West Division (OHL)

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West Division
Conference Western Conference
Sport Ontario Hockey League
Founded 1994
No. of teams 5
Most recent West Division champion(s) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Most West Division titles Plymouth Whalers (9)

The OHL's West Division is one of four divisions in the league, and one of two divisions in the Western Conference. The division was created in 1994 as the OHL underwent a realignment that saw the league go from two divisions to three. The teams creating the West Division in 1994 were the Detroit Junior Red Wings, London Knights, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires from the Emms Division, while the Newmarket Royals relocated and became the Sarnia Sting, who were in the Leyden Division.

In 1995, the Detroit Junior Red Wings were renamed to the Detroit Whalers and remained in the West Division.

In 1997, the Detroit Whalers relocated and became the Plymouth Whalers. The Erie Otters joined the division from the Central, giving the West Division six teams.

In 1998, the OHL underwent a realignment as the league grew to 20 teams and a fourth division, the Midwest was added. The Erie Otters moved to the newly created Midwest Division, dropping the West Division to five teams. The West also joined the Midwest to make up the newly created Western Conference.

In 2002, the North Bay Centennials were relocated and became the Saginaw Spirit, who joined the West Division from the Central Division, while the London Knights moved to the Midwest Division.

In 2015, the Plymouth Whalers were relocated to become the Flint Firebirds and remained in the West Division.

Current teams[edit]

Former teams[edit]

West Division titles won by team[edit]

Team Championships Last year won
Plymouth Whalers 9 2012–13
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 2016–17
Windsor Spitfires 2 2009–10
Sarnia Sting 2 2015–16
Detroit Junior Red Wings 1 1994–95
Detroit Whalers 1 1995–96
London Knights 1 1997–98
Saginaw Spirit 1 2010–11

J. Ross Robertson Cup Champions from the West Division[edit]

Memorial Cup Champions from the West Division[edit]

See also[edit]