For hockey fans, there’s nothing quite like witnessing a historic upset or a monumental win for their favorite team. Whether it’s a last-minute goal, an unexpected comeback, or a standout performance from an underdog player, these moments become etched in the memories of fans for years to come. In the world of minor hockey, the Aberdeen Wings have certainly had their fair share of memorable moments in their history. From season-defining upsets to championship wins, the Aberdeen Wings have a legacy that is worth exploring.
Founded in 2010, the Aberdeen Wings are a junior ice hockey team based in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The team competes in the North American Hockey League (HL) and plays their home games at the Odde Ice Center. Over the years, the Aberdeen Wings have become known for their impressive record and their unwavering determination on the ice. Let’s take a closer look at some of their most memorable moments in their history.
The Inaugural Season Upset (2010-2011)
In their very first season, the Aberdeen Wings made their mark in the HL by pulling off an incredible upset. They faced the Bismarck Bobcats, who were the reigning HL champions at the time, in the Central Division Semifinals. Despite being the underdogs, the Aberdeen Wings stunned everyone by defeating the Bobcats in a best-of-five series, winning the final game with a score of 5-2. It was a defining moment for the team and set the tone for what was to come in the seasons ahead.
The 2012-2013 Season: A Historic Win Streak
The 2012-2013 season was one for the books for the Aberdeen Wings. They started the season strong and continued to dominate throughout. In January 2013, the team went on an impressive 12-game winning streak, breaking the previous HL record of 11 consecutive wins. This historic feat not only solidified the Aberdeen Wings as a top team in the league but also brought attention to the players who were delivering standout performances every game.
The Robertson Cup Championship (2018)
In 2018, the Aberdeen Wings made it to the Robertson Cup Championship for the first time in their history. The team had a record-breaking season, winning 44 of their 60 regular-season games and capturing the Central Division title. They continued to impress in the playoffs, defeating top teams like the Austin Bruins and the Minot Minotauros. In the final game against the Shreveport Mudbugs, the Aberdeen Wings showcased their tenacity and came out victorious with a score of 2-1, winning the Robertson Cup for the first time in franchise history. It was a momentous moment for the organization and the city of Aberdeen.
A Tribute to the Captains
Year after year, the Aberdeen Wings have had exceptional players take on the role of captain, leading the team to victory and inspiring their teammates to be their best. One of the most notable names in the team’s history is Joe Mullen, who served as captain during the 2013-2014 season. Mullen’s leadership and impressive skills on the ice earned him the title of the HL’s Most Valuable Player that season. Another notable captain is Drew Doyon, who was at the helm of the team during the 2017-2018 season and was essential in leading the team to their first Robertson Cup win.
A Growing Legacy: The Current Season (2021-2022)
As the Aberdeen Wings head into the 2021-2022 season, they continue to prove themselves as a top team in the HL. Since their inaugural season, they have consistently been one of the winningest teams in the league, earning several division titles and playoff appearances. Under the guidance of Head Coach and General Manager Scott Langer, the team remains dedicated to pushing themselves to be better and continue their winning legacy.
The Aberdeen Wings have given their fans many memorable moments to cherish and celebrate. From their inaugural season upset to their historic win streak and their first-ever Robertson Cup win, the team has created a legacy that will be remembered for years to come. As they continue to strive towards greatness, the Aberdeen Wings will undoubtedly continue to surprise and inspire hockey fans around the country.