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|League||Ontario Hockey League|
|Home arena||Leon's Centre|
|Colours||Black, gold and white |
|General manager||Kory Cooper|
|Head coach||Luca Caputi|
Team history predates the OHA, back to 1945, to a team known as the Kingston Victorias. This franchise was founded in the OHA in 1973-74, then known as the Kingston Canadians until 1987-88. The team was briefly known as the Kingston Raiders in 1988-89, and as the Frontenacs ever since.
The original Kingston Frontenacs were founded in 1897, named after Louis de Buade de Frontenac, governor of New France, who established Fort Frontenac on the site of present-day Kingston. The original Frontenacs were coached by James T. Sutherland, played in the intermediate division of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), and won the inaugural J. Ross Robertson Cup during the 1898-99 season.
The Kingston Frontenacs had a junior ice hockey team in the OHA prior to World War I. This version of the Frontenacs won the J. Ross Robertson Cup in the 1910-11 season. National Hockey League alumni from this team are Alec Connell, Bill Cook, Allan Davidson and Flat Walsh.
An Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Sr. League team also existed from the 1910s to 1940s. National Hockey League alumni from this team are Mickey Blake, Glen Brydson, Bill Cook, Gus Giesebrecht, Doug Stevenson, Charles Stewart, Carl Voss and Flat Walsh. Some members of this team then formed an entry in the Ontario Veteran's Hockey League during World War II. National Hockey League alumni from this team are Hub Macey, Gus Marker, Walt McCartney and Ed Nicholson.
In 1952, the Kingston Victoria were renamed the Kingston Frontenacs. This team played at the Junior B level, then later at the Junior A level. This Frontenacs team lost in the 1963 Sutherland Cup final to the St. Marys Lincolns, 4 games to 1.
The Kingston Canadians arrival in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) for the 1973-74 season, was a result of the Montreal Junior Canadiens switch to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 1972. During the summer of 1972, the QMJHL had threatened a lawsuit against the OHA to force the Junior Canadiens to return to the Quebec-based league. To solve the problem, the OHA granted the Junior Canadiens franchise a "one-year suspension" of operations, while team ownership transferred the team and players into the QMJHL, renaming themselves the Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge in the process.
After a one-year hiatus, the OHA then reactivated the suspended franchise under new ownership and with new players, calling the team the Kingston Canadians. The new Kingston team was essentially an expansion franchise promoted from the OHA's Tier II league, that had only common name to share with the old Junior Canadiens. The Tier II Frontenacs originated in the Eastern Junior B Hockey League and date back to at least the early 1940s as the Kingston Victorias. However, in some OHA histories (such as the annual Media Guide) the Kingston team is still shown as the legitimate successors of the Junior Canadiens' legacy.
Following a change in ownership the club was renamed Kingston Raiders for one season in 1988-89. Due to ownership problems, the team was sold again following that season.
In 1989, the new ownership, including Wren Blair, Don Anderson and Bob Attersley, renamed the team Kingston Frontenacs after the Eastern Professional Hockey League team. The Boston Bruins-style uniforms and logos were revived from the old franchise. The city embraced and welcomed the new ownership. Wren Blair and Bob Attersley were both hockey legends in their own right. In 1997 Wren Blair would be honoured with the Bill Long Award for distinguished service in the OHL. The club was sold to the Springer family of Kingston in June 1998, with Doug Springer becoming the owner and governor.
The Frontenacs franchise has the second-longest championship drought in the OHL (to the Sudbury Wolves by one year), and the fourth-longest in the Canadian Hockey League. The Frontenacs won the Leyden Trophy as the OHL's East Division champions in the 1994-95 and 2015-16. In the 1992-93 season, the Frontenacs reached the Eastern Conference Final but lost to the Peterborough Petes. In 2017-18, Kingston reached the Eastern Conference final for the second time in club history, however, they lost to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
During the inaugural season of the Kingston Canadians in 1973-74, Jack Bownass was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHA Coach of the Year. Former NHL defenceman Jim Morrison coached the team from 1975 to 1982, which was the longest stint a coach had when the club was known as the Canadians.
