|City||Brockville, Ontario, Canada|
|League||Central Canada Hockey League|
|Home arena||Brockville Memorial Center|
|Colours||Red, Black, and White|
|Owner(s)||Hani Greiss and Dustin Traylen|
|General manager||Dustin Traylen|
|Head coach||Randy Jones|
The Brockville Braves are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Brockville, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Central Canada Hockey League. Such NHLer's as Larry Robinson and current player Wayne Simmonds of the New Jersey Devils amongst other famous players have all played for the Braves.
The Brockville Braves (est. 1963) are the oldest continuously operated franchise in the CCHL. In 1979, the team received national attention after being left homeless from an arena collapse. They played their home games at Cardinal and Rockland.
It took until 1986 for the Brockville Braves to win a CJHL championships. They clinched the Bogart Cup on a late April night, defeating their nemesis Pembroke 8-7 in the finals. Braves' goalie Jacques Breault was the hero, as with 22 seconds to go in the game, turned away a penalty shot by the league's all-time leading scorer Luc Chabot. Although losing to Orillia in the Ontario playdowns, the team was a memorable one. Notable members of this team were all-time Braves leading scorer Larry Mitchell, Breault, Paul Duford, Tim Dubas, Dan Nummikoski, Steve Rachwal, Chad Badawey and Rob White.
Since that championship, the team has experienced more bad times than good. The late 1980s and early 1990s were not good to the Braves, who failed to make the playoffs multiple times.
In 1997, times began to change for the better again. The Braves competed in and won in Quebec, the Fred Page Cup, the Eastern Canadian Junior "A" championship. This allowed for their team to compete in the event and give them the experience they needed for the next season. The Braves regained their league title in 1998, bringing the club around full circle.
Former NHLer Todd Gill purchased the Brockville Braves and has been the head coach since 2006-07. He helped bring the Fred Page Cup to Brockville for the first time for 2010. Gill played in the NHL from 1984 to 2003 playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes, and St. Louis Blues. Former Braves head coach Mike McCourt was recently named head coach of the OHL's Niagara Ice Dogs for 2009-10. McCourt was head coach with Brockville from 2003 to 2006.
In 2009-2010, the Braves established a league record for most consecutive wins with 26. Brockville completed easy series wins over Kemptville (4-0) and Ottawa (4-0) to win a birth in the finals against the Pembroke Lumber Kings - as predicted by many CJHL followers. However, it was Pembroke that made CJHL history by winning four-consecutive Art Bogart Cup championships knocking off the Braves in 5 games. Despite, the finals loss to the Lumber Kings, the Braves won the Fred Page Cup against the Lumber Kings in an all-league finals tilt as the Braves won 5-1. At the Royal Bank Cup in Dauphin, Manitoba, the Braves broke a Royal Bank Cup record the highest margin of victory by defeating the Oakville Blades 11-2. (The previous record was held by the 1999 Vernon Vipers, who defeated the Charlottetown Abbies 9-3 in the championship game in Yorkton, SASK). The Braves would still have to win their last game against the La Ronge Ice Wolves, in which they did 6-3 to earn a birth in the semi-finals against the defending RBC champions, Vernon Vipers. Vernon went on to win the game 2-0, leaving the Braves out.
