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Villanova Knights
Villanova Knights
Ontario Junior Hockey League
City North York, Ontario
Founded 1980
Conference Ontario
Division TBA
Franchise history 1980-1991: Henry Carr Crusaders
1991-1993: Weston Dukes
1993-1997: Thornhill Islanders
1997-2004: Thornhill Rattlers
2004-2005: Thornhill Thunderbirds
2005-2006: Toronto Thunderbirds
2007-Pres: Villanova Knights
Head Coach Phil David
General Manager Barry M. Rice
Arena Canlan Ice Sports York
Team Colors Blue, silver, and white
Affiliate Team(s) Don Mills Flyers
Royal Bank Cups none
Dudley Hewitt Cups 2001
Buckland Trophies 2001
Sutherland Cups 1983

The Villanova Knights are a Tier II junior 'A' team based in North York, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The team is an affiliate of St. Thomas of Villanova College in King City, Ontario.

HistoryEdit

Henry CarrEdit

The Villanova Knights lineage traces back to the Henry Carr Crusaders. Like the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and St. Michael's Buzzers, the Crusaders were a secondary school based Junior hockey team. The team's affiliation was with the Father Henry Carr Secondary School of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. In 1980 they took their high school team and joined the Metro Junior "B" Hockey League, where they played until 1991, even after the league left the Ontario Hockey Association in 1989. The team was famous for its first undefeated Metro season in 1983 (34-0-2), when they won the All-Ontario Jr. B Championship, the Sutherland Cup. After five rounds of playoffs, what it took to win the Sutherland Cup, the Crusaders had accumulated 54 wins, 2 losses, 2 ties, and 2 losses in overtime in 60 regulation games.

In 1991, when the Metro league declared itself Tier II Junior "A", they transferred the franchise to the Weston Dukes. Henry Carr still fields a team to this day, but again at the High School Hockey level.

ThornhillEdit

In 1993 the Weston Dukes folded and their franchise was moved to Thornhill and became the Thornhill Islanders. In 1997 they were renamed the Thornhill Rattlers until 2004, when they again assumed the Thunderbirds name.

After playing in multiple leagues, for many years, even competing for the 2001 Royal Bank Cup. In Summer 2006, the players of the team started to get let go or traded for cash to any interested team. The team has been for sale for the better part of six months, but with no serious offers.

Villanova College KnightsEdit

In 2007 local businessman David Arsenault (Governor/Owner) along with St. Thomas of Villanova College revived the team bringing it back into the OPJHL under the Villanova College name.

The Villanova Knights were announced officially on May 15, 2007. The team will be in the same vein as the St. Michael's Buzzers or Henry Carr Crusaders, a Junior hockey team sponsored by a Catholic high school. The school is based in King City, Ontario, but the team will be playing their home games at York University's Canlan Ice Gardens.

Season-by-season standingsEdit

Henry Carr Crusaders

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Thornhill Islanders

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Thornhill Rattlers

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Toronto Thunderbirds

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Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
Henry Carr Crusaders
1980-81 42 18 19 5 - 211 208 41 8th Metro B
1981-82 36 24 8 4 - 209 136 52 1st Metro B
1982-83 36 34 0 2 - 264 113 70 1st Metro B Won League, Won SC
1983-84 42 26 10 6 - 280 207 58 1st Metro B Won League
1984-85 36 25 7 4 - 184 126 54 1st Metro B
1985-86 37 22 10 5 - 229 164 49 4th Metro B Lost Semi-final
1986-87 37 28 4 5 - 256 162 61 1st Metro B Won League
1987-88 37 23 9 5 - 214 161 51 3rd Metro B Lost Semi-final
1988-89 39 16 18 5 - 184 180 37 7th Metro B
1989-90 44 27 9 8 - 237 137 62 2nd Metro B
1990-91 44 20 16 8 - 232 193 48 6th Metro B
Weston Dukes
1991-92 44 15 26 3 - 207 230 33 9th Metro A
1992-93 48 15 27 6 - 203 253 36 11th Metro A
Thornhill Islanders
1993-94 50 30 18 2 - 253 206 62 4th Metro A Lost Semi-final
1994-95 50 35 14 1 - 244 151 71 2nd Metro A
Thornhill Rattlers
1995-96 52 34 15 3 - 251 172 71 3rd Metro A Lost Final
1996-97 50 29 17 4 - 279 195 62 6th Metro A
1997-98 50 29 18 3 - 216 172 61 5th Metro A
1998-99 51 23 24 3 1 230 213 50 22nd OPJHL
1999-00 49 33 9 4 3 264 170 73 4th OPJHL
2000-01 49 36 8 3 2 231 148 77 3rd OPJHL Won League, Won DHC
2001-02 49 20 21 6 2 165 183 48 19th OPJHL
2002-03 49 11 34 3 1 129 240 26 30th OPJHL
2003-04 49 18 26 4 1 184 219 41 27th OPJHL
Thornhill Thunderbirds
2004-05 49 16 30 1 2 143 207 35 26th OPJHL
2005-06 49 23 23 3 0 203 203 49 23rd OPJHL Lost Conf. QF
2006-07 Did Not Participate
Villanova Knights
2007-08 49 6 42 - 1 124 311 13 35th OPJHL
2008-09 49 6 39 - 4 119 259 16 10th OJ-Phi

Sutherland Cup appearancesEdit

1983: Henry Carr Crusaders defeated Stratford Cullitons 4-games-to-none

Notable alumniEdit

External linksEdit

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