|Tier Level||Tier 5|
|League Number||League 2200|
|Date Founded||October 5th, 2007|
|Season Founded||Season 11|
|Home Arena||Esso Centre|
|Colours||Yellow, Black, Red|
|General Manager||Claude von Braun|
|Head Coach||Otik Fauci|
|Play-off Wins||Season 18|
|Play-off Finalists||Season 12, Season 20|
The Medley Hornets are a professional hockey team based out of Medley, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Tier 5 division of the GHL, in League 290. Having been founded in October 2007 during Season 11, the Hornets were a moderately successful team for three seasons, climbing to Tier 4 following their appearance in the Season 12 play-off finals, before folding due to management confusion and subsequent loss of confidence from the ownership. They have since made their reappearance at the end of Season 17.
The Medley Hornets were founded in early Season 11, meaning that they did not play all of their games. The team started the season strong despite this, with a six game winning streak. Though this recessed with a mid-season slump, as the team performed poorly, fading away from the play-off spot that had presented itself. Towards the end of the season though, the team once again went on a winning streak, just barely making it into seventh place, with a one point advantage over the two teams behind them, the Hamilton Bulldogs and Blindside. The Hornets started the play-offs strong, with a victory over the second place Weedheads away from home. The next game was a loss however, which brought the series into three games. The final game went into overtime, which The Weedheads scored early in, ending the Hornets' play-off run.
During the pre-season, the Hornets acquired Martyn Sokolov, a promising defenceman, in the draft; and Trifon Demidov, a veteran centre, from the Montreal Wild Cats for $3,000,000. The Hornets opened season 12 against The Empire, losing 1-2 in overtime. After that brief stumble however, the Hornets lost only twice more (once in overtime, the other in regulation time) during the 38 game season. In spite of earlier success, the Hornets barely scraped by the first round against an AI team, and didn’t fare too much better in the first game in the second round against Blindside, which resulted in a loss. In an act of desperation, several aspects of strategy were changed, leading the Hornets into the final round against Nanticoke, in which they lost the series 0-2. Being a runner-up in the play-offs, the Hornets advanced to Tier 4.
Having moved to a more difficult tier (Tier 4 from Tier 5), Season 13 was by far the most challenging season the Hornets had faced since their first in Season 11. To add to the difficulties, the Hornet's were also plagued with injuries all the way up to, and through, the play-offs. Despite this, the team adapted fairly quickly, winning decisive games against the few human contenders in the league. In the end however, the team finished in fourth place, being in the only quarter-final series with two human teams. Late-game heroics saved them from being eliminated in the first round, having come back from three or four goal deficits in the third period of the first two games, winning both. This pushed the Hornets into the semi-finals, pitted against The Wild Dingos. The Hornets had brought the first game into overtime, but ended up losing, and nearly did the same for the second, which they lost as well. In the off-season the team faced many contracts expiring, so the focus was on signing new young talent, replacing several players who had been in their late 30's.
Following General Manager Claude von Braun's departure after season 14, the team quickly fell apart. Owner's lost confidence in the teams ability to be profitable and play well, and simply sold all assets to anyone willing to purchase them. Due to complications concerning the ownership of the team, it folded before the start of the following season.
In preparation for the teams refounding, four seasons since it folded, management scouted out an entirely new Hornets team. Unlike the Hornets' beginnings in Season 11 however, scouts have focused solely on youth and potential. One of the problems that caused the Hornets to fold was uncertainty in the stability of the team in higher tiers, due primarily to aging, essential players. In hopes of averting this problem entirely, no one on the new Hornets team is over the age of 30; the oldest player at the time, Israel Clarida, being exactly 30 years old. The Hornets joined League 2200 with only six games remaining in the season, making it mathematically impossible to qualify for the play-offs. Nevertheless, they went on to win five of the six games, proving themselves as serious contenders for the next season.
During the off-season, the Hornets made a vast amount of moves in order to sign more skilled players onto their roster, including star centre Mariano Utterback. Not only did this round out the roster, however, it also compounded the newfound confidence from the ownership; massive loans totaling over $8 500 000 were withdrawn to keep the team afloat after the salary cap was maxed out. This payed off to the fullest of its potential, with the team going undefeated the entire season, only one game ever even going into overtime. Utterback became the first Hornets player to ever complete a 100 point season, accumulating exactly 100 points by the end of it, with 50 goals and 50 assists. He was also awarded the title for most goals, and missed the title for assists by a mere two assists. Among other awards, goalies Jussi Killingsworth and Clay Turso placed first and second in the league respectively for both goals against average and save percentage, getting similar amounts of ice time. The Hornets will go into the play-offs seeded first against Tigerwings, who narrowly (being tied in points, but possessing more wins) defeated an AI team for the eighth and final seed.
