Fernie Ghostriders

The Fernie Ghostriders are a junior 'B' ice hockey team based in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Eddie Mountain Division of the Kootenay Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The Ghostriders play their home games at the Fernie Memorial Arena in Fernie, British Columbia. Barb Anderson is the team's president; Jeff Wagner is the general manager and coach. They are currently captained by Mitch Titus.

Fernie Ghostriders
CityFernie, British Columbia
LeagueKootenay International Junior Hockey League
ConferenceKootenay
DivisionEddie Mountain
Founded1991 (1991) (RMJHL)
Home arenaFernie Memorial Arena
ColoursBlack, Red, Silver and White
                   
General managerJeff Wagner (2018)
Head coachJeff Wagner (2018)
Websitefernieghostriders.com
Franchise history
1991-presentFernie Ghostriders

The Ghostriders joined the KIJHL in 2004 as an expansion team, after they played junior 'A' in the RMJHL from 1991–99; the AWHL from 1999-2003; and the NAHL in 2003-04. In its RMJHL history, the team has won one division playoff title as a member of the Kootenay Division from 1991-1996. In its AWHL history, the Ghostriders have won the Bourne Cup once, in 1999. In its KIJHL history, the team has won the KIJHL Championship twice, in 2007 and 2008. They won two division playoff titles as a member of the Eddie Mountain Division from 2004-2007, one playoff title as a member of the Eastern Division of the Neil Murdoch Conference from 2007-2008 and four consecutive playoff titles as a member of the Eddie Mountain Division from 2008-2012; one conference playoff title as a member of the Kootenay Conference from 2007-2012.

The Ghostriders takes its name from the Ghost Rider, an iconic shadow that appears on Mount Hosmer and is visible from the city. Mount Hosmer appears on the team's current and past logo.

Team history

1991–1999: RMJHL

The Ghostriders began in 1991 as one of the charter members of the Southern Division of the now defunct Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League (RMJHL). The Ghostriders missed the 1993 season but came back with a vengeance, capturing the Southern Division in 1994. In 1996, after not qualifying to make the playoffs the year prior, the Ghostriders dramatically improved, making it to the Finals, but only to lose to the history-rich Prince George Spruce Kings, four-games-to-one. The following year, looking for vengeance after losing the RMJHL Championship the year before, the Ghostriders once again made it to the Finals, this time being swept four-games-to-none to the regular season lead-leading Cranbrook Colts. In 1998, after making it to the Finals two years in-a-row, they got beat four-games-to-one, in the Semifinals, by the same team who beat them for the championship the previous year, the Cranbrook Colts. The next year the Ghostriders made it the last-ever RMJHL Finals, losing to the league lead-leading Kimberley Dynamiters four-games-to-two.

1999–2003: AWHL

When the RMJHL folded in 1999 the Ghostriders moved to the America West Hockey League (AWHL), winning the championship in 2000, and made an appearance in the Gold Cup National Championship. The Ghostriders were US Junior National Gold Cup Bronze Medal Winners in 2002

2003–2004: NAHL

They played in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for one season before their move down, but their franchise rights were sold to a Kalamazoo, Michigan based group.

2004–2008: KIJHL - Immediate success

In 2004 the Ghostriders moved down to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), opting to be a large fish in the junior 'B' pond rather than a small fish in the junior 'A' pond. The Ghostriders immediately made a mark on the KIJHL, finishing third overall in 2006 and winning their division. In arguably their finest season ever, the Ghostriders dramatically won the 2007 championship in come-from-behind fashion on home ice against the Nelson Leafs, but did not fare as well in the 2007 Cyclone Taylor Cup, losing all of their games. The following year they won the championship again, this time on the road in Kamloops against the Kamloops Storm and also winning bronze in the 2008 Cyclone Taylor Cup against the Victoria Cougars, the 2008 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions.

