The Kamloops Blazers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. The team plays in the B. C. Division of the western conference, is based out of Kamloops, British Columbia, play home games at the Sandman Centre; the Blazers originated as the Estevan Bruins in 1966, became the New Westminster Bruins in 1971, relocated to Kamloops in 1981 as the Kamloops Junior Oilers. The Blazers have won the Memorial Cup three times in 1992, 1994, 1995, the Ed Chynoweth Cup six times, their franchise was granted in 1966 as the Estevan Bruins in Saskatchewan. In 1971, it moved to New Westminster, British Columbia, was known as the New Westminster Bruins, it moved to Kamloops in 1981 and was known as the Junior Oilers until 1984, when they were given their present name, the Kamloops Blazers. The team moved from the Kamloops Memorial Arena to the new Riverside Coliseum renamed to the Interior Savings Centre, in 1992, changed to the Sandman Centre in 2015, due to co-owner Tom Gaglardi owning the Sandman hotels brand.
The team has won the most Memorial Cups of any team in the WHL with five, two as New Westminster and three as Kamloops. The Canadian Hockey League record is seven, held by the Ontario Hockey League's Toronto Marlboros, now known the Guelph Storm; the franchise began in 1946 as the Humboldt Indians of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and moved to Estevan to become the Bruins in 1957. The franchise has won the President's Cup a record 11 times, once in Estevan, four times in a row in New Westminster and six times since relocating to Kamloops; the Blazers hosted the 1995 Memorial Cup, although they went in the "front door" by winning the WHL championship that year. The team was featured. 1983–84: Win, 4–3 vs. Regina 1984–85: Loss, 0–4 vs. Prince Albert 1985–86: Win, 4–1 vs. Medicine Hat 1987–88: Loss, 2–4 vs. Medicine Hat 1989–90: Win, 4–1 vs. Lethbridge 1991–92: Win, 4–3 vs. Saskatoon 1993–94: Win, 4–3 vs. Saskatoon 1994–95: Win, 4–2 vs. Brandon 1998–99: Loss, 1–4 vs. Calgary 1992 Memorial Cup – Win, 5–4 vs. Sault Ste.
Marie 1994 Memorial Cup – Win, 5–3 vs. Laval 1995 Memorial Cup – Win, 8–2 vs. Detroit Notable head coaches in the history of the Kamloops Blazers include Ken Hitchcock, Tom Renney, Don Hay, Marc Habscheid and Dean Evason. Updated January 21, 2019. Totals include those who played for the franchise as the Kamloops Junior Oilers. Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against List of ice hockey teams in British Columbia Kamloops Blazers official website
The Brampton Battalion was a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. The team was based in Brampton, Ontario and started playing in 1998; as a result of having among the lowest attendance in the OHL, the team was relocated to North Bay, Ontario for the 2013–14 OHL season. The Brampton Battalion was granted an expansion franchise on December 3, 1996. Major Junior A hockey returned to Brampton for the first time since 1963, when the Brampton 7Ups played in the Metro Junior A League before returning to the Junior B level. Brampton was part of the return of major junior hockey to the Greater Toronto Area in the late 1990s that included the Mississauga IceDogs and the revived Toronto St. Michael's Majors. In 2005, team owner Scott Abbott was inducted into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame for his work in building the franchise; the Battalion name was chosen from community suggestions, was adopted by the competitive minor hockey program. The Battalion were covered by local television Rogers Community Cable 10 and the local newspaper, The Brampton Guardian.
The Battalion's secondary school educational programs were co-ordinated through Turner Fenton Secondary School. The Battalion began play for the 1998–99 OHL season in the Midwest Division of the Western Conference; the Battalion played their first game on September 24, 1998 losing to the host Peterborough Petes by a 5-1 score. Jason Maleyko scored the first goal in club history; the Battalion played their first game at the Powerade Centre on October 9, 1998 losing to the Kitchener Rangers by a score of 5-1. The first win in club history would come on October 18 when the troops beat the visiting Sudbury Wolves 5-4; the first season on the ice didn't go so well however as the Battalion finished the season with only 8 wins, 57 losses, 3 ties for last in the Western Conference and 19th in the league ahead of only the Mississauga Ice Dogs. The 1999–2000 season was much better for the Battalion as they finished with a 25-29-14 record, good enough for a 3rd-place finish in the Midwest Division and 7th in the Western Conference which gave them their first trip to the post season.
