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Aurora Tigers
Aurora Tigers
Ontario Junior Hockey League
City Aurora, Ontario
Founded c. 1913
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Franchise history 19xx-1967: Aurora Bears
1967-1985: Aurora Tigers
1986-1993: Aurora Eagles
1993-Pres: Aurora Tigers
Head Coach Joe Quinn
General Manager Lonnie Freeman
Arena Aurora Community Center
Team Colors Black, Yellow, and White
Affiliate Team(s)
Royal Bank Cups 2004 and 2007
Dudley Hewitt Cups 1985, 2004, 2007
Buckland Trophies 2004, 2007
Metro "A" Champs 1997
Schmalz Cups 1939

The Aurora Tigers are a Tier II Junior "A" ice hockey team from Aurora, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League but also used to be a part of the Metro Junior A Hockey League, Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, and the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

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History

The Aurora Tigers were first formed in 1967 as a member of the Metro Junior "B" league. In 1972, the most viable teams were pulled from the Metro and into the OHA Junior "A" league. The Tigers stayed on board until 1985, and as the financial situation of the league changed and became less viable, the Tigers folded.

In 1987, Aurora's financial interests were intrigued into coming back. With the OHA Jr. "A" now folded, the Central Junior "B" and Metro Junior "B" were consistently being judged as the heirs to the Junior "A" title. The Aurora Eagles joined the Central Junior "B" league and stayed their until 1992.

In 1991, tired of the indecisiveness of the Ontario Hockey Association in creating the next Junior "A" league, the now renegade Metro Junior "B" league declared themselves Southern Ontario's only Tier II Junior "A" league. The league even helped form the Canadian Junior A Hockey League in 1993. The forwardness of the new Junior "A" league drew the interest of the Aurora franchise. They joined the league in 1992, reverting back to the old "Tigers" nickname. The Tigers won the Metro league title in 1997 and moved to the OPJHL—a year before the Metro folded.

A new era of the Tigers started in 1997. The old Central Junior "B" league was promoted to Tier II Junior "A" in 1993 and became the OPJHL. Since 1997, the Tigers have had winning seasons 8 out of 9 seasons. In 2002-03, the Tigers had an amazing season (only losing 3 times) but came away with no hardware in the playoffs. In 2003-04, the Tigers had an unbelievable season. With a 47-2-0-0 record, the Tigers won the Buckland Cup as OPJHL Playoff Champions, the Dudley Hewitt Cup as Central Canadian Champions, and the Royal Bank Cup as Canadian Junior "A" National Champions.

2003-04 Season and Playoffs

Aurora @ Royal Bank Cup 2004 - Goalie Chris Whitley versus Nepean Raiders
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Dudley Hewitt Cup

The Tigers gained a ticket to the Dudley Hewitt Cup by winning the Buckland Cup as OPJHL champions. The Tigers started out against the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Soo failed to win their league but gained a ticket to the DHC as their competitor in the final was the DHC Host. The game proved to be close, but the Tigers prevailed 3-1. In the second game, the Tigers faced the Fort William North Stars, Champions of the Superior International Junior Hockey League. The Tigers shutdown their tough opponents with a 4-0 win. The North Stars, of a relatively new league, are the elite of the Thunder Bay area. Their third game saw them defeat the NOJHL Champion North Bay Skyhawks 5-3, which earned them a bye to the DHC final.

The North Bay Skyhawks defeated the Fort William North Stars in the Semi-final to meet the Aurora Tigers in the DHC final. The Final, to determine a birth to the Royal Bank Cup 2004, ended up in a decisive 5-1 victory for the Tigers.

2004 Royal Bank Cup

The Aurora Tigers started off their Royal Bank Cup 2004 tournament against a well-rested host team, the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Storm defeated the Tigers by a score of 4-2, their last loss of the season. Game two was against the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League, the Doyle Cup Champions, defeating them 4-2. The next game pitted the Tigers against the Anavet Cup Champions Kindersley Klippers from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The Tigers won by a score of 5-0. The forth round robin game saw the Tigers defeat the Fred Page Cup Champion Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior A Hockey League by a score of 3-1.

The Tigers finished tied for first in the round robin, but second by tie breaker. In the Semi-final, they drew the Nepean Raiders again but this time beat them in convincing fashion 7-2. Kindersley upset the hosts 4-3 in the other Semi-final, drawing a lopsided 7-1 victory for the Tigers against the Klippers in the Final, earning them their first Royal Bank Cup.

2006-07 Season and Playoffs

The Tigers finished the 2006-07 season with the top record in the OPJHL and as the top ranked team in all of the CJAHL -- 44 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie.

In the playoffs, they first swept the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 4-games-to-none. They then beat the Newmarket Hurricanes 4-games-to-2. In the Division final, they defeated the Stouffville Spirit 4-games-to-1. In the Conference final, they defeated the Hamilton Red Wings 4-games-to-1 and then defeated the Wellington Dukes 4-games-to-1 to clinch the Buckland Cup as OPJHL Champions.

Dudley Hewitt Cup

In late April, the Tigers drove North to Iroquois Falls, Ontario to compete for their second Dudley Hewitt Cup. In the tourney opener, the Tigers defeated the NOJHL Champion Soo Indians 4-1. They then went the next night and beat the SIJHL Champion Schreiber Diesels 6-3. In the final game of the round robin, the Tiger beat up the host Abitibi Eskimos 7-0 to clinch first place and a bye to the tournament final. In the final game, the Tigers defeated Schreiber Diesels 10-0, having outshot them 67-23 and earning a birth to the 2007 Royal Bank Cup.

