J. Ross Robertson Cup

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The J. Ross Robertson Cup is an ice hockey trophy awarded annually to the winner of the Ontario Hockey League playoff championship. It was presented by and named for John Ross Robertson, the president of the Ontario Hockey Association who served from 1899 to 1905.

Originally it was awarded to the winner of the OHA's junior playoffs. In 1933–34 it was re-designated for annual presentation to the association's Junior A champion. The first Junior A winners were the Toronto St. Michael's Majors.

When the top junior level in Ontario was again separated into two categories in 1972–73 (see:OHA Major Junior A series), the Robertson Cup remained with the higher tier as its championship trophy. This has remained constant through the series changing its name to the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League in 1974 and to the Ontario Hockey League in 1980.

Winners (1934 – present)[edit]

List of winners of the J. Ross Robertson Cup from 1934 to present. Teams that went on to win the Memorial Cup listed in bold.

Note: The Kitchener Greenshirts won the 1935 championship by default, after the Oshawa Generals were disqualified for using an ineligible player. This was a different Kitchener Greenshirts team than the club that later became the Kitchener Canucks, and ultimately the Peterborough Petes.

Winners (1919–1933)[edit]

List of winners of the J. Ross Robertson Cup before the Junior A years. Teams that went on to win the Memorial Cup listed in bold.

OHA Junior Champions (1893–1918)[edit]

List of OHA Junior champions from 1893 to 1918.

Championships by team (1919 – present)[edit]

Cups Won Team Name Current Name
12 Oshawa Generals same
10 Toronto Marlboros Guelph Storm
9 Peterborough Petes same
6 Toronto St. Michael's Majors Mississauga Steelheads
4 Barrie Flyers Sudbury Wolves
4 Kitchener Rangers same
3 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters Kitchener Rangers
3 Niagara Falls Flyers Sudbury Wolves
3 Ottawa 67's same
3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds same
3 Windsor Spitfires same
3 London Knights same
2 Guelph Storm same
2 Montreal Junior Canadiens Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
2 Owen Sound Greys same
2 St. Catharines Black Hawks Saginaw Spirit
2 St. Catharines Teepees Saginaw Spirit
2 Toronto Aura Lee defunct
2 West Toronto Nationals defunct
1 Plymouth Whalers same
1 Barrie Colts same
1 Belleville Bulls same
1 Detroit Junior Red Wings Plymouth Whalers
1 Erie Otters same
1 Guelph Platers Owen Sound Attack
1 Hamilton Fincups Erie Otters
1 Hamilton Red Wings Erie Otters
1 Kitchener Colts defunct
1 Kitchener Greenshirts defunct
1 North Bay Centennials Saginaw Spirit
1 Owen Sound Attack same
1 Queen's University no longer in OHA
1 Stratford Midgets defunct
1 Toronto Canoe Club Paddlers defunct
1 University of Toronto Schools no longer in OHA

The Montreal Junior Canadiens switched leagues after 1972. The Kitchener Greenshirts won the 1935 Championship by default, after the Oshawa Generals were disqualified for using an ineligible player. This was a different Kitchener Greenshirts team than the club that later became the Kitchener Canucks, and ultimately the Peterborough Petes.

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