The Oshawa Generals are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. They are based in Oshawa, Canada; the team is named for General Motors, an early sponsor which has its Canadian headquarters in Oshawa. In November 2016, the General Motors Centre changed its name to Tribute Communities Centre, its 184 graduates to the National Hockey League are second in the OHL. The Generals have won the Memorial Cup five times, as well as a record thirteen Ontario Hockey League Championships, the J. Ross Robertson Cup; the Generals have two distinct eras in their history. The original Generals operated from 1937 to 1953; the team went on a hiatus from 1953 to 1962 due to a fire at the Hambly Arena. The team was resurrected in 1962. Famous alumni of the Generals include Hockey Hall of Famers Bobby Orr, Red Tilson, Alex Delvecchio, Eric Lindros and John Tavares. Prior to 1908, Oshawa belonged to the Midland Hockey League, it competed against other teams from Whitby, Port Hope and Cobourg. The first Oshawa team in the Ontario Hockey Association junior division began play in the 1908–1909 season, known as the Oshawa Shamrocks.
Ed Bradley, a prominent local businessman was responsible for organizing the team and bringing junior hockey to Oshawa and was the team's manager for the next 13 seasons. Success came early to the team reaching the semifinals in 1909. In the 1920s the team enjoyed many successful years, battling against Owen Sound. In June 1928, Bradley's Arena burnt to the ground; the team relocated to Whitby until the new Oshawa Arena was built for 1930. In the early 1930s the team became known as the Oshawa Majors; the Majors won the OHA title in 1935 versus the Kitchener Greenshirts, played the Northern Ontario champion Sudbury Cub Wolves. In a protest by Kitchener, the title was taken away from Oshawa while games were underway with Sudbury. In 1936, different sources name the team as the Majors, the Red Devils, the Junior G-Men; this team coached by Bill Hancock and managed by Matt Leyden played the season against St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Toronto Young Rangers, Toronto Marlboros, Toronto Native Sons and the Toronto Lions.
In 1937 the Oshawa Generals were born. The team was named after General Motors of Canada; the Generals put together an unequalled feat of seven consecutive OHA Championships, winning three Memorial Cups in the same span. The Generals grew a reputation for treating its players well and signed many young men who would go on to National Hockey League fame. Players were admitted free to theatres, wrestling, roller skating and other attractions at the arena. Sponsors gave full scholarships to school and weekly stipends. Through the whole dynasty, the team was managed by Matt Leyden, its secretary was Neil Hezzlewood. Both men would be inducted in the Oshawa Sports Hall of fame. From 1937 to 1944, Oshawa Generals graduated 20 players to become NHL alumni, another player in David Bauer, who would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder's Category. NHL alumni from 1937–1944 include. In September 1953 a great tragedy struck in Oshawa; the city lost their arena, their OHA team. Donations poured in from local businessmen.
Equipment and other items were dispersed to all the players attending the training camp to cover individual losses. The Generals, homeless so close to the start of the new season, were disbanded. Salvaged from the disbanded team, General Manager Wren Blair made a Senior B team known as the Oshawa Truckmen, who played in Bowmanville for the 1953–1954 season; the year after, this team became the Whitby Dunlops. The Dunlops were Allan Cup Champions in 1957 & 1959, World Champions in 1958. In 1960, Wren Blair began negotiations with Boston Bruins president Weston Adams to begin building the new Oshawa Generals; the agreement was made contingent on a new arena being built in Oshawa. The Oshawa Civic Auditorium would open in 1964. In the meantime, the Oshawa Generals were reactivated for the 1962–1963 as a team playing in the Metro Junior A League. For this year, the team played its home games at Maple Leaf Gardens. Fundraising for a new arena was well under way at the same time; the Generals wore red and blue jerseys until the 1965–66 season when they adopted the black and white of their parent team, the Boston Bruins.
