Remembering One Of The Best Cyclones Teams Ever

Joseph Raaymakers

Joseph Raaymakers with the Chatham-Kent Cyclones minor midget team – Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

The 2013-2014 season saw the Minor Midget Chatham-Kent Cyclones, a team that was loaded with talent, go deep into the playoffs, in fact, advance all the way to the OHL Cup.

Although this type of team success is incredible, the test of time with young teams is often based on advancement of individual players.

This team had Joseph Raaymakers, Levi Tetrault, Nolan Gardiner, Brendan Harrogate, and Brady Pataki advance to significant Major Junior careers.

Raaymakers has been considered an NHL prospect on multiple occasions, has already played professionally, attended NHL camps, and has been one of the top OHL goalies in each of his seasons. He finished his career with the London Knights.

Pataki also finished his career at the Major Junior level, playing with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats.

Gardiner (Chatham Maroons), Harrogate, (Penticton Vees), and Tetrault (Leamington Flyers) all stepped to various levels of Junior.

Gardiner (University of Windsor), and Harrogate (Western University) will both play OUA hockey next season.

As will Ross Krieger, who has spent multiple seasons in the OJHL with the North York Rangers. He is committed to play for the University of Toronto.

Anthony Hurtubise was another OHL draft pick on this roster, finishing his career with the GOJHL’s St. Thomas Stars, while Blair Derynck played multiple Junior B seasons, ending with the Kitchener Dutchmen, and Jarret Marks played multiple seasons of GOJHL hockey, before moving to the WSHL with the Northern Colorado Eagles.

Almost everyone on this team, played Junior B and C hockey.

For sheer depth, this must be one of the greatest.

As these players all complete their Junior careers, it will be interesting to see how far this group can go.

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    Todd 5 years

    A case could also be made for the 97 birth year Cyclones. Not all played at the same time necessarily but nearly every player moved on to a level of Junior Hockey. Johnstone, Reed, Funk, Bentley, Cato, McEwan, Marlatt, Gagnon, Bakker, Tetzlaff, Fox, Campbell, Konecny. A couple others as well but just cant remember all the names. Not likely see that again for a while.