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LaSalle Vipers
LaSalle Vipers
Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
City LaSalle, Ontario
Founded 1970
Conference Western
Franchise history 1970-1986: Windsor Royals
1986-1995: Windsor Bulldogs
1995-2001: Tecumseh Bulldogs
2001-2008: Tecumseh Chiefs
2008-Pres: LaSalle Vipers
Head coach John Nelson
General manager Kevin McIntosh
Arena Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex
Team colors Black, Olive, and White
Affiliate team(s) Windsor Spitfires
Belle River Canadiens
Sutherland Cups 2008

The LaSalle Vipers are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Western division of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

HistoryEdit

The Tecumseh Chiefs originated as the newly-formed Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League's Windsor Royals. The Royals in 1986 were renamed the Bulldogs and moved up to Junior "B". The team was sold in 1995 and moved out of Windsor, Ontario into the Tecumseh area, and became known as the Chiefs.
Tecumseh Chiefs with Sutherland Cup (2008)

Tecumseh Chiefs' Matt Rehman being presented the Sutherland Cup (2008)

In one the franchise's last games in the city of Windsor, the Bulldogs set a league record for futility by suffering the worst loss in Western Ontario Hockey League history. On January 20, 1995, the Leamington Flyers defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 30-3.

Tecumseh Chiefs

Tecumseh Chiefs

On February 20, 2008, the Chiefs remembered their former "rookie of the year" Mickey Renaud. Renaud, alumnus and captain of the Windsor Spitfires, died two days earlier after collapsing in his parents home in Tecumseh. After a memorial, the Chiefs announced that Renaud's number, 44, would be retired at the end of the season.

The 2007-08 season marked the Chiefs' best season since moving to Tecumseh. The Chiefs, members of the newly formed Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League became their first league regular season champions finishing first overall in their conference with 34 wins, 12 losses, and 2 losses in overtime.

After defeating the London Nationals to win their first Western Ontario crown since 1980, the Chiefs made it known to the press that they are considering a move to LaSalle, Ontario due to a lack of fan support.

The Chiefs entered the 2008 Sutherland Cup against the Thorold Blackhawks and the Elmira Sugar Kings. They finished the round robin in first place with 3 wins and 1 loss. They then faced the Sugar Kings in a best-of-seven series to determine the champion, defeating them in 4 straight games to win their first ever provincial title.

After 13 seasons in the town of Tecumseh and winning the 2008 Sutherland Cup Provincial Championship, the town of Tecumseh has announced that the franchise has elected not to return to their arena. The team is planning to relocate to LaSalle. This marks the third Greater Windsor Area location that the team has called home in 38 seasons.

On July 9, the ownership of the team held a press conference to enveil the LaSalle Vipers and their new logo. On September 10, the Vipers played their first game in LaSalle, losing 4-2 to the Leamington Flyers.

2009-10 Championship SeasonEdit

After a bit of a rebuilding year in 2008-09 to readjust after moving, the LaSalle Vipers showed themselves to be one of the top teams in the GOJHL during the first half of 2009-10. A mid-season slump put the Vipers near the basement of the Western Conference, but by the end of the season the Vipers had come together and reached the 5th seed of the conference with 30 wins and just a few wins from the lead of the conference. In the Western quarter-final, the Vipers defeated the fourth seeded St. Marys Lincolns 4-games-to-1. In the semi-final, the Vipers drew third seed and rival Chatham Maroons. A hard fought battle occurred, with the Vipers winning 4-games-to-2. In an upset, the seventh seeded St. Thomas Stars defeated the first place London Nationals, setting up an unlikely final between the fifth and seventh seeds of the conference. The Vipers would defeat the Stars 4-games-to-2 to take their second Western Championship in three years. The Vipers then moved on to the Sutherland Cup round robin semi-final with the first seed of the Mid-Western Conference Brantford Eagles and the second seed of the Golden Horseshoe Conference Stoney Creek Warriors. All three teams had appeared in the Sutherland Cup finals in the previous two seasons. LaSalle took the round robin with a 3-1 record, second was Brantford with a 2-2 record, and third was Stoney Creek, 1-3 and eliminated. The final was the battle of the 2008 and 2009 Sutherland Cup champions. The Vipers took an early 3-games-to-none lead in the series. Brantford took Game 4. LaSalle played Game 5 at home and took it in double overtime on a goal by DJ Turner.

Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

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The Tecumseh Chiefs won the 2008 Sutherland Cup

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1970-71 40 23 13 4 - 296 192 50 3rd GLJHL
1971-72 36 19 12 5 - 176 130 43 3rd GLJHL
1972-73 42 34 6 2 - 349 141 70 1st GLJHL
1973-74 43 31 8 4 - 322 132 66 2nd GLJHL
1974-75 40 17 20 3 - 157 193 37 5th WOJHL
1975-76 38 15 16 7 - 206 221 37 4th WOJHL
1976-77 40 15 16 9 - 189 178 39 5th WOJHL
1977-78 40 30 6 4 - 260 126 64 1st WOJHL
1978-79 42 31 7 4 - 314 172 66 1st WOJHL Won League
1979-80 41 30 7 4 - 276 151 64 1st WOJHL Won League
1980-81 42 26 16 0 - 238 176 52 4th WOJHL
1981-82 42 25 13 4 - 252 186 54 2nd WOJHL
1982-83 42 17 20 5 - 190 222 39 5th WOJHL
1983-84 48 24 18 6 - 257 195 54 4th WOJHL
1984-85 48 13 30 5 - 196 246 31 6th WOJHL
1985-86 42 9 30 3 - 185 287 21 7th WOJHL
1986-87 42 6 33 3 - 187 291 15 8th WOJHL
1987-88 42 20 15 6 1 192 200 47 4th WOJHL
1988-89 42 24 13 2 3 214 186 53 4th WOJHL
1989-90 39 21 17 0 1 197 182 43 3rd WOJHL
1990-91 48 34 11 3 0 266 164 71 1st WOJHL
1991-92 50 33 16 1 0 279 213 67 1st WOJHL West
1992-93 52 35 13 3 1 - - 74 2nd WOJHL West
1993-94 50 14 34 2 0 252 352 30 5th WOJHL West
1994-95 52 5 43 0 4 169 328 14 5th WOJHL West
1995-96 52 27 21 3 1 247 235 58 2nd WOJHL West
1996-97 52 31 16 3 2 256 221 67 2nd WOJHL West
1997-98 52 19 27 3 3 168 254 44 4th WOJHL West
1998-99 52 11 35 0 6 144 256 28 5th WOJHL West
1999-00 54 25 25 0 4 182 210 54 6th GOHL
2000-01 54 12 40 0 2 165 314 26 9th GOHL
2001-02 54 18 32 2 2 163 236 40 8th WOJHL
2002-03 48 10 36 1 1 121 261 22 9th WOJHL
2003-04 48 20 23 1 4 161 197 45 7th WOJHL
2004-05 48 22 23 2 1 175 179 47 7th WOJHL
2005-06 48 24 20 2 2 164 171 52 5th WOJHL
2006-07 48 27 17 - 4 223 161 58 4th WOJHLLost Quarter-final
2007-08 48 34 12 - 2 235 128 70 2nd GOJHL Won League
2008-09 52 21 26 - 5 186 197 47 18th GOJHL

Sutherland Cup AppearancesEdit

1980: Belleville Bobcats defeated Windsor Bulldogs 4-games-to-none
2008: Tecumseh Chiefs defeated Elmira Sugar Kings 4-games-to-none

Notable alumniEdit

External linksEdit


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