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Central Junior A Hockey League
Current Logo of the CJHL
Head Office Ottawa, Ontario
Official Web site CJHL
Commissioner Kevin Abrams[1]
Asst. Commissioner Bruce Baskin[1]
Founded 1961[2]
Eastern Champions 8
Central Champions 5
National Champions 1
2008-09 Champion Pembroke Lumber Kings

The Central Junior A Hockey League (CJHL) is a Canadian Junior "A" ice hockey league operating in eastern Ontario, Canada[2]. The league is sanctioned by the Ottawa District Hockey Association and Hockey Canada and are members of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The winner of the CJHL playoffs competes for the Fred Page Cup with the winners of the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League and the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.[3] The winner of the Fred Page Cup then moves on to compete for the Royal Bank Cup.[3]

Ottawa-Hull & District Junior Hockey League 1961 - 1964
Central Junior "A" Hockey League 1964 to Present



The league started in 1961 as the "Ottawa-Hull District Junior Hockey League", under the sponsorship of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, in hope of a better development program.[2] The league has featured such NHL stars as Steve Yzerman and Larry Robinson, for which its two divisions are named. As this league was for the Ottawa District, teams out of the area were not allowed to compete, with one exemption - Pembroke. In the early years, any player in the league was automatically a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and were forced into a contract which would disallow them to sign with any other National Hockey League team if they were ever to achieve such greatness. The Canadiens also wanted the league to be strictly for development, allowing 4 19-year-olds and 5 18-year-olds per team with the rest of the players being 17 or younger. This was met with much anger and disappointment with players who had just reached their 20's, but the league substantially gained in popularity, and they were ignored.[2] A remarkable alumnus of the league is 4-time Stanley Cup Champion Billy Smith of New York Islanders fame, a former member of the Smiths Falls Bears. In 1963, the Montreal Canadiens allowed the Chicago Blackhawks-sponsored Brockville Braves into the league.

In the late 1960s, the Cornwall Royals applied to enter into what is now the Ontario Hockey League, when they were turned away, they applied to join the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and were accepted. In 1973, the Hull Hawks, also departed for the QMJHL. In 1975, the Canadian Hockey Association informed the league that they had to allow 20-year-olds into their league, as all other leagues of their calibre already were doing.[2]

In February 1966, players from the Hawkesbury Braves went on strike over coaching issues. The Braves brought in replacement players from midget and Jr. B leagues for a game against the Cornwall Royals. The Braves went on to win 43-0. It still stands as the highest margin of victory in the league to date.

In 1976, Bryan Murray, now head coach of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, took over as head coach of the Rockland Nationals. With Murray at the wheel, the Nationals won the leagues, the region, and then went on to win the National Championship as Centennial Cup Champions. The financial cost of the playoff run was too much for the team's backers to handle, and, declaring bankruptcy, the team played their last game winning the Canadian National Championship.[2] The Nationals have resurrected since then as a member of the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League.[4]

After the ruling that allowed 20-year-olds to play in the league, teams began attempting to "buy" championship teams by going after former Major Junior players. The effect of this resulted in the labeling of the league as a "goon league" or "bush league" as the league got more violent. The fan base dwindled, and by 1984 there were only 5 teams left in the league, all on the verge of bankruptcy.[2] The owners of the five teams approached the owners of Ottawa's Talisman Hotel and asked them to purchase the league. Through new management and rule changes, the league barred 20-year-olds from the Major Junior ranks, created a limit of 5 20-year-olds (homegrown from the CJHL), and banned the paying of players. The new rules worked, and the league was once again successful.[2] The league then approached the Canadian Hockey Association, and requested a new system. After the fall of the Rockland Nationals, the league realized there was a revenue problem amongst its teams. The league demanded longer regular seasons and a shorter National playdown schedule to determine the National Champion. This new system was guaranteed to increase revenue amongst all teams nation-wide as they were allowed to have more home games, increasing revenue through ticket sales, and decreased the travel expenditures that forced the Rockland Nationals to fold when they won the National Championship.[2]

The league began flourishing, and by the early 90's, had expanded over 2-fold. Teams that had folded during the "dark days" of the late 70's and early 80's came back. The league even allowed for the expansion of their first American hockey team, the Massena Americans. Also, now a member of the OHL, the Cornwall Royals moved from Cornwall. In response, the CJHL allowed the Messena Americans to move to Cornwall, hoping the Cornwall Colts could help the city fill its competitive hockey "void".[2]

The Gloucester Rangers hosted the last Centennial Cup tournament in 1995 before it was transformed into the Royal Bank Cup. The Rangers boosted NHL stars like Mathieu Dandeneault and Robert Esche. The Gloucester Rangers were seconds away from defeating the Calgary Canucks in the final, until the Canucks scored a last-minute goal and won it all in overtime, to continue the drought of a CJHL team winning the National Junior "A" Championship.

