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Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
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City Mississauga, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division Central
Founded 2007 (2007)–08
Home arena Hershey Centre
Colours Light blue, navy blue and white
              
General manager Canada Dave Cameron
Head coach Canada Dave Cameron

Website
www.stmichaelsmajors.com
Franchise history
1906–62 Toronto St. Michael's Majors
1996–2007 Toronto St. Michael's Majors
2007–present Mississauga St. Michael's Majors

The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors are a junior hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The team was originally known as the Toronto St. Michael's Majors, whose hockey program was founded and operated by St. Michael's College School in 1906. The current franchise was revived in 1996, and was relocated to Mississauga in 2007 after spending 10 years in Toronto.[1]

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History

St. Michael's revived its hockey program for the 1997–98 season in the Ontario Hockey League. The recent version of the Majors played for 10 seasons, until being relocated as the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.

Originally owned by St. Michael's College School, the team is now owned by Eugene Melnyk, who is the current owner of the Ottawa Senators and CEO of Biovail Corporation. Melnyk pursued several deals to get a new arena for his team, but none came to fruition. One of Melnyk's foiled plans included purchasing Maple Leaf Gardens.

On July 12, 2006, Eugene Melnyk bought the Mississauga IceDogs. After the 2006–07 season, Melnyk sold the IceDogs to Bill Burke, and moved the Majors to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. [1] [2] The IceDogs, in turn, moved to Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Catharines, Ontario and are now known as the Niagara IceDogs.[3]

The team has struggled at the box office in its inaugural season in Mississauga. The team currently averages 1,953 fans in the 5,400 seat Hershey Centre, placing it 59th out of 60 CHL teams in terms of attendance.

Coaches

Dave Cameron returned to the Majors organization after a stint in the AHL. Cameron previously coached with the club in Toronto from 2000 to 2004.

Players

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Honoured players

The St. Michael's Majors have not retired any numbers, but have honoured these people with banners in the rafters.

Current roster

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Place of birth
30 Canada Chris Carrozzi L Nepean, Ontario
34 Canada J.P. Anderson R Toronto, Ontario
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Place of birth
2 Canada Nick Ciampini L Toronto, Ontario
3 Canada Matt Russo L Mississauga, Ontario
21 Canada Patrick Cieslukowski L Mississauga, Ontario
7 Canada Michael McGurk L Hamilton, Ontario
9 Canada Tim Billingsley R Ottawa, Ontario
10 Canada Brett Flemming R Burlington, Ontario
13 Canada Blake Parlett R Bracebridge, Ontario
27 Canada Jeff Barletta L Port Stanley, Ontario
28 Canada Cameron Gaunce L Markham, Ontario
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Place of birth
6 Canada Dylan O'Neil R C Ajax, Ontario
8 Canada Anthony Tapper L C Marmora, Ontario
11 Canada Casey Cizikas L C Mississauga, Ontario
12 Canada Kris Sparre L LW Mississauga, Ontario
14 Canada Corey Bureau R RW Kingston, Ontario
15 Canada Justin Larson L LW Buckhorn, Ontario
16 Latvia Kaspars Daugavins L LW Riga, Latvia
17 Canada Michael Pelech L LW Toronto, Ontario
18 Canada Zac Rinaldo L LW Hamilton, Ontario
19 Canada Jordan Mayer R C Kingston, Ontario
21 Canada Dustin Ekelman L C Whitby, Ontario
22 Canada Jesse Messier R RW Keswick, Ontario
23 Canada Tyler Allen R RW Mississauga, Ontario
24 Canada Kyle Neuber R RW Sarnia, Ontario
25 Canada Byron Elliott L LW Burlington, Ontario

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Legend: OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost OL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
2007–08 68 31 32 2 3 67 0.493 203 243 3rd Central
2008–09 68 39 26 1 2 81 0.596 229 208 2nd Central
2009–10 68 42 20 4 2 90 0.662 222 175 2nd Central

Playoffs

  • 2007–08 – Lost to Niagara Ice Dogs 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2008–09 – Defeated Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Brampton Battalion 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.

Uniforms and logos

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The primary logo for the Majors displays "St. Michael's" written in script, with a Majors underscore written in light blue. The Majors colours are light blue, navy blue & white. The Majors hockey uniforms feature a different logo, a large letter "M" on the front, with the school crest (inset right) on the upper left chest, and the St. Michael's cloverleaf patch on the shoulders.

Home uniforms have a white background, navy blue shoulders and arms, with light blue trim. Road uniforms have a light blue background, with navy blue shoulders, and white trim. The Majors have also used a third jersey with a stylized "M" on the front, and without the navy blue shoulders.

To celebrate the Majors 10th season back in the league, the team launched a new 3rd jersey with the shoulder cloverleaf logo on the front. The jersey is also baby blue in colour. After the move, the Majors' logo was changed slightly to a more modernized look, and new jerseys were unveiled.

Arena

The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors play home games at the Hershey Centre in northeast Mississauga, near the junction of Highway 401 & Highway 403. The Hershey Centre hosted the OHL All-Star Game in 2000.

See also

References

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