Fort McMurray Oil Barons

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Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Fort McMurray Oil Barons Logo.svg
City Fort McMurray, Alberta
League Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division North
Founded 1981 (1981)
Home arena Casman Centre
Colours Blue and yellow
General manager Dave Dupas
Head coach Dave Dupas

The Fort McMurray Oil Barons are a Junior A ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). They play in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada at the Casman Centre. The Oil Barons have won three AJHL playoff championships, three regular season titles, and one National Junior A Championship.

History

The team first played in the 1981–82 season as an expansion franchise the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and is one of the more successful teams in the league having won three league titles and has appeared in the league finals 12 times. In 2000, the Oil Barons hosted the Royal Bank Cup and won the National Junior A Championship.

In November 2010, the Oil Barons hosted the Northern Classic against the Drayton Valley Thunder as the first known outdoor game in AJHL history and set the league's attendance record.[1]

In August 2011, the Oil Barons traveled to Omsk, Russia, to play in the Junior Club World Cup tournament hosted by teams of their top tier Junior Hockey League (MHL). On August 26, the Oil Barons defeated Mytishchi Atlantes 4–2 in an exhibition game. On August 27, the Oil Barons played 2011 Russian Champion Red Army in another exhibition game, losing 7–0. The tournament ran from August 30 until September 4. On August 30, Fort McMurray played Belarus's Dinamo-Shinnik and lost 3–0, on August 31 Sweden's Malmö Redhawks and lost 3–2, and September 2 they lost to the Czech Republic's Energie Karlovy Vary 4–1; for a 0–3 record and finishing last in their division. These teams are all top tier European clubs, while Fort McMurray are members of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, the second highest level of Canadian junior hockey behind the major junior Canadian Hockey League.

In the summer of 2014, after one of the best regular seasons in franchise history, the Oil Barons released head coach and general manager Gord Thibodeau. After a lengthy search, the Barons hired former Ottawa Senators' assistant coach Curtis Hunt to replace him. Hunt added former Senators goalie Mike Brodeur to the staff as the team's new goaltending and video coach.

In 2015, the Oil Barons hosted the third Western Canada Cup, earning an automatic berth in the tournament against the champions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, with two spots open to qualify for the Royal Bank Cup Junior A national championship tournament. They were eliminated in the semifinal game by the Melfort Mustangs at the 2015 Western Canada Cup.

