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Drayton Valley Thunder
Drayton Valley Thunder Logo
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
General manager TBD (2017-18)
Head coach TBD (2017-18)

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.

Drayton Valley Thunder 20th anniversary logo

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
2010-11 60 13 39 8 - 34 164 250 8th North Did not qualify
2011-12 60 27 27 6 - 60 187 224 6th North lost div. semi finals
2012-13 60 30 23 - 7 67 178 177 6th North lost div. quarter finals
2013-14 60 22 33 - 5 49 148 205 7th North lost div. quarter finals
2014-15 60 24 24 - 12 60 161 191 6th North lost div. quarter finals
2015-16 60 23 33 - 4 50 150 242 6th North lost div. quarter finals
2016-17 60 17 39 - 4 38 160 252 6 of 8 North
11 of 16 AJHL
Lost div. quarters 0-3 (Saints)

PlayoffsEdit

  • 1992 DNQ
  • 1993 DNQ
  • 1994 DNQ
  • 1995 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
  • 1996 Lost Quarter-final
Olds Grizzlys defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
  • 1997 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 1998 DNQ
  • 1999 Lost Preliminary
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 2-games-to-none
  • 2000 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-none
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
  • 2001 DNQ
  • 2002 DNQ
  • 2003 Lost Preliminary
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-none
  • 2004 Lost Preliminary
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-2
  • 2005 Lost Preliminary
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-1
  • 2006 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Grande Prairie Storm 3-games-to-1
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-none
  • 2007 Lost Preliminary
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-2
  • 2008 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-2
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 2009 Lost Preliminary
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-1
  • 2010 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-none
  • 2011 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-none
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 2012 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 3-games-to-none
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 2013 Lost Quarter-final
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 3-games-to-1
Whitecourt Wolverines defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
  • 2014 Lost Preliminary
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-0
  • 2015 Lost Division Finals
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 3-games-to-none
Bonnyville Pontiacs defeated Bobcats 4-games-to-2
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
  • 2016
Sherwood Park Crusaders defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-1

Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Drayton Valley Thunder website

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