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Casselman Vikings
City: Casselman, Ontario, Canada
League: Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2
Division: East
Founded: 2008 (Jr. B)
1986 (Jr. C)
Home Arena: Complexe J.R. Brisson
Colors: Maroon, black, white
General Manager: Raymond Lavergne
Head Coach: Raymond Lavergne
Franchise history
1986-1998: Casselman Stars
1998-2000: Casselman-Cambridge Stars
2000-2007: Casselman Stars
2008-Present: Casselman Vikings

The Casselman Vikings are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Casselman, Ontario. The Vikings play in the Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2 (CCHL2). Prior to 2015, their league was known as the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League of the Ottawa District Hockey Association. The Vikings have won the Carson Trophy three times and were the 2014 Don Johnson Memorial Cup Eastern Canadian Jr. B Champions.


Founded in 1986, the Stars won the Cameron Trophy six times as the Ottawa District Hockey Association's top Junior C club. The first time was in 1989, and then again in 1993. In 1997, the Stars set up a dynasty: winning in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

Casselman Stars

The 2004-05 season was great for the Stars. After finishing first in the league with 28 wins in 36 games, the Stars defeated the Rockland Nationals 4-games-to-none in the league semi-final and then their rivals, the Embrun Panthers, 4-games-to-1 to win their sixth crown.

In the 2005-06 season, the Stars again finished in first place with 27 wins in 36 games. In the semi-final they defeated the Saint-Isidore Eagles 4-games-to-1 and then were upset by the Embrun Panthers in the final 4-games-to-3.

After a disappointing 2006-07 season, in which the Stars finished seventh place overall, they were swept 4-games-to-none in the league quarter-final by the East Ottawa Thunder.

In 2007, the Stars ownership attempted to fill the void left in the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League by the Junior "A" expansion of the Kemptville 73's. When the Casselman franchise could not be put together fast enough, the Stars program was suspended for the 2007-08 Eastern Junior C season.

The Casselman Stars were founded in 1986 as members of the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League. In 2007, the ownership of the team pulled their membership out of the EOJCHL with the intention of joining the Junior B Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League. After sitting out a year, the group was awarded a Junior B franchise and changed the team's name to the Vikings. The league's Junior C spot was given to a new team called the Cumberland Bandits.

The Viking have won three Carson Trophies as EOJHL champions (2012, 2014 and 2015). On April 22, 2014, the Vikings became the first Ontario team to ever play at the Don Johnson Memorial Cup tournament, originally competed for by only Atlantic Canada teams.

2013-14 Championship seasonEdit

The Vikings finished the 2013-14 regular season with the top record in the St. Lawrence Division, their conference, and the entire EOJHL with 35 wins, 2 losses, and 4 overtime losses. In their division semi-final, the Vikings swept the Akwesasne Wolves in four games and then beat the Winchester Hawks 4-games-to-1 to win the Division title.[1] The Vikings then defeated the Gananoque Islanders 4-games-to-1 to win the Rideau-St. Lawrence Conference championship.[2] The Vikings moved on to the Carson Trophy finals against the Metro-Valley Conference champion Ottawa West Golden Knights. Casselman quickly found themselves in trouble as the Golden Knights mounted a 3-games-to-1 lead, but the Vikings came back with 3-2 and 4-1 victories to force game seven. In Game 7, Taylor Widenmaier scored in the first to take an early lead, with Ottawa West tying the game in the second. With 37 seconds left in regulation, the Golden Knights scored a possible game winning goal, but with only 14 seconds left Thierry Henry tied up the game forcing overtime. 1:18 into the second extra frame, Captain Joel Adam scored the game winning goal to give the Vikings their second Carson Trophy as EOJHL champions.[3][4][5]

