This article is about the Junior "A" team. For the Allan Cup-winning Senior team, see: Truro Bearcats or for the Junior team from the 1930's, see Truro Bearcats (original junior)

Truro Bearcats
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City: Flag of Nova Scotia Truro, Nova Scotia
League: Maritime Junior A Hockey League
Division: Bent
Founded: 1997
Home Arena: Rath Eastlink Community Centre
Colors: Black, Red and White


              

Owner(s): Stu Rath
General Manager: Shawn Evans
Head Coach: Shawn Evans
Affiliates: Brookfield Elks (NSJHL)

The Truro Bearcats are a Junior "A" team based out of Truro, Nova Scotia. The Bearcats are one of six Nova Scotian teams in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

History[edit | edit source]

The Truro Bearcats were formed in 1997 as a member of the Maritime Jr A Hockey League. The Bearcats have stayed competitive over their franchise history, they have never had a losing record, and have never missed the playoffs. The new Bearcat franchise of 1997 marked the return of junior hockey to Truro and the Bearcats return to the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

When the Maritime Junior A Hockey League was known as the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League, the Bearcats would win five championships. Three back to back from 1969-70 to 1971-72. The Bearcats would win two more in 1973-74 and 1975-76. In 1977 the league became a Junior "A" league and the Bearcats left the league in 1983. In total the Bearcats have won seven league championships. Five with the former Junior "B" franchise and two with the 1997 franchise.

In 2002 the Truro Bearcats played in their first Fred Page Cup as the host squad, They made two other appearances as MJAHL champions, one in 2005, at a tournament hosted in Yarmouth Nova Scotia, and one in 2007 Saint-Jérôme Quebec. The Bearcats have never played in a Fred Page Cup final.

The season of 2008/09 saw the Bearcats take their third Division Championship and third Provincial Championship in five seasons. The Bearcats would be defeated by the Summerside Western Capitals in the league final four games to one.

Logo and Jersey[edit | edit source]

The Truro Bearcats primary logo is large T representing the history of sports in the town. Their secondary logo features a bearcat jumping.

2009-present


This new jersey unveiled in the 2009-10 season features a large T on the front and the design of the Boston Bruins from 1995-2007.

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1997-2009

The logo is similar to that of the Florida Panthers of the NHL. The Bearcats' old jersey is that of the Buffalo Sabres from 1996/97 - 2005/06.

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Seasons and Franchise Records[edit | edit source]

Season-By-Season results[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T OL/
SL
GF GA P Results
(Division)
Results
(League)
Playoffs
1997-98 51 27 18 4 2 253 207 60 2nd Maurice Bent 4th MJAHL Lost Division Final
1998-99 48 31 16 1 - 222 154 63 3rd Maurice Bent 4th MJAHL
1999-00 52 32 17 3 0 231 180 67 3rd Maurice Bent 4th MJAHL
2000-01 52 22 21 7 2 202 201 53 3rd Maurice Bent 6th MJAHL
2001-02 52 28 16 6 2 195 155 64 2nd Maurice Bent 3rd MJAHL
2002-03 52 34 14 2 2 211 164 72 1st Maurice Bent 2nd MJAHL
2003-04 52 33 10 7 2 193 146 75 2nd Maurice Bent 2nd MJAHL
2004-05 56 24 15 12 5 183 159 65 2nd Maurice Bent 4th MJAHL Won League, Lost at Fred Page Cup
2005-06 56 28 20 0 8 193 166 64 4th Maurice Bent 7th MJAHL Lost Preliminary
2006-07 58 42 12 0 4 257 138 88 1st Maurice Bent 1st MJAHL Won League, 4th at Fred Page Cup
2007-08 58 37 11 - 10 210 138 84 2nd Maurice Bent 4th MJAHL Lost 1st Round
2008-09 54 36 12 - 6 212 127 78 1st Maurice Bent 2nd MJAHL Lost Final
2009-10 50 37 7 - 6 214 104 80 1st Maurice Bent 2nd MJAHL Lost Division Final
2011-12 52 29 20 - 3 190 155 61 3rd Maurice Bent 4th MHL Lost Quarter-final
2012-13 52 38 9 - 5 226 124 81 1st Eastlink 2nd MHL Lost final, Won Fred Page Cup, 5th at Royal Bank Cup
2013-14 52 38 11 - 3 243 131 79 1st Eastlink 1st MHL Won league, 3rd at Fred Page Cup
2014-15 48 25 19 - 4 180 154 54 4th Eastlink 8th MHL Lost League Final
2015-16 48 25 15 - 8 134 116 58 1st South 4th MHL Lost South semifinal
Season GP W L OL SL GF GA P Results (Division) Results (League) Playoffs
2016-17 50 35 13 1 1 196 154 72 2nd South 3rd MJAHL League Playoff Champions
Eliminated in Round Robin 2017 FPC
2017-18 50 28 20 1 1 150 130 58 4th South 6th MJAHL L, DSF 3-4, (Mariners)
2018-19 50 24 21 2 3 135 158 53 4th South 7th MJAHL L, DSF 0-4, (Mariners)
2019-20 52 26 18 8 - 170 166 60 4th South T-7th MJAHL Playoffs cancelled before start

