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Petrolia Squires

The Petrolia Squires are a Canadian senior ice hockey team from Petrolia, Ontario. They play in the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League and are two-time Allan Cup National Champions.

HistoryEdit

Intermediate CEdit

The Petrolia Chiefs were founded in 1970 as members of the Tri-County Intermediate League. In 1973, the Chiefs won their league, but lost the Intermediate C provincial final to a team from Bracebridge, Ontario 4-games-to-none. Also in 1973, they changed their name to the Petrolia Squires as their league became the Western Intermediate C Hockey League.

In 1976, the Western Intermediate C Hockey League merged with the Seaway Intermediate C Hockey League to create the Seaway-Western Intermediate C Hockey League. The Squires played one season with the league and then moved up to the Continental Senior A Hockey League. In that one season, the Squires won the 1977 league championship as well as the provincial championship by defeating the Bradford Comets 4-games-to-1.

Continental LeagueEdit

In the Continental League, the Squires found strong competition, with early feuds with the Durham Huskies and the Lucan-Ilderton Jets. As well, the Continental League was in competition for the Allan Cup, the National championship. In their second season in the league, the Squires won the league championship. They went on to meet the OHA Senior A champion Thunder Bay Twins in the Ontario Hockey Association final. The Squires won the series 4-games-to-2 and also won the Eastern Canadian senior championship as well, earning them a berth into the 1979 Allan Cup final. In the National final, the Squires met the Steinbach Huskies. The Squires won game one 6-5 in overtime, then game two 7-3. The Huskies took game three 5-4, before the Squires came alive won the next two 6-1 and 7-1 to win their first national title.

In 1980, the Squires were defeated in the league final by a new foe, the Cambridge Hornets. The Squires and Hornets would meet in five straight league championships. Three would be won by Cambridge, two would be won by Petrolia, but each would walk away with another Allan Cup. In 1980, the Continental Senior A Hockey League was renamed the OHA Senior A Hockey League, as the original folded in 1979.

OHA Senior AEdit

In 1981, the Squires won the OHA championship by defeating the Hornets 4-games-to-1, they also gained a berth to the Allan Cup. The Squires traveled all the way to Thunder Bay, Ontario to compete in a first-time round robin tournament for the prestigious trophy. Their first game saw the Squires get embarrassed by the Thunder Bay Twins 8-3. Game two had the Squires defeat the St. Boniface Mohawks 6-4 and in game three the Squires beat the Grand Falls Cataracts 6-3. In the semi-final, the Squires drew Grand Falls again, while the Twins drew the Mohawks whom they just defeated 5-4 in overtime. The Squires repeated their 6-3 performance over the Cataracts, but the Twins were shocked by the Mohawks with a 4-3 loss. Petrolia beat St. Boniface 5-1 to win their second Allan Cup.

The 1982 playoffs ended a little tougher than 1981, with the Squires requiring all seven games to defeat the Hornets. The Squires were also Eastern Canadian champions. Petrolia qualified for their third Allan Cup, but were up against a tough Cranbrook Royals team at Cranbrook, British Columbia. The Royal won games one and two easily and the Squires made game three interesting but still lost. It took until game four until the Squires woke up and won 6-1, but it was too late as the Royals took game five 7-3 and the series to win the national championship.

Seaway-CycloneEdit

In 1986, the OHA Senior A Hockey League was reduced in size and declared Senior AAA. The Squires dropped to their local Seaway-Cyclone Senior B Hockey League. After two seasons in the league, the Squires seemingly took a one year leave from the Ontario Hockey Association for the 1988-89 season and returned in for the 1989-90 Seaway-Cyclone Senior B season. In a time where all Senior teams systematically disappeared and never came back, the Squires refused to disband and came right back to action.

Southwestern Senior AEdit

In 1990, the Seaway Cyclone Senior B Hockey League merged with the Southern Senior A Hockey League to create the Southwestern Senior A Hockey League. The Squires are the only remaining team from the founding of the Southwestern League to still exist in modern hockey. Throughout the 1990s, the Southwestern League, led by Petrolia, struggled to stay alive and fought for recognition from the OHA and Hockey Canada to be declared the top level of senior hockey in the Province of Ontario.

