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Caledonia Corvairs
Caledonia Corvairs
City: Caledonia, Ontario
League: Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League
Golden Horseshoe Junior Hockey League
Southwestern Junior B Hockey League
Central Junior C Hockey League
Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League
Division: Eastern
Operated: 1961-2012
Home Arena: Haldimand County Caledonia Centre

The Caledonia Corvairs were a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Caledonia, Ontario, Canada. They were playing in the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League.

On May 23, 2012, the Brantford Eagles relocated and became the  Junior "B" Caledonia Corvairs. The Junior "C" team went on hiatus to make room for the team.

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1961, the Corvairs first played in the Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League. In 1969, they won the OHA Cup as provincial champions. In 1972, the team moved to the Central Junior C Hockey League that is now known as the Western Jr. C league. That year they won the Clarence Schmalz Cup as OHA Jr. C champions. In 1973, they were promoted to the Southwestern Junior B Hockey League which is now known as the Mid-Western Jr. B league. A year later they were moved to the Golden Horseshoe Junior B Hockey League.

1973 Championship SeasonEdit

Early in the 1972-73 season, the clubs first year as a Junior C club, a second year player for the team named Tom Spratt was killed after a game in an automobile accident. The team had focus after losing their teammate and friend and they managed to put together a first place finish in the Central Junior C Hockey League with a record of 23 wins, 6 losses, and three ties. They entered they playoffs against a fiery Simcoe Jets squad in the league quarter-finals. The Corvairs pulled out the win, defeating them 3-games-to-two. In the second round, the Corvairs drew the Listowel Cyclones. The Cyclones came out flying, winning game one 3-2 and then embarrassing the Corvairs 9-2 in game two. With their back against the wall, the Corvairs played inspired hockey and took the next three straight (5-2, 3-2, 6-1) to win the semi-final series. In the finals, the Corvairs met the New Hamburg Hahns. The Hans took game one 2-1, but the Corvairs answered back with two winsL 4-2 and 3-2 in overtime. Game four went to the Hahns, 4-3, to force a game five. The Corvairs dug deep and won the game (4-2), series, and Central league championship. In the provincial semi-final, the Corvairs drew the Leamington Flyers of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League. Again, the Corvairs had to do it the hard way, winning game one 4-3 but losing two and three (4-2, 3-2) to go down 2-games-to-1. They won game four 7-2, but then lost the crucial game five 5-2. With their back against the wall, the Corvairs fought back and one games six and seven (5-4, 8-2) to gain entry into the provincial final. In the final they drew the Lindsay Mercurys who defeated the Gananoque Islanders to make the final. Caledonia won game one and two by scores of 4-3 and 10-3. They lost game three 2-1, but won games four and five (2-0, 5-2) to take the series and OHA championship. In the end they dedicated the victory to Tom Spratt.

The Corvairs were bounced out of the 2005-06 Playoffs by the Glanbrook Rangers 4-games-to-3 in the Preliminary Round.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1966-67 24 15 8 1 - 115 73 31 2nd SCJDHL
1967-68 24 15 7 2 - 147 106 32 2nd SCJDHL Won League
1968-69 30 23 7 0 - 176 114 46 1st SCJDHL Won League, Won OHA Cup
1969-70 30 22 8 0 - 193 103 44 1st SCJDHL
1970-71 30 22 7 1 - 172 106 45 1st SCJDHL
1971-72 28 24 2 2 - 155 54 50 1st SCJDHL
1972-73 32 24 5 3 - -- -- 51 1st CJCHL Won League, Won CSC
1973-74 40 15 18 7 - 188 206 37 5th SWJBHL
1974-75 40 25 7 8 - 246 152 58 1st GHJHL
1975-76 40 18 20 2 - 197 201 38 4th GHJHL
1976-77 32 17 11 4 - 168 159 38 2nd GHJHL
1977-78 40 25 9 6 - 264 175 56 2nd GHJHL
1978-79 42 15 25 2 - 254 203 32 5th GHJHL
1979-80 44 11 29 4 - 232 282 26 9th GHJHL
1980-81 32 13 15 4 - -- -- 30 6th NJC-E
1981-82 32 17 14 1 - -- -- 35 3rd NJC-C
1982-83 30 14 12 4 - -- -- 32 3rd NJC-E
1983-84 40 26 11 3 - -- -- 55 3rd NJC-E
1984-85 34 21 11 2 - 185 151 44 3rd NJCHL
1985-86 36 14 19 3 - -- -- 31 2nd NJC-E
1986-87 34 15 17 2 - -- -- 32 2nd NJC-C
1987-88 37 14 18 5 - 150 168 33 5th NJC-E
1988-89 40 22 14 4 - -- -- 48 2nd NJC-E
1989-90 40 26 10 4 - -- -- 56 2nd NJC-E
1990-91 36 19 12 5 - 183 151 43 2nd NJC-E
1991-92 36 15 15 6 - 135 126 36 5th NJC-E
1992-93 36 10 20 6 - 150 180 26 6th NJC-W
1993-94 36 13 18 5 - 176 185 31 5th NJC-W
1994-95 36 5 29 2 - 102 236 12 6th NJC-W
1995-96 36 3 29 4 - 95 218 10 7th NJC-E
1996-97 36 3 27 4 2 115 208 12 7th NJC-E
1997-98 42 14 26 2 0 153 178 30 5th NJC-E
1998-99 35 10 25 0 0 111 151 20 6th NJC-E
1999-00 35 16 15 - 4 115 132 36 4th NJC-E
2000-01 36 6 23 4 3 121 174 19 5th NJC-E
2001-02 36 15 19 1 1 129 148 32 5th NJC-E
2002-03 36 13 20 2 1 132 185 29 9th NJCHL
2003-04 36 10 22 3 1 137 219 24 9th NJCHL
2004-05 36 6 27 2 1 81 210 15 12th NJCHL
2005-06 36 11 22 2 1 115 159 25 10th NJCHL Lost Preliminary
2006-07 36 24 9 1 2 163 123 51 4th NJCHL
2007-08 35 16 16 2 1 121 120 35 8th NJCHL Lost Quarter Final
2008-09 36 13 22 - 1 112 137 27 10th NJCHLLost Quarter Final
2009-10 36 15 13 - 8 125 140 38 7th NJCHLLost Quarter Final
2010-11 36 10 25 - 1 117 163 21 10th NJCHL Lost Semi Final
2011-12 36 16 18 - 2 101 125 34 7th NJCHL Lost Semi Final


Clarence Schmalz Cup AppearancesEdit

1973: Caledonia Corvairs defeated Lindsay Muskies 4-games-to-1

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