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This is the 2016-17 Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League season.  This was the league's 67th season overall dating back to the Eastern Junior B Hockey League, Metro Junior A Hockey League, and the Western Junior B Hockey League in 1950.  The league has used the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League name since 2007 when 3 leagues (Mid-Western Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Junior Hockey League and Western Ontario Hockey League) merged to form the present league.

2016 GOJHL Showcase logo

The league schedule was released on August 16 and featured each of the 27 teams playing a 50 game schedule with each team playing 24 home games, 24 away games and 2 neutral site games played at the league's 8th Annual Showcase event held September 9th-11th at the Western Fairgrounds in London, Ontario


Membership changesEdit

  • Buffalo Regals return to the league, they had requested one-year leave of absence prior to the 2014–15 season. They also sat out 2015–16 season after failing to file the proper paperwork with USA Hockey in order to be re-instated for sanctioned play.  Reports had surfaced that the team had folded between November 18th and 20th but the team had cancelled its' November 20th game and returned to the ice for a game on November 22nd.  The team was later deemed ineligible for the playoffs
  • The Stratford Cullitons change their name to the Stratford Warriors
  • The league released an annoucement on February 13th and then clarified on the 14th that the Thorold Black Hawks would not be finishing the season.  The reason cited was "due to continuing roster challenges ‎impacted by illness, injuries, and suspensions."  The team finished the season with a record of 13-28-1-2 with 133 goals scored and 162 goals allowed.  The team had five games remaining on the schedule.  The league was working to make adjustments on the schedule for the balance of the season.  Games of Febraury 4th, 9th, and 10th were later deemed as 5-0 forfeit losses and the remaining five games were also recorded as 5-0 forfeit losses .  This also caused a change in the playoff format for the Golden Horseshoe Conference with the first place team now earning a first round bye as the Buffalo Regals would not be allowed to participate in the playoffs due to issues earlier in the season.
  • In late February the league had also posted on the league website that the Guelph Hurricanes had not folded refuting unspecified online postings stating that the team was on the verge of folding or had folded.

TeamsEdit

Golden Horseshoe Conference
Team Centre Arena
Ancaster Avalanche Ancaster Morgan Firestone Arena, Valley Park Arena, Stoney Creek Arena, Market Street Arena
Buffalo Regals Buffalo, New York Holiday Rinks
Caledonia Corvairs Caledonia Haldimand County Caledonia Centre
Fort Erie Meteors Fort Erie Leisureplex Kinsmen Arena
Niagara Falls Canucks Niagara Falls Gale Centre
Pelham Panthers Pelham Pellham Arena
St. Catharines Falcons St. Catharines Jack Gatecliff Arena
Thorold Blackhawks Thorold Thorold Community Arena
Welland Jr. Canadians Welland Welland Main Arena
Midwestern Conference
Team Centre Arena
Brampton Bombers Brampton Victoria Park Arena
Brantford 99ers Brantford Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
Cambridge Winterhawks Cambridge Galt Arena Gardens
Elmira Sugar Kings Elmira Woowich Memorial Centre
Guelph Hurricanes Guelph Sleeman Centre & Victoria Arena
Kitchener Dutchmen Kitchener Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
Listowel Cyclones Listowel Listowel Memorial Arena
Stratford Warriors Stratford William Allman Memorial Arena
Waterloo Siskins Waterloo Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
Western Conference
Team Centre Arena
Chatham Maroons Chatham Chatham Memorial Arena
Lambton Shores Predators Forest Forest Community Centre
LaSalle Vipers LaSalle Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex
Leamington Flyers Leamington Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex
London Nationals London Western Fair Sports Centre
Sarnia Legionnaires Sarnia Sarnia Arena
St. Marys Lincolns St. Marys St. Marys Pyramid Centre
St. Thomas Stars St. Thomas St. Thomas Timken Community Centre
Strathroy Rockets Strathroy West Middlesex Memorial Arena

StandingsEdit

Golden Horseshoe ConferenceEdit

Team GP W L T OL GF GA Pts
Caledonia Corvairs 50 44 5 1 0 353 99 89
St. Catharines Falcons 50 40 7 0 3 289 101 83
Niagara Falls Canucks 50 33 13 0 4 252 131 70
Ancaster Avalanche 50 30 15 0 5 217 143 65
Fort Erie Meteors 50 24 26 0 0 167 180 48
Welland Jr. Canadians 50 22 26 0 2 178 188 46
Pelham Panthers 50 12 34 0 4 129 244 28
Thorold Blackhawks 50 11 36 1 2 133 206 25
Buffalo Regals 50 3 47 0 0 66 536 6

Midwestern ConferenceEdit

Team GP W L T OL GF GA Pts
Listowel Cyclones 50 40 7 1 2 215 106 83
Elmira Sugar Kings 50 38 11 1 0 207 123 77
Kitchener Dutchmen 50 30 15 2 3 196 155 65
Waterloo Siskins 50 28 17 1 4 183 160 61
Cambridge Winter Hawks 50 29 19 0 2 173 149 60
Stratford Warriors 50 24 23 0 3 200 194 51
Guelph Hurricanes 50 14 33 2 1 155 209 31
Brantford 99ers 50 11 32 2 5 143 217 29
Brampton Bombers 50 10 33 2 5 123 232 27

Western ConferenceEdit

Team GP W L T OL GF GA Pts
LaSalle Vipers 50 37 9 0 4 224 136 78
Chatham Maroons 50 37 12 0 1 251 172 75
London Nationals 50 36 13 1 0 232 131 73
Leamington Flyers 50 27 16 1 6 163 140 61
Sarnia Legionnaires 50 22 22 0 6 157 186 50
St. Marys Lincolns 50 20 28 1 1 162 223 42
St. Thomas Stars 50 19 27 2 2 181 200 42
Strathroy Rockets 50 16 27 2 5 167 215 39
Lambton Shores Predators 50 8 37 0 5 150 290 21

Sutherland Cup PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

Each conference will hold its own playoffs with 8 teams qualifying for each conference. The three conference champions and the conference runner-up with the best "playoff record to date" qualify for the Sutherland Cup semifinals. The wildcard play the team with the better record of the two they didn't play in the conference final.  All playoff series are best-of-seven.  The Sutherland Cup champion does not advance any further as there is no Eastern Canada championship at the Junior B level.

Due to two teams having financial and roster issues only seven teams will participate in the Golden Horseshoe Conference playoffs with the first place team earning a bye to the conference semifinal round

Golden Horseshoe Conference QuarterfinalsEdit

Midwestern Conference QuarterfinalsEdit

Western Conference QuarterfinalsEdit

Golden Horseshoe Conference SemifinalsEdit

Midwestern Conference SemifinalsEdit

Western Conference SemifinalsEdit

Golden Horseshoe FinalEdit

Midwestern Conference FinalEdit

Western Conference FinalEdit

Sutherland Cup SemifinalsEdit

Sutherland Cup FinalEdit

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