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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 GP W L T/OTL SOL Points GF GA Finish Playoffs
1991-92 60 8 51 - 1 17 186 399 9th Overall Did not qualify
1992-93 56 13 42 - 1 27 192 324 9th Overall Did not qualify
1993-94 56 15 37 - 4 34 209 368 9th Overall Did not qualify
1994-95 56 24 29 - 3 51 219 278 7th Overall Lost in first round
1995-96 60 27 30 - 3 57 243 257 7th Overall Lost in first round
1996-97 60 27 30 - 3 57 242 270 8th Overall Lost in first round
1997-98 60 20 36 - 4 44 204 266 11th Overall Did not qualify
1998-99 62 33 29 - 0 66 282 261 5th North Lost in first round
1999-00 64 34 26 - 4 72 251 230 5th North Lost in second round
2000-01 64 17 38 9 - 43 194 307 8th North Did not qualify
2001-02 64 20 43 1 - 41 176 284 8th North Did not qualify
2002-03 64 27 29 8 - 62 207 243 6th North Lost in first round
2003-04 60 27 25 8 - 62 189 172 6th North Lost in first round
2004-05 64 36 17 11 - 83 218 189 4th North Lost in first round
2005-06 60 38 19 3 - 79 240 185 5th North Lost in second round
2006-07 60 24 29 7 - 55 173 208 6th North Lost in first round
2007-08 62 34 21 7 - 75 211 166 4th North Lost in second round
2008-09 62 35 22 5 - 75 215 187 4th North Lost in first round
2009-10 60 27 29 4 - 58 175 190 5th North Lost in second round
2010-11 60 35 16 9 - 79 198 150 3rd North Lost in second round
2011-12 60 34 20 6 - 74 187 158 5th North Lost in first round
2012-13 60 32 19 - 9 73 177 170 3rd North Lost in second round
2013-14 60 26 28 - 6 58 182 212 5th North Lost in first round
2014-15 60 30 19 - 11 71 197 184 3rd North Lost Division Final
2015-16 60 40 11 - 9 89 245 163 3th of 8 North
5th of 16 AJHL
Lost Div. Quarter Final

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

ReferencesEdit

Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Drayton Valley Thunder website

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