Hockey in order to play the season.[2]

The Regals returned to the GOJHL in time for the 2016–17 season. However, on 21 November, after 24 games, all of which were lost in regulation, the GOJHL announced over social media that the Regals had been removed from the league after the team did not travel to play the Welland Jr. Canadians. One day later, the statement was deleted and the Regals played a home game against the Ancaster Avalanche, which they lost 7–0.[3] GM Mike Answeeney said: "It's back to normal as far as I’m concerned... We're going to show up for every game scheduled."[4]

Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Regular Season Finish Playoffs
1987–88 22 14 16 2 30 4th NEJHL Lost Final
1988–89 44 10 33 1 21 5th NEJHL
1989–90 47 9 35 3 21 5th NEJHL
1990–91 59 33 23 3 69 2nd NEJHL Lost Final, Won Nationals
1991–92 53 31 19 3 65 2nd NEJHL Lost Final
1992–93 58 32 23 3 67 1st NEJHL Won League
1993–94 55 36 17 2 74 1st NEJHL Won League
1994–95 54 34 16 4 72 1st NEJHL Won League
1995–96 56 30 23 3 63 1st NEJHL Won League
1995–96 10 3 7 0 0 28 78 GHJHL Interleague
1996–97 NEJHL
1996–97 14 0 14 0 0 43 133 GHJHL Interleague
1997–98 33 29 12 2 60 2nd EmJHL Lost Final
1998–99 54 37 14 3 77 1st EmJHL Won League
1999–00 28 15 12 1 31 4th EmJHL Won League
2000–01 30 23 7 0 163 83 46 1st EmJHL Won League
2001–02 34 32 1 1 65 1st EmJHL Lost Final
2002–03 32 21 8 3 153 91 45 3rd EmJHL Lost in Round Robin
2003–04 38 31 6 1 63 1st EmJHL Won League
2004–05 44 31 10 3 1st EmJHL-West
2005–06 42 2 34 3 3 91 212 10 19th EmJHL
2005–06 49 8 37 3 1 131 301 20 8th GHJHL Lost Quarter-final
2006–07 49 8 39 0 2 184 294 18 8th GHJHL Lost Quarter-final
2007–08 49 5 42 2 0 128 303 12 8th GOJHL-GH
2008–09 52 19 28 5 152 214 43 7th GOJHL-GH
2009–10 51 13 32 6 173 263 32 7th GOJHL-GH Lost Conference Quarter-final
2010–11 51 4 45 2 105 334 10 8th GOJHL-GH
2011–12 50 8 40 2 130 295 18 8th GOJHL-GH Lost Conference Quarter-final
2012–13 51 1 49 1 110 421 3 8th GOJHL-GH Lost Conference Quarter-final
2013–14 49 4 44 1 112 264 9 9th GOJHL-GH Did not qualify
2014–15 Leave of Absence
2015–16
2016–17 50 3 47 0 0 66 536 6 9th GH Conf
27 of 27 GOJHL
Did not qualify

References[edit]

  1. ^ Potrecz, Bill (September 3, 2014). "Regals opt out for a season". St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "GOJHL Buffalo Regals Fold Because Of Paperwork". The Junior Hockey News. August 24, 2015. Retrieved November 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Future of Team Clouded". St. Catharines Standard. November 23, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ Potrecz, Bill (November 23, 2016). "Regals beef up roster". St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 

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