The Battalion won their first playoff game vs. the Erie Otters with a 5-2 score. However, the 2nd place Otters proved to be too strong and Erie took the series in 6 games; the 2000–01 season proved to be the first season in club history that the team would score a record above the.500 mark with a final tally of 33-22-13 for a 3rd-place finish in the Midwest Division and 5th in the Western Conference. The Battalion would take on the 4th place Guelph Storm in the first round of the playoffs and came out on top by sweeping the Storm in 4 games for the first playoff series win in club history. In round 2 for the second straight year the Troops took on the 1st place Erie Otters. After the Troops took game 1 the Otters would win the series in five games; the Battalion fell back to below the.500 mark in the 2001–02 season posting a 26-35-7 record for last in the Division and Conference as the team missed the playoffs for the 2nd time in 4 years. During the 2002 off season the North Bay Centennials were bought and moved to Saginaw, Michigan to become the Spirit and thus leaving the East and West unbalanced so the Battalion were moved to the Eastern Conference and given North Bay's former spot in the Central Division.
Once again the Battalion surged above the.500 mark finishing with a 34-24-10 record good enough to win their first Division Championship in franchise history beating the Toronto St. Michaels Majors by only 2 points. During the 2003 playoffs the Battalion started what would become a rivalry with the Barrie Colts defeating the Colts in the first round in six games; the second round would see the top two in the Division as the Battalion faced Toronto. Brampton started off the series well beating Toronto in game 1 by a 7-0 score; however Toronto proved too much for Brampton as the Majors would win four straight and take the series in only 5 games. The Battalion did not fare well during the 2003–04 regular season, as their record fell to 25-32-11. However, the record was good enough for 7th in the east and a first round matchup with a favored Ottawa 67's team who had won the East Division. With their backs against the wall, the Battalion shocked many as they took the 67's to seven games, winning game 7 and the series in Ottawa and advancing to the 2nd round.
For the second straight year, in round 2, the Battalion would have to face the Eastern Conference Champions, the Toronto St. Michael's Majors; this time the Majors jumped out to a 3-0 series lead. Brampton was able to win 1 game, to force a 5th, but, as far as they would get as the Majors won the series. During the 2004–05 season the Battalion stood tall as they became part of a huge race involving several teams to not only win the Central Division title, but the Eastern Conference Championship as well. Despite posting a 33-24-11 record, Brampton would lose the race to the Mississauga Ice Dogs and finish 3rd in the central, 4th in the conference, setting up a first round match up with the Sudbury Wolves; the series with the Wolves was an intense one. The Wolves took the first two games, including one in overtime. However, Brampton clawed their way back, but by game 6 in Sudbury, the Battalion were on the brink of elimination; the game went to double overtime with the Wolves scoring a power play goal to end Brampton's season.
The 2005–06 season would become the best season in club history. After a somewhat mediocre start the club by mid February had climbed to a record of 30-21-1-2. With 14 games remaining on the schedule the Battalion would have to win every single game to hav
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are a major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League; the Greyhounds play home games at the GFL Memorial Gardens. The present team was founded in 1962 as a team in the Northern Ontario Hockey Association; the Greyhounds name has been used by several ice hockey teams based in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, since 1919; the first Greyhounds team formed in 1919, playing in the now defunct Upper-Peninsula League. The team's coach was George MacNamara, he suggested the team be called the Greyhounds since, "a greyhound is much faster than a wolf." That reference was to the established rival club, the Sudbury Wolves. A couple of seasons the Greyhounds switched to the Northern Ontario Hockey Association Senior "A" division; the team won the Senior A championship in 1921, 1923, 1924 and 1925. The 1924 Greyhounds won the Allan Cup, becoming the only team from Sault Ste. Marie to do so. In October 1925, the club received an offer from New York to play as the Knickerbockers in the Eastern Amateur Hockey League.
The Greyhounds joined the Central Amateur Hockey Association, a division of the United States Amateur Hockey Association for the 1925–26 season. After the season, several players joined the team folded. In 1929, a junior Greyhounds team was organized, competing in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League; the juniors won the league championship four consecutive years from 1928 to 1931, added a fifth title in 1942. Junior hockey in Sault Ste. Marie came to an abrupt end in 1945, when the Gouin Street Arena was destroyed by fire; the senior Greyhounds team was revived in 1948. The new team played out of a temporary home at Pullar Stadium, in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, U. S. A. until the Memorial Gardens opened in 1949. The senior Greyhounds won the NOHA championship four times, in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1955; this team folded, along with the league. The current Greyhounds Junior A franchise was founded in 1962 as a member of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League; the team's founders were Lloyd Prokop, Phil Suraci, Pat Esposito and Bill Kelly.
