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Ontario Junior Hockey League
OJHL Logo.jpg
Final Commissioner Bob Hooper
Final Chairman Lloyd Stockley
Founded 1954
Dissolved June 29, 2009
Sutherland Cups 10
Regional Champions 10
National Champions 2
First Champion Woodstock Warriors (1955)
Final Champion Kingston Voyageurs (2009)
Aurora Tigers RBC.jpg
OHA Junior "A"
SOJHL (1970-1977)
OPJHL (1972–1987)
MetJHL (1991-1998)
OJHL (1993-2009)
CCHL (2008-Present)
OJAHL (2009-Present)
Ontario Hockey Association
Canadian Junior Hockey League
OHA Junior "B"
WJBHL (1950-1968)
EJBHL (1950-1972)
MetJHL (1950-1989)
NDJBHL (1954-1979)
CJBHL (1954-1993)
BCJHL (1958-1964)
MOJBHL (1970-1978)
SWJBHL (1976-1978)
WOHL (1969-2007)
MWJHL (1973-2007)
GHL (1974-2007)
GOJHL (2007-Present)
Sutherland Cup

The Ontario Junior Hockey League was a Junior A ice hockey league under the supervision of the Ontario Hockey Association and the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The league dated back to 1954 as the Central Junior B Hockey League. In 1993, the Central Junior B Hockey League was promoted to the Junior A level and renamed the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. In 2008, a group of teams known as Central Division Hockey segregated itself from the other divisions but stayed in the league. The segregation was consented by the OHA, but not the OPJHL itself. Soon after, the league changed its name to the Ontario Junior Hockey League. In the Summer of 2009, 13 more teams left the core OJHL for the CDH and on June 29, 2009 the league was dissolved by the Ontario Hockey Association. Two new leagues will be formed from what was the 36-team OJHL, the 15-team Ontario Junior A Hockey League and the 21-team Central Canadian Hockey League.

The teams of the OJHL were from all over Southern Ontario and New York. Teams in Ontario ranged from as far west as the Durham Huskies of Durham to as far east as the Kingston Voyageurs of Kingston, as far north as the Huntsville Otters of Huntsville, and as far south as the Hamilton Red Wings of Hamilton. The three New York State teams were the Syracuse Jr. Crunch, Oswego Admirals, and Buffalo Jr. Sabres. At the league's peak, the OJHL contained 37 teams divided into four divisions, possibly the largest hockey league in history.

The winner of the OJHL playoffs and Frank L. Buckland Trophy competed for the Dudley Hewitt Cup with the winners of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Superior International Junior Hockey League. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup then went on to compete for the Royal Bank Cup.

For season-by-season results from the OJHL/OPJHL, please see: List of OJHL seasons.



For the original OPJHL, please see: Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (1972-1987).

Central Junior B Hockey League

1954 to 1971

In 1954, a variety of teams from different leagues and Ontario Hockey Association junior groupings were put together in the Central Junior B Hockey League. The Central League was formed as a sister league to the Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League that had been running since 1950. During the early years, the two leagues were regarded as the two divisions of the OHA's Big 10. The "Big" moniker was often given to OHA leagues as the OHA pushed away from smaller rural multi-level groupings.

The 1954-55 season's members were the Woodstock Warriors, Owen Sound Greys, Waterloo Siskins, Burlington Mohawks, Paris Redshirts, Dundas Flyers, and Ingersoll Reems. Woodstock took the first ever Central League crown as well as that year's Sutherland Cup as provincial champions.

From 1955 until 1964, the Waterloo Siskins won the league six out of nine seasons, losing out to Burlington in 1957 and 1958 and the Owen Sound Greys in 1961. Neither Burlington or Owen Sound managed to win the Sutherland Cup with their league championship, in fact only Owen Sound even made to the finals where they were swept by the St. Michael's Buzzers of the Metro Junior B Hockey League. During that streak, the Waterloo Siskins won the Sutherland Cup four times. In 1956 they defeated the Brampton Regents of the Metro league 4-games-to-1 with 1 tie. In 1960, the Siskins defeated the Marlboros of the Metro League 4-games-to-2 with 1 tie to win the provincial crown. In 1962, they defeated the St. Thomas Elgins of the Western Junior B League 4-games-to-1 and in 1964 they defeated Weston of the Metro League 4-games-to-1 to claim another crown.

In 1964, began a four year dynasty for the Kitchener Greenshirts. In 1965, 1966, 1967, and 1968, the Greenshirts were Central League champions. They also won the Sutherland Cup in 1965 by defeating Etobicoke of the Metro League 4-games-to-2 and in 1967 by defeating the Metro League's Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-2.

