Prince Albert Raiders
The Prince Albert Raiders are a Junior Hockey team from Prince Albert, a town in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. They play in one of the three highest Canadian Junior Hockey League, the Western Hockey League.
- 3.1 SJHL Raiders
- 3.2 WHL Raiders
The beginnings ( 1972-1982 )
In 1972, the Prince Albert Raiders were founded and initially played in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, a junior league second-rate, where she quickly became one of the most successful junior teams in Canada Category II Junior Hockey. In its ten year's league affiliation, they won the championship eight times. In the years 1976 to 1982 she won the uninterrupted Anavet Cup, a trophy which the winner gets a best- of-seven series between the champions of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. They also won in this period four times the Centennial Cup for the national CJHL champion. Due to this success, the team changed in the course of a league expansion for the 1982/83 season in the Western Hockey League.
Western Hockey League
Since the 1983/84 season the Raiders play continuously in the WHL. In their first year of league affiliation, the team still missed the play-offs and in the second season they eliminated in the first round. But already in her third year in the WHL, the team won with 58 wins, three draws and eleven defeats, the President's Cup as Ed Chynoweth Cup today at the WHL Championship was then called. Following this, the team played against the winners of the Ontario Hockey League Quebec Major Junior Hockey and the League to the Memorial Cup, the most coveted trophy in the Canadian Junior Hockey. They sat down against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Verdun Junior Canadiens and the Shawinigan Cataractes through and also won Memorial Cup, which also represents the largest to date the success of the franchise history. Since 1985, later played some NHL players in the ranks of the Raiders, but which nevertheless failed to win any more WHL championship more. After winning the title, the Raiders were the winner of the Eastern Conference twice in the WHL Finals, where they, however, in the 1991/92 season documents against the Saskatoon Blades and in the season 1998/99 against the Calgary Hitmen.
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