2008–2014: Success continues

In 2009 with the Ghostriders looking for a three-peat, the Fernie-based squad made it to the semifinals of the KIJHL, only to lose to the Nelson Leafs in the best of five series. The next year they made it all the way to the Kootenay Conference Final, but only to lose to the Nelson Leafs four-games-to-one in the best of seven series. In 2011 the Ghostriders once again made it to the Conference Final, but they lost four-games-to-two against the Castlegar Rebels. Looking for redemption after the Ghostriders lost to the Rebels in the third round of the playoffs, they hosted the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup, the BC junior 'B' provincial championships making it to the gold medal game, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Fernie Memorial Arena, only to lose to the VIJHL Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions, the Peninsula Panthers, the same score the Ghostriders beat the Victoria Cougars for bronze in the 2008 Cyclone Taylor Cup, 5-3. The following year after winning the division playoff title and advancing to the third round of the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year, the Ghostriders lost in the Conference Final once again, this time losing to the regular season lead-leading and 2012 KIJHL Champions, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, four-games-to-one. In 2013, the Golden Rockets ended the Ghostriders streak of seven consecutive playoff division titles, where they prevailed over the Ghostriders, four-games-to-two, in the Division Finals.

2014–present: Return of Craig Mohr

After a disappointing early exit from the 2013-14 playoffs, the Ghostriders brought Craig Mohr back to Fernie as head coach and general manager, the club's coach for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. The Ghostriders finished the 2014-15 regular season at the top of the Eddie Mountain division and second overall in the league, before defeating the Golden Rockets in the first round of playoffs. The division finals saw the Ghostriders pitched against the Kimberley Dynamiters, where an exciting series culminated in Kimberley taking the division playoff title in six games. The Dynamiters progressed to eventually win the 2014-15 KIJHL Championship and placed second in the Cyclone Taylor Cup. The 2015-16 Ghostriders roster featured a younger side than in past years, with a strong local contingent and Cole Keebler as captain. After battling a plague of injuries throughout the regular season, the Ghostriders faced the defending league champion Dynamiters in the first round of playoffs and were defeated in five games. The 2016-17 squad will be led by Alex Cheveldave.

Fernie Memorial Arena disaster

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017 there was an ammonia leak at the Fernie Memorial Arena which killed three workers (two City of Fernie employees and one CIMCO refrigeration employee from Calgary) during the Ghostriders regular season. Because of this tragedy, the City of Fernie declared a state-of-emergency and people had to evacuate the area for days. The 'Riders were relocated because of this to the Elk Valley Leisure Centre in Sparwood, British Columbia during the 2017-18 KIJHL season for the unforeseeable future, until the City of Fernie decided what to do.[1][2] The City of Fernie decided to replace ammonia for a synthetic refrigerant prior to the 2018-19 KIJHL season and will operate back to the Fernie Memorial Arena.[3]

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

Records as of March 3, 2017.[4][5]

