The Cambridge Hornets – Legends of Major League hockey

One of the victorious ice hockey teams from Major League Hockey has been the Cambridge Hornets. It has been the Senior AAA team from Cambridge, Ontario. The team marked its entry in the OHA Senior A hockey league back in 1960 with the name of Galt Terriers which became the Allan Cup Champion in just a year. Later on, it claimed more titles with the name of Galt Hornets and then the Cambridge Hornets. The members of this ice hockey team also managed to join the Hall of Fame for their brilliant performance.

Let us have a look at all the ups and downs of this great ice hockey team right from the beginning.

The Cambridge Hornets as former Galt Terriers

As stated earlier, the Hornets started their career as the Galt Terriers from the platform of OHA Senior A Hockey League. The Galt Terriers were the champions of Allan Cup in 1961 in their very first season.  Following this victory, the Terriers participated in the Ice Hockey World Championship in the next year and represented Canada at the event. They were victorious to 2nd place in that tournament and won the silver medal for it. The notable players which participated in that tournament on behalf of Galt Terriers, included Darryl Sly, Dave Dryden, Bill Wylie and Tod Sloan.

Galt Terriers uprising as Galt Hornets

After claiming victories in the Allan Cup and the Hockey World Championship, the Galt Terriers renamed themselves as Galt Hornets. This team claimed more victories in the upcoming years. It won Allan Cup twice in the seasons of 1969 and 1971.

Galt Hornets renamed themselves as Cambridge Hornet

In 1973, when the Galt city was merged into the Cambridge city, the Galt Hornets also decided to change their name to Cambridge Hornets.

Cambridge Hornets joining the Major Hockey League.

When the Cambridge Hornets earned name for their various victories, they decided to join the South-Western Senior A Hockey League in 1999.Later on the league renamed itself as Major League Hockey in 2003. At that time, the Cambridge Hornets were playing under the Ontario Hockey Association which was part of the Major League Hockey.

In the major hockey league season 2005-06, the Cambridge Hornets was able to acquire the third position in the ice hockey tournament. It was in January 2006, when Chris Mackenzie joined the Cambridge Hornets team. He was a former semi-hockey player at that time. According to information listed on his driving license and health card, he was a permanent resident of Toronto. However, he used to spend most of his time in Indianapolis, Indiana. This was kind of violation of the player’s residency rules of Major League Hockey.

Two member teams of the Major Hockey League filed a complaint against the Cambridge Hornets for violating the residency rule for one of its player. This issue also resulted in a series of defeat for the Cambridge Hornets in the upcoming seasons. Due to season by season defeat, the Cambridge Hornets dropped to fifth place in league. Later on, they even lost their position to the last position in the season. At that time, Irate was the owner of the Cambridge Hornets team. He got engraved over this issue. So, he pulled his team out of the League and filed a case for the damages that Cambridge Hornets had to face. Since then, the Cambridge Hornets did not participated in any other season or event.

Players who played for Cambridge Hornets in the 1979-80 Season

As a part of Continental Senior A Hokey League, the Hornets took part  in the 1979-80 season. The statistics of some of the players are available on the team database who participated in the tournament on behalf of the Cambridge Hornets. They include:

  • Jeff Allan: He represented the Cambridge Hornets as Major League professional member in the season
  • Tim Barber: He was a semi-professional player in the team for the season 1979-80
  • Jeff Baun: He was another semi-professional player who was able to score 30 points in the tournament
  • Bob Blanchet: He was the goal keeper of the Cambridge Hornets with professional level of Major league
  • Rick Bolan: he was a minor pro of the Hornets who scored 25 points in the season
  • Dave Cressman: he was another major league professional who claimed 38 points in the 1979-80 season.
  • Brian Crichton: He was also a Semi-professional with 43 points in the season
  • Glen Crichton: Like his brother, he was also a Semi-professional and showed good performance by scoring 20 points in the whole season
  • Drew Halden: He was another brilliant Semi-professional player with 15 points in the tournament
  • Ralph Hopiavouri: He was a Major League professional who claimed 3 points of the season
  • Mike Kinnear: He was another Semi-professional member of the team
  • Ken Kitching: He showed his performance in the season as a Goal Keeper
  • Mike McParland: This European Elite professional level player was the Captain of the Cambridge Hornets
  • Rick Molinaro: He was a Minor pro of the team
  • Bob Peace: This semi-professional player also serve the Hornets as a Captain and scored 48 points in the season
  • Dave peace: This Minor Pro scored one of the highest scores in the season by acquiring 72 points
  • Arnie Porter: He claimed 31 points as a Semi-professional player in the team
  • Carl Reinhart: He was another high scorer semi-professional who acquired 69 points
  • Dave Tataryn: This Major professional level player claimed 1 point in the tournament

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