Mid-Western Junior Hockey League

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Mid-Western Junior Hockey League
Midwestern Junior B.JPG
Membership Ontario Hockey Association
Head Office Cambridge, Ontario
Founded 1973
Ceased 2007
First Champion Elmira Sugar Kings (1974)
Final Champion Cambridge Winterhawks (2007)
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OHA Junior "B"
WJBHL (1950-1968)
EJBHL (1950-1972)
MetJHL (1950-1989)
NDJBHL (1954-1979)
CJBHL (1954-1993)
BCJHL (1958-1964)
MOJBHL (1970-1978)
SWJBHL (1976-1978)
WOHL (1969-2007)
MWJHL (1973-2007)
GHL (1974-2007)
GOJHL (2007-Present)
Ontario Hockey Association
Sutherland Cup

The Mid-Western Junior Hockey League (MWJHL) was a junior ice hockey league in Ontario, Canada, sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Association from 1973 until 2007. In 2007, the league became a division of the newly formed Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League along with the Western Ontario Hockey League and Golden Horseshoe Junior Hockey League.

Southwestern Junior "B" Hockey League 1973 - 1974
Waterloo-Wellington Junior "B" Hockey League 1974 - 1977
Mid-Western Junior "B" Hockey League 1977 - 2007

History[edit]

The Mid-Western "B" was known as the Waterloo-Wellington Junior "B" Hockey League until 1977 when it donned its current name. Before 1974, the league was known as the Southwestern Junior "B" Hockey League for one season. The league was founded in 1973, taking aboard Kitchener Ranger Bs, Waterloo Siskins from the Western Jr. B league, and expansion teams the Caledonia Corvairs and Brantford Diamond Kings. A year later the Stratford Warriors joined the Waterloo-Wellington league, along with the Preston Raiders, Hespeler Shamrocks and Elmira Sugar Kings.

As there is little information about the league pre-1977, it is easy to say that the Mid-Western "B" was easily dominated by the Stratford Cullitons and the Waterloo Siskins for the first fourteen years of its current existence. Stratford won 8 championships in the league's early years, with Waterloo close behind with 6, but all other charter members were left without glory until the Kitchener Dutchmen won their first championship in 1992. Since then, the Cullitons have won 5 league championships and the Siskins have won only once, making way for other teams like the Elmira Sugar Kings, the Dutchmen, and the Cambridge Winterhawks.

In 2007, the MWJHL merged with the Western Ontario Hockey League and the Golden Horseshoe Junior Hockey League to create the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

2007-08 Season[edit]

For information on the 2007-08 season, please see: Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Final teams[edit]

These are the teams that were in the league during its final independent season (2006-07).

Other former members[edit]

Cherrey Cup Playoff Champions[edit]

Cherrey Cup, Championship of the MWJHL.
Year Champion Finalist Result in Provincials
Southwestern Junior B Hockey League
1974 Elmira Sugar Kings Lost QF vs. Owen Sound (MO)
Waterloo-Wellington Junior B Hockey League
1975 Waterloo Siskins
1976 Waterloo Siskins Lost QF vs. Collingwood (MO)
1977 Stratford Cullitons Won SC vs. Streetsville (C)
Mid-Western Junior B Hockey League
1978 Stratford Cullitons Waterloo Siskins Won SC vs. Streetsville (C)
1979 Stratford Cullitons Elmira Sugar Kings Lost QF vs. Windsor (WO)
1980 Waterloo Siskins Stratford Cullitons Lost QF vs. Windsor (WO)
1981 Stratford Cullitons Kitchener Ranger B's Lost Final vs. Burlington (C)
1982 Stratford Cullitons Kitchener Ranger B's Lost SF vs. Sarnia (WO)
1983 Stratford Cullitons Waterloo Siskins Lost Final vs. Henry Carr (Met)
1984 Waterloo Siskins Stratford Cullitons Won SC vs. Streetsville (C)
1985 Waterloo Siskins Stratford Cullitons Won SC vs. Bramalea (Met)
1986 Stratford Cullitons Waterloo Siskins Won SC vs. Streetsville (C)
1987 Stratford Cullitons Elmira Sugar Kings Lost QF vs. Niagara Falls (GH)
1988 Waterloo Siskins Elmira Sugar Kings Won SC vs. Bramalea (Met)
1989 Waterloo Siskins Stratford Cullitons
1990 Stratford Cullitons Waterloo Siskins Won SC vs. St. Catharines (GH)
1991 Waterloo Siskins Stratford Cullitons Won SC vs. Oakville (C)
1992 Kitchener Dutchmen Stratford Cullitons Won SC vs. Milton (C)
1993 Kitchener Dutchmen Stratford Cullitons Lost Final vs. Barrie (C)
1994 Waterloo Siskins Cambridge Winterhawks Won SC vs. St. Catharines (GH)
1995 Stratford Cullitons Elmira Sugar Kings Won SC vs. St. Thomas (WO)
1996 Stratford Cullitons Owen Sound Greys Lost in Round Robin
1997 Elmira Sugar Kings Stratford Cullitons Won SC vs. St. Catharines (GH)
1998 Elmira Sugar Kings Stratford Cullitons Lost Final vs. Niagara Falls (GH)
1999 Stratford Cullitons Cambridge Winterhawks Lost Final vs. Chatham (WO)
2000 Cambridge Winterhawks Owen Sound Greys Won SC vs. St. Catharines (GH)
2001 Elmira Sugar Kings Cambridge Winterhawks Won SC vs. Thorold (GH)
2002 Elmira Sugar Kings Stratford Cullitons Lost Final vs. Sarnia (WO)
2003 Stratford Cullitons Kitchener Dutchmen Won SC vs. Thorold (GH)
2004 Stratford Cullitons Kitchener Dutchmen Won SC vs. Thorold (GH)
2005 Listowel Cyclones Owen Sound Greys Lost in Round Robin
2006 Cambridge Winterhawks Brantford Golden Eagles Won SC vs. Niagara Falls (GH)
2007 Cambridge Winterhawks Elmira Sugar Kings Won SC vs. Strathroy (WO)

Records[edit]

Taken from league 25th Anniversary Program.

  • Best record: 1985-86 Stratford Cullitons (36-3-1)
  • Worst record: 1997-98 Ohsweken Golden Eagles (0-47-1)
  • Largest margin of victory: Waterloo Siskins 23 - Listowel Cyclones 3 on December 11, 1983
  • Most goals, one season: Jason Mervyn (79) -- 1991-92 Stratford Cullitons
  • Most assists, one season: Dan Haylow (98) -- 1989-90 Owen Sound Greys
  • Most points, one season: Erik Anderson (145) -- 1996-97 Stratford Cullitons
  • Most goals, career: Ron White (163) -- 143 games with the Stratford Cullitons
  • Most assists, career: Jamie Hartnett (212) -- 188 games with Stratford Cullitons
  • Most points, career: Jamie Hartnett (371) -- 188 games with Stratford Cullitons
  • Most penalty minutes, season: Chris Brine (398) -- 1993-94 Cambridge Winterhawks
  • Lowest goals against average, one season: Greg Dreveny (1.96) -- 1988-89 Waterloo Siskins
  • Most shutouts, one season: Matt Barnes (6) -- 1993-94 Stratford Cullitons

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