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Erie otters

The Erie Otters are a Major junior ice hockey team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Midwest Division of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), one of only three American teams in the circuit.

HistoryEdit

The Erie Otters were previously located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where they were called the Niagara Falls Thunder. They moved to Erie Insurance Arena in downtown Erie in time for the 1996–97 season. After three seasons of mediocrity in Erie, they won the Midwest Division's Holody Trophy in 1999.

It was their first of three consecutive Midwest Division championships, culminating in a J. Ross Robertson Cup in the 2001–02 season.

Additionally, Dave MacQueen won the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2000–01 as the OHL Coach of the Year and Sherwood Bassin was awarded OHL Executive of the Year for his role in building a championship team as general manager. The Erie Otters were the second U.S. team to win the OHL Championship, following the 1994–95 season champions Detroit Junior Red Wings (now the Plymouth Whalers).

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) officially partnered with the Erie Otters in 2012 as their official medical provider.

On March 18, 2017, the Erie Otters became the first team in Canadian Hockey League history to record four consecutive 50-win seasons in a row (2013–17).

The Otters had previously shared the record of three consecutive 50-win seasons with the Kelowna Rockets (2012–15), Edmonton Oil Kings (2011–14), Saint John Sea Dogs (2009–12) and the Kamloops Blazers (1989–92).

The Connor McDavid era (2012-15)Edit

Connor McDavid (a Canadian center) played for the Erie Otters from 2012 to 2015, before joining the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Otters chose him as their first overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection Draft. The NHL Central Scouting Bureau subsequently named him the top North American prospect for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft where the Oilers selected him first overall.

The Greater Toronto Hockey League named Connor "Player of the Year" for the 2011–12 season following a record of 79 goals and 130 assists. Hockey Canada, the governing body for amateur hockey in Canada, granted him "Exceptional Player" status which permitted him to play in the OHL a year earlier than would otherwise be permissible for a player his age.

Connor was only the third player to receive that status, after John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad.

Season-by-Season RecordEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Games Won Lost Tie OTL SL PTS PCT% GF GA GD Standing Playoffs
1996–97 66 23 36 7 - - 53 0.402 240 260 -20 5th Central Lost in Quarterfinals
1997–98 66 33 28 5 - - 71 0.538 261 252 +9 4th West Lost in Quarterfinals
1998–99 68 31 33 4 - - 66 0.485 271 297 -26 3rd Midwest Lost in Quarterfinals
1999–00 68 33 28 4 3 - 73 0.515 224 229 -5 1st Midwest Lost in Semifinals
2000–01 68 45 11 10 2 - 102 0.735 264 171 +93 1st Midwest Lost in Conference Finals
2001–02 68 41 22 4 1 - 87 0.632 246 218 +28 1st Midwest Won OHL Championship, Lost Memorial Cup
2002–03 68 24 35 6 3 - 57 0.397 181 248 -67 5th Midwest Missed Playoffs
2003–04 68 29 26 6 7 - 71 0.471 221 212 +9 5th Midwest Lost in Semifinals
2004–05 68 31 26 6 5 - 73 0.500 186 207 -21 4th Midwest Lost in Quarterfinals
2005–06 68 26 35 - 4 3 59 0.434 219 266 -47 5th Midwest Missed Playoffs
2006–07 68 15 50 - 1 2 33 0.243 209 378 -169 5th Midwest Missed Playoffs
2007–08 68 18 46 - 2 2 40 0.294 206 343 -137 5th Midwest Missed Playoffs
2008–09 68 34 29 - 3 2 73 0.537 208 254 -46 3rd Midwest Lost in Quarterfinals
2009–10 68 33 28 - 5 2 73 0.537 257 259 -2 4th Midwest Lost in Quarterfinals
2010–11 68 40 26 - 1 1 82 0.603 281 229 +52 3rd Midwest Lost in Quarterfinals
2011–12 68 10 52 - 3 3 26 0.191 169 338 -169 5th Midwest Missed Playoffs
2012–13 68 19 40 - 4 5 47 0.346 206 312 -106 5th Midwest Missed Playoffs
2013–14 68 52 14 - 2 0 106 0.779 312 170 +142 2nd Midwest Lost in Conference Finals
2014–15 68 50 14 - 2 2 104 0.765 331 212 +119 1st Midwest Lost OHL Championship
2015–16 68 52 15 - 1 0 105 0.772 269 183 +86 1st Midwest Lost in Conference Finals
2016–17 68 50 15 - 2 1 103 0.757 319 182 +137 1st Midwest Playoffs in Progress

PlayoffsEdit

Final represents the series total games for the round, except for Memorial Cup games.

Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals OHL Championship Memorial Cup
Season Result Opponent Final Result Opponent Final Result Opponent Final Result Opponent Final Result Opponent Final
1996-97 > Lost Guelph Storm 4-1
1997-98 > Lost London Knights 4-3
1998-99 > Lost Guelph Storm 4-1
1999-00 > Won Brampton Battalion 4-2 > Lost Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-3
2000-01 > Won London Knights 4-1 > Won Brampton Battalion 4-1 > Lost Plymouth Whalers 4-1
2001-02 > Won Sarnia Sting 4-1 > Won London Knights 4-2 > Won Windsor Spitfires 4-1 > Won Barrie Colts 4-1 > Lost Victoriaville Tigres 5-4 OT (Semifinal)
2002-03 Out of playoffs. Did not qualify.
2003-04 > Won Sarnia Sting 4-1 > Lost London Knights 4-0
2004-05 > Lost Kitchener Rangers 4-2
2005-06 Out of playoffs. Did not qualify.
2006-07 Out of playoffs. Did not qualify.
2007-08 Out of playoffs. Did not qualify.
2008-09 > Lost London Knights 4-1
2009-10 > Lost Windsor Spitfires 4-0
2010-11 > Lost Windsor Spitfires 4-3
2011-12 Out of playoffs. Did not qualify.
2012-13 Out of playoffs. Did not qualify.
2013-14 > Won Saginaw Spirit 4-1 > Won Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-0 > Lost Guelph Storm 4-1
2014-15 > Won Sarnia Sting 4-1 > Won London Knights 4-0 > Won Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-2 > Lost Oshawa Generals 4-1
2015-16 > Won Saginaw Spirit 4-0 > Won Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-1 > Lost London Knights 4-0
2016-17 > Won Sarnia Sting 4-0 > Won London Knights 4-3 > Won Owen Sound Attack 4-2 > - Mississauga Steelheads 0-0

ArenaEdit

The Erie Otters play their home games at Erie Insurance Arena, which opened in 1981 and currently seats 6,833 spectators.

It is a centerpiece of the Erie Civic Center Complex, which also includes the UPMC Park baseball stadium, home to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.

Uniforms & LogosEdit

The Erie Otters' colors are navy blue, gold, red and white. Their primary logo features a circular outline with a fierce, anthropomorphic otter furnishing a hockey stick and gear.

The "Otters" wordmark is superimposed over the design in red with gold and navy blue outline. The team's home uniform includes a navy blue sweater with red and gold accents. The away uniforms feature a white jersey with navy blue and red trim.

For the 2013 season, the Erie Otters introduced a gold alternate jersey.

This jersey features a navy blue shoulder yoke, navy blue and white stripes, and the cursive "Otters" wordmark centered across the chest. The design resembles the sweaters of the defunct Erie Blades, who played from 1975 to 1982.

For the 2016 season the Erie Otters began wearing these gold alternate jerseys for every Saturday home game throughout the regular season. With this change, the team also introduced gold helmets to pair with the new uniform set, rather than the blue helmets worn in previous seasons.

CoachesEdit

* indicates replacement mid-season.

Regular Season Playoffs
Coach First Season Last Season GP W L T OTL SOL PTS PCT% GP W L PTS PCT% Notes
Chris Johnstone 1996-97 1996-97* 39 11 25 3 0 0 25 .321 - - - - -
Dale Dunbar 1996-97* 1997-98 93 45 36 9 3 0 102 .548 12 4 8 8 .333 Mid-season replacement for Johnstone during 1996-97 season.
Paul Theriault 1998-99 1998-99 68 31 33 4 0 0 66 .485 5 1 4 1 .200
Dave MacQueen 1999-2000 2005-06 476 229 183 36 25 3 522 .548 64 38 26 76 .594
Peter Sidorkiewicz 2006-07 2007-08* 84 19 62 0 1 2 41 .244 - - - -
Robbie Ftorek 2007-08* 2012-13* 353 139 174 0 16 13 307 .436 16 4 12 8 .250 Mid-season replacement for Sidorkiewicz during 2007-08 season.
Kris Knoblauch 2012-13* Present 313 216 83 0 9 5 446 .712 64 42 22 84 .656 Mid-season replacement for Ftorek during 2012-13 season.

NHL AlumniEdit

NHL Draft PicksEdit

A total of 37 players have been selected at the NHL Entry Draft since the franchise relocated to Erie, including a five-year stretch from 1997–2001 in which seven members of the team were selected in the first round: Jason Ward (1997: 11th), Michael Rupp (1998: 9th), Tim Connolly (1999: 5th), Nikita Alexeev (2000: 8th), Brad Boyes (2000: 24th), Carlo Colaiacovo (2001: 17th) and Adam Munro (2001: 29th).