On May 10, 2019, the Oil Barons agreed to mutually part ways with general manager and head coach Tom Keca.[2] On May 17, 2019, the team announced that Dave Dupas had been hired as the head coach and general manager for the 2019–20 season.[3] Dupas had been with the Oil Barons organization since 2015 as an assistant coach after previously serving as head coach of the Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T/OTL = Ties/Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T/OTL SOL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1981–82 60 31 29 0 62 296 296 2nd North Won Quarterfinals, 4–2 vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders
Lost Semifinals, 0–4 vs. St. Albert Saints
1982–83 60 38 22 0 76 324 308 2nd North Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders
Won Semifinals, 4–1 vs. St. Albert Saints
Lost Finals, 2–4 vs. Calgary Canucks
1983–84 60 24 35 1 49 255 315 4th North Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders
1984–85 60 9 51 0 18 204 386 4th North Did not qualify
1985–86 52 16 36 0 32 243 317 4th North Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. St. Albert Saints
Lost Semifinals, 1–4 vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders
1986–87 60 30 28 2 62 300 292 3rd North Lost Quarterfinals, 2–4 vs. St. Albert Saints
1987–88 60 19 41 0 38 244 356 4th North Lost Quarterfinals, 2–4 vs. St. Albert Saints
1988–89 60 10 47 3 23 180 334 5th North Did not qualify
1989–90 60 33 24 3 69 278 273 1st North Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders
1990–91 56 20 32 4 44 247 283 7th Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. St. Albert Saints
Lost Semifinals, 0–4 vs. Calgary Royals
1991–92 60 38 18 4 80 312 263 3rd Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–3 vs. Calgary Canucks
Won Semifinals, 4–3 vs. Lloydminster Blazers
Lost Finals, 1–4 vs. Olds Grizzlys
1992–93 56 33 22 1 67 293 238 4th Overall Won Quarterfinals, 5–0 vs. Lloydminster Blazers
Lost Semifinals, 0–4 vs. Olds Grizzlys
1993–94 56 29 22 5 63 251 214 4th Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–3 vs. Calgary Canucks
Won Semifinals, 4–2 vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders
Lost Finals, 2–4 vs. Olds Grizzlys
1994–95 56 31 20 5 67 258 221 3rd Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. Calgary Royals
Lost Semifinals, 3–4 vs. Calgary Canucks
1995–96 60 35 19 6 76 257 203 5th Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders
Won Semifinals, 4–1 vs. Calgary Canucks
Lost Finals, 3–4 vs. St. Albert Saints
1996–97 60 34 22 4 72 241 180 4th Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Olds Grizzlys
Won Semifinals, 4–2 vs. St. Albert Saints
Won AJHL Championship, 4–3 vs. Calgary Canucks
Lost Doyle Cup, 1–4 vs. South Surrey Eagles (BCHL)
1997–98 60 36 21 3 75 226 216 5th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 vs. Calgary Canucks
1998–99 62 31 28 3 65 247 267 6th North Did not qualify
1999–00 64 52 10 2 106 321 169 1st North Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Won Semifinals, 4–1 vs. Lloydminster Blazers
Won AJHL Championship, 4–0 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
Won Doyle Cup, 4–1 vs. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)

Won Royal Bank Cup
2000–01 64 37 22 5 79 287 261 4th North Won Preliminary series, 3–1 vs. Lloydminster Blazers
Lost Quarterfinals, 2–4 vs. Drayton Valley Thunder
2001–02 64 36 20 8 80 217 198 4th North Lost Preliminary series, 0–3 vs. Grande Prairie Storm
2002–03 64 19 41 4 42 206 286 8th North Did not qualify
2003–04 60 29 20 11 69 182 151 3rd North Won Preliminary series, 3–2 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. Drayton Valley Thunder
Won Semifinals, 4–2 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
Lost Finals, 1–4 vs. Grande Prairie Storm
2004–05 64 43 16 5 91 192 117 1st North Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. Grande Prairie Storm
Won Semifinals, 4–2 vs. Drayton Valley Thunder
Lost Finals, 3–4 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
2005–06 60 40 14 6 86 202 110 1st North Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Won Semifinals, 4–0 vs. Brooks Bandits
Won AJHL Championship, 4–2 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
Lost Doyle Cup, 2–4 vs. Burnaby Express (BCHL)
2006–07 60 25 27 8 58 170 196 5th North Won Preliminary series, 3–1 vs. Drayton Valley Thunder
Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders
2007–08 62 40 14 8 88 238 168 1st North Won Quarterfinals, 4–2 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Won Semifinals, 4–1 vs. Spruce Grove Saints
Lost Finals, 3–4 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
2008–09 62 31 26 5 67 208 188 5th North Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–4 vs. Spruce Grove Saints
2009–10 60 37 19 1 78 235 168 3rd North Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. St. Albert Steel
Won Div. Semifinals, 4–1 vs. Grande Prairie Storm
Won Div. Finals, 4–1 vs. Okotoks Oilers
Lost Finals, 3–4 vs. Spruce Grove Saints
2010–11 60 43 16 1 87 219 139 2nd North Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. St. Albert Steel
Won Div. Semifinals, 4–2 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Lost Div. Finals, 0–4 vs. Spruce Grove Saints
2011–12 60 47 9 4 98 254 126 2nd North Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Grande Prairie Storm
Won Div. Semifinals, 4–1 vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders
Won Div. Finals, 4–3 vs. Spruce Grove Saints
Lost Finals, 2–4 vs. Brooks Bandits
2012–13 60 31 22 7 69 169 170 5th North Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. Whitecourt Wolverines
2013–14 60 45 11 4 94 216 125 2nd North Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Drayton Valley Thunder
Won Div. Semifinals, 4–3 vs. Lloydminster Bobcats
Lost Div. Finals, 3–4 vs. Spruce Grove Saints
2014–15 60 31 23 6 68 178 175 4th North Lost First Round, 1–3 vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders
2015–16 60 10 40 10 30 137 239 7th North Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Whitecourt Wolverines
2016–17 60 44 13 3 91 220 139 1st of 8, North
2nd of 16, AJHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 4–1 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Lost Div. Finals, 2–4 vs. Whitecourt Wolverines
2017–18 60 42 13 5 89 231 165 2nd of 8, North
4th of 16, AJHL
Won First Round, 3–0 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Lost Div. Semifinals, 3–4 vs. Whitecourt Wolverines
2018–19 60 32 19 9 73 200 178 4th of 8, North
7th of 16, AJHL
Won First Round, 3–1 vs. Grande Prairie Storm
Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–4 vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders

