Richmond Sockeyes

The Richmond Sockeyes are a Junior "B" ice hockey team based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. They were named the "Sockeyes" by the original owner and longtime Richmond resident and B.C. hockey volunteer and leader Bruce Allison in 1972. Allison was motivated to bring top level junior hockey to Richmond while also encouraging local players to play closer to home and stay in school. The first captain of the team was Richmond product Doug Paterson - who is one of the team's current owners. The Sockeyes franchise has had incredible success as a Junior B team, and for a number of years as a top Junior A team in the PAC-A league and later the BC Junior Hockey League. The Sockeyes have won nine PJHL championships, six Cyclone Taylor Junior B BC Championship titles, two Keystone Cup National Junior B Championship titles, two Mowat Cup BC Junior A Championship titles (winners of the PAC-A Junior League versus the BCJHL winners), a Fred Page Championship as BCHL champions and a Centennial Cup as National Junior A Champions (both in 1987). They also won the Abbott Cup and Doyle Cup in 1987 - defeating Alberta and Saskatchewan Junior A champions on their way to a national title.

Richmond Sockeyes
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CityRichmond, British Columbia
LeaguePacific Junior Hockey League
ConferenceTom Shaw
Founded1972 (1972)-73
Home arenaMinoru Arena
ColoursBlack, red, silver and white
                   
General managerCanada Richard Petrowsky
Head coachCanada Brett Rusch (2018)
Websiterichmondsockeyes.com
Franchise history
1972–1979Richmond Sockeyes (PJ"A"HL)
1979–1990Richmond Sockeyes (BCJHL)
1990–presentRichmond Sockeyes (PJHL)

The Richmond Sockeyes currently play in the Tom Shaw Conference of the Junior B Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL). The Sockeyes play their home games at Minoru Arena in central Richmond. Richard Petrowsky is the team's general manager.


BCHL historyEdit

The Sockeyes were founded in the Pacific Junior A Hockey League in 1972. As PJHL Champions, the Sockeyes defeated the BCJHL Champions in 1977 and 1979 for the Mowat Cup as British Columbia Junior "A" hockey champions. In 1977 the Sockeyes lost out to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders for the Abbott Cup as Western Canadian Champions after winning the Doyle Cup as Alberta/BC Champions.

In 1979, the PJHL merged with the BCJHL and along with it came the Richmond Sockeyes. From 1979 until 1990, the Sockeyes finished first place in the league 3 times and won the league in 1987. After winning the league, they defeated the Peace Cariboo Junior Hockey League's Quesnel Millionaires 2-games-to-none to win the Mowat Cup. Then they defeated the Red Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the Doyle Cup 4-games-to-3. They moved on from there to beat the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL to win the Abbott Cup and to earn a birth to the Centennial Cup.

They started out on their National title quest by beating the Dartmouth Fuel Kids of the Metro Valley Junior Hockey League 7–3. They then lost out to host Humboldt Broncos 6–1. They pulled themselves together in the final game of the Round Robin to defeat the Central Junior A Hockey League's Pembroke Lumber Kings 4–1. The next day, Richmond and Pembroke squared off again, resulting in a 9–3 victory for the Sockeyes. This set up a Humboldt-Richmond final, their ninth game against each other in less than a month. The Richmond Sockeyes came out strong and pulled off a 5–2 victory to clinch their only National title.

In 1990, the town of Chilliwack, British Columbia bought the franchise rights to the team and created the Chilliwack Chiefs to make up for the Chilliwack Eagles ownership moving to Ladner, British Columbia. The Sockeyes reformed in the Junior "B" Pacific International Junior Hockey League.

PIJHL historyEdit

Richmond has been the most successful team in PJHL(PIJHL) history with more league(6), provincial(5) and national(2) titles than any other team.

Richmond defeated the Abbotsford Pilots in the 1990–1991 PIJHL playoffs and then went on to beat the Nelson Leafs in the Cyclone Taylor Cup in two games.

The team won the Bronze in the Keystone Cup in 2003 after missing out on the title game based on goal-ratio.[1]

The next year, 2004, they again won the PIJHL league championship, the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial championship and this time placed 2nd in the Keystone Cup.

In 2009 the Sockeyes won the PIJHL league championship, they hosted and won the[2] Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial championship, and the Keystone Cup.

In the 2010–11 PIJHL season, the Sockeyes won the PIJHL championship over the Abbotsford Pilots 4-games-to-none.

In the 2011–12 PIJHL season, the Sockeyes won the Regular season championship for the second year in a row. Due to numerous injuries in the playoffs and less than stellar play, the Sockeyes eventually lost the Tom Shaw Conference Finals to their rival the Delta Ice Hawks 4-games-to-2.

