Whitecourt Wolverines
Whitecourt Wolverines logo.svg
City Whitecourt, Alberta
League Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division North
Founded 2012 (2012)
Home arena Scott Safety Centre
Colors Red, black, white[1]
Owner(s) Stark Sports Society[2] (Brent Stark)[3]
General manager Gord Thibodeau[3]
Head coach Gord Thibodeau[3]

Whitecourt Wolverines
Franchise history
1976–2007 Fort Saskatchewan Traders
2007–2012 St. Albert Steel
2012–present Whitecourt Wolverines

The Whitecourt Wolverines are a junior "A" ice hockey team in North Division of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) based in Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada. The 2012–13 season was their inaugural season in Whitecourt.

The Wolverines were founded on May 2, 2012, through the relocation of the St. Albert Steel from St. Albert.[4] The team plays out of the Scott Safety Centre, which has a seating capacity of 1,058.[4] Scott Safety Supply Services Ltd. is the sponsor of the arena[5] and a corporate sponsor of the team.[6]

History Edit

The Whitecourt Wolverines junior "A" franchise was originally established in 1976 as the Fort Saskatchewan Traders, with 1976–77 being their inaugural season.[7] The Traders won their first AJHL championship in 1978–79,[8] their third year in the league. After winning the championship, the team then defeated the Richmond Sockeyes of the BCHL in five games at the Doyle Cup, before falling to the Prince Albert Raiders in six games at the Abbott Cup, the eventual national champions at the 1979 Centennial Cup.[9][10] The Traders proceeded to win their second league championship in 1983–84.[8]

Due in part to financial difficulties and low attendance, the AJHL approved a deal on March 15, 2007, to relocate the Traders to St. Albert for the 2007–08 season, ending the Traders' 31-year run in Fort Saskatchewan.[11] The team was renamed the St. Albert Steel, and became the second team to represent the City of St. Albert, replacing the St. Albert Saints who left for Spruce Grove in 2004.[7]

After five years in St. Albert, it was announced on March 29, 2012, that the team applied to relocate to Whitecourt for the 2012–13 season.[12] On May 2, 2012, the AJHL announced it approved the request to relocate the team to Whitecourt, where the team would remain in the AJHL's North Division and be named the Whitecourt Wolverines.[4]

The twice relocated franchise took its current team name from Whitecourt's predecessor junior "B" Whitecourt Wolverines of the North West Junior Hockey League (NWJHL).[4] After five years in the NWJHL, four league championships, a provincial title, and a bronze medal at the Keystone Cup,[13][14][15] this junior "B" predecessor team folded to make way for the relocated junior "A" Wolverines.[4]

Scott Safety Centre

The following is a summary of the team's firsts that occurred in its inaugural 2012–13 season:[16]

  • first game was a 4–2 loss to the Canmore Eagles on the road, with Colten Meaver scoring the first goal in franchise history;[17]
  • first win was a 4–3 overtime victory over the Okotoks Oilers on the road, with Ryan Berlin recording the first hat trick and game-winning goal in franchise history;[18]
  • first home game was a 4–3 overtime loss to the Spruce Grove Saints in front of 1,283 attendees at Scott Safety Centre;[19]
  • first shutout in franchise history was recorded by goaltender Tanner Kovacs in a 3–0 victory over the Camrose Kodiaks at the league's annual AJHL showcase in Spruce Grove;[20]
  • first placement in Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) weekly top 20 rankings was 14th spot occurred in late October 2012;[21] and
  • first playoff appearance was a 3–2 divisional quarter final series victory over the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.[22]

Wolverines' Mathieu Guertin and Colten Mayor each won the Ernie Love Trophy in the team's first two seasons. The trophy is awarded annually to the AJHL's scoring champion. Guertin accumulated 95 points in the inaugural 2012–13 season, while Mayor was the co-winner in the sophomore 2013–14 season, tying Spencer Dorowicz of the Olds Grizzlys with 75 points.[23]

Season-by-season record Edit

See Fort Saskatchewan Traders for the franchise's season-by-season record from 1976 to 2007, and see St. Albert Steel for the franchise's season-by-season record from 2008 to 2012.

