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Windsor Clippers
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Sport Box lacrosse
Founded 2003
League Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League
Conference Western
Division Far-West
Based in Windsor, Ontario
Arena Forest Glade Arena
Colours Black, Gold and White
Head coach Jerry Kavanaugh
General manager Mike Soulliere
History 2003–2009: Windsor AKO Fratmen
2010–present: Windsor Clippers

The Windsor Clippers is a Canadian junior box lacrosse team and members of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League of the Ontario Lacrosse Association. The team, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, was known as the Windsor AKO Fratmen from 2003 until 2009 as they were sponsored by the AKO Fraternity.

History[edit]

Clippers goalie 2014.

The team made its expansion debut in the OLA Jr. "B" league in 2003. The team's first win was on April 30, 2003 against Wallaceburg, 21-12. In four completed seasons, the team has never failed to make the playoffs. The Fratmen hosted the 2005 Junior "B" All-Star Game, and in the team's fourth season Windsor hosted the 2006 Founders Cup. The Fratmen's first ever playoff victory came against the Six Nations Red Rebels in the 2005 Conference Semi-final. On July 2, 2005, the Fratmen defeated Six Nations in the first game of the series 6-4. Their first playoff round victory came in the 2006 Conference Semi-final against the Owen Sound Rams, 3-games-to-1.

Original AKO Fratmen Logo.
Clippers player in away jersey (2014).

At the 2005 All-Star Game in Windsor, Ontario, it was announced that the AKO Fratmen would host the 2006 Founders Cup Tournament.[1]

At the 2006 Founders Cup on August 23, the Fratmen opened up the tournament with a 20-9 dismantling of the Nova Scotia Knights. Later that night, the Fratmen also beat the Langley Thunder 11-4. On August 24, the Fratmen topped the Edmonton Warriors by a score of 11-7. On August 25, AKO beat the Iroquois Lacrosse Association (a team composed mostly of players from Kahnawake, Quebec) by a score of 12-8. The victory clinched first place and a bye to the semi-final for the Fratmen, as both teams were undefeated (3-0) going into the game. Jamie Pillon lead all round robin scoring with 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists), he was closely followed by the Andrew Ryckman (6 goals, 15 assists) and 2005 OLA Most Valuable Player David Hodgins (9 goals, 12 assists).[2]

Clippers player 2014.

In the Semi-final on August 26, the Fratmen took on their most competitive opponent of the tournament to date, the Iroquois Lacrosse Association, for the second time. They came out on top again with a tight 6-3 victory. The Fratmen faced the OLA Champion Oakville Buzz in the Founders Cup Final. The Fratmen (5-0) and Buzz (4-0) were the only two undefeated teams left in the tournament at the time, and had not played against each other in the season.[3]

On August 27, the AKO Fratmen played in the National Championship Game against the Oakville Buzz. The Fratmen and Buzz were tied 1-1 after the first period. The second saw the Buzz come alive, at the end leading by a score of 5-2. In the third, the Buzz blew the game wide open. The final score was 10-4, but the Fratmen held tough until the end. Cam Brown was named the Fratmen's Game MVP, while both Jamie Pillon and Matt Soulliere were named to the Founders Cup All-Star Team.[4]

Clippers[edit]

In Fall 2013, the Canadian Lacrosse Association honoured long-time general manager and co-founder of the team Mike Soulliere with an award for his dedication to the development of the sport.[5]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Captain Blaic Naysmith and Goalie Devan Mighton versus Sarnia (2004)

