Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League
|Conference Presidents||Dwaine Barkley
|No. of teams||22|
|Associated Title(s)||Don Johnson
|Recent Champions||Casselman Vikings (2014)|
|Most successful club||Metcalfe Jets
The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League is a Canadian Junior ice hockey league operating in Eastern Ontario. The league is sanctioned by the Ottawa District Hockey Association and Hockey Canada. The 22 member team of the league compete for the D. Arnold Carson Memorial Trophy. Beginning in 2014, the EOJHL sends its champion to the Eastern Canadian Junior B Championship, the Don Johnson Memorial Cup.
The EOJHL was founded in 1966 as the Rideau-St. Lawrence Junior "B" Hockey League. Through a merger with the Upper Ottawa Valley Junior "B" Hockey League and the folding of the Lanark-Renfrew Junior "C" Hockey League, the league has grown to 22 different teams. The EOJHL is the only Junior "B" league in the Ottawa District Hockey Association.
The EOJHL is broken up into two traditional conferences that operate separately of each other. Each conference has two divisions. Each conference has its own president and each one operates under variable rules allowed by the ODHA. Each division plays off to declare its own champion, after which the four champion teams play-off for the Metro/Valley Championship and Rideau/St. Lawrence Championship. The winner of these two championships playoff in a best-of-7 series for the D. Arnold Carson Memorial Trophy, the EOJHL crown. The Metro Division champion had gone on to win the last seven EOJHL championships, when the St. Lawrence Division's Alexandria Glens broke the streak in 2007.
In 2007, the Kemptville 73's moved from the EOJHL to the Central Junior A Hockey League. A season later, the EOJHL sold their franchise rights to the then-owners of the Casselman Stars of the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League and then town of Casselman, Ontario. The new team, the Casselman Vikings, will begin play in the 2008-09 season.
In 2009, the Carleton Place Kings left the league to join the Central Junior A Hockey League, they were replaced by the new Almonte Thunder. In late May 2009, the league dropped the Junior "B" designation from its name, becoming the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
In April 2014, the EOJHL Champion Cassleman Vikings travelled to Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia to compete in the Eastern Canadian Junior B Championship. Cassleman became the first team west of Atlantic Canada to compete in the Don Johnson Memorial Cup tournament since its inception in 1982. Casselman went 6-0-0 and won the championship. The EOJHL will host the event in 2015.
|St. Lawrence Division|
|Ottawa West Golden Knights||Ottawa||1983||25-12-5-0||55|
|Ottawa Jr. Canadians||Ottawa||1973||11-25-3-3||28|
|Perth Blue Wings||Perth||1973||20-16-4-2||46|
|Division Semi-finals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||Carson Memorial Trophy Finals|
D. Arnold Carson Memorial Trophy Champions
Since there is no National Championship for Junior B hockey in Canada, similar championships are held in Ontario (Sutherland Cup), Western Canada (Keystone Cup), Quebec (Coupe Dodge), and Atlantic Canada (Don Johnson Memorial Cup). Leaving five teams at the end of the year with a claim to being the best Junior B team in Canada.
Each team listed is a division champion, both the league champion and finalists are either "Metro/Valley" or "Rideau/St. Lawrence" Conference champions. Bolded are league champions, Italicized are finalists.
(*) These are missing for one reason or another, there were probably champions in these years, but there is so far no resource that reflects who these champions may be.
Other Notable Awards
- Gill Trophy Awarded to Rideau Division Playoff Champions
- Alex English Trophy Awarded to St. Lawrence Division Playoff Champions
- Ottawa Nepean Sportsplex Trophy Awarded to Metro Division Playoff Champions
- Carl Foley Trophy Awarded to Valley Division Playoff Champions
- John Shorey Cup Awarded to Rideau/St. Lawrence Conference Playoff Champions
- Dwaine Barkley Trophy Awarded to Metro/Valley Conference Playoff Champions
Former Member Teams
- Carleton Place Kings
- Kemptville 73's
- Navan Grads
- St. Isidore Eagles
- Spencerville Bruins
- Prescott Falcons
- Cardinal Broncos
- Cardinal Spencerville Combines