History

– The evolution of the Watchmen Franchise–

 

 

                                                                                                        

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2000/01

 

Pulled together by player/manager Ed Jean, the Stars joined the ERHL Division 3 in 2000.  Picking up various players who were new to Edmonton, the Stars got stronger and stronger throughout the season.

Despite finishing third in the regular season, the Stars went on to the Division 3 final; losing by a single goal in the 3rd game in a best of 3 series to their rivals Pentastar, rounding out a successful inaugural season.

 

2001

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Disappointed by having had the championship slip through their fingers, several members of the Stars including Durie, Girard, Marsh, McCallum, van Tol, Vlahadamis and Weis, regrouped for a summer team after a generous corporate donation from Perma Engineering, and a new squad was formed under the leadership of Cory Wilkinson.

Joining this core of players was Jaknisky, defecting from Pentastar, along with Gray, Kelly and Simpson from Alberta Men’s League Bulldogs.  Perma went on to take first place in the regular season and swept the Division 2 playoffs.

 

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2001-2009

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The desire to play at a more competitive level of hockey in the winter led to an amicable split of the Stars franchise, the Watchmen franchise was officially born, while the Stars continued on in Division 5.

After struggling for regular players during their first season things were not looking good for the future of the franchise.  However in 2002, the former Bulldogs’ players changed their status from spare to full-time with Wilkinson’s new squad, ensuring that there was a strong enough core to continue.

In their 16 ERHL winter and summer seasons, the Watchmen only failed to make the playoffs once, won the regular season pennant three times and been to the championship finals five times. The Watchmen have one summer season Division 1 championship, and a tournament title to their name.  

 

2008-2010

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Watchmen vets slowly began to drift off the team including the dynamic duo Cory Wilkinson and Chris Girard, who both left Edmonton. When Watchmen netminder Tim Weis left Alberta the team was officially scattered to the wind. The jerseys played in the “Ottawa Travelers” league for a couple of seasons when Weis was recruited in the nation’s capital. The old boys re-united for annual tournaments in Banff keeping the Watchmen spirit alive.

 

 

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2010-present

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Watchmen were reborn when Weis returned to Alberta in the Fall of 2010. The old boys, Kulmatycki, Jacknisky, Vlahadamis, Van Weiren, and Phillips rejoined the gang, picking up options on Glaves on Hockman. Shott, Warner, Pastorius, Geiger and Paul were added to the lineup to round out the re-birth. The Watchmen took their talents to the AMHL, and dawned new golden threads to mark the new beginning. Since reforming, the tournament tradition carried on, and the Watchmen claimed the 2012 River Cree championship, although a winter title still remains elusive.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

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