Belleville Bulls
Belleville Bulls logo.svg
CityBelleville, Ontario
LeagueOntario Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionEast
Operated19812015
Home arenaYardmen Arena
ColoursBlack, red, gold, white
       
Franchise history
1981–2015Belleville Bulls
2015–presentHamilton Bulldogs
Belleville Bulls in action at home versus Oshawa Generals.
Belleville Bulls in action at home versus Oshawa Generals.

The Belleville Bulls were a junior ice hockey team, founded in 1981 and based in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. The team played in the Eastern Division of the Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League. The team moved to Hamilton, Ontario at the end of the 2014–15 OHL season.

History

The Belleville Bulls started in 1979 as a Junior Tier II team in the OHA. In their second season in 1980–81, the Bulls won the Tier II title, defeating the Guelph Platers in the league finals. The Bulls then competed in the national championship for the Manitoba Centennial Trophy hosted in Halifax, Nova Scotia losing in the finals to the Prince Albert Raiders.

On February 2, 1981, the OHL granted an expansion franchise to the city of Belleville and the ownership group of Dr. Robert L. Vaughan & Bob Dolan. Dr. Robert L. Vaughan remained an owner/co-owner of the team for over 20 years until he sold the team in 2004 to Gord Simmonds. Dr. Vaughan was awarded the Bill Long award in 1993 for distinguished service to the OHL.

In 1983, Belleville hosted the OHL All-Star Game, known then as the OHL Chrysler Cup.

The Bulls reached the OHL finals in 1986 versus a familiar foe from their Tier II days, the Guelph Platers. The Platers won the series in 6 games. In 1995 and 1996, the Bulls lost in the semi-finals to the Guelph Storm.

The 1999 season would be one for the memories when the Belleville Bulls would win it all. The Bulls defeated the London Knights 9–2 in game seven of the OHL championship series at the Yardmen Arena to win their first J. Ross Robertson Cup.

The Bulls competed in the 1999 Memorial Cup, hosted in Ottawa versus the Calgary Hitmen, Acadie-Bathurst Titan & Ottawa 67's. Belleville finished 3rd, losing to Ottawa 4–2 in the semifinal.

In the 2005–06 season, the Belleville Bulls celebrated their 25th anniversary in the OHL. The team also hosted the annual OHL All-Star game for the second time, on February 1, 2006. The Bulls set a season-best record of 102 points earned during the 2007–08 regular season.

In 2007–08, the Bulls made a trip to the Memorial Cup by virtue of Kitchener winning the Western Conference, and being the host, Belleville would get in as the OHL representative. The Bulls would lose the semi-final game 9-0 against the hosting team, the Kitchener Rangers, who would eventually lose to the Spokane Chiefs in the championship game.

On March 12, 2015, Michael Andlauer announced that he had acquired the Belleville Bulls, and that they would move to Hamilton's FirstOntario Centre for the 2015-16 season to become the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Hamilton Bulldogs, an American Hockey League franchise, was concurrently sold to the Montreal Canadiens and moved to St. John's, Newfoundland for the 2015-16 season as the St. John's IceCaps (the True North Sports and Entertainment-owned IceCaps, which was affiliated with the Winnipeg Jets, moved back to Winnipeg as the Manitoba Moose).[1]

Championships

Leyden Trophy East Division Regular Season Champions

Bobby Orr Trophy Eastern Conference Champions

J. Ross Robertson Cup Championships: 1999

Memorial Cup Appearances: 2

Coaches

Larry Mavety coached the Belleville Bulls for 14 seasons. He is third only to Brian Kilrea & Dale Hunter for amount of time coached with an OHL team

Lou Crawford was groomed by Mavety to replace him behind the Bulls' bench. Lou Crawford is the brother of NHL Coach Marc Crawford, who was also the coach of the St. John's Maple Leafs (now the Toronto Marlies) in the AHL, which played in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Their father, Floyd Crawford, was team captain of the 1959 World Champion Belleville McFarlands.

Former coaches Lou Crawford and Shawn MacKenzie both had brief NHL careers. George Burnett briefly coached with the Edmonton Oilers. James Boyd is the only former Bulls player to later coach the Belleville team.

