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The original Nationals were founded in 1973 to replace the Hull Festivals who had just left the Central Junior A Hockey League for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In just three seasons the Nationals, coached by Bryan Murray, won the league, the Dudley Hewitt Cup as Central Canadian champions, and the Centennial Cup 1976 National Championship. Unfortunately for them, in those days the teams played sets of best-of-seven series to determine the national champion. Many successful Tier II clubs like the Red Deer Rustlers, the Guelph Platers, and the Vernon Vipers franchises were well rooted in their communities when they were victorious, with warchests of cash from major sponsors and massive fan support awaiting long playoff runs. The Nationals were in their infantile stage as an organization and found themselves not only national champions but financially bankrupt from months of travel across the county. They survived one more season on life support funds from the CJHL before packing it in for the 1977-78 season. The fall of the Nationals convinced the CJHL to petition the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to consider alternate, cheaper, playdown methods to determine regional and national champions. The CAHA answered back a few seasons later with the formation of round robin championship tournaments. To this date, the Rockland Nationals are the only team in CJHL history to have won a Tier II Junior "A" National title.
A decade later the Nationals were reborn. In 1987, the Nationals entered the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League and won the league title in their first season back in action. In recent years, the Nationals have been pushing to re-enter the CJHL, but with no results so far.
In only their third season, the Nationals were league champions. They moved on to take on the Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League and Ontario Hockey Association champion Guelph Platers. The series went the distance, but the Nationals pulled out a 4-games-to-3 series win.
The Nationals then took on the Lac-Megantic Royals, the champions of the Quebec Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The Nationals defeated them 4-games-to-1 to get to the Eastern Canadian Championship.
In the Eastern Canadian championship, the Nationals drew the Island Junior Hockey League's Charlottetown Islanders. The Nationals overpowered the Islanders and crushed them 4-games-to-none. In the final, the Nationals came to play the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Doyle Cup, and Abbott Cup Champion Spruce Grove Mets. The Mets were floored by the Nationals in the first two games, losing 9-4 and 7-1 respectively. In Game 3, the Mets pulled close in a 5-3 loss and then took game four 4-3. Game 5 saw the National regain their early series form and crush the Mets 7-3 to win their first and only National title 4-games-to-1.
Their landmark victory, led by coach Bryan Murray, was the first and so far only time a team from the Central Junior A Hockey League has won the Junior A National Championship. The cost of the venture left the team in financial turmoil and led to them folding a year later.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1975-76||50||31||11||8||-||324||225||70||1st CJHL||Won League, Won DHC, Won MCC|
|1977-87||Did Not Participate|
|1987-04||Eastern Jr. C Standings Not Available|
|2004-05||36||20||13||0||3||172||133||43||4th EOJCHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2005-06||36||14||20||-||2||143||183||30||5th EOJCHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2006-07||34||8||25||-||1||96||200||17||8th EOJCHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2007-08||35||18||15||-||2||146||143||38||3rd EOJCHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2008-09||33||10||22||-||1||154||208||21||7th EOJCHL||Lost Quarter-Final|
Individual Player AwardsEdit
|2007-08||John Leboeuf||Coach of the Year|
|2007-08||Denis Brunet||Executive of the Year|
|2007-08||Gus Sacoutis||Best Defensive Forward|
|2007-08||Alex Bernard||Most Sportsmanlike Player|
|2005-06||Alex Bernard||Best Defensive Forward|
|2005-06||Guy Audet||Most Sportsmanlike Player|
|2005-06||Ghyslain Hotte||Most Valuable Player|
|2004-05||Guy Audet||Best Defensive Forward|
|2002-03||Rene Tasse||Best Defenseman|
|2000-01||Chris Verdon||Most Improved Player|
|1998-99||Christian Groleau||Best Defenseman|
|1997-98||Alain Paquette||Most Improved Player|
|1996-97||Christian Bessette||Best Defenseman|
|1994-95||Yanick Vinette||Most Valuable Player|
|1994-95||Darren Proulx||Coach of the Year|
|1994-95||Martin Gauthier||Most Improved Player|
|1994-95||Christian Mercier||Most Sportsmanlike Player|
|1993-94||Darren Proulx||Coach of the Year|
|1993-94||Serge Lavictoire||Most Improved Player|
|1992-93||Stephane Groulx||Most Valuable Player|
|1991-92||Jeff Egan||Best Defenseman|
|1990-91||Andre Charlebois||Best Defenseman|
|1990-91||Marc Rousseau||Best Defensive Forward|
|1989-90||Luc Lavictoire||Best Defenseman|
|1989-90||Marc Rousseau||Best Defensive Forward|
|1989-90||Bob Fairfield||Coach of the Year|
|1989-90||Bernie Dion||Most Valuable Player|
|1988-89||Jean Maisonnneuve||Most Sportsmanlike Player|
Spruce Grove Mets
|Centennial Cup Champions|
| Succeeded by|
Prince Albert Raiders
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