New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League

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New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League
New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League (emblem).jpg
Membership Hockey New Brunswick
Founded 2009
Don Johnson Cups 2
First Champion Tri-County River Cats (2010)
Current Champion Moncton Vito's (2016)

The New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League (NBJBHL) is a Canadian Junior ice hockey league in the Province of New Brunswick founded in 2009. The NBJBHL is a member of Hockey New Brunswick and competes for the Don Johnson Cup at the interprovincial level.


In 2003, the original New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League folded. The league was formed in the 1980s from the five regional Jr. B leagues of New Brunswick when the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League folded in 1983.

The void, in 2003, was filled by the New Brunswick Junior C Hockey League. In 2007-08, the league attempted to service both Jr. B and Jr. C needs in the province. A year later, the league elected to only send Jr. C champions to interprovincial play, sending that year's Junior C Champions, the Hampton Hurricanes to Atlantics.

In the summer of 2009, five of the top teams of the NBJCHL broke away formed their own Jr. B league, the NBJBHL. These teams were the Moncton Vito's, Grand Lake Wild Moose, Port City Ice Dawgs, Tri-County River Cats, and Black's Harbour Silver Kings.

As New Brunswick no longer has a formal Junior C league, bottom tier teams of the NBJBHL collectively make-up the Junior C division, with the winner competing at the Maritime-Hockey North Junior C Championship.

In the Spring of 2012, the Moncton Vito's dropped the fifth game of the NBJBHL final to Tri-County to give them their third provincial title. Just like in 2010, the River Cats unceremoniously dropped the right to play for the Don Johnson Cup, the Atlantic Junior B Championship. The Vito's went in their place and with a 1-3-0 record in the round robin, advanced to the playoff rounds. In the semi-final, the Vito's defeated the 4-0-0 host St. John's Jr. Caps 5-4 in overtime. In the final, the Vito's defeated the 4-1-0 East Hants Penguins of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League 2-1 in overtime to become the first New Brunswick team to win the Atlantica Junior B Champion in a decade and the first Atlantic Championship for the new NBJBHL.

For the 2013-14 season, the league lost the Miramichi River Maniacs but gained the Kent Coyotes and Fundy Cobras. For the 2014-15 season, the league accepted another pair of new teams, the Sackville Storm and the Sunny Corner Thunder.


Team Centre
Fredericton Jr. Caps Fredericton
Grand Lake Moose Grand Lake
Hotel Shediac Predators Shediac
Kent Koyotes Cocagne
Moncton Jr. Vito's Moncton
Southern Sting Quispamsis
Tri-County River Cats Fredericton Junction
Western Valley Panthers Hartland
Sunny Corner Thunder Sunny Corner

Former teams[edit]

  • Fundy Cobras
  • Miramichi River Maniacs
  • Port City Ice Dawgs
  • Sackville Storm
  • St. Andrews Whalers
  • Black Harbour Silver Kings


  • 2016 Moncton Vito's
  • 2015 Moncton Vito's
  • 2014 Fredericton Caps
  • 2013 Moncton Vito's
  • 2012 Tri-County River Cats
  • 2011 Tri-County River Cats
  • 2010 Tri-County River Cats

Don Johnson Cup Atlantic Champions[edit]

  • 2012 Moncton Vito's
  • 2015 Moncton Vito's

Maritime-Hockey North Junior C Champions[edit]

  • 2013 Hampton Hurricanes
  • 2016 Western Valley Panthers

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