Cornwall Royals

Cornwall Royals
City Cornwall, Ontario
League QMJHL (1969–82)
OHL (1983–92)
Operated 1969 (1969) to 1992
Home arena Cornwall Civic Complex
Colours Blue, white and red
Championships 1972, 1980, & 1981 Memorial Cup Champions
Franchise history
1969–92 Cornwall Royals
1992–94 Newmarket Royals
1994–present Sarnia Sting
Cornwall Royals
1972 Memorial Cup Champions
Cornwall Royals
1981 Memorial Cup Champions

The Cornwall Royals were a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1969 to 1981 and the Ontario Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. This team should not be confused with other Cornwall Royals teams that played in the QSHL, MMJHL, or OHA-B.


From 1961 until 1969, the Cornwall Royals were successful members of the Central Junior A Hockey League. After an application to join the OHL was rejected, the franchise became one of the inaugural teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1969. The Cornwall Royals were one of the league's premier teams during its tenure in the QMJHL, winning 3 Memorial Cup titles. For the 1981–82 season, the team transferred into the Ontario Hockey League.

The Royals suffered through many tough seasons and poor attendance after moving to the OHL. The switch in leagues alienated many die-hard fans from across the Quebec border. Seeking better fortunes, the franchise moved to Newmarket, Ontario to play as the Newmarket Royals in 1992. In 1994 the team was bought by the Ciccarelli brothers and moved to Sarnia, Ontario as the Sarnia Sting.


The Cornwall Royals are one of only 7 clubs to win consecutive Memorial Cup championships. They did so in 1980 and 1981. In total, the Royals won 3 Memorial Cups, 3 President's Cups, and 5 division titles while in the QMJHL. The Royals did not win any OHL championships.

CJHL Bogart Cup Championships: 1966, 1967, 1968

President's Cup
Playoff Champions in the QMJHL.

  • 1972 QMJHL Champions vs. Quebec Remparts
  • 1980 QMJHL Champions vs. Sherbrooke Castors
  • 1981 QMJHL Champions vs. Trois-Rivieres Draveurs

Jean Rougeau Trophy
Regular season Champions in the QMJHL.

  • 1971–1972 96 points
  • 1980–1981 90 points

West Division Trophy
First overall in the West Division.

  • 1973–1974 94 points

Lebel Division Trophy
First overall in the Lebel Division.

  • 1977–1978 100 points
  • 1979–1980 88 points
  • 1980–1981 90 points

Memorial Cups


Orval Tessier guided the Cornwall Royals to the Memorial Cup championship in 1972. Doug Carpenter coached the 1980 Royals, and Bob Kilger in 1981.

Marc Crawford was a former Cornwall Royals player who came back to coach. He would win the Stanley Cup coaching the Colorado Avalanche. He also coached the Vancouver Canucks, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Dallas Stars.

List of Coaches

(Multiple years in parentheses)

  • 1981–82 Bob Kilger
  • 1982–83 Jocelyn Guevremont
  • 1983–84 Jocelyn Guevremont / Floyd Crawford
  • 1984–85 Floyd Crawford / Tony Zappia

  • 1985–86 Tony Zappia
  • 1986–89 Orval Tessier (3)
  • 1989–91 Marc Crawford (2)
  • 1991–92 John Lovell

*1982–83 coaches Bob Kilger, Bill Murphy, Gord Woods, Jocelyn Guevremont


The Cornwall Royals graduated 55 players to the National Hockey League. From these alumni, 31 played for the Royals in the QMJHL, and 29 played for the Royals in the OHL, and 5 played for the Royals in both leagues.

CHL awards

CHL Player of the Year

  • 1980–1981 Dale Hawerchuk

CHL Defenceman of the Year

  • 1989–1990 John Slaney

CHL Scholastic Player of the Year

  • 1991–1992 Nathan LaFayette

QMJHL awards

Michel Brière Commemorative Trophy
(Most Valuable Player)

  • 1973–74 Gary MacGregor
  • 1974–75 Mario Viens
  • 1980–81 Dale Hawerchuk

Guy Lafleur Trophy
(Playoffs MVP)

  • 1979–80 Dale Hawerchuk

Jean Béliveau Trophy
(Top Scorer)

  • 1980–81 Dale Hawerchuk

Instructors Trophy
(Rookie of the Year)

  • 1970–71 Bob Murphy
  • 1971–72 Bob Murray
  • 1979–80 Dale Hawerchuk

Emile Bouchard Trophy
(Defenseman of the Year)

  • 1980–81 Fred Boimistruck

Jacques Plante Commemorative Trophy
(Best Goals Against Average)

  • 1971–72 Richard Brodeur
  • 1975–76 Tim Bernhardt
  • 1976–77 Tim Bernhardt
  • 1977–78 Tim Bernhardt

Mike Bossy Trophy
(Best Professional Prospect)

  • 1980–81 Dale Hawerchuk

Frank J. Selke Commemorative Trophy
(Most Sportsmanlike Player)

  • 1971–72 Gerry Teeple
  • 1973–74 Gary MacGregor

OHL awards

Red Tilson Trophy
OHL Most valuable player.