Team name and logoEdit
The name "Hornets" was chosen because of the CF-18 Hornet squadrons within the same city. As such, the logo reflects this with a cartoon-styled hornet ready to attack its prey.
The Hornets' home jerseys consist of the hornet logo on black, with various red and gold stripes along the arms, neck and waist. Since the team's re-emergence, they have opted for the sleeker, lighter RBK Edge jerseys.
The Medley Hornets are somewhat of an anomaly for a Canadian hockey team, with the majority of players coming from the USA and Europe. This number of foreign players has, however, been decreasing since the team's foundation. At one point, nearly two thirds of Hornets were not from Canada.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Records as of March 14, 2010.
|11||33||23||7||3||49||112||54||7th||Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-2 (The Weedheads)|
|12||38||35||1||2||72||170||34||1st||Lost in Finals, 0-2 (Nanticoke Dread Pirates)|
|13||38||33||4||1||67||192||28||4th||Lost in Semifinals, 0-2 (The Wild Dingos)|
|17||6||5||1||0||10||19||6||15th||Did not qualify|
|18||38||38||0||0||76||216||24||1st||League Champions, 2-0 (WIG HOCKEY)|
|19||38||28||8||2||58||180||75||2nd||Lost in Semifinals, 0-2 (Red Eagles)|
|20||38||36||1||1||73||240||31||1st||Lost in Finals, 0-2 (Boychuk Bellies)|
|21||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Season not yet started|
As of May 28, 2009.
|#||Player||Catches||Acquired||Place of Birth|
|43||Jussi Killingsworth||R||Season 17||Tammisaari, Finland|
|87||Clay Turso||L||Season 17||Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Quebec|
|#||Player||Shoots||Acquired||Place of Birth|
|12||Enoch Channey||L||Season 17||Innisfail, Alberta|
|14||Kristofer Nesslein||R||Season 17||Roanoke, Virginia|
|32||Garth Burbridge||R||Season 17||Clovis, New Mexico|
|60||Henrik Scheule||R||Season 17||Bollnäs, Sweden|
|75||Scott Hoegerl||L||Season 17||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|26||Francesco Lain - A||R||Season 17||Spartanburg, South Carolina|
|#||Player||Position||Shoots||Acquired||Place of Birth|
|9||Igor Polyakov||C||R||Season 17||Maykop, Russia|
|19||Marco Raduenz||LW||L||Season 17||Seattle, Washington|
|20||Bert Fluke||C||R||Season 17||Beaumont, Alberta|
|22||Titus Marquette - A (IR)||LW||L||Season 17||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|25||Augustus Morine||C||L||Season 17||St. Leonard, New Brunswick|
|26||Matvey Klimov (Scratch)||LW||R||Season 17||Saransk, Russia|
|45||Arthur Fetch||LW||L||Season 17||Port Alberni, British Columbia|
|46||Leontiy Leonov||RW||R||Season 17||Cherepovets, Russia|
|61||Renato Flahive - C||RW||R||Season 17||Warren, Manitoba|
|83||Rudolf Lat||C||L||Season 17||La Dore, Quebec|
|86||Randall Kefauver||RW||R||Season 17||Creston, British Columbia|
|88||Israel Clarida||RW||L||Season 17||St. Louis de Kent, New Brunswick|
|97||Francisco Urata||LW||R||Season 17||Waipahu, Hawaii|
- Stan Mathews, Season 11 - Season 13
- Erasmo Chanady, Season 13
- Renato Flahive, Season 17
- Mariano Utterback, Season 18 - present
- Season 11: Martyn Sokolov (13th overall)
- Season 12: Kendrick Wandell (20th overall)
- Season 13: Jean Colclough (16th overall)
- Season 17: Sammy Taniguchi (5th overall)
- Season 18: Ismael Egar (20th overall)
- Season 19: Gustaf Pluviose (19th overall)
- Season 20: Fisk Mention (20th overall)
Franchise scoring leadersEdit
These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed GHL regular season.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; G/G = Goals per game; A/G = Assists per game; * = current Hornets player