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The Sarnia Bees were a Canadian junior hockey team based in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. They played in the Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League

HistoryEdit

The Sarnia Bees joined the ranks of the current Western Junior "B" league in 1969. The Bees were an upstart team in direct competition with the historic Sarnia Legionnaires of the Western Ontario Junior A Hockey League. By mid-season, the Bees had stolen away most of the Legionnaires fan base and the team was forced to fold.

Over the next quarter century the Bees had some good teams but the club seldom lived up to the legend of the Sarnia Legionnaires.

After dominating the Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League during the 1970-71 season, the Bees elected to jump to the Legionnaires' old league, the Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League, but the adventure was not overly successful and the Bees returned to the WOJHL the next season. Their experience in Junior A seemingly fueled the Bees during the 1972-73 season as they won the WOJHL championship and went on to defeated the Metro Junior B Hockey League's Toronto Nationals 4-games-to-2 to win Sarnia's first Sutherland Cup since the Sarnia Legionnaires did it in 1968.

In 1983, the Bees were again WOJBHL champions and pushed all the way to the Sutherland Cup finals. In the final, they met the Metro Junior B Hockey League's St. Michael's Buzzers. After a long battle, the Buzzers finished off the Bees in game 7 to deny the franchise of its second Sutherland Cup.

In 1995, the Ontario Hockey League accepted the expansion of a new team known as the Sarnia Sting. To stay out of the shadow of the OHL team, the Bees changed their name to the Steeplejacks.


Season-by-Season ResultsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1969-70 36 19 12 5 - 199 158 43 2nd WOJHL
1970-71 42 32 8 2 - 263 143 66 1st WOJHL
1971-72 56 15 31 10 - 158 200 40 8th SOJAHL
1972-73 41 34 3 4 - 289 144 72 1st WOJHL Won League, Won SC
1973-74 40 31 6 3 - 275 144 65 1st WOJHL
1974-75 40 22 13 5 - 202 161 49 1st WOJHL
1975-76 40 26 10 4 - 272 183 56 2nd WOJHL
1976-77 40 19 13 8 - 208 158 46 2nd WOJHL
1977-78 40 18 17 5 - 213 208 41 3rd WOJHL
1978-79 42 20 18 4 - 242 266 44 4th WOJHL
1979-80 42 25 12 5 - 246 163 55 3rd WOJHL
1980-81 42 26 10 6 - 236 170 58 2nd WOJHL
1981-82 42 36 4 2 - 290 138 74 1st WOJHL Won League
1982-83 42 22 14 6 - 204 172 50 3rd WOJHL Lost Final
1983-84 48 32 10 6 - 262 172 70 2nd WOJHL Lost Final
1984-85 48 30 15 3 - 266 211 63 3rd WOJHL
1985-86 42 25 16 1 - 257 196 51 3rd WOJHL
1986-87 42 26 11 5 - 268 192 57 3rd WOJHL
1987-88 42 25 13 4 0 215 158 54 3rd WOJHL Won League
1988-89 42 34 8 0 0 312 150 68 1st WOJHL Won League
1989-90 39 34 3 1 1 292 147 70 1st WOJHL Lost Final
1990-91 48 33 14 1 0 255 185 67 3rd WOJHL Lost Final
1991-92 50 27 18 4 1 233 221 59 3rd WOJHL West
1992-93 52 37 12 3 0 - - 77 1st WOJHL West Won League
1993-94 51 30 19 2 0 295 242 62 2nd WOJHL West
1994-95 52 22 27 0 3 236 237 47 3rd WOJHL West

Sutherland Cup AppearancesEdit

1973: Sarnia Bees defeated Toronto Nationals 4-games-to-2
1982: St. Michael's Buzzers defeated Sarnia Bees 4-games-to-3


Notable alumniEdit


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