  • 1982–1983 Doug Gilmour
  • 1985–1986 Ray Sheppard

Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy
OHL Top Point Scorer.

  • 1982–1983 Doug Gilmour
  • 1985–1986 Ray Sheppard

Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy
OHL Top Scoring Right Winger.

  • 1982–1983 Ian MacInnis
  • 1985–1986 Ray Sheppard
  • 1989–1990 Owen Nolan

Max Kaminsky Trophy
Most Outstanding Defenceman.

  • 1989–1990 John Slaney

OHL Goaltender of the Year
Voted best goaltender in the OHL.

  • 1987–1988 Rick Tabaracci

Emms Family Award
Rookie of the year.

  • 1988–1989 Owen Nolan

Bobby Smith Trophy
Scholastic player of the year.

  • 1990–1991 Nathan LaFayette
  • 1991–1992 Nathan LaFayette

Hockey Hall of Fame members

Three alumni of the Cornwall Royals have been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The first was New York Islanders goalie Billy Smith. Smith was the inaugural goalie for the Royals in the QMJHL during the 1969–70 season. After this season he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings.

Dale Hawerchuk is the second inductee. He led the Royals to two Memorial Cup championships in 1980 and 1981. He was drafted first overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft

The most recent inductee is Doug Gilmour. Gilmour was a big part of the back to back Memorial Cup Titles in '80 and '81, and later won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989, scoring the Cup winning goal. He also captained the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1993 to 1997.

NHL alumni

QMJHL (1969–1981)
OHL (1981–1992)

Season-by-season results

Regular season

SeasonLeagueGamesWonLostTiedPointsPct %Goals
1969–70QMJHL562431 1 490.4382232552nd West
1970–71QMJHL622240 0 440.35526032610th QMJHL
1971–72QMJHL624713 2 960.7743611821st QMJHL
1972–73QMJHL644319 2 880.6883652532nd QMJHL
1973–74QMJHL704622 2 940.6714383281st West
1974–75QMJHL72362412 840.5833222963rd West
1975–76QMJHL723924 9 870.6043492702nd West
1976–77QMJHL72382410 860.5973452812nd Lebel
1977–78QMJHL724618 81000.6944042581st Lebel
1978–79QMJHL722936 7 650.4513613973rd Lebel
1979–80QMJHL724125 6 880.6113883331st Lebel
1980–81QMJHL724426 2 900.6254033111st Lebel
1981–82OHL682835 5 610.4493033276th Leyden
1982–83OHL703633 1 730.5213703355th Leyden
1983–84OHL703337 0 660.4713483756th Leyden
1984–85OHL663430 2 700.5303553444th Leyden
1985–86OHL662836 2 580.4393073565th Leyden
1986–87OHL662340 3 490.3712613696th Leyden
1987–88OHL663524 7 770.5833332553rd Leyden
1988–89OHL663130 5 670.5083503084th Leyden
1989–90OHL662438 4 520.3943093616th Leyden
1990–91OHL662342 1 470.3562813357th Leyden
1991–92OHL663822 6 820.6213282893rd Leyden


QMJHL (1969–1981)
OHL (1981–1992)

Uniforms and logos

Cornwall Royals home jersey

The Cornwall Royals used similar red, white and blue uniforms for their entire 24-year existence. Their unusual logo was the winning entry in a contest, hand drawn by a local child.


The Cornwall Royals played out of the Water Street Arena from 1969 to 1976 while in the QMJHL. The Arena, renamed in honour of Si Miller, the city's Director of Parks and Recreation for more than 30 years, was torn down in 2012.

From 1976 to 1992 the Royals played out for the Cornwall Civic Complex, located across the road from their previous arena. The arena hosted the 1990 Chrysler Challenge Cup, the annual All-Star game between the OHL and the QMJHL, which the OHL won by a score of 3 to 0.

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