Empire B Junior C Hockey League

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Empire B Junior "C" Hockey League
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Head Office Cambridge, Ontario
Official Web site EBJCHL
Chairmen Dick Woods
Convenor Corrie Abrams
Founded 1989

The Empire B Junior C Hockey League is a Junior "C" ice hockey league in Ontario, Canada, sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Association.

Eastern Ontario Junior "C" Hockey League 1989 - 1996
Empire B Junior "C" Hockey League 1996 to Present

History[edit]

Pirates' Captain and goalie in 2013 Schmalz Cup finals in Essex, Ontario.

Formed in 1989 as the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League, the league had to change its name in 1995 to avoid ongoing confusion with the neighbouring Ottawa District Hockey Association's long running Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League. The forerunner of the EBJCHL was the Quinte-St. Lawrence Junior C Hockey League, which merged into the Central Junior C Hockey League in 1986.

The league features six franchises, which are located through Central-eastern Ontario in Amherstview, Campbellford, Frontenac (near Godfrey), Napanee, Port Hope, and Picton. The Port Hope Panthers is the new name of the transferred Colborne Cobras franchise.

The Gananoque Islanders of the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League are a potential future 7th team of the league. Gananoque neighbours the city of Kingston, Ontario, but has special permission to compete within the neighbouring Ottawa district, the Ottawa District Hockey Association.

The teams play a 40-game regular season, with four home and away dates against each of the other Empire B teams, and the top four teams make the playoffs — two rounds of best-of-seven play. The Empire playoff champions will advance to the OHA quarterfinals against the Central champions and compete for an All-Ontario Championship and the Clarence Schmalz Cup. In its 20-year history, only one Empire B team, the 1993 Napanee Raiders, has won the Schmalz Cup. The Raiders also advanced to the finals in 1996 and recently returned to the semifinals in 2008.

The Empire league has had a number of winners of the OHA Junior C player of the year award. Most recently, Napanee's Pete Sergeant took the honours in 2008-2009. Among the previous winners are Jason Sutton (Napanee), Adam Walsh (Picton), Joe Curry (Campbellford), and Ryan Zufelt (Amherstview). It is a remarkable accomplishment.

Though just entering its 21st season, the league has had a few graduates make it to the NHL. In 2006, Carolina's Justin Williams became the league's first graduate to hoist the Stanley Cup. He played with the former Colborne/Brighton franchise. Former Amherstview Jets defencemen Jay McKee (Pittsburgh), Bryan Allen (Florida), and Kip Brennan (New York Islanders) have also skated in the pro league.

On May 1, 2013, the Picton Pirates became the second team in Empire League history to win the Clarence Schmalz Cup as OHA Junior C champions, defeating the Essex 73's of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League 4-games-to-1.

The teams[edit]

Team Centre Founded
Amherstview Jets Amherstview 1989
Campbellford Rebels Campbellford 1992
Deseronto Storm Deseronto 2006
Napanee Raiders Napanee 1989
Picton Pirates Picton 1989
Port Hope Panthers Port Hope 2004

2013-2014 League Playoffs[edit]

For the Ontario Hockey Association "All-Ontario Jr. "C" Championship", please go to the Clarence Schmalz Cup.

Semi-final League Final
           
1 Picton 4
4 Campbellford 2
1 Picton 4
2 Amherstview 1
2 Amherstview 4
3 Port Hope 0

Tod Trophy Playoff Champions[edit]