In 2004-05, the Central Junior Hockey League saw higher attendance figures in all arenas with the NHL lockout. All teams in the CJHL had doubled their attendance.

In April 2007, it was announced that the Kemptville 73's were joining the CJHL as its 11th member team. The 73's formerly played in the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League.

The Cornwall Colts became the 4th team in CJHL history to play host to a Centennial/Royal Bank Cup tournament in 2008. The Colts managed to qualify for the semi-finals, but were ousted 7-1 by the Humboldt Broncos. Since 1995, no other CJHL teams qualifty for the Royal Bank Cup finals, as seven different teams came short since 1997.

In 2009, the Carleton Place Canadians, another former EOJBHL team, was announced as the league's 12th franchise. They will begin play during the 2009-10 season.

The Teams

Record is broken down by Win-Loss-Overtime Loss-Shootout Loss.

2007-08 Team Locations in Greater Ottawa Region
Robinson Division
Team Centre 2009-10 Record Points
Brockville Braves Brockville 36-6-1-0 73
Cornwall Colts Cornwall 30-12-1-2 63
Kemptville 73's Kemptville 19-21-0-3 41
Carleton Place Canadians Carleton Place 17-27-0-1 35
Smiths Falls Bears Smiths Falls 14-26-0-3 31
Hawkesbury Hawks Hawkesbury 8-34-0-1 17
Yzerman Division
Team Centre 2009-10 Record Points
Pembroke Lumber Kings Pembroke 34-8-1-0 69
Gloucester Rangers Gloucester 25-16-1-1 52
Cumberland Grads Navan 24-17-2-1 51
Nepean Raiders Nepean 24-16-1-1 50
Ottawa Jr. Senators Ottawa 23-18-0-3 49
Kanata Stallions Kanata 8-34-2-2 20

(x-) denotes berth into playoffs, (y-) denotes elimination from playoffs, (z-) clinched division.

The league has re-aligned the two divisions with the addition of Carleton Place. [5]

2008-09 Bogart Cup Playoffs

For the Eastern Canada Championship, please go to the Fred Page Cup.
For the National Championship, please go to the 2009 Royal Bank Cup.
  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Bogart Cup Finals
  1  Nepean 4  
8  Gloucester 0  
  1  Nepean 4  
  6  Ottawa 0  
4  Brockville 4
  5  Smiths Falls 1  
    1  Nepean 2
  2  Pembroke 4
  2  Pembroke 4  
7  Cornwall 1  
  2  Pembroke 4
  4  Brockville 3  
3  Cumberland 2
  6  Ottawa 4  

Bogart Cup Champions

Please note: In chart, league champions are bolded.

Year League Champion League Runner-up
Memorial Cup Era
1962 Ottawa Montagnards Pembroke C&A's
1963 Ottawa Montagnards Smiths Falls Bears
1964 Ottawa Primrose Pembroke Ironmen
1965 Smiths Falls Bears Cornwall Royals
1966 Cornwall Royals Buckingham Beavers
1967 Cornwall Royals Smiths Falls Bears
1968 Cornwall Royals Smiths Falls Bears
1969 Hull Castors Pembroke Lumber Kings
1970 Ottawa M&W Rangers Brockville Braves
Centennial Cup Era
1971 Ottawa M&W Rangers Smiths Falls Bears
1972 Smiths Falls Bears Ottawa M&W Rangers
1973 Pembroke Lumber Kings Ottawa M&W Rangers
1974 Smiths Falls Bears Pembroke Lumber Kings
1975 Smiths Falls Bears Nepean Raiders
1976 Rockland Nationals Gloucester Rangers
1977 Pembroke Lumber Kings Nepean Raiders
1978 Pembroke Lumber Kings Nepean Raiders
1979 Hawkesbury Hawks Nepean Raiders
1980 Hawkesbury Hawks Gloucester Rangers
1981 Gloucester Rangers Nepean Raiders
1982 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1983 Ottawa Senators
1984 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1985 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1986 Brockville Braves
1987 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1988 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1989 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1990 Hawkesbury Hawks
1991 Hawkesbury Hawks
Year Robinson Champion Yzerman Champion
1992 Kanata Valley Lasers
1993 Ottawa Senators
1994 Gloucester Rangers
1995 Cornwall Colts
1996 Cornwall Colts
1997 Kanata Valley Lasers
1998 Cornwall Colts Brockville Braves
1999 Hawkesbury Hawks Brockville Braves
2000 Cornwall Colts Brockville Braves
2001 Cornwall Colts Ottawa Jr. Senators
2002 Cornwall Colts Ottawa Jr. Senators
2003 Nepean Raiders Ottawa Jr. Senators
2004 Nepean Raiders Gloucester Rangers
2005 Nepean Raiders Hawkesbury Hawks
2006 Nepean Raiders Hawkesbury Hawks
2007 Nepean Raiders Pembroke Lumber Kings
2008 Smiths Falls Bears Pembroke Lumber Kings
2009 Nepean Raiders Pembroke Lumber Kings

