Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts

The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts are a senior ice hockey team based in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador and a member of the Central Division of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League.

Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts
CityGrand Falls-Windsor, NL
LeagueCentral West Senior Hockey League
Founded1966 (1966)
Home arenaJoe Byrne Memorial Stadium
ColoursGreen, white, red               
Head coachPat Yetman
CaptainMike Brent
WebsiteOfficial website league website
Franchise history
1928–48Grand Falls
1948–55Grand Falls All-Stars
1956–65Grand Falls Andcos
1966–91Grand Falls Cataracts
1991–presentGrand Falls-Windsor Cataracts

Since it was founded in 1966, the Cataracts hockey club has been awarded the Herder Memorial Trophy eight times as all-Newfoundland senior hockey champions, including three consecutive championships from 2014 to 2016. The Cataracts were awarded the Evening Telegram Trophy on four occasions for finishing first overall in the NSHL regular season. The Cataracts won the Allan Cup in 2017 in Bouctouche, NB.

The Cataracts have played all their home games at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium, formerly known as the Grand Falls Stadium until 1991.

HistoryEdit

The Grand Falls Cataracts were founded in 1966 by a group led by Leo Murphy, Al Dwyer Jr., Jim Temple and Walter Davis and supported by the Cataracts Booster Club whose members were ex-hockey players and hockey fans. The Cataracts joined the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NSHL) for the 1966-67 season. The previous papertown entry in the provincial senior league, the Grand Falls Andcos, had folded at the end of the 1964-65 season. Winnipeg native Nick Mickoski was hired as the Cataracts' first head coach. At the end of the 1967-68 regular season, the Cataracts finished in first place and were awarded the Evening Telegram Trophy. The Cataracts won back-to-back all-Newfoundland senior hockey championships in 1981 and 1982 but did not join the NSHL in 1983-84. The club re-joined the NSHL in 1984-85 to make it a four-team league.

At the end of the 2010-2011 season the Cataracts defeated the Conception Bay North Cee Bee Stars 4-0 in the finals series to win the Herder Memorial Trophy. From 2011-14 the club was part of the re-formed Newfoundland Senior Hockey League. In 2012 Herder finals, the Cataracts were runners-up to the Clarenville Caribous who took the Provincial title.

On March 8, 2015, Cataracts' import Rob Hennigar scored the OT winner to win the CWSHL finals series four-games-to-two. The Cataracts were awarded their second straight all-Newfoundland senior championship and the home town received its thirteenth Herder Memorial Trophy.

The Cataracts won their first Allan Cup on April 15, 2017 in Bouctouche, NB after defeating the Lacombe Generals 7-4 in the final.[1]

Season-by-season recordEdit

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

Led league in points  Herder Trophy champions 

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, DNQ = Did not qualify

NSHL = Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (1962-1989) or Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (2011-2014), NSHL-C = Newfoundland Senior Hockey League - Central Division, CBIHL = Central Beothuck Intermediate Hockey League, WCSHL = West Coast Senior Hockey League, CWSHL = Central West Senior Hockey League

Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts regular season and postseason statistics and results, 1966–present
Season League Regular season League Postseason Herder Playoffs
GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS Finish GP W L GF GA Result GP W L GF GA Result
1966-67 NSHL 40 15 22 3 - 146 162 33 5th - - - - - Did not qualify
1967-68 NSHL 40 21 15 4 - 197 156 46  1st 7 3 4 31 30 Lost Herder semi-finals 3-4 to Corner Brook Royals
1968-69 NSHL 40 17 16 7 - 153 150 41 3rd 6 2 4 19 36 Lost Herder semi-finals 2-4 to Gander Flyers
1969-70 NSHL 40 17 18 5 - 173 185 39 4th 7 3 4 30 29 Lost Herder semi-finals 3-4 to Gander Flyers
1970-71 NSHL 36 14 17 5 - 148 149 33 3rd 7 4 3 27 16 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. St. John's Capitals, 4-3 
1971-72 NSHL 36 25 8 3 - 188 98 53  1st 12 12 0 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. St. John's Capitals, 4-0 
1972-73 NSHL 36 17 18 1 - 158 149 35 3rd Lost Herder finals to St. John's Capitals, 0-4
1973-74 NSHL 32 17 11 4 - 171 136 38 2nd 10 5 5 64 54 Lost Herder finals to St. John's Capitals, 1-4
1974-75 NSHL 16 8 6 2 - 84 66 18 2nd 2 0 2 11 13 Lost Herder semi-finals to Corner Brook Royals , 0-2
1975-76 NSHL 20 12 6 2 - 111 71 26 2nd 8 4 4 43 37 Lost Herder finals to St. John's Capitals, 1-4
1976-77 NSHL 32 11 19 2 - 161 179 24 3rd, West 3 1 2 21 21 Lost Herder quarter-finals to Gander Flyers, 1-2
1977-78 NSHL 32 19 12 1 - 200 163 39 3rd, West 3 0 3 8 25 Lost Herder quarter-finals to Gander Flyers, 0-3
1978-79 NSHL 30 8 15 7 - 135 172 23 5th - - - - - Did not Qualify for playoffs
1979-80 NSHL 34 17 15 2 - 191 170 36 3rd 4 1 3 Lost semi-finals 1-3 to Labatt BlueCaps
1980-81 NSHL 32 20 9 3 - 198 138 43  1st 11 8 3 47 33 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. Corner Brook Royals, 4-2 
1981-82 NSHL 32 19 10 3 - 212 148 41 2nd Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. Gander Flyers, 4-3 
1982-83 NSHL 31 18 11 2 - 174 134 38 2nd Lost Herder finals 3-4 to Stephenville Jets
1983-84 CBIHL
1984-85 NSHL 36 7 28 1 - 170 258 15 4th Lost Herder semi-finals 0-3 to Corner Brook Royals
1992-93 CBIHL
1993-94 CBIHL
2002-03 WCSHL
2003-04 WCSHL
2004-05 WCSHL
2005-06 WCSHL
2006-07 WCSHL
2007-08 WCSHL
2008-09 WCSHL 24 12 12 110 116 25 3rd lost 1-4 to Clarenville Caribous
2009-10 WCSHL 24 16 8 124 83 33 2nd lost 2-4 to Clarenville Caribous
2010-11 NSHL 24 15 6 3 134 95 33  1st Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. CBN Eastlink CeeBee Stars, 4-0 [1]
2011-12 NSHL 24 15 7 2 109 77 32 2nd Lost Herder finals to Clarenville Caribous 1-4
2012-13 NSHL 24 20 3 1 114 78 41  1st Lost Herder semi-finals
2013-14 NSHL 24 19 5 0 124 70 38  1st Won Herder Memorial Trophy 
2014-15 CWSHL 24 13 10 1 99 82 27 2nd Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. Corner Brook Royals, 4-0 
2015-16 CWSHL 22 15 6 1 98 72 31 1st 10 8 2 45 17 Won CWSHL championship vs. Corner Brook Royals, 4-1[2] 3 3 0 23 4 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. St. John's Toyota Plaza Caps, 3-0 
2016-17 CWSHL 18 13 2 3 76 52 29 1st Lost CWSHL championship in OT to Clarenville Caribous, 3-4 Did not qualify
2017-18 CWSHL 16 6 10 0 55 65 12 3rd Lost CWSHL semi-final in OT to Clarenville Caribous, 1-4[3] Did not qualify
2018-19 NSHL-C 17 10 5 2 65 48 22 2nd, Central 6 4 2 23 18 Won Central Division championship vs. Gander Flyers, 4-2[4] 5 4 1 16 10 Won Herder Memorial Trophy vs. Southern Shore Breakers, 4-1[5]

Allan Cup resultsEdit

Year Location GP W L T OTL GF GA Round Robin Results Playoffs Result
1971 Galt, Ontario 5 2 3 - - 16 19 Lost Eastern final to Galt Hornets, 2-3
1972 Spokane, Washington with Kimberley, British Columbia 4 0 4 0 0 7 21 Lost Eastern final to Barrie Flyers, 0-4
1981 Thunder Bay, Ontario 4 1 3 0 0 12 27 Lost Eastern semi-final to Petrolia Squires, 3-6
1982 Sarnia, Ontario 6 2 3 0 1 21 32 Lost Eastern final to Petrolia Squires, 0-3
2012 Lloydminster, Sask 4 1 2 0 1 12 17 3rd Pool One Lost semi-final to South East Prairie Thunder
2015 Clarenville, NL 4 2 1 0 1 14 12 2nd Division One OT loss semi-final to Bentley Generals
2016 Steinbach, MB 3 2 1 0 0 9 8 1st Division One Lost semi-final to South East Prairie Thunder, 3-2
2017 Bouctouche, NB 4 4 0 0 0 17 9 1st Division Two Won Allan Cup vs. Lacombe Generals, 7-4

Current rosterEdit

For the current team roster see the Cataracts profile on the league website

LeadersEdit

Team captainsEdit

  • Leo Murphy, 1967–68, 1970–71
  • Jim Beckman, 1971–72
  • Al Dwyer, 1973–74
  • Harold Stanley, 1975–76
  • Brian Grouchy, 2002-03
  • Brad Lewis, 2006-13
  • Mike Brent, 2013–18