The Petrolia Squires and the city of Sarnia, Ontario were awarded the 2001 Allan Cup. In the first game, the Squires defeated the Stony Plain Eagles 3-1. They then met and were massacred by the home-province rival Dundas Real McCoys 8-0. In their final round robin game, a 2-2 tie with the Lloydminster Border Kings earned them a semi-final berth over the McCoys. In the semi-final, the Squires defeated Stony Plain 3-0, but fell to Lloydminster in the Allan Cup final by a score of 7-2.

Major League HockeyEdit

In 2002, the Southwestern Senior A Hockey League was recognized as the Ontario Hockey Association's Allan Cup representative and was renamed the OHA Senior AAA Hockey League. In 2004, the league was renamed Major League Hockey.

The Petrolia Squires are the only Ontario Hockey Association Senior level team to have been founded prior to 2000, are the only team to still exist from the OHA Senior A Hockey League without ever disbanding, and are the only Intermediate level team to have survived and still play in the OHA (not including Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League teams, who are not affiliated with the OHA). As of 2008, the Petrolia Squires have been a franchise for 38 seasons and only sat on the sidelines for one of those years.

Season-by-season standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout Loses*, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results
1969-70 26 17 8 1 - 173 115 35 2nd TCIHL
1970-71 28 19 5 4 - 205 137 42 1st TCIHL
1971-72 27 17 7 3 - 155 104 37 2nd TCIHL
1972-74 Statistics Not Available
1974-75 27 17 6 4 - 194 115 38 1st WICHL
1975-76 Statistics Not Available
1976-77 25 22 1 2 - 260 60 46 1st SWICHL
1977-78 36 33 3 0 - 149 107 66 1st CSAHL
1978-79 42 32 8 2 - 282 157 66 1st CSAHL
1979-80 40 32 7 1 - 242 112 65 1st CSAHL
1980-81 35 23 10 2 - 218 138 48 2nd OHA Sr. A
1981-82 35 28 7 0 - 188 95 56 1st OHA Sr. A
1982-83 37 30 6 1 - 237 106 61 2nd OHA Sr. A
1983-84 38 25 13 0 - 180 158 50 3rd OHA Sr. A
1984-85 40 16 23 1 - 198 196 33 6th OHA Sr. A
1985-86 36 18 18 0 - 148 149 36 5th OHA Sr. A
1986-87 26 11 13 2 - 123 134 24 7th SCSBHL
1987-88 30 17 11 2 - 159 121 36 3rd SCSBHL
1988-89 Did Not Participate
1989-90 29 12 18 0 1 139 196 25 4th SCSBHL
1990-91 30 12 17 1 0 119 159 25 8th SWSHL
1991-92 27 15 10 1 1 126 119 32 4th SWSHL
1992-93 23 19 2 2 - 152 73 40 1st SWSHL
1993-94 24 9 14 1 - 96 118 20 7th SWSHL
1994-95 28 11 13 2 2 121 144 26 4th SWSHL
1995-96 28 10 17 1 - 119 153 21 4th SWSHL
1996-97 29 9 16 1 3 109 129 21 3rd SWSHL
1997-98 30 11 17 2 0 129 152 24 4th SWSHL
1998-99 28 21 7 0 0 186 91 42 2nd SWSHL
1999-00 30 22 6 1 1 183 77 46 3rd SWSHL
2000-01 31 24 5 1 1 -- -- 50 2nd SWSHL
2001-02 32 18 11 2 1 161 151 39 3rd SWSHL
2002-03 31 15 12 2 2 140 146 34 3rd OHA Sr. A
2003-04 32 19 9 1 3 139 122 42 1st OHA Sr. A
2004-05 32 11 19 1 1 129 160 24 5th MLH
2005-06 32 14 15 - 3 144 165 31 5th MLH
2006-07 30 16 14 - 0 139 179 32 2nd MLH
2007-08 30 6 22 - 2 115 154 14 5th MLH

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