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T GF GA PTS Finish Playoffs Coach Captain
Windsor AKO Fratmen
2003 20 5 14 1 209 232 11 2nd of 4 Far West
10th of 14 Western
17th of 25 OJBLL
Lost Conf. QF, 0-3 (Spartans) Bob Laforet Jamie Pillon
2004 20 8 12 0 151 174 16 2nd of 4 Far West
8th of 14 Western
17th of 24 OJBLL
Lost Conf. QF, 0-3 (Mohawks) Greg Ducharme Blaic Naysmith
2005 20 11 9 0 173 179 22 1st of 4 Far West
5th of 14 Western
11th of 23 OJBLL
Lost Conf. QF, 1-3 (Rebels) Greg Ducharme Trevor Veres
2006 20 13 6 1 146 118 27 1st of 4 Far West
3rd of 14 Western
8th of 26 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-1 (Rams)
Lost Conf. SF, 2-3 (Thunderhawks)
Greg Ducharme Trevor Veres
2007 20 13 7 0 202 162 26 1st of 4 Far West
5th of 14 Western
9th of 27 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-1 (Thunderhawks)
Won Conf. SF, 3-2 (Mohawks)
Lost Conf. Final, 0-3 (Rebels)
Greg Ducharme Trevor Veres
2008 20 11 8 1 162 144 23 1st of 4 Far West
4th of 14 Western
10th of 26 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-2 (Spartans)
Lost Conf. SF, 1-3 (Rebels)
Greg Ducharme Garrison Matte
2009 20 15 4 1 208 125 31 1st of 4 Far West
1st of 14 Western
4th of 26 OJBLL
Lost Conf. QF, 1-3 (North Stars) Greg Ducharme Garrison Matte
7 Seasons 140 76 60 4 1251 1134 156 Best: 1st West (2009) 17 wins, 27 losses
305 GF, 398 GA
Windsor Clippers
2010 20 13 7 0 169 128 26 1st of 4 Far West
3rd of 14 Western
Tied-6th of 27 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-2 (North Stars)
Lost Conf. SF, 0-3 (Mohawks)
Greg Ducharme Garrison Matte
2011 20 11 9 0 259 195 22 1st of 4 Far West
6th of 13 Western
12th of 25 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-1 (Regals)
Lost Conf. SF, 0-3 (Rebels)
Greg Ducharme Jeff Rivait
2012 20 10 10 0 216 207 18 3rd of 4 Far West
9th of 14 Western
Tied-14th of 26 OJBLL
DNQ Greg Ducharme Jeff Rivait
2013 20 16 4 0 235 173 32 1st of 4 Far West
3rd of 14 Western
6th of 26 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 2-1 (Blue Devils)
Lost Conf. SF, 1-3 (Northmen)
Greg Ducharme Jeff Rivait
2014 20 17 3 0 267 165 34 1st of 4 Far West
3rd of 14 Western
Tied-3rd of 26 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-2 (Red Devils)
Lost Conf. SF, 2-3 (Northmen)
Jerry Kavanaugh Jarred Riley
2015 20 14 6 0 250 168 28 1st of 4 Far West
4th of 13 Western
7th of 25 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-1 (Mohawks)
Lost Conf. SF, 0-3 (Rebels)
Jerry Kavanaugh Logan Holmes
2016 20 16 4 0 295 138 32 1st of 4 Far West
2nd of 13 Western
Tied-3rd of 25 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-1 (Mohawks)
Won Conf. SF, 3-2 (Thunderhawks)
Lost Conf. Final, 2-3 (Northmen)
Jerry Kavanaugh Logan Holmes
2017 20 13 6 1 289 179 27 1st of 4 Far West
4th of 13 Western
7th of 25 OJBLL
Won Conf. QF, 3-1 (Red Devils)
Lost Conf. SF, 0-3 (Northmen)
Jerry Kavanaugh Andrew Garant
8 Seasons 160 110 49 1 1980 1353 221 Best: 2nd West (2016) 28 wins, 32 losses
532 GF, 599 GA
Total
15 Seasons
300 186 109 5 3231 2487 377 Best: 1st West (2009) 45 wins, 59 losses
837 GF, 997 GA

Founders Cup[edit]

CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Year Round Robin Record
W-L-T
Standing Semifinal Gold Medal Game
2006
HOST
W, Nova Scotia Knights 20-9
W, Langley Thunder 11-4
W, Edmonton Warriors 11-7
W, ILA All-Stars 12-8
4-0-0 1st of 5
Pool B
W, ILA All-Stars 6-3 L, Oakville Buzz 4-10

Team awards[edit]

Clippers goalie in away jersey (2014).
  • 2005 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2006 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2006 Founders Cup Silver Medallists
  • 2007 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2008 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2009 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2009 Western Conference Regular Season Champions
  • 2010 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2011 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2013 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2014 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2015 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2016 Far-West Division Champions
  • 2017 Far-West Division Champions

Individual awards[edit]

  • 2003 OLA Western Rookie of the Year - David Hodgins
  • 2004 OLA Western Most Sportsmanlike Player - David Rivait
  • 2005 OLA Western Most Valuable Player - David Hodgins
  • 2005 OLA Western Scoring Champion - David Hodgins (93 pts)
  • 2006 CLA Founders Cup All-star team - Jamie Pillon & Matt Soulliere
  • 2007 OLA Western Most Sportsmanlike Player - Andrew Ryckman
  • 2009 OLA Western Scoring Champion - Brett Hickey (72 pts)
  • 2009 OLA Western Coaching Staff of the Year - Greg Ducharme, Ron Martinello, Les Boomer, Eddie McGaffey and company
  • 2012 OLA Western Rookie of the Year - Lucas Ducharme
  • 2013 CLA Achievement Award - Mike Soulliere (GM & President)
  • 2014 OLA Western & League Scoring Champion - Brendon Anger (111 pts)
  • 2015 OLA Western Scoring Champion - Logan Holmes (113 pts)
  • 2015 OLA Western Most Sportsmanlike Player - Dylan Riley
  • 2016 OLA Western & League Scoring Champion - Logan Holmes (145 pts)
  • 2017 WESPY Mickey Renaud Captain's Award - Logan Holmes[6]
  • 2017 OLA Western & League Scoring Champion - Andrew Garant (146 pts)
  • 2018 WESPY Male Athlete of the Year Award - Andrew Garant
  • 2018 WESPY Knobby Knudsen Volunteer of the Year Award - Jim Morgan
Greg Martinello (7), Andrew Ryckman (6), Drew St. Louis (12), and Goalie Matt Soulliere versus Wallaceburg (2004)

Professional alumni[edit]

NLL Entry Draft picks[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]