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The Pickering Panthers are a Junior ‘A’ hockey team based in Pickering, Ontario. The Panther Tradition started in 1972 as part of the Metro Junior ‘B’ league and the team has been active for the last forty years. Today, the Panthers are a part of Central Division Hockey League.
In the summer of 2010, the Panthers accepted a merger with the Ajax Attack, eliminating the struggle for players and fans between the two neighbouring communities. The team remains based in Pickering.
Our last championship win was in 1985 when the Panthers were a member of the Metro Junior ‘B’ league. Pickering joined the Ontario Junior ‘A’ hockey league in 1998, and have had three conference championship performances since then (98-99, 05-06, and 06-07 seasons).
Some key players who have suited up for Pickering include NHL Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk, and former Toronto Maple Leaf goalie Glenn Healy.
The current Panthers team is comprised of many local talented players from Durham Region including captain and leading scorer Josh Argier. A Whitby native, Argier came to the Panthers through a trade with the Stouffville Spirit last summer and is having another strong year.
Another Panther who is off to a strong start is Dustyn McFaul. The 6 ‘2 defenceman was invited to the World Junior A Challenge, Team Canada East training camp and was also named to the NHL Central Scouting’s Watch List for the 2018 NHL Draft!
The Panthers will be looking to make a big push in the second half of the season and a long run in the playoffs.
Come out to support the team at an upcoming home game.