In 1963 the Metro Junior A league was disbanded, Oshawa was readmitted in the OHA. Since the Toronto Marlboros used Maple Leaf Gardens as a home rink, the Generals team played out of nearby Bowmanville for one full season, part of another; the greatest player to wear an Oshawa Generals uniform, Bobby Orr, became a legend in the NHL and to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Orr was discovered by Wren Blair as a 14-year-old while playing a game in Ontario, he was signed to a contract and invited to training camp for the 1962–63 season. He would commute three hours from Parry Sound for all weekend games he played with the Generals that year. So, he was selected to the Metro Junior A League's second all-star team. During the 1963–64 season, Bobby Orr scored 29 goals to break the record for most goals by a defenceman held by Jacques Laperriere. Orr was selected as a first team all-star defenceman. During the 1964–65 season, the Generals moved into their new home at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium. Orr broke his own record, scoring 34 goals that season.
In the 1965–66 season, O
John Ross Robertson
John Ross Robertson was a Canadian newspaper publisher and philanthropist in Toronto, Ontario. Born in Toronto, the son of John Robertson and Margaret Sinclair, Robertson was educated at Upper Canada College, a private high school in Toronto; as a young man, he started a newspaper at UCC called Young Canada and a satirical weekly magazine, The Grumbler. The Grumbler was published in 1864 in a building on the corner of King Street and Toronto Street in Toronto; the Grumbler was one of Robertson's more well known publications. He was hired as a reporter and city editor at The Globe in Toronto, but left The Globe to found The Toronto Daily Telegraph in 1866; that paper lasted five years, Robertson went to England as a reporter for The Globe. He returned to Toronto in 1876 to launch the Toronto Evening Telegram, which became the voice of working class, Orange Toronto. In the Toronto Evening Telegram he wrote a recurring column on Toronto landmarks; these columns were published in a book called Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto which consists of six volumes.
He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada for the electoral district of Toronto East in the 1896 federal election defeating the incumbent Conservative MP, Emerson Coatsworth. An Independent Conservative, he did not run for re-election in 1900; the world of sports was a focus for Robertson’s public-spiritedness. A fervent advocate of amateur sport, he served as president of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1899 to 1905, a critical time period in the history of the sport, his battle to protect hockey from the influence of professionalism caused him to be called the "father of Amateur Hockey in Ontario." During his term as president, the OHA was able to set rules defining professionalism in hockey. He worked hard to rid hockey of increasing violence both on and off the ice. Robertson’s donation of silver trophies to hockey and bowling further encouraged amateur competition; the championship trophy of the Ontario Hockey League, the J. Ross Robertson Cup, is still named in his honour, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947.
He bequeathed his considerable book collection to the Toronto Public Library, founded a children's home, left a large annuity to the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. The John Ross Robertson Public School, an elementary school of the Toronto District School Board is named after Robertson, is located at 130 Glengrove Avenue West in Toronto. Biography portal "John Ross Robertson"; the Globe and Mail. June 1, 2005. "John Ross Robertson". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016. John Ross Robertson – Parliament of Canada biography Biographical information and career statistics from Legends of Hockey Works by John Ross Robertson at Faded Page John Ross Robertson Public School John Ross Robertson at Find a Grave
Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is one of the three major junior ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. The league is for players aged 16–21. There are 20 teams in the OHL; the league was founded in 1980, when its predecessor league, the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League formally split away from the Ontario Hockey Association, joining the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League and its direct affiliation with Hockey Canada. The OHL traces its history of Junior A hockey back to 1933 with the partition of Junior A and B. In 1970, the OHA Junior A League was one of five Junior A leagues operating in Ontario; the OHA was promoted to Tier I Junior A for the 1970–71 season and took up the name Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. Since 1980 the league has grown into a high-profile marketable product, with many games broadcast on television and radio. Leagues for ice hockey in Ontario were first organized in 1890 by the newly created Ontario Hockey Association. In 1892 the OHA recognized junior hockey - referring to skill rather than age.