Note: GP = games played, W = wins, L = losses, OTL = overtime losses, Pts = points, GF = goals for, GA = goals against, PIM = penalties in minutes

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2012–13[24][25] 60 31 21 8 70 227 220 1,507 4th, North Lost in semi-final round[26]
2013–14[24][25] 60 26 31 3 55 209 217 1,694 6th, North Lost in first round[27]
2014–15[24][25] 60 24 28 8 56 181 206 1,132 7th, North Lost Rd 1, 1-3 (Bobcats)
2015–16 60 42 12 6 90 256 172 2nd, North Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3-0 (Oil Barons)
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-4 (Bobcats)
2016–17 60 41 13 6 88 254 156 2 of 8 Nor
3 of 16 AJHL
Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3-0 (Storm)
Won Div Semifinal, 4-3 (Saints)
Won Div Finals 4-2 (Oil Barons)
Lost AJHL Finals 0-4 (Bandits)
Total 300 154 95 31 359 1172 971

Current roster Edit

As of March 3, 2014 (excluding reserves) [3]

Number Player Hometown
&0000000000000030.00000030 EngelMac Engel Red Deer, Alberta
&0000000000000031.00000031 CorbinRiley Corbin Thunder Bay, Ontario


Number Player Hometown
&0000000000000002.0000002 VermeulenJames Vermeulen Stony Plain, Alberta
&0000000000000003.0000003 FonteyneBen Fonteyne Wetaskiwin, Alberta
&0000000000000004.0000004 CornelisKellan Cornelis Legal, Alberta
&0000000000000005.0000005 HelgesenTyson Helgesen Fairview, Alberta
&0000000000000006.0000006 LeonidasJoseph Leonidas Calgary, Alberta
&0000000000000024.00000024 AbtMatthew Abt (A) Leduc, Alberta
&0000000000000026.00000026 DaviesJordan Davies Sherwood Park, Alberta
&0000000000000028.00000028 PatersonZach Paterson Edmonton, Alberta

Number Player Hometown
&0000000000000007.0000007 WarmingtonEvan Warmington (A) St. Albert, Alberta
&0000000000000009.0000009 SwitzerBrandon Switzer Brandon, Manitoba
&0000000000000010.00000010 McCallumConnor McCallum Strathmore, Alberta
&0000000000000011.00000011 LawsonSam Lawson Calgary, Alberta
&0000000000000012.00000012 NielsonBrodyn Nielsen (A) Vancouver, British Columbia
&0000000000000013.00000013 MayorColten Mayor (C) St. Albert, Alberta
&0000000000000014.00000014 BerlinRyan Berlin Edmonton, Alberta
&0000000000000016.00000016 SchofieldJacob Schofield Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
&0000000000000020.00000020 HerbertJoel Herbert (A) Edson, Alberta
&0000000000000021.00000021 DeaconMitch Deacon Port Moody, British Columbia
&0000000000000025.00000025 KocurJoel Kocur Edson, Alberta
&0000000000000027.00000027 ElsonTrace Elson St. Albert, Alberta

Honoured members Edit

The number 22 was retired for Elias Lachance at the start of the 2011–12 season.[28] Lachance, who played for the Wolverines' predecessor junior "B" hockey team during its 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons,[28] died in a car accident in 2011.[29]

Leaders Edit

Team captains
  • Jamie Johnson (2012)[30]
  • Jerome Raymond (2012–2013)[31]
  • Trace Elson (2013)[31]
  • Colten Mayor (2013–2014)[23]
  • Evan Warmington (2014)[32]
  • vacant (2014–2015)[33]
Head coaches
  • Joey Bouchard (2012–present)[3]
General managers
  • Joey Bouchard (2012–present)[3]
Team presidents
  • Brent Stark (2012–present)[3][34]

