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Kingsville Kings
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City: Kingsville, Ontario
League: Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League
Founded: 2015
Home Arena: Kingsville Arena Complex
Colors: Silver and Black

The Kingsville Kings are a junior ice hockey team based in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. They are members of the South Division of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL). The Kings were founded in 2015 and joined the GMHL to compete in the 2015–16 season. The club plays their home games at Kingsville Arena Complex.

HistoryEdit

The Kingsville Kings was announced to the public in summer 2015 with local Tom Schinkelshoek named the team president.[1] The Kings started their first season with a lengthy undefeated streak.[2] Their first game took place in Brantford, Ontario, on September 8, 2015, against the Brantford Steelfighters, winning 11–0.[3] Jan Pechek and Léon Marty split the first win and shutout in team history, while Alexander Naskov scored the first goal in team history with 7:57 left in the first period.[4] The Kings' first home game was on September 11 against the Toronto Blue Ice Jets, winning 4–3.[5] Pechek picked up the team's first home victory in net with 27 saves.[6] Kingsville's streak was snapped after 22 wins by the Komoka Dragons.[7] The Kings finished first in the GMHL's South Division and second place overall with 39 wins, 2 losses, and a forfeit due to weather.[8] Jan Pechek led the GMHL with wins (24) and saves percentage (0.951), while Wes Werner set a league record with a goals against average of 1.20.[9] As a core, the Kings set a league record for lowest recorded goals allowed with 71.

The Kings gained international attention due to a video recorded during a road game against the London Lakers on November 20, 2015. A brawl broke out when a London player struck Kingsville's goalie Jan Pechek. During the fight, a linesman struck a London player and then was attacked by a member of the London Lakers' bench staff.[10][11][12]

The Kings finished their inaugural season with the South Division's regular season and playoff championships, but eventually lost the GMHL Russell Cup final in seven games to the Tottenham Steam.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season GP W L T OL GF GA Pts Finish Playoffs
2015–16 42 39 3 0 0 314 71 78 1st of 10, South Div.
2nd of 30, GMHL
Won Div. Quarter-finals, 3–0 (Renegades)
Won Div. Semi-finals, 3–0 (Whalers)
Won Div. Finals, 4–0 (Ravens)
1st in Round Robin (3–0–1)
Lost Russell Cup Final Game, 4–3 (Steam)
2016–17 42 29 8 5 239 148 63 3rd of 11, South Div.
5th of 21, GMHL
Won Div. Quarter-finals, 3–0 (Attack)
Lost Div. Semi-finals, 0–3 (Ravens)
2017–18 42 33 9 0 290 138 66 2nd of 12, South Div.
2nd of 21, GMHL
Won Div. Quarter-finals, 2–0 (Stars)
Lost Div. Semi-finals, 0–3 (Whalers)

League awardsEdit

  • 2015–16 Top Forward - Ludwig Niederbach
  • 2015–16 Top Goaltender - Jan Pechek
  • 2016–17 Top Defensive Forward - Blake Naida

ChampionshipsEdit

  • 2015–16 GMHL South Division regular season champions
  • 2016 GMHL South Division playoff champions
  • 2016 GMHL playoff finalists

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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