In 1968, their sister league, the Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League, went renegade and left the Ontario Hockey Association. As a result the Strathroy Rockets were homeless and joined the league. In their only year in the CJBHL they won the league championship and lost the Sutherland Cup final 4-games-to-1 with 1 tie to the Markham Waxers of the Metro League.

In 1969, the Collingwood Blues jumped up to the Central League and stayed until the realignment of 1971, winning both league championships (1970 and 1971). The Blues failed to make the provincial final in either of those years.

The teams of the 1970-71 season were the Owen Sound Greys, Collingwood Blues, Waterloo Siskins, Preston Raiders, and Kitchener Ranger B's. This would be the final incarnation of the league in its original setup. Much change happened in the summer of 1971.

1971 to 1993

In 1971, the league re-aligned itself geographically.[1] The Owen Sound Greys and Collingwood Blues jumped to the Mid-Ontario Junior B Hockey League. The Waterloo Siskins and Kitchener Ranger B's moved over to the Western Ontario Junior B Hockey League. The Burlington Mohawks were the only team to stay put. In return, the Central League gained many teams from the Mid-Ontario Junior B Hockey League, like the Oakville Blades, Milton Flyers, Hespeler Shamrocks and Streetsville Derbys. They also gained the Dundas Blues and the Brampton Vic Woods.

The 1972 champion is unknown, but in 1973 Burlington won the Central League and in 1974 and 1975 Oakville won two straight league titles. The 1974-75 season was special for the Oakville Blades. After winning the league championship, they won their way all the way to the Sutherland Cup final. Unfortunately for the Blades, the Bramalea Blues of the Metro Junior B Hockey League awaited them. The Blues defeated the Blades 4-games-to-3.

From the 1975-76 season until the 1979-80 season, the Central League was dominated by the Streetsville Derbys. In this span, the Derbys won the League title five straight times, made the Ontario finals three times, and won the Sutherland Cup once. In 1977, the Derbys made the All-Ontario final. In the final, they lost to the Stratford Cullitons of the Waterloo-Wellington Junior B Hockey League 4-games-to-2. A year later, the Derbys again met the Stratford Cullitons (now of the Mid-Western Junior B Hockey League), but lost 9-points-to-5. The 1978-79 season had the Derbys make the Sutherland Cup final for the third straight year. In the final, the Derbys met the St. Catharines Falcons of the Golden Horseshoe Junior B Hockey League and defeated them 4-games-to-none to finally win a provincial title.

In 1978 the Mid-Ontario league folded, and Orillia Terriers, Thornhill Thunderbirds, the Barrie Colts, and Oak Ridges Dynes joined the Central League.

The 1980-81 season had a team other than the Derbys show dominance, as the Burlington Cougars won the Central League championship. They kept on winning and found themselves in the Sutherland Cup final. The Cougars came up against the Stratford Cullitons of the Mid-Western League and were victorious, winning 8-points-to-4. In 1982, the Oakville Blades won the Central league for the first time in seven years.

From the 1982-83 season until the 1985-86 season, the Streetsville Derbys celebrated another period of dominance. In those four seasons, the Derbys won three league championships, made the Ontario final twice, and received a harsh punishment from the Ontario Hockey Association. In 1982-83, the Derbys won their first league title in three season, a year later they won it again and battled all the way to the Sutherland Cup final. In the final, the Derbys met the Waterloo Siskins of the Mid-Western League and despite a spirited performance, fell 4-games-to-3 to the Siskins. A year later, the Derbys failed to get out of their league. In 1985-86, the Derbys dominated the Central League again and won their third title in four years. They battled to the Sutherland Cup final and again met the Stratford Cullitons of the Mid-Western League. The Cullitons swept the series, 4-games-to-none, and the Derbys lost their discipline. The result was a one-year ban for the Streetsville Derbys from Ontario Hockey Association play. The Derbys were forced to sit out in 1986-87, as the Burlington Cougars won the league, and the Derbys never won another Central League title.

From the 1987-88 season until the 1989-90 season, the Barrie Colts dominated the league with three straight championships. None of these championships transpired into a Sutherland Cup.

In 1991, the Oakville Blades won the Central League, but lost the Sutherland Cup final to the Waterloo Siskins 4-games-to-none. In 1992, the Milton Merchants won the league championship, but also fell in the Sutherland Cup final, this time to the Kitchener Dutchmen. During the summer of 1992, the OHA promoted the Central League to Junior A status, allowing its teams less limitations on signing players then an average Junior B team would have. In 1992-93, the Barrie Colts dominated the CJAHL. With 47 wins and one tie, the Colts celebrated an unheard of undefeated season. They won the Central League championship, and were granted permission to compete in the Provincial Junior B playdowns. In the final of the Sutherland Cup, they met the Kitchener Dutchmen and swept them 4-games-to-none to win the Central League its third and final Sutherland Cup since 1971. The 1993 playoff run, aided by their Junior A status, was the final and most successful Provincial Jr. B playoff run of any Central League champion in at least twelve years.

