|City:||Sydney, Nova Scotia|
|League:||Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Emera Centre Northside|
|General Manager:||Jordan Evasuk-MacDonald|
The Chester Clippers were an ice hockey team based in Chester, Nova Scotia, 45 minutes west of Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. The team was founded in 2008 by Jehad Assaff and a group of volunteers from Chester, Nova Scotia, before being sold to a North Sydney group headed by Jordan Evasuk-MacDonald in July 2013.
On September 13, 2008, the team showed that Chester could compete at the Junior C level by playing their first ever exhibition game and beat the Liverpool-based South Shore Wild by a score of 4–3. Tyler Arsenault opened up the scoring for Chester at 4:54 in the first period, Kyle Young and Chad Jollimore scored the second and third goal respectively. Bryce Andersen netted the game-winner at 16:28 of the 3rd period. This marked the first ever franchise win for Chester.
The Chester Clippers won the 2009–10 Ice Dogs Early Bird Pre-season Tournament with a 6–3 win over the Eastern Shore Jr. Mariners in the final game on September 27, 2009.
The Clippers continue to move in the right direction as they set many new league and franchise records in 2010–11. The Chester Clippers set new league regular season records for most goals scored (278) and least goals against (55), while setting a new franchise record for most wins in a season with 28.
In 2010-11, Clippers forward Justin Norris broke the league's scoring record by reaching 119 points in 29 games. While, defenseman Jordan Kenny set a new league record for points by a defender with 59 pts in 25 games. Justin Norris was selected as the Nova Scotia Jr. C Hockey League's Most Valuable Player in both the regular season and playoffs. Goaltender Alex Mader won the statistical award for Top Goals-against-average (GAA), posting a league-best 1.93 GAA during the regular season.
Fans witnessed more history in 2011–12, as the Clippers became the first team in league history to go undefeated in the regular season (28-0). The Chester squad went 11–1 in the playoffs to win their first provincial championship and then went on to win the Maritime-Hockey North Junior C Championships.
In 2012-13, the Chester Clippers finished with 25 wins and 3 losses to capture their third consecutive regular season championship. Chester then went on to defeat Fundy (Quarter-finals), Shannon (Semi-finals), and Barrington (Finals) to win their second straight Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League and provincial championship. The Clippers went 2-2 in the round-robin portion of the 2013 Maritime-Hockey North Junior C Championships and finished 4th out of 5 teams, to advance to the semi-finals, where they suffered a heart-breaking 5–4 loss to the eventual tournament champions, Hampton Hurricanes.
On Monday July 22, 2013, the Nova Scotia Junior "C" Hockey League's Board of Governors approved the transfer and relocation of the defending champion Clippers to a group based in Industrial Cape Breton. The Clippers were scheduled to play out of Bedford for the 2013-14 season, after relocating from Chester in June, however after numerous attempts the Bedford situation could not work out in the best interests of the club and the league. For the 2013–14 season, the franchise was intended to be known as the Northside Vics. The Northside Vics or Victorias is common hockey club name in the area historically, including a Junior A club by that name in the 1970s Eastern Junior A Hockey League. However, the team was unable to take to the ice and has not returned to play.
Yearly results[edit | edit source]
Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss
|2008–09||30||7||22||-||1||0||15||0.250||94||212||5th in Central||Did not qualify|
|2009–10||28||22||6||-||0||0||44||0.786||166||79||2nd in Central||Lost Semi-final|
|2010–11||30||28||2||-||0||0||56||0.933||278||55||1st in West, 1st Overall||Lost Final|
|2011–12||28||28||0||-||0||0||56||1.000||257||39||1st in Central, 1st Overall||Won League, Won Atlantics|
|2012–13||28||25||3||-||0||0||50||0.892||183||56||1st Overall||Won League|
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