This is the 2015-16 Ontario Junior Hockey League season. This was the league's sixth season as a re-established league after the league members played in 2 seperate league's for the 2009-10 season.
The league had each team playing 54 games including 25 home games, 25 road games, 2 Governors' Showcase games (September 22-24 at HarborCenter in Buffalo), and 2 Conference Showcase games. The regular season started on September 4th and ended February 27th.
- 1 Membership Changes
- 2 Teams
- 3 Standings
- 4 Buckland Cup Playoffs
Membership Changes[edit | edit source]
- Due to the Belleville Bulls of the OHL being sold and relocated to Hamilton as the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Hamilton Red Wings relocated to Markham and were renamed the Markham Royals and play out of the Markham Centennial Centre. The team was also shifted from the West Division to the North Division, giving each conference 11 teams (one division with six teams and one with five teams).
Teams[edit | edit source]
Standings[edit | edit source]
|North East Conference|
|Trenton Golden Hawks||54||44||6||1||3||-||193||102||728||92|
|South West Conference|
|North York Rangers||54||30||16||2||6||-||205||161||799||68|
|Toronto Jr. Canadiens||54||30||16||3||5||-||184||170||865||68|
|St. Michael's Buzzers||54||28||23||1||2||-||196||182||715||59|
|Buffalo Jr. Sabres||54||33||17||1||1||-||233||166||1207||70|
Buckland Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]
Format[edit | edit source]
The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs with the division winners are seeded 1-2 and the first place team plays the eighth place team 2 vs7, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5. in the conference quarterfinals. All series are best-of-seven.
The playoff champion will advance to the 2016 Dudley Hewitt Cup which is being held in Kirkland Lake and being hosted by the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners. The tournament was originally awarded to Sudbury, Ontario to be hosted by the Sudbury Nickel Barons on October 7, 2014; but the team announced they were relocating to Rayside-Balfour prior to the 2015-16 season and there was deemed to be little support in the community of Sudbury. The tournament was then re-awarded to Kirkland Lake on April 27, 2015. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup advances to the 2016 Royal Bank Cup being held in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.
North East Conference Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]
- Trenton Golden Hawks defeated Newmarket Hurricanes 4 games to none (6-2, 2-0, 3-0, 6-2)
- Markham Royals defeated Whitby Fury 4 games to 1 (1-4, 4-1, 5-1, 8-2, 7-6 (ot)
- Kingston Voyageurs defeated Cobourg Cougars 4 games to none (2-1, 5-2, 6-3, 4-3 (ot))
- Wellington Dukes defeated Aurora Tigers 4 games to 2 (2-1, 3-2, 3-5, 1-5, 4-3, 6-5 (ot))
South West Conference Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]
- Georgetown Raiders defeated Orangeville Flyers 4 games to none (4-3 (ot), 7-3, 5-4 (ot), 4-3)
- Oakville Blades defeated St. Michaels Buzzers 4 games to 2 (2-1, 0-5, 6-1, 3-7, 8-1, 6-1)
- Burlington Cougars defeated Toronto Jr. Canadiens 4 games to 1 (4-1, 2-1, 3-2, 3-4, 9-3)
- North York Rangers defeated Buffalo Jr. Sabres 4 games to 1-3, 5-4 (ot), 4-1, 5-2, 3-1)
North East Conference Semifinals[edit | edit source]
- Trenton Golden Hawks defeated Wellington Dukes 4 games to 1 (2-1, 2-3, 4-2, 4-1, 1-0)
- Kingston Voyageurs defeated Markham Royals 4 games to none (4-1, 4-1, 4-3 (ot), 7-4)
South West Conference Semifinals[edit | edit source]
- Georgetown Raiders defeated North York Rangers 4 games to 2 (3-4 (ot), 1-3, 5-4 (ot), 7-3, 2-1, 5-2)
- Oakville Blades defeated Burlington Cougars 4 games to 2 (4-1, 11-4, 1-4, 1-5, 7-2, 7-2)