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The Charlottetown Abbies were a Junior "A" team based out of Charlottetownmarker, Prince Edward Islandmarker. They played in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. Their home rink was the MacLaughlin Arena on the campus of UPEI.

History

In 1972, the Charlottetown Abbies were a Midget Hockey program with little competition. They applied for entry into the Island Junior Hockey League in 1972. The IJHL turned down their application on the basis that they were too weak for Junior B competition. The Abbies, undeterred, applied for entry into the Central New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League instead. The New Brunswick league allowed the Abbies to join and after a slow start the Abbies ended up finishing second in the regular season (to the Dieppe Voyageurs) and winning the league playoffs. To win the playoffs, the Abbies defeated the Buctouche Seals 3-games-to-none (9-3, 9-3, forfeit) in the Semi-final and then defeated the Memramcook Legionnaires 3-games-to-none (8-1, 10-2, forfeit) in the League Final. The Abbies then failed to qualify for the 5-team New Brunswick provincial championship round robin because they lost the Southeast New Brunsick qualifier to the independent Moncton Flyers 2-games-to-none (4-3, 3-1). In 1973, the IJHL was promoted to Junior A and the Abbies were granted expansion into the league.

The Abbies were an institution in Junior hockey in Charlottetown for several decades. In the 70s the Island Junior Hockey League (IJHL) boasted two Charlottetown teams, the Generals who played out of the old Charlottetown Forum, and the Abbies who were based at the Simmons Sports Center. The league also included at one time or another the Kings County Kings, Summerside Crystals (Summerside Western Capitals), West Prince Bluefins, North River North Stars, and the Sherwood-Parkdale Metros. Eventually the two Charlottetown teams merged, maintaining the Abbies moniker. As costs became prohibitive for an Island wide league at the Junior A level in the late 80s, teams in the league folded. Eventually, in 1991 the Abbies and the Summerside Western Capitals left to join teams in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to form the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

In May 2008, it was announced that the Abbies' management had applied for a year's leave of absence from the Maritime Junior A Hockey League, citing financial problems.

In May 2009, the commissioner of the MJAHL stated in a newspaper interview that the Abbies would not operate again. On June 4, 2009, CBC reported the folding of the Abbies franchise. The end of the Charlottetown Abbies means for the first time since 1972 that the City of Charlottetown does not have a Junior A team.

Logos

The abbies have had many versions of the same logo until the 2007-08 season when they switched to their current script logo.
Main logo
1991-1998
Main logo
1998-2006
Main Logo
2006-2007


Season-by-Season Record

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1972-73 Staistics Not Available 2nd CNBJHL Won League
1973-74 29 7 20 2 - 115 178 16 6th IJHL
1974-75 40 7 28 5 - 163 247 19 6th IJHL
1975-76 39 6 28 5 - 145 278 17 6th IJHL
1976-77 40 12 25 3 - 194 224 27 4th IJHL
1977-78 39 23 8 8 - -- -- 54 2nd IJHL Won League
1978-79 40 31 5 4 - 219 96 66 1st IJHL
1979-80 39 19 14 6 - 210 167 44 3rd IJHL
1980-81 34 13 18 3 - 186 197 29 3rd IJHL
1981-82 42 22 17 3 - 336 287 47 2nd IJHL
1982-83 42 10 29 3 - 212 301 23 4th IJHL
1983-84 40 19 15 6 - 230 200 44 2nd IJHL
1984-85 38 15 18 5 - 175 211 35 3rd IJHL
1985-86 36 13 15 8 - 184 202 34 3rd IJHL Lost Semi-final
1986-87 42 26 10 6 - 224 174 58 1st IJHL
1987-88 42 16 19 7 - 231 253 39 3rd IJHL
1988-89 44 22 15 7 - 245 185 56 2nd IJHL
1989-90 40 30 5 2 3 203 121 65 1st IJHL
1990-91 42 29 8 3 2 277 167 63 2nd IJHL
1991-92 47 22 16 9 - 276 203 53 3rd MJAHL
1992-93 48 20 19 8 1 199 227 49 4th MJAHL
1993-94 48 17 27 1 3 216 253 38 6th MJAHL
1994-95 Did Not Participate
1995-96 54 18 29 3 4 217 272 43 7th MJAHL
1996-97 56 21 30 2 3 294 324 47 7th MJAHL
1997-98 52 26 20 3 3 237 227 58 5th MJAHL
1998-99 48 41 5 2 - 266 141 84 1st MJAHL Won League, Won FPC
1999-00 52 19 31 2 0 198 247 40 6th MJAHL
2000-01 52 28 20 3 1 215 187 60 5th MJAHL
2001-02 52 24 24 4 0 198 194 52 7th MJAHL
2002-03 52 43 5 1 3 229 130 90 1st MJAHL Won League
2003-04 52 22 24 2 4 231 238 50 6th MJAHL
2004-05 56 26 19 7 4 207 205 63 5th MJAHL
2005-06 56 20 34 0 2 193 240 43 10th MJAHL Lost Division QF
2006-07 58 9 47 0 2 145 322 20 12th MJAHL DNQ
2007-08 58 29 25 - 4 215 236 62 8th MJAHL