The Greyhounds played for ten seasons in the NOJHL. They were successful, never having a losing season, winning the league championship three times. In 1972, the Greyhounds entered the Ontario Hockey Association as a Major Junior A expansion team; the original directors were joined by Frank Sarlo. In 1977, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds picked a 16-year-old Wayne Gretzky, standing at 5 ft 8 in and weighing 155 pounds, with the third pick in the Ontario Midget Draft, he was still small in stature, but would have a big impact on the game. Gretzky requested to wear # 9 for his idol Gordie Howe, but that number was taken by teammate Brian Gualazzi. Gretzky chose # 14 instead. After a few games, coach Muzz MacPherson suggested. From that season on, Gretzky always wore the legendary # 99. In 63 games that year, he set the Greyhounds all-time record, scoring 70 goals and had 112 assists for a total of 182 points. Gretzky would have won the scoring title, except for a 192-point season by Bobby Smith. Gretzky was awarded the Emms Family Award as the rookie of the year, the William Hanley Trophy as most gentlemanly player.
After winning the OHL championship, the Greyhounds travelled to Shawinigan, Quebec to compete in the Memorial Cup tournament, for the national junior hockey title. The Greyhounds played against the host team Shawinigan Cataractes, the QMJHL champion Verdun Junior Canadiens, the WHL champion Prince Albert Raiders; the Greyhounds were led by future NHLers, Jeff Beukeboom, Chris Felix, Derek King, Wayne Presley, Bob Probert and Rob Zettler. Leading scorers in the regular season were Wayne Groulx, Graeme Bonar and Sault Ste. Marie native Mike Oliverio; the Greyhounds won the first game on May 11 in Shawinigan versus the home team, by a score 4-3, in front of 3,276 fans. Televising games from the Aréna Jacques Plante in Shawinigan proved difficult due to roof support pillars around the ice surface. After two games in Shawinigan, the remainder of the tournament was played in the Centre Marcel Dionne in Drummondville, Quebec; the Greyhounds won their first game in Drummondville 6-3 over Verdun, with two goals from Derek King.
Their first loss of the tournament came in game three. With the loss, the Cataractes and Greyhounds would all finish the round-robin with two wins and a loss. Shawinigan earned a spot in the finals on best goals for and against difference, with Sault Ste. Marie and Prince Albert to have a rematch in the semi-final game. On May 16, the Greyhounds lost again to the Raiders; the Greyhounds season of 1990–91 marked an incredible turnaround from seventh place the season before, to finishing first place and winning the Emms division. General manager Sherwood Bassin put together pieces for coach Ted Nolan to win. Bassin was awarded Bill Long Award for distinguished service to the OHL, was named both the OHL Executive of the Year, the CHL Executive of the Year in 1991; the Greyhounds swept both playoff series and earned a second round bye to reach the OHL finals against the defending champions, the Oshawa Generals. The J. Ross Robertson Cup finals had many subplots due to the big trade between the clubs in the previous season.
Added to the mix was Joe Busillo, an overager picked up from Oshawa, who won the Memorial Cup with the Generals the previous year. Fans from the Soo were still bitter towards Eric Lindros, now the captain of the Generals; the Soo crowd. The Greyhounds upset the favoured defending champions in
CHL Rookie of the Year
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North Bay, Ontario
North Bay is a city in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. It is the seat of Nipissing District, takes its name from its position on the shore of Lake Nipissing. North Bay is located on the traditional territory of the Nipissing First Nation peoples; the site of North Bay was on the main canoe route west from Montreal. Apart from Indigenous people and surveyors, there was little activity in the Lake Nipissing area until the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1882; the CPR started its westward expansion from Ontario. That was the point; the CCR was owned by Duncan McIntyre who amalgamated it with the CPR and became one of the handful of officers of the newly formed CPR. The CCR extended to Pembroke, it followed a westward route along the Ottawa River passing through places like Cobden, Deux-Rivières, to Mattawa at the confluence of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. It proceeded cross-country towards its final destination, Bonfield. Duncan McIntyre and his contractor James Worthington piloted the CCR expansion.
