This article is on the defunct Alberta Junior Hockey League team. For the senior team please see Red Deer Rustlers (NCHL).

Red Deer Rustlers
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City: Red Deer, Alberta
League: Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division: South
Operated: 1967 (1967)-89


The Red Deer Rustlers were the names of senior, Intermediate, Junior A ice hockey teams. The junior team played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League based in Red Deer, Alberta. They captured the inaugural Centennial Trophy in 1971. Their eight AJHL championships remains the second most in league history, behind the Calgary Canucks nine championships.

Division titles won: 1982-83, 83-84, 84-85, 88-89
Regular season titles won: 1970-71, 73-74, 79-80, 84-85, 88-89
League Championships won: 1970, 71, 72, 74, 80, 85, 87, 89
Doyle Cup Titles: none (captured 3 AB/BC titles before the creation of the Doyle Cup)
Centennial Trophy Titles: 1971, 80

History[edit | edit source]

The Rustlers joined the AJHL in 1967 on the orders of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association, which blocked their attempt at joining the Western Canada Hockey League as an expansion team.[1] The Rustlers would quickly rise to the top of the AJHL, capturing four league titles in five years between 1970 and 1974. In 1971, they captured the first Centennial Trophy as Canadian Junior A national champions.[2] The Rustlers repeated that feat in 1980.

During this time, the Rustlers developed many players who would go onto play major-junior or college hockey, while 20 ultimately played in the National Hockey League. Among them were all six members of the Sutter family to play in the NHL: Brian, Darryl, Duane, Brent, Ron and Rich.[3] Gary Sutter, the seventh, and only, brother not to play in the NHL turned down an invitation to play for the Rustlers in 1972.[4]

In 1989, after winning their eighth league championship, the Rustlers were expelled from the league for violating its by-laws.[5] The team remained suspended until 1992 when it officially folded, making room for the Red Deer Rebels, as the central Alberta city finally joined the WHL.

Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]

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

Season GP W L T GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1967-68 - - - - - - - ---
1968-69 - - - - - - - ---
1969-70 50 26 16 8 222 185 60 2nd overall Won championship
1970-71 50 30 11 9 216 172 69 1st overall Won championship and Centennial Trophy
1971-72 48 33 15 0 264 174 66 2nd overall Won championship
1972-73 60 43 15 2 366 234 88 2nd overall Lost final
1973-74 60 39 18 3 329 240 81 1st overall Won championship
1974-75 60 26 32 2 267 299 54 5th overall
1975-76 60 31 28 1 358 319 63 3rd overall
1976-77 60 41 18 1 375 267 83 2nd overall
1977-78 60 28 32 0 309 308 56 5th overall
1978-79 60 16 44 0 243 352 32 6th overall
1979-80 60 49 9 2 392 214 100 1st overall Won championship and Centennial Trophy
1980-81 60 32 28 0 278 250 64 3rd North
1981-82 60 34 23 3 288 261 71 2nd South
1982-83 60 35 22 3 317 261 73 1st South
1983-84 60 34 25 1 300 266 69 1st South Lost final
1984-85 60 39 20 1 275 222 79 1st South Won championship
1985-86 - - - - - - - ---
1986-87 60 31 28 1 302 306 63 2nd South Won championship
1987-88 60 41 17 2 357 246 84 2nd South
1988-89 60 39 18 3 285 202 81 1st South Won championship

Team granted a one year leave of absence in 1985-86. They would re-emerge in 1986-87 under new ownership.

NHL alumni[edit | edit source]

Senior/Intermediate Team[edit | edit source]

There was also a senior and intermediate team called the Rustlers in the 1950's and 1960's.

The senior team won the Alberta Senior Championship in 1957-58.

The intermediate team won the Alberta Intermediate Championship in 1963-64 and 1964-65.

A Senior team would join the North Central Hockey League (Alberta) for the 2018-19 season.

Western Canada Senior Hockey League (1966-67)[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Playoffs
1966-67 34 17 16 1 35 - - 4th Lost Semi Final

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

General

Footnotes

  1. AJHL history: the 1960s. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2006-12-16.
  2. (2006) AJHL Annual Guide & Record Book 2006-07. Hockey Now Communications Ltd., 70. 
  3. (2006) AJHL Annual Guide & Record Book 2006-07. Hockey Now Communications Ltd., 98. 
  4. Francis, Eric. "Big brother is watching", Calgary Sun, 2004-02-06. Retrieved on 2006-12-16. 
  5. AJHL history: the 1980s. Alberta Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2006-12-16.


Preceded by
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Centennial Cup Champions
1971
Succeeded by
Guelph CMC's
Preceded by
Prince Albert Raiders
Centennial Cup Champions
1980
Succeeded by
Prince Albert Raiders


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