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Ayr Centennials
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Provincial Junior Hockey League
City Ayr, Ontario
Founded 1982
Division Doherty
Head Coach Scott Eby
General Manager Jay Purden
Arena North Dumfries Community Complex
Affiliate(s) Cambridge Winter Hawks
Team Colors Red, Black, Silver, White
League Champions 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Clarence Schmalz Cups 2016, 2017


The Ayr Centennials are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Ayr, Ontario. They play in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (OHA) after previously playing in the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.

HistoryEdit

The Ayr Centennials were founded in 1982 as members of the Southern Junior D Hockey League. Clarence Eby, whose son and grandson would become heavily involved with the team, was a founding member of the club in 1982. In 1985, Eby's son Don started volunteering with the club. Don’s legacy with the team began when son Scott started playing for the team at the age of 15, but Don's wife Julie waited a few years before joining her husband, taking over for her father-in-law Clarence as treasurer. Working in many capacities with the team, the pair ran the Cens’ operations through most of the 1990s, which included paying the team's bills.[1]

In 1988, the Southern League merged with the Western Junior D Hockey League. In 1991, the Junior D rank was vacated and the league was replaced with the OHA Junior Development League. This league lasted up until 2006 when it was vacated and the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League was created.

The Centennials had success in the Southern League but failed to win any league titles.

In the bloated Western League and Development League, the Centennials did exceptionally well but still failed to make a dent. In fact, despite finishing in the top ten teams of the league ten times in nineteen years, the Centennials never made the superleague's final once.


Early 2000s strugglesEdit

In the early-2000s, the Centennials lost their touch for winning. In the last year of the OHAJDL in 2005=06, they had their worst season ever, winning only 2 games in 36 tries and finishing dead last. In three seasons, from 2005 to 2007, they only won 17 games. The team was at that point where it was ready to fold.[2]

Return to prominenceEdit

Since joining the SOJHL in 2006, the Centennials have improved every season. In 2006-07 they finished 17th with 6 wins. In 2008-09 they finished 15th with 11 wins. In 2008-09 they really came together and had their best season in years, winning 18 games and finishing 7th. In 2009-10 the Centennials continued to improve with a 21-11-4 record, solidifying 3rd overall in the SOJHL.

In the summer of 2010, the Bauer conference dissolved, leaving Thamesford, Ayr, Tavistock, Port Stanley and Wellesley to disperse into the remaining McConnell and Yeck Conferences. The 2010-11 season saw the Centennials best season since 1983-84. Finishing 4th overall in the SOJHL, the Centennials were the McConnell Conference Champions and advanced to the OHA Cup versus Thamesford, eventually losing in 4 games.

In 2011-12 the Centennials finished 4th in the McConnell Conference and 7th overall in the SOJHL, and lost to the eventual OHA Cup Finalists, The Hagersville Hawks, in 5 games of the second round of playoffs.

Promotion to Junior C and Schmalz CupEdit

In the summer of 2012, the Centennials and the SOJHL were promoted to Junior C to compete for the Schmalz Cup. On March 12, 2013, the Centennials won the first ever SOJHL Jr. C championship with a 4-game-sweep over the Lambeth Lancers.

In the Spring of 2013, the Centennials were moved over to the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League in a major realignment. They were realigned again weeks after and ended up in the Midwestern Junior C Hockey League. Just three seasons removed from their jump to Junior C, the team won their first Schmalz Cup in 2016 by sweeping the Empire B Junior C Hockey League champion Port Hope Panthers in four games on the shoulders of starting goalie, Mitch Figueiredo.[3]

In June 2016, Don and Julie Eby were awarded the OHA's highest award for volunteering, the golden stick. The team’s home at the North Dumfries Community Complex sits on what used to be 30 acres of their farmland. It was back in 2009 that a former city councillor approached them about giving up the back lot of their land to build the NDCC, forever tying them to the team that they have given 30 years of service. The couple has been the ambassadors for the Centennials in that time, holding several positions on the executive – Don was assistant general manager and general manager, while Julie was treasurer – and, during the 2016 playoffs, were operating the ticket sales and door. Their son Scott is currently the team's head coach.[4]

