|League:||WOAA Senior Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Arthur & Area Community Centre|
History[edit | edit source]
Arthur has had numerous hockey teams nicknamed the Tigers since 1904 (perhaps since 1899), with the most recent team playing in the WOAA from 1986-1999. The team folded at the conclusion of the 1998-99 season. Along with the 1991 Grand Championship, the Tigers were also WOAA Intermediate B champions in 1990 & 1991.
Some stars over the years included: Angus O'Neill, Norbert Heffernan, Ken Riley, Al Bell, Ken Elliott, Gord Schmidt, Garnett Rooney, Bob McCulloch, Bryan Richardson, Paul Epoch, Scott McCulloch, Tom O'Donnell, Marty Groulx, Bruce Richardson, Ray Hutchison, Mike Brooks, Glenn Watt, Darryl Rooney.
Some of the "Honourary Tigers" include: Bert Coffey, John Walsh, Clive Williams, Bill Smellie, Norbert Heffernan, Angus O'Neill.
The club held Reunions in 1993 & again in 1998. These events attracted some 250-300 former players, coaches & friends of the Tigers.
1991 Grand Championship[edit | edit source]
The club had their most successful season in 1990-91 season, defeating the heavily favoured Durham Thundercats to become the WOAA Grand Champions. The Tigers captured the WOAA Senior B Championship eliminating Wiarton & Drayton. Posting a 9-1 post-season record, the Tigers issued a challenge to the Senior A champion Durham Thundercats for a Grand Championship series. The series went a full five games. Durham won game 1 10-2. Arthur won game two 10-1. Game three in Durham saw the T-Cats edge the Tigers 5-4. Coming back to Arthur, the Tigers needed to win to force a fifth and deciding game. Another strong effort saw Arthur win 8-3. In Durham on Friday, April 12, 1991, a full house turned out. Tied heading into the 3rd period 3-3, the Tigers pulled ahead 6-3. Things appeared well in hand for Arthur. Pesky Durham winger Scott Betts had other things in mind scoring two goals in the final two minutes to bring the homeside within a goal. Arthur held on for the 6-5 victory. Tigers winger John McCabe led all WOAA playoff scorers with 28 points. Netminder Marty Groulx sparkled for Arthur. Other leaders on the club included: Scott McCulloch, Tom O'Donnell, Ray Hutchison, Eck Palmer, Brian Ward, Jim "The Champ Holmes", Paul Epoch, Fred Locking, Matt Coffey and John Bell. Coach was Don Tremble, Assistant Coach Cal MacDonald, Manager Jeff McKee. The Grand Championship was eliminated from the WOAA three years later.
Other highly successful seasons included 1971 - WOAA Grand Championship Finalists, 1954 Pritchard Trophy Champions & 1939 OHA Division Champions.
The Road Team[edit | edit source]
In 1977 the Arthur Tigers were a men's hockey club without an arena. Winning was not the highlight of the season, rather the fact that they played all their games on the road was! It was at about this time that the Tigers folded. They reformed in the fall of 1985. They competed for one season in the OHA before rejoining the WOAA. Pete O'Donnell was the teams captain and Steve Baker was named the clubs Most Valuable Player. The team's arena was condemned and they were left without a home.
Rivalries[edit | edit source]
The Tigers had a big rivalry with the Drayton Comets, through the late 1980s & early 90's. The two towns are located 30 kilometers apart, and the clubs met four times in the playoffs - 1989, 1990, 1991 & 1992. Each club won two series'. In 1990 Drayton defeated the Tigers to advance to the WOAA Grand Championship Final. In 1991, Arthur defeated Drayton en route to the WOAA Grand Championship.
One of the most famous games was played in the mid-1950s in Arthur. A packed house became embroiled in brawl which spilled out onto the ice. Fans leaned against the boards when defenceman Ken Elliott became involved in a fight. The boards slipped off their hooks, and the fans spilled onto the ice resulting in the melee. Mt. Forest eventually managed to retreat to their dressing room. Police assisted in helping the visitors leave the arena!
Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OL = Overtime Losses Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1986-87||24||11||12||1||-||108||128||23||4th South||B Semifinalists|
|1987-88||16||2||14||0||-||71||121||4||8th South||B Finalists|
|1988-89||19||2||17||1||-||72||150||3||6th South||Intermediate B Champions|
|1989-90||21||10||8||3||-||138||115||23||4th South||Intermediate B Champions|
|1990-91||24||11||9||4||-||151||126||26||T-3rd South||Won Grand Championship|
|1991-92||26||13||13||0||-||116||131||26||5th Sr. A||Quarterfinalists|
|1992-93||24||8||15||1||-||102||147||17||5th Sr. A||Semifinalists|
|1993-94||20||7||10||3||-||95||101||17||T-7th Sr. A||Quarterfinalists|
|1994-95||24||9||14||1||-||116||165||19||T-8th Sr A||11|
|1995-96||24||9||14||1||-||129||151||19||T-5th Sr. A||Quarterfinalists|
|1996-97||24||12||11||1||-||159||151||25||6th Sr. A||Quarterfinalists|
|1997-98||24||6||16||2||-||125||162||14||T-4th Sr. A East||Quarterfinalists|
|1998-99||24||7||14||2||-||114||141||16||5th Sr. A East||Quarterfinalists|
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