The 1992-93 season would be the final Junior B season for the Central League. The teams in the league that year were the Barrie Colts, Markham Waxers, Peterborough Jr. Petes, Newmarket 87's, Orillia Terriers, Lindsay Bears, Ajax Axemen, Collingwood Blues, and Cobourg Cougars in the East Division and the Brampton Capitals, Burlington Cougars, Milton Merchants, Caledon Canadians, Oakville Blades, Streetsville Derbys (played that season in Mississauga), Georgetown Raiders, and Royal York Rangers in the West Division.

Ascension to Junior "A"

For Season-by-Season Standings, please see: OPJHL Standings
Logo 1993-2008

In 1988, the Metro Junior B Hockey League left the Ontario Hockey Association. In 1991, it declared itself a Junior A hockey league and a couple seasons later was recognized by the Canadian Junior A Hockey League. In response, the Ontario Hockey Association took the Central Junior B Hockey League, the remaining Junior B league closest to Toronto, and promoted it to Junior A. The league changed its name to the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, the original name of the old Junior A League that lasted from 1972-1987.

The first ever OPJHL champion was the Orillia Terriers in 1994. Despite much of the hype going into the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A championship round robin, the Terriers lost 3-1 to the Caledon Canadians of the Metro Junior A Hockey League in the OHA final. The other competitors were the Metro's Wexford Raiders and the NOJHL's Powassan Hawks. In the summer of 1994, the Barrie Colts left the OPJHL to play in the Ontario Hockey League.

In 1995, the Brampton Capitals won the OPJHL's crown, the Buckland Cup, and gained a berth into the Dudley Hewitt Cup round robin in Thunder Bay. In the round robin, the Capitals went undefeated, beating the Metro's Caledon Canadians 4-1, the NOJHL's Timmins Golden Bears 5-3 and the USHL's Thunder Bay Flyers 5-2. Their undefeated record gave the Capitals a bye directly into the DHC final, which they lost in a 6-4 heart-breaker to the Thunder Bay Flyers.

The summer of 1995 brought crisis to the rival Metro Junior A Hockey League. In the midst of perceived corruption by the league, five teams walked away from the Metro. Four of these teams; the Bramalea Blues, Kingston Voyageurs, Mississauga Chargers, and St. Michael's Buzzers; fled to join the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

In 1996, The Newmarket 87's were OPJHL champions. They went to the Dudley Hewitt Cup in Cobourg, Ontario to compete for the Central Canadian Championship. Also attending from the OPJHL were the Cobourg Cougars as hosts and the Brampton Capitals as OPJHL finalists. Cobourg lost to the Thunder Bay Flyers 5-3, defeated the Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats 5-3, before losing to both Newmarket and Brampton. Newmarket defeated Rayside-Balfour 4-3, Cobourg 3-1, lost to Brampton, and then Thunder Bay 3-2. The Capitals were undefeated in the round robin, defeating Thunder Bay 5-2, Rayside-Balfour 10-6, Newmarket 6-3, and Cobourg 9-3. All three OPJHL teams made the tournament's semi-finals. In the first semi-final, Brampton defeated Cobourg 5-2, while Newmarket beat Thunder Bay 6-3. This results in a rematch of the OPJHL final in the Dudley Hewitt Cup final. The Newmarket 87's crushed Brampton 8-2. Next, Newmarket flew out to Melfort, Saskatchewan to compete in the Royal Bank Cup 1996. In their first game they defeated the BCHL's Vernon Vipers 7-5, then the SJHL's Yorkton Terriers 5-2. It all went downhill from there as the 87's then lost to the host Melfort Mustangs 11-3, the MJAHL's Moncton Beavers 4-3, and were defeated in the semi-final by Vernon 7-4. This ended the OPJHL's first odyssey in the Royal Bank Cup.

The 1996-97 season was won by the Milton Merchants. In a best-of-7 for the Dudley Hewitt Cup against the NOJHL's Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats, the Merchants were defeated 4-games-to-1. A year later, the Merchants again won the OPJHL and this time the DHC too. They traveled off to the Royal Bank Cup 1998 in Nanaimo, British Columbia to compete for the National Junior A championship. They defeated the Central Junior A Hockey League's Brockville Braves 5-2, but lost to the host Nanaimo Clippers 6-2, SJHL's Weyburn Red Wings 6-2, and the South Surrey Eagles 3-0 and again in the semi-final 6-2.

The summer of 1998 would change the face of Junior A hockey. Already at 22 teams, the OPJHL was about to almost double in size.