National Playdowns

1978
Charlottetown Eagles defeated Cole Harbour Colts (MVJHL) 4-games-to-none in Eastern Centennial Cup Semi-final
Guelph Platers (OPJHL) defeated Charlottetown Eagles 4-games-to-2 in Eastern Centennial Cup Final


1985
Cole Harbour Colts (MVJHL) defeated Charlottetown Eagles 4-games-to-2 in Callaghan Cup Final


1987
Dartmouth Fuel Kids (MVJHL) defeated Charlottetown Abbies 4-games-to-1 in Callaghan Cup Final


1990
Charlottetown Abbies defeated Avalon Jr. Capitals (SJJHL) in Callaghan Cup Semi-final
Amherst Ramblers (MVJHL) defeated Charlottetown Abbies 4-games-to-1 in Callaghan Cup Final


1991
Halifax Canadians (MVJHL) defeated Charlottetown Abbies 4-games-to-none in Callaghan Cup Semi-final


1999
Charlottetown Abbies win Fred Page Cup
:Defeated Hawkesbury Hawks (CJHL 6-3
:Defeated Valleyfield Braves (QJAAAHL) 5-2
:Defeated Antigonish Bulldogs (MJAHL)
:Defeated Hawkesbury Hawks (CJHL) 2-0 in Finals
Charlottetown Abbies lost 1999 Royal Bank Cup Final
:Lost to Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) 2-1
:Defeated Vernon Vipers (BCHL) 6-5
:Lost to Estevan Bruins (SJHL) 5-4
:Defeated Bramalea Blues (OPJHL) 5-1
:Defeated Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) 6-5 2OT in Semi-final
:Lost to Vernon Vipers (BCHL) 9-3 in Final


2003
Charlottetown Abbies finish 4th at Fred Page Cup
:Lost to Cornwall Colts (CJHL) 3-2
:Lost to Nepean Raiders (CJHL) 3-1
:Defeated Lennoxville Cougars (QJAAAHL) 7-5
Charlottetown Abbies finish 5th at 2003 Royal Bank Cup as hosts
:Lost to Lennoxville Cougars (QJAAAHL) 5-4 2OT
:Defeated Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) 3-2
:Lost to Wellington Dukes (OPJHL) 1-0 OT
:Lost to Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) 8-5


Notable alumni



Colonels/Generals

The Charlottetown Generals were members of the Island Junior Hockey League in the 1970s. The folded in the summer of 1977 after winning multiple league championships. The Generals folded due to financial trouble. The full name of the team was the Charlottetown Colonel Grays from their founding up until 1976 as they were affiliated with Colonel Gray High Schoolmarker in Charlottetown.

