|Provincial Junior Hockey League - Doherty Division (formerly Midwestern Junior C Hockey League)|
|Head Coach||Dan Kalbfleisch (2016-17)|
|General Manager||Jordan Zehr (2017-18)|
|Arena||Tavistock & District Recreation Centre|
|Team Colors||Black, Yellow, and White|
The Tavistock Braves are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Tavistock, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (formerly Midwestern Junior C Hockey League) of the Ontario Hockey Association.
History[edit | edit source]
During the 1981-82 season Tavistock finished first overall in regular season league play for the first time in franchise history. In 1982-83 the feat was repeated and was upstaged with the first and only OHA Cup in franchise history. In 1986-87 and 1987-88 Tavistock would once again post back-to-back first overall regular season finishes. However in both seasons they would fall short of the OHA Cup.
After suffering relative mediocrity through the 1990s Tavistock would return as a power in the 2000s. In the early 2000s Tavistock was consistently held just short of a championship by a pair of Hawks. Both Exeter and Hagersville took turns ending Tavistock's postseason runs a little earlier than expected.
As the decade progressed Tavistock would encounter a new rival. In the spring of 2006 the Delhi Travellers would be responsible for eliminating the Braves in the conference finals in four games. In 2006-07 Tavistock finished first place overall during the regular season. The league's top two scorers, Jeff Roes and Joe Voll played for the Tavistock Braves during the 06-07 season, Voll set a team and conference record tallying 122 points in 42 games. However come playoff time the Braves again found themselves in a battle for the conference title with Delhi. This time falling short in a dramatic game seven double overtime loss. In 2007-08 Tavistock would again meet the rival Travellers in the McConnell Conference final, however unlike the previous two years the Braves managed to come back from a 3-1 series deficit to take the Conference title. Twenty-five years after their previous OHA Cup Championship the Braves were unable to duplicate the accomplishment and fell to a strong Thamesford Trojans team in four games.
With the restructuring of the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League for the 2008-09 season Tavistock found themselves in a conference with longtime local rivals the Ayr Centennials and Wellesley Applejacks as well as a newly formed foe in Thamesford. Due to an imbalanced schedule Tavistock and Thamesford would play each other eight times during the regular season. The two heavy weights of the division battled it out for the conference title until January when Thamesford began to pull away. As expected the two teams breezed through their first rounds and met up in the conference finals. Tavistock came out with the short end of the stick losing an extremely close series four games to one with no games were decided by more than a goal.
For the 2016-17 season the eight Ontario Junior "C" hockey leagues amalgamated into one league, the Provincial Junior Hockey League. The Midwestern League was placed in the South Conference and re-branded the Pat Doherty division.
Season-by-season standings[edit | edit source]
|2006-07||42||34||7||0||1||243||116||69||1st SOJHL||Lost Conf. Final|
|2007-08||42||26||14||-||2||169||115||54||6th SOJHL||Lost Final|
|2008-09||40||19||17||-||4||131||137||42||6th SOJHL||Lost Conf. Final|
|2009-10||36||17||14||-||5||136||136||39||8th SOJHL||Lost Conf. Final|
|2010-11||35||26||6||-||3||160||91||55||1st SOJHL||Lost Conf. Final|
|2011-12||35||21||11||-||3||141||97||45||6th SOJHL||Lost Conf. Quarter-final|
|2012-13||38||17||18||-||3||151||129||37||5th SOJHL-Mc||Lost Conf. Semi-final|
|2013-14||40||16||22||-||2||110||160||34||6th MWJCHL||Lost Quarter-final 2-4 (Firebirds)|
|2014-15||40||17||21||2||-||117||127||36||7th MWJCHL||Lost Quarter-final 1-4 (Firebirds)|
|2015-16||40||19||20||1||-||131||151||39||5th of 9 MWJCHL||Lost Quarter-final 1-4 (Applejacks)|
|2016-17||40||18||22||0||-||153||153||36||7th of 9, PJHL
|Lost Div Quarters 3-4 (Paris Mounties)|
|2017-18||40||29||6||2||3||215||115||63||2nd of 9, PJHL
|Won Div Quarters 4-1 (Firebirds)|
Won Div Semis 4-3 (Navy Vets)
Won Div Finals 4-3 (Centennials)
Lost Conf Finals 0-4 (Rangers)
