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Lakeshore Winterhawks
Lakeshore Winterhawks
City Southampton, Ontario
Port Elgin, Ontario
League WOAA Senior Hockey League
Major Intermediate A Hockey League
Northern Senior A Hockey League
Operated 1967-1996
Home arena Port Elgin Arena
Southampton Coliseum
Franchise history
1967-1985 Port Elgin Sunocos
1989-1996 Lakeshore Winterhawks
The Lakeshore Winterhawks were a senior hockey team based out of Southampton, Ontario, Canada. They played in the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League and the Northern Senior A Hockey League. From 1967 until the mid-1980s, the team was known as the Port Elgin Sunocos from Port Elgin, Ontario and spent some of their time in the Major Intermediate A Hockey League and in for contention for the Hardy Cup.

HistoryEdit

The Port Elgin Sunocos began play in the Central Intermediate B Hockey League in 1967. In the early 70s, the Sunocos were moved down to the more local Central Intermediate C Hockey League. After dominating the local league for a few seasons, the Sunocos were moved up to the Georgian Bay Intermediate A Hockey League and into contention for the Hardy Cup. The Hardy Cup was the Canadian grand championship of Intermediate hockey. The Sunocos would win the 1979 GBIAHL championship, but lose the OHA title to the Georgetown Raiders. In 1983, the Sunocos dropped from Intermediate A when their league was disbanded and into the Northern Intermediate B Hockey League with the Durham Huskies and Shelburne Muskies. In 1985, the Sunocos went on hiatus.

In 1989, the team was reformed in Southampton as the Lakeshore Winterhawks. The Winterhawks returned to the Sunoco's old league, known a season later as the Northern Senior A Hockey League. The Winterhawks left the Ontario Hockey Association in 1993 when the NSAHL folded from beneath their feet. In 1993-94, the Winterhawks found themselves in the WOAA Senior Hockey League where they stayed until 1996 when they permanently called it quits.

In 2007, after eleven years without senior hockey, the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks were formed in Port Elgin. The name pays homage to the original team.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T= Tie, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OL GF GA Pts FinishPlayoffs
1968-69 18 5 13 0 - -- -- 10 8th CIBHL DNQ
1973-74 23 19 4 0 - 137 60 38 1st CICHL
1976-77 28 24 4 0 - 182 117 48 1st CICHL
1978-79 35 24 10 1 - 216 140 49 2nd GBIAHL Won League, Lost OHA Final
1979-80 36 13 23 0 - 149 199 26 6th GBIAHL
1980-81 34 5 29 0 - 134 332 10 6th GBIAHL
1981-82 36 20 15 1 - 186 173 41 3rd MIAHL
1982-83 30 14 16 0 - 150 175 28 3rd MIAHL
1984-85 24 13 9 2 - 116 91 28 3rd NIBHL Lost Semi-final
Team is on hiatus from 1985 until 1989
1989-90 26 12 9 5 - 162 115 29 5th NSBHL
1990-91 24 15 8 1 - 152 94 31 1st NSAHL Lost Semi-final
1991-92 25 11 10 4 - -- -- 25 3rd NSAHL Lost Semi-final
1993-94 20 10 7 3 - -- -- 23 5th WOAA Sr. A Lost "A" Final
1994-95 22 17 4 1 - -- -- 35 3rd WOAA Sr. A
1995-96 22 8 14 0 0 -- -- 16 6th WOAA Sr. AA Lost Final

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