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 city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. The team plays its home games at the Art Hauser Centre.

Marc Habscheid, the current head coach of the Raiders.
Kyle Chipchura in action as a member of the Raiders.
Prince Albert Raiders
CityPrince Albert, Saskatchewan
LeagueWestern Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionEast
Founded1982 (1982)–83
Home arenaArt Hauser Centre
ColoursGreen, Black, Gold
              
General managerCurtis Hunt
Head coachMarc Habscheid
CaptainZack Hayes
Championships
  • 1985 Memorial Cup Champions
  • 1985, 2019 WHL Champions
Websitewww.raiderhockey.com

History

The early days

The Raiders started in 1971 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 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.

1984–85 season

Three years later, the Raiders were the best team in the WHL. Led 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 were; Tony Grenier, Dave Pasin, Pat Elynuik, Dave Manson, Ken Baumgartner, Dave Goertz and Emanuel Viveiros.

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

Championships

Current roster

Updated November 13, 2019.[1]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
2 Nolan Allan D L 16 2017 Davidson, Saskatchewan Eligible 2021
7 Remy Aquilon D L 18 2019 Kelowna, British Columbia Undrafted
35 Boston Bilous G L 18 2019 Langley, British Columbia Undrafted
16 Jakob Brook LW R 17 2017 Roblin, Manitoba Eligible 2020
14 Braydon Clark D R 17 2017 Langley, British Columbia Eligible 2020
36 Niall Crocker RW R 15 2019 Delta, British Columbia Eligible 2022
40 Kaiden Guhle D L 17 2017 Sherwood Park, Alberta Eligible 2020
Devan Harrison D L 19 2019 Dysart, Saskatchewan Undrafted
5 Zack Hayes (C) D L 20 2014 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted
22 Evan Herman LW L 17 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Eligible 2020
17 Michael Horon LW L 18 2019 Lethbridge, Alberta Undrafted
12 Landon Kosior D R 17 2019 Regina, Saskatchewan Eligible 2020
28 Tyson Laventure RW R 16 2018 Lloydminster, Alberta Eligible 2021
3 Jeremy Masella (A) D L 20 2018 Phoenix, Arizona Undrafted
11 Spencer Moe C R 19 2015 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted
29 Justin Nachbaur LW L 19 2015 Cross Lake, Manitoba Undrafted
26 Cole Nagy C R 18 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Undrafted
23 Eric Pearce C R 18 2016 Regina, Saskatchewan Undrafted
21 Aliaksei Protas (A) C L 18 2018 Vitebsk, Belarus 2019, 91st Overall, WSH
33 Carter Serhyenko G L 17 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Eligible 2021
18 Daniil Stepanov C R 18 2019 Minsk, Belarus Undrafted
25 Ilya Usau C L 18 2019 Minsk, Belarus Undrafted
15 Reece Vitelli RW R 18 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba Undrafted
27 Brayden Watts (A) LW L 20 2019 Bakersfield, California Undrafted
19 Ozzy Wiesblatt RW R 17 2017 Calgary, Alberta Eligible 2020

