Southern Oregon Spartans

The Southern Oregon Spartans are an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)-sanctioned junior ice hockey team that plays in the Northwest Division of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL). The Spartans play their home games at The RRRink in Medford, Oregon.

Southern Oregon Spartans
CityMedford, Oregon
LeagueWestern States Hockey League
DivisionNorthwest
Founded2007
Home arenaThe RRRink
ColorsBlack, gold, white
              
Owner(s)Dylan and Brie Martin
General managerDylan Martin (2019–20)
Head coachDylan Martin (2019–20)
Franchise history
2007–2010Rogue Valley Wranglers
2010–presentSouthern Oregon Spartans

History

On May 25, 2007, it was announced by the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NorPac) that two expansion teams would begin play during the 2007–08 season, the Missoula Maulers and the Rogue Valley Wranglers.[1] When the Wranglers franchise was announced, the NorPac was a Tier III Junior B hockey league; however, on July 17, 2007, it was announced that the league and all its teams would be granted Tier III Junior A status.[2] Also on July 17, the team announced the signing of their first player, Robert Reiber, who was later traded to the Eugene Generals.[3][4]

After three seasons as the Wranglers, it was announced on February 20, 2010, that the team had been purchased by new ownership, led by Troy Irving and Forest Sexton,[5] and would be re-established as the Southern Oregon Spartans. The new ownership confirmed that Steve Chelios would be hired on as the general manager and head coach of the team. The team played that evening for the first time as the Spartans and revealed the new team and logo to a crowd of over 900 fans from throughout Southern Oregon.

Starting in the 2012–13 season, the Spartans joined the AAU-sanctioned Western States Hockey League (WSHL) and played out of the Northwest Division.

In 2019, the Spartans' management posted the franchise was for sale.[6] The team was then sold to Dylan and Brie Martin in June 2019.[7]

Season-by-season records

Glossary: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, PTS = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalty Minutes

SeasonGPWLOTWOTLSOLPtsGFGAPIMFinishPlayoffs
Rogue Valley Wranglers
2007–084834561304431,9427th of 7, Pacific
13th of 13 NorPac
Did not qualify
2008–09481472803761,2497th of 7, Pacific
13th of 13, NorPac
Did not qualify
2009–1048840161271811,3856th of 6, Pacific
12th of 12, NorPac
Did not qualify
Southern Oregon Spartans
2010–11503614722801491,6682nd of 6, Pacific
3rd of 11, NorPac
Won Div. Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Eugene Generals
Lost Div. Finals, 0–3 vs. Seattle Totems
2011–1242348682601621,8642nd of 7, NorPacWon Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Yellowstone Quake
Won Finals, 3–0 vs. Seattle Totems
CASCADE CUP CHAMPIONS
2012–1346261910531721721,7582nd of 5, Northwest
8th of 22, WSHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Ogden Mustangs
Lost Div. Finals, 0–2 vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads
1–1 in Thorne Cup Round Robin (wild card)
(L, 1–10 vs. Jr. Steelheads; W, 4–2 vs. Ice Jets)
Lost Semifinal game, 1–3 vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads
2013–1446123022281412091,0035th of 6, Northwest
18th of 24, WSHL
Did not qualify
2014–1546341110792291201,5753rd of 7, Northwest
6th of 28, WSHL
Won Div. Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Seattle Totems
Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–2 vs. Missoula Maulers
2015–165233181672271841,3953rd of 8, Northwest
10th of 29, WSHL
Won Div. Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Seattle Totems
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Missoula Maulers
2016–175233154702051241,1932nd of 7, Northwest
10th of 27, WSHL
Div. Quarterfinals, Bye
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Butte Cobras
2017–185112381251472531,5146th of 6, Northwest
20th of 23, WSHL
Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–2 vs. Bellingham Blazers
2018–195118292260[lower-alpha 1]2142161,1973rd of 4, Northwest
14th of 23, WSHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Bellingham Blazers
  1. Beginning with the 2018–19 season, the WSHL began awarding 3pts for a win, 2pts for an overtime win, and 1pt for an overtime loss.

References

  1. "NORPAC Announces Addition of Two Teams". NPHL. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  2. "NORPAC Officially Granted Tier-III A Status". NPHL. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
  3. "Wranglers Sign First Player". Rogue Valley Wranglers. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-07-17.
  4. "Stats & Standings". NPHL. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  5. "Wranglers under new ownership". Medford Mail Tribune. February 20, 2010. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011.
  6. "Spartans for sale". Facebook. April 25, 2019.
  7. "SOUTHERN OREGON LANDS NEW OWNERS". WSHL. June 28, 2019.
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