68 GP – 42 W – 25 L – 0 OTL – 1 SOL
2nd in the Central Division – Won Conference Quarterfinals vs Mississauga (4-0) – Lost Conference Semifinals vs Oshawa (4-2)
Front Row: Lucas Lobsinger, Dave Brown (GM), Mario Cicchillo (Head Coach), Alex Pietrangelo, Matt Corrente, Michael Swift, Denise Burke (President), Bill Burke (Governor), Stefan Legein, Luca Caputi, Mike McCourt (Assistant Coach), Paul Simpson (CFO), Sebastian Dahm
Year In Review:
The IceDogs entered their first season in Niagara ranked in the CHL’s top ten. The team played their first regular season home game against the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in front of a sellout crowd on September 21, 2007. The IceDogs won the game, defeating the Majors 4-1. Over the course of the season, the IceDogs developed a major rivalry with the Mississauga Majors.
In December, right-winger Stefan Legein represented Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Tournament and earned a gold medal in the process.
On January 8, 2008, the IceDogs acquired goaltender Sebastian Dahm from the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for goaltender Andrew Loverock, defenseman Chris van Laren, a 3rd round draft pick in 2009 and a sixth round draft pick in 2010. Dahm finished the season with the IceDogs, earning a record of 20-6-0-0, a GAA of 2.53 and a save percentage of 0.917.
The IceDogs finished the year averaging 2,722 fans and led the league with 15 sellout crowds.
The IceDogs finished the regular season with 82 points, three shy of Brampton for the central division title. Luca Caputi finished the season with 111 points (4th in league scoring) while Michael Swift’s 100 points put him 8th in league scoring. The team led the league in penalty minutes totaling 1463 .
The IceDogs entered the post season facing their rivals the Mississuaga St. Michael’s Majors. In the first game they came out strong winning 4-0. They continued to play strong and ended up sweeping the Majors four games to none. The IceDogs were backed by the strong goaltending of Sebastian Dahm who had a GAA of 2.90 and a save percentage of 0.925. In the Conference Semifinals they faced the Oshawa Generals. The IceDogs played strong but lost in game six 5-2, losing the series.
Goals – Luca Caputi (51)
Assists – Michael Swift (62)
Points – Luca Caputi (111)
Shutouts – Sebastian Dahm (2)
GAA – Sebastian Dahm (2.53)