Connor McDavid became the only player in team history to be drafted first overall after being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on June 26, 2015.

Year Player Team Round Pick #
1997 Jason Ward Montreal Canadiens 1 11
1997 Patrick Dovigi Edmonton Oilers 2 41
1997 Adam Spylo San Jose Sharks 5 107
1998 Michael Rupp New York Islanders 1 9
1999 Tim Connolly New York Islanders 1 5
1999 Sean Dixon Montreal Canadiens 6 167
2000 Nikita Alexeev Tampa Bay Lightning 1 8
2000 Brad Boyes Toronto Maple Leafs 1 24
2000 Michael Rupp New Jersey Devils 3 76
2001 Carlo Colaiacovo Toronto Maple Leafs 1 17
2001 Adam Munro Chicago Blackhawks 1 29
2002 Brian Lee Anaheim Ducks 3 71
2002 Scott Dobben Ottawa Senators 4 113
2004 Josh Disher New Jersey Devils 6 185
2004 Chris Campoli New York Islanders 7 227
2005 Ryan O'Marra New York Islanders 1 15
2005 Mike Blunden Chicago Blackhawks 2 43
2007 Nick Palmieri New Jersey Devils 3 79
2007 Anthony Peluso St. Louis Blues 6 160
2007 Luke Gazdic Dallas Stars 6 172
2007 Zack Torquato Detroit Red Wings 6 178
2007 Josh Kidd Los Angeles Kings 7 184
2008 Mitch Gaulton New York Rangers 6 171
2009 Ryan O'Reilly Colorado Avalanche 2 33
2009 Jaroslav Janus Tampa Bay Lightning 6 162
2009 David Shields St. Louis Blues 6 168
2010 Greg McKegg Toronto Maple Leafs 3 62
2010 Andrew Yogan New York Rangers 4 100
2012 Adam Pelech New York Islanders 3 65
2012 Connor Brown Toronto Maple Leafs 6 156
2013 Andre Burakovsky Washington Capitals 1 23
2013 Connor Crisp Montreal Canadiens 3 71
2014 Kyle Pettit Vancouver Canucks 6 156
2015 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers 1 1
2015 Dylan Strome Arizona Coyotes 1 3
2015 Travis Dermott Toronto Maple Leafs 2 34
2016 Alex DeBrincat Chicago Blackhawks 2 39
2016 Taylor Raddysh Tampa Bay Lightning 2 58
2016 Jordan Sambrook Detroit Red Wings 5 137

Retired NumbersEdit

AccoladesEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Championship Type Season
J. Ross Robertson Cup OHL Champions 2001-02
Wayne Gretzky Trophy Western Conference Champions 2001-02
2014-15
2016-17
Hamilton Spectator Trophy 1st Place - Regular Season 2000-01
2015-16
2016-17
Holody Trophy Midwest Division Champions 1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17

CoachesEdit

Season Coach Award Won Award For
2000-01 Dave MacQueen Matt Leyden Trophy Coach of the Year
2015-16 Kris Knoblauch Matt Leyden Trophy Coach of the Year

PlayersEdit

Season Player(s) Award Won Award For
1999-00 Brad Boyes CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award
Bobby Smith Trophy OHL Scholastic Player of the Year
2000-01 Brad Boyes Red Tilson Trophy Most Outstanding Player
William Hanley Trophy Most Sportsmanlike Player
Joey Sullivan Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy Humanitarian of the Year
2001-02 Brad Boyes CHL Sportsman of the Year Award
Red Tilson Trophy Most Outstanding Player
William Hanley Trophy Most Sportsmanlike Player
Wayne Gretzky 99 Award Playoffs MVP
Cory Pecker Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy Overage Player of the Year
2003-04 Chris Campoli CHL Humanitarian of the Year
Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy Humanitarian of the Year
2006-07 Derrick Bagshaw Roger Neilson Memorial Award Top Academic University Player
Ryan O’Reilly Jack Ferguson Award First Overall Draft Pick
2011-12 Connor McDavid Jack Ferguson Award First Overall Draft Pick
Adam Pelech Bobby Smith Trophy Scholastic Player of the Year
Ivan Tennant Memorial Award Top Academic High School Player
2012-13 Connor McDavid Emms Family Award Top First Year Player
2013-14 Connor Brown Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy OHL Leading Scorer
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy Top Scoring Right Winger
Red Tilson Trophy Most Outstanding Player
CHL Top Scorer Award Highest Scoring Player in CHL
Dane Fox Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy Overage Player of the Year
Connor McDavid William Hanley Trophy Most Sportsmanlike Player
Bobby Smith Trophy Scholastic Player of the Year
Oscar Dansk & Devin Williams Dave Pinkney Trophy Lowest Team Goals Against
2014-15 Connor McDavid Red Tilson Trophy Most Outstanding Player
Bobby Smith Trophy Scholastic Player of the Year
Wayne Gretzky 99 Award Playoffs MVP
CHL Player of the Year
CHL Top Draft Prospect Award Top Eligible Draft Prospect in CHL
Dylan Strome Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy OHL Leading Scorer
William Hanley Trophy Most Sportsmanlike Player
CHL Top Scorer Award Highest Scoring Player in CHL
Alex DeBrincat Emms Family Award Top First Year Player
CHL Rookie of the Year
2016-17 Alex DeBrincat Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy OHL Leading Scorer
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy Top Scoring Right Winger
Darren Raddysh Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy Overage Player of the Year
Max Kaminsky Trophy Defenceman of the Year

