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Sarnia Sting
City Sarnia, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division West
Founded 1994 (1994)–95
Home arena RBC Center (Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre)
Colours Black, white and gold
              
General manager Canada Alan Millar
Head coach Canada Dave MacQueen
Affiliate(s) Sarnia Legionnaires

Website
www.sarniasting.com
Franchise history
1969–92 Cornwall Royals
1992–94 Newmarket Royals
1994–present Sarnia Sting
Sarnia Sting during pregame warmup.

The Sarnia Sting are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. They play out of the RBC Centre, Sarnia, formerly the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre (capacity: 5,300) in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

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History

The franchise was granted in 1969 as one of the inaugural teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. At the time, the team was located in Cornwall, Ontario and were known as the Cornwall Royals. During the team's tenure in the QMJHL the Royals won the Memorial Cup in 1972, 1980, and in 1981.

For the 1981–82 season, the team transferred to the Ontario Hockey League. In 1992, the franchise moved again to Newmarket, Ontario to play as the Newmarket Royals.

In 1994, the team was bought by the Ciccarelli brothers and moved to Sarnia, Ontario. Robert Ciccarelli is team's current president and governor. In 1999–2000 he was voted OHL Executive of the Year.

The move of the OHL franchise also forced the Junior "B" Sarnia Bees to change their name to the Steeplejacks.

Championships

The Sarnia Sting are in quest of their first J. Ross Robertson Cup and first Memorial Cup. In 1996–97 was the closest the team came to the OHL Championship, but lost in the quarter-finals to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3. The lone title so far, was in 2003–04 when the team won the OHL West Division, winning the Bumbacco Trophy.

Coaches

List of Coaches

Multiple seasons in parentheses.

  • 1994–95 Don Boyd, R.Brown, M.Hunter
  • 1995–96 Mark Hunter (5)
  • 1996–97 Joe Canale
  • 1997–99 Mark Hunter (5)
  • 1999–2000 Mark Hunter, Rich Brown (3)
  • 2000–01 Rich Brown, Jeff Perry
  • 2001–03 Jeff Perry (4)
  • 2003–04 Jeff Perry, Greg Walters
  • 2004–06 Shawn Camp (2)
  • 2006–present Dave MacQueen

Players

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Award winners

Bobby Smith Trophy
Scholastic player of the year.

  • 2004–05 Richard Clune
  • 2006–07 Steven Stamkos

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
OHL Top Point Scorer.

  • 1995–96 Aaron Brand
  • 1998–99 Peter Sarno

Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy
Overage player of the year.

  • 1995–96 Aaron Brand
  • 2008–09 Justin DiBenedetto

F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Best rookie goals against average.

  • 1999–2000 Andrew Sim
  • 2002–03 Ryan Munce

Ivan Tennant Memorial Award
Top academic high school player.

  • 2004–05 Matt Pelech

Jack Ferguson Award
First overall draft pick.

  • 1994 Jeff Brown
  • 2006 Steven Stamkos

Retired numbers

None to date. Numbers are honoured with a banner for Aaron Brand and Peter Sarno have both won OHL scoring titles, and Trevor Letowski, Danny Fritsche and Steven Stamkos were chosen to the World Junior teams.

NHL alumni

Team records

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 90 2002–03
Most wins 41 2002–03
Most goals for 330 1995–96
Least goals for 156 2004–05
Least goals against 189 1999–00
Most goals against 292 1994–95
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Steven Stamkos 58 2007–08
Most assists Peter Sarno 93 1998–99
Most points Peter Sarno 130 1998–99
Most points, rookie Steven Stamkos 92 2006–07
Most points, defenseman Andy Delmore 78 1996–97
Best GAA (goalie) Greg Hewitt 2.53 1999–00
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played


Yearly results

Regular season

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1994–95 66 24 37 5 - - 53 0.402 250 292 3rd Western
1995–96 66 39 23 4 - - 82 0.621 330 276 2nd Western
1996–97 66 35 24 7 - - 77 0.583 286 251 2nd Western
1997–98 66 32 21 13 - - 77 0.583 253 227 3rd Western
1998–99 68 37 25 6 - - 80 0.588 279 216 2nd West
1999–00 68 33 27 8 - - 74 0.544 211 189 3rd West
2000–01 68 28 31 7 2 - 65 0.463 235 244 3rd West
2001–02 68 27 29 5 7 - 66 0.434 236 260 4th West
2002–03 68 41 19 7 1 - 90 0.654 251 193 2nd West
2003–04 68 37 23 4 4 - 82 0.574 220 210 1st West
2004–05 68 16 41 6 5 - 43 0.316 156 228 5th West
2005–06 68 17 46 - 2 3 39 0.287 197 295 5th West
2006–07 68 34 24 - 5 5 78 0.574 270 241 4th West
2007–08 68 37 29 - 2 0 76 0.559 251 229 3rd West
2008–09 68 35 26 - 4 3 77 0.566 216 210 4th West
2009–10 68 17 46 - 3 2 39 0.287 184 295 5th West

Playoffs

  • 1994–95 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1995–96 Defeated S.S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
  • 1996–97 Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
  • 1997–98 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1998–99 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1999–2000 Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2000–01 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2001–02 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2002–03 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2003–04 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2004–05 Out of playoffs.
  • 2005–06 Out of playoffs.
  • 2006–07 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2007–08 Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
  • 2008–09 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2009-10 Out of playoffs.

Team uniforms and logos

Oldstinglogo.png

The original Sarnia Sting logo (inset left) showed a bee playing hockey with its stinger poised. It was used from 1994 to 1999, with the team's colours being black, white and silver. The current logo has been instituted since 1999, with gold replacing silver on the uniforms. The jersey also features beehive patches on each shoulder.

The sting have also used a third jersey that has a yellow background and a bee holding a stick about the Sarnia name on the chest (inset right).

Sting3rdlogo.png

The Sting chose a new jersey for the 2006-07 season. Fans were given the option to chose between two possibilities. [1]

Arenas

The Sarnia Sting played their first three seasons at the Sarnia Arena located in the downtown area. The Sting relocated from Newmarket, Ontario on the promise that a new arena would be built in the city.

For the 1997–98 season the Sting moved into their new home at the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre. It is a more modern facility with private boxes and many other amenities. The SSEC, as it is known, hosted the Ontario Hockey League All Star Game in 1999, and the RE/Max Canada-Russia Challenge in 2004.

See also

External links


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