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The Kingston Canadians were a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League from 1973 to 1988. The team played home games at the Kingston Memorial Centre in Kingston, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker.

History

The Kingston Canadians arrival in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) for the 1973–74 OHL season, was a result of the Montreal Junior Canadiens switch to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 1972. During the summer of 1972, the QMJHL had threatened a lawsuit against the OHA to force the Junior Canadiens to return to the Quebec-based league. To solve the problem, the OHA granted the Junior Canadiens franchise a "one-year suspension" of operations, while team ownership transferred the team and players into the QMJHL, renaming themselves the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge in the process.

The OHA then reactivated the suspended franchise after a one year hiatus, under new ownership and with new players, calling the team the Kingston Canadians. The new Kingston team was essentially an expansion franchise promoted from the OHA's Tier II league, that had only common name to share with the old Junior Canadiens. However, in some OHA histories (such as the annual Media Guide) the Kingston team is still shown as the legitimate successors of the Junior Canadiens' legacy.

The Kingston Canadians used the same colours and uniforms as the NHL's Montreal Canadiens and Junior Canadiens. The Kingston logo replaced the "H" with the letter "K" for Kingston. Some sources show the name as "Kingston Canadiens", but the English "Canadians" is correct.

The team played from 1973 to 1980 in the OHA, then from 1980 to 1988 in the OHL. The Kingston Canadians franchise was sold following the 1987–88 season, and the new owner renamed the team Kingston Raiders. The following season they were again sold and renamed Kingston Frontenacs.

Notable Events
  • In 1981 Kingston hosted the annual OHL All-Star game. The Emms division coached by Paul Gauthier beat the Leyden division coached by Terry Crisp 4 to 3.
  • In 1985–1986 season, Chris Clifford was the OHL first goalie to score a goal.
  • A 28 game losing streak in 1987–1988, the final season of the Canadians.
  • A brawl during pre-game skate before a game with the Toronto Marlboros, in which Kingston forward Mike Maurice skated into the Marlboro end of the ice to get one of the nets. From then on, the OHL enacted a policy of having on ice officials present before the visiting team is allowed on the ice.


Coaches

Jim Morrison coached the Canadians for almost half the team's tenure in the OHA & OHL. He was an NHL veteran defenceman of 704 games, as well as being a player coach with the AHL Baltimore Clippers.

Four other Canadians coaches also played in the NHL. They are, Jack Bownass, Rod Graham, Fred O'Donnell & Jim Dorey.

Jack Bownass was the recipient of the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHA Coach of the Year in 1973-1974.

List of Coaches
(Multiple years in parentheses)
  • 1973–1975 Jack Bownass (2)
  • 1975–1982 Jim Morrison (7)
  • 1982–1983 Rod Graham
  • 1983–1985 Rick Cornacchia (2)
  • 1985–1985 Jim Dorey (2)
  • 1985–1987 Fred O'Donnell (2)
  • 1987–1988 Jacques Temblay
  • 1988–1988 Jim Dorey (2)


Players

Award winners

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
Scoring Champion.
  • 1983–84 Tim Salmon


Max Kaminsky Trophy
Most Outstanding Defenceman.


Jack Ferguson Award
First overall draft pick.
William Hanley Trophy
Most Sportsmanlike OHL Player.


Bobby Smith Trophy
Scholastic player of the year.


Retired numbers

NONE. Four numbers have been "honoured" from the Kingston Canadians, although not retired and still in circulation. (#5 Mike O'Connell, #7 Tony McKegney, #10 Brad Rhiness, #14 Ken Linseman)

NHL alumni

In 2004 Paul Coffey became the only Kingston Canadian inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame to date. In 1977-1978 Paul was a late season addition from the North York Rangers. He played 8 regular reason games with the Canadians, and 5 playoffs games the same season.



Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1973–74 70 20 43 7 47 0.336 256 378 10th in OHA
1974–75 70 25 35 10 60 0.429 297 345 8th in OHA
1975–76 66 33 24 9 75 0.568 357 316 3rd in Leyden
1976–77 66 32 24 10 74 0.561 295 259 3rd in Leyden
1977–78 68 27 32 9 63 0.463 288 323 4th in Leyden
1978–79 68 26 38 4 56 0.412 265 306 5th in Leyden
1979–80 68 35 26 7 77 0.566 320 298 4th in Leyden
1980–81 68 39 26 3 81 0.596 334 273 3rd in Leyden
1981–82 68 29 34 5 63 0.463 302 316 5th in Leyden
1982–83 70 24 45 1 49 0.350 351 425 7th in Leyden
1983–84 70 25 45 0 50 0.357 313 378 7th in Leyden
1984–85 66 18 47 1 37 0.280 239 380 7th in Leyden
1985–86 66 35 28 3 73 0.553 297 257 4th in Leyden
1986–87 66 26 39 1 53 0.402 287 316 4th in Leyden
1987–88 66 14 52 0 28 0.212 246 432 7th in Leyden


Playoffs

  • 1973–1974 Out of playoffs.
  • 1974–1975 Lost to Toronto Marlboros in quarter-finals 9 points to 7.
  • 1975–1976 Lost to Ottawa 67's in quarter-finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1976–1977 Defeated Sudbury Wolves in quarter-finals 9 points to 3.


    Lost to Ottawa 67's in semi-finals 9 points to 7.
  • 1977–1978 Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds in first round 6 points to 4.
  • 1978–1979 Defeated Ottawa 67's in first round 6 points to 2.


    Lost to Peterborough Petes in quarter-finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1979–1980 Lost to Sudbury Wolves in first round 3 games to 0.
  • 1980–1981 Defeated Ottawa 67's in division semi-finals 9 points to 5.


    Lost to S.S.

    Marie Greyhounds in division finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1981–1982 Lost to Peterborough Petes in first round 6 points to 2.
  • 1982–1983 Out of playoffs.
  • 1983–1984 Out of playoffs.
  • 1984–1985 Out of playoffs.
  • 1985–1986 Defeated Oshawa Generals in first round 8 points to 4.


    Finished 3rd place in round-robin versus Peterborough Petes and Belleville Bulls, and are eliminated.
  • 1986–1987 Defeated Belleville Bulls in first round 4 games to 2.
    Lost to Oshawa Generals in quarter-finals 4 games to 2.
  • 1987–1988 Out of playoffs.


Kingston Memorial Centre

The home arena of the Canadians was the Kingston Memorial Centre with a seating capacity 3,079 seated, and 3,300 including standing room.


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