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United Junior Hockey League
UJHLLogo
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2008
No. of teams 7 (defunct)
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Most recent champion(s) Findlay Grrrowl
Official website http://www.theujhl.com

The United Junior Hockey League was an independent Junior "A" ice hockey league. The 2009-10 season was scheduled to start in early September and end in late March, with showcase tournaments to be held in addition to the league's playoffs.[1] The league was based in Wilmington, Delaware with Elmira Jackals pro scout Jimi Simmons as President.

League HistoryEdit

The league was created in 2008 when three teams – the Penn Enforcers, Philadelphia Thunder, and Wooster Oilers transferred from the America East Hockey League to form the UJHL along with the additional expansion team - Findlay Grrrowl. The Jamestown Jets were added. In August 2008, after the America East Hockey League went dark for the 2008-2009 season, the UJHL accepted four Canadian teams that were to be new members of the AEHL into the UJHL. A new Division was created for the teams, made up of prep schools and small colleges that field Junior teams from Quebec, Canada.

In February 2009, the entire North Division left the UJHL. The reason given by the league was lack of finances.[2] Soon after, the four North Division teams played their own playoffs, won by the Harrington College Icebergs over Team Ulysse 2-games-to-1. In March 2009, Barry Soskin, owner of the Penn, Jamestown, and Findlay franchises decided to pull his teams from the UJHL, before briefly agreeing to return in order to finish the playoffs.[3] The remaining first UJHL playoff champion, without competition from their North Division, was the Findlay Grrrowl who beat the Jamestown Jets 2-games-to-1 to win in the final.

Soskin's franchises eventually did split off to form the Northern Junior Hockey League in 2009. The NJHL also claims membership of the Adirondack, Philadelphia, Troy, and Wooster teams, in addition to the Jamestown and Findlay teams, and Team Ulysse, which joined as well.

The league merged completely with the NJHL.

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