Kitchener Greenshirts

The Kitchener Greenshirts name has been used by five separate ice hockey teams playing in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. These include one 'Senior A' level hockey team, two 'Junior A' level teams, and two 'Junior B' level teams. The name has also been used for a team in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA).

Kitchener Greenshirts
CityKitchener, Ontario
LeagueOntario Hockey Association
Senior Ac.1917 to c.1938
Junior Ac.1922 to c.1938
Junior Bc.1939 to c.1949
Junior A1951–1954
Junior Bc.1963 to c.1978

Senior A (c.1917 to c.1938)Edit

 
Kitchener Greenshirts in 1917–18.

The Kitchener Hockey Club, commonly known as the Kitchener Greenshirts were a senior ice hockey team. Kitchener won the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1918 and 1928, as the senior champion of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA).[1] Kitchener also won the 1918 Allan Cup as the national champions of Canada.[2]

Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender George Hainsworth played senior hockey for the Greenshirts from 1917 to 1923. Another Hall of Famer, Earl Seibert played one game with the team in 1928.[3]

List of National Hockey League (NHL) alumni:[3]

Junior A (c.1922 to c.1938)Edit

The first junior ice hockey Greenshirts team played in the OHA the early 1920s to the start of World War II. This Junior A program operated in affiliation to the Senior A team of the same name.[citation needed]

The team was known as the Kitchener Colts when they won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as the OHA junior champions in 1923.[4] The Colts eventually advanced to play the University of Manitoba in a two-game, total-goals series in Toronto to decide the 1923 Memorial Cup winner. The university won consecutive 7–3 contests to capture the Cup by a total score of 14–6.[5]

The team later became the Greenshirts and were finalists for the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1929.[4] The Greenshirts were awarded the J. Ross Robertson Cup by default in the 1934–35 season after winning a protest on the series it had lost to the Oshawa Generals.[6] The decision on the protest came too late for Kitchener to challenge the Northern Champion Sudbury Cub Wolves for the right to compete for the Memorial Cup.[7] The Greenshirts were runners-up in the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals in 1936.[4]

Five future Hockey Hall of Famers played junior hockey for the Greenshirts during this era: Bobby Bauer, Woody Dumart, Milt Schmidt, Earl Seibert & Babe Siebert.[3]

List of National Hockey League (NHL) alumni:[3]

Junior B (c.1939 to c.1949)Edit

With many high calibre Junior A and NHL players involved in military service, Kitchener was left with a Junior B team to fill the void.[citation needed]

Future NHLers Howie Meeker & Dutch Reibel played for the Junior B Greenshirts during the 1940s.[3] Howie Meeker would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a broadcaster.[citation needed]

Junior A (1951 to 1954)Edit

Kitchener Greenshirts
CityKitchener, Ontario
LeagueOntario Hockey Association
Operated1951–1954
Home arenaKitchener Memorial Auditorium
Franchise history
1951–54Kitchener Greenshirts
1954–56Kitchener Canucks
1956–presentPeterborough Petes

The second Junior A team in the Ontario Hockey Association known as the Kitchener Greenshirts played from 1951 to 1954 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.[citation needed]

The Greenshirts were granted as an expansion team for the 1951–52 season. The first Junior A season in Kitchener since World War II was successful in gaining local fan support, and beating out rivals Waterloo Hurricanes to be the best team in the twin cities.[citation needed]

Bill Harrington won the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHA's Most Outstanding Player while goaltending for the 1951–52 season with the Greenshirts.[citation needed]

The team played three years in total from 1951 to 1954, then were renamed the Kitchener Canucks. The Kitchener Canucks later became the Peterborough TPT Petes.[citation needed]

NHL alumniEdit

List of National Hockey League (NHL) alumni:[3]

Yearly resultsEdit

List of season-by-season results:[8]

Season Games Won Lost Tied Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1951–52 54 29 22 3 61 0.565 231 213 6th OHA
1952–53 56 15 38 3 33 0.295 181 239 8th OHA
1953–54 59 27 27 5 59 0.500 236 211 5th OHA

Junior B (c.1963 to c.1978)Edit

Ontario Minor HockeyEdit

There has also been a minor ice hockey team in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association with the name Kitchener Greenshirts. Its NHL alumni include, Kevin Miehm, Steve Seftel, Brad Schlegel, Paul Reinhart, Brad Shaw and Nick Stajduhar.[3][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Senior Series". Ontario Hockey Association. 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  2. ^ "Allan Cup Archives". Allan Cup. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "NHL Player Search: Kitchener Greenshirts". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Annual Report: Constitution, Regulations and Rules of Competition. Cambridge, Ontario: Ontario Hockey Association. 2006. p. W-13.
  5. ^ Lapp, Richard M.; Macaulay, Alec (1997). The Memorial Cup: Canada's National Junior Hockey Championship. Madeira Park, British Columbia: Harbour Publishing. pp. 21–23. ISBN 1-55017-170-4.
  6. ^ Brown, Babe; Attersley, Bobby (1978). A History of the Oshawa Generals. One. Toronto, Ontario: Chimo Publishing. p. 2. ISBN 0-920344-07-0.
  7. ^ "Oshawa Quits Puck Playoffs". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. March 26, 1935. p. 29. 
  8. ^ "Kitchener-Waterloo Greenshirts Statistics and History [1951–1954]". Hockey Database. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  9. ^ "NHL Player Search: Kitchener Greenshirts Midget". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 1, 2021.