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This is the 2017-18 Ontario Hockey League season. This is the league's 48th season dating back to its' founding as the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League.

There are currently 20 teams in the OHL; 16 are based in the Canadian province of Ontario,three teams in the American state of Michigan and one team in the American state of Pennsylvania. Out of the 18 teams based in Ontario, 15 teams are in Southern Ontario, and 3 teams are in Northern Ontario.

The 20 OHL clubs play a 68 game unbalanced schedule, which starts in the third full week of September, running until the third week of March. Ninety per cent (90%) of OHL games are scheduled between Thursday and Sunday to minimize the number of school days missed for its players. Ninety-five per cent (95%) of the players in the league are attending high school or college.

Outdoor GameEdit

On November 8, 2017 it was announced that the Ottawa 67's would host the Gatineau Olympiques on December 17th.  This will be the first Ontario Hockey League involved game held outdoors in the province of Ontario.  The game is being held in conjunction with the NHL 100 Classic being held the day before at TD Place Stadium.

Franchise changesEdit

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Current member teamsEdit

Ontario Hockey League
Eastern Conference
Division Team City Arena Capacity
East Hamilton Bulldogs Hamilton, Ontario, Canada FirstOntario Centre 17,383
Kingston Frontenacs Kingston, Ontario, Canada Rogers K-Rock Centre 5,614
Oshawa Generals Oshawa, Ontario, Canada Tribute Communities Centre 6,125
Ottawa 67's Ottawa, Ontario, Canada TD Place Arena 9,862
Peterborough Petes Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Peterborough Memorial Centre 4,329
Central Barrie Colts Barrie, Ontario, Canada Barrie Molson Centre 4,195
Mississauga Steelheads Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Paramount Fine Foods Centre 5,612
Niagara IceDogs St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada Meridian Centre 5,300
North Bay Battalion North Bay, Ontario, Canada North Bay Memorial Gardens 4,043
Sudbury Wolves Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Sudbury Community Arena 4,640
Western Conference
Division Team City Arena Capacity
Midwest Erie Otters Erie, Pennsylvania, USA Erie Insurance Arena 6,833
Guelph Storm Guelph, Ontario, Canada Sleeman Centre 4,715
Kitchener Rangers Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex 7,777
London Knights London, Ontario, Canada Budweiser Gardens 9,046
Owen Sound Attack Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre 3,500
West Flint Firebirds Flint, Michigan, USA Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center 4,021
Saginaw Spirit Saginaw, Michigan, USA Dow Event Center 5,527
Sarnia Sting Sarnia, Ontario, Canada Progressive Auto Sales Arena 5,500
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada Essar Centre 4,928
Windsor Spitfires Windsor, Ontario, Canada WFCU Centre 6,450

StandingsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Eastern DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Hamilton Bulldogs 68 43 18 4 3 252 207 93
Kingston Frontenacs 68 36 23 6 3 243 202 81
Oshawa Generals 68 36 29 3 0 250 243 75
Ottawa 67's 68 30 29 6 3 225 260 69
Peterborough Petes 68 23 39 3 3 222 283 52

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Barrie Colts 68 42 21 4 1 297 229 89
Niagara IceDogs 68 35 23 7 3 240 235 80
North Bay Battalion 68 30 28 7 3 213 237 70
Mississauga Steelheads 68 33 32 1 2 251 250 69
Sudbury Wolves 68 17 42 9 0 197 291 43

Western ConferenceEdit

Midwest DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Kitchener Rangers 68 43 21 3 1 246 218 90
Owen Sound Attack 68 38 22 3 5 289 247 84
London Knights 68 39 25 2 2 233 212 82
Guelph Storm 68 30 29 5 4 228 263 69
Erie Otters 68 23 35 7 3 220 270 56

West DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 68 55 7 3 3 317 186 116
Sarnia Sting 68 46 17 4 1 299 213 97
Windsor Spitfires 68 32 30 4 2 214 224 70
Saginaw Spirit 68 29 30 9 0 196 238 67
Flint Firebirds 68 20 43 3 2 194 316 45

2018 J. Ross Robertson Cup PlayoffsEdit

2018 OHL playoff logo

The J. Ross Robertson Cup playoffs consist of 16 teams, the top 8 from each conference. The teams play a best-of-seven game series, and the winner of each series advances to the next round. The Eastern Conference champion is awarded the Bobby Orr Trophy and the Western Conference champion is awarded the Wayne Gretzky Trophy. The two conference champions compete for the J. Ross Robertson Cup and a berth in the 2018 Memorial Cup being held at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan from May 18 to 27, 2018.


Taylor Raddysh of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and a 2016 NHL Draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, set an OHL record on May 11th when he played in his 77th career OHL playoff game in game 5 of the Robertson Cup final.  He started his career with an OHL final run in 2015, a conference final run in 2016, a Robertson Cup victory in 2017 with the Erie Otters. In 2018, now with the Greyhounds he reached the Robertson Cup final again. He would end up playing in 78 OHL playoff games.

East QuarterfinalsEdit

West QuarterfinalsEdit

East SemifinalsEdit

West SemifinalsEdit

East FinalEdit

West FinalEdit

J. Ross Robertson Cup FinalEdit

2018 OHL champions Hamilton Bulldogs

2018 OHL champions Hamilton Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs win their first OHL championship and advance to the 2018 Memorial Cup.  Hamilton's Robert Thomas a first round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues was named Wayne Gretzky 99 Award recipient as OHL Playoffs MVP.  He had 12 goals and 20 assists in 21 games during the playoffs.  The organization previously won the OHL championship when it was known as the Belleville Bulls in 1999.  They are the first Hamilton based team to win an the J. Ross Robertson Cup since the Hamilton Fincups won the OHL title in 1976 and the city's third OHL title overall as the Hamilton Red Wings won the OHA title back in 1962.  Both of these teams went on to win the Memorial Cup in those years.
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