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Creston Valley Thunder Cats
Creston Thundercats
City: Creston, British Columbia
League: Kootenay International Junior Hockey League
Conference: Kootenay
Division: Eddie Mountain
Founded: 1976 (1976)–77 (As Clippers)
Home Arena: Johnny Bucyk Arena
Colours: Red, blue, silver, black, white
                        
Head Coach: Flag of Canada Joe Martin
General Manager: Flag of Canada Joe Martin
Franchise history
1976-89: Creston Clippers
1992-00: Creston Thunder
2000-present: Creston Valley Thunder Cats


The Creston Valley Thunder Cats are a Canadian Junior 'B' ice hockey team from Creston, British Columbia playing in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. They have been around since the 1992 season. Creston also had a team, the Clippers, in the KIJHL from 1976 to 1989.

HistoryEdit

The Creston Thunder were founded in 1992 as a Junior A team in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. By the 1998-99 season, the RMJHL had fallen to four teams and was playing a lot of interleague with the America West Hockey League. The Creston Thunder could not afford the travel and opted to leave the RMJHL, effectively forcing the league to fold, at the end of the 1999 playoffs.

The team sat out 1999-2000 to reorganize.

In 2000, the team was renamed the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and joined the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

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, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L T OT GF GA P PIM Results Playoffs
2000-01 58 11 41 5 1 184 318 28 6th, Neil Murdoch
2001-02 50 16 25 4 5 190 249 41 21333rd, Eddie Mountain
2002-03 50 23 22 1 4 184 192 51 23563rd, Eddie Mountain
2003-04 50 19 28 1 2 169 206 41 17013rd, Eddie Mountain
2004-05 50 21 25 4 0 170 195 46 20383rd, Eddie Mountain
2005-06 50 7 43 0 132 291 14 18995th, Eddie Mountain Did not qualify
2006-07 52 25 25 2 190 211 52 2nd, Eddie Mountain Lost in Finals
2007-08 52 28 19 5 172 177 61 18932nd, Eddie Mountain Lost in Conference Semifinals
2008-09 52 30 12 10 210 165 70 15081st, Eddie Mountain Lost in Conference Semifinals
2009-10 50 28 18 0 4 196 163 60 13682nd, Eddie Mountain Lost in Conference Semifinals, 0–4 (Ghostriders)

Notable alumniEdit

Awards and trophiesEdit

Most Sportsmanlike

  • Keven Cann: 2009-2010

Most Valuable Player

  • Cole Yurkowski: 2008-2009

Top Scorer

  • Cole Yurkowski: 2008-2009

Top Defenseman

  • Colton Grolla: 2008-2009
  • Wade Waters: 2007-2008

Top Goaltender

  • Wade Waters: 2007:2008
  • James Patterson: 2004-2005

Coach of the Year

  • Shane Lukinchuk: 2006-2007

Most Sportsmanlike

  • Martin Crouteau: 2004-2005


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