Allan Cup Hockey
Allan Cup Hockey Logo 2017.jpg
Membership Ontario Hockey Association
Founded 1990
Allan Cups 3
2018-19 Champion Stoney Creek Generals

Allan Cup Hockey (ACH) is the top tier Canadian Senior ice hockey league in the province of Ontario. As a member of the Ontario Hockey Association and Hockey Canada, the league contends for the famed Allan Cup. The league came to its latest incarnation when it lost several teams leaving it with two and as a result it merged with the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League in 2008.

League logo until 2017

History[edit | edit source]

Petrolia Squires attack Windsor St. Clair Saints net in 2007-08 Season

Major League Hockey gained its name in 2004. Since 1990, Major League Hockey was known as the Southwestern Senior "A" Hockey League. This league was created through a merger between the Central Senior "B" Hockey League, the Seaway-Cyclone Senior "B" Hockey League, and the Southern Ontario Senior "A" Hockey League. The formation of the Major League Hockey marked the first time since 1987 and the folding of the OHA Senior A Hockey League that the Ontario Hockey Association has crowned a top level senior league. In 2005, the OHA also granted the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League the same status. Major League Hockey, despite its fruitation in 1990, has its roots scattered across a variety of leagues dating back as far as 1959.

The first season of Ontario Hockey Association senior hockey was the 1890-91 season, for the Cosby Cup. Ottawa won the first ever Senior title defeating Toronto St. Georges 5–0. The first "Major" league came in 1929, known as the OHA Senior A Hockey League. The league lasted for fifty season, its teams winning 16 Allan Cups. The league was replaced by the Continental Senior A Hockey League in 1979. The Continental league was renamed the OHA Senior A Hockey League in 1980 and lasted until 1987. Teams of the Continental league won 4 Allan Cups.

In 2008, the Brantford Blast became the first OHA team since the Brantford Motts Clamatos in 1987 to win the Allan Cup. As hosts of the 2008 Allan Cup, the Blast failed to win their league and were allowed to bypass the OHA Final against the Whitby Dunlops and the Renwick Cup against the Thunder Bay Hawks. After almost a months rest, the Blast competed at home for the Allan Cup and won the entire thing. After suffering their only loss of the tournament to the Shawinigan Xtreme in the first game, the Blast defeated the Bentley Generals to clinch second in their division. They defeated the Robertson Cup and EOSHL champion Whitby Dunlops in the quarter-final. They then knocked off the Major League Hockey and Renwick Cup champion Dundas Real McCoys in the semi-final. They met Bentley again in the final, and defeated them 3-1 to win the Canadian National Senior "AAA" crown.

In the 2008 off-season, Major League Hockey ran into some issues. The Windsor St. Clair Saints, the league's only college team, walked away from the league. The Tillsonburg Vipers have officially left the league, as they have applied for expansion into the independent Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League.[1] The Petrolia Squires are stranded far away from Brantford and Dundas and have also been accepted into the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League. In the EOSHL, the Frankford Huskies and Marmora Lakers have walked away as well.

In May 2008, it was announced that Major League Hockey was going to merge with the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League. Major Hockey League was down to two teams and the Eastern League down to three at the time, but this brings the MLH up to five again. In June, 2008 after some reorganization, the Frankford Huskies were revived with a new owner but same management in the town of Baltimore which is just north of Cobourg. The team will be known as the Baltimore Clippers. Thus the new MLH will play its first season with six teams.

In the Summer of 2009, the Brantford Blast took a leave of absence from the MLH.  The Baltimore Clippers left the league during the 2009 off season[2]

For the 2010-11 season, the Brantford Blast returned to the league; the Orillia/Coldwater Tundras abandoned Coldwater with the opening of the new Rotary Place Rink, which is part of the West Orillia Sports Complex.

The league was renamed Allan Cup Hockey for the 2011-12 season.

The league added the Welland Whalers and had the Norwood Vipers sit out the 2012-13 season.

The 2013-14 season had the addition of the Stoney Creek Generals, the return of the Norwood Vipers and the departure of the Orillia Tundras.

The Welland Whalers withdrew on October 20, 2014 citing a lack of players stating that they had tried to invite as many players as they could to training camp but to no avail.

On May 15,2015 the league announced the addition of a team to be based in Hamilton to play out of the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena and a team to be based out of Thorold, Ontario to play out of the Thorold Community Arena. On June 3rd the Hamilton team announced they would be called the Steelhawks.  The Steelhawks name was previously used by the city's OHL franchise from 1984 to 1988.  The Thorold team has yet to release their nickname (as of July 20th).

As of the 2015 Allan Cup, the only Major League Hockey/Allan Cup Hockey teams to win the Allan Cup have been the Brantford Blast, who won it as the host team in 2008 and the Dundas Real McCoys, who won it as the host team in 2014.

On October 16, 2015 the Norwood Vipers announced they were suspending operations and not continuing in the league.  In the league's press release on the Norwood team's announcement the league stated they were working to bring another team to the geographic area for the 2016-17 season.

The Dundas Real McCoys are returning to the Harry Howell Arena in Flamborough for the 2017-18 season as their normal home the J. L. Grightmire Arena is undergoing renovations.

The Thorold Athletics were not on the league schedule for the 2017-18 season when it was released on September 1, 2017.

