Wheatley Sharks

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Wheatley Sharks
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City Wheatley, Ontario
League Provincial Junior Hockey League
Conference North
Founded 1995 (1995)
Home arena Wheatley Area Arena
Colours Red, Blue, and White
General manager Pete Anthony (2015–16)
Head coach Dave Wiper (mid 2015–16)
Franchise history
1995–2001 Southpoint Sharks
2001-2008 Wheatley-Southpoint Sharks
2008–present Wheatley Sharks

The Wheatley Sharks are a Canadian junior hockey team based in Wheatley, Ontario, Canada. Beginning the 2016-17 season the Sharks began play in the Provincial Junior Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.Prior to the change they proud members of the [Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League]].

History[edit]

Sharks goalie during 2013-14 season.
Sharks player during 2013-14 season.

The Wheatley Sharks have been a member of the Great Lakes Junior C League since 1995–96. The Sharks have made it to the League Finals 4 times since the 2001–02 season but have never been able to win the Championship.

In the 2001–02 season the Sharks faced the Essex 73's in their first ever Finals appearance, the 73's would knock off the Sharks in a hard fought series which Essex won in 5 games, the following year the 73's and Sharks would meet once again in the Championship series, Essex would control this series once again beating the Sharks this time in 4 games.

In 2004–05 the 73's and Sharks would once again meet up this time in the League Semi-Finals which many saw as a battle of the 2 best teams, it would be a classic series, the teams would play Game 7 at the Essex arena in front of over 1500 fans, Sharks held a 2-0 3rd period lead before the 73's battled back with 3 late goals to claim the series victory, Essex would go on to win the Provincial Championship.

The 2005–06 season would be the most successful season in Wheatley Sharks history as Head Coach Dave Wiper led them to a Regular Season Championship with a 1st Place finish with a record of 29–8–1–2. The Club would once again make it to the League Finals for the 3rd time and Face Essex once again this time having the advantage of Home ice, the 73's however would take the title in another classic series going 6 games.

In the 2008–09 season The Sharks would finish 3rd in the league and battle the Belle River Canadiens in first round battle, the Canadiens would take a 3-0 series lead only to see the Sharks battle back and tie the series forcing a game 7 in Belle River. The Canadiens would take the 7th game by a score of 7–1.

The Sharks had another successful season in 2010–11 finishing 21–16–3 would face the Essex 73's once again. The Sharks and 73's were tied 3–3 and another Game 7 in Essex for the Sharks, this time it would be Sharks that would come out on top with a 4–0 shutout win as the Sharks finally defeated the 73's in a playoff series, they would move onto the semi Finals and defeat the 1st place Wallaceburg Lakers in 6 games, however the Sharks lost in a classic 7 game series to the Belle River Canadiens as Belle River won their 2nd straight league title.

The 2011–12 edition of the Sharks would be a very successful one during the regular season, the club finished with a 24–15–1 record during the regular season, which was good enough for 3rd in the league. During the 2011–12 regular season the Sharks would set a team record with 12 straight wins at the Wheatley Arena and finish with a 16–3–1 home record, it was also a successful season for Kurtis Ouellette who won Defenceman of the year and Riley Babkirk who won Rookie of the year. The regular season success would not continue over to the playoffs though, the Sharks would fall in the 1st round to the Belle River Canadiens in 5 games.

The 2012–13 season would be another successful season in Wheatey. The Sharks would finish the season as the 3rd place team with an impressive record of 24–14–2. The Sharks would draw the 6th Seed Alvinston Flyers in the first round, the Sharks would sweep the Flyers in 4 straight games. Round 2 would bring their rivals from Belle River, the Canadiens held a 3–2 series lead heading back to Wheatley, the Sharks would force a game 7 with a 4–1 win on home ice, Game 7 would be dominated by the Sharks 4–0 and send Wheatley into the finals against the 73's. After losing their leading scorer Jon Woelk to a broken ankle in the previous round, and a few key components the 73's would eliminate the Sharks 4 straight to put an end to Wheatley's hopes for a first League Championship.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1995-96 43 20 19 2 2 153 158 43 5th GLJHL
1996-97 40 18 12 5 5 200 169 46 5th GLJHL
1997-98 45 30 14 1 0 202 157 61 2nd GLJHL Lost Semi-final
1998-99 40 17 19 1 3 164 192 38 5th GLJHL
1999-00 41 12 22 5 2 130 164 31 7th GLJHL
2000-01 40 12 25 2 1 134 181 27 8th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final
2001-02 40 22 12 2 4 160 127 50 2nd GLJHL Lost Final
2002-03 40 26 10 3 1 162 116 56 2nd GLJHL Lost Final
2003-04 40 15 20 1 4 125 138 35 7th GLJHL Lost Semi-final
2004-05 40 19 13 8 0 166 137 46 6th GLJHL Lost Semi-final
2005-06 40 29 8 1 2 185 114 61 1st GLJHL Lost Final
2006-07 40 26 9 2 3 201 163 57 3rd GLJHL Lost Semi-final
2007-08 39 14 20 4 1 167 171 33 6th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final
2008-09 40 22 14 - 4 167 148 48 3rd GLJHL Lost Quarter-final
2009-10 40 19 18 - 3 174 170 41 5th GLJHL Lost Quarter-final
2010-11 40 21 16 - 3 142 144 45 4th GLJHL Lost Final
2011-12 40 24 15 - 1 157 119 49 3rd GLJHL Lost Quarter-final
2012-13 40 24 14 - 2 153 122 50 3rd GLJHL Won Quarters - 4-0 (Alvinston)
Won Semi's - 3-4 - (Belle River)
Lost Final - 0-4 - (Essex)
2013-14 40 22 16 - 2 160 137 46 4th GLJHL Won Quarters - 4-2 (Alvinston)
Lost Semi's - 0-4 - (Essex)
2014-15 40 17 20 - 3 131 149 37 7th GLJHL Lost Quarters - 0-4 - (Amherstburg)
2015-16 40 19 17 2 2 141 171 42 6th GLJHL Lost Quarters - 0-4 - (Amherstburg)
2016-17 40 18 21 1 - 157 171 37 6th Stobbs Lost Div. Quarters - 2-4 - (Amherstburg)

2016-2017 Executive/Staff[edit]

  • Team President - Jamie Diniro
  • General Manager - Pete Anthony
  • Assistant GM / Director of Scouting - Thomas Grubb
  • Head Coach - Dave Wiper
  • Assistant Coach - Terry Symons
  • Assistant Coach - Josh Carnevale
  • Goalie Coach - Marc Tremblay
  • Trainer - Ed Woelk
  • Assistant Trainer - Steven Taylor
  • Assistant Trainer - Ken Dawson
  • Equipment Manager - Scott Simpson
  • Equipment Manager - Tim Oliphant
  • Equipment Manager - Rick Woelk
  • Equipment Manager - Jeron Kir

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