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Stouffville Spirit
Stouffville Spirit
Central Canadian Hockey League
City Stouffville, Ontario
Founded 1995
Division East
Franchise history 1995-1996: Stouffville Clippers
1996-Pres: Stouffville Spirit
Head Coach Dave D'Ammizio
General Manager Matt Gibson
Arena Stouffville Arena
Team Colors Red, Black, and White
Affiliate Team(s) Uxbridge Bruins
Royal Bank Cups none
Dudley Hewitt Cups none
Buckland Trophies none

The Stouffville Spirit are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Stouffville, Ontario, Canada. The Stouffville Spirit are members of the Central Canadian Hockey League of the Ontario Hockey Association.



From 1970 until 1984, the Stouffville Clippers were members of the Central Junior C Hockey League. From 1984 until 1995, the team was on a long hiatus. The Clippers were brought back in 1995, changed their name to the Spirit a season later, and have been members of the OPJHL ever since. Junior hockey has a long and storied history in Stouffville.

The 1947 Stouffville Red Wings won an OHA championship. Junior hockey was popular in Stouffville through the 1960s, right into the early 1980s.

The Stouffville Spirit are the new kids on the block in the Toronto-area town.

The Spirit was founded in 1995. George Stavro, who was granted the franchise by the Ontario Hockey Association, was the team's first coach and general manager. Junior hockey hadn't been played in Stouffville since 1984, when the OHA's junior C Stouffville Clippers folded.

But Stavro didn't last a full season in the Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

In mid-season, he sold the franchise to Stouffville businessman Ed Hakonson, who had tried to obtain a junior A franchise for Stouffville earlier in the '90s. Former Stouffville minor official Wally Crowder was named general manager, and Steve Sedore of Georgina head coach.

The Spirit struggled on and off the ice over the first three seasons. Sedore was replaced as coach by Stouffville minor hockey grad Dan Larmer. Larmer played junior hockey in southern Ontario and college hockey at Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania, before a brief pro career.

A move of home games at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Recreation Complex, from Saturday nights to Thursdays, improved attendance. But the Spirit didn't make the playoffs in its first three seasons.

A new regime took over Spirit hockey operations in 1998. New Spirit general manager Dieter Schmidt had been manager and head coach Brian Perrin was associate coach with the successful Newmarket Hurricanes' organization, before accepting promotions in Stouffville.

The Spirit has made the playoffs ever since. Its regular season record has improved annually.

Players have advanced to college and major junior hockey since Year 1 of the Spirit.

Hakonson sold shares in the hockey club to Stouffville-area resident Zeev Werek and Larry Goldberg in 1999, then sold the rest of the team to Werek and Goldberg a year later. David Laren joined the Spirit in 2002 as an equal partner. Goldberg left the group in 2005.

Schmidt retired as GM after the 2000-2001 season. His replacement is Stouffville native Ken Burrows, who in 10 years with the Spirit has been vice-president of hockey, assistant coach and scout.

Dan West was named head coach of the Spirit in the summer of 2005.

A volunteer board of directors oversees the operation of the Spirit.

The Spirit is proud to be affiliated with the Whitchurch-Stouffville Minor Hockey Association and the Uxbridge Bruins Junior C Hockey Club.

Season-by-Season results

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1995-96 50 13 35 2 - 182 288 30 20th OPJHL
1996-97 50 8 41 1 - 167 295 19 21st OPJHL
1997-98 51 16 32 2 1 194 280 35 18th OPJHL
1998-99 51 23 27 0 1 215 234 47 23rd OPJHL
1999-00 49 24 23 2 0 195 190 50 21st OPJHL
2000-01 49 35 9 3 2 260 159 75 5th OPJHL
2001-02 49 24 18 5 2 207 183 55 15th OPJHL
2002-03 49 29 18 2 0 241 154 60 12th OPJHL
2003-04 49 27 21 1 0 201 178 55 13th OPJHL
2004-05 49 25 20 3 1 195 157 54 17th OPJHL
2005-06 49 26 10 9 4 172 138 65 9th OPJHL Lost Final
2006-07 49 28 16 3 2 199 164 61 13th OPJHL Lost Conf. Finals
2007-08 49 31 13 - 5 245 166 67 10th OPJHL
2008-09 53 13 34 - 6 165 246 32 8th OJ-CDH


Stouffville Spirit Alumni

Name -Current Team
Barbera, Michael -Wesleyan, NCAA
Bellissimo, Daniel -Western Michigan (NCAA)
Bruetsch, Konrad -Langenthal, Switzerland
Buckley, Grant -Ryerson (CIS)
Ciernia, Troy -Salem State, NCAA
Coghlan, Jamie -Mercyhurst (NCAA)
Conway, Neil -Owen Sound, OHL
D'Aversa, Jon -Sudbury, OHL
Dillon, Mitch -Bowdoin, NCAA
Duco, Mike -Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Duco, John -Buffalo State
Forgie, Mike -Wayne State, NCAA
Frank, Shawn -Barrie, OHL
Gray, Sean -New England College, NCAA
Gray, Chris -Toronto, CIS
Groom, Rob -York, CIS
Jarman, Kevin -UMass, NCAA
Lakos, Phil -Vienna Capitals, Austria
Lee, Pat -Erie, OHL
Lee, Thomas -Brock, CIS
Marshall, Jeff -Dundee Stars (Scotland)
McDowall, Jeff -Windsor, CIS
McWhinney, Dan -Fort Wayne, UHL
Mok, Jeff -Buffalo St. (NCAA)
Moor, Jeff -Columbus, SPHL
Orr, Doug -Rio Grande, CHL
Ramsay, Mike -Odessa, CHL
Scully, Sean -Western (CIS)
Smyth, Jon -Wheeling, ECHL
Speer, Dan -Lakehead, CIS
Spivak, Daniel -Rochester Institute of Technology, NCAA
Sullivan, Mike -Clarkson, NCAA
Tucciarone, Mike -Austin Ice Bats, CHL
Van Allen, Jake -York, CIS
Versteeg-Lytwyn, Mark -Kalamazoo, UHL

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