Expansion Years (1998-2008)

In 1998 came the exodus. The Metro Junior A Hockey League closed its doors after over half a century of action at the Junior A and B levels. The Bancroft Hawks (Quinte), Buffalo Lightning (Niagara), Caledon Canadians, Durham Huskies, Huntsville Wildcats, Markham Waxers, North York Rangers, Oshawa Legionaires, Pickering Panthers, Port Hope Buzzards, Shelburne Wolves, Syracuse Jr. Crunch, Thornhill Rattlers, Wellington Dukes, and Wexford Raiders[2][3] all made the jump to the OPJHL. The only team not to come was the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins, who were not interested in the extra travel. A season before, a sign that this might happen occurred when the 1997 Metro Champion Aurora Tigers defected prior to the 1997-98 season. This swelled the league from 22 to 37 teams. Also, for the first time in its history, the OPJHL had American hockey clubs with the Buffalo Lightning and Syracuse Jr. Crunch.

The first season for this super-league was won by the Bramalea Blues. The Blues also won the Dudley Hewitt Cup as Central Canadian Champions and travelled to Yorkton, Saskatchewan to compete in the Royal Bank Cup 1999. Despite winning the round robin with a 3-1 record, the Blues were upset by the BCHL's Vernon Vipers, 3-2, in the semi-final. The 1999-00 Buckland Cup champions were the Brampton Capitals, but they failed to win the Dudley Hewitt Cup, losing a best-of-7 series to the Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats.

The 2001 Buckland Cup champions were the Thornhill Rattlers. The Rattlers defeated Rayside-Balfour to win the Dudley Hewitt Cup and moved on to Flin Flon, Manitoba for the Royal Bank Cup 2001. The Rattlers were unsuccessful in their venture, losing four straight games and not qualifying for the semi-finals.

In 2002, the Brampton Capitals once again were the Buckland Cup champions. After defeating the Wellington Dukes to win the OPJHL crown, the Caps failed to win the Dudley Hewitt Cup for a berth in the Royal Bank Cup. A year later, the Wellington Dukes rebounded their OPJHL final defeated from 2002 and won the 2003 Buckland Cup 4-games-to-2 over the Aurora Tigers. The Dukes ventured to Fort Frances, Ontario for the Dudley Hewitt Cup. After defeating the SIJHL's Fort Frances Borderland Thunder 7-1, they lost to the NOJHL's North Bay Skyhawks 2-1. The Dukes came back and defeated the SIJHL's Thunder Bay Bulldogs 7-4 to earn a berth into the DHC semi-final. In the semi-final, they defeated the Borderland Thunder 4-2 and then defeated North Bay 4-0 in the final to win the Central Canadian crown. The Dukes then moved on to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for the Royal Bank Cup 2003. The Dukes lost their first game 4-1 to the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos and lost again in their second game 7-1 to the AJHL's Camrose Kodiaks. It was do-or-die time for the Dukes, and they stepped up to the plate by defeating the host Charlottetown Abbies 1-0 in overtime and the QJAAAHL's Lennoxville Cougars 5-2 to gain access to the semi-final. The Dukes lost a tight 3-2 game to Humboldt in the semi-final to end their national championship hopes.

The 2003-04 Aurora Tigers achieved much in with Spring of 2004. After defeating the St. Michael's Buzzers 4-games-to-2 to clinch the Buckland Cup and their fifth victorious best-of-7 series of the playoffs, the Tigers moved on to North Bay, Ontario to compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup. The Tigers swept the opposition, defeating the NOJHL's Soo Thunderbirds 3-1, the SIJHL's Fort William North Stars 4-0, and the host North Bay Skyhawks 5-3, they moved straight to the final and beat the Skyhawks again 5-1 to clinch the Central Canadian championship. The Tigers then flew out to Grand Prairie, Alberta to compete in the Royal Bank Cup 2004. After losing their first game to the host Grande Prairie Storm 4-2, the Tiger went on a roll, beating the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers 4-2, the SJHL's Kindersley Klippers 5-0, and the then Central Junior A Hockey League's Nepean Raiders 3-1. In the semi-final, the Tigers played the Raiders again and beat them 7-2, then manhandled the Klippers 7-1 in the final to win the Royal Bank Cup. This marked the first national championship in the OPJHL's 11-year history.

Buzzers' coaching staff with Buckland Cup

The 2005 Buckland Cup champions were the St. Michael's Buzzers. After defeated the Georgetown Raiders 4-games-to-2 to win the OPJHL, they then traveled to Georgetown, Ontario to compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup. The Raiders went 3-0 in the tournament, defeating the NOJHL's North Bay Skyhawks 7-2, SIJHL's Fort William North Stars 4-0, and then St. Mike's 5-4. On top of St. Mike's loss to Georgetown, they lost to Fort William 6-4, but defeated North Bay 4-3 in quadruple overtime. In the semi-final, St. Mike's defeated Fort William 6-2, only to be defeated 3-1 in the final. Georgetown then traveled to Weyburn, Saskatchewan to compete in the Royal Bank Cup 2005. They started out with a loss to the host Weyburn Red Wings, then beat the Central Junior A Hockey League's Hawkesbury Hawks 3-0. In their third game, they defeated the MJHL's Portage Terriers 6-3, but then lost to the AJHL's Camrose Kodiaks 2-1. They again drew Camrose in the semi-final and were walloped 8-2 to end their season.

