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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
WBSKnights logo
City: Pittston, Pennsylvania
League: NAHL
Division: North
Founded: 2005 (EHL franchise)
2010 (NAHL franchise)
Operated: 2010-present
Home Arena: Revolution Ice Centre
Colors: Navy, Gray, and White


              

Owner(s): Dr. Louis DeNaples Jr.
General Manager: Kerry Huffman
Head Coach: Tom Kowal
Franchise history
 : First franchise (AJHL/EHL)
2005–2010: Binghamton Jr. Senators
2010–2015: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
2015-present: Binghamton Jr. Senators
 : Second franchise (NAHL)
2010–2012: Dawson Creek Rage
2015–present: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are an USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Jr. A ice hockey team from Pittston, Pennsylvania.[1] Starting in the 2015–16 season they will play in the North Division of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) after purchasing the dormant Dawson Creek Rage franchise, moving up from the Central Division of the Tier III Eastern Hockey League (formerly the Atlantic Junior Hockey League until 2013).

The players, ages 16–20, carry amateur status under Junior A guidelines and hope to earn a spot on higher levels of junior hockey in the United States and Canada, Canadian Major Junior, Collegiate, and eventually professional teams.

HistoryEdit

AtJHL/EHLEdit

Until 2010 the team played in Binghamton, New York as the Binghamton Jr. Senators at the Chenango Ice Rink in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League (AtJHL). After relocating, the organization would also field a team at the Jr. B level in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League as well as youth hockey select teams at the Midget U18, Midget 16U, Bantam, Peewee, and Squirt and Mite levels. The Knights have taken their name from the youth organization which was formed in 2005. Along with Revolution Ice Centre, the Knights also practice at Revolution Training Centre in Dunmore, PA. The training center has two skating surfaces: one synthetic ice and the other is an 85 x 45 ice surface.[2]

The Knights won the AtJHL Championship during the 2012–13 season. The Knights came out victorious in the best of three series against the Northern Cyclones and earned the AtJHL President's Cup. The Knights lost the first game of the series 0-2 against the Cyclones, however, the Knights bounced back from their first loss of the playoffs with a lopsided 9-2 win. During the last game the Cyclones had a 2-1 lead and it looked like they would hoist the President's Cup, but Knights forward Matt Cessna tied the game at 2-2 with just 22 seconds remaining in the third period. Then, with just over four minutes remaining in the first overtime, Matt Cessna scored the game-winner. For his in-game heroics, Cessna was named the Most Valuable Player of the Playoff Championship Series. The Knights 2012–13 AtJHL Championship Team contained some well-known last names in the hockey world, including team captain Jack Ceglarski (Grandson of Len Ceglarski) and the defenceman Oscar Nyquist (Brother of Gustav Nyquist).[3][4]

NAHLEdit

See also: Dawson Creek Rage

On May 1, 2015, it was announced that the Knights had purchased the dormant Dawson Creek Rage franchise in the North American Hockey League and will begin play as a Tier II team in the 2015–16 NAHL season.[5]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Eastern Hockey LeagueEdit

Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
Eastern Hockey League (Tier III)
2013–14 44 19 16 8 1 47 121 111 4th, Central Div.
8th of 17, EHL
Won Round 1, 2-0 vs. Philadelphia Junior Flyers
Lost Quarterfinals, 0-2 vs. Northern Cyclones
2014–15 44 28 14 2 0 58 155 126 2nd, Central Div.
6th of 19, EHL
Won Round 1, 2-1 vs. Boston Bandits
Lost Quarterfinals, 0-2 vs. Northern Cyclones

North American Hockey LeagueEdit

Dawson Creek RageEdit

Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2010–11 58 24 31 2 1 51 160 209 5th of 6, West Do not qualify
2011–12 60 12 44 2 2 28 139 265 6th of 6, West Do not qualify

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton KnightsEdit

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
NAHL (Tier II)
2015–16 60 22 28 10 54 150 232 4th of 4, East Div.
20th of 22, NAHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-3 vs. Aston Rebels

AlumniEdit

The Knights/Jr. Senators franchise has produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, ACHA college and professional programs, including:[6]

AlumniEdit

The Junior Senators have produced a number of alumni playing in higher levels of junior hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, ACHA college and professional programs, including:[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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