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Clarence Schmalz Cup

The Clarence Schmalz Cup

The Clarence Schmalz Cup is the Ontario Hockey Association's Junior "C" ice hockey championship and championship trophy. The tournament to determine the winner of the Cup is commonly called the All-Ontario Championships. The leagues that compete for the trophy are: the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League, Empire B Junior C Hockey League, Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League, Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League, Midwestern Junior C Hockey League, Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League, Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Western Ontario Junior C Hockey League.

Clarence (Tubby) SchmalzEdit

The trophy was named in honour of Clarence (Tubby) Schmalz (1915-1981), a longtime hockey administrator who first got involved with organized sports in his adopted hometown of Walkerton, Ontario. He and his brother, his partner in a Walkerton hotel called the Hartley House, sponsored an intermediate softball team that won four consecutive provincial championships in the 1950s. Tubby Schmalz also operated a hockey team called the Capitols, who competed in the OHA Intermediate B ranks. He became an OHA director in 1956 and remained an active member of the organization for the next 22 years.

Schmalz served as OHA president from 1969 to 1972. In 1974 the Major Junior A program began operating independently of the association as the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League; Schmalz became the league's first commissioner, a post he held until 1978.

The OHA presented Schmalz with a Gold Stick award in 1977 in recognition of his contributions to the association. A year later it made him a life member. In 1979 he received a meritorious service award from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now known as Hockey Canada). That same year, he was elected vice-chairman of the CAHA's board of directors. He was elected chairman in May 1981.

Less than seven months later, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1981, he died suddenly of a heart attack. It was 12 days before his 65th birthday.

OHA directors formed an honour guard at his funeral two days later at Sacred Heart Church in Walkerton. The association renamed the OHA Junior C Cup in his memory a year or two later, then collaborated with Schmalz's family in the creation of a commemorative trophy case in the lobby of the Walkerton Community Centre.

Competing LeaguesEdit

  • formerly Central Lakeshore Junior C Hockey League (CLJHL) 1965-1986
  • formerly Quinte-St. Lawrence Junior C Hockey League (QSLJHL) 1965-1986
  • formerly Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League (EOJCHL) 1989-1996
  • formerly Georgian Bay Junior C Hockey League (GBJCHL) 1970-1994
  • formerly Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League (MOJCHL) 1976-1994
  • formerly Central Junior C Hockey League (CJCHL GMO) 1973-1976
  • formerly Border Cities Junior Hockey League (BCJHL) 1968-1970
  • formerly Bluewater Junior C Hockey League (BJCHL) 1964-1968
  • formerly OHA's only Junior D League until 2012
  • formerly Grey-Bruce Junior C Hockey League (GBJCHL) 1980-1988
  • formerly Central Junior C Hockey League (CJCHL Western) 1967-1980
  • formerly Western Junior C Hockey League (IntJCHL) 1966-1970

Former Competing LeaguesEdit

ChampionsEdit

Schmalz cup with Devan Mighton

Schmalz Cup with ice hockey wiki founder Devan Mighton

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