Year Champion Finalist Result in Provincials
Eastern Ontario League
1959 Picton Merchants Lost CSC QF vs. Fort Erie
1960 Picton Merchants Lindsay Muskies Lost CSC SF vs. Whitby
1961 Gananoque Islanders Lost CSC Final vs. Stratford (C)
1962 Napanee Red Wings Picton Merchants Lost CSC SF vs. Newmarket (Sub)
1963 Napanee Red Wings Picton Merchants Lost CSC Final vs. New Hamburg (C)
1964 Picton Merchants Napanee Red Wings Lost CSC QF vs. Lindsay (Sub)
1965 Gananoque Islanders Picton Merchants Lost CSC QF vs. Lindsay (Sub)
1966 Napanee Warriors Lost CSC SF vs. Parry Sound (GB)
1967 Napanee Warriors Lost CSC SF vs. Aurora (Sub)
1968 Napanee Warriors Lost CSC QF vs. Huntsville (GB)
1969 Napanee Warriors Gananoque Islanders Lost CSC QF vs. Parry Sound (GB)
1970 Gananoque Islanders Lost CSC QF vs. Huntsville (GB)
1971
1972 Gananoque G-Men Lost CSC SF vs. Cobourg (CO)
Quinte-St. Lawrence League
1973 Gananoque G-Men Lost SF to Lindsay (CO)
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978 Gananoque G-Men Lost CSC QF vs. Bowmanville (CO)
1979 Gananoque G-Men Lost CSC QF vs. Bowmanville (CO)
1980 Gananoque G-Men Lost CSC SF vs. Bradford (MO)
1981
1982 Ernestown Jets Lost CSC QF vs. Bowmanville (CO)
1983 Wellington Dukes Lost CSC QF vs. Lindsay (CO)
1984 Frankford Huskies Lost CSC QF vs. Bowmanville (CO)
1985 Gananoque G-Men Lost CSC QF vs. Bowmanville (CO)
1986 Wellington Dukes Lost CSC QF vs. Lakefield (CO)
Eastern Ontario League
1990 Napanee Raiders Lost CSC SF vs. Orangeville (MO)
1991 Frontenac Flyers Lost CSC QF vs. Uxbridge (CO)
1992 Ernestown Jets Lost CSC QF vs. Port Perry (CO)
1993 Napanee Raiders Won CSC vs. Hanover (WO)
1994 Napanee Raiders Lost CSC QF vs. Bowmanville (CO)
1995 Napanee Raiders Lost CSC QF vs. Bowmanville (CO)
1996 Napanee Raiders Lost CSC Final vs. Paris (ND)
Empire B League
1997 Campbellford Rebels Lost CSC QF vs. Lakefield (CO)
1998 Campbellford Rebels Lost CSC QF vs. Little Britain (CO)
1999 Picton Pirates Campbellford Rebels Lost CSC QF vs. Lakefield (CO)
2000 Campbellford Rebels Picton Pirates Lost CSC QF vs. Lakefield (CO)
2001 Napanee Raiders Campbellford Rebels Lost CSC QF vs. Uxbridge (CO)
2002 Frontenac Flyers Napanee Raiders Lost CSC QF vs. Uxbridge (CO)
2003 Campbellford Rebels Napanee Raiders Lost CSC QF vs. Georgina (CO)
2004 Campbellford Rebels Amherstview Jets Lost CSC QF vs. Lakefield (CO)
2005 Amherstview Jets Campbellford Rebels Lost CSC QF vs. Uxbridge (CO)
2006 Napanee Raiders Amherstview Jets Lost CSC QF vs. Port Perry (CO)
2007 Amherstview Jets Colborne Cobras Lost CSC QF vs. Lakefield (CO)
2008 Napanee Raiders Amherstview Jets Lost CSC SF vs. Alliston (GMO)
2009 Amherstview Jets Napanee Raiders Lost CSC SF vs. Alliston (GMO)
2010 Napanee Raiders Port Hope Panthers Lost CSC SF vs. Alliston (GMO)
2011 Picton Pirates Napanee Raiders Lost CSC SF vs. Alliston (GMO)
2012 Campbellford Rebels Picton Pirates Lost CSC SF vs. Alliston (GMO)
2013 Picton Pirates Port Hope Panthers Won CSC vs. Essex (GL)
2014 Picton Pirates Amherstview Jets Lost CSC QF vs. Lakefield (CO)

Regular season champions[edit]

Season Champion Record Points
Eastern Ontario League
1958-59 ' '
1959-60 ' '
1960-61 ' '
1961-62 Gananoque Islanders* 15-7-0-0 30
1962-63 Napanee Red Wings* 12-7-0-0 24
1963-64 Napanee Red Wings 14-8-0-0 28
1964-65 Gananoque Islanders 13-6-2-0 28
1965-66 ' '
1966-67 Napanee Tiremen 12-7-3-0 27
1967-68 ' '
1968-69 Napanee Tiremen 14-0-2-0 30
1969-70 ' '
1970-71 ' '
1971-72 ' '
Quinte-St. Lawrence League
1972-73 ' '
1973-74 ' '
1974-75 ' '
1975-76 ' '
1976-77 ' '
1977-78 Wellington Dukes 21-10-1-0 43
1978-79 ' '
1979-80 Gananoque G-Men 22-10-0-0 44
1980-81 Campbellford GMC's 21-9-4-0 46
1981-82 Ernestown Jets 22-9-3-0 47
1982-83 Wellington Dukes 23-6-5-0 51
1983-84 ' '
1984-85 Gananoque G-Men 23-6-1-0 47
1985-86 ' '
Eastern Ontario League
1989-90 Napanee Raiders 25-4-1-0 51
1990-91 Napanee Raiders 22-7-1-0 45
1991-92 Napanee Raiders 27-0-3-0 57
1992-93 Napanee Raiders 32-2-1-0 67
1993-94 Napanee Raiders 24-9-3-0 51
1994-95 Napanee Raiders 29-7-4-0 62
1995-96 Napanee Raiders 28-12-2-0 58
Empire B League
1996-97 Napanee Raiders 31-9-2-0 64
1997-98 Picton Pirates 26-6-4-0 56
1998-99 Campbellford Rebels 30-4-2-0 62
1999-00 Picton Pirates 24-11-1-0 49
2000-01 Napanee Raiders 21-8-3-2 47
2001-02 Napanee Raiders 20-14-0-2 42
2002-03 Amherstview Jets 20-12-1-1 42
2003-04 Campbellford Rebels 23-10-1-0 47
2004-05 Napanee Raiders 23-8-1-2 49
2005-06 Napanee Raiders 24-6-4-0 52
2006-07 Colborne Cobras 32-6-1-0 65
2007-08 Amherstview Jets 34-5-0-1 69
2008-09 Napanee Raiders 37-3-0-0 74
2009-10 Napanee Raiders 29-7-0-4 62
2010-11 Napanee Raiders 22-16-0-2 46
2011-12 Picton Pirates 27-12-0-1 55
2012-13 Picton Pirates 34-4-0-2 70
2013-14 Picton Pirates 36-2-1-1 74

(*) At times in the 1960s, the Junior B and C leagues in Eastern Ontario played as a single league. In those years, listed is the best Junior C team in the joint standings.

Former Teams[edit]

Quinte-St. Lawrence Teams[edit]

Professional alumni[edit]

National Hockey League

External links[edit]