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Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League
SOJHL Logo.png
Head Office Cambridge, Ontario
Official Website SOJHL
Convenor Wayne Smith
Chairman John Simmons
Founded 1960

The Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League is a Junior level ice hockey league sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Association based out of Southwestern Ontario.

Shamrock Junior D Hockey League 1960 - 1969
Western Junior D Hockey League 1969 - 1991
Northern Junior D Hockey League Merged in 1985
Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League Merged in 1988
Junior Development Hockey League 1991 - 2006
Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League 2006 to Present

Contents

History

The SOJHL was known as the OHA Junior Development Hockey League until the Summer of 2006. The OHAJDL was created from the merging of the Western Junior D Hockey League and the Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League and absorption of the folded Northern Junior D Hockey League. The league carries no official grading like other leagues in the OHA, and acts as the farm system for many local Junior B teams. The league has a long history and is the product of the many downsizings of classifications in the OHA.

The winner of the SOJHL's playoffs earns the Ontario Hockey Association Cup, but this may change soon. The skill level of the SOJHL is comparable to the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League. During the summer of 2006, the Yeck Conference applied to break off from the league and start their own Junior C league, but were turned down by the OHA. A talented and entertaining league, the SOJHL has is a long standing tradition of the OHA in the Southwestern Ontario region.

The SOJHL downsized extensively for the 2008-09 season, losing Mitchell, West Lorne, and Central Elgin. The league also reformatted into three divisions.

Junior Development Hockey League

The SOJHL will see the Central Elgin franchise return, this time as the Port Stanley Sailors, for the 2009-2010 season.[1]

Due to a proposal put forth by the Ontario Hockey Association, the SOJHL may be divided up between the Western Ontario Junior C Hockey League, Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League, and Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League for either the 2010-11 season or the one after. On that note, the North Middlesex Stars won the 2009 SOJHL championship by defeated the Delhi Travellers 4-games-to-3, topping off a 3-games-to-1 deficit comeback with a 7-0 win to clinch the 2009 SOJHL championship.

The Teams

McConnell Conference
Team Centre Founded
Burford Bulldogs Burford 1988
Delhi Travellers Delhi 1967
Hagersville Hawks Hagersville 1992
Port Dover Sailors Port Dover 1988
St. George Dukes St. George 1994
Bauer Conference
Team Centre Founded
Ayr Centennials Ayr 1983
Port Stanley Sailors Port Stanley 1969
Tavistock Braves Tavistock 1970
Thamesford Trojans Thamesford 1976
Wellesley Applejacks Wellesley 1987
Yeck Conference
Team Centre Founded
Exeter Hawks Exeter 1961
Lambeth Lancers Lambeth 1987
Lucan Irish Lucan 1968
Mount Brydges Bulldogs Mount Brydges 1975
North Middlesex Stars Parkhill 1993

2007-08 OHA Cup Playoffs

  Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals OHA Cup Finals
                                     
1  Mount Brydges 4  
8  Exeter 0  
  1  Mount Brydges 4  
 
  5  West Lorne 0  
4  Lambeth 1
5  West Lorne 4  
  1  Mount Brydges 0  
Yeck
  2  Thamesford 4  
2  Thamesford 4  
7  Lucan 3  
  2  Thamesford 4
 
  3  North Middlesex 3  
3  North Middlesex 4
6  Mitchell 1  
  2  Thamesford 4
  3  Tavistock 0
1  Delhi 4  
8  Ayr 0  
  1  Delhi 4
 
  4  Burford 0  
4  Burford 4
5  Wellesley 3  
  1  Delhi 3
McConnell
  3  Tavistock 4  
2  St. George 4  
7  Port Dover 2  
  2  St. George 1
 
  3  Tavistock 4  
3  Tavistock 4
6  Hagersville 0  

OHA Cup Champions

Mitchell Hawks Captain accepting OHA Cup as 2006-07 Playoff Champion.
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League Title

2009 North Middlesex Stars
2008 Thamesford Trojans
2007 Mitchell Hawks
2006 Lucan Irish
2005 Hagersville Hawks
2004 Exeter Hawks
2003 Thamesford Trojans
2002 Exeter Hawks
2001 Mount Brydges Bulldogs
2000 Port Stanley Lakers
1999 Lucan Irish
1998 Wellesley Applejacks
1997 Mount Brydges Bulldogs
1996 Exeter Hawks
1995 Thamesford Trojans
1994 Mitchell Hawks
1993 Mitchell Hawks
1992 Thamesford Trojans
1991 Thamesford Trojans
1990 Thamesford Trojans
1989 Lambeth Lancers

Provincial Title

1988 Lambeth Lancers
1987 Lucan Irish
1986 Seaforth Centenaires
1985 Grand Valley Harvesters
1984 Mount Brydges Bulldogs
1983 Tavistock Braves
1982 Lucan Irish
1981 Belmont Bombers
1980 Belmont Bombers
1979 Lakefield Chiefs
1978 Lakefield Chiefs
1977 Exeter Hawks
1976 Stayner Siskins
1975 Belmont Bombers
1974 Stayner Siskins
1973 Bradford Bulls
1972 Exeter Hawks
1971 Haliburton
1970 Norwich Merchants
1969 Caledonia Corvairs
1968 Mitchell Hawks
1967 Madoc
1966 Bobcaygeon
1965 Clinton
1964 Hensall
1963 Strathroy
1962 Uxbridge
1961 New Hamburg
1960 Warsaw
1959 Warsaw
1958 Chesley
1957 Chesley
1956 Brooklin
1955 Nobleton
1954 Beeton
1953 Fergus
1952 Fergus
1951 Hespeler
1950 South River
1949 Orono
1948 Elora

Former Member Teams

OHAJDHL

Alvinston Flyers
Langton Thunderbirds
Mitchell Hawks
Seaforth Centenaires
West Lorne Lakers

Northern League

Arthur Eagles
Brussels Bulls
Fergus Green Machine
Grand Valley Harvesters
Howick Optimists
Markdale Mohawks
Owen Sound Salvagemen
Southampton Mariners
Walkerton Capitols
Wingham Ironmen

Shamrock/Western League

Bothwell Barons
Hanover Hurricanes
Hensall-Zurich Combines
Lambeth Flyers
Ohsweken Golden Eagles
Paris Mounties
Strathroy Falcons
Thedford Browns
Zurich Dominions

Southern League

Burford Knights
Caledonia Corvairs
Hagersville Flyers
Norwich Merchants
Simcoe Chargers
Waterford Tri-Cats

References

External links


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