In 2006, the St. Michael's Buzzers won the Buckland Cup again by defeating the Stouffville Spirit 4-games-to-2. It seemed like the Buzzers were set to avenge their Dudley Hewitt Cup losses from the previous year, but it did not go as planned. In their first game, the Buzzers lost 3-2 to the SIJHL's Dryden Ice Dogs despite badly out-shooting them. In the next game, the Buzzers found their form again and massacred the host Fort William North Stars 7-1, only to lose to the NOJHL's Sudbury Jr. Wolves 5-2. Due to tie-breaker, the Buzzers were eliminated from the round robin. The OPJHL still had a single hope left, the Streetsville Derbys were the hosts of the 2006 Royal Bank Cup in Brampton, Ontario. The Derbys finished first in the round robin, defeating the BCHL's Burnaby Express 4-3 in overtime, Fort William 3-2, the SJHL's Yorkton Terriers 2-1, before dropping a game to the QJAAAHL's Joliette Action 4-1. Unfortunately, the Derbys failed to win the semi-final against Yorkton, losing 2-1.

The 2006-07 season was dominated by the Aurora Tigers. After finishing first in the OPJHL regular season, the Tigers walked through five rounds of playoffs to win the Buckland Cup. They then traveled to Iroquois Falls, Ontario for the Dudley Hewitt Cup. The Dudley proved to be little challenge for the Tigers, as they defeated the NOJHL's Soo Indians 4-1, the SIJHL's Schreiber Diesels 6-3, and the host Abitibi Eskimos 7-0, before crushing Schreiber 10-0 in the Central Championship final. Next, they traveled to Prince George, British Columbia for the 2007 Royal Bank Cup. Aurora started off the national championship with a 4-2 victory over the MJHL's Selkirk Steelers. They then lost to the Central Junior A Hockey League's Pembroke Lumber Kings 5-3. The Tigers then beat the host Prince George Spruce Kings 6-3 and the AJHL's Camrose Kodiaks 7-4 to clinch first place in the round robin. In the semi-final, the Tiger ended up defeating the only team they lost to in the tournament, Pembroke, 3-2 in overtime. In the final, the Tigers defeated Prince George 3-1 to win their second national title in four years.

The 2008 league champions were an exciting Oakville Blades team that had a great regular season and dominated the Buckland Cup playoffs. At the Dudley, the Blades were perfect, defeating the SIJHL's Dryden Ice Dogs 5-1, the NOJHL's Sudbury Jr. Wolves 5-3, and the host Newmarket Hurricanes 5-2. The other two games for Newmarket had them defeat Sudbury 5-1 and Dryden 7-1. In the semi-final, Newmarket defeated Dryden again 2-1 and in the final Oakville finished off Newmarket's season with a 6-3 victory. In the process, Oakville lost their star goaltender, mid-tournament, in order for him to maintain hist NCAA eligibility due to his age.[4] This loss cost the Blades as they traveled to Cornwall, Ontario for the 2008 Royal Bank Cup. The Blades lost their opener to the host Cornwall Colts 5-4. they then lost in overtime to the MJAHL's Weeks Crushers 4-3. They rebounded in their fourth game, defeating the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos 7-6, but then had all their hopes erased with a 6-1 loss to the AJHL's Camrose Kodiaks. With a 1-3 record, the Blades were eliminated from the tournament despite out-shooting their opponent in all four games.

OJHL, Central Division, The End

Central Division Hockey logo

The summer of 2008 brought much change to the OPJHL. As approved by the OHA, the semi-autonomous Central Division Hockey pilot program began in 2008-09. This divisions creation was controversial and had been appealed by left out teams to the Ontario Hockey Federation. Although the OHA is attempted to play down the significance of the division in some aspects, they have admitted that the new conference would have slightly different rules than the rest of the divisions and that the CDH would be geared more for development. As well, the member teams would operate at a higher budget and completely partitioned from the rest of the OPJHL until the league semi-final. Additionally, the CDH would play a 53-game schedule, as opposed to the rest of the league which played a 49-game season. The division had its own website, separate from the league.[5][6]

