Ontario Hockey League

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A typical OHL hockey game. This one is the 2004-05 home opener for the Ottawa 67's against the Sudbury Wolves.

The Ontario Hockey League is one of the three Major Junior "A" Tier I ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. The league is for players aged 15-20.

Most of the teams are based in Ontario, Canada, but some are from Michigan or Pennsylvania. The 2007 All Star game is set to be played in Saginaw, Michigan - the first time the game has been hosted in the United States.


Member teams

Eastern Conference

Eastern Division

Central Division

Western Conference

Midwestern Division

Western Division



  • 2002 The North Bay Centennials were relocated, becoming the Saginaw Spirit. Brampton is moved to the central division, and London is moved to the midwest. Saginaw would play in the western division.
  • 2000 The Owen Sound Platers become the Owen Sound Attack.
  • 1998 The OHL has a new 4-division, 2-conference format. Belleville, Kingston, Oshawa, Ottawa and Peterborough in the east, Barrie, Mississauga, North Bay, St. Michaels, and Sudbury in the central (making up the Eastern Conference). Brampton, Erie, Guelph, Kitchener, and Owen Sound in the midwest, and London, Plymouth, Sault Ste. Marie, Sarnia and Windsor in the west (making up the Western Conference). This comes after Brampton and Mississauga are awarded franchises.
  • 1997 The St. Michael's Majors (playing in Toronto) are awarded a franchise, they would play in the Eastern Division. The Detroit Whalers become the Plymouth Whalers.
  • 1996 The Niagara Falls Thunder are relocated to Erie.
  • 1995 The Barrie Colts are awarded a franchise. They would play in the Central Division. The Detroit Jr. Red Wings become the Detroit Whalers.
  • 1994 The OHL has a new 3-division format. Guelph, Sudbury, Owen Sound, Niagara Falls, and Kitchener play in the central; Kingston, Oshawa, North Bay, Belleville, Peterborough and Ottawa play in the east; Detroit, Windsor, Sarnia, London and Sault Ste. Marie play in the west. The Newmarket Royals are relocated to Sarnia.
  • 1992 The Cornwall Royals are relocated to Newmarket. The Detroit Compuware Ambassadors become the Detroit Jr. Red Wings.
  • 1991 The Hamilton Dukes are relocated to Guelph.
  • 1990 The Detroit Compuware Ambassadors are awarded a franchise. They would play in the Emms Division. North Bay and Sudbury move to the Leyden Division to accommodate this change.
  • 1989 The Toronto Marlboros are relocated to Hamilton. The Guelph Platers are relocated to Owen Sound. The Kingston Raiders become the Kingston Frontenacs, and the Windsor Compuware Spitfires become the Windsor Spitfires.
  • 1988 The Hamilton Steelhawks are relocated to Niagara Falls. The Kingston Canadians become the Kingston Raiders.
  • 1984 The Brantford Alexanders are relocated to Hamilton. The Windsor Spitfires become the Windsor Compuware Spitfires.
  • 1982 The Guelph Platers are awarded a franchise. The Niagara Falls Flyers are relocated to North Bay.
  • 1981 The Cornwall Royals are transferred from the QMJHL, they would play in the Leyden Division. The Belleville Bulls are awarded a franchise, they would play in the Leyden Division. Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie move to the Emms Division to compensatem while Toronto moves to the Leyden.
  • 1980 The Ontario Hockey Association become the Ontario Hockey League.
  • 1978 The Hamilton Fincups are relocated to Brantford.
  • 1977 The St. Catharines Fincups are relocated to Hamilton.
  • 1976 The St. Catharines Black Hawks are relocated to Niagara Falls. The Hamilton Fincups are relocated to St. Catharines.
  • 1975 The OHA is divided into a 2-division format. The Emms Division would consist of Kitchener, Hamilton, Windsor, Toronto, St. Catharines and London while the Leyden Division would consist of Sault Ste. Marie, Ottawa, Kingston, Oshawa, Peterborough and Sudbury. The Windsor Spitfires are granted a franchise.
  • 1974 The Hamilton Red Wings become the Hamilton Fincups.
  • 1973 The Kingston Canadians are granted a franchise.
  • 1972 The Montreal Junior Canadiens move to the QMJHL; the Niagara Falls Flyers are relocated to Sudbury; Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds granted a franchise.
  • 1971 The London Nationals become the London Knights.
  • 1970 The London Knights become the London Nationals.
  • 1968 The London Nationals become the London Kinghts.
  • 1967 The Ottawa 67's are granted a franchise.
  • 1965 The London Nationals are granted a franchise.
  • 1951 The OHA (Ontario Hockey Association) is consists of the Windsor Spitfires, Waterloo Hurricanes. Toronto St. Michael's Majors, St. Catharines Teepees, Toronto Marlboros, Oshawa Generals, Kitchener Greenshirts, Guelph Biltmores, Galt Black Hawks, and Barrie Flyers

OHA/ OHL Champions

The J. Ross Robertson Cup is awarded annually to the winner of the Ontario Hockey League Championship Series. The Cup is named for J. Ross Robertson, who was president of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1901 to 1905.

See: J. Ross Robertson Cup

See also: List of ice hockey leagues

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