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Penetang Kings
Penetang Kings
City: Penetanguishene, Ontario[1]
League: Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League[2]
Founded: 1977 (1977)[1]
Home Arena: Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre
Colors: Purple, Black, and White[3]
Head Coach: Dylan Seca[3]
General Manager: -[3]
Franchise history
1973-1975[4]: Penetang Hurons[4]
1977-Present[1]: Penetang Kings[1]

The Penetang Kings are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada.[1] They play in the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.[2]

HistoryEdit

The first chapter of current Penetanguishene junior hockey history came in 1973. The Penetang Hurons joined up with the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League, a league recently promoted from the Junior D level. The Hurons lasted only two seasons before folding.[4]

In 1977, two years after the demise of the Hurons. The Penetang Kings were created as members of the Georgian Bay Junior C Hockey League.[1]

In 1983-84, the Penetang won the Georgian Bay league championship to move into the All-Ontario playdowns. They made it all the way to the Clarence Schmalz Cup finals, were they played against the Niagara Junior C Hockey League champions, the Woodstock Navy-Vets. The Kings brushed them off with a 4-game-sweep to clinch their first ever provincial championship.[5] The Kings were led to the Cup by local player and future National Hockey Leaguer Brian McReynolds, who the next year won the Manitoba Centennial Cup National Junior A Championship with the Orillia Travelways of the OHA Junior A Hockey League.[6]

In 1994, the Georgian Bay league merged with the Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League to create the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League.[1] Although the Kings were rather competitive in the league, success has not come until recently.

The 2005-06 season saw the Kings finish the regular season in first place. In the league quarter-finals, the Kings were placed against the eighth place Midland Flyers and swept them 4-games-to-none. The semi-final was against the sixth seeded Stayner Siskins. The Kings dispatched them 4-games-to-1 to move on to the Georgian Mid-Ontario finals. The Kings were up against the powerhouse Fergus Devils, but it in surprising fashion swept the second seeded Devils 4-games-to-none to win their first ever Georgian Mid-Ontario championship. The Kings found themselves in the All-Ontario playdowns for the first time possibly twenty-two years. Their quarter-final match up was against the Kincardine Bulldogs of the Western Junior C Hockey League. In their hardest challenge yet, the bested the Bulldogs 4-games-to-2. In the semi-finals, the Kings ran into the Central Junior C Hockey League's Port Perry Mojacks. The Kings dispatched the Mojacks 4-games-to-2 to reach their first Clarence Schmalz Cup final in twenty-two years. The Kings were up against a heavily favoured Essex 73's squad. The 73's had torn up the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League and swept the Niagara Junior C Hockey League's Simcoe Storm to reach the final. Penetang's goalie, Dan Earles, took over and post three 1-0 shutouts in a 4-games-to-1 series victory over the 73's.[7]

The 2006-07 season was more of a challenge than ever. After coming in second place in the regular season to the Fergus Devils, the Kings again had to face the Midland Flyers in the quarter-finals and again swept them 4-games-to-none. In the semi-final, the Kings were challenged by a tough Alliston Hornets squad. After going up 3-games-to-none in the series, the Hornets battled back to make the series 3-games-to-2 before the Kings finally won a tight game 6 and kill the Hornet surge thanks to 2 late game points. This set up a rematch of the 2006-07 GMO Final. Fergus came out tough, but were beaten in the first two games both in double overtime, both times by a 3-2 score. The Devils came back and won game 3 and game 4 just to have the Kings win game 5 and then game 6 4-3 in overtime. Four of the six games played in the Final were finished in overtime. In the Semi-final, the Kings again ran into the Kincardine Bulldogs of the Western Junior C Hockey League. By game 4, the Bulldogs had the Kings against the wall with a 3-games-to-1 series lead. To the Bulldogs dismay, the Kings won game 5 2-1, game 6 3-1, and then game 7 with a crushing 5-0 victory. In the semi-final, the Kings drew the Central Junior C Hockey League's Lakefield Chiefs and in an extremely close series, swept the Chiefs 4-games-to-none to reach the All-Ontario Final for the second straight year. Again, their opponent was the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League's Essex 73's. In the Final, the 73's got the one-up on the Kings in game 1, taking it 4-3. From that point on, with again excellent backstopping from Dan Earles, the Kings dismantled the 73's. They won the next 4 games straight to win the series 4-games-to-1 and clinch their second straight Clarence Schmalz Cup.[8]

Season-by-Season StandingsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2000-01 36 20 14 1 1 155 138 41 4th GMOHL
2001-02 36 14 19 1 2 144 160 31 7th GMOHL
2002-03* 20 8 10 1 1 75 78 18 5th GMOHL
2003-04 36 19 11 5 1 159 127 44 4th GMOHL
2004-05 40 23 9 6 2 157 124 54 3rd GMOHL
2005-06 42 28 8 4 2 170 109 62 1st GMOHL Won League, Won CSC
2006-07 42 27 9 3 3 190 127 60 2nd GMOHL Won League, Won CSC
2007-08 42 35 6 0 1 222 91 71 2nd GMOHL
2008-09 42 30 10 - 2 194 121 62 2nd GMOHL
2009-10 42 32 8 - 2 206 104 66 2nd GMOHLLost Final

(*) Standings Incomplete.

Clarence Schmalz Cup AppearancesEdit

1984: Penetang Kings defeated Woodstock Navy-Vets 4-games-to-none[5]
2006: Penetang Kings defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-1[5]
2007: Penetang Kings defeated Essex 73's 4-games-to-1[11]

Notable alumniEdit

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