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Kingston Frontenacs
City: Kingston, Ontario
League: Ontario Hockey League
Conference: Eastern
Division: East
Founded: 1989 (1989)–90
Home Arena: K-Rock Centre
Colours: Black, gold and white
Head Coach: Jay Varady (2017-18)
General Manager: Darren Keily (2017-18)
Affiliate(s): Kingston Voyageurs
Franchise history
1945–52: Kingston Victorias
1952–73: Kingston Frontenacs
1973-88: Kingston Canadians
1988-89: Kingston Raiders
1989-present: Kingston Frontenacs


Frontenacs pre-game skate.

The Kingston Frontenacs are a major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League, based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The team is coached by Paul McFarland and played home games at the K-Rock Centre, opened in 2008.

Team history predates the OHA, back to 1945 to a team known as the Kingston Victorias. This franchise was founded in the OHA in 1973–74, then known as the Kingston Canadians until 1987–88. The team was briefly known as the Kingston Raiders in 1988–89, and as the Frontenacs ever since.


The "Frontenacs" name has been long associated with hockey in the Kingston area. Several teams have been known as the Frontenacs. The origin of the name "Frontenacs" comes from Louis de Buade de Frontenac, governor of New France who established Fort Frontenac on the site of present-day Kingston. The area surrounding Kingston is Frontenac County.

From 1959 to 1963 there was also a Kingston Frontenacs (EPHL) team in the Eastern Professional Hockey League.

Before 1945Edit

The city had a team in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Jr. league in the 1910s. NHL Alumni from this team are Alec Connell, Bill Cook, Allan Davidson and Flat Walsh.

There was also an Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Sr. League team from the 1910s to 1940s. NHL Alumni from this team are Mickey Blake, Glen Brydson, Bill Cook, Gus Giesebrecht, Doug Stevenson, Charles Stewart, Carl Voss and Flat Walsh.

The Kingston Giants lost the Memorial Cup final in 1925-26.


In 1952, the Kingston Victoria were renamed the Kingston Frontenacs. This team played at the Junior B level, then later at the Juior A level. This Frontenacs team lost in the 1963 Sutherland Cup final to the St. Marys Lincolns, 4 games to 1.

Kingston CanadiansEdit

The Kingston Canadians arrival in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) for the 1973–74 season, was a result of the Montreal Junior Canadiens switch to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 1972. During the summer of 1972, the QMJHL had threatened a lawsuit against the OHA to force the Junior Canadiens to return to the Quebec-based league. To solve the problem, the OHA granted the Junior Canadiens franchise a "one-year suspension" of operations, while team ownership transferred the team and players into the QMJHL, renaming themselves the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge in the process.

The OHA then reactivated the suspended franchise after a one year hiatus, under new ownership and with new players, calling the team the Kingston Canadians. The new Kingston team was essentially an expansion franchise promoted from the OHA's Tier II league, that had only common name to share with the old Junior Canadiens. The Tier II Frontenacs originated in the Eastern Junior B Hockey League and date back to at least the early 1940s as the Kingston Victorias. However, in some OHA histories (such as the annual Media Guide) the Kingston team is still shown as the legitimate successors of the Junior Canadiens' legacy.

Kingston RaidersEdit

Following a change in ownership the club was renamed Kingston Raiders for one season in 1988–89. Due to ownership problems, the team was sold again following that season.

Kingston FrontenacsEdit

In 1989 the new ownership, including Wren Blair and Bob Attersley, renamed the team Kingston Frontenacs after the EPHL team of which they had both been members. The uniforms and logos were revived from the old franchise. The city embraced and welcolmed the new ownership. Wren Blair and Bob Attersley were both hockey legends in their own right. In 1997 Wren Blair would be honoured with the Bill Long Award for distinguished service in the OHL. The club was sold to the Springer family of Kingston in June 1998, with Doug Springer becoming the Owner and Governor.

The Kingston franchise has the second-longest championship drought in the OHL (second to the Sudbury Wolves by one year), and the fourth-longest in the Canadian Hockey League. The lone division title won by the Frontenacs was in the 1994–95 season where the team won the OHL East Division. In the 1992–93 OHL season, the Frontenacs lost the conference final to Peterborough.


Larry Mavety coached the Frontenacs for much of the teams history. He originally coached the team in 1988–89, when they were still known as the Kingston Raiders. In 1989–90, the first season the franchise was known as the Frontenacs, he won the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL Coach of the Year. Mavety returned to Kingston in 1997 to become the head coach once again, and stayed in that position until midway through the 2002–03 season when he stepped down to focus on his general manager duties. After a slow start in the 2007–08 season, Mavety once again found himself coaching the Frontenacs, where he remained until November, 2008 when it was announced that Doug Gilmour had signed a 3-year contract as the team's new coach. Concurrently, it was announced that Mavety would stay on as general manager.

