Wooster Oilers

The Wooster Oilers are a junior ice hockey team that played home games at the Alice Noble Ice Arena in Wooster, Ohio. As of 2019, it was not listed as a member of any league.

Wooster Oilers
CityWooster, Ohio
Home arenaAlice Noble Ice Arena
ColorsNavy, white, gold, and red
Owner(s)Deb Conrad
General managerAaron Hernandez
Head coachAaron Hernandez
Regular season titles2009–10 NJHL Knox Cup
2014–15 MnJHL Central Division Champions
Playoff championships2009–10 NJHL International Cup


The franchise started in 2006 as an expansion team in the America East Hockey League (AEHL). After the 2007–08 season the team moved to the United Junior Hockey League (UJHL) for the 2008–09 season along with two other AEHL teams. The Wooster Oilers finished third overall in their first season in the UJHL.

The following season after the UJHL collapsed, the Wooster Oilers, along with many other UJHL franchises, joined the Northern Junior Hockey League. After the 2009–10 season, the Oilers announced they would join the Tier III Great Lakes Junior Hockey League.[1]

The 2012–13 season brought changes again as the Oilers joined the USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL). The Oilers finished fifth overall in their inaugural season and made it to the semifinals in playoffs.

On December 18, 2014, the United States Premier Hockey League announced that it was adding the Central Division of the MnJHL teams to their new Midwest Division including the Oilers.[2] However, on February 12, 2015, the North American 3 Hockey League announced that its board of governors had approved the sale and relocation of the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks membership to owners of the Oilers for the 2015–16 season, allowing the Oilers to join the NA3HL.[3] Originally the owners had planned to play two Tier III teams for the 2015–16 season but by June it was reported that they had dropped their plans for the USPHL team and would only play in the NA3HL.[4]

However, after three seasons in the NA3HL, the Oilers left the league for the USPHL's Premier Division, now a non-sanctioned league, for the 2018–19 season.[5] In the 2019–20 season, the Oilers were no longer listed as active members of the USPHL.[6]

Season-by season records

SeasonGPWLTOTLPtsGFGARegular Season FinishPlayoffs
American East Hockey League
2006–0756321860702942242nd of 6, AEHL
2007–0852271870612322392nd AEHL
United Junior Hockey League
2008–09No statistics available
Northern Junior Hockey League
2009–105143503893451611st of 6
Knox Cup
International Cup
League Champions
Great Lakes Junior Hockey League
2010–11401921381621343rd of 5, East Div.Lost Round One, 0–2 vs. Michigan Ice Dogs
2011–124222191451911763rd of 5, East Div.Lost Round One, 0–2 vs. Michigan Ice Dogs
Minnesota Junior Hockey League
2012–135024224521982185th of 8, Great Lakes Div.Won Div. Quarterfinals vs. Fort Wayne Federals
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Illiana Blackbirds
2013–144621223451571196th of 8, Central Div.Won Div. Quarterfinals vs. Central Wisconsin Saints
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Marquette Royales
2014–153921162441781913rd of 6, Central Div.
7th of 14, MnJHL
Won Div. Quarterfinals, 2–0 vs. Tri-City Ice Hawks
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
Lost Crossover Semifinal, 0–2 vs. Dells Ducks
North American 3 Hockey League
2015–164719217451441834th of 6, East
23rd of 34, NA3HL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Metro Jets
2016–174715275351251725th of 6, East
36th of 48, NA3HL
Did not qualify
2017–184721224461361455th of 6, East
25th of 42, NA3HL
Did not qualify
2018–194416253351131535th of 6, Great Lakes
39th of 52, USPHL Premier
Lost qualifier game, 2–3 vs. Metro Jets Development Program


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