The 2012–2013 season was also Richmond's 40th year of operation. With the name change to the PIJHL in 2012/2013 to the Pacific Junior Hockey League(PJHL), the Richmond Sockeyes hoped for a better season than last year losing in the Tom Shaw Conference finals to the Delta Ice Hawks 4–2. The Sockeyes would have another outstanding regular season finishing first for the third straight year and fourth time in five years with a record of 32–8–4. The playoffs started with a 4–0 sweep of the North Delta Devils, followed by an extremely hard fought seven game series versus the Delta Ice Hawks. Richmond would end up dominating the Aldergrove Kodiaks in four games to claim their 9th PJHL title.

Richmond would then go on to the Cyclone Taylor Cup being hosted by the Comox Valley Glacier Kings and go 3–0 in the round robin and face the Victoria Cougars from the VIJHL in the championship game. Richmond would end up winning 4–1 and book their ticket to the 2013 Keystone Cup in St. Malo, Manitoba.

After four tough games in four days in Comox, the team had only a couple of days of rest before flying to Winnipeg and boarding a team bus to St. Malo, Manitoba to represent British Columbia at the 2013 Keystone Cup – the Western Canadian Junior B Championships. Facing a daunting travel and game schedule that included six games in four days, the Sockeyes proved to be the class of the tournament. They went 5–0 in the round robin and outscored the provincial championship teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario by a total of 39–10. They faced the Saskatoon Royals for a second time in the final on Sunday, April 21. After a fast-paced first period that ended 0–0, the Sockeyes depth and focused, persistent play once again led to some quick goals and a 3–0 lead after two. The big Saskatoon team battled hard in the final frame, but the Sockeyes held on for a 5–2 win and their second Keystone Cup championship in franchise history. The Sockeyes depth was again a big factor in their success in the grueling schedule as valuable contributions from Jordan Andrews, Derek Hughes, Bret Higham, William Latimer and affiliate player Austin Adamson proved crucial. The Red Line torched the tournament and MVP Rudi Thorsteinson scored an incredible 11 goals in 6 games (after scoring 7 in the regular season). Thorsteinson led the tournament in scoring with 16 points while he, Jake Roder and Jeremy Hamaguchi combined for an amazing 39 points. Super rookies Danton Heinen and Daniel Lange also notched five goals apiece while veteran Stephen Campbell scored four. Dean Allison, the team's regular season and playoff leading scorer and team MVP in 2012-2013, and team captain Sam Chichak, played exemplary two-way hockey, typically shutting down the other teams top forwards. It is worth noting that Allison is the grandson of the Richmond Sockeyes original owner Bruce Allison. All of the teams at the Keystone Cup had some very talented players, but the Sockeyes two deadly powerplay units, stellar penalty killing and their ability to play all four lines and both goaltenders separated them from the other provincial champions. In total, 19 different Sockeyes notched at least a point in the tournament, and every player contributed with key shot blocks, face-off wins and strong, team-first play.

In the tournament Richmond was able to outscore its opponents 44–12 and outshoot them 264–125. The Sockeyes have also been tied or leading a game for 871 minutes and 25 seconds in 900 minutes of hockey, that means they only trailed for 28 minutes and 35 seconds in 15 hockey games. The only times that the Sockeyes were down since game 6 of the Tom Shaw Final was in the first game of the Cyclone Taylor Cup to Victoria for 2:06, the gold medal game against Victoria for 24:10, and briefly to the Saskatoon Royals for 2:06 and Thunder Bay Northern Hawks for 0:13 in the Keystone Cup. The 40th year in franchise history was definitely a season to remember.