List of Coaches

(Multiple years in parentheses)

Players

Award winners

CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
OHL Top Point Scorer.

Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
OHL Top Scoring Right Winger.

OHL Goaltender of the Year
Voted best goaltender in the OHL.

F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Best rookie goals against average.

  • 1982–1983 Dan Burrows
  • 1985–1986 Paul Henriques

Wayne Gretzky 99 Award
Playoffs MVP

Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy
Humanitarian of the year.

  • 1995–1996 Craig Mills
  • 2001–2002 David Silverstone
  • 2002–2003 Michael Mole
  • 2006–2007 Andrew Gibbons

William Hanley Trophy
Most sportsmanlike player.

Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy
Overage player of the year.

Bobby Smith Trophy
Scholastic player of the year.

Jack Ferguson Award
First overall draft pick.

Captains

Retired numbers

NHL alumni

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Legend: OL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout Loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1979–80 44 24 18 2 50 0.568 235 191 5th OPJHL
1980–81 44 35 7 2 72 0.818 273 138 1st OPJHL
1981–82 68 24 42 2 50 0.368 280 326 7th Leyden
1982–83 70 34 36 0 68 0.486 342 332 6th Leyden
1983–84 70 33 37 0 66 0.471 319 304 5th Leyden
1984–85 66 42 24 0 84 0.636 390 278 2nd Leyden
1985–86 66 37 27 2 76 0.576 305 268 2nd Leyden
1986–87 66 26 39 1 53 0.402 292 347 5th Leyden
1987–88 66 32 30 4 68 0.515 297 275 4th Leyden
1988–89 66 27 35 4 58 0.439 292 322 6th Leyden
1989–90 66 36 26 4 76 0.576 301 247 5th Leyden
1990–91 66 38 21 7 83 0.629 324 280 3rd Leyden
1991–92 66 27 27 12 66 0.500 314 293 6th Leyden
1992–93 66 21 34 11 53 0.402 280 315 6th Leyden
1993–94 66 32 28 6 70 0.530 303 264 4th Leyden
1994–95 66 32 31 3 67 0.508 295 287 4th Eastern
1995–96 66 35 26 5 75 0.568 300 250 3rd Eastern
1996–97 66 22 37 7 51 0.386 235 278 5th Eastern
1997–98 66 41 22 3 85 0.644 315 239 2nd Eastern
1998–99 68 39 22 7 85 0.625 334 246 2nd East
1999–2000 68 44 22 2 0 90 0.662 319 227 2nd East
2000–01 68 37 23 5 3 82 0.581 275 224 1st East
2001–02 68 39 23 4 2 84 0.603 279 218 1st East
2002–03 68 33 27 6 2 74 0.529 195 200 3rd East
2003–04 68 15 44 8 1 39 0.279 172 279 5th East
2004–05 68 29 29 6 4 68 0.471 176 208 3rd East
2005–06 68 32 28 5 3 72 0.529 202 225 3rd East
2006–07 68 39 24 0 5 83 0.610 260 227 1st East
2007–08 68 48 14 4 2 102 0.750 280 175 1st East
2008–09 68 47 17 2 2 98 0.721 258 176 1st East
2009–10 68 20 40 2 6 48 0.353 189 263 5th East
2010–11 68 21 43 0 4 46 0.338 175 271 4th East
2011–12 68 35 32 1 0 71 0.522 200 221 2nd East
2012–13 68 44 16 5 3 96 0.706 228 167 1st East
2013–14 68 23 38 4 3 53 0.390 206 285 4th East
2014–15 68 27 33 3 5 62 0.390 203 246 4th East

Playoffs

Uniforms and logos

Belleville bulls old logo.png
1999 to present:
1982 to 1998:

Bulls Uniforms

Arena

The team has played all homes games at the Belleville Yardmen Arena (capacity 3,257) for the existence of the franchise. The Yardmen Arena is part of the Quinte Sports Centre which is composed of the Yardmen Arena and the Wally Dever arena which is home to the Belleville McFarlands, an OHA Senior team, and is also used by minor hockey teams.

Capacity = 3,257
Ice Size = 199.5' x 99.5'

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hamilton Bulldogs sell AHL franchise, buy the OHL Belleville Bulls". CBC News. Retrieved 12 March 2015.