The franchise have had two coaches go on to the NHL as a head coach, as Dave Allison, who coached Kingston from 1992–94, coached the Ottawa Senators for 25 games in the 1995–96 season, while Gary Agnew, who coached the Frontenacs from 1994–97, was an interim head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets for five games in the 2006–07 season.

Kingston Canadians (1973–1988)Edit

During the inaugural season of the Kingston Canadians in 1973–74, Jack Bownass was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHA Coach of the Year.

Former NHL defenceman Jim Morrison coached the team from 1975–82, which was the longest stint a coach had when the club was known as the Canadians.

List of coachesEdit

(Multiple years in parentheses, totals include all incarnations of the Kingston franchise)


Paul Coffey is the only former member of the Kingston franchise to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, getting the honour in 2004. In 1977–1978, Coffey played for the Kingston Canadians, as a late season addition from the North York Rangers. He played 8 regular reason games and 5 playoff games with the Canadians.

Honoured numbersEdit

Six numbers have been "honoured" from the Kingston Canadians/Frontenacs. They are not retired and remain in use. (#5 Mike O'Connell, #7 Tony McKegney, #10 Brad Rhiness, #14 Ken Linseman, #17 David Ling, #7 Mike Zigomanis, #88 Keli Corpse)

Award winnersEdit

CHL Player of the Year

CHL Goaltender of the Year

Bobby Smith Trophy
Scholastic Player of the Year

Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy
Humanitarian of the Year

Dave Pinkney Trophy
Lowest Team G.A.A.

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
OHL Scoring Champion

Emms Family Award
Rookie of the Year

F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Lowest Rookie G.A.A.

Jack Ferguson Award
First Overall Draft Pick

Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
Top Scoring Right Winger

Max Kaminsky Trophy
Most Outstanding Defenceman

OHL Goaltender of the Year

Red Tilson Trophy
Most Outstanding Player

William Hanley Trophy
Most Sportsmanlike Player

First round draft picksEdit

  • The Kingston franchise has had several players selected in the first round of the NHL draft.
  • Alex Forsyth – 18th overall, Washington Capitals, 1975 Draft
  • Mark Suzor – 17th overall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1976 Draft
  • Mike Crombeen – 5th overall, Cleveland Barons, 1977 Draft
  • Mike Gillis – 5th overall, Colorado Rockies, 1978 Draft
  • Behn Wilson – 6th overall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1978 Draft
  • Ken Linseman – 7th overall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1978 Draft
  • Jay Wells – 16th overall, Los Angeles Kings, 1979 Draft
  • Rik Wilson – 12th overall, St. Louis Blues, 1980 Draft
  • Mike Stothers – 21st overall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1980 Draft
  • Roger Belanger – 16th overall, Pittsburgh Penguins, 1984 Draft
  • Scott Metcalfe – 20th overall, Edmonton Oilers, 1985 Draft
  • Bryan Fogarty – 9th overall, Quebec Nordiques, 1987 Draft
  • Scott Pearson – 6th overall, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1988 Draft
  • Drake Berehowsky – 10th overall, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1990 Draft
  • Chris Gratton – 3rd overall, Tampa Bay Lightning, 1993 Draft
  • Brett Lindros – 9th overall, New York Islanders, 1994 Draft
  • Chad Kilger – 4th overall, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 1995 Draft
  • Kevin Grimes – 26th overall, Colorado Avalanche, 1997 Draft
  • Anthony Stewart – 25th overall, Florida Panthers, 2003 Draft
  • Chris Stewart – 18th overall, Colorado Avalanche, 2006 Draft
  • Sam Bennett- 4th overall,Calgary Flames,2014 Draft

NHL alumniEdit

Kingston Canadians
Kingston Raiders
Kingston Frontenacs

Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season
Most points871989–90
Most wins421989–90
Most goals for3571975–76
Least goals for1521972–73
Least goals against2182000–01
Most goals against4321987–88
Individual player records for a single season
Most goalsBernie Nicholls631980–81
Most assistsTim Salmon1001983–84
Most pointsBernie Nicholls1521980–81
Most PIMsDavid Ling2751992–93
Most points, rookieRon Handy861980–81
Most points, defencemanRik Wilson1001980–81
Best GAA, goalieDayne Davis2.772003–04
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • Kingston Frontenacs 1960–73 (EJBHL & OPJHL)
  • Kingston Canadians 1973–88
  • Kingston Raiders 1988–89
  • Kingston Frontenacs 1989–present

