Windsor Royals (ice hockey)

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Windsor Royals
Windsor Royals.gif
City Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada
League Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League
Division Fred Fox
Founded c. 1967
Home arena Hants Exhibition Arena
Colours Blue, Red and White
              
General manager David Keith
Head coach Josh Dill

The Windsor Royals are a defunct Canadian Junior ice hockey club from Windsor, Nova Scotia. They were members of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League and were 1998, 2001, and 2008 Don Johnson Cup Maritime Junior B champions.

History[edit]

Founded in 1967 as a member of the Metro Valley Junior B Hockey League, the team became a Junior A team in 1977 but folded only two years later. They were the Metro Valley League's first ever champion in 1968. After a five-year hiatus, the Royals came back to help the Mainland Junior B Hockey League and since 1984 have been a prominent member of the league.

The Royals are one of three teams to have won the Don Johnson Cup as Maritime Junior B Champions 3 times. The other two are the Sackville Blazers and the St. John's Jr. 50's.

In 1998, the Royals were the Nova Scotia Junior B Champions. With the win, the Royals went to Summerside, Prince Edward Island to compete for the Don Johnson Cup. They made it all the way to the finals, where they met the New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League's Richibucto Bears and defeated them 4-2 to win their first Maritime Championship.

In 2001, the Royals were selected to be the host site of the Don Johnson Cup. As host site, they were allowed to compete in the competition despite not winning their league. They would go on to defeat their own league champion, the Strait Pirates, 3-1 in the championship game to win their second Maritime Junior B Championship.

In 2008, the Royals won their league and moved on to the Don Johnson Cup. In their first game, they lost to the St. John's Jr. Celtics 7-4. In Game 2, they then beat Dieppe-Memramcook Voyageurs (a Junior B team) from the New Brunswick Junior C Hockey League 6-3. Windsor then lost 4-3 to the Island Junior Hockey League's Kensington Vipers 4-3, but beat the host team Sherwood Falcons 6-2 in the same day. All five teams finished the round robin 2-2-0, but by virtue of goal differential the Royals finished first. On April 19, in the semi-final the Royals defeated Dieppe-Memramcook 3-1 and on April 20 they again beat Sherwood 4-1 to clinch their third Don Johnson Cup.

In 2012, the team took a one-year leave of absence, and did not make a return the following year. The Windsor Royals are now defunct. The Valley Maple Leafs though have filled their void and now play in the Town of Windsor in the same arena

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1969-70 30 14 12 3 - -- -- 32 5th MVJBHL
1970-72 Statistics Not Available
1972-73 40 24 11 5 - 223 183 53 2nd MVJBHL
1973-74 33 14 12 7 - 169 150 35 5th MVJBHL
1974-75 Statistics Not Available
1975-76 31 24 4 3 - 198 115 51 2nd MVJBHL
1976-77 32 20 11 1 - 154 113 41 2nd MVJBHL
1977-78 36 5 30 1 - 135 254 11 7th MVJHL
1978-79 28 3 23 2 - 63 244 8 7th MVJHL Folded
1979-84 Dormant Franchise
1984-88 Statistics Not Available
1988-89 31 10 17 4 - -- -- 24 4th MLJBHL
1989-90 29 15 14 0 - 153 147 30 3rd MLJBHL
1990-91 30 17 12 1 - 178 151 35 3rd MLJBHL
1991-92 29 12 16 1 - 151 170 25 3rd MLJBHL Won League
1992-93 26 16 5 2 3 159 106 37 1st NSJBHL Won League
1993-94 31 23 7 1 - 232 107 47 1st NSJBHL
1994-95 31 23 5 3 - 174 106 49 2nd NSJBHL Won League
1995-96 34 26 6 2 - 185 93 54 1st NSJBHL Won League
1996-97 32 22 8 2 - 166 111 46 2nd NSJBHL
1997-98 32 22 7 3 - 182 107 47 2nd NSJBHL Won League, Won DJC
1998-99 32 13 16 2 1 145 145 29 6th NSJBHL
1999-00 32 19 13 0 0 164 135 38 4th NSJBHL
2000-01 34 22 7 3 2 186 103 49 3rd NSJBHL Won DJC
2001-02 34 22 8 1 3 173 107 48 3rd NSJBHL
2002-03 32 19 10 2 1 141 115 41 3rd NSJBHL
2003-04 32 8 19 4 1 123 166 21 7th NSJBHL
2004-05 32 17 13 2 0 145 130 36 3rd NSJBHL
2005-06 34 13 16 3 2 134 147 31 7th NSJBHL
2006-07 34 19 12 1 2 143 143 41 3rd NSJHL
2007-08 34 22 12 0 0 151 117 44 3rd NSJHL Won League, Won DJC
2008-09 34 4 28 1 1 68 148 10 9th NSJHL
2009-10 34 14 19 0 1 121 136 29 8th NSJHL
2010-11 34 28 6 - 0 159 81 56 1st NSJHL

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Preceded by
Cape Breton Alpines
Don Johnson Cup Champions
1998
Succeeded by
Richibucto Bears
Preceded by
Woodstock Slammers
Don Johnson Cup Champions
2001
Succeeded by
O'Leary Eagles
Preceded by
East Hants Penguins
Don Johnson Cup Champions
2008
Succeeded by
St. John's Jr. Caps