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Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Toronto Jr. Canadiens
City: Downsview, Ontario, Canada
League: Ontario Junior Hockey League
Founded: 1972
Home Arena: Buckingham Arena
Colors: Red, Blue, and White
              
General Manager: Blake Ricci
Head Coach: Mario Cicchillo
Affiliates: Leaside Kings (GTHL)
Franchise history
1972-1983: Wexford Warriors
1983-2006: Wexford Raiders
2006-Present: Toronto Jr. Canadiens

The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Downsview, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) but also used to be a part of the Metro Junior A Hockey League and were known as the Wexford Raiders until the end of the 2005-06 season.

HistoryEdit

The team originated in 1972 as the Wexford Warriors of the Metro Junior B league, when the original Wexford Raiders jumped to the Junior A Ontario Provincial League in 1972. When the Junior A Raiders folded in the 1981, the Junior B Warriors adopted the Raider name and kept it until 2006.

The Wexford Raiders were one of the strongest teams to play in the Metro Junior A Hockey League. A losing team for much of its history, they become one of the most dominant squads in 1990, under coaches Stan Butler and Kevin Burkett. Butler and Burkett coached the Wexford Raiders midget team to the 1989 championship, then took most of the players to the Junior B level in 1990, and they served as the foundation to four consecutive Metro championship squads. During the 1990s, under the management of Burkett and Butler, the Raiders sent more players on NCAA Division I hockey scholarships than any other junior team in North America. In 1994, the Raiders defeated the Caledon Canadians 4-games-to-0 in the Metro League final. The Canadians were granted the permission to host the Dudley Hewitt Cup that year, and ended up winning it despite losing the Metro final.

In 1998, again playing Caledon, the Raiders won the last ever Metro Junior "A" title in game 7 by a score of 10-0. In 2006, the Raiders changed their name to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and took on the colours of the Montreal Canadiens.

2006-07Edit

On February 11, 2007 after 154 minutes and 32 seconds of play, the Canadiens defeated the Pickering Panthers in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.[1] Although not confirmed, this may be the longest overtime game in the history of the OPJHL. The game-winning goal was credited to Kyle Wetering at the 4:32 mark of the 6th Overtime and Toronto outshot Pickering 88-86.[2] On February 12, 2007, TSN show That's Hockey showed highlights of the game and announced that the history of the game may be preserved in the Hockey Hall of Fame as the longest junior hockey game in history, far surpassing the last recorded record. The game has been officially named the longest game in Ontario Hockey Association history.[3]

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
Wexford Warriors
1972-73 33 12 17 4 - 122 133 28 8th Metro B
1973-74 44 23 19 2 - 210 195 48 6th Metro B
1974-75 38 21 11 6 - 235 166 48 4th Metro B
1975-76 36 11 18 7 - 139 174 29 11th Metro B
1976-77 36 14 18 4 - 148 180 34 11th Metro B
1977-78 36 16 15 5 - 167 162 37 7th Metro B
1978-79 44 14 24 6 - 233 276 34 10th Metro B DNQ
1979-80 42 2 35 5 - 167 349 9 13th Metro B
1980-81 43 9 31 3 - 176 312 21 12th Metro B DNQ
1981-82 36 9 23 4 - 141 212 22 11th Metro B
1982-83 36 10 21 5 - 186 206 25 10th Metro B
Wexford Raiders
1983-84 42 14 22 6 - 187 216 34 9th Metro B DNQ
1984-85 36 23 8 5 - 206 137 49 3rd Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1985-86 37 11 19 7 - 167 199 29 8th Metro B Lost Quarter-final
1986-87 37 9 26 2 - 159 250 20 11th Metro B DNQ
1987-88 37 13 19 5 - 193 239 31 9th Metro B DNQ
1988-89 38 12 25 1 - 185 275 25 10th Metro B
1989-90 44 31 5 8 - 225 109 70 1st Metro BLost Final
1990-91 44 34 5 5 - 231 110 73 1st Metro BWon League
1991-92 44 34 8 2 - 197 121 70 2nd Metro AWon League
1992-93 48 36 9 3 - 213 118 75 1st Metro AWon League
1993-94 50 36 11 3 - 283 157 75 1st Metro AWon League
1994-95 50 25 21 4 - 257 158 54 6th Metro A Lost Final
1995-96 52 36 14 2 - 261 171 74 1st Metro A Lost Semi-final
1996-97 50 38 7 5 - 285 185 81 3rd Metro A Lost Semi-final
1997-98 50 39 7 4 - 196 167 82 2nd Metro A Won League
1998-99 51 21 20 8 2 211 206 52 6th OPJHL-C
1999-00 49 32 11 3 3 237 164 70 3rd OPJHL-S
2000-01 49 35 7 5 2 259 168 77 2nd OPJHL-S
2001-02 49 35 8 6 0 237 151 76 1st OPJHL-S
2002-03 49 32 12 2 3 231 152 69 1st OPJHL-S
2003-04 49 29 15 3 2 202 162 63 2nd OPJHL-S
2004-05 49 37 5 5 2 216 104 81 1st OPJHL-SLost Semi-final
2005-06 49 23 18 8 0 188 171 54 5th OPJHL-S Lost Conf. SF
Toronto Jr. Canadiens
2006-07 49 26 16 5 2 202 162 59 4th OPJHL-S Lost Conf. QF
2007-08 49 29 18 - 2 223 175 60 4th OPJHL-S
2008-09 53 31 20 - 2 242 251 64 3rd OJHL-C
2009-10 50 27 19 - 4 218 195 58 6th CCHL-W Lost Preliminary
2010-11 50 16 30 - 4 136 207 36 6th OJHL-S DNQ
2011-12 49 18 24 - 7 156 184 43 5th OJHL-S Lost Division SF
2012-13 55 27 23 - 5 176 179 59 5th OJHL-S Lost Conf. QF
2013-14 53 23 26 - 4 184 213 50 5th OJHL-S Lost Conf. QF
2014-15 54 31 22 - 1 185 134 71 1st OJHL-S Lost Conf. F
2015-16 54 30 16 3 5 184 170 68 3rd of 6 South Div
6th of 11 SW Conf
9th of 22 OJHL
Lost Conf. Quarters 1-4 (Cougars)

