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Brantford Blast
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City: Brantford, Ontario
League: Major League Hockey
Founded: 2000 (2000)
Home Arena: Brantford Civic Centre
Colors: Red, Yellow, and Black
Head Coach: Jeff Caister
General Manager: Peter Ham
Franchise history
2000-2001: Brantford Prowl
2002-Present: Brantford Blast

Brantford Blast are a Canadian senior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey Association's Major League Hockey, from Brantford, Ontario, Canada. The team was established in 2000, and play their games at the Brantford Civic Centre.

Competitive hockey back in BrantfordEdit

In 2000, the Ontario Hockey Association allowed for the expansion of the first Brantford team since 1987 into Ontario's top tier of Senior hockey. The Brantford Prowl competed during the 2000-01 Southwestern Senior A Hockey League season and finished in fifth place with a record of 12 wins, 17 losses, and a tie. The team took 2001-02 off, but then re-emerged in 2002 as the Blast.

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Brantford Blast players in 2007-08 Season

In 2002, Brantford rejoined the top tier of Ontario senior hockey this time known as the Brantford Blast. At the time, the city had the Brantford Golden Eagles in the Ontario Hockey Association, but had also lost teams, like the Brantford Alexanders of the Ontario Hockey League, who left in 1984 and the Brantford Smoke of the Colonial Hockey League, who left in 1998. The Blast would play their home games at the Brantford Civic Centre as well. The Blast have made it to the post season twice. In the 2005-06 season, when they won the league, but lost in the first round to the Dundas Real McCoys 4 games to 2. In the 2006-07 season, they placed third, defeating the Petrolia Squires 4 games to 3, and the Windsor St. Clair Saints 4 games to none to capture their first MLH Championship after a 4-3 win Monday March 12 in front of the home town crowd in Brantford.

2008 Allan CupEdit

The Blast finished the 2007-08 season just barely out of first place. They swept the Windsor St. Clair Saints 4-games-to-none in the Major League Hockey semi-final, but were defeated 4-games-to-2 to the Dundas Real McCoys.

The Brantford Blast were the host team of the 2008 Allan Cup, which was held in Brantford from April 14-April 19, 2008. This was also the 100th anniversary for the event, one of the reasons that the Blast wanted to host it.

The Brantford Blast became the first Ontario Hockey Association team since the Brantford Motts Clamatos, in 1987, to win the Allan Cup. As hosts of the 2008 Allan Cup, the Blast failed to win their league and were allowed to bypass the OHA Final against the Whitby Dunlops and the Renwick Cup against the Thunder Bay Hawks. After almost a months rest, the Blast competed at home for the Allan Cup and won the entire thing. After suffering their only loss of the tournament to the Shawinigan Xtreme 3-2 in the first game, the Blast defeated the Bentley Generals 5-3 to clinch second in their division. They defeated the Robertson Cup and EOSHL champion Whitby Dunlops in the quarter-final handily, 7-2. They then knocked off the Major League Hockey and Renwick Cup champion Dundas Real McCoys in the semi-final 3-2 in overtime. They met Bentley again in the final, who defeated the 2007 champions Lloydminster Border Kings and the Shawinigan Xtreme, and defeated them 3-1 to win the Canadian National Senior "AAA" crown.


Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results
2000-01 30 12 17 1 0 -- -- 25 5th SWSHL
2001-02 Did Not Participate
2002-03 31 9 21 1 0 20 130 189 5th OHA Sr. A
2003-04 32 16 11 4 1 37 162 141 5th OHA Sr. A
2004-05 34 8 25 1 0 17 136 195 6th MLH
2005-06 32 18 9 - 5 41 161 137 1st MLH
2006-07 30 15 13 - 2 32 156 142 3rd MLH
2007-08 30 21 9 - 0 131 100 42 2nd MLH
2008-09 28 13 15 - 0 127 120 26 5th MLH
2009-10 Did Not Participate

AwardsEdit

  • 2004/2005 - All Star Centre - Paul Polillo
  • 2004/2005 - Most Sportsmanlike - Tyler Pelton
  • November 2005 - Player of the Month - Adriano Fiacconi
  • December 2005 - Player of the Month - Tyler Pelton
  • 2005-06 - League All-Star Game players - Tyler Pelton, Adriano Fiacconi, Brett Leggat
  • 2005-06 - Season Champions
  • 2005-06 - Best Team Goaltending
  • 2006-07 - Major League Hockey Champions
  • 2007-08 - Allan Cup Champions

Notable alumniEdit


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