As of 2014, the hockey organizations of Atlantic Canada decided to allow a representative of Eastern Ontario into their Junior B championship tournament, the Don Johnson Memorial Cup. Since 1982, the "DoJo" has been exclusive to Atlantic Canadian provinces, but beginning in 2014 has rebranded itself the "Eastern Canadian Junior B Championship". By winning the Carson Trophy, the Vikings became the first team to gain entry to the championship from west of the Atlantic Region.[6] On April 22, the Vikings made this a reality by facing the Fredericton Jr. Caps of the New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. The Viking took their first ever DoJo game by a score of 6-1.[7] The next day, the Vikings took on the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League's champion Sackville Blazers and defeated them 7-5.[8] On the 24th, Casselman faced the Avalon Jr. Capitals of the St. John's Junior Hockey League and beat them 6-2.[9] In their final round robin game, the Vikings faced the host Strait Pirates but dispatched them with an 8-1 score.[10] With the round robin over, Taylor Widenmaier was named to the tournament's all-star team, Nicolas Brazeau was given the most sportsmanlike player award, and Maxime Choquette was named the tournament's most valuable player.[11] Widenmaier and Brazeau would lead the round robin in scoring (13 points each) and Gianmarco De Meis would lead all goalies with a 0.925 save percentage.[12]

With a perfect 4-0-0 record, the Vikings earned the first seed in the semi-final and faced fourth seed Fredericton again.[13] The Jr. Caps were ready for the Vikings this time and clogged up the middle, stymieing their high speed offence. The Jr. Caps had it tied up 1-1 going into the third, before the Viking popped three quick goals. The final score was 4-2 and Casselman was into the Final against Sackville (who just dispatched the defending champion Kensington Vipers in overtime).[14] In the final, Sackville opened up the score early in the first and held a 1-0 lead until the third period. Casselman stepped up the pressure in third period and responded with goals from Widenmaier and Luc Forget. With 1:22 to go in the third, Sackville tied the game to force overtime. At 6:18 into the overtime frame, Simon Cousineau popped in the game winning goal to secure the Eastern Canadian Championship. Goalie Gianmarco De Meis was named the championship's most valuable player with 36 saves on 38 shots.

The Casselman Vikings finished the season with 57 wins and 11 losses, won their second Carson Trophy, and their first Don Johnson Memorial Cup. With this, they became the first team outside of the Atlantic Provinces to compete for a DoJo Championship, the first to win a game at the event, and the first to win the championship itself, all while keeping an undefeated 6-0-0 record.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1986-87 30 17 10 3 - 157 127 37 2nd EOJCHL
1992-93 30 16 13 1 - 208 179 33 4th EOJCHL Won League
2000-01 30 18 10 2 0 155 118 38 3rd EOJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2001-02 36 12 22 1 1 165 208 26 5th EOJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2002-03 36 23 10 0 3 178 128 49 2nd EOJCHL Lost Semi-final
2003-04 36 12 20 1 3 128 165 28 6th EOJCHL Lost Quarter-final
2004-05 36 28 6 0 2 181 99 58 1st EOJCHL Won League
2005-06 36 27 7 - 2 194 123 56 1st EOJCHL Lost Final
2006-07 34 14 18 - 2 128 148 30 7th EOJCHL Lost Semi-final
2007-08 Did Not Participate
2008-09 42 30 9 2 1 270 180 63 2nd EO StLawr Lost Division S-Final
2009-10 40 29 7 2 2 254 107 62 1st EO StLawr Lost Division Final
2010-11 42 35 5 1 1 256 117 72 1st EO StLawr Lost Division Final
2011-12 42 32 8 0 2 239 118 66 2nd EO StLawr Won League
2012-13 42 31 7 0 4 230 128 66 1st EO StLawr Lost Semi-final
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2013-14 41 35 2 2 2 231 96 74 1st EO StLawr Won League, Won DJC
2014-15 40 34 4 1 1 233 105 70 1st EO StLawr Won League
2015-16 44 40 3 1 0 266 116 81 1st of 8 Martin Div
1st of 16 CCHL2
Won Quarters 4-0, (Glens)
Won Semifinals, 4-0 (Golden Knights)
Won League Finals, 4-1 Blue Wings
CCHL2 Champions

Don Johnson Memorial CupEdit

Eastern Canada Jr B Championships

Year Round Robin Record Standing SemiFinal Br. Med. Game Gold Medal Game
2014 W, Fredericton Caps 6-1
W, Sackville Blazers 7-5
W, Avalon Capitals 6-2
W, Strait Pirates 8-1
4-0-0 1st of 6 W, Fredericton Caps 4-2 n/aOTW, Sackville Blazers 3-2
Don Johnson Cup

This was the only year the EOJHL was part of the Don Johnson Championships

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Preceded by
Kensington Vipers
Don Johnson Memorial Cup Champions
Succeeded by
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