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shoot Out Loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
1960–61 20 8 9 3 - - 19 0.475 -- -- 4th EJBHL
1961–62 Statistics Not Available
1962–63 21 20 1 0 - - 40 0.952 153 40 1st EJBHL
1963–64 30 14 11 5 - - 33 0.550 150 122 1st EJBHL
1964–65 26 12 11 3 - - 25 0.519 -- -- 1st EJBHL
1965–66 34 23 9 2 - - 48 0.706 226 140 1st EJBHL
1966–67 Statistics Not Available
1967–68 31 13 14 4 - - 30 0.484 155 135 4th EJBHL
1968–69 30 15 13 2 - - 32 0.533 -- -- 3rd EJBHL
1969–70 30 19 10 1 - - 39 0.650 176 115 2nd EJBHL
1970–71 30 14 11 5 - - 33 0.550 183 170 3rd EJBHL
1971–72 Statistics Not Available
1972-73 4413301 - -270.30715227312th OPJHL
1973–74 7020437 - -470.33625637810th in OHA
1974–75 70253510 - -600.4292973458th in OMJHL
1975–76663324 9 - -750.5683573163rd in Leyden
1976–7766322410 - -740.5612952593rd in Leyden
1977–78682732 9 - -630.4632883234th in Leyden
1978–79682638 4 - -560.4122653065th in Leyden
1979–80683526 7 - -770.5663202984th in Leyden
1980–816839263 - -810.5963342733rd in Leyden
1981–826829345 - -630.4633023165th in Leyden
1982–837024451 - -490.3503514257th in Leyden
1983–847025450 - -500.3573133787th in Leyden
1984–-856618471 - -370.2802393807th in Leyden
1985–866635283 - -730.5532972574th in Leyden
1986–876626391 - -530.4022873164th in Leyden
1987–886614520 - -280.2122464327th in Leyden
1988–896625365 - -550.4172783137th in Leyden
1989–906642213 - -870.6593002322nd in Leyden
1990–916615474 - -340.2582553828th in Leyden
1991–926616446 - -380.2882413168th in Leyden
1992–9366361911 - -830.6293142652nd in Leyden
1993–946630288 - -680.5152652595th in Leyden
1994–956640197 - -870.6592842241st in Eastern
1995–96662931 6 - - 640.4852662675th in Eastern
1996–97662535 6 - - 560.4242572774th in Eastern
1997–98663527 4 - - 740.5613302753rd in Eastern
1998–99682242 4 - - 480.3532403205th in East
1999–00683822 5 3 - 840.5962582453rd in East
2000–0168282811 1 - 680.5002322184th in East
2001–02681837 9 4 - 490.3601972725th in East
2002–03682537 2 4 - 560.4122222875th in East
2003–04683028 7 3 - 700.5152102212nd in East
2004–05682833 4 3 - 630.4632192424th in East
2005–06683724 - 43 810.5962582372nd in East
2006–07683130 - 52 690.5072692843rd in East
2007–08682541 - 02 520.3822303175th in East
2008–09681840 - 64 460.3382002785th in East
2009–10683330 - 23 710.5222292512nd in East
2010–11682930 - 45 670.4932452793rd in East
2011–12681941 - 35 460.3381882905th in East
2012–13682735 - 33 600.4412172733rd in East
2013–14683923 - 33 840.6183012553rd in East
2014–15683228 - 53 720.5291961973rd in East
2015–16684617 - 32 970.7132521891st in East
2016–17683326 -54 750.5511792003rd in East
2017–18683623 -63 810.5952432012nd in East
2018-19681452 -11 300.2211443075th in East
2019-20621939 -22 420.3391982855th in East


Junior B Era

  • 1953–1954 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final round robin
  • 1955–1956 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final round robin
  • 1962–1963 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Defeated Lakeshore Bruins in Sutherland Cup quarter-final 3-games-to-2
    Defeated Burlington Cougars in Sutherland Cup semi-final 3-games-to-none
    Lost Sutherland Cup final to St. Marys Lincolns 4-games-to-1
  • 1963–1964 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Defeated Burlington Cougars in Sutherland Cup quarter-final 4-games-to-1
    Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final to Weston Dukes 4-games-to-none
  • 1964–1965 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Lost Sutherland Cup quarter-final to Hamilton Mountain Bees 4-games-to-2
  • 1969–1970 Won Eastern Jr. B championship
    Lost Sutherland Cup semi-final to Hamilton Mountain Bees 4-games-to-3