In 1896 the OHA moved to the modern age-limited junior hockey concept, distinct from senior and intermediate divisions. Since the evolution to the Ontario Hockey League has developed through four distinct eras of junior-aged non-professional hockey in Ontario. In 1933, the junior division was divided into two levels, Junior A and Junior B. In 1970 the Junior A level was divided into two levels, Tier I and Tier II. In 1974 the Tier I/Major Junior A group separated from the OHA and became the independent'Ontario Major Junior Hockey League'. In 1980, the OMJHL became the'Ontario Hockey League.' From 1974 until 1978, Clarence "Tubby" Schmalz was the league's commissioner. For one season, former IHL commissioner Bill Beagan served as commissioner of the OMJHL. Beginning with the 1979-80 season, David Branch has been the Commissioner of the OHL. Branch was appointed on August 11, 1979, assumed the commissioner's role on September 17, 1979. Cornwall Royals 1981-1992 - moved to Newmarket Newmarket Royals 1992-1994 - moved to Sarnia Niagara Falls Flyers 1980-1982 - moved to North Bay as Centennials North Bay Centennials 1982-2002 - moved to Saginaw Brantford Alexanders 1980-1984 - moved to Hamilton as Steelhawks Hamilton Steelhawks 1984-1988 - moved to Niagara Falls as Thunder Niagara Falls Thunder 1988-1996 - moved to Erie Guelph Platers 1980-1989 - moved to Owen Sound as Platers and as Attack 2000 Toronto Marlboros 1980-1989 - moved to Hamilton as Dukes Dukes of Hamilton 1989-1991 - moved to Guelph as Storm Detroit Junior Red Wings 1992-1995 - renamed as Whalers and moved to Plymouth in 1997 and to Flint in 2015 as Firebirds Brampton Battalion 1998-2013 - moved to North Bay as Battalion Mississauga IceDogs 1998-2007 - moved to Niagara as IceDogs Toronto St. Michael's Majors 1996-2007 - moved to Mississauga as St Michael's Majors and 2012 as Steelheads Belleville Bulls 1981-2015 - moved to Hamilton as Bulldogs The 20 OHL clubs play a 68-game unbalanced schedule, which starts in the third full week of September, running until the third week of March.
Ninety percent of OHL games are scheduled between Thursday and Sunday to minimize the number of school days missed for its players. 20% of players on active rosters in the National Hockey League have come from the OHL, about 54% of NHL players are alumni of the Canadian Hockey League. The J. Ross Robertson Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the Championship Series; the Cup is named for John Ross Robertson, president of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1901 to 1905. The OHL playoffs consist of the top 16 teams in 8 from each conference; the teams play a best-of-seven game series, the winner of each series advances to the next round. The final two teams compete for the J. Ross Robertson Cup; the OHL champion competes with the winners of the Western Hockey League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the host of the tournament to play for the Memorial Cup, awarded to the junior hockey champions of Canada. The host team of the tournament is alternated between the three leagues every season.
The most recent OHL team to win the Memorial Cup was the Windsor Spitfires in 2017. The Memorial Cup has been captured 17 times by OHL/OHA teams since the tournament went to a three-league format in 1972: The Cup was won 16 times by OHA teams in the period between 1945 and 1971: The OHL's predecessor, the OHA, had a midget and juvenile draft dating back to the 50s, until voted out in 1962. In 1966 it was resumed. Starting in the 70s the draft went through several changes; the draft was for 17-year-old midgets not associated with teams through their sponsored youth programs. In 1971 the league first allowed "underage" midgets to be picked in the first three rounds. In 1972 disagreements about the Toronto team's rights to its "Marlie" players and claims to American player Mark Howe led to a revised system. In 1973 each team was permitted to protect 8 midget area players. In 1975 the league phased out the area protections, the 1976 OHA midget draft was the first in which all midget players were eligible.
In 1999 the league changed the draft to a bantam age. It is a selection of players who are residents of the province of Ontario, the states of Michigan and New York, other designated U. S. states east of the Mississippi Missouri. Prior to 2001
Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for 38.3 percent of the country's population, is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest jurisdiction in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included, it is home to the nation's capital city and the nation's most populous city, Ontario's provincial capital. Ontario is bordered by the province of Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, Quebec to the east and northeast, to the south by the U. S. states of Minnesota, Ohio and New York. All of Ontario's 2,700 km border with the United States follows inland waterways: from the west at Lake of the Woods, eastward along the major rivers and lakes of the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence River drainage system; these are the Rainy River, the Pigeon River, Lake Superior, the St. Marys River, Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, Ontario, to the Quebec boundary just east of Cornwall, Ontario.