Community Edit

The Wolverines are engaged in two programs within the community under a "Team for Success" project where players mentor young students on reading and writing, and boys through issues experienced at the junior high level.[35] During their inaugural season, the team hosted a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit that featured the Stanley Cup.[36] The proceeds from the event, sponsored by Scott Safety, benefitted the Whitecourt Minor Hockey Association and the Whitecourt Girl Guides.[37][38]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. Whitecourt Wolverines Name Coach. Alberta Junior Hockey League (May 9, 2012). Retrieved on May 11, 2012.
  2. Wolverines / A.J.H.L. solidify club ownership. Whitecourt Wovlerines (November 23, 2012). Retrieved on November 23, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Team Roster for Whitecourt Wolverines. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on March 3, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 AJHL Moving to Whitecourt, Alberta. Alberta Junior Hockey League (May 2, 2012). Retrieved on May 3, 2012.
  5. Ann Harvey. "Scott Safety Place is new name for Twin Arenas", Canoe Sun Media, August 2, 2011. Retrieved on October 23, 2012. 
  6. About Scott Safety Supply Services. Scott Safety Supply Services Ltd.. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 History of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 AJHL Champions. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
  9. Doyle Cup Champions. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
  10. RBC Cup: 2012 Guide and Record Book. Hockey Canada. Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
  11. St. Albert snaps up Fort Saskatchewan hockey team. CBC News (March 16, 2007). Retrieved on May 3, 2012.
  12. Jeff Hansen. "Steel requests to relocate", Great West Newspapers LP, March 28, 2012. Retrieved on March 31, 2012. 
  13. Brigette Jobin. "League records set", Canoe Sun Media, March 28, 2012. Retrieved on March 31, 2012. 
  14. Remy Greer. "Wolverines beat Bisons 5-1 in provincial final", Great West Newspapers LP, April 8, 2012. Retrieved on April 8, 2012. 
  15. Brigette Jobin. "Wolverines prove to be one of Canada’s best", Sun Media Corporation, April 25, 2012. Retrieved on April 27, 2012. 
  16. Game Schedule for Alberta Junior Hockey League (Team: Whitecourt Wolverines). Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on July 5, 2012.
  17. Whitecourt Wolverines @ Canmore Eagles. Alberta Junior Hockey League (September 14, 2012). Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  18. Whitecourt Wolverines @ Okotoks Oilers. Alberta Junior Hockey League (September 15, 2012). Retrieved on September 15, 2012.
  19. Spruce Grove Saints @ Whitecourt Wolverines. Alberta Junior Hockey League (September 21, 2012). Retrieved on September 24, 2012.
  20. Whitecourt Wolverines @ Camrose Kodiaks. Alberta Junior Hockey League (September 27, 2012). Retrieved on September 28, 2012.
  21. CJHL Announces Weekly Top 20 Rankings. Canadian Junior Hockey League (October 29, 2012). Retrieved on September 5, 2013.
  22. Johnna Ruocco. "Wolverines head to North Division Finals", Canoe Sun Media, March 26, 2013. Retrieved on September 5, 2013. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 {{cite web } url= | title=AJHL Duo Captures Scoring Title, Oil Barons Win Top Team Goaltender Award | publisher=Alberta Junior Hockey League | date=March 2, 2014 | accessdate=March 3, 3014}}
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Regular Season Standings. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on March 4, 2013.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Whitecourt Wolverines Player Statistics. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on March 3, 2014.
  26. Saints Win AJHL North Division Title. Alberta Junior Hockey League (April 6, 2013). Retrieved on April 7, 2013.
  27. Bracket. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on March 13, 2014.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Team History. Whitecourt Wolverines. Retrieved on September 29, 2012.
  29. Stuart Thomson. "New foundation will honour former Wolverines player", Canoe Sun Media, September 29, 2011. Retrieved on October 24, 2012. 
  30. Johnna Ruocco. "Wolverines’ roster and captains announced", Canoe Sun Media, September 18, 2012. Retrieved on September 29, 2012. 
  31. 31.0 31.1 Chris Colwell. "Oh Captain, My Captain", Fabmar Communications Ltd., September 6, 2013. Retrieved on September 8, 2013. 
  32. Evan Warmington Named Wolverines Captain. Whitecourt Wolverines (June 24, 2014). Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  33. Adam Dietrich. "Brighter days ahead for Wolverines", Canoe Sun Media, December 28, 2014. Retrieved on March 1, 2015. 
  34. Wolverines Set to Host Hockey Hall of Fame. Alberta Junior Hockey League (October 10, 2012). Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
  35. Jasmine Franklin. "Wolverines players become mentors off the ice", Whitecourt Press, November 12, 2012. Retrieved on November 18, 2012. 
  36. Whitecourt Town Council Update. Town of Whitecourt (October 11, 2012). Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
  37. Stanley Cup weekend spells success. Whitecourt Wovlerines (November 23, 2012). Retrieved on November 23, 2012.
  38. Johnna Ruocco. "Town Council briefs - Oct. 9, 2012", Canoe Sun Media, October 14, 2012. Retrieved on October 23, 2012. 

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