Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
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City Pittston, Pennsylvania
League NAHL
Division East
Founded 2010 (NAHL franchise)
2005 (EHL franchise)
Operated 2010–present
Home arena Revolution Ice Centre
Colors Navy and White
         
Owner(s) Dr. Louis DeNaples Jr.
General manager Tom Kowal
Head coach Tom Kowal[1]
Franchise history
First franchise (AJHL/EHL)
2005–2010 Binghamton Jr. Senators
2010–2015 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Second franchise (NAHL)
2010–2012 Dawson Creek Rage
2015–present Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are a USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II junior ice hockey team from Pittston, Pennsylvania.[2] In 2015, the Knights' junior hockey organization purchased the dormant Dawson Creek Rage franchise in the Tier II North American Hockey League (NAHL) and placed their Tier III franchise in the Eastern Hockey League into dormancy.

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

History[edit]

AJHL/EHL[edit]

Until 2010, the team played in Binghamton, New York as the Binghamton Jr. Senators at the Chenango Ice Rink in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AJHL). After relocating, the organization would also field a team at the Junior B level in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League as well as youth hockey select teams at the Midget U18, Midget 16U, Bantam, Peewee, and Squirt and Mite levels. The Knights have taken their name from the youth organization which was formed in 2005. Along with Revolution Ice Centre, the Knights also practice at Revolution Training Centre in Dunmore, PA. The training center has two skating surfaces: one synthetic ice and the other is an 85 x 45 ice surface.[3]

The Knights won the AJHL Championship during the 2012–13 season. The Knights came out victorious in the best of three series against the Northern Cyclones and earned the AJHL President's Cup. The Knights lost the first game of the series 0-2 against the Cyclones, however, the Knights bounced back from their first loss of the playoffs with a lopsided 9-2 win. During the last game, the Cyclones had a 2-1 lead and it looked like they would hoist the President's Cup, but Knights forward Matt Cessna tied the game at 2-2 with just 22 seconds remaining in the third period. Then, with just over four minutes remaining in the first overtime, Matt Cessna scored the game-winner. For his in-game heroics, Cessna was named the Most Valuable Player of the Playoff Championship Series. The Knights 2012–13 AJHL Championship Team contained some well-known last names in the hockey world, including team captain Jack Ceglarski (Grandson of Len Ceglarski) and the defenceman Oscar Nyquist (Brother of Gustav Nyquist).[4][5]

In 2013, Tier III junior hockey leagues underwent a large reorganization and the AJHL re-branded as the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

NAHL[edit]

On May 1, 2015, it was announced that the Knights had purchased the dormant Dawson Creek Rage franchise in the North American Hockey League and began play as a Tier II team in the 2015–16 NAHL season[6] while also dropping their Tier III teams.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
Eastern Hockey League (Tier III)
2013–14 44 19 16 8 1 47 121 111 4th, Central Div.
8th of 17, EHL
Won Round 1, 2–0 vs. Philadelphia Junior Flyers
Lost Quarterfinals, 0–2 vs. Northern Cyclones
2014–15 44 28 14 2 0 58 155 126 2nd, Central Div.
6th of 19, EHL
Won Round 1, 2–1 vs. Boston Bandits
Lost Quarterfinals, 0–2 vs. Northern Cyclones
Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
NAHL (Tier II)
2015–16 60 22 28 10 54 150 232 4th of 4, East Div.
20th of 22, NAHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Aston Rebels
2016–17 60 30 25 5 65 193 190 4th of 5, East Div.
12th of 24, NAHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Aston Rebels

Alumni[edit]

The Knights/Jr. Senators franchise has produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, ACHA college and professional programs, including:[7]

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