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The International Junior B Hockey League (IJBHL) was a Canadian Junior "B" ice hockey league in the Northern Ontario and Northern Michigan regions. The league was controlled by the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and was founded in 1965 and lasted until the early to mid-1980s.


The International Junior B Hockey League was created in 1965 to fill the gap in the region between the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association and the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League. The league encompassed the Greater-Sault Ste. Marie region to the West near Schrieber plus the edge of Northern Michigan.

The league became very significant after the NOJHA folded in 1972 and competed against the NOHA Jr. B Hockey League and the Northwestern Ontario Junior Hockey League for Northern Ontario hockey supremacy.

In 1972, the Memorial Cup-eligible NOJHA folded. The league's top two teams, the Sudbury Wolves and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, moved to the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League and the North Bay Trappers moved to the newly formed Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. This left the Chelmsford Canadiens and dozens of junior-capable players without a league. This caused the expansion of the infantile NOHA Jr. B Hockey League who took the IJBHL to task in their first three years to win three straight NOHA titles from the IJBHL. In 1973, the Coniston Cubs defeated the Soo Indians, in 1974 the Rayside Balfour Canadians defeated the Wawa Travellers, and in 1975 the Onaping Falls Flyers defeated the Blind River Beavers.

In 1978, the NOHA Junior B Hockey League was promoted to Junior A and became the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.


Team Centre Championships
Blind River Beavers Blind River, ON 1975
Chapleau Huskies Chapleau, ON 1967
Elliot Lake Vikings Elliot Lake, ON --
Marquette Americans Marquette, MI --
Soo Indians Sault Ste. Marie, MI 1972, 1973
Soo Rapids/Thunderbirds Sault Ste. Marie, ON 1966, 1969, 1970, 1976
Thessalon Flyers Thessalon, ON --
Wawa Travellers Wawa, ON 1968, 1971, 1974

Marry Pavelich Trophy Playoff ChampionsEdit

  • 1966 Soo Rapids
  • 1967 Chapleau Huskies
  • 1968 Wawa Travellers
  • 1969 Soo Indians
  • 1970 Soo Indians
  • 1971 Wawa Travellers
  • 1972 Soo Indians
  • 1973 Soo Indians
  • 1974 Wawa Travellers
  • 1975 Blind River Beavers
  • 1976 Soo Thunderbirds
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981

List of SeasonsEdit

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