The Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League (SOJHL) is a Junior level ice hockey league sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Association based out of Southwestern Ontario. As of the 2012-13 season, the SOJHL has been promoted to the Junior C level.
- Shamrock Junior D Hockey League 1960 - 1969
- Western Junior D Hockey League 1969 - 1991
- Junior Development Hockey League 1991 - 2006
- Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League 2006 - Present
The SOJHL was known as the OHA Junior Development Hockey League until the Summer of 2006. The OHAJDL was created from the merging of the Western Junior D Hockey League and the Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League and absorption of the folded Northern Junior D Hockey League. The league acts as the farm system for many local Junior B teams. The league has a long history and is the product of the many downsizings of classifications in the OHA.
The winner of the SOJHL's playoffs earns the Ontario Hockey Association Cup, but this may change soon. The skill level of the SOJHL is comparable to the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League. During the summer of 2006, the Yeck Conference applied to break off from the league and start their own Junior C league, but were turned down by the OHA. A talented and entertaining league, the SOJHL has a long standing tradition of the OHA in the Southwestern Ontario region.
The SOJHL downsized extensively for the 2008-09 season, losing Mitchell, West Lorne, and Central Elgin. The league also reformatted into three divisions.
Junior Development Hockey League
The SOJHL saw the Central Elgin franchise return, this time as the Port Stanley Sailors, for the 2009-2010 season.
As of 2012, the SOJHL is in talks with the OHA as to the future of the league. The 2012-13 season will be played at the Junior C level and the league will be folded and divided up into other leagues in the summer of 2013.
In the Spring of 2013, Junior C hockey in Ontario had its first major realignment since the creation of the Georgian Mid-Ontario Junior C Hockey League in 1994. The 27 teams between the Niagara & District Junior C Hockey League and the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League were reshuffled. The SOJHL went from 15 to 9 teams, gaining the Aylmer Spitfires, but losing their reigning champion Ayr Centennials, the Burford Bulldogs, Delhi Travellers, Hagersville Hawks, Norfolk Rebels, Tavistock Braves, and Wellesley Applejacks.
The Teams 
2011-12 OHA Cup Playoffs 
League Title 
From 1989 on, the winner of the league was also provincial champions and was awarded the OHA Cup.
Provincial Title 
This list is for provincial champions prior to the consolidation of Junior D in the OHA in 1988. Leagues included here are the Southern Counties Junior D Hockey League (SC), the OHA Junior D Hockey League (N), the Eastern Junior D Hockey League (E), and the South-Central Junior D Hockey League (SCL).
- W-N - Western Junior D North
- W-S - Western Junior D South
- W - Western Junior D
- SC - Southern Counties Junior D
- N - Northern Junior D
- C - Central Junior D
- SCL/MO - South-Central Junior D/Mid-Ontario Junior C
- E - Eastern Junior D
Former Member Teams 
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