On September 19, 2008, the league, already a month into the 2008-09 season, announced a name change, a new logo, and a new website. The league will now be known as the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Prior to the start of the season, the three divisions not involved with Central Division Hockey were renamed. The West Division is now the MacKinnon Division, the North Division is now the Phillips Division, and the East Division is the Ruddock Division. The South Division is scattered between the Phillips and MacKinnon Divisions.[7]

The 2008-09 season finished with the Couchiching Terriers taking the overall best record. The finish in the Central Division was quite unique. First and last place in the division was the least spread out of all four divisions, the top six of eight teams all had even or winning records, the Markham Waxers and Wellington Dukes race for first place lasted until the final game of the season, as did the race for third between the Hamilton Red Wings, Newmarket Hurricanes, and Toronto Jr. Canadiens. The Central Division playoffs was won by Wellington, but they were eliminated by the MacKinnon Division champion and defending league champion Oakville Blades in a controversial series that went to a seventh game. The Kingston Voyageurs won the Ruddock Division who beat the Phillips Division champion Huntsville Otters 4-games-to-1 to go to the Buckland Cup finals. Kingston would defeat Oakville 4-games-to-2 in the league final for the Buckland Cup. The Voyageurs moved on to the Dudley Hewitt Cup in Schreiber, Ontario where they started the tournament by beating the host Schreiber Diesels of the SIJHL 9-0. They then were upset by the SIJHL champion Fort William North Stars 1-0. In the third game, the Voyageurs defeated the NOJHL champion Soo Thunderbirds 2-0 to move on directly to the DHC Final. In the final, the Voyageurs defeated a fatigued and fresh off a slim semi-final victory North Stars 4-1 to win the Central Canada crown. They then flew out to Victoria, British Columbia for the 2009 Royal Bank Cup. The event was a learning experience for the Voyageurs who started off the event with a 5-0 loss to the host Victoria Grizzlies. In their next game, the Voyageurs edged the MJAHL's Summerside Western Capitals with a wild 7-5 win. They then lost to the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos 5-2 and then the BCHL's Vernon Vipers 8-5. Edging into the semi-finals via a head-to-head win over the Capitals, the Voyageurs lost their final game of the year 6-3 to the eventual national champion Vipers.

A new and final chapter in the OJHL saga opened in April 2009. Thirteen more teams left the core of the OJHL to join the Central Division, jumping the number of teams in the CDH to 21 and dropping the remainder of the OJHL to 15 for the 2009-10 season. On June 29, 2009, the OHA Board of Directors voted to separate the OJHL into two completely different leagues. The group of 15 teams will be known as the Ontario Junior A Hockey League, and the other 21 teams will be the Central Canadian Hockey League.

Changes for 2009-10

  • OJHL is dissolved.



Former OJHL Teams
Team Centre Joined Exited Status
Ajax Attack Ajax, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined CCHL
Aurora Tigers Aurora, Ontario 1997 2009 Joined OJAHL
Barrie Colts Barrie, Ontario 1993 1995 Joined OHL
Bowmanville Eagles Bowmanville, Ontario 1995 2009 Joined CCHL
Bramalea Blues Brampton, Ontario 1995 2009 Joined OJAHL
Brampton Capitals Brampton, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined OJAHL
Buffalo Jr. Sabres Buffalo, New York 1998 2009 Joined OJAHL
Burlington Cougars Burlington, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined CCHL
Caledon Canadians Caledon, Ontario 1998 1999 Folded
Cobourg Cougars Cobourg, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined CCHL
Collingwood Blues Collingwood, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined OJAHL
Couchiching Terriers Rama, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined OJAHL
Durham Huskies Durham, Ontario 1998 2001 Folded
Georgetown Raiders Georgetown, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined OJAHL
Hamilton Red Wings Hamilton, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined CCHL
Huntsville Otters Huntsville, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined OJAHL
Kingston Voyageurs Kingston, Ontario 1995 2009 Joined OJAHL
Lindsay Muskies Lindsay, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined CCHL
Markham Waxers Markham, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined CCHL
Milton Icehawks Milton, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined OJAHL
Mississauga Chargers Mississsauga 1995 2009 Joined OJAHL
Newmarket Hurricanes Newmarket, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined CCHL
North York Rangers North York, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined CCHL
Oakville Blades Oakville, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined OJAHL
Orangeville Crushers Orangeville, Ontario 2006 2009 Joined CCHL
Parry Sound Shamrocks Parry Sound, Ontario 1999 2002 Folded
Peterborough Stars Peterborough, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined CCHL
Pickering Panthers Pickering, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined CCHL
Port Hope Predators Port Hope, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined OJAHL
St. Michael's Buzzers Toronto, Ontario 1995 2009 Joined CCHL
Seguin Bruins Humphrey, Ontario 2005 2009 Joined CCHL
Shelburne Wolves Shelburne, Ontario 1998 1999 Folded
Stouffville Spirit Stouffville, Ontario 1995 2009 Joined CCHL
Streetsville Derbys Rexdale, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined CCHL
Syracuse Jr. Crunch Syracuse, New York 1998 2005 Joined EJHL
Toronto Dixie Beehives Weston, Ontario 2005 2009 Joined CCHL
Toronto Jr. Canadiens Downsview, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined CCHL
Trenton Sting Trenton, Ontario 1995 2009 Folded
Upper Canada Hockey Club Toronto, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined CCHL
Vaughan Vipers Vaughan, Ontario 1993 2009 Joined OJAHL
Villanova Knights North York, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined OJAHL
Wellington Dukes Wellington, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined CCHL
Whitby Fury Whitby, Ontario 1998 2009 Joined CCHL