Season-by-Season leading point getters[edit | edit source]

Season Name GP G A PTS PIM
2005-06 T.J. Smith 52 41 24 65 30
2006-07 T.J. Smith 58 33 46 79 54
2007-08 Jon Reid 56 17 45 62 54
2008-09 Dana Fraser 52 24 36 60 28
2009-10 Dana Fraser 47 28 63 91 12

All-Time leading point getters[edit | edit source]

2nd All time leading scorer Jon Reid.

Name G A PTS Season(s)
Dana Fraser 69 124 193 2007-2010
Jon Reid 50 139 189 2006-2009
T.J. Smith 97 84 181 2004-2007
David MacBurnie 66 103 169 2003-2007
Derek Fields 57 108 165 1998-2001
Josh Boulton 85 79 164 1997-2000
Glenn Frazee 76 83 159 2001-2005
K.C. Brown 68 88 156 2005-2009
Stephen Horyl 56 92 148 2006-2009
Chris Ivanko 64 78 142 2007-2010
Matt Boulton 61 81 142 1997-1999

Franchise Records[edit | edit source]

Team Records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most Points 88 2006-07
Most Wins 42 2006-07
Most Goals For 257 2006-07
Least Goals For 183 2004-05
Least Goals Against 104 2009-10
Most Goals Against 201 2000-01

Franchise Individual Records[edit | edit source]

Player Records[edit | edit source]

Records Held By Players
Statistic Record Holder Total Season(s)
Most Career Points Dana Fraser 193 2007-10
Most Points (Single Season) Dana Fraser 91 2009-10
Most Career Goals T.J. Smith 97 2004-07
Most Goals (Single Season) T.J. Smith 41 2005-06
Most Career Assists Jon Reid 139 2006-09
Most Assists (Single Season) Dana Fraser 63 2009-10
Most Career Penalized Donald Johnstone 675 2000-03
Most Penalized (Single Season) Jeremy Cornish 348 2002-03

Player and Staff Awards (Awarded By MJAHL)[edit | edit source]

Individual Awards won by Bearcat Players and Staff
Player Award Season(s)
Chris Wilcox League MVP 1997-98
Chris Wilcox Playoff MVP 1997-98
Mark Lynk Most Sportsmanlike 1998-99
Josh Boulton Most Sportsmanlike 1999-00
Donald Johnstone Academic Achievement Award 2002-03
Matt Climie/Daniel Turner Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA) 2003-04
Matt Climie RBC Player of the Year 2003-04
Matt Climie League MVP 2003-04
Matt Climie Top goaltender 2003-04
Matt Iorianni Playoff MVP 2004-05
Shawn Evans Coach of the Year 2004-05, 2006-07, 2008-09
Victor Saari/Corey Chipman Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA) 2005-06
Darcy Stewart/Kirk Rafuse Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA) 2006-07
Jon Reid Rookie of the Year 2006-07
Andrew Harmes Academic Achievement Award 2006-07
Zach Sill Playoff MVP 2006-07
Pierre Alexandre Marion/Luke Gallant Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA) 2007-08
Stephen Horyl Most Sportsmanlike 2007-08
Pierre Alexandre Marion League MVP 2007-08
Pierre Alexandre Marion Top Goaltender 2007-08
Richard Gagnon/Kirk Rafuse Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA) 2008-09
Richard Gagnon/Kirk Rafuse/Alex Scola Young/Knickle Trophy (GAA) 2009-10
Kirk Rafuse Top Goaltender 2009-10
Dana Fraser Most Sportsmanlike 2009-10

Captains[edit | edit source]

Name Seasons
Bryant Fraser 2001-02
Captain 2002-03
Jim White 2003-04
Glenn Frazee 2004-05
Matt Beaver 2005-06, 2006-07
Rodi Short 2007-08
Sam Hounsell 2008-09
Ben MacAskill 2009-10

Notable alumni[edit | edit source]

The Truro Bearcats have had many players develop and pass through the organization. Many have gone on to play university hockey and major junior hockey. Truro has also had players move on to play in the National Hockey League or American Hockey League.

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