Milton Merchants (1996-1998 Era) - Team (Ice Hockey) - Class of 2018
The 1996-97 and 1997-98 Merchants represent the high point of success in the club's history, having won back-to-back league championships and making it to the Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central Canadian championship) both years.
Down two games to none against the Oakville Blades in the second round of the playoffs, the '97-98 Merchants stamped shamrock stickers on their helmets and proceeded to win their next game in double overtime.
During the 1997-98 season the Merchants lost their first two games of the playoffs against the Oakville Blades. But quickly turned it around and won their next 15 straight games. That year the club went on to defeat Sudbury's Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats in six games to win the provincial title and advance to the national Royal Bank Cup in Nanaimo, B.C.
At the Royal Bank Cup the Merchants made it to the semifinals, falling to the eventual champion South Surrey Eagles.
During this championship tenure the team had seven players who grew up in Milton and went through the local minor hockey system, which is practically unheard of by today's standards.
Over these two season, the Merchants combined for an impressive regular season record of 78-15-6, good for an 84% winning percentage.