CJBHL (Left before 1993)


OJHL Champions

Frank L. Buckland Trophy, OHA Jr. A Championship.
William T. Ruddock Trophy - OHF Championship, competed for by OPJHL champions since 1994. Won in 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Dudley Hewitt Cup - Regional Championship, competed for by OPJHL champions since 1994. Won in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

This chart shows all divisional playoff champions since the inception of the league in 1993. Bolded are the overall playoff champions, Italicized are the runner-up and fellow conference champion. From 1998 until 2009, the league champion has been awarded the Frank L. Buckland Trophy. From 1994 until 1997 the OPJHL competed against the Metro Junior A Hockey League and Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for the Buckland Cup, losing in 1994 and 1997 but winning 1995 and 1996. The Buckland Cup was never technically the championship trophy of the OJHL, it was the championship of the Ontario Hockey Association and in 1997-98 the OPJHL became the only Jr. A league in the OHA.

Year East West
1994 Orillia Terriers Hamilton Kiltys
1995 Barrie Colts Brampton Capitals
MacKenzie MacKinnon Phillips Ruddock
1996 Brampton Capitals Milton Merchants Newmarket 87's Kingston Voyageurs
1997 Bramalea Blues Milton Merchants Newmarket 87's Kingston Voyageurs
1998 Bramalea Blues Milton Merchants Newmarket Hurricanes Trenton Sting
Central East West Wildcard
1999 Collingwood Blues Pickering Panthers Bramalea Blues Milton Merchants
East North South West
2000 Lindsay Muskies Couchiching Terriers Thornhill Rattlers Brampton Capitals
2001 Trenton Sting Couchiching Terriers Thornhill Rattlers Milton Merchants
2002 Wellington Dukes Aurora Tigers Wexford Raiders Brampton Capitals
2003 Wellington Dukes Aurora Tigers Markham Waxers Georgetown Raiders
2004 Bowmanville Eagles Aurora Tigers St. Michael's Buzzers Oakville Blades
2005 Port Hope Predators Aurora Tigers St. Michael's Buzzers Georgetown Raiders
2006 Bowmanville Eagles Stouffville Spirit St. Michael's Buzzers Oakville Blades
2007 Wellington Dukes Aurora Tigers St. Michael's Buzzers Hamilton Red Wings
2008 Wellington Dukes Aurora Tigers Markham Waxers Oakville Blades
Central MacKinnon Phillips Ruddock
2009 Wellington Dukes Oakville Blades Huntsville Otters Kingston Voyageurs

Dudley Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Champions

Year Champion Finalist Host (if applicable)
1996 Newmarket 87's Brampton Capitals Cobourg, Ontario
1998 Milton Merchants Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats (NOJHL) --
1999 Bramalea Blues Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats (NOJHL) --
2001 Thornhill Rattlers Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats (NOJHL) --
2003 Wellington Dukes North Bay Skyhawks (NOJHL) Fort Frances, Ontario
2004 Aurora Tigers North Bay Skyhawks (NOJHL) North Bay, Ontario
2005 Georgetown Raiders St. Michael's Buzzers Georgetown, Ontario
2007 Aurora Tigers Schreiber Diesels (SIJHL) Iroquois Falls, Ontario
2008 Oakville Blades Newmarket Hurricanes Newmarket, Ontario
2009 Kingston Voyageurs Fort William North Stars (SIJHL) Schreiber, Ontario

Royal Bank Cup National Champions

Year Champion Finalist Host (if applicable)
2004 Aurora Tigers Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) Grande Prairie, Alberta
2007 Aurora Tigers Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL) Prince George, BC

Central League Jr. B Champions

The league champions are bolded.