Regional Championships

Year Champion Finalist Host (if applicable)
Eastern Centennial Cup Semi-final
1973 Pembroke Lumber Kings Chatham Maroons (SOJHL) --
1974 Smiths Falls Bears Charlottetown Islanders (IJHL) --
1975 Smiths Falls Bears St. Jerome Cyclones (QJAHL) --
1976 Rockland Nationals Guelph Platers (SOJHL) --
1977 Pembroke Lumber Kings North York Rangers (OPJHL) --
Dudley Hewitt Cup
1987 Pembroke Lumber Kings Nickel Centre Power Trains (NOJHL) --
1988 Pembroke Lumber Kings Thunder Bay Flyers (USHL) --
Fred Page Cup
1997 Kanata Valley Lasers Longueuil Collège Français (QPJHL) Brockville, Ontario
1998 Brockville Braves Restigouche River Rats (MJAHL) Joliette, Quebec
2000 Cornwall Colts Halifax Oland Exports (MJAHL) Pembroke, Ontario
2004 Nepean Raiders Valleyfield Braves (QJAAAHL) Valleyfield, Quebec
2005 Hawkesbury Hawks Yarmouth Mariners (MJAHL) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
2007 Pembroke Lumber Kings St. Jerome Panthers (QJAAHL) St. Jerome, Quebec

Centennial Cup championships

Year Champion Finalist Host (if applicable)
1976 Rockland Nationals Spruce Grove Mets (AJHL) --

Former Member Teams

  • Arnprior Packers, became members of the Eastern Ontario Jr. B Hockey League
  • Cornwall Royals, became members of the QMJHL in 1972
  • Eastview Astros, franchise lasted only one season in the 1960's
  • Gatineau Actionaires
  • Hull Hawks, became members of the QMJHL in 1972
  • Rockland Nationals, folded due to bankruptcy in 1977
  • Thurso Lions

League records

  • Best record: 1972-73 Pembroke Lumber Kings (47-4-4)
  • Worst record: 1987-88 Smiths Falls Bears (4-52-0)
  • Largest margin of victory: Cornwall Royals 43 - Hawkesbury Braves 0 in February 1966
  • Most goals, one season: Luc Chabot (101) -- 1985-86 Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Most assists, one season: Peter White (136) -- 1987-88 Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Most points, one season: Peter White (226) -- 1987-88 Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Most penalty minutes, one season: Frank Manson (416) -- 1992-93 Ottawa Senators
  • Most goals, career: Luc Chabot (255) -- Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Most assists, career: George Dupont (332) -- Nepean Raiders/Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Most points, career: Luc Chabot (490) -- Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Most penalty minutes, career: Travis Albers (942) -- Nepean/Cornwall/Kanata/Brockville
  • Most minutes played, one season: Christian Soucy (3109) -- 1990-91 Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Most wins, one season: Grant Robb (36) -- 1987-88 Pembroke Lumber Kings
  • Lowest goals against average, one season: Ian Dams (2.24) -- 2004-05 Nepean Raiders
  • Highest save percentage, one season: Jean-Pascal Lemelin (0.929) -- 1990-91 Hawkesbury Hawks
  • Most shutouts, one season: Mitch O'Keefe (6) -- 2003-04 Gloucester Rangers
  • Most minutes played, career: Mark Byrne (11,143) -- Nepean Raiders
  • Most wins, career: Grant Robb (87) -- Pembroke Lumber Kings

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