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Wainwright Bisons
WainwrightBisons
City: Wainwright, Alberta, Canada
League: North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League
Home Arena: Peace Memorial Multiplex
Colours: Orange, Black, White
              
Head Coach: Flag of Canada Adam Huxley (2015-17)
General Manager: Flag of Canada Travis Hall
Franchise history
1974-present: Wainwright Bisons

The Wainwright Bisons are a Junior "B" Ice Hockey team based in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League (NEAJBHL). They play their home games at Peace Memorial Multiplex.

HistoryEdit

Since the 1990-91 season the Wainwright Bison have one league championship which they won in the 2001 playoffs. The victory advanced the Bison to the Russ Barnes Trophy championships which is the Alberta Provincial Jr B Championships featuring eight teams. The Heritage and Capital Hockey leagues qualify their playoff champion and playoff finalist, while the Calgary Jr B, North West, and the North East Hockey leagues send just their playoff champions. The final team is the team selected to host the tournament event.

In 2013, Wainwright was the Russ Barnes host and as such participated in their second Provincial Championship. In 2016 the Bisons advanced to the Provincial Championship but this time as the league champion. In 2017 the won the league championship to advance and win the Russ Barnes Trophy (Provincial Champion) and therefore advancing to the Keystone Cup. Here they won the Western Canadian Junior B Championship with and overtime win in the final game. 

In 2018 the team won the league playoffs and the 2018 Russ Barnes Trophy.  However, they were unable to compete in the 2018 Keystone Cup as per a ruling by Hockey Alberta prior to the season that would not allow the Russ Barnes Trophy champion to compete in the Keystone Cup citing cost and player safety.  The 2018 Cyclone Taylor Cup champions from British Columbia also were not participating in the Keystone Cup with similar concerns bieng raised by the leagues in that province as the provincial champion is not mandated to participate in the event.  The Saskatchewan champion also would not participate in the Keystone Cup for 2018.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L OL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2010-11 32 18 11 3 39 192 140 813 4th, NEAJBHL Won QuarterFinal, 3-1 (Wheat Kings)
Lost SemiFinals, 0-4 (Ice)
2011-12 32 18 14 0 36 195 138 - 5th, NEAJBHL Lost QuarterFinal, 1-3 (Wheat Kings)
2012-13 34 26 6 2 54 142 77 - 2nd, NEAJBHL Won QuarterFinal, 4-0 (Tigers)
Won SemiFinal, 4-0 (Wheat Kings)
Lost League Finals, 1-4 (Ice)
2013-14 34 28 6 0 56 195 94 - 2nd, NEAJBHL Won QuarterFinal, 4-0 (Canadiens)
Won SemiFinal, 4-2 (Bandits)
Lost League Finals, 2-4 (Ice)
2014-15 36 33 2 1 67 235 89 727 1st, NEAJBHL Won QuarterFinal, 4-0 (Border Chiefs)
Won SemiFinal, 4-0 (Bandits)
Lost League Finals, 2-4 (Ice)
2015-16 36 28 6 2 58 179 100 1034 1st of 10, NEAJBHL Won QuarterFinal, 4-0 (Bandits)
Won SemiFinal, 4-0 (Ice))
Won League Finals, 4-1 (Wheat Kings)
NEAJBHL Champions
2016-17 36 32 4 0 64 220 95 1133 1st of 10, NEAJBHL Won QuarterFinal, 4-0 (Tigers)
Won Semifinals, 4-2 (Wheat Kings)
Won League Finals, 4-0 (Canadiens)

NEAJBHL Champions
Season GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2017-18 36 34 2 0 0 68 224 73 1st of 10, NEAJBHL Won QuarterFinal, 4-0 (Tigers)
Won Semifinals, 4-1 (Ice)
Won League Finals, 4-1 (T-Birds)

NEAJBHL Champions
2018-19 32 29 3 0 0 58 218 65 1st of 9, NEAJBHL Won QuarterFinal, 4-0 (T-Birds)
Won Semifinals, 4-1 (Canadiens)
Won League Finals, 4-0 (Clippers)

NEAJBHL champions

Russ Barnes TrophyEdit

Alberta Jr B Provincial Championships

Year Round Robin Record Place SemiFinal Bronze Medal GameGold Medal Game
2001 W, Fort St. Johns 5-3
W, Edm. River Kings 6-4
W, Calgary Royals Bl 4-2
3-0-01st / 4 Pool L, Edmonton Royals
1-8
not played this year n/a
2013 T, Okotoks Bisons 2-2
T, Calgary Rangers 1-1
L, Sherw'd Pk Knights 2-5
0-2-14th / 4 Pool n/a n/a n/a
2016 L, CRAA Gold 3-4
?, Mountainview 0-0
?, Wetaskiwin
0-0-0tbd / 4 Pool n/a n/a n/a
2017 W, Fairview 7-3
W, (Beaumont) 11-2
L, Cochrane 3-4
2-1-01st/ 4 Pool W, Wetaskiwin n/a W, Cochrane 5-4
ALBERTA CHAMPIONS
to Keystone Cup
2018 W, Wetaskiwin Icemen 5-0
W, Fort St. John Huskies 5-3
T, Coaldale Copperheads 1-1
2-0-1 1st/ 4 Pool w, 4-3 Beverly Warriors N/A W, Red Deer Vipers 5-1
ALBERTA CHAMPIONS
2019

Keystone CupEdit

Western Canadian Jr. B Championships(Northern Ontario to British Columbia)
Six teams in round robin play. 1st vs 2nd for gold/silver & 3rd vs. 4th for bronze.

Season Round Robin Record Standing Bronze Medal Game Gold Medal Game
2017T, Beaver Valley 3-3
W, Nipigon 9-2
W, Arborg 5-0
T, Peguis 4-4
W, Regina 2-1
3-0-2 2nd of 6 n/a OT WIN, 4-3 Beaver Valley
Keystone Cup Champions
2018 Unable to participate due to Hockey Alberta announcing Russ Barnes Trophy champion will not participate in tournament N/A N/A N/A N/A


NHL alumniEdit


External linksEdit


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