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The Central Junior A Hockey League is a Junior "A" ice hockey league. They are sanctioned by the Ottawa District Hockey Association and Hockey Canada and are a member of the Canadian Junior A Hockey League. The playoff champions earn the right to compete for the Fred Page Cup, and if victorious can compete for the Royal Bank Cup.

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History

The league started in 1961 as the "Ottawa-Hull District Junior Hockey League", under the sponsorship of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, in hope of a better development program. The league has featured such NHL stars as Steve Yzerman and Larry Robinson of which the two divisions were named for. As this league was for the Ottawa District, teams out of the area were not allowed to compete, with one exemption - Pembroke. In the early years, any player in the league was automatically a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and were forced into a contract which would disallow them to sign with any other National Hockey League team if they were ever to achieve such greatness. The Canadiens also wanted the league to be strictly for development, allowing 4 19-year-olds and 5 18-year-olds per team with the rest of the players being 17 or younger. This was met with much anger and disappointment with players who had just reached their 20's, but the league substantially gained in popularity, and they were ignored. A remarkable alumnus of the league is 4-time Stanley Cup Champion Billy Smith of New York Islanders fame, a former member of the Smiths Falls Bears. In 1963, the Montreal Canadiens allowed the Chicago Blackhawks-sponsored Brockville Braves into the league.

In the late 1960s, the Cornwall Royals applied to enter into what is now the Ontario Hockey League, when they were turned away, they applied to join the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and were accepted. In 1973, the Hull Hawks, also departed for the QMJHL. In 1975, the Canadian Hockey Association informed the league that they had to allow 20-year-olds into their league, as all other leagues of their calibre already were doing.

In 1976, Bryan Murray, now head coach of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, took over as head coach of the Rockland Nationals. With Murray at the wheel, the Nationals won the leagues, the region, and then went on to win the National Championship as Centennial Cup Champions. The financial cost of the playoff run was too much for the team's backers to handle, and, declaring bankruptcy, the team played their last game winning the Canadian National Championship. The Nationals have resurrected since then as a member of the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League.

After the ruling that allowed 20-year-olds to play in the league, teams began attempting to "buy" championship teams by going after former Major Junior players. The effect of this resulted in the labeling of the league as a "goon league" or "bush league" as the league got more violent. The fan base dwindled, and by 1984 there were only 5 teams left in the league, all on the verge of bankruptcy. The owners of the five teams approached the owners of Ottawa's Talisman Hotel and asked them to purchase the league. Through new management and rule changes, the league barred 20-year-olds from the Major Junior ranks, created a limit of 5 20-year-olds (homegrown from the CJHL), and banned the paying of players. The new rules worked, and the league was once again successful. The league then approached the Canadian Hockey Association, and requested a new system. After the fall of the Rockland Nationals, the league realized there was a revenue problem amongst its teams. The league demanded longer regular seasons and a shorter National playdown schedule to determine the National Champion. This new system was guaranteed to increase revenue amongst all teams nation-wide as they were allowed to have more home games, increasing revenue through ticket sales, and decreased the travel expenditures that forced the Rockland Nationals to fold when they won the National Championship.

The league began flourishing, and by the early 90's, had expanded over 2-fold. Teams that had folded during the "dark days" of the late 70's and early 80's came back. The league even allowed for the expansion of their first American hockey team, the Massena Americans. Also, now a member of the OHL, the Cornwall Royals moved from Cornwall. In response, the CJHL allowed the Messena Americans to move to Cornwall, hoping the Cornwall Colts could help the city fill its competitive hockey "void".

Currently with 10 teams, the Central Junior A Hockey League, with an annual attendance of over 350,000 fans, is considered to be one of the more successful Tier II Junior "A" leagues in all of Canada.

Copied verbatim from Wikipedia by the editor who authored it on July 3, 2006.

Member Teams

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Robinsion Division

Cornwall Colts
Cumberland Grads
Hawkesbury Hawks
Orleans Blues
Ottawa Jr. Senators

Yzerman Division

Brockville Braves
Kanata Stallions
Kemptville 73's
Nepean Raiders
Pembroke Lumber Kings
Smiths Falls Bears

Bogart Cup Champions

1962 Ottawa Montagnards
1963 Ottawa Montagnards
1964 Ottawa Primrose
1965 Smiths Falls Bears
1966 Cornwall Royals
1967 Cornwall Royals
1968 Cornwall Royals
1969 Hull Castors
1970 Ottawa M&W Rangers
1971 Ottawa M&W Rangers
1972 Smiths Falls Bears
1973 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1974 Smiths Falls Bears
1975 Smiths Falls Bears
1976 Rockland Nationals
1977 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1978 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1979 Hawkesbury Hawks
1980 Hawkesbury Hawks
1981 Gloucester Rangers
1982 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1983 Ottawa Senators
1984 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1985 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1986 Brockville Braves
1987 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1988 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1989 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1990 Hawkesbury Hawks
1991 Hawkesbury Hawks
1992 Kanata Valley Lasers
1993 Ottawa Senators
1994 Gloucester Rangers
1995 Cornwall Colts
1996 Cornwall Colts
1997 Kanata Valley Lasers
1998 Brockville Braves
1999 Hawkesbury Hawks
2000 Cornwall Colts
2001 Cornwall Colts
2002 Ottawa Jr. Senators
2003 Nepean Raiders
2004 Nepean Raiders
2005 Hawkesbury Hawks
2006 Hawkesbury Hawks
2007 Pembroke Lumber Kings

Former Member Teams

Gloucester Rangers
Hull Castors
Kanata Valley Lasers
Lanark Thunder
Ottawa Montagnards
Rockland Nationals

See also

External links

  • CJHL Webpage

This article uses material from the "Central Junior A Hockey League" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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