Larry Mavety coached the Frontenacs for much of the team's history. He originally coached the team in 1988-89, when they were still known as the Kingston Raiders. In 1989-90, the first season the franchise was known as the Frontenacs, he won the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL Coach of the Year. Mavety returned to Kingston in 1997 to become the head coach once again, and stayed in that position until midway through the 2002-03 season when he stepped down to focus on his general manager duties. After a slow start in the 2007-08 season, Mavety once again found himself coaching the Frontenacs until November 2008. Mavety remained as the general manager until the end of the 2010-11 season.
(Multiple years in parentheses, totals include all incarnations of the Kingston franchise)
Paul Coffey is the only former member of the Kingston franchise to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, getting the honour in 2004. In 1977-78, Coffey played for the Kingston Canadians, as a late season addition from the North York Rangers. He played eight regular season games and five playoff games with the Canadians.
Eight numbers have been "honoured" from the Kingston Canadians/Frontenacs. They are not retired and remain in use. (#5 Mike O'Connell, #7 Tony McKegney, #10 Brad Rhiness, #14 Ken Linseman, #17 David Ling, #7 Mike Zigomanis, #88 Keli Corpse, #29 Chris Clifford)
Bobby Smith Trophy
Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy
Dave Pinkney Trophy
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
Emms Family Award
F.W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy
Jack Ferguson Award
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
Max Kaminsky Trophy
Red Tilson Trophy
William Hanley Trophy
The Kingston franchise has had several players selected in the first round of the NHL draft.
Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shoot Out Loss
|1973-74||70||20||43||7||--||--||47||0.336||256||378||10th in OHA|
|1974-75||70||25||35||10||--||--||60||0.429||297||345||8th in OMJHL|
|1975-76||66||33||24||9||--||--||75||0.568||357||316||3rd in Leyden|
|1976-77||66||32||24||10||--||--||74||0.561||295||259||3rd in Leyden|
|1977-78||68||27||32||9||--||--||63||0.463||288||323||4th in Leyden|
|1978-79||68||26||38||4||--||--||56||0.412||265||306||5th in Leyden|
|1979-80||68||35||26||7||--||--||77||0.566||320||298||4th in Leyden|
|1980-81||68||39||26||3||-||-||81||0.596||334||273||3rd in Leyden|
|1981-82||68||29||34||5||--||--||63||0.463||302||316||5th in Leyden|
|1982-83||70||24||45||1||--||--||49||0.350||351||425||7th in Leyden|
|1983-84||70||25||45||0||--||--||50||0.357||313||378||7th in Leyden|
|1984--85||66||18||47||1||--||--||37||0.280||239||380||7th in Leyden|
|1985-86||66||35||28||3||--||--||73||0.553||297||257||4th in Leyden|
|1986-87||66||26||39||1||--||--||53||0.402||287||316||4th in Leyden|
|1987-88||66||14||52||0||--||--||28||0.212||246||432||7th in Leyden|
|1988-89||66||25||36||5||--||--||55||0.417||278||313||7th in Leyden|
|1989-90||66||42||21||3||--||--||87||0.659||300||232||2nd in Leyden|
|1990-91||66||15||47||4||--||--||34||0.258||255||382||8th in Leyden|
|1991-92||66||16||44||6||--||--||38||0.288||241||316||8th in Leyden|
|1992-93||66||36||19||11||--||--||83||0.629||314||265||2nd in Leyden|
|1993-94||66||30||28||8||--||--||68||0.515||265||259||5th in Leyden|
|1994-95||66||40||19||7||--||--||87||0.659||284||224||1st in Eastern|
|1995-96||66||29||31||6||--||--||64||0.485||266||267||5th in Eastern|
|1996-97||66||25||35||6||--||--||56||0.424||257||277||4th in Eastern|
