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BarrieFlyers

This is about the junior team. For the senior team of the same name, please see Barrie Flyers (1966-1979).

The Barrie Flyers were a junior and team playing in the Ontario Hockey Association in Barrie, Ontario.


HistoryEdit

They played in the Ontario Hockey Association's junior A series from 1945-46 through 1959-60.

The Flyers won the league title in 1947-48, 1948-49, 1950-51, and 1952-53.

They won the Memorial Cup in 1950-51 and 1952-53. They lost that final in 1947-48.

The Flyers were sponsored by the Boston Bruins, who had to get the permission of the Toronto Maple Leafs to do so. Barrie was within 50 miles of Toronto and so was in the Leafs' exclusive zone.

Hap Emms, who ran the Flyers, was opposed to Sunday hockey on religious grounds. In Toronto, the St. Michael's Majors and Toronto Marlboros, both Leafs' farm teams, played every Sunday. Emms refused to involve the Flyers in those games.

In retaliation, in 1953, the Maple Leafs withdrew permission for the Bruins to sponsor the Flyers in 1953. This continued for two seasons as the Flyers slumped.

In 1955 Emms agreed to let the Flyers play on Sundays in Toronto but held to his convictions and appointed an assistant coach to run the team on Sundays instead of him. The Bruins returned to sponsor the team and moved their players from the Galt Rockets.

The franchise was moved to Niagara Falls in 1960.

PlayersEdit

PlayersEdit

The Barrie Flyers sent 37 young men onto the ranks of the National Hockey League. The best known only played one game for the Boston Bruins. His name is Don Cherry.

Award WinnersEdit

NHL AlumniEdit

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

Ontario Hockey Association (Junior A) (1945-60) Edit

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
StandingPlayoffs
1945-46 28 8 18 2 18 89 171 7thout of playoffs
1946-47 31 13 17 1 36 129 144 6thLost Semi Final
1947-48 36 23 13 0 46 198 116 3rdWon Final, Won East, Lost Memorial Cup
1948-49 48 28 16 4 60 208 134 2ndWon Final, Lost East Final
1949-50 48 21 24 3 45 180 217 5thLost Semi Final
1950-51 59 38 19 2 78 276 161 1stWon Final, Won East, Won Memorial Cup
1951-52 53 22 30 1 45 225 230 7thout of playoffs
1952-53 56 37 17 2 76 256 187 1stWon Final, Won East, Won Memorial Cup
1953-54 59 25 33 1 51 260 285 7thout of playoffs
1954-55 49 18 31 0 36 169 251 7thout of playoffs
1955-56 48 20 25 3 43 179 207 6thLost Final
1956-57 52 13 37 2 28 147 218 6thLost Quarter Final
1957-58 51 18 29 4 40 - - 6thLost Quarter Final
1958-59 54 21 27 6 48 178 192 5thLost Quarter Final
1959-60 48 24 18 6 54 209 191 3rdLost Quarter Final


PhotoEdit

1951Barriehockey

This remarkable photo was taken in 1951 when the Boston Bruins, the NHL parent team of the Flyers, came to town for an exhibition game. It shows, from back to front, the Bruins then the Flyers and then all their farm teams down to the Pee Wees in front.

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