|2018-19||40||32||5||1||2||209||79||67||1st of 9, PJHL
|Won Div Quarters 4-0 (Travellers)|
Won Div Semis 4-3 (Paris Mounties)
Lost Div Finals 1-4 (Applejacks)
|2019-20||40||30||6||3||1||240||92||64||1st of 9, PJHL
|Division Final tied 2-2 when playoffs cancelled|
|2020-21||Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
- 1983 Won league, Won OHA Championship
- Tavistock Braves defeated St. George Dukes 4-games-to-2 in OHA final
- 1987 Won league, Lost OHA final
- Lucan Irish defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-3 in OHA final
- 2002 Lost league final
- Exeter Hawks defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-none in final
- 2004 Lost league final
- Exeter Hawks defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-2 in final
- 2006 Lost conference final
- Tavistock Braves defeated St. George Dukes 4-games-to-2 in conf. quarter-final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Wellesley Applejacks 4-games-to-1 in conf. semi-final
- Delhi Travellers defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-none in conf. final
- 2007 Lost conference final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Ayr Centennials 4-games-to-0 in conf. quarter-final.
- Tavistock Braves defeated Hagersville Hawks 4-games-to-2 in conf. semi-final.
- Delhi Travellers defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-3 in conf. final.
- 2008 Won McConnell Conference, Lost OHA Cup final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Hagersville Hawks 4-games-to-0 in conf. quarter-final.
- Tavistock Braves defeated St. George Dukes 4-games-to-1 in conf. semi-final.
- Tavistock Braves defeated Delhi Travellers 4-games-to-3 in conf. final.
- Thamesford Trojans defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-none in OHA Cup final.
- 2009 Lost conference final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Ayr Centennials 4-games-to-1 in conf. semi-final.
- Thamesford Trojans defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-1 in conf. final.
- 2010 Lost conference final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Ayr Centennials 4-games-to-1 in conf. semi-final.
- Thamesford Trojans defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-3 in conf. final.
- 2011 Lost conference final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Port Dover Sailors 4-games-to-0 in conf. quarter-final.
- Tavistock Braves defeated Delhi Travellers 4-games-to-3 in conf. semi-final.
- Ayr Centennials defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-2 in conf. final.
- 2012 Lost conference quarter-final
- St. George Dukes defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-3 in conf. quarter-final.
- 2013 Lost conference semi-final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Burford Bulldogs 4-games-to-2 in conf. quarter-final.
- Ayr Centennials defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-1 in conf. semi-final.
- 2014 Lost league quarter-final
- New Hamburg Firebirds defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-2 in league quarter-final.
- 2015 Lost league quarter-final
- New Hamburg Firebirds defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-1 in league quarter-final.
- 2016 Lost league quarter-final
- Wellesley Applejacks defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-1 in league quarter-final.
- 2017 Lost division quarter-final
- Paris Mounties defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-3 in division quarter-final
- 2018 Lost Schmalz Cup quarter-final
- Tavistock Braves defeated New Hamburg Firebirds 4-games-to-1 in division quarter-final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Woodstock Navy-Vets 4-games-to-0 in division semi-final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Ayr Centennials 4-games-to-3 in division final
- Glanbrook Rangers defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-0 in Schmalz Cup quarter-final
- 2019 Lost division final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Delhi Travellers 4-games-to-0 in division quarter-final
- Tavistock Braves defeated Paris Mounties 4-games-to-3 in division semi-final
- Wellesley Applejacks defeated Tavistock Braves 4-games-to-1 in division final
Notable alumni[edit | edit source]
Jeff Zehr played for the Tavistock Braves during the 1993/94 season.
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