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Connecticut Oilers
Connecticut Oilers logo
City: Norwalk, Connecticut
League: Eastern Hockey League
Division: Premier - South Division
Founded: 1996
Home Arena: SoNo Icehouse
Colors: Green, Black, Gray, and White
Owner(s): Ryan Hughes
Jacques de Saint Phalle
General Manager: Eric Lind
Head Coach: Eric Lind
Franchise history
1996–2012: Capital District Selects'
2012–present: Connecticut Oilers
Championships
Playoff Championships: 2014–15 (vacated)

The Connecticut Oilers is a Junior Tier III ice hockey team from Norwalk, Connecticut playing in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

HistoryEdit

Capital District Selects logo

The franchise was initially founded as the Capital District Selects playing out of Troy, New York. After several seasons as an independent midget team, the CD Selects joined the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) in 1998 as a part-time member, joining full-time in 1999. The team was owned and coached by former RPI coach Jim Salfi. Since the 2002–03 season, the Selects played in the Eastern Junior Hockey League's "South" Division, until the Boston Junior Shamrocks were sold and moved to Philadelphia which moved the Selects to the "North" Division.

In 2012 the team was sold and relocated to Norwalk, Connecticut and renamed the Connecticut Oilers. During the summer of 2013 there was a strong effort to re-organize Tier III junior hockey in north eastern United States resulting in the Oilers moving to the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. On June 6, 2013 the AJHL became the EHL.

The Oilers would have their best season in 2014–15 and won the EHL playoffs and league championship. Winning the league championship would normally qualify the team for the 2015 USA Hockey Tier III National Championships, however due to a clerical error with a pair of the Oilers' import player's paperwork, the runner-up Northern Cyclones represented the EHL.[1] Due to these circumstances, the EHL would later void their playoff championship and claim a "vacant" playoff champion for that season.[2]

Notable alumniEdit

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1999-00 38 21 14 3 - 171 133 45 4th EJHL
2000-01 - - EJHL
2001-02 38 19 14 2 3 157 138 43 6th EJHL
2002-03 38 20 16 2 0 141 109 42 4th EJHL South
2003-04 38 25 11 0 2 158 130 52 1st EJHL South
2004-05 51 20 24 6 1 173 202 47 4th EJHL South
2005-06 45 16 25 3 1 147 184 36 7th EJHL South
2006-07 45 16 24 4 1 136 163 37 5th EJHL South
11 of 14 League
did not qualify
2007-08 45 19 24 2 0 146 149 40 6th EJHL South
11 of 14 League
did not qualify
2007-08 45 19 24 2 0 146 149 40 6th EJHL South
11 of 14 League
did not qualify
2008-09 45 8 31 5 1 133 234 22 7th EJHL South
13 of 14 League
did not qualify
2009-10 45 9 31 2 3 126 228 23 6th EJHL North
13 of 14 League
did not qualify
2010-11 45 6 36 2 1 117 251 15 7th EJHL North
14 of 14 League
did not qualify
2011-12 45 1 39 5 103 283 8 7th EJHL North
14 of 14 League
did not qualify
Connecticut Oilers
2012-13 45 12 28 5 120 179 29 6th EJHL South
12 of 14 League
Lost First Round, (Jr. Warriors)
2013-14 44 26 13 3 2 170 121 57 1st EHL Central
4 of 17 League
Lost First Round, 1-2 (Jr. Warriors)
2014-15 44 31 11 1 1 183 103 64 1st EHL Central
4 of 19 EHL
Won First Round, 2-0 (Rangers)
Won Quarter-finals, 2-0 (Express)
Won Semi-Finals, 2-0 (Little Flyers)
Won League Finals, 3-2 (Cyclones)
EHL CHAMPIONS*
2015–16 41 28 11 2 68 159 130 2nd of 9, South Conf.
4th of 18, EHL-Premier
Won First Round, 2-0 vs. New Jersey Rockets
Won Second Round, 2-0 vs. Hartford Jr. Wolfpack
Lost Semifinals, 0-2 vs. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
  • -The team vacated the 2015 league playoff championship as a result of the use of ineligible players due to an apparent filing error


USA Hockey Tier III Jr NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSEdit

DIVISION 1 - (NA3HL) x2 teams - (EHL) - (MnJHL)
Round robin play in pool with top 2 teams advancing to final.

Year Round Robin Record Standing SemiFinal Gold Medal Game
2015

Although the Oilers won the 2015 EHL Champion, the Northern Cyclones advanced to the USA Championships as the Oilers were stripped of the championship for the use of two ineligible import players from Sweden. The players were ruled ineligible due to a paperwork issue with USA Hockey. The issue was discovered by the league when they were preparing paperwork for the 2015 USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championship for both teams during the final series. The two players in question were not allowed to play in the fifth and deciding game of the series but the issue was not able to be resolved by the start of the tournament and the Northern Cyclones were sent as the league representative. As of July 21, 2015 the league lists the 2015 playoff champions as "Vacant".

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