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The 2008-09 UJHL season is the inaugural season of the United Junior Hockey League. The league was originally planning on eight teams based in expected to consist of eight teams. The Delaware Thunder, New Jersey Ice Hoppers, Penn Enforcers, South Jersey Raptors and Wooster Oilers were to transfer from the America East Hockey League and three expansion franchises were to be placed in Findlay, Ohio, Jamestown, New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In June 2008, the league announced that the New Jersey Ice Hoppers, South Jersey Raptors and the planned Pittsburgh franchise were no longer expected to compete in the UJHL. The league also announced the addition of the Elmira Jr. Jackals from the Empire Junior Hockey League and that the Delaware Thunder had moved to Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and renamed themselves the Philadelphia Thunder. Near the end of June, Elmira announced that they decided to join the league for the 2009-10 season instead of 2008-09.

In August 2008, the league announced that they would accept four Canadian teams consisting of prep schools and small colleges that fielded junior teams in Quebec. The Harrington Icebreakers, Saint Lawrence Lions, Team Ulysse and Draveurs de Trois-Rivières were originally planning to enter the America East Hockey League until the league went dark over the Summer in 2008.

In February 2009, all four Canadian teams left the league. In March 2009, as the playoffs were begin, three of the remaining five teams left the league as well, leaving only Philadelphia and Wooster.

Regular SeasonEdit

Final StandingsEdit

Team                            GP    W    L    T  OTL   GF    GA     P
North
Team Ulysse*                    24    15   5    4   -    106   92     34
Saint-Lawrence Lions*           24    15   8    1   -    106   69     31
Harrington College Icebergs*    24    8    11   5   -    85    86     21
Trois-Rivieres Draveurs*        24    4    18   2   -    46    100    10
South
Jamestown Jets**                46    30   11   5   -    285   215    65
Findlay Grrrowl**               44    19   19   6   -    194   191    44
Wooster Oilers                  44    18   19   7   -    206   226    43
Penn Enforcers**                46    11   29   6   -    168   245    28
Philadelphia Thunder            42    10   30   2   -    137   216    22

(*) denotes teams that left and formed own league. (**) denotes teams that folded.

All-Star GameEdit

On October 17, 2008, the UJHL announced that the 2008-2009 All-Star Game would be played at Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in Jamestown, New York, home of the Jamestown Jets.[1] All-Star weekend lasted from January 16 through 17, with a round robin tournament consisting of the Findlay Grrrowl, Jamestown Jets, Penn Enforcers, Philadelphia Thunder, Saint Lawrence Lions and Wooster Oilers that took place on both days. The showcase was followed by a skills challenge and the all-star game itself.[2] The Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 11–5 and Dave Grimard of the Saint Lawrence Lions was named the game's Most Valuable Player.[3] Only players whose teams competed in the All-Star Showcase games were chosen to the All-Star Game.

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Coaches: Flag of Canada Hart Duddy (Wooster Oilers)
Flag of Canada Jimi Simmons (Philadelphia Thunder)
Flag of Canada Mike LaBadie (Saint Lawrence Lions)
Flag of the United States Dennis Canfield (Jamestown Jets)
Flag of the United States Paul Contreras (Penn Enforcers)
Flag of the United States Dave Erickson (Findlay Grrrowl)
Players:

Flag of Canada 1 - G Cedrik LaFrance (Saint Lawrence Lions)
Flag of the United States 30 - G Jon Smarsh (Philadelphia Thunder)
Flag of the United States 33 - G Cody Martin (Wooster Oilers
Flag of the United States 2 - D Chuck DeRico (Philadelphia Thunder)
Flag of Canada 3 - D Laurent Dumont (Saint Lawrence Lions)
Flag of Canada 4 - D Geoffrey Stowe (Saint Lawrence Lions)
Flag of the United States 5 - D Mike Fratto (Wooster Oilers)
Flag of Canada 6 - D Cory Petrie (Philadelphia Thunder
Flag of the United States 17 - D Kyle Firth (Wooster Oilers)
Flag of the United States 7 - F Tim Haun (Wooster Oilers)
Flag of Canada 8 - F Jean-Phillipe Sansfacon (Saint Lawrence Lions)
Flag of Canada 9 - F Brandon McPhail (Wooster Oilers)
Flag of the United States 10 - F Jimmy Wallace (Philadelphia Thunder)
Flag of Russia 11 - F Alexey Sorochan (Wooster Oilers)
Flag of the United States 12 - F Adam Eastbrook (Philadelphia Thunder)
Flag of Canada 13 - F Francois L'Italien (Saint Lawrence Lions)
Flag of Canada 14 - F Dave Grimard (Saint Lawrence Lions)
Flag of the United States 15 - F Ryan Rinko (Wooster Oilers)
Flag of the United States 16 - F Max Rickard (Wooster Oilers)
Flag of the United States 18 - F Bill Vitale (Philadelphia Thunder)
Flag of the United States 19 - F Matt Dietrich (Philadelphia Thunder)

Flag of the United States 1 - G Ricky Hennard (Penn Enforcers)
Flag of Canada 30 - G Louis Morin (Findlay Grrrowl)
Flag of the United States 33 - G Ryan Clarke (Jamestown Jets
Flag of Japan 3 - D Goshi Kumagai (Jamestown Jets)
Flag of the United States 4 - D Kyle Ralston (Penn Enforcers)
Flag of Canada 5 - D Mike Robertson (Jamestown Jets)
Flag of the United States 6 - D John Brooks (Findlay Grrrowl)
Flag of the United States 7 - D Tyler Nelson (Jamestown Jets
Flag of the United States 18 - D Chris Clarke (Findlay Grrrowl)
Flag of the United States 2 - F Mike Shanahan (Findlay Grrrowl)
Flag of the United States 8 - F Jordan Crews (Penn Enforcers)
Flag of the United States 9 - F Zach Bachnak (Findlay Grrrowl)
Flag of the United States 10 - F Joe Coyne (Jamestown Jets)
Flag of the United States 11 - F Brock Donnelly (Findlay Grrrowl)
Flag of the United States 12 - F Austin Webber (Penn Enforcers)
Flag of the United States 13 - F Scott Frenzel (Penn Enforcers)
Flag of the United States 14 - F Kevin Tejchma (Findlay Grrrowl)
Flag of the United States 15 - F Tyler Underhill (Jamestown Jets)
Flag of the United States 16 - F Justin Banaszak (Jamestown Jets)
Flag of the United States 17 - F Joey Kasper (Penn Enforcers)
Flag of the United States 19 - F Dean Wolfe (Jamestown Jets)

PlayoffsEdit

UJHL PlayoffsEdit

Semi-final

Jamestown Jets defeated Penn Enforcers 2-games-to-?
Findlay Grrrowl defeated Wooster Oilers 2-games-to-1
(3-4 OT, 8-3, 6-3)

Final

Findlay Grrrowl defeated Jamestown Jets 2-games-to-1
(3-2, 4-5 OT, 4-3 OT)

Independent Quebec PlayoffsEdit

Semi-final

Team Ulysse defeated Trois-Rivieres Draveurs 2-games-to-none
(9-0, 8-7)
Saint-Lawrence Lions defeated Harrington Icebergs 2-games-to-1
(6-3, 2-4, 4-2)

Final

St. Lawrence refuses to play Team Ulysse in Final over an incident in November 2008, withdraws and is replaced by Harrington.

Harrington Icebergs defeated Team Ulysse 2-games-to-1
(6-4, 1-2, 5-3)

References Edit

  1. The UJHL Announces Venue For 2008-2009 All-Star Game. United Junior Hockey League (October 17, 2008).
  2. UJHL Prepares For All-Star Game. United Junior Hockey League (January 12, 2009).
  3. Magical Weekend at Arena. Jamestown Jets.

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