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

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPointsFinishPlayoffs
1971–724432120-277185513rd SJHL
1972–734833150-284202481st SJHL North
1973–745035150-228204701st SJHLWon League
1974–755839190-351210781st SJHL North
1975–765847101-377184951st SJHLWon League, Won Anavet Cup
1976–776045141-392242911st SJHL NorthWon League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1977–785941171-391220831st SJHLWon League, Won Anavet Cup
1978–796044133-405221911st SJHLWon League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1979–806045141-381197911st SJHLWon League, Won Anavet Cup
1980–81605073-4541991031st SJHLWon League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1981–82605730---1141st SJHLWon League, Won Anavet Cup, Won Centennial Cup
1982–837216551-312455338th EastOut of playoffs
1983–847241292-411357845th EastLost in first round
1984–857258113-4812551161st EastWon championship and Memorial Cup
1985–867252173-4242571072nd EastLost East Division final
1986–877243263-346264893rd EastLost East Division semi-final
1987–887243245-373284913rd EastLost East Division semi-final
1988–897237332-302286764th EastLost East Division quarter-final
1989–907238331-302286772nd EastLost East Division final
1990–917238295-337284814th EastLost East Division quarter-final
1991–927250202-3562611021st EastLost East Division final
1992–937225425-252317559th EastOut of playoffs
1993–947231374-326321668th EastOut of playoffs
1994–957244262-308267902nd EastLost East Division final
1995–967247196-3092501002nd EastLost Eastern Conference final
1996–977229349-235262675th EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
1997–987220475-322288456th EastOut of playoffs
1998–997245225-288213951st EastLost Eastern Conference final
1999–0072263367221257654th EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2000–0172184734204348436th EastOut of playoffs
2001–0272264123234324575th EastOut of playoffs
2002–0372273735185258625th EastOut of playoffs
2003–0472382365215186872nd EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2004–0572313254185191713rd EastLost Eastern Conference final
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLGFGAPointsFinishPlayoffs
2005–06722536110167228615th EastOut of playoffs
2006–0772273933203266604th EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2007–0872264232196248576th EastOut of playoffs
2008–0972313641233270674th EastOut of playoffs
2009–1072323532229249695th EastOut of playoffs
2010–1172313623247283674th EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2011–1272214533219312486th EastOut of playoffs
2012–1372372834234233812nd EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2013–1472353232243258754th EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2014–1572313722215257665th EastOut of playoffs
2015–1672382671222223842nd EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2016–1772214452198283496th EastOut of playoffs
2017–1872322794245250775th EastLost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2018–19685410223071561121st EastWon championship

WHL Championship history

  • 1984-85: Win, 4-0 vs Kamloops
  • 2018-19: Win, 4-3 vs Vancouver

Playoffs

SJHL Years

  • 1972 Lost Semi-final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-2
Melville Millionaires defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2
  • 1973 Lost Semi-final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-1
Humboldt Broncos defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Saskatoon Olympics 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Estevan Bruins 4-games-to-1 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2
  • 1975 Lost Final
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Saskatoon Olympics 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-none
Swift Current Broncos defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-none SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) 4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Spruce Grove Mets (AJHL) defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Melville Millionaires 4-games-to-2 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Dauphin Kings (MJHL) 4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Calgary Canucks (AJHL) 4-games-to-1 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL) 4-games-to-none CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-3
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-1 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Kildonan North Stars (MJHL) 4-games-to-none ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Merritt Centennials (BCJHL) 4-games-to-1 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
Guelph Platers (OPJHL) defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-3
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-2 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) 4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders (AJHL) 4-games-to-2 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
First in 1979 Centennial Cup round robin (3-1)
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) 5-4 OT in final CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Weyburn Red Wings 4-games-to-1
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-2
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-2 SJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) 4-games-to-2 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Red Deer Rustlers (AJHL) defeated Prince Albert Raiders 4-games-to-2
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Battleford Barons 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Moose Jaw Canucks 4-games-to-3 SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated St. Boniface Saints (MJHL) 4-games-to-1 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated St. Albert Saints (AJHL) 4-games-to-none ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
First in 1981 Centennial Cup round robin (3-1)
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Belleville Bulls (OPJHL) 6-2 in final CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Humboldt Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Swift Current Broncos 4-games-to-none
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Yorkton Terriers 4-games-to-none SAJHL CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Fort Garry Blues (MJHL) 4-games-to-2 ANAVET CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated St. Albert Saints (AJHL) 4-games-to-1 ABBOTT CUP CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders defeated Guelph Platers (OJHL) 4-games-to-none CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS

WHL Years

See also

References

  1. WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2019-10-23
Preceded by
Rockland Nationals
Centennial Cup Champions
1977
Succeeded by
Guelph Platers
Preceded by
Guelph Platers
Centennial Cup Champions
1979
Succeeded by
Red Deer Rustlers
Preceded by
Red Deer Rustlers
Centennial Cup Champions
1981 and 1982
Succeeded by
North York Rangers
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