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

Season GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1974–75 40 21 16 3 45 178 158 3rd, PJHL Lost in Semifinals
1975–76 40 21 18 1 43 175 154 3rd, PJHL Lost in Semifinals
1976–77 47 42 5 0 84 308 140 1st, PJHL PJHL, Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup Champions
1977–78 48 41 5 2 84 353 140 1st, PJHL PJHL Champions
1978–79 48 39 9 0 78 377 191 1st, PJHL PJHL, Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup Champions
1979–80 66 30 35 1 61 320 327 4th, Coastal Lost in Division Finals, 3–4 (Clippers)
1980–81 42 33 9 0 66 271 167 2nd, Coastal Lost in Division Quarterfinals, 4–5 (Flyers)
1981–82 48 23 25 0 46 255 282 4th, Coastal Lost in Division Semifinals, 0–4 (Royals)
1982–83 56 21 33 2 44 265 314 5th, Coastal Did not qualify
1983–84 50 29 20 1 59 293 243 3rd, Coastal Lost in Division Semifinals, 3–4 (Clippers)
1984–85 52 31 19 2 64 342 279 2nd, Coastal Lost in Division Semifinals, 3–4 (Flyers)
1985–86 52 39 13 0 76 367 200 1st, Coastal Lost in Finals, 1–4 (Knights)
1986–87 52 38 14 0 76 347 192 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup, Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup,
Abbott Cup, Centennial Cup Champions
1987–88 52 34 16 2 70 325 216 1st, Coastal Lost in Finals, 1–4 (Lakers)
1988–89 60 33 27 0 66 325 289 4th, Coastal Lost in Division Semifinals, 2–4 (Royals)
1989–90 59 21 35 3 45 307 352 5th, Coastal Lost in Division Round Robin, 1–6
1990–99 PIJHL Standings Not Available
1999-00 42 24 14 4 52 219 174 2nd, PIJHL Lost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Steelers)
2000–01 42 16 151 204 5th, PIJHL Lost in Semifinals, 0–3 (Buckaroos)
2001–02 42 20 17 3 2 45 184 159 4th, PIJHL Lost in Semifinals, 2–4 (Pilots)
2002–03 42 18 20 3 1 40 159 174 5th, PIJHL PIJHL Champions, 4–3 (Pilots)
Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions, 2–1 (Storm)
2003–04 42 26 10 5 1 58 184 111 2nd, PIJHL PIJHL Champions, 4–1 (Ice Hawks)
Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions (Storm)
2004–05 48 27 15 5 1 60 189 142 4th, PIJHL Lost in Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Buckaroos)
2005–06 48 21 18 4 5 51 177 150 5th, PIJHL Lost in Quarterfinals (Steelers)
2006–07 48 23 14 5 6 57 186 179 4th, PIJHL Lost in Semifinals, 0–4 (Pilots)
2007–08 48 35 8 5 75 220 144 2nd, PIJHL Lost in Semifinals, 3–4 (Steelers)
2008–09 48 39 8 1 79 268 115 1st, Tom Shaw PIJHL Champions, 4–1 (Pilots)
Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions (Leafs)
Keystone Cup Champions (Wolverines)
2009–10 48 33 9 6 72 186 117 2nd, Tom Shaw Lost in Conference Finals, 1–4 (Ice Hawks)
2010–11 46 37 5 4 78 223 106 1st, Tom Shaw PIJHL Champions, 4–0 (Pilots)
2011–12 44 37 7 0 74 231 69 1st, Tom Shaw Lost in Conference Finals, 2–4 (Ice Hawks)
2012–13 44 32 8 4 68 197 97 1st, Tom Shaw PJHL Champions, 4–0 (Kodiaks)
Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions (Cougars)
Keystone Cup Champions (Royals)
2013–14 44 34 5 3 2 73 196 98 1st, Tom Shaw Lost Finals, 3–4 (Kodiaks)
2014–15 44 32 10 2 66 193 106 2nd, Tom Shaw Lost Div. Semi-finals, 3–4 (Steelers)
2015–16 44 20 16 3 5 48 150 143 3rd, Tom Shaw Lost Div. Semi-finals, 2–4 (Steelers)
2016–17 43 22 13 3 5 52 139 104 3rd, Tom Shaw Lost Div. Semi-finals, 3–4 (Steelers)
2017–18 44 33 8 1 2 69 215 125 2nd of 5, Tom Shaw Won Div. Semi-finals, 4–1 (Wolf Pack)
Lost Div. Finals 1–4 (Ice Hawks)
to Cyclone Taylor Cup as Host
2018–19 44 30 10 2 1 63 192 98 3rd of 6, Tom Shaw
3rd of 12 PJHL
Lost Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Steelers)

Cyclone Taylor CupEdit

British Columbia Jr B Provincial Championships

Season Round Robin Record Standing SemiFinal Bronze Medal Game Gold Medal Game
2003 -
-
-
- - - GOLD MEDAL
2004 -
-
-
- - - GOLD MEDAL
2009 -
-
-
- - - GOLD MEDAL
2011 L, Peninsula Panthers 4–6
L, Fernie Ghostriders 0–1
W, Osoyoos Coyotes 4–3
1–2–0 3rd of 4 L, Osoyoos Coyotes 0–3 n/a did not qualify
2013 W, Victoria Cougars 5–2
W, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 6–2
W, Castlegar Rebels 3–2
3–0–0 1st of 4 W, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 5–4 n/a W, Victoria Cougars 4–1
GOLD MEDAL
2018
HOST
W, Campbell River Storm 4–1
L, Kimberley Dynamiters 1–6
W, Delta Ice Hawks 5–3
2–1–0 1st of 4 n/a W, Delta Ice Hawks 5–1
GOLD MEDAL

NHL alumniEdit

Awards and trophiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.yourlibrary.ca/community/richmondreview/archive/RR20030417/sport.html
  2. ^ "Sockeyes celebrate Cyclone Taylor Cup championship". BC Daily Buzz. Archived from the original on 2015-06-10.

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Preceded by
Penticton Knights
Centennial Cup Champions
1987
Succeeded by
Notre Dame Hounds
Preceded by
Sherwood Park Knights
Keystone Cup Champions
2009
Succeeded by
Revelstoke Grizzlies
Preceded by
Abbotsford Pilots
Keystone Cup Champions
2013
Succeeded by
Beaver Valley Nitehawks