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- This article is about the Junior "A" team. For the Allan Cup-winning Senior team, see: Truro Bearcats.
|City:||Truro, Nova Scotia|
|League:||Maritime Junior A Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Rath Eastlink Community Centre|
|Colors:|| Black, Red and White
|General Manager:||Shawn Evans|
|Head Coach:||Shawn Evans|
|Affiliates:||Brookfield Elks (NSJHL)|
The Truro Bearcats were formed in 1997 as a member of the Maritime Jr A Hockey League. The Bearcats have stayed competitive over their franchise history, they have never had a losing record, and have never missed the playoffs. The new Bearcat franchise of 1997 marked the return of junior hockey to Truro and the Bearcats return to the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.
When the Maritime Junior A Hockey League was known as the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League, the Bearcats would win five championships. Three back to back from 1969-70 to 1971-72. The Bearcats would win two more in 1973-74 and 1975-76. In 1977 the league became a Junior "A" league and the Bearcats left the league in 1983. In total the Bearcats have won seven league championships. Five with the former Junior "B" franchise and two with the 1997 franchise.
In 2002 the Truro Bearcats played in their first Fred Page Cup as the host squad, They made two other appearances as MJAHL champions, one in 2005, at a tournament hosted in Yarmouth Nova Scotia, and one in 2007 Saint-Jérôme Quebec. The Bearcats have never played in a Fred Page Cup final.
The season of 2008/09 saw the Bearcats take their third Division Championship and third Provincial Championship in five seasons. The Bearcats would be defeated by the Summerside Western Capitals in the league final four games to one.
Logo and JerseyEdit
The Truro Bearcats primary logo is large T representing the history of sports in the town. Their secondary logo features a bearcat jumping.
This new jersey unveiled in the 2009-10 season features a large T on the front and the design of the Boston Bruins from 1995-2007.
The logo is similar to that of the Florida Panthers of the NHL. The Bearcats' old jersey is that of the Buffalo Sabres from 1996/97 - 2005/06.
Seasons and Franchise RecordsEdit
|Season||GP||W||L||T||OTL/SOL||GF||GA||P||Results (Division)||Results (League)||Playoffs|
|1997-98||51||27||18||4||2||253||207||60||2nd Maurice Bent||4th MJAHL||Lost Division Final|
|1998-99||48||31||16||1||-||222||154||63||3rd Maurice Bent||4th MJAHL|
|1999-00||52||32||17||3||0||231||180||67||3rd Maurice Bent||4th MJAHL|
|2000-01||52||22||21||7||2||202||201||53||3rd Maurice Bent||6th MJAHL|
|2001-02||52||28||16||6||2||195||155||64||2nd Maurice Bent||3rd MJAHL|
|2002-03||52||34||14||2||2||211||164||72||1st Maurice Bent||2nd MJAHL|
|2003-04||52||33||10||7||2||193||146||75||2nd Maurice Bent||2nd MJAHL|
|2004-05||56||24||15||12||5||183||159||65||2nd Maurice Bent||4th MJAHL||Won League, Lost at Fred Page Cup|
|2005-06||56||28||20||0||8||193||166||64||4th Maurice Bent||7th MJAHL||Lost Preliminary|
|2006-07||58||42||12||0||4||257||138||88||1st Maurice Bent||1st MJAHL||Won League, 4th at Fred Page Cup|
|2007-08||58||37||11||-||10||210||138||84||2nd Maurice Bent||4th MJAHL||Lost 1st Round|
|2008-09||54||36||12||-||6||212||127||78||1st Maurice Bent||2nd MJAHL||Lost Final|
|2009-10||50||37||7||-||6||214||104||80||1st Maurice Bent||2nd MJAHL||Lost Division Final|
|2011-12||52||29||20||-||3||190||155||61||3rd Maurice Bent||4th MHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2012-13||52||38||9||-||5||226||124||81||1st Eastlink||2nd MHL||Lost final, Won Fred Page Cup, 5th at Royal Bank Cup|
|2013-14||52||38||11||-||3||243||131||79||1st Eastlink||1st MHL||Won league, 3rd at Fred Page Cup|
|2014-15||48||25||19||-||4||180||154||54||4th Eastlink||8th MHL||Lost League Final|
|2015-16||48||25||15||-||8||134||116||58||1st South||4th MHL||Lost South semifinal|
Season-by-Season leading point gettersEdit
All-Time leading point gettersEdit
|Team Records for a single season|
|Most Goals For||257||2006-07|
|Least Goals For||183||2004-05|
|Least Goals Against||104||2009-10|
|Most Goals Against||201||2000-01|
Franchise Individual RecordsEdit
|Records Held By Players|
|Most Career Points||Dana Fraser||193||2007-10|
|Most Points (Single Season)||Dana Fraser||91||2009-10|
|Most Career Goals||T.J. Smith||97||2004-07|
|Most Goals (Single Season)||T.J. Smith||41||2005-06|
|Most Career Assists||Jon Reid||139||2006-09|
|Most Assists (Single Season)||Dana Fraser||63||2009-10|
|Most Career Penalized||Donald Johnstone||675||2000-03|
|Most Penalized (Single Season)||Jeremy Cornish||348||2002-03|
Player and Staff Awards (Awarded By MJAHL)Edit
|Individual Awards won by Bearcat Players and Staff|
|Chris Wilcox||League MVP||1997-98|
|Chris Wilcox||Playoff MVP||1997-98|
|Mark Lynk||Most Sportsmanlike||1998-99|
|Josh Boulton||Most Sportsmanlike||1999-00|
|Donald Johnstone||Academic Achievement Award||2002-03|
|Matt Climie/Daniel Turner||Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA)||2003-04|
|Matt Climie||RBC Player of the Year||2003-04|
|Matt Climie||League MVP||2003-04|
|Matt Climie||Top goaltender||2003-04|
|Matt Iorianni||Playoff MVP||2004-05|
|Shawn Evans||Coach of the Year||2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09|
|Victor Saari/Corey Chipman||Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA)||2005-06|
|Darcy Stewart/Kirk Rafuse||Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA)||2006-07|
|Jon Reid||Rookie of the Year||2006-07|
|Andrew Harmes||Academic Achievement Award||2006-07|
|Zach Sill||Playoff MVP||2006-07|
|Pierre Alexandre Marion/Luke Gallant||Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA)||2007-08|
|Stephen Horyl||Most Sportsmanlike||2007-08|
|Pierre Alexandre Marion||League MVP||2007-08|
|Pierre Alexandre Marion||Top Goaltender||2007-08|
|Richard Gagnon/Kirk Rafuse||Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA)||2008-09|
|Richard Gagnon/Kirk Rafuse/Alex Scola||Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA)||2009-10|
|Kirk Rafuse||Top Goaltender||2009-10|
|Dana Fraser||Most Sportsmanlike||2009-10|
|Matt Beaver||2005-06, 2006-07|
The Truro Bearcats have had many players develop and pass through the organization. Many have gone on to play university hockey and major junior hockey. Truro has also had players move on to play in the National Hockey League or American Hockey League.
- David Brine
- Andrew MacDonald (ice hockey)
- Matt Climie
- Franklin MacDonald
- Zach Sill
- Stephen Horyl
- Sidney Crosby