Worthington continued on as the construction superintendent for the CPR past Bonfield. He remained with the CPR for about a year. McIntyre was uncle to John Ferguson who staked out future North Bay after getting assurance from his uncle and Worthington that it would be the divisional and a location of some importance. In 1882, John Ferguson decided that the north bay of Lake Nipissing was a promising spot for settlement. North Bay was incorporated as a town in 1891; the first mayor was John Bourke. More Bourke developed the western portion of North Bay after purchasing the interest of the Murray Brothers from Pembroke, who were large landholders in the new community; the land west of Klock Avenue was known as the Murray block. Bourke Street is named after John Bourke. Murray Street is named after the Murrays. North Bay was selected as the southern terminus of the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway in 1902 when the Ross government took the bold move to establish a development road to serve the Haileybury settlement.
During construction of the T&NO, silver was discovered at Cobalt and started a mining frenzy in the northern part of the province that continued for many years. The Canadian Northern Railway was subsequently built to North Bay in 1913; the Georgian Bay Canal was a mammoth transportation system that proposed to connect the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. The entire passageway from the Ottawa River to Lake Nipissing and down the French River to Georgian Bay was surveyed in the first decade of the 20th century. Financing was a large obstacle and, as time passed, transportation patterns changed and interfered with the earlier practicality of the giant venture. Despite this, there were groups who still hoped it would happen as late as 1930. North Bay grew through a strong lumbering sector and the three railways in the early days; the town benefited from strong community leadership and people like Richardson, Milne, McNamara, Browning, McDougal, Carruthers, McGaughey, George W. Lee, Senator Gordon, T. J. Patton, Charlie Harrison, many others are responsible for its development.
In 1919, John Ferguson was elected mayor of North Bay and continued to serve as mayor until 1922. North Bay was incorporated as a city in August 1925; the Dionne Quintuplets were born in Corbeil, Ontario, on the southern outskirts of North Bay in 1934. Their births had a tremendous impact on tourism in the area. In fact, the Dionnes may have saved the economy in the district during the Depression and beyond. North Bay and area lived off this legacy well into the 1960s. Many visitors to the area discovered lakes and summer retreats that were accessible and the businesses thrived on the tourist dollars. In January 1968, the City of North Bay amalgamated with West Widdifield townships. In 1951, as a result of rising tensions in the Cold War, the Royal Canadian Air Force established an air base at North Bay, part of an expanding national air defence network to counter the threat of nuclear attack against North America by Soviet bombers. Construction of RCAF Station North Bay took three years, during which it became the largest industry in the community, a status it held for more than four decades.
In October 1963, the North American Air Defence Command opened its Canadian operations centre at the base. Manned by American as well as Canadian military personnel, the centre, situated 60 storeys underground to withstand a nuclear strike, monitored Canada's northern, east-central and Atlantic airspace and tracking all air traffic in this airspace, responding to airborne emergencies and suspicious, unknown and hostile aircraft. In 1983 this responsibility was expanded to all of Canada, in October 2006 the base's NORAD operations moved into a new, state-of-the-art facility above ground where it continues to provide surveillance and tracking of aircraft, warning and response to emergencies and other crises, for the air sovereignty of Canada and North America. In summer of 2013, the base commenced surveillance of space via SAPPHIRE, Canada's first military satellite, launched into orbit from India in February. Beginning in the 1990s the base weathered a series of massive cuts by the federal government, at one point was earmarked to close.
Subsequently, a large portion of its
The Saginaw Spirit is a major junior ice hockey team based in Saginaw, Michigan. They are members of the West Division of the Western Conference of the Ontario Hockey League, one of the Major Junior leagues of the Canadian Hockey League; the Saginaw Spirit were born when Dick Garber, the owner of several local automobile dealerships, purchased the North Bay Centennials and moved the team to Saginaw after the 2001–02 season. Saginaw Spirit was named by an elementary school student attending Handley Elementary after a contest was held to name the new coming team; the team traces its roots back to St. Catharines, where it played as the Falcons and Black Hawks from 1943–1976, it won two Memorial Cup championships as the Teepees, in 1954 and 1960. In 1976, the franchise moved to nearby Niagara Falls. In 1982, the team was moved again, this time to North Bay, renamed the Centennials, where it remained until moving to Saginaw in 2002; the Spirit have done extensive promotions in the Mid-Michigan area, increasing their fan base and season ticket-holder numbers.