Western Canada Cup

The Western Canada Cup was a postseason tournament between the playoff champions of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), and a previously selected host team from one of the leagues. It ran from 2013 to 2017 with the top two teams qualifying for the Royal Bank Cup Junior A national championship tournament. It replaced the Doyle Cup, which had been the qualifier for the AJHL and BCHL champions, and the ANAVET Cup, which had been the qualifier for the MJHL and SJHL champions. The qualifying system reverted back the Doyle and ANAVET Cups in 2018.

The tournament began with round-robin play between the five team followed by the top two teams playing in championship game and the third and fourth place teams playing in a semifinal game. The loser of the championship game then faced the winner of the semifinal game for the runner-up qualifier. The winner of the championship and the runner-up game advanced to the Royal Bank Cup.

Year Round-robin Record Standing Semifinal Championship game Runner-up game
2015
Host
W, 3–1 vs. Portage Terriers (MJHL)
L, 0–6 vs. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
W, 5–4 vs. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
OTW, 2–1 vs. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)
3–1 3rd of 5 L, 2–4 vs. Melfort Mustangs

Junior A National Championship

The National Junior A Championship, formerly known as the Royal Bank Cup, is the postseason tournament for the Canadian national championship for Junior A hockey teams that are members of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The tournament consists of the regional Junior A champions and a previously selected host team. Since 1990, the national championship has used a five-team tournament format when the regional qualifiers were designated as the ANAVET Cup (Western), Doyle Cup (Pacific), Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central), and Fred Page Cup (Eastern). From 2013 to 2017, the qualifiers were the Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central), Fred Page Cup (Eastern), and the Western Canada Cup champions and runners-up.

The tournament begins with round-robin play between the five teams followed by the top four teams playing a semifinal game, with the top seed facing the fourth seed and the second facing the third. The winners of the semifinals then face each other in final game for the national championship. In some years, the losers of the semifinal games face each other for a third place game.

Year Round-robin Record Standing Semifinal Third place game Championship game
2000
Host
L, 1–2 vs. Battlefords North Stars (Western)
W, 5–2 vs. Cornwall Colts (Eastern)
W, 4–3 vs. Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats (Central)
W, 4–3 vs. Chilliwack Chiefs (Pacific)
3–1 1st of 5 W, 5–2 vs. Battlefords North Stars W, 2–1 vs. Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats
National Champions

NHL alumni

The following former Oil Barons have gone on to play in the NHL:

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-12-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Oil Barons part ways with Keca". Fort McMurray Oil Barons. May 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "Oil Barons name Dupas as Head Coach and General Manager". Fort McMurray Oil Barons. May 17, 2019.

External links

  • Fort McMurray Oil Barons website
  • Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Preceded by
Vernon Vipers
Royal Bank Cup champions
2000
Succeeded by
Camrose Kodiaks
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