2007 Royal Bank Cup

The Tigers started off with a 4-2 win over the Selkirk Steelers (SJHL). Aurora then suffered a disappointing loss to the Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL), 5-3. They then took out their frustration on the host Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) with a 6-3 victory and then flexed some muscle with a 7-4 dismantling of their most anticipated opponent, the Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL). With a 3-1 record in the round robin, the Tiger clinched first place and the early semi-final against the 4th seed Pembroke Lumber Kings. The rematch was ugly, with the Lumber Kings leading 2-1 at one point. The Tigers tied up the game to force overtime and then tournament MVP, Top Forward, and Scoring Champion Daniel Michalsky scored the winner early in the extra frame. The Tigers went on to face Prince George in the final as they had disposed of Camrose 3-2 in fifth overtime the night before. By early in the third, the Tigers had built up a 3-0 lead and held on to win 3-1 to win their second Royal Bank Cup in four years.

Accolades

The Tigers finished the season with a combined 73 wins, 10 losses, and 1 tie. Their 2006-07 accolades include the Regular Season Crown, the #1 CJAHL National Ranking, the North Division Championship, the North/West Conference Championship, the OPJHL Buckland Cup, the Ontario Hockey Association Championship, the Ontario Hockey Federation Championship, the Dudley Hewitt Cup, and the Royal Bank Cup as the Best Junior "A" Team in Canada.

Season-by-Season Results

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1950-51 20 6 14 0 - 74 127 12 6th Metro B
1953-54 32 9 23 0 - 105 191 18 8th Metro B
1958-59 28 18 10 0 - 152 106 36 3rd Metro B Won League
1959-60 28 10 11 7 - 127 132 27 5th Metro B
1961-62 32 14 13 5 - 171 175 33 3rd Metro B
1963-64 28 22 5 1 - -- -- 45 1st SubJCHL
1967-68 36 7 26 3 - 151 243 17 10th Metro B
1968-69 36 15 15 6 - 150 149 36 5th Metro B
1969-70 36 17 14 5 - 166 145 39 6th Metro B
1970-71 44 17 21 6 - 218 197 40 7th Metro B
1971-72 44 17 20 7 - 165 195 41 7th Metro B
1972-73 44 20 20 4 - 194 190 44 5th OPJHL
1973-74 44 24 12 8 - 221 180 56 5th OPJHL
1974-75 44 20 16 8 - 192 178 48 7th OPJHL
1975-76 44 15 21 8 - 175 203 38 11th OPJHL
1976-77 44 19 17 8 - 198 188 46 5th OPJHL
1977-78 50 23 22 5 - 278 278 51 5th OPJHL
1978-79 50 17 29 4 - 212 267 38 8th OPJHL
1979-80 44 26 14 4 - 291 224 56 3rd OPJHL
1980-81 44 15 29 0 - 221 280 30 11th OPJHL
1981-82 50 31 15 4 - 310 252 66 3rd OJHL
1982-83 48 9 33 6 - 197 319 24 9th OJHL
1983-84 42 4 34 4 - 168 370 12 8th OJHL
1984-85]] 48 34 11 3 - 358 210 71 2nd OJHL Won DHC
1985-86 Did Not Participate
1986-87 44 25 15 4 - 270 225 54 2nd OJHL
1987-88 44 25 13 6 - 248 194 56 4th CJBHL
1988-89 42 17 22 3 - 207 214 37 9th CJBHL
1989-90 42 11 24 7 - 160 207 29 13th CJBHL
1990-91 42 22 15 5 - 205 170 49 5th CJBHL
1991-92 42 22 15 5 - 201 185 49 6th CJBHL
1992-93 48 24 22 2 - 227 221 50 6th Metro A
1993-94 50 20 26 4 - 235 268 44 10th Metro A DNQ
1994-95 50 26 17 7 - 232 177 59 4th Metro A
1995-96 52 28 18 6 - 255 206 62 6th Metro A Lost Quarter-final
1996-97 50 42 5 3 - 342 138 87 1st Metro A Won League
1997-98 51 27 17 6 1 226 196 61 9th OPJHL
1998-99 51 31 12 6 2 216 155 70 9th OPJHL
1999-00 47 27 15 5 0 150 130 59 13th OPJHL
2000-01 49 18 29 0 2 189 271 38 29th OPJHL
2001-02 49 30 15 3 1 193 150 64 10th OPJHL
2002-03 49 43 3 2 1 265 103 89 2nd OPJHL Lost Final
2003-04 49 47 2 0 0 290 79 94 1st OPJHL Won League, Won DHC, Won RBC
2004-05 49 33 13 2 1 222 136 69 8th OPJHL
2005-06 49 35 8 4 2 210 112 76 4th OPJHL Lost Conf. Final
2006-07 49 44 4 1 0 260 99 89 1st OPJHL Won League, Won DHC, Won RBC
2007-08 49 33 12 - 4 250 138 70 8th OPJHL Lost Conf. Final
2008-09 49 37 11 - 1 228 150 75 3rd OJ-Phi

Sutherland Cup Appearances

1959: Sarnia Legionnaires defeated Aurora Bruins 4-games-to-2 with 1 tie

Notable alumni

External links

  • Tigers Website
Preceded by
Humboldt Broncos
Royal Bank Cup Champions
2004
Succeeded by
Weyburn Red Wings
Preceded by
Burnaby Express
Royal Bank Cup Champions
2007
Succeeded by
Humboldt Broncos
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