|Operated||1969 to 1992|
|Home arena||Cornwall Civic Complex|
|Colours||Blue, white and red|
|Championships||1972, 1980, & 1981 Memorial Cup Champions|
The Cornwall Royals were a junior ice hockey team based in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. The team played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1969 to 1981 and the Ontario Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. This team should not be confused with other Cornwall Royals teams that played in the QSHL, MMJHL, or OHA-B.
From 1961 until 1969, the Cornwall Royals were successful members of the Central Junior A Hockey League. After an application to join the OHL was rejected, the franchise became one of the inaugural teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1969. The Cornwall Royals were one of the league's premier teams during its tenure in the QMJHL, winning 3 Memorial Cup titles. For the 1981–82 season, the team transferred into the Ontario Hockey League.
The Royals suffered through many tough seasons and poor attendance after moving to the OHL. The switch in leagues alienated many die-hard fans from across the Quebec border. Seeking better fortunes, the franchise moved to Newmarket, Ontario to play as the Newmarket Royals in 1992. In 1994 the team was bought by the Ciccarelli brothers and moved to Sarnia, Ontario as the Sarnia Sting.
The Cornwall Royals are one of only 7 clubs to win consecutive Memorial Cup championships. They did so in 1980 and 1981. In total, the Royals won 3 Memorial Cups, 3 President's Cups, and 5 division titles while in the QMJHL. The Royals did not win any OHL championships.
CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 1966, 1967, 1968
Jean Rougeau Trophy
West Division Trophy
Lebel Division Trophy
Orval Tessier guided the Cornwall Royals to the Memorial Cup championship in 1972. Doug Carpenter coached the 1980 Royals, and Bob Kilger in 1981.
Marc Crawford was a former Cornwall Royals player who came back to coach. He would win the Stanley Cup coaching the Colorado Avalanche. He also coached the Vancouver Canucks, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Dallas Stars.
(Multiple years in parentheses)
*1982–83 coaches Bob Kilger, Bill Murphy, Gord Woods, Jocelyn Guevremont
The Cornwall Royals graduated 55 players to the National Hockey League. From these alumni, 31 played for the Royals in the QMJHL, and 29 played for the Royals in the OHL, and 5 played for the Royals in both leagues.
Michel Brière Commemorative Trophy
Guy Lafleur Trophy
Jean Béliveau Trophy
Emile Bouchard Trophy
Jacques Plante Commemorative Trophy
Mike Bossy Trophy
Frank J. Selke Commemorative Trophy
Red Tilson Trophy
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
Max Kaminsky Trophy
OHL Goaltender of the Year
Emms Family Award
Bobby Smith Trophy
Three alumni of the Cornwall Royals have been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. The first was New York Islanders goalie Billy Smith. Smith was the inaugural goalie for the Royals in the QMJHL during the 1969–70 season. After that season he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings. Dale Hawerchuk is the second inductee. He led the Royals to two Memorial Cup championships in 1980 and 1981. He was drafted first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. The most recent inductee is Doug Gilmour. Gilmour was a big part of the back to back Memorial Cup Titles in '80 and '81, and later won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989, scoring the Cup winning goal. He also captained the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1993 to 1997.
The Cornwall Royals used similar red, white and blue uniforms for their entire 24-year existence. Their unusual logo was the winning entry in a contest, hand drawn by a local child.
The Cornwall Royals played out of the Water Street Arena from 1969 to 1976 while in the QMJHL. The Arena, renamed in honour of Si Miller, the city's Director of Parks and Recreation for more than 30 years, was torn down in 2012.
From 1976 to 1992 the Royals played out for the Cornwall Civic Complex, located across the road from their previous arena. The arena hosted the 1990 Chrysler Challenge Cup, the annual All-Star game between the OHL and the QMJHL, which the OHL won by a score of 3 to 0.