Season-by-Season Record

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1971-72 26 17 6 3 - 130 96 43 2nd IJBHL
1972-73 40 29 8 3 - 231 125 61 1st IJBHL
1973-74 30 18 10 2 - 178 114 38 3rd IJHL Won League
1974-75 40 24 14 2 - 202 163 50 1st IJHL Won League
1975-76 40 32 7 1 - 345 138 65 1st IJHL Won League
1976-77 40 32 6 2 - 331 129 66 2nd IJHL Won League

National Playdowns

1974
Charlottetown Colonels defeated Moncton Hawks (NBJHL) 3-games-to-2 in Eastern Centennial Cup Quarter-final
Smiths Falls Bears (CJHL) defeated Charlottetown Colonels 4-games-to-1 in Eastern Centennial Cup Semi-final


1975
Gander Flyers (NL) defeated Charlottetown Colonels 3-games-to-none in Atlantic Jr. A Final


1976
Charlottetown Colonels defeated St. John'smarker (SJJHL) 4-games-to-2 in Eastern Centennial Cup Quarter-final
Charlottetown Colonels defeated Sydney Millionaires (EJHL) 4-games-to-1 in Eastern Centennial Cup Semi-final
Rockland Nationals (CJHL) defeated Charlottetown Colonels 4-games-to-none in Eastern Centennial Cup Final


1977
Charlottetown Generals defeated Sydney Millionaires (EJHL) in Eastern Centennial Cup Semi-final
Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL) defeated Charlottetown Generals 4-games-to-none in Eastern Centennial Cup Final


Notable alumni



Islanders

The Charlottetown Islanders were founded in 1968 to represent the province of Prince Edward Islandmarker in the Memorial Cup playoffs. From 1968 until 1971, the Islanders played in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. In 1970, Major Junior A and Tier II Junior A were created from the Junior A classification and the Islanders and their league found themselves in the Tier II level playing for the Centennial Cup. Their first year of Tier II saw them go deep and win the Eastern Canadian Championship in six games over the Detroit Jr. Red Wings of the Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League, but lose the inaugural 1971 Centennial Cup 4-games-to-2 to the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Red Deer Rustlers. In 1971, the MJAHL folded and the Islanders opted to play an independent schedule in instead of joining the neighbouring Junior A leagues in New Brunswickmarker or Newfoundlandmarker. For the 1971-72 season, the Islanders did not play a game until March of 1972, playing a two-game exhibition series against the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (2-2 Tie and 4-3 Win) and then jumping directly into National Playdowns as PEI's only representative. In the playoffs, the Islanders dropped the Moncton Hawks of the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League 4-games-to-1 to advance to the Eastern Centennial Cup Final. In the final, they faced the Guelph CMC's of the Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League and were swept in four games. The Islanders were disbanded prior to the start of the 1972-73 season.

Season-by-Season Record

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1968-69 39 16 16 7 - 152 154 39 2nd MJAHL Lost Final
1969-70 45 36 6 3 - 323 151 75 1st MJAHL Won League
1970-71 40 26 9 5 - 229 161 57 1st MJAHL Won League
1971-72 No League Play


National Playdowns

1970
Charlottetown Islanders defeated Fredericton Chevies (NBJHL) 3-games-to-1 in Atlantic Jr. A Final
Charlottetown Islanders defeated Ottawa M&W Rangers (CJHL) 4-games-to-1 in Eastern Memorial Cup Quarter-final
Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) defeated Charlottetown Islanders 4-games-to-2 in Eastern Memorial Cup Semi-final


1971
Charlottetown Islanders defeated Moncton Hawks (NBJHL) 4-games-to-none in Eastern Centennial Cup Quarter-final
Charlottetown Islanders defeated Thunder Bay Marrs (TBJHL) 4-games-to-1 in Eastern Centennial Cup Semi-final
Charlottetown Islanders defeated Detroit Jr. Red Wings (SOJHL) 4-games-to-2 in Eastern Centennial Cup Final
Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL) defeated Charlottetown Islanders 4-games-to-2 in Centennial Cup Final


1972
Charlottetown Islanders defeated Moncton Hawks (NBJHL) 4-games-to-1 in Eastern Centennial Cup Semi-final
Guelph CMC's (SOJHL) defeated Charlottetown Islanders 4-games-to-none in Eastern Centennial Cup Final


Notable alumni



See also



External links



References

  1. "Abbies Taking a Break." The Guardian, PEI, May 1, 2008. Accessed July 11, 2008.
  2. http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/city/article/682551
  3. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2009/06/04/pei-abbies-fold.html



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