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Essex 73's
Essex 73's
Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League
City Essex, Ontario
Founded 1973
Division South
Head Coach Glen Holden
General Manager Les Garrod
Arena Essex Centre Sports Complex
Affiliate(s) LaSalle Vipers
Team Colors Orange, Black, and White
League Champions 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Clarence Schmalz Cups 1975, 1977, 1978, 2002, 2005, 2009


The Essex 73's are a Junior "C" ice hockey team based in Essex, Ontario, Canada. The 73's are members of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey Association.

HistoryEdit

The Essex 73’s have competed for 36 seasons in the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League. In total, the club has won 16 Great Lakes Junior C League Championships and 6 All Ontario Junior C titles. By both measures, they are the most successful team in Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League history. Their 6 CSC wins and 11 CSC finals appearances are both Ontario Junior C records.

In the mid-1970s and early 1980s, the 73’s dominated the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League winning six of the eight League Championships from the 1974-75 season to the 1982-83 Season. With Dave Prpich behind the bench the 73’s won four league titles in a row from 1974-75 to 1978-79, including three All Ontario Championships in that span. The 73’s would claim two more Great Lakes League Championships in the 80’s in 1985-86 and 1986-87.

After some struggles in the early to mid 90’s the 73’s got back into winning form under head coach Les Garrod. For the first time in ten years in 1997-98 the team won the Great Lakes League Championship by defeating the Wallaceburg Lakers in the league final. Their loss to the Kincardine Bulldogs in the All Ontario semi-finals marked the 73's most successful season in a decade.

In the 2001-02 season General Manager Al Lemay brought aboard Head Coach Tony Piroskiwho coached the team from 2001 until 2010. This proved to be a major turning point for the 73's, who have dominated the Great Lakes League under Piroski. In his first season the 73’s won the Great Lakes League and the All Ontario Title defeating the Uxbridge Bruins in the finals. The team has reached the All Ontario Junior C Finals in each of the last five seasons, defeating the Grimsby Peach Kings in 2005 but losing to the Penetang Kings in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 they faced the offensive powerhouse Alliston Hornets and were defeated in a memorable game 7 overtime loss in Essex. The 2008-2009 season saw the 73's finish with a remarkable 59 wins, 1 overtime loss, 1 regulation loss, and 1 shoot-out loss (including play-offs). The team finished with 31 wins and 0 losses at home in their final season in the historic Essex Memorial Arena. The 73's returned to the finals to face the Alliston Hornets for the second straight year and the 73's fifth consecutive CSC Finals appearance. The 2009 finals saw Essex outscore the Hornets 20-4 on their way to a four game sweep to win the CSC. In the last nine seasons under Piroski the 73’s have won seven Great Lakes League Championships along with three All Ontario Titles. Beginning in the 2009-2010 season the 73's moved into the new twin pad Essex Centre Sports Complex.

In 2009-2010 the Essex 73's were beat out by the Belle River Canadiens in the second round in 6 games. On Tuesday, March 16, Coach Piroski was signed by the Leamington Flyers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League thus ending the Piroski era of the Essex 73's.

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1973-74 44 34 6 4 - 357 160 72 1st GLJHL
1974-75 42 33 8 1 - 292 155 67 1st GLJHLWon League, Won CSC
1975-76 42 30 9 3 - 297 159 63 1st GLJHLWon League, Lost CSC Final
1976-77 42 27 11 4 - 236 164 58 1st GLJHLWon League, Won CSC
1977-78 42 39 2 1 - 377 105 79 1st GLJHLWon League, Won CSC
1978-79 40 25 13 2 - 291 222 52 2nd GLJHL
1979-80 42 25 13 4 - 280 215 54 2nd GLJHL
1980-81 42 32 7 3 - 325 165 67 1st GLJHLWon League, Lost CSC Final
1981-82 39 23 13 3 - 241 177 49 3rd GLJHL
1982-83 40 19 17 4 - 244 232 42 4th GLJHLWon League
1983-84 39 14 20 5 - 221 204 33 6th GLJHL
1984-85 40 26 11 3 - 254 161 55 2nd GLJHL
1985-86 40 25 9 6 - 229 144 56 1st GLJHLWon League
1986-87 38 26 11 1 0 236 163 53 2nd GLJHLWon League
1987-88 39 18 15 4 2 210 167 42 6th GLJHL
1988-89 38 19 15 2 2 210 184 44 7th GLJHL
1989-90 40 9 30 1 0 129 260 19 10th GLJHL
1990-91 42 19 19 2 2 190 195 42 6th GLJHL
1991-92 41 22 15 3 1 203 169 48 4th GLJHL
1992-93 40 14 24 1 1 166 224 30 9th GLJHL
1993-94 40 16 22 2 0 206 232 34 8th GLJHL
1994-95 41 10 26 3 2 133 204 25 10th GLJHL
1995-96 41 16 18 7 0 150 145 39 8th GLJHL
1996-97 40 20 16 2 2 161 162 44 6th GLJHL
1997-98 45 27 12 6 0 210 132 60 3rd GLJHLWon League, Lost CSC Semi Final
1998-99 39 31 7 1 0 213 122 63 3rd GLJHLLost Final
1999-00 43 17 20 2 4 139 153 40 5th GLJHLLost Semi Finals
2000-01 40 22 12 6 0 153 143 50 4th GLJHLLost Semi Finals
2001-02 40 30 8 0 2 159 97 62 1st GLJHLWon League, Won CSC
2002-03 40 33 4 3 0 161 91 69 1st GLJHLWon League, Lost CSC Semi-final
2003-04 40 33 3 4 0 152 77 70 1st GLJHLLost Final
2004-05 40 32 5 1 2 206 81 67 1st GLJHLWon League, Won CSC
2005-06 40 25 11 3 1 160 99 54 4th GLJHLWon League, Lost CSC Final
2006-07 40 32 4 2 2 182 90 68 1st GLJHLWon League, Lost CSC Final
2007-08 40 33 3 2 2 216 91 70 1st GLJHL Won League, Lost CSC Final
2008-09 40 39 0 - 1 202 73 79 1st GLJHL Won League, Won CSC
2009-10 40 29 9 - 2 187 101 60 2nd GLJHL Lost Semi-final

Additional StaffEdit

  • Director of Hockey Operations: Les Garrod
  • President: Kris Wojornski
  • Head Coach: Glen Holden
  • Assistant Coach: Ryan O'Hagon
  • Assistant Coach: Jimi St John
  • Assistant Coach: TBA
  • Trainer: TBA
  • Trainer: TBA
  • Equipment Manager: Terry Hendrick

Clarence Schmalz Cup AppearancesEdit

1975: Essex 73's defeated Lindsay Muskies 4-games-to-3
1976: Dunnville Terriers defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-2
1977: Essex 73's defeated Bowmanville Eagles 4-games-to-2
1978: Essex 73's defeated Bowmanville Eagles 4-games-to-1
1981: Bowmanville Eagles defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-2
2002: Essex 73's defeated Uxbridge Bruins 4-games-to-3
2005: Essex 73's defeated Grimsby Peach Kings 4-games-to-3
2006: Penetang Kings defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-1
2007: Penetang Kings defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-1
2008: Alliston Hornets defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-3
2009: Essex 73's defeated Alliston Hornets 4-games-to-none

Notable alumniEdit

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