Head coachesEdit

  • Nick Mickoski, 1967–69
  • Jim Beckman, 1969–70
  • Jean-Marc Pichette[2], 1970–73
  • Leo Murphy, 1973-76 (playing-coach)
  • Joe Grimes, 1977–78
  • Al Dwyer Jr., 1978–79
  • Joe Byrne, 1979–82
  • Gord Gallant, 1982–83, 1984–85
  • Alex Faulkner, 1983-84
  • Tony Grimes. 1983-84
  • Mike Brown, 2002-2003
  • Barry Manual, 2007–08
  • Walt Lewis, 2008–09
  • Paul Glavine, 2009–10
  • Brian Casey, 2010–12
  • Shane Lukinchuk, 2012–15
  • Tom Coolen, 2015-17
  • Pat Yetman[3], 2017-19


Team awardsEdit

Team MVPEdit

(Cataracts most valuable player in the regular season)

  • Tyler Whitehead, 2011
  • Cam Fergus, 2016


James "Bucky" Hannaford Jr. AwardEdit

(Awarded to the player who shows dedication to the team both on and off the ice)

  • Mike Brent, 2011
  • Sam Hounsell, 2013
  • Nicklas Lindstrom, 2016
  • Nicklas Lindstrom, 2017


The Cohen's CupEdit

(Awarded to the Cataract receiving the most points on 3-Star selection during the regular season)

  • Andre Gill, 2012-13
  • Andre Gill, 2013-14
  • Cam Fergus, 2014-15
  • Mike Brent, 2015-16
  • Danny Wicks, 2016-17
  • Danny Wicks, 2017-18
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2018-19


League trophies and awardsEdit

League individual awardsEdit

League MVP (in the regular season)

  • Cam Fergus, 2016
  • Collin Circelli, 2017

Top Scorer (in the regular season)

  • Cam Fergus, 2016

Top goal scorer (in the regular season)

  • Chad Earle, 2011
  • Cam Fergus, 2016

Coach of the Year (in the regular season)

  • Brian Casey, 2011
  • Tom Coolen, 2016
  • Tom Coolen, 2017

Top Goalie (in the regular season)

  • A.J. Whiffen, 2016
  • Bryan Gillis, 2017
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2019

Top Defenseman (in the regular season)

  • Luke Gallant, 2016
  • Nick Lindstrom, 2019

Rookie of the Year (in the regular season)

  • Chad Earle, 2011

Hockey NL (HNL) Trophies and AwardsEdit

HNL team awardsEdit


HNL individual awardsEdit

S. E Tuma Memorial Trophy (Top scorer in the regular season)

  • Charlie Greene, 1975
  • Gene Faulkner, 1976
  • Dennis Goulding, 1977
  • Bruce Campbell, 1982
  • Ron Hennigar, 2014


T.A. (Gus) Soper Memorial Award (Most valuable player in the Senior "A" leagues in the regular season)

  • Jason Stone, 2006
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2013
  • Ron Hennigar, 2014
  • Cam Fergus, 2016


Albert "Peewee" Crane Memorial Trophy (Senior league rookie of the year)

  • Terry French, 1969
  • Don Howse, 1972
  • Brandon Nicholas, 2008
  • Chad Earle, 2011


Howie Clouter Memorial Trophy (Most Gentlemanly and Effective Player in the regular season)

  • Al Dwyer Jr., 1974, 1975
  • Dan Flynn, 1981
  • Bruce Campbell, 1982
  • Troy Thompson, 2006
  • Andre Gill, 2010
  • Danny Wicks, 2018
  • Danny Wicks, 2019


President's Goaltender's Award (Top goaltender in the regular season)

  • Fred Janes, 1968, 1969
  • Jean-Guy Morissette, 1972
  • Rocky Martin, 1973
  • Eddie Davis, 1982
  • Mark Yetman, 2012
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2013
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2014
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2016
  • A.J. Whiffen, 2019


Top Defenseman (Top defenseman in the regular season)

  • Rodi Short, 2014
  • Luke Gallant, 2016


Coach of the Year

  • Shane Lukinchuk, 2014
  • Tom Coolen, 2016


Cliff Gorman Memorial Award (Most valuable player of the Herder Playoffs)

  • A.J. Whiffen, 2014
  • Cam Fergus, 2015
  • Luke Gallant, 2016


Honoured membersEdit

Note: (the year honoured is noted)

Retired numbersEdit

  • #7 Al Dwyer Jr.
  • #12 Jim Temple
  • #8 Gene Faulkner (2011)
  • #55 Martin Lapointe (2015)
  • #16 Clar Goulding (2017)
  • # Wayne Faulkner (2017)
  • # James "Bucky" Hannaford (2018)
  • # Cec Thomas (2018)

Honoured BuildersEdit

  • Walter Davis (2018)

NL Hockey Hall of FameEdit

The following people associated with the Cataracts have been inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame. Note: (the year of induction is noted)

ReferencesEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • Abbott, Bill (2000). Herder Memorial Trophy: A History of Senior Hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador. Breakwater Books.
  • Elliott, Jerry "Stats" (2010). Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Hockey: A Trip Down Memory Lane. Jerry Elliott.

External linksEdit