The Brampton Battalion entered the Ontario Hockey League, together with the Mississauga IceDogs, for the 1998-99 season. The primary yr was predictably tough with the group profitable solely eight video games and tying three over the 68 sport OHL season. Nonetheless, their season wasn’t practically as depressing as that of the IceDogs who gained simply 4 and tied three.Actually, the IceDogs narrowly escaped being the worst Canadian Hockey League group of all time. The 1994-95 London Knights gained simply three to accompany their three ties.Beneath the management of Stan Butler, the one head coach the Battalion have recognized so far, the Battalion improved to a few video games beneath.500 in simply their second season. Butler got here to the Battalion after having coached the OHL’s Oshawa Generals for 2 seasons and the WHL’s Prince George Cougars for one.
As a tribute to the developmental qualities of the Battalion group, their unique first total draft choose, Jay Harrison, continues to be within the Nationwide Hockey League in the present day as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. The group has produced a number of different NHL gamers via their first 13 years, together with Brent Burns, Raffi Torres, Jason Spezza, Wojtek Wolski, Matt Duchene and Cody Hodgson.Wolski, presently, is what Gordie Howe is to the Detroit Crimson Wings, Wayne Gretzky is to the Edmonton Oilers or Phil Esposito is to the Boston Bruins. Wojtek is the face of Brampton’s historical past within the OHL. He holds the group report for many objectives, assists and factors in a single season, all set throughout the 2005-06 season. Wolski can also be the all-time profession chief for these three classes in addition to being the participant with the third most video games performed all-time for the Battalion.Over their first 13 years, Brampton has completed first within the Jap Convention’s Central Division on 4 events. The latest was in 2008-09 when the Battalion powered via the Jap Convention playoffs solely to fall to the mighty Windsor Spitfires within the Robertson Cup ultimate. On 5 different events, Brampton has misplaced within the Jap Convention semi-finals.
The Brampton Battalion play out of the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario. The world seats slightly below 5,000 followers and is barely a ten minute drive from the Hershey Centre, dwelling of the Mississauga IceDogs. Regardless of the group’s constant success within the OHL and the shut proximity of a number of million folks within the Larger Toronto Space, the Battalion have had hassle filling their constructing for hockey video games.