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Shelburne Red Wings

Shelburne Red Wings
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City Shelburne, Ontario, Canada
League Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League
Founded 2010
Home arena Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex
Colours Red and White
         
General manager Rick Sage
Head coach Rick Sage

The Shelburne Red Wings are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. They play in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League.

History

The Red Wings were formed in 2010 by Russian businessman Igor Vasilyev.[1] The team was composed primarily of imported Russian hockey players.[2] The Red Wings will be the first Junior hockey club in Shelburne since the Shelburne Wolves of the Metro Junior A Hockey League and Ontario Provincial League.

On September 11, 2010, the Red Wings played their first game, a road game in Thornhill versus the Toronto Canada Moose. The Red Wings were victorious, 5-4.

In December 2010, the Red Wings and the Town of Shelburne became the centre of attention due to a pair of articles written by the Toronto Star's Robert Cribb. Cribb interview the players, townsfolk, and the player's parents off in Russia to gain perspective on the team, the environment surrounding the team, the reaction of the town to the team, the reaction of Hockey Canada officials to the team, and also how the parents of the players back home in Russia felt were the majority of the first article. Readers of the Toronto Star, some local, same as far away as Chicago have pledged money to pay off hockey-related debts for these players to continue their time with the Red Wings. The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association has contact the team to ask how they may help these players. The Mayor of Shelburne, Ed Crewson, held a town meeting to discuss Hockey Canada's policies, which he has labelled, "...severe and draconian".[3][4]

In the Fall of 2011, the team decided to drop its exclusivity of Russian players. Allowing Russian players to be distributed throughout the GMHL and players of all nationalities to participate in the Red Wings program.

Season-by-Season Standings

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2010-11 42 25 15 - 2 230 195 52 5th GMHL Lost Qualifier
2011-12 42 8 32 - 2 116 263 18 12th GMHL Lost Bye Round
2012-13 42 17 25 0 0 191 230 34 10th GMHL Lost Division Quarter-final

Playoffs

  • 2011 Lost qualifier
Toronto Canada Moose defeated Shelburne Red Wings 2-games-to-none in qualifier
  • 2012 Lost bye round
Lefroy Wave defeated Shelburne Red Wings 2-games-to-none in bye round
  • 2013 Lost division quarter-final
Orangeville Americans defeated Shelburne Red Wings 3-games-to-2 in division quarter-final

League award winners

  • Marshall Uretsky Award
An annual award "to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team"
  • Russia Alexander Nikulnikov 2011
  • Dan Garneau Award
An annual award "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the GMHL"
  • Russia Nikita Samoylov 2012 First Runner-up
  • Gerry St.Onge Award
An annual award "to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position"
  • Russia Anton Todykov 2012 First Runner-up
  • Top Scorer
  • Russia Alexander Nikulnikov 2011
  • Russia Stanislav Dzakhov 2011

Team Captains

  • Russia Nikita Vasilyev 2010-2012

References

External links

  • Red Wings Webpage
  • GMHL Webpage
  • "Junior Hockey Outlaws" (TheStar.com video)
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