There is only about 1 km of land border made up of portages including Height of Land Portage on the Minnesota border. Ontario is sometimes conceptually divided into Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario; the great majority of Ontario's population and arable land is in the south. In contrast, the larger, northern part of Ontario is sparsely populated with cold winters and heavy forestation; the province is named after Lake Ontario, a term thought to be derived from Ontarí:io, a Huron word meaning "great lake", or skanadario, which means "beautiful water" in the Iroquoian languages. Ontario has about 250,000 freshwater lakes; the province consists of three main geographical regions: The thinly populated Canadian Shield in the northwestern and central portions, which comprises over half the land area of Ontario. Although this area does not support agriculture, it is rich in minerals and in part covered by the Central and Midwestern Canadian Shield forests, studded with lakes and rivers. Northern Ontario is subdivided into two sub-regions: Northeastern Ontario.
The unpopulated Hudson Bay Lowlands in the extreme north and northeast swampy and sparsely forested. Southern Ontario, further sub-divided into four regions. Despite the absence of any mountainous terrain in the province, there are large areas of uplands within the Canadian Shield which traverses the province from northwest to southeast and above the Niagara Escarpment which crosses the south; the highest point is Ishpatina Ridge at 693 metres above sea level in Temagami, Northeastern Ontario. In the south, elevations of over 500 m are surpassed near Collingwood, above the Blue Mountains in the Dundalk Highlands and in hilltops near the Madawaska River in Renfrew County; the Carolinian forest zone covers most of the southwestern region of the province. The temperate and fertile Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Valley in the south is part of the Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests ecoregion where the forest has now been replaced by agriculture and urban development. A well-known geographic feature is part of the Niagara Escarpment.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway allows navigation to and from the Atlantic Ocean as far inland as Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario. Northern Ontario occupies 87 percent of the surface area of the province. Point Pelee is a peninsula of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario, the southernmost extent of Canada's mainland. Pelee Island and Middle Island in Lake Erie extend farther. All are south of 42°N – farther south than the northern border of California; the climate of Ontario varies by location. It is affected by three air sources: cold, arctic air from the north; the effects of these major air masses on temperature and precipitation depend on latitude, proximity to major bodies of water and to a small extent, terrain relief. In general, most of Ontario's climate is classified as humid continental. Ontario has three main climatic regions; the surrounding Great Lakes influence the climatic region of southern Ontario. During the fall and winter months, heat stored from the lakes is released, moderating the climate near the shores of the lakes.
This gives some parts of southern Ontario milder winters than mid-continental areas at lower latitudes. Parts of Southwestern Ontario have a moderate humid continental climate, similar to that of the inland Mid-Atlantic states and the Great Lakes portion of the Midwestern United States; the region has warm to cold winters. Annual precipitation is well distributed throughout the year. Most of this region lies in the lee of the Great Lakes. In December 2010, the snowbelt set a new record when it was h
Kingston is a city in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Cataraqui River; the city is midway between Toronto and Montreal, Quebec. The Thousand Islands tourist region is nearby to the east. Kingston is nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many heritage buildings constructed using local limestone. Growing European exploration in the 17th century and the desire for the Europeans to establish a presence close to local Native occupants to control trade led to the founding of a French trading post and military fort at a site known as "Cataraqui" in 1673; this outpost, called Fort Cataraqui, Fort Frontenac, became a focus for settlement. Cataraqui would be renamed Kingston after the British took possession of the fort and Loyalists began settling the region in the 1780s. Kingston was named the first capital of the United Province of Canada on February 10, 1841. While its time as a capital city was short, the community has remained an important military installation.
