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Bridgewater Lumberjacks
Bridgewater Lumberjacks
City: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada
League: Maritime Junior Hockey League
Division: Bent
Founded: 2004
Home Arena: Bridgewater Memorial Arena
Colors: Navy Blue, Red and White
              
General Manager: Jim Bottomley
Head Coach: Jim Bottomley
Franchise history
2004-2008: Halifax Wolverines
2008-Present: Bridgewater Lumberjacks

The Bridgewater Lumberjacks are a Junior A Ice Hockey team based out of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. They play their home games at the Bridgewater Memorial Arena. The team is a member of the Maritime Hockey League and plays in the Bent Division.

HistoryEdit

This franchise was born as the Halifax Wolverines in 2004, on the same day the former Halifax Team Pepsi relocated to New Glasgow to become the Weeks Crushers. Interestingly enough, Bridgewater was also considered as a destination for Team Pepsi.

Team Pepsi had struggled in Halifax's crowded hockey market and it was no different for the Wolverines.

In 2008, the Wolverines decided to test the waters outside the city. They played a pair of regular season games in Bridgewater and attracted a combined 1,500 spectators to Bridgewater Memorial Arena. They also played two games in Kentville but ultimately Bridgewater was chosen as the team's new home. Shortly after the end of the season, the relocation to the south shore's largest town was announced.

On June 7, 2008 the club's new name, major sponsor, logo, and colors were announced. The Lumberjacks name was chosen through a name the team contest. The moniker pays tribute to Lunenburg County's forestry, logging and Christmas tree industry.

The team colors are Navy Blue, Red and White.

2008-09Edit

The Lumberjacks' inaugural season saw growing pains on and off the ice. Attendance wasn't as strong as the team had hoped it would be. Halfway through the campaign, ownership switched to local ties. The new bosses immediately dropped ticket prices, which resulted in larger crowds coming through the gates during the second half.

On the ice, the team finished fifth out of six teams in the Bent Division. Bridgewater earned the right to play the Weeks Crushers in a best-of-3 mini series. The Crushers swept the brief encounter 2-0.

2009-10Edit

The Lumberjacks second season was a success. They won their best of 3 mini-series 2 games to none. They gave Truro a good run in the next round but ended up losing in 6 games.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2004-05 56 14 38 2 2 148 254 32 12th MJAHL DNQ
2005-06 56 16 34 0 6 192 255 38 11th MJAHL DNQ
2006-07 58 34 19 0 5 247 210 73 6th MJAHL Lost Division Final
2007-08 58 18 33 - 7 166 242 43 10th MJAHL
2008-09 53 18 26 - 9 164 202 45 9th MJAHLLost Division Mini Series
2009-10 50 21 23 - 6 179 213 48 7th MJAHL Lost Division Semi-final
2010-11 52 24 26 - 2 219 237 50 8th MHL Lost Division Semi-final


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