Year Champion Finalist
1955 Woodstock Warriors Burlington Industrials
1956 Waterloo Siskins Burlington Industrials
1957 Burlington Industrials Woodstock Warriors
1958 Burlington Industrials Owen Sound Greys
1959 Waterloo Siskins Owen Sound Greys
1960 Waterloo Siskins Owen Sound Greys
1961 Owen Sound Greys Waterloo Siskins
1962 Waterloo Siskins Kitchener Greenshirts
1963 Waterloo Siskins Kitchener Greenshirts
1964 Waterloo Siskins Stratford Braves
1965 Kitchener Greenshirts Waterloo Siskins
1966 Kitchener Greenshirts Goderich Siftos
1967 Kitchener Greenshirts Waterloo Siskins
1968 Kitchener Greenshirts Goderich Siftos
1969 Strathroy Rockets Kitchener Greenshirts
1970 Collingwood Blues Guelph CMC's
1971 Collingwood Blues Owen Sound Greys
1973 Burlington Mohawks
1974 Oakville Blades
Year Champion Finalist
1975 Oakville Blades Burlington Mohawks
1976 Streetsville Derbys Brampton Logan Chevys
1977 Streetsville Derbys Milton Flyers
1978 Streetsville Derbys Milton Flyers
1979 Streetsville Derbys Oakville Blades
1980 Streetsville Derbys Burlington Cougars
1981 Burlington Cougars Oakville Blades
1982 Oakville Blades Streetsville Derbys
1983 Streetsville Derbys Georgetown Gemini
1984 Streetsville Derbys Oakville Blades
1985 Barrie Colts Streetsville Derbys
1986 Streetsville Derbys Barrie Colts
1987 Burlington Cougars Barrie Colts
East West
1988 Barrie Colts Burlington Cougars
1989 Barrie Colts Etobicoke Capitals
1990 Barrie Colts Oakville Blades
1991 Orillia Terriers Oakville Blades
1992 Aurora Eagles Milton Merchants
1993 Barrie Colts Brampton Capitals

Sutherland Cup Provincial Jr. B Champions

Year Champion Finalist
1955 Woodstock Warriors Woodbridge Dodgers (MetJHL)
1956 Waterloo Siskins Brampton Regents (MetJHL)
1960 Waterloo Siskins Toronto Marlboros (MetJHL)
1962 Waterloo Siskins St. Thomas Barons (WOJBHL)
1964 Waterloo Siskins Weston Dodgers (MetJHL)
1965 Kitchener Greenshirts Etobicoke Indians (MetJHL)
1967 Kitchener Greenshirts Dixie Beehives (MetJHL)
1979 Streetsville Derbys St. Catharines Falcons (GHJHL)
1981 Burlington Cougars Stratford Cullitons (MWJHL)
1993 Barrie Colts Kitchener Dutchmen (MWJHL)

OPJHL Champions are listed on the league's official website.[8] The CJBHL champions were provided by the league's statistician and the Toronto Star.

OPJHL Showcase Tournament

The OPJHL Showcase Tournament was an annual event ran between Christmas and New Years in Newmarket, Ontario, hosted by the Newmarket Hurricanes. The tournament started in 1992 to help aid Canadian Hockey League, National Hockey League, and National Collegiate Athletic Association scouts in finding prospects for their teams. The tournament was highly competitive and successful. It drew as many as twenty junior hockey teams from all over North America. Despite just being a mid-season tourney, the event was highly contested and its title is played for with much ferocity.[9]

In 2007, the tournament was canceled as Newmarket wanted to focus their attention on hosting the Dudley Hewitt Cup that year. In 2008, the tournament was turned strictly into a 2-game a team showcase for teams from Central Division Hockey, killing the tournament format.



  • 2006 Georgetown Raiders
  • 2005 Vaughan Vipers
  • 2004 Texas Tornado
  • 2003 Texas Tornado
  • 2002 Texas Tornado
  • 2001 Brampton Capitals
  • 2000 Hamilton Kilty B's
  • 1999 Vaughan Vipers
  • 1998 Milton Merchants
  • 1997 Milton Merchants
  • 1996 Brampton Capitals
  • 1995 Milton Merchants
  • 1994 Newmarket 87's
  • 1993 Hamilton Kilty B's
  • 1992 Markham Waxers

League records

  • Best record: 2002-03 Wellington Dukes (47-1-1-0)
  • Worst record**: 1993-94 Royal York Rangers (1-40-1)
  • Most goals, one season: Darren Haydar (71) -- 1997-98 Milton Merchants[10]
  • Most assists, one season: Jamie Janjevich (94) -- 1994-95 Milton Merchants[11]
  • Most points, one season: Trent Walford (142) -- 1995-96 Newmarket 87's[11]

(**) denotes that the record is held only by a team that completed their season. The 2003-04 Huntsville Wildcats are one of only two teams in OPJHL history to have folded mid-season. They folded with record of 0-23-0-0 and hold the record for worst winning percentage of all-time.

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ Article
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ York region - OHA approves Jr. A pilot, appeal looms
  7. ^
  8. ^ [5]
  9. ^ a b [6]
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b

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