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Spruce Grove Saints

Spruce Grove Saints
City Spruce Grove, Alberta
League Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division North
Founded 1963 (1963)
Home arena Grant Fuhr Arena
Colours

Blue, white and gold

              
Owner(s) Darren Myshak
General manager Jason McKee
Head coach Jason Mckee

Website
www.sgsaints.com
Franchise history
1963-1965 Edmonton Canadians
1965-1972 Edmonton Movers
1972-1974 Edmonton Mets
1974-1977 Spruce Grove Mets
1977-2004 St. Albert Saints
2004-Present Spruce Grove Saints
Previous franchise history
1963-1972 Edmonton Maple Leafs

The Spruce Grove Saints are an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They play in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada at the Grant Fuhr Arena, capacity 1,259.

Founded: 1963-64
Division titles won: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14
Regular Season titles won: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15
League Championships won: 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
Western Canada Cup Titles: None
Royal Bank Cup Titles: None

History

The Saints franchise is perhaps the most storied in the history of Canadian Junior A hockey. The only franchise remaining from the inception of the AJHL in 1963, the team began as the Edmonton Movers, and a season following a merger with the Edmonton Maple Leafs in 1972, the franchise first relocated to Spruce Grove as the Spruce Grove Mets. After three years in Spruce Grove, the franchise relocated again to nearby St. Albert to become the St. Albert Saints for the 1977-78 season. After 27 years in St. Albert, arena issues allowed the franchise to return for its second stint in Spruce Grove in 2004-05.

Over 50 former players have gone on to play in the NHL, including Mark Messier, Stu Barnes, Mike Comrie and Steve Reinprecht.

During its first stint in Spruce Grove, the Mets won the Centennial Cup 1975 as Canadian Jr. A national champions. The franchise also captured four more AJHL championships during its time in St. Albert.

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T/OTL = Ties/Overtime losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

{class="wikitable"|- align="center" bgcolor="#dddddd" | Season || GP || W || L || T/OTL || Points || GF || GA ||Finish || Playoffs |- align="center" | 2004-05 || 64 || 42 || 16 || 6 || 90 || 208 || 147 || 2nd North || Lost in second round |- align="center" | 2005-06 || 60 || 39 || 18 || 3 || 81 || 197 || 160 || 3rd North || Lost in third round |- align="center" | 2006-07 || 60 || 32 || 20 || 8 || 72 || 213 || 186 || 3rd North || Lost in second round |- align="center" | 2007-08 || 62 || 34 || 16 || 12 || 80 || 248 || 203 || 3rd North || Lost in third round |- align="center" | 2008-09 || 62 || 46 || 7 || 9 || 101 || 274 || 139 || 1st North || Lost final |- align="center" | 2009-10 || 60 || 52 || 4 || 4 || 108 || 252 || 99 || 1st North || Won Championship |- align="center" | 2010-11 || 60 || 48 || 8 || 4 || 100 || 233 || 106 || 1st North || Won Championship |- align="center" | 2011-12 || 60 ||46 ||6 ||8 ||100 ||214 ||129 ||1st North || Lost in third Round |- align="center" | 2012-13 || 60 || 35 || 16 || 9 || 79 || 181 || 157|| 1st North || Lost final |- align="center" | 2013-14 || 60 || 47 || 10 || 3 || 97 || 235 || 135 || 1st North || Won Championship |- align="center" | 2014-15 || 60 || 48 || 7 || 5 || 101 || 254 || 121 || 1st North ||Elim RR Western Cup |}

Playoffs

  • 2005 Lost Quarter-final
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Lloydminster Blazers 3-games-to-none
Drayton Valley Thunder defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-2
  • 2006 Lost Semi-final
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 3-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-3
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-2
  • 2007 Lost Quarter-final
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 3-games-to-2
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-1
  • 2008 Lost Semi-final
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Lloydminster Bobcats 3-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-3
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-1
  • 2009 Lost Final
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-1
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Olds Grizzlys 4-games-to-none
Grande Prairie Storm defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Camrose Kodiaks 4-games-to-1
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-3 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Vernon Vipers (BCHL) defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-3
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Lloydminster Bobcats 4-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-none
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Camrose Kodiaks 4-games-to-1 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Vernon Vipers (BCHL) defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-3
  • 2012 Lost Divisional Finals
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Drayton Valley Thunder 4-games-to-none
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-3
  • 2013 Lost Divisional Finals
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-2
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Whitecourt Wolverines 4-games-to-1 Div. Champs
Brooks Bandits defeated Spruce Grove Saints 4-games-to-1 League Finalists
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-3
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-3 Div. champs
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Drumheller Dragons 4-games-to-none AJHL CHAMPIONS
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-2 Div. Semi Finals
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2 Div. champs
Spruce Grove Saints defeated Brooks Bandits 4-games-to-2 AJHL CHAMPIONS

Western Canada Cup

Western Canada Championships ** BCHL - OJHLAJHL- SJHL - MJHL - Host **

Round robin play with 1st vs 2nd - winner advance to National Championship & loser to Runner Up Game
3rd vs 4th in 2nd semi-final winner to Runner Up game loser eliminated.
Runner Up game determines 2nd representative to National Championship.
Competition began 2013 season.
Year Round Robin Record Standing SemiFinal Gold Medal Game Runner Up Game
2014 L, Dauphin Kings - 2-4
L, Coquitlam Express - 1-3
OTW, Yorkton Terriers - 3-2
W, Winnipeg Blues - 5-3
2-2-0 3 of 5 W, Coquitlam Express - 5-3 n/a L, Dauphin Kings - 2-4
2015 L, Penticton Vees - 3-11
OTL, Melfort Mustangs - 3-4
L, Fort McMurray Oil Barons - 4-5
L, Portage Terriers - 2-4
0-4-0 5 of 5 n/a n/a n/a

See also

References

Alberta Junior Hockey League website
Spruce Grove Saints website

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