|1997-98||66||35||27||4||--||--||74||0.561||330||275||3rd in Eastern|
|1998-99||68||22||42||4||--||--||48||0.353||240||320||5th in East|
|1999-2000||68||38||22||5||3||--||84||0.618||258||245||3rd in East|
|2000-01||68||28||28||11||1||--||68||0.500||232||218||4th in East|
|2001-02||68||18||37||9||4||--||49||0.360||197||272||5th in East|
|2002-03||68||25||37||2||4||--||56||0.412||222||287||5th in East|
|2003-04||68||30||28||7||3||--||70||0.515||210||221||2nd in East|
|2004-05||68||28||33||4||3||--||63||0.463||219||242||4th in East|
|2005-06||68||37||24||--||4||3||81||0.596||258||237||2nd in East|
|2006-07||68||31||30||--||5||2||69||0.507||269||284||3rd in East|
|2007-08||68||25||41||--||0||2||52||0.382||230||317||5th in East|
|2008-09||68||18||40||--||6||4||46||0.338||200||278||5th in East|
|2009-10||68||33||30||--||2||3||71||0.522||229||251||2nd in East|
|2010-11||68||29||30||--||4||5||67||0.493||245||279||3rd in East|
|2011-12||68||19||41||--||3||5||46||0.338||188||290||5th in East|
|2012-13||68||27||35||--||3||3||60||0.441||217||273||3rd in East|
|2013-14||68||39||23||--||3||3||84||0.618||301||255||3rd in East|
|2014-15||68||32||28||--||5||3||72||0.529||196||197||3rd in East|
|2015-16||68||46||17||--||3||2||97||0.713||252||189||1st in East|
|2016-17||68||33||26||--||5||4||75||0.551||179||200||3rd in East|
|2017-18||68||36||23||--||6||3||81||0.596||243||202||2nd in East|
|2018-19||68||14||52||--||1||1||30||0.221||144||307||5th in East|
|2019-20||62||19||39||--||2||2||42||0.339||198||285||5th in East|
Junior B Era
The original uniforms and logos of the OHL Frontenacs were revived from the EPHL franchise, which was affiliated with the Boston Bruins. The logo featured a yellow letter 'K' with a black outline, surrounded by black spokes leading to a yellow circle border with the name Kingston Frontenacs in black.
In 2002, the team adopted a new logo with a stylized Count Frontenac. The jerseys feature a star striping pattern similar to Dallas of the NHL, and a modified version of the former "K" logo is used on the shoulder.
In 2007, the Frontenacs unveiled a 3rd jersey, which was black, yellow and white, and very similar looking to the Boston Bruins jerseys from the early 1970s. The "K" logo was used on the front of the jersey. The Frontenacs began wearing these jerseys on February 22, 2008, which was the same night that they opened their new arena.
In 2008, The Frontenacs unveiled a new 3rd jersey which was worn at home between opening night and New Years barring 2 games where the black star jersey was worn. The new jersey was a white version of the black alternate which was worn for the second half of the season.
In 2009, the Frontenacs, along with all CHL teams unveiled new uniforms using RBK EDGE templates. In 2012, the Frontenacs began wearing a newly designed set of uniforms featuring a large K as a logo.
The former home arena of the Frontenacs was the Kingston Memorial Centre, with a seating capacity 3,079 seated, and 3,300 including standing room. Built in 1950, its ice size has unique dimensions of 200' x 92'. The Frontenacs' final game was played at the Memorial Center on February 15, 2008, a 6-4 win over the London Knights. Kyle Paige scored the final goal ever at the Memorial Centre.
The Kingston Frontenacs began play at their new downtown arena, the Leon's Centre (then the K-Rock Centre) on February 22, 2008, in a 3-2 loss to the Belleville Bulls. The Frontenacs' first win at the Leon's Centre came on February 24, 2008 when they defeated the Peterborough Petes by a score of 7-4.