Red Lake Miners

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Red Lake Miners
ER Miners.jpg
City Red Lake, Ontario, Canada
League Superior International Junior Hockey League
Founded2013
Home arenaCochenour Arena
ColoursBlack, yellow, and white
General manager Geoff Walker [1] (2019–20)
Head coachGeoff Walker (2019–20)
Franchise history
2013–2018English River Miners
2018–presentRed Lake Miners

The Red Lake Miners are a Canadian junior 'A' ice hockey team based in Red Lake, Ontario. The Miners play in Hockey Canada's Superior International Junior Hockey League.

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History

In May 2013, the SIJHL announced that the Ear Falls Eagles would be joining the league for the 2013–14 season. [2] Weeks later, it was announced that the team would instead be called the English River Miners to better represent the entire community. [3]

On September 20, 2013, the Miners played the first game in their franchise's history in Dryden, Ontario, against the Dryden Ice Dogs. The Miners lost 4–2 after giving up two last minute goals, one of which was on an empty net. Nathan Johnson scored the first goal in team history 6:06 into the first period. [4] Greg Harney played the first game in net, making 32 saves. On October 10, 2013, the Miners picked up their first franchise victory, on home ice, defeating the Wisconsin Wilderness by a score of 3–1. [5] Devan Vander Wyk scored the eventual game-winning goal 3:47 into the third period, while Holden Melgoza made 29 saves for the victory. [6]

After finishing last in the SIJHL in their second season, Derek Sweet-Coulter was named head coach for Miners in 2015. [7] One season later, the English River Miners moved to Red Lake, Ontario, with the Cochenour Arena as their home ice. In August 2018, the team rebranded as the Red Lake Miners. [8] [9] Sweet-Coulter led the Miners for four seasons before leaving to coach for the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League after winning the SIJHL Coach of the Year in 2019. [10] [11]

Former professional hockey player Geoff Walker was then hired as general manager and head coach for the 2019–20 season. [12] Walker came to Red Lake after one season leading the Hinton Wildcats in the Western States Hockey League to a 23–19–1–2 record in the team's only season.

Season-by-season records

SeasonGPWLOTLPtsGFGAResultsPlayoffs
2013–145621305471852284th of 6Won quarterfinals, 2–4 (Ice Dogs)
Lost semifinals, 0–4 (Lakers)
2014–155610415251592955th of 5Lost quarterfinals, 0–3 (North Stars)
2015–165612377311442395th of 5Won quarterfinals, 3–2 (Iron Rangers)
Lost semifinals, 0–4 (Lakers)
2016–175631214662201973rd of 6Won semifinals 4–1 (North Stars)
Lost league finals, 0–4 (Ice Dogs)
2017–185628235611882094th of 6Lost quarterfinals, 1–3 (Lakers)
2018–195638153792781932nd of 6Won semifinals, 4–1 (Norskies)
Lost league finals, 1–4 (North Stars)
2019–205532185691961762nd of 6Season cancelled

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