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St. Albert Merchants
St. Albert Merchants 2018
City St. Albert, Alberta
League Capital Junior Hockey League
Division West Division
Founded 1983 (1983)-84
Home arena Akinsdale Arena
Colors Blue, Gold, White
              
General manager Craig Dory
Head coach Scott Rodda
Captain Michael Bruni

Website
www.stalbertmerchants.com
Franchise history
1983-present St. Albert Merchants
The St. Albert Merchants are a Canadian Junior B ice hockey team located in St. Albert, Alberta. They play in the Capital Junior Hockey League out of the Akinsdale Arena. They are coached by Scott Rodda.

The Merchants are among the most successful teams in CJHL history, winning a total of eight league titles during their existence, along with many provincial titles as well.

Famous for "Merch Madness" which occurs during playoffs, with Akinsdale Arena getting packed full with the loudest fans in the CJHL.

History

148026ab007f47bc8712441c53b441ff The Merchants were founded in 1983, and have historically been among the more successful teams in the league. They won the league championship, and the provincial championship, in 1985-86, their third year.[1] They won the league championship again in the 1987-88, before finishing second at the provincials. They won the league championship again the next two years, and again in 1994-95. They repeated, yet again, in 1995-96, winning the provincial title, before finishing runner-up at the 1996 Keystone Cup. In 1996-97, the Merchants went undefeated in the regular season, before winning the league championship yet again. The following season, they finished second in the first edition of the new provincial championship, the champion of whom now won the Russ Barnes Trophy. They made the provincials again the next season, before losing in the provincial semi-finals. Since the turn of the century, the Merchants have had a number of difficult seasons, interspersed by a league title in 2004-05. They often did not progress past the first round in many seasons, before the 2012-13 season, when they returned to the league final, where they lost to the Sherwood Park Knights. They made the league final again the following year, losing again, this time to the Fort Saskatchewan Hawks. In 2014-15, they finished first in their division, but were upset in the second round by the Stony Plain Flyers.[2] In January 2014, the Merchants donated all admission ticket sales and money raised from the 50/50 draw to the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police station, in an act of remembrance for the RCMP officer killed in a shooting outside a St. Albert casino the previous year.[3]

Franchise Regular Season leader in goals- Matt Havens(72)

Franchise Regular Season leader in assists- Casey Reid(132)

Franchise Regular Season leader in points- Casey Reid(202)

Franchise Regular Season leader in penalty- Chris Clark(360)

Franchise Regular Season leader in games played- Daniel Rombough(115)


Franchise playoff leader in goals- Casey Reid(16)

Franchise playoff leader in assists- Casey Reid(25)

Franchise playoff leader in points- Casey Reid(41)

Franchise playoff leader in penalty minutes- Jared Kwasney(91)

Franchise playoff leader in games played- Casey Reid(43)

Recent Season-by-season record

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

Records as of 2017-18 season.[4]

Season GP W L T OL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1999-00 36 25 9 2 - 52 225 106 1st North Lost Quarterfinals
2000-01 36 28 7 1 - 57 209 114 1st North Lost Semifinals
2001-02 34 19 10 3 2 43 155 124 2nd North Lost Qualifying Round
2002-03 36 14 14 6 2 36 124 128 2nd West Lost Qualifying Round
2003-04 36 25 7 4 0 54 169 85 1st West Lost Semifinals
2004-05 36 27 8 1 0 55 167 89 1st West Won Championship
2005-06 36 25 7 - 4 54 167 108 1st West Lost Semifinals
2006-07 36 25 8 - 3 53 172 111 1st West Lost Final
2007-08 38 20 16 - 2 42 136 125 3rd West Lost Quarterfinals
2008-09 38 12 25 - 1 25 152 176 7th West Lost Quarterfinals
2009-10 38 11 25 0 2 24 124 205 6th, West Lost First Round, (Red Wings)
2010–11 38 19 18 0 1 39 165 157 5th, West Lost First Round, (Regals)
2011-12 38 19 15 0 4 42 143 142 4th, West Lost First Round, (Mustangs)
2012-13 38 22 12 0 4 48 168 136 4th, West Lost League Final, (Knights)
2013-14 38 34 3 0 1 69 221 88 1st, West Lost League Final, (Hawks)
2014-15 38 32 6 0 0 64 198 120 1st, West Lost Second Round, (Flyers)
2015-16 38 24 12 0 5 50 185 139 3rd, West Won First Round, 2-1 (Flyers)
Won Quarters, 3-2 (Mustangs)
Lost Semifinals, 1-4 (Icemen)
2016-17 38 18 16 0 4 40 147 173 4th of 7, West
8th of 14 CJHL
Lost First Round, 0-2 (Flyers)
2017-18 38 21 16 0 1 43 150 150 4th of 7, West
8th of 14 CJHL
Won First Round, 2-1 (Flyers)
Lost Quarters, 0-3 (Warriors)
2018-19 38 21 16 1 0 43 170 132 4th, West Won First Round, 2-0 (Mustangs)
Lost Quarters, 0-3 (Warriors)

See also

References

  1. Merchants Info
  2. Flyin' high: Stony Plain advances to third round of CJHL playoffs | Stony Plain Reporter. stonyplainreporter.com (2015-03-02). Retrieved on 2015-11-27.
  3. Merchants peaking for playoffs | St. Albert Gazette. stalbertgazette.com (2015-01-24). Retrieved on 2015-11-27.
  4. League Standings

External links


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