2000-2001 Schmalz Cup Champions

Front Row L-R ; Andy Cloutier, Dave Bitner, Robert Orr, Tim Velemirovich, Beau Spencer, Chris Chudobiak, Chad Collins, Tim Morningstar, Blue Hill, Kellen Mowat, Joe DeCarlo, Matt Catherwood, Claude Cloutier

Second Row L-R; Al Boone, Winston Auld, Scott Paul, Brad Auger, Tyler Barath, Jason Shawana, Bill Kostuk, Neil Alderton, Chris Johnstone, Don Edwardson, Tom Kelly, Ron Potter, Jamie Floris, Byron Harding, Ben Thomas, Sean Milton, Kristen Jarvis, Otto Lutz

Back Row L-R ; Day Hannah, Bill Leskiw, Ken Moore, Tim Chamberlain, Michel Dompierre, Richard Anger, Mike Rybiak, Tom Barath, Matt Baglieri, Matt Roberts, Jim Hess, Fred Sacco, Butch Sacco, Jeremy Lowe, Buddy Lowe


Inducted into the City of Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame January 2012 ;

Team - Hockey 1991 to present Era 


The Chippawa RiverHawks went over the top in 2001 as they captured the provincial title and the prestigious Schmalz Cup.  The RiverHawks rolled to an unprecedented regular season with a glorious 31-0-4-1 record, and finished the playoffs and regular season with a staggering 51 wins. 

The divisional playoffs saw the RiverHawks sweep the Dunnville Terriers before getting their toughest test of the year, as they survived a white knuckle ride while edging out the Grimsby Peach Kings in 7 dramatic games for the NDJHL East Division Championship.

At that point the RiverHawks would only lose 1 more game as they swept Norwich for the NDJHL Championship, and then swept Uxbridge to advance to the Provincial Championship.  In the Schmalz Cup Finals, Chippawa defeated Belle River, 4 games to 1 to cap a remarkable and unforgettable season.

The history making club was then inducted onto the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame [Team Category] in January 2012.


Road To The 2001 Schmalz Cup [Best 4 out of 7 Series]

NDJCHL East Opening Round >   Chippawa 4   Dunnville Terriers 0

2nd Round >    BYE

NDJCHL East Division Championship >    Chippawa 4   Grimsby Peach Kings 3

NDCJHL Championship >   Chippawa 4   Norwich Merchants 0

Provincial Semi-Finals >   Chippawa 4   Uxbridge Bruins 0

Schmalz Cup Championship >   Chippawa 4   Belle River Canadiens 1


Playoff Record > 20-4

Overall >  51-4-4-1