1997-98 Guelph Storm

1997-98 Team Photo

66 GP – 42 W – 18 L – 6 T – 90 Pts – 0.681 Win %

Hamilton Spectator Trophy as OHL Regular Season Champions • Won Quarterfinals vs Sudbury (4-0) • Won Semifinals vs Plymouth (4-0) • Won OHL Championship vs Ottawa (4-1)

Competed in Memorial Cup (2nd place) in Spokane

Front Row (L-R): Chris Madden, Rick Allain (Assistant Coach), Andrew Long, Phil  Horner (Coaching Assistant), Nick Bootland, Jim Rooney (President), Chris Hajt, Ange Verdone (Director), Jason Jackman, Alan Millar (General Manager), Manny Malhotra, George Burnett (Head Coach), Chris Thompson

Second Row (L-R): Brian Willsie, Kent McDonell, Mike Vellinga, Brian McGrattan, Joey Bartley, Ian Forbes, Eric Beaudoin, Matt Lahey, Dusty Jamieson, Bo Subr, John Zubyck

Third Row (L-R): Kyle Tossel (Trainer Assistant), Shane Mabey (Athletic Therapist), Kevin Mitchell, Lindsay Plunkett, Ryan Davis, Darryl McArthur, Bob Crummer, Joe Gerbe, Mike Parson (Goalie Coach), Russ Hammond (Trainer)

Also played for the Storm in 1997-98, but not in photo:

Mike Dombkiewicz, Denis Ivanov, Mike Christian, Jeff Curran, Daniel Jacques

YEAR IN REVIEW… The Storm would once again challenge for the OHL crown in 1997-98. The team dominated their last 7 games of the regular season to capture their third OHL regular season championship in four years with a record of 42-18-6. In the playoffs, the Storm quickly advanced to the OHL Finals with series sweeps over the Sudbury Wolves and Plymouth Whalers. In the OHL Championship, the Storm skated to a 4 games to 1 win over the Ottawa 67’s to capture their first OHL Championship and earn a berth in the 1998 Memorial Cup, their second in the past three seasons. At the Memorial Cup the Storm advanced to the finals were they lost a heartbreaking game in overtime against Portland.

Team Leaders:

Points: Brian Willsie – 76

Goals: Brian Willsie – 45

Assists: Kevin Mitchell – 46

Penalty Minutes: Bob Crummer – 170


Wins: Chris Madden – 33

Goals Against Average: Chris Madden – 2.73

Save Percentage: Chris Madden – 0.917

Shutouts – Chris Madden – 4