The Spirit have one of the highest attendance rates in the Ontario Hockey League. After three rebuilding seasons the Spirit clinched their first playoff berth on March 2, 2006, but lost in the first round to the Guelph Storm. Led by Todd Watson, they made the playoffs the following two seasons, but lost to the division rival Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds both times, in six games in 2007 and in four games in 2008. In 2009, the Spirit won their first playoff series since relocating to Saginaw, sweeping Guelph in four games, they were swept in the second round by the London Knights. On December 29, 2013, the Spirit and the Windsor Spitfires played the first outdoor game in Ontario Hockey League history; the game was played at Comerica Park in Michigan. The Spitfires won the game 6-5 in front of a shortly lived Canadian Hockey League record of 25,749 spectators, surpassed that night by the London Knights and Plymouth Whalers at the same venue; the first coach in Saginaw Spirit history was Dennis Desrosiers.
He was well known with many years of hockey experience in Michigan. As a player, he spent 10 years for the Saginaw Gears, spent time coaching the Flint Generals, Saginaw Generals & Kalamazoo Wings all in Michigan. List of coaches. Numbers of seasons in parentheses. 2002–03 – Dennis Desrosiers 2003–04 – Dennis Desrosiers / Moe Mantha 2004–05 – Doug Lidster / Bob Mancini 2005–07 – Bob Mancini 2007–11 – Todd Watson 2011-12 – Todd Watson / Greg Gilbert 2012–16 – Greg Gilbert fired mid-season 2016 – Moe Mantha 2016–17 – Spencer Carbery 2017–18 – Troy Smith 2018–present – Chris Lazary 2003–04 – Patrick McNeill, Jack Ferguson Award - 1st overall OHL Priority Draft Selection 2005–06 – Ryan Daniels, F. W. "Dinty" Moore Trophy - Best Rookie GAA 2005–06 – Craig Goslin, OHL Executive of the Year 2006–07 – Tom Pyatt, William Hanley Trophy - Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year 2006–07 – Craig Goslin, OHL Executive of the Year 2011-12 – Brandon Saad, William Hanley Trophy - Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year 2011-12 – Greg Gilbert, Matt Leyden Trophy - Coach of the Year 2015-16 – Will Petschenig, Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy - Humanitarian of the Year 89 – Vincent Trocheck Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss 2002–03 Out of playoffs.
2003–04 Out of playoffs. 2004–05 Out of playoffs. 2005–06 Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals. 2006–07 Lost to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals. 2007–08 Lost to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals. 2008–09 Defeated Guelph Storm 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals. Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals. 2009–10 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals. 2010–11 Defeated Guelph Storm 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals. Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals. 2011–12 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals. Lost to London Knights 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals. 2012–13 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals. 2013–14 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals. 2014–15 Lost to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals. 2015–16 Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
2016–17 Out of playoffs. 2017–18 Lost to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals; the Saginaw Spirit logo depicts an American bald eagle with the colors of the Stars and Stripes along its neck, on the words "Saginaw Spirit." The uniform scheme is similar to that used by the U. S. A. national team. The home jerseys are white backgrounds with red trim; the away jerseys are navy blue backgrounds with white trim. The Saginaw third jersey has a red background with navy blue sleeves and white trim, bearing across the chest the word "Saginaw" spelled diagonally downwards from left to right. Saginaw's main mascot is "Sammy Spirit," resembling an American bald eagle; the team held a vote on their website to name a new secondary mascot for the 2006–07 season. The mascot was named Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle after Stephen Colbert. Colbert had promoted the contest on The Colbert Report. After naming the mascot after Colbert, the Spirit won seven straight games before losing to the Sarnia Sting on October 20.
Since The Colbert Report had featured ongoing comedy sketches related to the team, the mascot, other teams in the Ontario Hockey League the Oshawa Generals, Oshawa, Ontario mayor John Gray. At one game, fans of the Spirits threw copies of's annual report, a reference to the fact that
Alexander James Auld is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. Auld played in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens, he has appeared internationally for Team Canada on three occasions: the 2001 World Junior Championships, the 2004 Spengler Cup, the 2006 World Championships. Auld played most of his minor hockey in his hometown of Thunder Bay, with the Thunder Bay Kings program, he was a minor hockey teammate of future NHLers Taylor Pyatt, Patrick Sharp, Jason Jaspers and Aaron MacKenzie. Their Kings team won Gold in the All Ontario Bantam AAA championships in 1997 played in North Bay, Ontario. Auld started junior career with the North Bay Centennials of the Ontario Hockey League at the tail end of the 1997–98 season, appearing in six games without registering a win. After appearing in 38 games the following season, Auld was selected in the second round, 40th overall, of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.
