|Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League|
|Franchise history|| 1969-1995: Sarnia Bees|
1995-1999: Sarnia Steeplejacks
1999-2001: Sarnia Steeplejack-Bees
2001-2008: Sarnia Blast
2008-Pres: Sarnia Legionnaires
|Head coach||Dan Rose|
|General manager||Bob Williamson|
|Team colors||Black, Red, and White|
|Sutherland Cups||1973 and 2002|
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. After another couple name changes, the Sarnia franchise became the Sarnia Blast in 2001. The team is a long standing member of the Western Junior "B" league (WOHL).
In 2002, the Blast won the WOHL championship and qualified for the Sutherland Cup final. In the final they met the Mid-Western Junior B Hockey League's Elmira Sugar Kings. The series went the distance, but the Blast prevailed in game 7 of the series and brought the Sutherland Cup back to Sarnia for the seventh time and the first time in 29 years.
In 2008, the ownership of the Sarnia Blast was transferred to a consortium of local individuals. In memory of the fabled Sarnia Legionnaires of old, the new owners and the local Royal Canadian Legion allowed for the current team to resurrect the name. The new owners said they will put pictures of the original Legionnaires in their dressing room, hoping that will inspire today's young players.
In their first year back under the Legionnaire name after a 38-year absence, the club finished first in the Western Conference of the Greater Ontario Hockey League. In the playoffs, they won the conference championship by eliminating the St. Thomas Stars 4-1 in games, taking out the Strathroy Rockets 4-3 in games and ousting the London Nationals 4-2 in games to win the Weir Cup.
The team set a league record in the 2009 playoffs when it scored three goals in 14 seconds in a game against Strathroy.
Sarnia Jr. 'B' hockey teams named the Legionnaires have now won six Western Ontario championships in 17 years of action, along with four Sutherland Cups. 
|1972-73||41||34||3||4||-||289||144||72||1st WOJHL||Won League, Won SC|
|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|
|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|
|1995-96||52||22||23||6||1||229||231||51||4th WOJHL West|
|1996-97||52||11||36||1||4||175||281||27||5th WOJHL West|
|1997-98||52||18||28||3||3||171||233||42||5th WOJHL West|
|1998-99||52||33||14||0||5||241||175||71||3rd WOJHL West|
|2001-02||54||36||15||1||2||274||190||75||3rd WOJHL||Won League, Won SC|
|2002-03||48||34||12||1||1||250||161||70||2nd WOJHL||Lost Final|
|2006-07||48||31||12||-||5||225||180||67||2nd WOJHL||Lost Final|
|2008-09||52||37||11||-||4||228||158||78||1st WOHC||Won League|
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
- 2002: Sarnia Blast defeated Elmira Sugar Kings 4-games-to-3
- Frank Beaton
- Jerry Butler
- Dino Ciccarelli
- Mike Crombeen
- Michael Dark
- Scott Garland
- Tony McKegney
- Robbie Moore
- Mike Murray
- Bob Neely
- Rumun Ndur
- Kraig Nienhuis
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