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Whitecourt Wolverines
WhitecourtWolverines
City Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada
League NWJHL
Founded 2007
Home arena Scott Safety Centre[1]
Colors Black, Vegas Gold, White
              
General manager Flag of Canada Brent Stark[2]
Head coach Flag of Canada Normand Lacombe[2]

Website
www.whitecourtwolverines.com
Franchise history
2008–2012 Whitecourt Wolverines

The Whitecourt Wolverines were a junior "B" ice hockey team based in Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada. They were members of the North West Junior Hockey League (NWJHL) and played their home games out of the Scott Safety Centre.[1]

History Edit

Founded in August 2007, the Wolverines played their inaugural season in 2007–08, appearing in the league finals, losing in the seventh game to the Peace River Navigators.[1]

The Wolverines have appeared in the NWJHL finals in each of its five seasons. Its four consecutive championships from 2008–09 to 2011–12 is a league record for consecutive championships by a team.[3] The team also holds the league record for most championships by a team.[3]

The Wolverines won silver medals in the 2008–09 and 2009–10 Hockey Alberta Junior "B" Provincial Championships,[1] losing to the Russ Barnes Trophy winners Lloydminster Bandits and Beaumont Chiefs respectively. After losing in the bronze medal game in 2010–11,[4] the team defeated the host Okotoks Bisons in the gold medal game in 2011–12 to win its first provincial title.[5] The team proceeded to the Keystone Cup tournament where it took home the bronze medal.[6]

On May 2, 2012, shortly after its first Keystone Cup appearance, the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) announced it approved a request to relocate the St. Albert Steel from St. Albert to Whitecourt for play in the 2012–2013 season. As a result, the junior "B" Wolverines disbanded and relinquished its team name to the relocated AJHL franchise, the Whitecourt Wolverines.[7]

Season-by-season record Edit

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

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2007–08 Lost in Final, 3-4 (Navigators)[1]
2008–09 35 32 3 0 64 247 92 &0000000000001225.0000001,225 1st, NWJHL NWJHL Champions, 4-0 (Huskies)[8]
2009–10[9] 35 34 1 0 68 228 80 &0000000000001344.0000001,344[10] 1st, NWJHL NWJHL Champions, 4-0 (Wheelers)
2010-11[11] 35 33 2 0 66 216 50 &0000000000000730.000000730[12] 1st, NWJHL NWJHL Champions, 4-2 (Navigators)
2011–12[13] 36 27 8 1 55 211 88 &0000000000001159.0000001,159[14] 3rd, NWJHL NWJHL Champions, 4-0 (Navigators)[15]

Awards and trophies Edit

NWJHL championship

  • 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12[16]

Provincial championship

Keystone Cup western Canada championship

  • Bronze medal: 2011–12[6]

Honoured members Edit

The number 22 was retired for Elias Lachance at the start of the 2011–12 season.[17] Lachance, who played for the Wolverines during its 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons,[17] died in a car accident in 2011.[18]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 About Us. Whitecourt Wolverines. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Front Office. Whitecourt Wolverines. Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brigette Jobin. "League records set", Sun Media Corporation, 2012-03-28. Retrieved on 2012-03-31. 
  4. Alberta Hockey provincials update. Whitecourt Wolverines. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Remy Greer. "Wolverines beat Bisons 5-1 in provincial final", Great West Newspapers LP, 2012-04-08. Retrieved on 2012-04-08. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Brigette Jobin. "Wolverines prove to be one of Canada’s best", Sun Media Corporation, 2012-04-25. Retrieved on 2012-04-27. 
  7. AJHL Moving to Whitecourt, Alberta. Alberta Junior Hockey League (2012-05-02). Retrieved on 2012-05-03.
  8. Wolverines win NWJHL Championship in four straight. North West Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-10-24.
  9. North West Junior Hockey League: 2009–10 Standings. North West Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-10-24.
  10. North West Junior Hockey League: Individual Team Stats, 2009–10 (Whitecourt Wolverines). North West Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-10-24.
  11. North West Junior Hockey League: 2010-11 Standings. North West Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-10-24.
  12. North West Junior Hockey League: Individual Team Stats, 2010-11 (Whitecourt Wolverines). North West Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-10-24.
  13. North West Junior Hockey League: 2011-12 Standings. North West Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-10-24.
  14. North West Junior Hockey League: Individual Team Stats, 2011-12 (Whitecourt Wolverines). North West Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-10-09.
  15. Bracket. North West Junior Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-10-24.
  16. Wolverines win N.W.J.H.L championship. Whitecourt Wolverines (2012-03-23). Retrieved on 2012-03-31.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Team History. Whitecourt Wolverines. Retrieved on 2012-10-09.
  18. Stuart Thomson. "New foundation will honour former Wolverines player", Canoe Sun Media, 2011-09-29. Retrieved on 2012-10-24. 

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