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Prince Albert Raiders

The Prince Albert Raiders are a major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. The Raiders play in the East Division of the Eastern Conference. They are based in the Saskatchewan city of Prince Albert. The team plays its home games at the Art Hauser Centre.

History

The Early Days

The Raiders started in 1972 as one of the most successful Tier II franchises in Canada, playing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). Prince Albert won the Tier II national championship, the Manitoba Centennial Trophy, a record 4 times in a six-year span from 1977 to 1982. While competing for the Manitoba Centennial Trophy, the Raiders competed against a few future OHL teams, the Guelph Platers and the Belleville Bulls. The Raiders also won 7 straight Anavet Cups between 1976 until 1982 against various champions of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Terry Simpson was the team's coach for those 6 years in the SJHL. He stayed with the team for its first 4 years when it moved up to the WHL. The City of Prince Albert was granted a WHL expansion franchise for the 1982–83 season.

1985 Memorial Cup

Three years later, the Raiders were the best team in the WHL. Lead by team captain Dan Hodgson, the team achieved the best regular season record in the WHL of 58 wins, 11 losses and 3 ties. The Raiders defeated the Calgary Wranglers, Medicine Hat Tigers and the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL playoffs to win the WHL championship. Other notable members of the 1984–1985 team are; Tony Grenier, Dave Pasin, Pat Elynuik, Dave Manson, Ken Baumgartner, Dave Goetz and Emmanuel Viverios.

The Raiders went on the compete for the Memorial Cup in 1985, versus the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Verdun Junior Canadiens and the Shawinigan Cataractes. In their first game, Prince Albert lost 6–2 to the Shawinigan Cataractes, with 108 penalty minutes called in total. The second game saw the Raiders beat Verdun 5 to 3 with 2 goals from defenceman Dave Goetz. In game three, the Raiders defeated the Greyhounds 8 to 6, and Dan Hodgson had 5 assists in the match. The two teams would play each other again in the semi-finals. Prince Albert would prevail again by an 8 to 3 score. The Raiders won the Memorial Cup and became CHL champions by defeating the Shawinigan Cataractes 6–1 in the final game.

Since 1985 the Raiders have produced many NHL stars, but have never won the WHL championship again.

Championships

Memorial Cup Champions

  • 1985

Manitoba Centennial Cup Champions

  • 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982

Western Hockey League Champions

  • 1985

WHL Eastern Division

  • 1985, 1992, 1999

NHL Alumni

Listed below are alumni from Prince Albert Raiders of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL) who went on to play in the National Hockey League.

SJHL Raiders

WHL Raiders

Season-by-season record

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 GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1972–73 48 33 15 0 - 284 202 48 1st SJHL North
1973–74 50 35 15 0 - 228 204 70 1st SJHL Won League
1974–75 58 39 19 0 - 351 210 78 1st SJHL North
1975–76 58 47 10 1 - 377 184 95 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
1976–77 60 45 14 1 - 392 242 91 1st SJHL North Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1977–78 59 41 17 1 - 391 220 83 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
1978–79 60 44 13 3 - 405 221 91 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1979–80 60 45 14 1 - 381 197 91 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup
1980–81 60 50 7 3 - 454 199 103 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1981–82 60 57 3 0 - - - 114 1st SJHL Won League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1982–83 72 16 55 1 - 312 455 33 8th East Out of playoffs
1983–84 72 41 29 2 - 411 357 84 5th East Lost in first round
1984–85 72 58 11 3 - 481 255 116 1st East Won championship and Memorial Cup
1985–86 72 52 17 3 - 424 257 107 2nd East Lost East Division final
1986–87 72 43 26 3 - 346 264 89 3rd East Lost East Division semi-final
1987–88 72 43 24 5 - 373 284 91 3rd East Lost East Division semi-final
1988–89 72 37 33 2 - 302 286 76 4th East Lost East Dvision quarter-final
1989–90 72 38 33 1 - 302 286 77 2nd East Lost East Division final
1990–91 72 38 29 5 - 337 284 81 4th East Lost East Division quarter-final
1991–92 72 50 20 2 - 356 261 102 1st East Lost East Division final
1992–93 72 25 42 5 - 252 317 55 9th East Out of playoffs
1993–94 72 31 37 4 - 326 321 66 8th East Out of playoffs
1994–95 72 44 26 2 - 308 267 90 2nd East Lost East Division final
1995–96 72 47 19 6 - 309 250 100 2nd East Lost Eastern Conference final
1996–97 72 29 34 9 - 235 262 67 5th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
1997–98 72 20 47 5 - 322 288 45 6th East Out of playoffs
1998–99 72 45 22 5 - 288 213 95 1st East Lost Eastern Conference final
1999–00 72 26 33 6 7 221 257 65 4th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2000–01 72 18 47 3 4 204 348 43 6th East Out of playoffs
2001–02 72 26 41 2 3 234 324 57 5th East Out of playoffs
2002–03 72 27 37 3 5 185 258 62 5th East Out of playoffs
2003–04 72 38 23 6 5 215 186 87 2nd East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2004–05 72 31 32 5 4 185 191 71 3rd East Lost Eastern Conference final
Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2005–06 72 25 36 1 10 167 228 61 5th East Out of playoffs
2006–07 72 27 39 3 3 203 266 60 4th East Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2007–08 72 26 42 3 2 196 248 57 6th East Out of playoffs
2008–09 ''Season in progress see 2008–09 WHL season

Team records

Team Records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most Points 116 1984–85
Most Wins 58 1984–85
Most Goals For 481 1984–85
Least Goals For 167 2005–06
Least Goals Against 186 2003–04
Most Goals Against 455 1982–83

Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most Goals Dan Hodgson 70 1984–85
Most Assists Dan Hodgson 119 1983–84
Most Points Dan Hodgson 182 1984–85
Most Points, rookie Dan Hodgson 130 1982–83
Most Points, defenceman Emanuel Viveiros 109 1983–84
Best GAA (Goalie) Rejean Beauchemin 2.32 2003–04
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

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