Kingston was the county seat of Frontenac County until 1998. Kingston is now a separate municipality from the County of Frontenac. A number of origins of "Cataraqui", Kingston's original name, have been postulated. One is it is derived from the Iroquois word that means "the place where one hides"; the name may be derivations of Native words that mean "impregnable", "muddy river", "place of retreat", "clay bank rising out of the water", "where the rivers and lake meet", or "rocks standing in water". Cataraqui was referred to as "the King's Town" or "King's Town" by 1787 in honour of King George III; the name was shortened to "Kingston" in 1788. Cataraqui today refers to an area around the intersection of Princess Street and Sydenham Road, where a village which took that name was located. Cataraqui is the name of a municipal electoral district. Archaeological evidence suggests. Evidence of Late Woodland Period early Iroquois occupation exists; the first more permanent encampments by aboriginal people in the Kingston area began about 500 AD.
The group that first occupied the area before the arrival of the French was the Wyandot people, who were displaced by Iroquoian groups. At the time the French arrived in the Kingston area, Five Nations Iroquois had settled along the north shore of Lake Ontario. Although the area around the south end of the Cataraqui River was visited by Iroquois and other groups, Iroquois settlement at this location only began after the French established their outpost. By 1700, the north shore Iroquois had moved south, the area once occupied by the Iroquois became occupied by the Mississaugas who had moved south from the Lake Huron and Lake Simcoe regions. European commercial and military influence and activities centred on the fur trade developed and increased in North America in the 17th century. Fur trappers and traders were spreading out from their centres of operation in New France. French explorer Samuel de Champlain visited the Kingston area in 1615. To establish a presence on Lake Ontario for the purpose of controlling the fur trade with local indigenous people, Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor of New France established Fort Cataraqui to be called Fort Frontenac, at a location known as Cataraqui in 1673.
The fort served as a trading post and military base, attracted indigenous and European settlement. In 1674, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle was appointed commandant of the fort. From this base, de La Salle explored south as far as the Gulf of Mexico; the fort was experienced periods of abandonment. The Iroquois siege of 1688 led to many deaths, after which the French destroyed the fort, but would rebuild it; the British destroyed the fort during the Battle of Fort Frontenac in 1758 and its ruins remained abandoned until the British took possession and reconstructed it in 1783. The fort was renamed Tête-de-Pont Barracks in 1787, it is still being used by the military. It was renamed Fort Frontenac in 1939. Reconstructed parts of the original fort can be seen today at the western end of the La Salle Causeway. In 1783, Frederick Haldimand, governor of the Province of Quebec directed Deputy Surveyor-General John Collins to lay out a settlement for displaced British colonists, or "Loyalists", who were fleeing north because of the American Revolutionary War and "minutely examine the situation and site of the Post occupied by the French, the land and country adjacent".
Haldimand had considered the site as a possible location to settle loyal Mohawks. The survey would determine whether Cataraqui was suitable as a navy base since nearby Carleton Island on which a British navy base was located had been ceded to the Americans after the war. Holland's report about the old French post mentioned "every part surpassed the favorable idea I had formed of it", that it had "advantageous Situations" and that "the harbour is in every respect Good and most conveniently situated to command Lake Ontario". Major John Ross, commanding officer of the King's Royal Regiment of New York at Oswego rebuilt Fort Frontenac in 1783; as commander, he played a significant role in establishing the Cataraqui settlement. To facilitate settlement, the British Crown entered into an agreement with the Mississaugas in October 1783 to purchase land east of the Bay of Quinte. Known as the Crawford Purchase, this agreement enabled se
The Guelph Storm are a major junior ice hockey team based in Guelph, Canada. They have played in the OHL since the 1991–92 season; the team plays home games at the Sleeman Centre. The franchise started as the Toronto Marlboros, who moved to Hamilton to become the Dukes of Hamilton in 1989. Following the 1990–91 season, the franchise was relocated to Guelph and a contest was held to name the team. Tom Douglas submitted the team was renamed the Guelph Storm; the first year in Guelph was dismal. The Storm finished first place in the 1994–95 season. General Manager Mike Kelly was voted the OHL Executive of the Year and Craig Hartsburg voted the Coach of the Year for the Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League. Draft picks from the early years in Guelph include Todd Bertuzzi. Guelph reached the OHL finals in 1995 and 1996; the team qualified for the 1996 Memorial Cup by playing against the Memorial Cup host Peterborough Petes in the OHL final. The Storm won their first J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1998.
