Toronto Predators
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City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
League: Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League
Division: South
Founded: 2013
Home Arena: Canlan IceSports York
Owner(s): Robert Turnbull
General Manager: Robert Turnbull
Head Coach: Robert Turnbull

The Toronto Predators are a Canadian junior ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League (GMHL).

History[edit | edit source]

The Toronto Predators joined the GMHL as an expansion franchise in February 2013.[1] Founded by Allan Donnan,[2][3][4] the Predators call the historic Maple Leaf Gardens (now known as Mattamy Athletic Center) home.

The Predators played their first game on September 7, 2013, at home, against the Orangeville Americans. Hockey Hall of Famers Ken Dryden and Darryl Sittler, and singer John McDermott did the opening puck drop, as the Americans won the game 4–2. Mitch Hebert scored the first goal in team history, just five seconds into the game, while goaltender Marc Villeneuve made 49 saves in a losing effort.[5] On September 28, 2013, Robin Bonvin scored in overtime to give the Predators their first franchise victory. Playing on home ice, Marc Villeneuve made 58 saves in net, against the Knights of Meaford, in the 3–2 victory.[6] Mitch Hebert scored a franchise record four goals on October 27, 2013, against the Powassan Eagles. Hebert was the first Predator to notch a hat trick.[7]

After their inaugural season the Predators were taken over by Robert Turnbull.[8] A longtime Hamilton Red Wings (1999–2014) general manager and team president, Turnbull took over from previous owner Allan Donnan (who owns Toronto Attack).

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

Season GP W L OL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
2013–14 42 5 34 3 91 247 13 18th of 20, GMHL Lost Qualifier Round
2014–15 42 10 28 4 128 300 24 9th South Div. Lost Div. Semi-finals
2015–16 42 20 21 1 157 164 41 6th South Div. Lost Div. Semi-finals
2016–17 42 19 17 6 174 201 44 7th South Div. Lost Div. Quarter-finals
2017–18 42 13 25 4 167 258 30 9th South Div. Lost Div. Quarter-finals
2018–19 42 11 28 3 154 219 25 11th South Div. Lost Preliminary Round
2019–20 42 8 32 2 117 229 18 10th South Div. Lost Division Semifinals

Alumni[edit | edit source]

  • Robin Bonvin (2013-14) - Iowa State University (ACHA Division 1)
  • Dmitri Tatarchenkov (2013-14) - Khimik Voskresensk (MHL)
  • Grant Palmer (2013-14) - Sault College (ACHA Division 3)
  • Richard Brown (2014-15) - Solent Devils- (NIHL)
  • Stephen Midensky (2015-16) - Ryerson University (CIS), Québec Ramparts (QMJHL)
  • Lukas Samuelsson (2016-17) - Western Michigan University (NCAA Division 1)
  • Miles Levtov (2016-17) - Rochester College (ACHA Division 1)

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