The Charlottetown Islanders, hockey, 1981,1984

Front Row (left to right):

Bobby MacGuigan, Wilf MacDonald, Laurie Downe, Gerard Smith, Yves Belanger, George Brown, Jamie Kennedy, Jackie Devine (Trainer), Roy Wilson ( Trainer and Equipment Manager)

Middle Row (left to right):

Angie Carrol (Coach), Shane Carr, Kevin Murphy, Peter Williams, Mike Ready, Paul Gormley, Mike Devine, Gary Trainor,Rory Beck, Wayne Squarbriggs, Mike MacKinnon (Manager and Owner)

Back Row (left to right):

Gerry Mccarron, Mike Kennedy, Kenny Campbell, Ron Carragher, Brian Ostroski, Don MacKay

 

Charlottetown Islanders, 1981 and 1984

The Charlottetown Islanders of 1981 accomplished what no other previous provincial team had done in the very successful and distinguished history of hockey in Prince Edward Island. They became the first Island team to win a national championship, winning the Hardy Cup, emblematic of Intermediate A hockey supremacy in Canada. And the team did it in style, going undefeated in the playoffs against the Campbellton Tigers, the Fredericton Capitals, Timmons North Stars, and the Winnipeg Northend Flyers.

With 12 players from the ’81 team on its roster the 1984 Charlottetown Islanders won the Hardy Cup once again, this time on home ice against the Moose Jaw Generals.

Both teams were enshrined in the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, ensuring their deserved place in the Island’s proud sport history.

While the team has been selected for inclusion in the Maritime Sports Hall of Fame based on the stellar performance of the two Hardy Cup teams above, the nomination is really for the entire franchise, which began early in the 20th Century, from the team that won the semi-pro Maritime Major Hockey title in 1950-51, lost the finals in the ACSHL in 1954-55; won two Hardy Cups in the 1980s and the Alan Cup in 1991, to today’s representative in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. There have been a few name changes over the years, but it has been this franchise that has endured and kept PEI hockey well established within the Canadian hockey landscape.

 

 

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