But the Kitchener Rangers are done after being ousted by Owen Sound in five games during the opening round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
Despite the short run it was a memorable year marked by big achievements, surprising moves and unfortunate luck.
Here are 10 storylines worth remembering from the 2016-17 season.
•1. Change at the top
Front office movement seems to dominate off-season news for the Kitchener Rangers and this year is no different. The team announced a shakeup late last month when general manager Murray Hiebert stepped down to become the team's director of hockey operations even though he still had one more year left on his contract. Assistant GM Mike McKenzie was promoted and given a four-year deal and is tasked with turning the Rangers back into a perennial contender. Hiebert inherited a club that was light on picks and prospects and spent the bulk of his four years accruing assets. Kitchener never made it past the Western Conference semifinals under his watch.