1996-97 Guelph Storm


66 GP – 35 W – 25 L – 6 T – 76 Pts – 0.576 Win %

2nd in Central Division • Won Divisional series vs Erie (4-1) • Won Quarterfinals vs SS Marie (4-2) • Lost Semifinals vs Ottawa (4-3)

Front Row (L-R): Brett Thompson, Rick Allain (Assistant Coach), Jason Jackman, E.J. McGuire (Head Coach), Brian Wesenberg, Jim Rooney (President), Chris Hajt, Todd Norman, Mike Kelly (General Manager), Dwayne Hay, Terry Penner (Goalie Coach), Mike Pittman, Bryan McMullen

Second Row (L-R): John Romeo (Assistant Trainer), Russ Hammond (Trainer), Shane Mabey (Athletic Therapist), Nick Bootland, Andrew Long, Joey Bartley, Dennis Ivanov, Ken Krusky (Director), Ange Verdone (Director), Joel Cort, Mike Lankshear, Manny Malhotra, Chris Madden, Phil Horner (Coaching Assistant), Stuart Green (Admin), Kevin Rooney (Admin)

Third Row (L-R): Willy Hill (Trainer Assistant), Doug Pflug (Strength Coach), Joe Gerbe, Bryan McKinney, Kent McDonell, Mike Vellinga, Brian Willsie, Mike Dombkiewicz, Darryl McArthur, Ryan Robichaud, John Zubyck, Mike Christian, Anikka Foster (Admin), Wendy Rolfe (Admin), Donna Rawbone (Admin)

Also played for for the Storm in 1996-97, but not in photo:

Matt Ball, Richard Irwin, Robert Kucera, Dave MacDonald, Bob Crummer

YEAR IN REVIEW… 1996-97, the Storm continued to be a contender with their fourth consecutive season above the .500 mark finishing with a record of 35-25-6, good for 2nd place in the Central Division. The team once again enjoyed a lengthy playoff run, making it to the semi-finals before being knocked out by the Ottawa 67’s in seven games. The year marked the end of an era for the organization as General Manager Mike Kelly moved on to the NHL with the Calgary Flames.

Team Leaders:

Points: Todd Norman – 105

Goals: Todd Norman – 47

Assists: Todd Norman – 58

Penalty Minutes: Brian Wesenberg – 186


Wins: Bryan McMullen – 12

Goals Against Average: Bryan McMullen – 3.46

Save Percentage: N/A

Shutouts: Chris Madden – 1