Team RecordsEdit

Single season player recordsEdit

* indicates season still in progress.

Skater Statistic Position Record Holder 2nd Place 3rd Place
Total Player Season Total Player Season Total Player Season
Most Points Forwards 129 Dylan Strome 2014-15 128 Connor Brown 2013-14 127 Alex DeBrincat 2016-17
Defense 80 Darren Raddysh 2016-17 66 Chris Campoli 2003-04 55 Adam Pelech 2013-14
Most Goals Forwards 65 Alex DeBrincat 2016-17 64 Dane Fox 2013-14 53 Cory Pecker 2001-02
Defense 20 Chris Campoli 2003-04 16 Darren Raddysh 2016-17 16 Sean Courtney 2002-03
Most Assists Forwards 84 Dylan Strome 2014-15 83 Connor Brown 2013-14 76 Connor McDavid 2014-15
Defense 64 Darren Raddysh 2016-17 46 Chris Campoli 2003-04 45 Adam Pelech 2013-14
Highest Points/Game Forwards 2.550 Connor McDavid 2014-15 2.140 Dylan Strome 2016-17 2.020 Alex DeBrincat 2016-17
Defense 1.290 Darren Raddysh 2016-17 1.000 Carlo Colaiacovo 2002-03 0.990 Chris Campoli 2003-04
Highest Plus/Minus Forwards 67 Taylor Raddysh 2016-17 60 Connor McDavid 2014-15 60 Alex DeBrincat 2016-17
Defense 62 Darren Raddysh 2016-17 54 TJ Fergus 2016-17 52 Adam Pelech 2013-14
Most Penalty Minutes Forwards 169 Michael Liambas 2006-07 169 Michael Liambas 2007-08 163 Johnny McGuire 2011-12
Defense 176 Anthony Peluso 2006-07 169 Michael Liambas 2006-07 169 Michael Liambas 2007-08


Goalie records based on minimum of 1500 minutes played.

Goalie Statistic Record Holder 2nd Place 3rd Place
Total Player Season Total Player Season Total Player Season
Lowest Goal Against Average 2.310 Adam Munro 2000-01 2.360 Devin Williams 2015-16 2.370 Troy Timpano 2016-17
Best Save Percentage 0.926 Adam Munro 2000-01 0.923 Steve Valiquette 1997-98 0.918 T.J. Aceti 2001-02
Most Shutouts 6 J.F. Perras 1999-2000 6 Oscar Dansk 2013-14 5 Josh Disher 2003-04

Single season team recordsEdit

Losses are qualified as Regular Season losses. * indicates season still in progress.

Team Statistic Type Record Season 2nd Place 3rd Place
Total Season Total Season Total Season
Points Highest 106 2013-14 105 2015-16 104 2014-15
Lowest 26 2011-12 33 2006-07 40 2007-08
Wins Highest 52 2015-16 52 2013-14 50 2016-17
Lowest 10 2011-12 15 2006-07 18 2007-08
Win Percentage Highest 0.779 2013-14 0.772 2015-16 0.765 2014-15
Lowest 0.191 2011-12 0.243 2006-07 0.294 2007-08
Losses Highest 52 2011-12 50 2006-07 46 2007-08
Lowest 11 2000-01 14 2014-15 14 2013-14
Goals For Highest 331 2014-15 319 2016-17 312 2013-14
Lowest 169 2011-12 181 2002-03 186 2004-05
Goals Against Highest 378 2006-07 343 2007-08 338 2011-12
Lowest 170 2013-14 171 2000-01 182 2016-17
Goal Differential Highest +142 2013-14 +137 2016-17 +119 2014-15
Lowest -169 2006-07 -169 2011-12 -137 2007-08