|League||Ontario Hockey League|
|Home arena|| Progressive Auto Sales Arena |
|Colours||Black, white and gold |
|Owner(s)|| Derian Hatcher |
|General manager||Nick Sinclair|
|Head coach||Derian Hatcher|
|Affiliate(s)|| Sarnia Legionnaires |
The Sarnia Sting are a junior ice hockey team based in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. They are one of the 20 teams that make up the Ontario Hockey League. They play out of the Progressive Auto Sales Arena(formerly the Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre).
On January 22, 2015, now retired NHL forward David Legwand, who played for the Ottawa Senators at the time, and retired NHL defenseman Derian Hatcher entered an agreement to purchase the Sarnia Sting.The transfer of ownership was approved by the OHL Board of Governors and completed on March 4, 2015.
The franchise was granted in 1969 as one of the inaugural teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. At the time, the team was located in Cornwall, Ontario and known as the Cornwall Royals . During the team's tenure in the QMJHL the Royals won the Memorial Cup in 1972, 1980, and in 1981.[ citation needed ]
For the 1981–82 season, the team transferred to the Ontario Hockey League. In 1992, the franchise moved again to Newmarket, Ontario to play as the Newmarket Royals.[ citation needed ]
In 1994, the team was bought by the Ciccarelli brothers and moved to Sarnia, Ontario. Robert Ciccarelli, voted OHL Executive of the Year in 1999–2000,was the team's president and governor until January 2015, when the team was sold to its current owners, former NHL defenseman Derian Hatcher and former NHL forward David Legwand.
In 2018, Dan Carcillo made accusations of hazing during the 2002–03 OHL season.League commissioner David Branch responded with sanctions against the Sting. The club implemented changes in its routines to avoid further incidents.
The Sarnia Sting are in quest of their first J. Ross Robertson Cup and first Memorial Cup. The 1996–97 season was the closest the team came to the OHL Championship, but lost in the quarter-finals to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3. The lone title so far came in the 2003–04 season, when the team won the OHL West Division, winning the Bumbacco Trophy, but were later eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. The Sarnia Sting won their second West Division title in 2016. They beat the Guelph Storm 7-1 to clinch the division. That was their first division title in 12 years. On Saturday March 19, 2016 the Sarnia Sting broke a franchise record from 2002-2003 capturing 41 wins and 91 points to end the 2015-2016 OHL season.
Multiple seasons in parentheses.
Bobby Smith Trophy
CHL Rookie of the Year
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
Emms Family Award
F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Ivan Tennant Memorial Award
Jack Ferguson Award
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy
OHL Executive of the Year
On January 12, 2018, the Sarnia Sting officially retired the first number in franchise history, Steven Stamkos' number 91. There are also banners in honour of Shawn Burr and Kerry Fraser. Banners that were once hung, but have since been taken down, include the ones of Aaron Brand and Peter Sarno who both won OHL scoring titles, Trevor Letowski, who all participated at IIHF World U20 Championships in 1997, and Danny Fritsche who won gold with the United States men's national junior ice hockey team in 2004.
Legend: OT = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss
|Total||1,692||776||737||72||69||38||1,731||0.512||6,065||6,282||2 Division Titles|
The original Sarnia Sting jersey (worn from 1994/95 - 1998/99) showed a bee playing hockey with its stinger poised. The team's colours were black, white and silver. An alternate jersey (worn from 1997/98 - 1998/99) had a yellow background and a bee holding a stick about the Sarnia name on the chest.
The current jerseys include a white jersey with a bee in the center and a black jersey with a bee in the center. The team got new jerseys during the 2019-20 season. During the first half of the season, the team wears the white uniform at home while during the second half of the season they wear the black uniform at home.
During the 2012 offseason the team held a contest to design the team's alternate jersey for the season. The new jersey is yellow with black and white stripes down the arm. The logo is round and includes a picture of the Blue Water Bridge in the background with a bee in the center. Around the bridges and the bee it is inscribed "Sarnia Sting" on top and "Hockey Club" on the bottom.
Relocation from Newmarket, Ontario in 1994 was made on the promise that a new arena would be built in Sarnia. In the meantime the team played their first four seasons at Sarnia Arena located in the downtown area.
In 1998–99 the Sting played their first season at their new home, The Sarnia Sports and Entertainment Centre (now known as the Progressive Auto Sales Arena). It's a more modern facility with private boxes and many other amenities. The new building also hosted the Ontario Hockey League All Star Game in 1999, and the RE/Max Canada-Russia Challenge in 2004.
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