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The Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League is a Junior level ice hockey league sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Association based out of Southwestern Ontario.

Shamrock Junior D Hockey League 1960 - 1969
Western Junior D Hockey League 1969 - 1991
Northern Junior D Hockey League Merged in 1985
Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League Merged in 1988
Junior Development Hockey League 1991 - 2006
Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League 2006 to Present

History Edit

Please see: List of SOJHL Seasons.

The SOJHL was known as the OHA Junior Development Hockey League until the Summer of 2006. The OHAJDL was created from the merging of the Western Junior D Hockey League and the Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League and absorption of the folded Northern Junior D Hockey League. The league carries no official grading like other leagues in the OHA, and acts as the farm system for many local Junior B teams. The league has a long history and is the product of the many downsizings of classifications in the OHA.

The winner of the SOJHL's playoffs earns the Ontario Hockey Association Cup, but this may change soon. The skill level of the SOJHL is comparable to the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League. During the summer of 2006, the Yeck Conference applied to break off from the league and start their own Junior C league, but were turned down by the OHA. A talented and entertaining league, the SOJHL has is a long standing tradition of the OHA in the Southwestern Ontario region.

The SOJHL downsized extensively for the 2008-09 season, losing Mitchell, West Lorne, and Central Elgin. The league also reformatted into three divisions.
Junior D

Junior Development Hockey League

The SOJHL will see the Central Elgin franchise return, this time as the Port Stanley Sailors, for the 2009-2010 season.

Due to a proposal put forth by the Ontario Hockey Association, the SOJHL may be divided up between the Western Ontario Junior C Hockey League, Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League, and Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League for either the 2009-10 season or the one after. On that note, the North Middlesex Stars won the 2009 SOJHL championship by defeated the Delhi Travellers 4-games-to-3, topping off a 3-games-to-1 deficit comeback with a 7-0 win to clinch what maybe the final SOJHL championship.

As of 2012, the SOJHL is in talks with the OHA as to the future of the league. The 2012-13 season will be played at the Junior C level and the league will be folded and divided up into other leagues in the summer of 2013.

In the Spring of 2013, Junior C hockey in Ontario had its first major realignment since the creation of the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League in 1994. The 27 teams between the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League and the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League were reshuffled. The SOJHL went from 15 to 9 teams, gaining the Aylmer Spitfires, but losing their reigning champion Ayr Centennials, the Burford Bulldogs, Delhi Travellers, Hagersville Hawks, Norfolk Rebels, Tavistock Braves, and Wellesley Applejacks.  That summer the Niagara League would divide in half, forming the Midwestern Junior C Hockey League with its former Western Division.

The Teams Edit

Team Centre Founded Arena
Aylmer Spitfires Aylmer 1974 East Elgin Community Complex
Dorchester Dolphins Dorchester 2012 Flight Exec Centre
Exeter Hawks Exeter 1961 South Huron Recreation Centre
Lambeth Lancers Lambeth 1987 Lambeth Arena
Lucan Irish Lucan 1968 Lucan Community Memorial Centre
Mount Brydges Bulldogs Mount Brydges 1975 Tri-Township Arena
North Middlesex Stars Parkhill 1993 North Middlesex and District Arena
Port Stanley Sailors Port Stanley 1969 Port Stanley Arena & Community Centre
Thamesford Trojans Thamesford 1976 Thamesford Area Recreation Centre

Southern Ontario Junior C Champions Edit

  • 2016 Dorchester Dolphins
  • 2015 Exeter Hawks
  • 2014 Dorchester Dolphins
  • 2013 Ayr Centennials

OHA Cup Champions Edit


Mitchell Hawks Captain accepting OHA Cup as 2006-07 Playoff Champion.

League Title Edit

2012 Thamesford Trojans
2011 Thamesford Trojans
2010 Thamesford Trojans
2009 North Middlesex Stars
2008 Thamesford Trojans
2007 Mitchell Hawks
2006 Lucan Irish
2005 Hagersville Hawks
2004 Exeter Hawks
2003 Thamesford Trojans
2002 Exeter Hawks
2001 Mount Brydges Bulldogs
2000 Port Stanley Lakers
1999 Lucan Irish
1998 Wellesley Applejacks
1997 Mount Brydges Bulldogs
1996 Exeter Hawks
1995 Thamesford Trojans
1994 Mitchell Hawks
1993 Mitchell Hawks
1992 Thamesford Trojans
1991 Thamesford Trojans
1990 Thamesford Trojans
1989 Lambeth Lancers

Provincial Title Edit

1988 Lambeth Lancers
1987 Lucan Irish
1986 Seaforth Centenaires
1985 Grand Valley Harvesters
1984 Mount Brydges Bulldogs
1983 Tavistock Braves
1982 Lucan Irish
1981 Belmont Bombers
1980 Belmont Bombers
1979 Lakefield Chiefs
1978 Lakefield Chiefs
1977 Exeter Hawks
1976 Stayner Siskins
1975 Belmont Bombers
1974 Stayner Siskins
1973 Bradford Bulls
1972 Exeter Hawks
1971 Haliburton
1970 Norwich Merchants
1969 Caledonia Corvairs
1968 Mitchell Hawks
1967 Madoc
1966 Bobcaygeon
1965 Clinton
1964 Hensall
1963 Strathroy
1962 Uxbridge
1961 New Hamburg
1960 Warsaw
1959 Warsaw
1958 Chesley
1957 Chesley
1956 Brooklin
1955 Nobleton
1954 Beeton
1953 Fergus
1952 Fergus
1951 Hespeler
1950 South River
1949 Orono
1948 Elora

Former Member Teams Edit


Alvinston Flyers
Langton Thunderbirds
Mitchell Hawks
Seaforth Centenaires
West Lorne Lakers

Northern League Edit

Arthur Eagles
Brussels Bulls
Fergus Green Machine
Grand Valley Harvesters
Howick Optimists
Markdale Mohawks
Owen Sound Salvagemen
Southampton Mariners
Walkerton Capitols
Wingham Ironmen

Shamrock/Western League Edit

Bothwell Barons
Hanover Hurricanes
Hensall-Zurich Combines
Lambeth Flyers
Ohsweken Golden Eagles
Paris Mounties
Strathroy Falcons
Thedford Browns
Zurich Dominions

Southern League Edit

Burford Knights
Caledonia Corvairs
Hagersville Flyers
Norwich Merchants
Simcoe Chargers
Waterford Tri-Cats

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