He would finish out his junior career with the Centennials, spending two more seasons as their starting goaltender. In his final season, Auld was named to Team Canada for the 2001 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he backed up Maxime Ouellet; that same season, Auld was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for a third round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and a compensatory pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Auld turned professional in the 2001–02 season, joining the Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. An ankle sprain sidelined Auld during training camp and upon his return, he was assigned to the Columbia Inferno of the East Coast Hockey League. Solid play in six games at that level returned Auld to the AHL, where he showed steady improvement, despite competition for playing time from veterans Alfie Michaud and Martin Brochu. Following injuries to Canucks goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Peter Skudra, Auld earned a start at the NHL level, a 4–2 victory over the Dallas Stars on January 23, 2002, after which he returned to the AHL.
The 2002–03 season afforded Auld more opportunity for growth, although he again split playing time at the AHL level, this time with Tyler Moss. With Cloutier and Skudra entrenched at the NHL level, Auld still managed to appear in seven games as an injury-replacement, played one Stanley Cup playoff game in relief. Most he received extensive playing time, improved his statistics considerably. During the off-season, backup Peter Skudra signed with a Russian team, raising the possibility that Auld might claim the backup role for the Canucks; as the 2003–04 season approached, Canucks General Manager Brian Burke traded a draft pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Johan Hedberg, all but ensuring Auld another season in the minors. Again, Auld began the season sharing netminding duties with Tyler Moss. Auld again saw brief NHL action. However, during the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs, Dan Cloutier was injured early on in the Canucks' first round series with the Calgary Flames. Hedberg, shaky as a backup, failed to impress Head Coach Marc Crawford in two appearances, Auld claimed the starting role in Game 5, pushing Calgary the distance in the series losing in Game 7.
Auld spent the 2004–05 NHL lockout back with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL, this time pairing with veteran netminder Wade Flaherty. Despite holding on to the starting role for much of the season, Auld disappointed in the playoffs, Flaherty took over as starter, helping the team reach the third round of the Calder Cup playoffs, he appeared for Canada at the Spengler Cup in December 2004, carrying the team to a third-place finish. Auld returned to the NHL when play resumed for the 2005–06 season as the backup to Dan Cloutier. However, on November 20, 2005, Cloutier injured an anterior cruciate ligament in a collision with Mighty Ducks of Anaheim forward Rob Niedermayer; the hope was that the injury would heal during the season, but on December 15, Cloutier opted for surgery, leaving Auld as Vancouver's starting goaltender. He would not play in another game for the Moose, leaving the AHL team as its franchise leader in wins and shutouts; as the Canucks' starter, Auld was re-united with former World Junior teammate Maxime Ouellet, one of three goaltenders the Canucks used to back him up.
Filling in admirably, Auld went on to capture the Cyclone Taylor trophy as team MVP, although the Canucks would miss the playoffs. Auld joined Team Canada again, this time at the 2006 World Championships, where Canada finished a disappointing fourth, losing the bronze medal game to Finland. In June 2006, Auld was involved in a multi-player trade that sent him, Todd Bertuzzi and Bryan Allen to Florida in exchange for Roberto Luongo, Lukáš Krajíček and a sixth-round draft pick. Auld was expected to be the undisputed starter in Florida. However, the July 25 signing of Ed Belfour introduced some competition, Belfour won the job as starting goalie. Controversially, in October, Auld was hospitalized while "horsing around" with Belfour, with suspicions that Belfour had assaulted him. After an unsuccessful season with Florida, Auld signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on August 13, 2007. However, on a team with with a wealth of goaltenders — Auld would compete for a job with David Aebischer and Mikael Tellqvist at the beginning of the season — Phoenix would pick up Ilya Bryzgalov off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks, leaving Auld as one of the odd goaltenders out.
After nine appearances with Phoenix, on December 6, 2007, Auld was traded to the Bos