Kingston Raiders

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Kingston Raiders
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City Kingston, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Leyden
Division East
Founded 1988 (1988)–89
Home arena Kingston Memorial Centre
Colours Black, white and silver
Head coach Larry Mavety
Franchise history
1972–73 Kingston Frontenacs Jr.A.
1973–88 Kingston Canadians
1988–89 Kingston Raiders
1989–present Kingston Frontenacs

The Kingston Raiders was a short-lived name used by a Kingston, Ontario, Canada-based major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League for the 1988-1989 season only. The team played out of the Kingston Memorial Centre.

Team history

When the Kingston Canadians were sold in 1988, the club's name was changed to Kingston Raiders for the 1988–89 season by the new owner, Lou Kazowski. After a dismal season in 1987–88, he hoped that the team could acquire the "tough" image of the Los Angeles Raiders football team by adopting their name and new black and silver uniforms, similar to those recently adopted by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings. In their only season of existence, the Raiders finished 7th in the Leyden division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

The team's coach was Larry Mavety. It was his first year in Kingston after many years coaching the Belleville Bulls. Larry would also go on to coach the Frontenacs in two different stints.

Kazoswki was extremely unpopular locally, and after a number of disputes with the OHL and an unsuccessful season, he was encouraged to sell the team and was effectively barred from future ownership. The new owners included Wren Blair and Bob Attersley, who renamed the team Kingston Frontenacs after the EPHL team of which they had both been members.


The Kingston Raiders had the first overall pick in the draft that year and chose Drake Berehowsky. Berehowsky would win the Jack Ferguson Award for being the first overall draft pick.

Jeff Wilson won the F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy, for the best goals against average for a rookie goaltender (1988–89).

From this team, six players made the NHL.

NHL alumni

  • Source
  • Season stats 1988–1989

    Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
    1988–89 66 25 36 5 55 0.417 278 313 7th in Leyden

    View Kingston Raiders 1988-1989 stats


    • Kingston Memorial Centre The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
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