This success continued into the Memorial Cup Tournament as the Storm rallied to the Championship Game where they lost to the Portland Winter Hawks in overtime in the final game. In the year 2000, the team moved from the historic but aging Guelph Memorial Gardens into the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre; the Storm were selected to host the 2002 Memorial Cup tournament. It marked the team's third appearance in their first as host team. Two years the Storm won their second OHL Championship, returned to the 2004 Memorial Cup hosted in Kelowna, British Columbia. In 2014, the Storm captured their third OHL Championship, subsequently advanced to the 2014 Memorial Cup final, hosted in London, Ontario. In the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, defenceman Drew Doughty was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings, the highest selection of a Guelph Storm player; the Guelph Storm have appeared in the Memorial Cup tournament five times, won the J. Ross Robertson Cup three times, won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy four times, have won five division titles.
Craig Hartsburg was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL Coach of the Year for the 1994–95 season, was voted the Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year. He is a former NHL defenceman with the Minnesota North Stars, he has been the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Ottawa Senators as well as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, he has twice been an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers. Dave Barr coached the team from 2004–08, won the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2005–06. List of coaches with multiple seasons in parentheses. 1992 – Jeff O'Neill, Jack Ferguson Award and Emms Family Award 1993–94 – Jeff O'Neill, CHL Top Draft Prospect Award 1994–95 – Jamie Wright, Bobby Smith Trophy 1994–95 – Mark McArthur and Andy Adams, Dave Pinkney Trophy 1995–96 – Dan Cloutier and Brett Thompson, Dave Pinkney Trophy 1995–96 – Brett Thompson, F. W.'Dinty' Moore Trophy 1995–96 – Jeff Williams, William Hanley Trophy 1997–98 – Manny Malhotra, Bobby Smith Trophy 2000–01 – Craig Anderson, OHL Goaltender of the Year 2000–01 – Dustin Brown, Bobby Smith Trophy 2001–02 – Dustin Brown, Bobby Smith Trophy 2002–03 – Dustin Brown, Canadian Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year and Bobby Smith Trophy 2003–04 – Martin St. Pierre, Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy 2003–04 – Martin St. Pierre, Wayne Gretzky 99 Award 2005–06 – Ryan Callahan, Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy 2007–08 – Drew Doughty, Max Kaminsky Trophy 2008–09 – Tim Priamo, Roger Neilson Memorial Award 2009–10 – Taylor Beck, Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy 2010–11 – Matej Machovsky, F.
W.'Dinty' Moore Trophy 2013–14 – Robby Fabbri, Wayne Gretzky 99 Award 2013–14 – Adam Craievich, Ivan Tennant Memorial Award 2013–14 – Matt Finn, Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy 2014–15 – Justin Nichols, Roger Neilson Memorial Award 2016 – Ryan Merkley, Jack Ferguson Award and Emms Family Award 2016 - Quinn Hanna, Ivan Tennant Memorial Award 2016 - Garrett McFadden, Dan Snyder Memorial Award 18 – Paul Fendley, a former member of the Guelph CMC's who died in an on-ice accident at Guelph Memorial Gardens in 1972. His number has not been issued to a player since, by the Guelph CMC's, Guelph Platers, or Guelph Storm; the number was retired in a ceremony before a November 15, 2008 game. 44 – Todd Bertuzzi 92 – Jeff O'Neill Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss 1991–92 – Out of playoffs. 1992–93 – Lost to Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 1 in first round. 1993–94 – Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals. Lost to S. S. Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in division semi-finals.