  • 1973–1974 Out of playoffs.
  • 1974–1975 Lost to Toronto Marlboros in quarter-finals 9 points to 7.
  • 1975–1976 Lost to Ottawa 67's in quarter-finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1976–1977 Defeated Sudbury Wolves in quarter-finals 9 points to 3.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's in semi-finals 9 points to 7.
  • 1977–1978 Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds in first round 6 points to 4.
  • 1978–1979 Defeated Ottawa 67's in first round 6 points to 2.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes in quarter-finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1979–1980 Lost to Sudbury Wolves in first round 3 games to 0.
  • 1980–1981 Defeated Ottawa 67's in division semi-finals 9 points to 5.
    Lost to S.S. Marie Greyhounds in division finals 9 points to 5.
  • 1981–1982 Lost to Peterborough Petes in first round 6 points to 2.
  • 1982–1983 Out of playoffs.
  • 1983–1984 Out of playoffs.
  • 1984–1985 Out of playoffs.
  • 1985–1986 Defeated Oshawa Generals in first round 8 points to 4.
    Finished 3rd place in round-robin versus Peterborough Petes and Belleville Bulls, and are eliminated.
  • 1986–1987 Defeated Belleville Bulls in first round 4 games to 2.
    Lost to Oshawa Generals in quarter-finals 4 games to 2.
  • 1987–1988 Out of playoffs.
  • 1988–1989 Out of playoffs.
  • 1989–1990 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 3 in first round.
  • 1990–1991 Out of playoffs.
  • 1991–1992 Out of playoffs.
  • 1992–1993 Defeated North Bay Centennials 4 games to 1 in first round.
    Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in semi-finals.
  • 1993–1994 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1994–1995 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1995–1996 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1996–1997 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
  • 1997–1998 Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 3 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to London Knights 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals.
  • 1998–1999 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1999–2000 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2000–2001 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2001–2002 Out of playoffs. (Lost to North Bay Centennials 6 to 2 in 8th place tie-breaker game.)
  • 2002–2003 Out of playoffs.
  • 2003–2004 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2004–2005 Out of playoffs.
  • 2005–2006 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2006–2007 Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2007–2008 Out of playoffs.
  • 2008–2009 Out of playoffs.
  • 2009–10 Lost to Brampton Battalion 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2010–11 Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2011–12 Out of playoffs.
  • 2012–13 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2013–14 Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2014–15 Lost to North Bay Battalion 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2015-16 Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Niagara IceDogs 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2016-17 Defeated Hamilton Bulldogs 4 games to 3 in conference quarterfinals. Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to none in semifinals.
  • 2017-18 Defeated North Bay Battalion 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated North Bay Battalion 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
    Lost to Hamilton Bulldogs 4 games to 1 in conference finals
  • 2018–19 Out of playoffs.
  • 2019-20 Playoffs cancelled.

Team uniforms and logosEdit

Old frontenacs logo

The original uniforms and logos of the OHL Frontenacs were revived from the EPHL franchise, which was affiliated with the Boston Bruins. The logo featured a yellow letter 'K' with a black outline, surrounded by black spokes leading to a yellow circle border with the name Kingston Frontenacs in black.

In 2002, the team adopted a new logo with a stylized Count Frontenac. The jerseys feature a star striping pattern similar to Dallas of the NHL, and a modified version of the former "K" logo is used on the shoulder.

In 2007, the Frontenacs unveiled a 3rd jersey, which will be black, yellow and white, and very similar looking to the Boston Bruins jerseys from the early 1970s. The "K" logo will be used on the front of the jersey. The Frontenacs began wearing these jerseys on February 22, 2008, which was the same night that they opened their new arena.

In 2008, The Frontenacs Unveiled a new 3rd jersey which was warn at home between opening night and new years barring 2 games where the black star jersey was warn. The new jersey was a white version of the black alternate which was warn for the second half of the season.

In 2009, The Frontenacs along with all CHL teams unveiled new uniforms using RBK EDGE templates.


The former home arena of the Frontenacs was the Kingston Memorial Centre, with a seating capacity 3,079 seated, and 3,300 including standing room. Built in 1950, its ice size has unique dimensions of 200' x 92'. The Frontenacs' final game was played at the Memorial Center on February 15, 2008, a 6–4 win over the London Knights. Kyle Paige scored the final goal ever at the Memorial Centre.

The Kingston Frontenacs began play at their new downtown arena, the K-Rock Centre on February 22, 2008, in a 3–2 loss to the Belleville Bulls. The Frontenacs won their first game at the K-Rock Centre on February 24, 2008 defeating the Peterborough Petes by a score of 7–4.

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