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Drayton Valley Thunder
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City: Drayton Valley, Alberta
League: Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division: North
Founded: 1998 (1998)
Home Arena: Drayton Valley Omni-Plex
Colors: Green, black and white


The Drayton Valley Thunder is an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They play in Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada at the Drayton Valley Omni-Plex, capacity 1450.

Founded: 1998-99
Division titles won: 1999-00, 2000-01
Regular season titles won: 2005-6
League Championships won: 2002
Doyle Cup Titles: None
Royal Bank Cup Titles: None

HistoryEdit

The Drayton Valley Thunder were awarded as an expansion franchise in 1998, and began play in the South Division for the 1998-99 season. One year after finishing sixth in the South, ahead of only their expansion cousins the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves, the Thunder rocketed up the standings, winning the South division in only their second season. Further expansion shifted the Thunder into the North Division in 2000-01, where they won another division title.

In 2002, only four years after being awarded the team, the Thunder captured the Rogers Wireless Cup as AJHL Champions. The Thunder fell to the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL in the Doyle Cup series.

The current hockey staff for 2008-2009 is composed of:

  • Jeff Battah - General Manager / Head Coach
  • Larry Moberg- Assistant Coach
  • Kyle Adams -Assistant Coach
  • Yves Lavoie-Head Trainer and Equipment Manager

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T/OTL = Ties/Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T/OTL SOL Points GF GA Finish Playoffs
1998-99 62 20 36 - 6 46 181 284 6th South Did not qualify
1999-00 64 40 18 - 6 86 268 204 1st South ---
2000-01 64 42 19 3 - 87 293 194 1st North ---
2001-02 64 44 17 3 - 91 300 198 2nd North Won championship
2002-03 64 37 20 7 - 81 240 199 3rd North ---
2003-04 60 27 23 10 - 64 165 177 5th North ---
2004-05 64 39 19 6 - 84 198 146 3rd North Lost in third round
2005-06 60 38 16 6 - 82 203 158 2nd North Lost in second round
2006-07 60 30 26 4 - 64 199 211 4th North Lost in first round
2007-08 62 12 44 6 - 30 151 280 8th North Did not qualify
2008-09 62 7 50 5 - 19 122 318 8th North Did not qualify
2009-10 60 12 42 6 - 30 139 269 8th North Did not qualify


ReferencesEdit

Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Drayton Valley Thunder website

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