PlayoffsEdit

MetJHL Years

  • 1990 Lost Final
Wexford Raiders defeated Oshawa Legionaires 4-games-to-3
Wexford Raiders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-none
Thornhill Thunderbirds defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-3
  • 1991 Won League
Wexford Raiders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-1
Wexford Raiders defeated Oshawa Legionaires 4-games-to-3
Wexford Raiders defeated Bramalea Blues 4-games-to-3 METJHL CHAMPIONS
  • 1992 Won League
Wexford Raiders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-1
Wexford Raiders defeated Thornhill Thunderbirds 4-games-to-2
Wexford Raiders defeated Bramalea Blues 4-games-to-none METJHL CHAMPIONS
  • 1993 Won League
Wexford Raiders defeated Richmond Hill Riot 4-games-to-none
Wexford Raiders defeated Wellington Dukes 4-games-to-none
Wexford Raiders defeated St. Michael's Buzzers 4-games-to-1 METJHL CHAMPIONS
  • 1994 Won League, Lost OHA Buckland Cup round robin
Wexford Raiders defeated Kingston Voyageurs 4-games-to-1
Wexford Raiders defeated Thornhill Islanders 4-games-to-none
Wexford Raiders defeated Caledon Canadians 4-games-to-none METJHL CHAMPIONS
Third and eliminated in OHA Buckland Cup round robin (1-2)
  • 1995 Lost Final
Wexford Raiders defeated Wellington Dukes 4-games-to-2
Wexford Raiders defeated Thornhill Islanders 4-games-to-3
Caledon Canadians defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-none
  • 1996 Lost Semi-final
Wexford Raiders defeated Wellington Dukes 4-games-to-1
Thornhill Islanders defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-2
  • 1997 Lost Semi-final
Wexford Raiders defeated Niagara Scenic 4-games-to-none
First in round robin quarter-final (4-2)
Caledon Canadians defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-none
  • 1998 Won League, Lost OHA Buckland Cup
Wexford Raiders defeated Quinte Hawks 3-games-to-none
Wexford Raiders defeated Oshawa Legionaires 4-games-to-2
Wexford Raiders defeated Caledon Canadians 4-games-to-3 METJHL CHAMPIONS
Milton Merchants (OPJHL) defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-1

OJHL Years

Raiders 1970-1981Edit

Wexford Raiders
Wexford Raiders
City: Wexford, Ontario, Canada
League: Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League
Metro Junior B Hockey League
Operated: 1970-1981
Colors: Green, Black, and White


              

Franchise history
1970-1971: Toronto Raiders
1971-1981: Wexford Raiders
1981: Folded

There also was a Wexford Raiders team in the Ontario Provincial Junior League. The team originated in 1970 as the Toronto Raiders of the Metro Junior B league, and was renamed the Wexford Raiders in 1971. In 1972 the team moved to the new Ontario Provincial Junior League in 1972 and operated until 1981. After the Junior A team folded, the Metro B "Warriors" assumed the "Raider" name in 1983.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
Toronto Raiders
1970-71 44 17 22 5 - 208 241 39 8th Metro B
Wexford Raiders
1971-72 44 20 19 5 - 206 210 45 6th Metro B
1972-73 44 26 9 9 - 264 185 61 2nd OPJHL Won League
1973-74 44 26 12 6 - 235 172 58 3rd OPJHL Won League
1974-75 44 22 15 7 - 241 196 51 4th OPJHL
1975-76 44 19 19 6 - 207 196 44 4th OPJHL
1976-77 44 20 21 3 - 211 219 43 7th OPJHL
1977-78 50 18 25 7 - 268 308 43 6th OPJHL
1978-79 50 14 31 5 - 208 280 33 10th OPJHL
1979-80 44 17 20 7 - 238 241 41 8th OPJHL
1980-81 44 11 32 1 - 234 334 23 12th OPJHL

PlayoffsEdit

  • 1973 Won League, Lost OHA Buckland Cup
Wexford Raiders defeated Weston Dodgers 4-games-to-1
Wexford Raiders defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-2
Wexford Raiders defeated Toronto Nationals 4-games-to-1 OPJHL CHAMPIONS
Chatham Maroons (SOJHL) defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-3
Wexford Raiders defeated Richmond Hill Rams 4-games-to-2
Wexford Raiders defeated North Bay Trappers 4-games-to-3
Wexford Raiders defeated Aurora Tigers 4-games-to-1 OPJHL CHAMPIONS
Wexford Raiders defeated Windsor Spitfires (SOJHL) 4-games-to-3 BUCKLAND CUP CHAMPIONS
Thunder Bay Hurricanes (TBJHL) defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-3
  • 1975 Lost Final
Wexford Raiders defeated Aurora Tigers 4-games-to-none
Wexford Raiders defeated North York Rangers 4-games-to-3
Toronto Nationals defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-1
  • 1976 Lost Quarter-final
North Bay Trappers defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-2
  • 1977 Lost Quarter-final
Royal York Royals defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-2
  • 1978 Lost Quarter-final
Guelph Platers defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-none
  • 1979 DNQ
  • 1980 Lost Quarter-final
Dixie Beehives defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-none
  • 1981 DNQ

Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

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