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Dixie Beehives
Dixie Beehives
Central Canadian Hockey League
City Etobicoke, Ontario
Founded 2005
Division West
Franchise history 2005-2007: Oswego Admirals
2007-2009: Toronto Dixie Beehives
2009-Pres: Dixie Beehives
Head Coach Louie Gialedakis
General Manager Louie Gialedakis
Arena Canlan Ice Sports Etobicoke
Team Colors Red, Gold and Black
Affiliate Team(s) Mississauga Hornets
Royal Bank Cups none
Dudley Hewitt Cups none
Buckland Trophies none

The Dixie Beehives are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Etobicoke, Ontario. They are a part of the Central Canadian Hockey League.


The Dixie Beehives had a long history of excellent play in Toronto Township, which later became Mississauga, from 1954 to 1986. The team played it home games at the now defunct Dixie Arena Gardens.

Some 700 players have donned the original white, red, and black of the Beehives during that period. The team was successful in winning several championships and was responsible for sending 47 players to the National Hockey League. In addition, dozens of players went on to Major jr. A, college, Europe, and minor professional.

Due to financial difficulty and lack of management personnel the team stopped operating in 1986. The arena was eventually closed in 1986 and was redeveloped into a condo.

In 2006 local business man and hockey fan Joe Moore approached the OPJHL about acquiring a team. The Oswago Admirals, a Junior A team in the east Division of the OPJHL, were for sale and arrangement were made to purchase the team and bring it to Toronto were ice time was procurred at Weston Arena.

The Admirals were owned by the same man who owned the Syracuse Jr. Crunch, but are not the same franchise as the Crunch as they currently play in the United States. Their first season went well as they earned a birth into the playoffs. Nine games under .500 on the season, the Admirals did not survive past the first round of their first season.


The Admirals' first ever game was a 3-1 loss to the Kingston Voyageurs on September 8, 2005. During that game, the franchise's first ever goal was scored by Jason Deluca. The goalie to start this historic game was Mark Schacker. The Admirals' first home game took place on September 22, 2006 -- a 2-2 tie with the Cobourg Cougars. Evan Lucas scored the Admirals' first ever home goal while Cory Gershon picked up the tie in net. Their first win was also against the Kingston Voyageurs at home, a 5-2 victory on September 23, 2005. Corey Callen scored the eventual game-winning-goal and Cory Gershon stopped 30 of 32 shots for that first team victory.

After a good second season and a first round exit to the Port Hope Predators that was shortened by bad weather.

The Toronto Dixie Beehives began play at Weston Arena on Sept. 15th with a game vs. the Vaughan Vipers. The first season saw the team make the playoffs before going down 3 straight to the Markham Waxers in the quarter final match.

In the summer of 2009, the Beehives relocated from Weston to Etobicoke and dropped "Toronto" from their name.

Season-by-Season results

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
2005-06 49 17 26 4 2 150 193 40 26th OPJHL Lost Conf. QF
2006-07 49 19 25 2 3 154 188 43 21st OPJHL Lost Conf. QF
2007-08 49 17 27 - 5 175 248 39 24th OPJHL Lost Conf. QF
2008-09 49 17 30 - 2 147 200 36 7th OJ-Phi

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