Dixie Beehives

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This article is about the Dixie Beehives that operated as late as 1986. For the team founded in 2007, see Toronto Dixie Beehives.
Dixie Beehives
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City Weston, Ontario
League Central Junior B Hockey League
Operated 1949 (1949)-1986 (Junior A)
1974-1982 (Junior B)
Home arena Dixie Arena Gardens
Colours Red and White

Dixie Beehives are a pair of defunct junior ice hockey teams from Weston, Ontario, which is now part of Toronto, Ontario. They played in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League and the Central Junior B Hockey League.

Jr. A Beehives[edit]

Founded in 1949 in what became the Metro Junior B Hockey League (in 1956). The Staffords disappeared but were replaced when the East York Rockets moved to Mississauga in 1953. The Beehives won Metro Junior B titles in 1970 and 1971. They joined the new Ontario Provincial Juior "A" league in 1972 and stayed until the league began to fall apart in 1986, although the Beehives folded a year before the league did due to their rink being sold and closed down. The Beehives were three time Sutherland Cup All-Ontario Junior "B" Champions: 1957, 1970, 1971.

Their first Sutherland Cup came in 1957 when St. Michael's Buzzers refused to take part in provincial playdowns due to exams. Dixie would defeat the Peterborough Stoneys of the Eastern Junior B Hockey League and the Sarnia Legionnaires of the Western Junior B Hockey League to win the Sutherland Cup 4-games-to-2. In 1967, the Beehives made it back to the Sutherland Cup but were thwarted 4-games-to-2 by the Kitchener Greenshirts. In 1970 and 1971 as Metro Champs, they came back again defeating the Hamilton Mountain Bee's both years 4-games-to-1 with one tie and 4-games-to-1 respectively.

In 2007, it was announced that the Oswego Admirals of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League had been bought by interests in Weston. The team has been moved to the Weston Arena and have taken the name Toronto Dixie Beehives. They will begin play in September 2007.

Dixie Staffords 1949 - 1950
East York Rockets 19xx - 1953
Dixie Rockets 1953 - 1957
Dixie Beehives 1957 - 1986

Season-by-Season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1951-52 20 8 10 2 - 87 98 18 4th MetJHL
1952-53 29 9 18 2 - 105 139 20 6th MetJHL
1953-54 32 12 19 1 - 137 164 25 7th MetJHL
1954-55 20 13 7 0 - 69 57 26 3rd MetJHL
1955-56 28 7 19 2 - 107 137 16 8th MetJHL
1956-57 24 9 12 3 - 99 97 21 5th MetJHL Lost Final, Won SC
1957-58 24 13 9 2 - 115 81 28 4th MetJHL
1958-59 28 19 9 0 - 136 110 38 2nd MetJHL
1959-60 28 9 14 5 - 103 119 23 7th MetJHL
1960-61 28 11 14 3 - 106 120 25 6th MetJHL
1961-62 32 13 17 2 - 121 137 28 4th MetJHL
1962-63 32 16 14 2 - 165 137 34 3rd MetJHL
1963-64 34 14 17 3 - 133 134 31 7th MetJHL
1964-65 35 6 24 5 - 118 189 17 9th MetJHL
1965-66 35 5 18 12 - 98 144 22 8th MetJHL
1966-67 36 15 14 7 - 131 126 37 5th MetJHL Won League
1967-68 36 27 5 4 - 175 94 58 1st MetJHL
1968-69 36 19 14 3 - 147 125 41 3rd MetJHL
1969-70 36 23 7 6 - 214 124 52 4th MetJHL Won League, Won SC
1970-71 44 32 9 3 - 249 165 67 1st Metro B Won League, Won SC
1971-72 44 23 17 4 - 206 162 50 4th Metro B
1972-73 44 23 17 4 - 232 197 50 4th OPJHL
1973-74 44 18 20 6 - 207 227 42 8th OPJHL
1974-75 44 18 15 11 - 213 211 47 9th OPJHL
1975-76 44 6 34 4 - 135 287 16 12th OPJHL
1976-77 44 3 36 5 - 161 306 11 12th OPJHL
1977-78 50 33 10 7 - 326 245 73 2nd OPJHL
1978-79 50 29 18 3 - 240 219 61 4th OPJHL
1979-80 44 33 5 6 - 286 173 72 1st OPJHL
1980-81 44 23 19 2 - 210 208 48 4th OPJHL
1981-82 50 19 24 7 - 236 234 45 6th OJHL
1982-83 48 25 18 5 - 245 240 55 2nd OJHL
1983-84 42 27 10 5 - 269 182 61 1st OJHL
1984-85 48 25 18 5 - 263 235 55 4th OJHL
1985-86 50 10 33 7 - 208 281 27 6th OJHL

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1973 Lost Semi-final
Dixie Beehives defeated Seneca Flyers 4-games-to-3
Wexford Raiders defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-2
  • 1974 Lost Quarter-final
North York Rangers defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-3
  • 1975 DNQ
  • 1976 DNQ
  • 1977 DNQ
  • 1978 Lost Semi-final
Dixie Beehives defeated Aurora Tigers 4-games-to-1
Royal York Royals defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-none
  • 1979 Lost Final
Dixie Beehives defeated Aurora Tigers 4-games-to-none
Dixie Beehives defeated North Bay Trappers 4-games-to-3
Guelph Platers defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-1
  • 1980 Lost Semi-final
Dixie Beehives defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-none
North York Rangers defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-2
  • 1981 Lost Quarter-final
North York Rangers defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-1
  • 1982 Lost Semi-final
Dixie Beehives defeated Brampton Warriors 4-games-to-1
Markham Waxers defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-2
  • 1983 Lost Quarter-final
Hamilton Mountain A's defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-1
  • 1984 Lost Final
Dixie Beehives defeated Aurora Tigers 4-games-to-none
Dixie Beehives defeated Newmarket Flyers 4-games-to-3
Orillia Travelways defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-1
  • 1985 Lost Quarter-final
Markham Waxers defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-1
  • 1986 DNQ

Sutherland Cup Appearances[edit]

1957: Dixie Rockets defeated Sarnia Legionnaires 4-games-to-2 with 1 tie
1967: Kitchener Greenshirts defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-2
1970: Dixie Beehives defeated Hamilton Red Wings 4-games-to-1 with 1 tie
1971: Dixie Beehives defeated Hamilton Red Wings 4-games-to-1

Jr. B Beehives[edit]

Originally known as the Dixie Ventures, the Central Junior B Hockey League team changed their name to the Beehives and became the affiliate of the Dixie Beehives Jr. A (1957-1986) from the OHA Tier II Junior "A" League. They folded in 1982.

Dixie Ventures
Dixie Ventures 1974 - 1977
Dixie Beehives 1977 - 1982

Jr. B Season-by-Season Results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1974-75 - 6th CJBHL
1975-76 36 12 20 4 - 165 189 28 6th CJBHL
1976-77 42 26 13 3 - 230 162 55 2nd CJBHL
1977-78 42 27 11 4 - -- -- 58 2nd CJBHL
1978-79 44 14 24 6 - 205 227 34 9th CJBHL
1979-80 44 25 15 4 - 231 195 54 4th CJBHL
1980-81 44 16 23 5 - 197 257 37 9th CJBHL
1981-82 40 7 31 2 - 153 287 16 10th CJBHL

Notable alumni[edit]