Dartmouth Subways (Atlantic)

History and Tradition

As a proud founding member of the Nova Scotia AAA Midget Hockey League in 1978, the Dartmouth AAA Midget Hockey Club has experienced many successes on the ice and away from the arena. In a league that is committed to the development of hockey players our team is second to none. What we are most proud of, however, is our history of helping individuals prepare to meet challenges, overcome obstacles, and experience success, not just in hockey, but also in family, in education, in the community, and in everyday life.

During the past twenty one years, playing mainly out of the Gray Arena, Bowles Arena, and Dartmouth Sportsplex, our club has performed under the names of the Dartmouth Forbes Chevys, the Midget Mounties, the Thrifty Car Rental Kings, and since 1993, the Dartmouth Subways. These teams have been successfully guided by individuals such as Bill Shannon, Mike Clarke, Wallace Deveau, Gerry Gunther, Don Bauld, Steve Crowell, and Brad Crossley with others, too numerous too mention, working hard behind the scenes.

Dartmouth teams have traditionally led the way on the ice and presently hold the record for most League Pennants(9) and most League Championships(8). Dartmouth teams also hold or share ten of the League's eighteen official Team Records and our players hold or share seven of the fourteen official Individual Records. With six trips to the National Championships, and a bronze medal finish in 1992, we are very proud of our distinction in the region and across the country as being a first class, highly competitive organization.

Throughout the 1990's our club has been extremely stable, consistent, and a challenge to compete against. Being guided by just two head coaches over the past twelve years, our teams and players, since 1990, have forged an admirable overall record of 472 wins, 195 losses, and 57 ties. During this period, Dartmouth players have been awarded 20 First Team All-star positions, 10 Second Team selections, 3 MVP's, 4 Top Goaltenders Awards, 2 Top Defenseman, 3 Top Rookie Defenseman, 4 Rookie of the Year Awards, 2 Gentlemanly Player Awards, 1 Top Scorer, and 4 Academic-Athletic Scholarships.

There have been many talented people to play for and graduate from our program. In fact all who have played here have, in some way, contributed to our club's growth and prosperity. Many players have graduated to Tier II Junior, Major Junior, and eventually University Hockey. Others such as Cam Russell, Chad Penney, Jake Grimes, Olaf Kolzig, Trent Cavicchi, and Craig Hillier have been fortunate and talented enough to play professionally. Some have also chosen not to play and have found success and enjoyment in other facets of life outside of our game and are outstanding community members.

Traditionally, Dartmouth teams have attracted quality, character people and families, not only good hockey players. Being guided by a list of Core Team Values which encompass and include family, education, opportunity, success, commitment, discipline, sacrifice, passion, pride, teamwork, understanding, challenge, community, tradition, integrity, and enjoyment, we have all been better able to positively contribute to the rich tradition of the Dartmouth AAA Midget Hockey Club and overcome challenges around us. We sincerely appreciate, thank, and continually support all who have helped enrich our program as a player, parent, coach, manager, trainer, executive member, volunteer, family member, sponsor, and community supporter.

2000-2001 SEASON

  • Training Camp began on August 15 2000 with 52 players in attendance.

  • 22 players chosen to compete in the Nova Scotia Preseason Ice Breaker Tournament.

  • Dartmouth Subways win the Nova Scotia Preseason Ice Breaker Tournament with 4-1 record.

  • Dartmouth competes in Atlantic Showcase Tournament in October going 3-1 but not making cross-over due to format.

  • Dartmouth competes in Thunder Bay Kings Tournamnet in November winning silver after losing in the championship game 3-0 to Soo Indians of Michigan.

  • Dartmouth attends Monctonian Tournament and wins the Championship with a record of 6-0-1, Matt Hessian is named tourney MVP

  • In first half League play in Nova Scotia is battling for first place with Pictou County Weeks.

  • Dartmouth attends Hull Kiwanis Tournament in January and goes 2-2 losing in a crossover game to C.C. LeMoyne of Quebec.

  • Dartmouth attends Drummondville International Tournament in February and goes 2-2 losing in a cross over game to C.C. LeMoyne 1-0.

  • Dartmouth captures the NS AAA Midget Hockey League Regular Season Pennant with a 30-4-1 record.

  • Dartmouth defeats Cape Breton West, Halifax, and Pictou winning the NS AAA Midget League Championship and the right to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships in Miramichi, N.B. (team wins 9, losses 2 in N.S. playoff)

  • Dartmouth wins Atlantic Championship Title going 5-0 in the tournament. Nick Binder was named tournament MVP.

  • Team moves on to represent Atlantic Region at the Air Canada Cup National Midget Hockey Championships in Prince George, B.C.

  • Team Record going into the National Championships is 63-16-3

2000-2001 SEASON

Head Coach - Brad Crossley

Coaching Certification/Courses
1999 Speak Out - Abuse, Harassment, and Safety Seminar, Halifax, N.S.
1998 International Hockey Coaches Conference, St. John, N.B.
1997 NCCP Intermediate Level
1996 International Hockey Coaches Conference, Halifax, N.S.
1987 NCCP Coach Level

Coaching Experience
1997 - Present Head Coach/General Manager, Dartmouth AAA Midget Hockey
1999 - Regional Coach - Nova Scotia Under 16 Zone Camp, ACOE
1992 - 1997 Assistant Coach, Dartmouth AAA Midget Hockey
1991 - 1992 Assistant Coach, Dalhousie University Hockey
1989 - 1990 Assistant Coach, Halifax AAA Midget Hockey
1986 - 1989 Assistant Coach, Centennial/Halifax Bantam AAA Minor Hockey

Playing Experience
1986 - 1987 Halifax Junior A Hockey
1984 - 1986 Dalhousie University Hockey
1983 - 1984 Halifax - Spryfield Junior B Hockey/Halifax Junior A Hockey
1981 - 1983 Halifax AAA Midget Hockey
1973 - 1981 Halifax Minor Hockey Development

Accomplishments
2000 - 2001 Nova Scotia AAA Midget, Atlantic Champions, and Atlantic
Representative at the Air Canada National Midget Hockey Championships
1999 - 2000 Nova Scotia AAA Midget Championship Finalist
1998 - 1999 Nova Scotia AAA Midget Champions and Atlantic Championship Finalist
1995 - 1996 Nova Scotia AAA Midget Champions, Atlantic Champions, and Atlantic Representative at the Air Canada National Midget Hockey Championships
1994 - 1995 Nova Scotia AAA Midget Champions, Atlantic Champions, and Atlantic Representative at the Air Canada National Midget Hockey Championships
1994, 95, 96 Completed Montreal Esprit Ironman and Ironman Canada Triathlons
1989 - 1990 Nova Scotia AAA Midget Champions, Atlantic Championship Finalist
1982 - 1983 Nova Scotia AAA Midget Champions, Team Captain, Nova Scotia Representative at the Air Canada National Midget Hockey Championships

Overall AAA Midget Coaching Record (since 1992)

Games Coached - 599, 389 Wins, 167 Losses, 43 Ties


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