1994–95 – First place in OHL. Earned first round bye. Defeated Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals. Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in semi-finals. Lost to Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 2 in finals. 1995–96 – First place in OHL. Earned first round bye. Defeated Niagara Falls Thunder 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals. Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 1 in semi-finals. Lost to Pete
Allan Cup Hockey
Allan Cup Hockey is the top tier Canadian Senior ice hockey league in the province of Ontario. As a member of the Ontario Hockey Association and Hockey Canada, the league's champion contends for the famed Allan Cup each year; the league came to its latest incarnation when it lost several teams leaving it with two and as a result it merged with the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League in 2008. In 2011, the league changed its name from Major League Hockey to Allan Cup Hockey. Major League Hockey gained its name in 2003. Since 1990, Major League Hockey was known as the Southwestern Senior "A" Hockey League; this league was created through a merger between the Central Senior "B" Hockey League, the Seaway-Cyclone Senior "B" Hockey League, the Southern Ontario Senior "A" Hockey League. The formation of the Major League Hockey marked the first time since 1987 and the folding of the OHA Senior A Hockey League that the Ontario Hockey Association has crowned a top level senior league. In 2005, the OHA granted the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League the same status.
Major League Hockey, despite its fruitation in 1990, has its roots scattered across a variety of leagues dating back as far as 1959. The first season of Ontario Hockey Association senior hockey was the 1890-91 season, for the Cosby Cup. Ottawa Hockey Club won the first Senior title defeating Toronto St. Georges 5–0; the first "Major" league came in 1929, known as the OHA Senior A Hockey League. The league lasted for its teams winning 16 Allan Cups; the league was replaced by the Continental Senior A Hockey League in 1979. The Continental league was renamed the OHA Senior A Hockey League in 1980 and lasted until 1987. Teams of the Continental league won 4 Allan Cups. In 2008, the Brantford Blast became the first OHA team since the Brantford Motts Clamatos in 1987 to win the Allan Cup; as hosts of the 2008 Allan Cup, the Blast failed to win their league and were allowed to bypass the OHA Final against the Whitby Dunlops and the Renwick Cup against the Thunder Bay Hawks. After a months rest, the Blast competed at home for the Allan Cup and won the entire thing.
After suffering their only loss of the tournament to the Shawinigan Xtreme in the first game, the Blast defeated the Bentley Generals to clinch second in their division. They defeated the Robertson EOSHL champion Whitby Dunlops in the quarter-final, they knocked off the Major League Hockey and Renwick Cup champion Dundas Real McCoys in the semi-final. They met Bentley again in the final, defeated them 3-1 to win the Canadian National Senior "AAA" crown. In the 2008 off-season, Major League Hockey ran into some issues; the Windsor St. Clair Saints, the league's only college team, walked away from the league; the Tillsonburg Vipers have left the league, as they have applied for expansion into the independent Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League. The Petrolia Squires are stranded far away from Brantford and Dundas and have been accepted into the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League. In the EOSHL, the Frankford Huskies and Marmora Lakers have walked away as well.
In May 2008, it was announced that Major League Hockey was going to merge with the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League. Major Hockey League was down to two teams and the Eastern League down to three at the time, but this brings the MLH up to five again. In June, 2008 after some reorganization, the Frankford Huskies were revived with a new owner but same management in the town of Baltimore, just north of Cobourg; the team will be known as the Baltimore Clippers. Thus the new MLH will play its first season with six teams. In 2011, the league changed its name to "Allan Cup Hockey". In 2015, two new teams were added: the Thorold Athletics. 1991 Exeter Mohawks 1992 Exeter Mohawks 1993 Dunnville Mudcats 1994 Dorchester Dolphins 1995 Ohsweken Riverhawks 1996 Bothwell Bullets 1997 Bothwell Bullets 1998 Aylmer Blues 1999 London MacMaster Chevys 2000 Cambridge Hornets 2001 Simcoe Gunners 2002 Dundas Real McCoys 2003 Dundas Real McCoys 2012 Dundas Real McCoys 2013 Brantford Blast 2014 Brantford Blast 2015 Dundas Real McCoys 2016 Stoney Creek Generals 2017 Stoney Creek Generals 2018 Stoney Creek Generals 2019 Stoney Creek GeneralsBolded teams won the Robertson Cup as Ontario Hockey Association champions.
2008 Brantford Blast 2014 Dundas Real McCoys 2018 Stoney Creek Generals Please note: All teams in this list are listed ONLY with the last league they were involved with. Official ACH website OHA website