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This is the 1943-44 season of the Ontario Hockey Association's Senior series:


HistoryEdit

At the beginning of the season the Toronto Army Daggers were forced to withdraw. Army regulations forbade hockey from interfering with operations. Kingston had a training centre so it could be argued that the games were part of training. Toronto had no training centre.


Jan. 14 situationEdit

Standings GP W L T GF GA Pts
St Catharines Saints 24 17 7 0 85 77 34
Hamilton Majors 23 16 6 1 75 54 33
Toronto HMCS York 23 12 11 0 62 83 24
Kingston Army Frontenacs 16 11 5 0 90 82 22
Toronto RCAF Flyers 15 6 8 1 62 78 13

Pressure had been building on the military to change its policies. For the past two seasons, military teams had dominated Canadian senior hockey and, incidentally, Canadian football. The military was accused of keeping athletes at home and out of the fighting. In January, the Army and the Air Force changed their policies and forbade their teams from competing with civilian teams. Toronto RCAF Flyers and Kingston Army Frontenacs were forced to withdraw from the OHA Senior.

The Navy permitted its teams to play in civilian leagues but not to participate in the Allan Cup playoffs. Although HMCS York continued on, it could not have advanced had it won the league.

St Catharines and Hamilton were both civilian teams and therefore not affected by all this.

In the above standings, Kingston Army Frontenacs and Toronto RCAF Flyers had just withdrawn. The other three teams were credited with wins for unplayed games with these two teams. These losses, however, were not charged to the two military teams.

Play then continued.


Final StandingsEdit

Regular Season GP W L T GF GA Pts
St Catharines Saints 36 25 11 0 148 139 50
Hamilton Majors 36 23 12 1 169 105 47
Toronto HMCS York 36 16 20 0 119 168 32


These standings reflect the record of Kingston Army Frontenacs and Toronto RCAF Flyers as explained above plus the unplayed wins awarded to St Catharines, Hamilton, and Toronto HMCS York.


FinalEdit

Best of 7

Date Winner Loser Location
March 2 St Catharines 4 Hamilton 3 St Catharines
March 4 Hamilton 3 St Catharines 1 Hamilton
March 6 Hamilton 7 St Catharines 0 St Catharines
March 8 Hamilton 8 St Catharines 4 Hamilton
March 11 Hamilton 1 St Catharines 0 St Catharines

Hamilton Majors beat St Catharines Saints 4 games to 1.

Hamilton Majors advanced to the 1943-44 Eastern Canada Allan Cup Playoffs.


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See AlsoEdit

List of OHA Senior Seasons


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