In 2014, the Brockville Braves were sold to former CCHL goaltender Dustin Traylen, who became the general manager. The previous owner was Todd Gill, who sold the Braves because he got a coaching job with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League in 2011.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1963-64||32||11||20||1||-||--||--||23||7th OHDJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|1964-65||36||16||16||4||-||165||141||36||7th CJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|1965-66||36||19||16||1||-||188||175||39||5th CJHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|1966-67||50||19||25||6||-||173||218||44||3rd CJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|1967-68||40||25||11||4||-||193||152||54||1st CJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|1968-69||40||13||24||3||-||166||183||29||4th CJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|1985-86||60||41||17||2||0||360||285||84||1st CJHL||Won League|
|1995-96||56||25||27||2||0||249||247||52||2nd in Yzerman|
|1996-97||53||28||18||7||0||234||206||63||3rd in Yzerman|
|1997-98||56||36||11||9||3||283||222||84||1st in Yzerman||Won League, Won FPC|
|1998-99||54||39||11||4||0||294||190||82||1st in Yzerman|
|1999-00||56||39||12||5||0||285||221||83||1st in Yzerman|
|2000-01||55||9||43||3||0||167||295||22||5th in Yzerman|
|2001-02||55||12||35||11||0||213||302||35||5th in Yzerman|
|2002-03||55||21||27||7||0||226||274||50||2nd in Yzerman|
|2004-05||57||34||13||8||2||214||162||78||3rd in Yzerman|
|2005-06||59||29||22||5||3||213||201||66||3rd in Yzerman||Lost Quarter-final|
|2006-07||55||28||20||6||1||201||190||63||2nd in Yzerman||Lost Quarter-final|
|2007-08||60||38||18||3||1||270||196||80||3rd CJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2009-10||62||52||8||-||2||308||140||106||1st CJHL||Lost Final, Won FPC|
|2010-11||62||44||15||-||3||233||160||91||3rd CCHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2011-12||62||41||17||-||4||242||186||86||3rd CCHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2012-13||62||35||20||-||7||215||192||77||6th CCHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2013-14||62||35||24||-||3||216||200||73||5th CCHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2014-15||62||31||25||3||3||215||219||68||6th CCHL||Lost Quarter-final|
|2015-16||62||40||19||1||2||197||161||83||3rd of 6 Robinson
4th of 12 CCHL
|Won Quarterfinal, 4-0 (Grads)|
Lost Semifinals 0-4 (Canadians)
|2016-17||62||33||26||1||2||179||162||69||5th of 6 Robinson
6th of 12 CCHL
|Lost Quarterfinal, 1-4 (Jr. Senators)|
|2017-18||62||38||20||2||2||210||160||80||2nd of 6 Robinson
3rd of 12 CCHL
|Won Quarterfinal 4-0 (Lasers)|
Lost Semifinals 3-4 (Jr. Senators)
Fred Page Cup
|Year||Round Robin||Record||Standing||SemiFinal||Gold Medal Game|
|2010||W, Woodstock Slammers 6-0
W, Pembroke Lumber Kings 2-1
W, Terrebonne Cobras 5-2
|3-0-0||1st of 4||n/a||W, Pembroke Lumber Kings 5-1|
Fred Page Cup Champions
advance to Royal Bank Cup
|1998||?, Restigouche River Rats ?-?
?, Coaticook Frontaliers ?-?
?, Kanata Valley Lasers ?-?
|?-?-?||?? of 4||n/a||W, Restigouche River Rats 4-1|
Fred Page Cup Champions
advance to Royal Bank Cup
|1997 *||OTL, Longueuil Collège Français 5-6
OTW, Summerside Western Capitals 5-4
?, Kanata Valley Lasers ?-?
|1-2-0||3rd of 4||L, Longueuil Collège Français ?-?||n/a|
* Tournament Host
Royal Bank Cup
CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dudley Hewitt Champions - Central, Fred Page Champions - Eastern, Western Canada Cup Champions - Western, Western Canada Cup - Runners Up and Host
Round robin play with top 4 in semi-final and winners to finals.
|Year||Round Robin||Record||Standing||Semifinal||Gold Medal Game|
|2010||W, Oakville Blades 11-2
L, Dauphin Kings 2-3
L, Vernon Vipers 2-4
W, La Ronge Ice Wolves 6-3
|2-2||3rd of 5||L, Vernon Vipers 0-2||n/a|
|1998||OTL, Nanaimo Clippers 4-3
L, Weyburn Red Wings 1-5
L, Milton Merchants 2-5
L, South Surrey Eagles 2-9
|0-4||5th of 5|
- CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 1986, 1998
- Eastern Canadian Fred Page Cup Championships: 1998, 2010
- CJAHL Royal Bank Cup Championships: None
- Terry Carkner
- Brian Chapman
- Chris Clifford
- Mark Cornforth
- Todd Gill
- Brett Harkins
- Murray Kuntz
- Hank Lammens
- Kevin MacDonald
- Paul MacLean
- Larry Robinson
- Ray Sheppard
- Wayne Simmonds
- Gord Smith
- Trevor Stienburg