The Markham Royals are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Markham, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. From 1973 until 2015, the team operated in Hamilton, Ontario as the Kilty's and the Red Wings.
|City||Markham, Ontario, Canada|
|League||Ontario Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||Markham Centennial Centre 2015- (Markham) |
Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena 1973-2015 (Hamilton)
|Colours||Blue, and White|
|General manager||Mike Galati|
|Head coach||Mike Galati|
|1973-1975||Hamilton Red Wings|
|1975-1976||Hamilton Mountain A's|
|1977-2002||Hamilton Kilty B's|
|2002-2015||Hamilton Red Wings|
Hamilton Red Wings/Kilty B's 1973-2015Edit
The Red Wings were founded in 1973 as the second Hamilton-based team in the Niagara District Junior B Hockey League.
After one season, the league divided into two leagues and the Red Wings went the way of the Golden Horseshoe Junior Hockey League. In 1975-76, the other Hamilton team joined the Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League and became the Hamilton Mountain A's. The draw of a local Junior A club weakened the team and they took a one-year leave a season later.
In 1977, under new ownership the team came back as the Kiltys. Although a very competitive team, it took the Kiltys until 1992-93 to win a Golden Horseshoe championship. With that win, the Kiltys were promoted to the newly formed Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League with a variety of other Junior B squads.
Outside of some brief troubles in the late 1990s, the Hamilton franchise has been very successful in regular season play in the OJHL. The team was renamed the Hamilton Red Wings in 2002 and continues to field highly competitive teams season after season.
Markham Royals 2015-presentEdit
In the spring of 2015, the Red Wings moved to Markham, Ontario and became the Markham Royals. Markham had been without an OJHL franchise since 2012. The club also acquired the rights for Waxers Junior A, and has chosen to play as the Markham Royals.
|1976-77||Did Not Participate|
|1992-93||42||32||8||1||1||294||159||66||1st GHJHL||Won League|
|2005-06||49||33||14||1||1||204||124||68||2nd OPJHL-W||Lost Conf. Final|
|2006-07||49||37||8||2||2||270||129||78||3rd OPJHL-W||Lost Semi-final|
|2009-10||50||31||16||-||3||204||163||65||3rd CCHL-W||Lost Quarter-final|
|2010-11||50||29||18||-||3||236||175||61||4th OJHL-W||Lost Round of 16|
|2011-12||49||17||27||-||5||176||241||39||6th OJHL-W||Lost Division QF|
|2015-16||54||31||17||3||3||197||149||68||1st of 6 Nor Div
3rd of 11 NE Conf
7th of 22 OJHL
|Won Conf. Quarters 4-1 (Fury)|
Lost Conf. Semifinals 0-4 (Voyageurs)
|2016-17||54||30||20||1||3||187||170||64||1st of 6 Nor Div
6th of 11 NE Conf
9th of 22 OJHL
|Lost Conf. Quarters 2-4 (Spirit)|
|2017-18||54||26||22||1||5||199||195||58||3rd of 6 Nor Div
6th of 11 NE Conf
11th of 22 OJHL
|Lost Conf. Quarters 2-4 (Hurricanes)|
Sutherland Cup appearancesEdit
- 1974: Hamilton Red Wings defeated Bramalea Blues by forfeit