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Alliston Hornets
Alliston Hornets
Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League
City Alliston, Ontario
Founded 1971
Head Coach Darrin Shannon[1]
General Manager Rick Bartlett[1]
Arena New Tecumseth Recreation Complex
Affiliate(s) Couchiching Terriers
Team Colors [Green, Yellow, Black, and White
League Champions 2008, 2009, 2010
Clarence Schmalz Cups 2008, 2010

The Alliston Hornets are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League[2].


The Alliston Hornets were founded in 1971 as a member of the South-Central Junior D Hockey League. In 1973, that league was promoted and renamed the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League and then the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League in 1976.

Despite training multiple National Hockey League alumni, the Hornets were in tough in the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League with teams like the Bradford Bulls and the Orangeville Crushers. It is not known if the Hornets had celebrated any playoff success in the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League, but it is known that they never once competed for the Clarence Schmalz Cup, the All-Ontario championship.

In 1994, the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League merged with the Georgian Bay Junior C Hockey League to create the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League. From 1994 until 2007, the Hornets have failed to win a league title. Other than a blip in the radar in 2001-02 that resulted in a 2nd place league finish but no playoff glory, since 1994 the Hornets were not up to par with their competition. In 2004, something changed. Since 2004, the have Hornets have been putting up excellent winning seasons with a first place finish and two third place finishes.

The 2005-06 season saw the Hornets finish off in third place. In the league quarter-final they drew the sixth seeded Stayner Siskins. In what many though would be a cakewalk, the Siskins had another shocking conclusion in mind. The Hornets went up on the Siskins 3-games-to-none with little problem. Game 4 saw the Siskins avoid the sweep with a win. The Siskins had gained enough momentum to take game 5 as well. Eventually, in the end, the Siskins won four straight games to make the ultimate comeback and take the series 4-games-to-3 over the Alliston Hornets.[3]

The 2006-07 season saw the Hornets leading the standing for the first half of the season and then fall away to both the Fergus Devils and Penetang Kings. Finishing with the third seed, the Hornets battled the Schomberg Cougars and made quick work of them with a 4-games-to-none sweep of the series. In the semi-final, the Hornets drew the Goliath Clarence Schmalz Cup defending Champion Penetang Kings. The second seeded Kings won the series 4-games-to-2 in a drawn out seesaw battle. The Kings went on to win their second straight league and provincial title.[3]

2007-08 proved to be the year when the Hornets finally broke out of the Georgian Bay League and made it to the All Ontario Junior C Finals. In the final series the Hornets battled perennial contenders, the Essex 73's of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League, who were making their fourth straight appearance in the CSC finals and had won two All Ontario titles since 2002. The series proved to be a classic and in the 7th deciding game the Hornets won in overtime and became All Ontario Champions.

In 2008-09 the Hornets would return to the CSC Finals against the Essex 73's but could not repeat as All Ontario Champions as the 73's won the series in four straight games.

Season-by-Season StandingsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2000-01 36 7 27 2 0 98 227 16 7th GMOHL
2001-02 36 23 12 0 1 134 129 47 2nd GMOHL
2002-03* 19 6 11 1 1 65 86 14 7th GMOHL
2003-04 36 9 25 1 1 115 181 20 7th GMOHL
2004-05 40 26 9 5 0 170 114 57 1st GMOHL
2005-06 42 26 12 4 0 215 141 56 3rd GMOHL Lost Quarter-final
2006-07 42 27 13 1 1 198 131 56 3rd GMOHL
2007-08 42 36 3 3 0 255 98 75 1st GMOHL Won League, Won CSC
2008-09 42 40 2 - 0 310 71 80 1st GMOHLWon League, Lost CSC Final
2009-10 42 38 2 - 2 239 98 78 1st GMOHLWon League, Won CSC

(*) Standings Incomplete.

Clarence Schmalz Cup AppearancesEdit

2008: Alliston Hornets defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-3
2009: Essex 73's defeated Alliston Hornets 4-games-to-none
2010: Alliston Hornets defeated Belle River Canadiens 4-games-to-2

Notable alumniEdit


External linksEdit

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