For the 2016-17 season the eight Junior "C" hockey leagues in Southern Ontario amalgamated into one league, the Provincial Junior Hockey League. The Midwestern League were placed in the Central Conference and re-branded the Pat Doherty division.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1982-83 36 21 12 3 - -- -- 45 2nd SJDHL
1983-84 36 22 10 4 - -- -- 48 1st SJDHL
1984-85 35 10 22 3 - -- -- 23 6th SJDHL
1985-86 32 17 11 4 - -- -- 28 3rd SJDHL
1986-87 40 22 14 4 - -- -- 48 2nd SJDHL
1987-88 30 15 9 6 - -- -- 36 2nd SJDHL
1988-89 35 15 15 5 - 213 178 35 12th WJDHL
1989-90 35 21 8 6 - 220 181 48 4th WJDHL
1990-91 39 26 11 1 1 233 210 54 4th WJDHL
1991-92 35 14 18 0 3 195 222 31 11th OHAJDL
1992-93 40 23 12 5 0 245 162 51 4th OHAJDL
1993-94 40 21 14 5 - 233 170 47 7th OHAJDL
1994-95 39 19 18 1 1 217 209 40 10th OHAJDL
1995-96 40 20 18 2 0 192 182 42 8th OHAJDL
1996-97 40 18 19 2 1 164 183 39 12th OHAJDL
1997-98 36 19 10 6 1 165 126 45 7th OHAJDL
1998-99 38 22 12 4 0 222 141 48 6th OHAJDL
1999-00 38 26 10 1 1 200 125 54 6th OHAJDL
2000-01 40 25 13 2 0 -- -- 52 7th OHAJDL
2001-02 40 16 18 6 0 181 182 38 12th OHAJDL
2002-03 40 22 14 2 2 175 151 48 5th OHAJDL
2003-04 40 12 22 4 2 138 171 30 16th OHAJDL
2004-05 39 9 25 1 4 140 195 23 15th OHAJDL
2005-06 36 2 32 1 1 100 252 6 17th OHAJDL
2006-07 42 6 31 0 5 113 241 17 17th SOJHL
2007-08 42 11 26 - 5 127 215 27 15th SOJHL
2008-09 40 18 17 - 5 151 161 41 7th SOJHL
2009-10 36 21 11 - 4 181 143 46 6th SOJHL
2010-11 35 22 11 - 2 168 134 46 4th SOJHL
2011-12 35 20 10 - 5 191 123 45 7th SOJHL
2012-13 38 29 7 - 2 220 119 60 1st SOJHL-Mc Won League, Lost CSC QF
2013-14 40 31 6 - 3 182 99 65 2nd MWJCHL Won Quarters - 4-0 - (Bulldogs)
Won Semi's - 4-3 - (Firebirds)
Lost Finals - 2-4 - (Mounties)
2014-15 40 32 8 0 - 229 92 64 1st MWJCHL Won Quarters - 4-0 - (Applejacks)
Won Semi's - 4-0 - (Mounties)
Won League Finals - 4-0 (Merchants)
Won CSC Quarter-finals, 4-2 (Grimsby)
Lost CSC Semi-finals, 1-4 (Essex)
2015-16 40 33 6 1 - 229 92 64 1st of 9 MWJCHL Won Quarters - 4-1 - (Bulldogs)
Won Semifinals, 4-0 (Applejacks)
Won League Finals 4-1 (Firebirds)
Won CSC Quarter-finals, 4-1 (Grimsby)
Won CSC Semifinals, 4-0 (Essex)
Won CSC Finals, 4-0 (Port Hope)
2016-17 40 37 3 0 - 302 98 74 1st of 9-PJHL
Dougherty Div
Won Div. Quarters - 4-0 - (Bulldogs)
Won Div. Semifinals -4-0 (Merchants)
Won Div. Finals, 4-0 (Mounties)
Won Conf. Finals, 4-0 (Grimsby)
Won Schmalz Cup Semifinals, 4-3 Essex
Won Schmalz Cup Finals, 4-2(Port Hope)

Clarence Schmalz Cup appearancesEdit

2016: Ayr Centennials defeated Port Hope Panthers 4-games-to-none
2017: Ayr Centennials defeated Port Hope Panthers 4-games-to-2

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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