SeasonGPWLTOTLPtsGFGAFinishPlayoffs
1991-925226242542672943rd, Kootenay Lost in Division Semifinals, 0-4 (Colts)
1992-93Did not participate
1993-945219321392121584th, Kootenay Lost in Division Semifinals, 0-4 (Dynamiters)
1994-955215370301993526th, KootenayDid not qualify
1995-965832242662822603rd, Kootenay Lost in Finals, 1-4 (Spruce Kings)
1996-976031263652672523rd, RMJHL Lost in Finals, 0-4 (Colts)
1997-985425272522193033rd, RMJHLLost in Semifinals, 1-4 (Colts)
1998-994527180541641652nd, RMJHL Lost in Finals, 2-4 (Dynamiters)
1999-00584882982731391st, AWHLBourne Cup Champions
2000-016031254662102106th, AWHL Lost in Conference Quarterfinals (Bulls)
2001-025637163772561893rd, AWHL Lost in Finals (Icedogs) won bronze medal at gold cup championship
2002-035623294501912205th, North
2003-045612386301462707th, WestDid not qualify
2004-0550172814391672204th, Eddie MountainLost in Division Semifinals, 2-4 (Dynamiters)
2005-065035933762231371st, Eddie MountainLost in League Semifinals, 0-3 (Nitehawks)
2006-075238104802542451st, Eddie MountainKIJHL Champions, 4-2 (Leafs)
2007-085232173671841451st, Neil Murdoch KIJHL Champions, 4-2 (Storm)
2008-095230157671721532nd, Eddie MountainLost in League Semifinals, 0-3 (Leafs)
2009-105041711842431031st, Eddie MountainLost in Conference Finals, 1–4 (Leafs)
2010-115042503872651181st, Eddie MountainLost in Conference Finals, 2-4 (Rebels)
2011-1252351205752371481st, Eddie Mountain Lost in Conference Finals, 1-4 (Nitehawks)
2012-1352351313741951521st, Eddie Mountain Lost in Division Finals, 2-4 (Rockets)
2013-1452242206541731753rd, Eddie MountainLost in Division Semifinals, 1-4 (Dynamiters)
2014-1552371113782341511st, Eddie Mountain Lost Division Finals, 2-4 (Dynamiters)
2015-1652272005591691484th, Eddie MountainLost Division Semifinals, 1-4 (Dynamiters)
2016-1747261812551851513rd, Eddie MountainLost Division Semifinals, 2-4 (Dynamiters)
2017-1847152813341532144th, Eddie MountainLost Division Semifinals, 1-4 (Dynamiters)
2018-1949261844601681342nd of 5, Eddie Mountain
5th of 20 KIJHL
Won Division Semifinals, 4-0 (Rockies)
Lost Division Semifinal 0-4 (Dynamiters)

Playoffs

Records as of March 3, 2017.[6][7][8]

Season1st Round2nd Round3rd RoundFinals
1991–92L, 0-4, Cranbrook
1992–93Did not participate
1993–94L, 0-4, Kimberley
1994–95Did not qualify
1995–96W, 4-0, NelsonW, 4-0, KimberleyL, 1-4, Prince George
1996–97W, 4-2, CastlegarW, 4-0, KimberleyL, 0-4, Cranbrook
1997–98ByeL, 1-4, Cranbrook
1998–99W, 4-3, NelsonL, 2-4, Kimberley
1999–03Playoff statistics not available
2003–04Did not qualify
2004–05L, 2-4, Kimberley
2005–06W, 4-3, GoldenW, 4-3, KimberleyL, 0-3, Beaver Valley
2006–07W, 4-0, Columbia ValleyW, 4-0, Creston ValleyW, 3-0, KamloopsW, 4-2, Nelson
2007–08ByeW, 4-3, KimberleyW, 4-2, Beaver ValleyW, 4-2, Kamloops
2008–09W, 4-1, GoldenW, 4-1, KimberleyL, 0-3, Nelson
2009–10W, 4-0, GoldenW, 4-0, Creston ValleyL, 1-4, Nelson
2010-11W, 4-0, KimberleyW, 4-3, Creston ValleyL, 2-4, Castlegar
2011-12W, 4-0, GoldenW, 4-3, KimberleyL, 1-4, Beaver Valley
2012-13W, 4-2, Columbia ValleyL, 2-4, Golden
2013-14L, 1-4, Kimberley
2014-15W, 4-1, GoldenL, 2-4, Kimberley
2015-16L, 1-4, Kimberley
2016-17L, 2-4, Kimberley
2017-18L, 1-4, Kimberley

Notes

  1. The RMJHL playoffs had three playoff rounds.
  2. The final 1998-99 RMJHL playoffs had two playoff rounds.

Cyclone Taylor Cup

Records as of March 3, 2017.[9]

SeasonGold Medal GameBronze Medal Game
2006-07Statistics not available
2007-08W, 5-3, Victoria
2010–11L, 3-5, Peninsula

Notes

  1. The Ghostriders hosted the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup, in Fernie, British Columbia, at the Fernie Memorial Arena.

Alumni

Captains

Awards and trophies

References

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