During the summer of 2018 the owner of the Brantford Blast had announced he was putting the team up for sale and would not be running the team going forward. No one purchased the team by early September and the team announced it would suspend operations for the 2018-19 season with the hope of returning under new ownership in 2019-20.  The team was sold to the owner of the Stoney Creek Generals who originally planned on operating two teams but decided to relocate the Generals to Brantford assuming the Blast name and history.

On August 9, 2020, Ian Young, the owner of the Whitby Dunlops announced they would be taking the 2020-21 season off to attempt to regroup and bring the franchise back for 2021-22.[3]

On August 27, 2020, the league announced the addition of the Caledon Crusaders who will be based out of the Mayfield Recreation Complex in the Regional Municipality of Peel.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Team Centre Founded Arena
Brantford Blast Brantford 2000 Brantford Civic Centre
Caledon Crusaders Regional Municipality of Peel 2020 Mayfield Recreation Complex
Dundas Real McCoys Dundas 2000

J.L. Grightmire Arena

Hamilton Steelhawks Hamilton 2015 Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena
Whitby Dunlops
On Hiatus for 2020-21
Whitby 2004 Iroquois Park Sports Centre

Team Timeline[edit | edit source]

Southwestern Senior A Hockey League[edit | edit source]

Team Centre Arena Tenure Notes
Aylmer Pests Aylmer, Ontario 1990-1992 either renamed or folded and replaced by  Aylmer Hornets
Chatham Pontiacs Chatham, Ontario Chatham Memorial Arena 1990-1992 fold when community gets Colonial Hockey League team (Chatham Wheels)
Dorchester Dolphins Dorchester, Ontario 1990-1996 folded
Dresden Lumber Kings Dresden, Ontario 1990-1991 folded
Dunnville Mudcats Dunnville, Ontario 1990-1995 folded
Exeter Mohawks Exeter, Ontario 1990-1994 folded
Ingersoll B's Ingersoll, Ontario 1990-1993 folded
Petrolia Squires Petrolia, Ontario 1990-2004 join Major League Hockey
Point Edward Comets Point Edward, Ontario Point Edward Arena 1990-1992 folded
Strathroy Jets Strathroy, Ontario West Middlesex Memorial Arena 1990-1993 folded
Walpole Island Hawks Walpole Island, Ontario Walpole Island Sports Complex 1990-1992 folded
Aylmer Hornets Aylmer, Ontario 1992-2001 folded
Bothwell Bullets Bothwell, Ontario 1993-2001 folded
Ohsweken Riverhawks Ohsweken, Ontario 1993-2002 folded
Simcoe Gunners Simcoe, Ontario Talbot Gardens 1996-2002 folded
Detroit 1997-1998 played partial schedule
London Admirals London, Ontario London Ice House 1997-1999 folded
Woodstock Blues Woodstock, Ontario 1997-1998 relocated to Oxford, Ontario; become Oxford Blues
Oxford Blues (Ontario) Oxford, Ontario 1998-2001 folded
Cambridge Hornets Cambridge, Ontario Galt Arena Gardens 1999-2004 join Major League Hockey
Brantford Prowl Brantford, Ontario Brantford Civic Centre 2000-2001 took one year leave of absence; return as Brantford Blast
Dundas Real McCoys Dundas, Ontario J. L. Grightmire Arena 2000-2004 join Major League Hockey
Tillsonburg Vipers Tillsonburg, Ontario Tillsonburg Community Centre Arena 2001-2004 join Major League Hockey
Brantford Blast Brantford, Ontario Brantford Civic Centre 2002-2004 join Major League Hockey
Aylmer Blues Aylmer, Ontario 2003-2004 join Major League Hockey

Major League Hockey/Allan Cup Hockey[edit | edit source]

Team Centre Arena Tenure Notes
Aylmer Blues Aylmer, Ontario East Elgin Community Complex 2004-2005 folded
Brantford Blast Brantford, Ontario Brantford Civic Centre 2004-2009 withdrew for 2009-10 season; return for 2010-11 season
Cambridge Hornets Cambridge, Ontario Galt Arena Gardens 2004-2006 withdrew over a player eligibility dispute
Dundas Real McCoys Dundas, Ontario
(2003-2017, 2018-present)
Flamborough
(2017-18)
J. L. Grightmire Arena
(2004-2017, 2018-present)
Harry Howell Arena
(2017-18)
2004-present played in Flamborough due to arena renovations
Petrolia Squires Petrolia, Ontario Greenwood Recreation Centre 2004-2008 join WOAA Senior AA Hockey League
Tillsonburg Vipers Tillsonburg, Ontario Colin Campbell Community Arena (known as Tillsonburg Community Centre Arena 2003-04) 2004-2008 join WOAA Senior AA Hockey League
Windsor St. Clair Saints Windsor, Ontario South Windsor Arena 2006-2008 withdrew and fold due to league not fitting their needs
Frankford Huskies Frankford, Ontario McMullen Recreation Centre 2008-2008 joined from Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League; relocate to Baltimore, Ontario and are renamed Baltimore Clippers Sr. A before play
Norwood Vipers Norwood, Ontario Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre 2008-2012 sit out 2012-13 season; return for 2013-14 season
Whitby Dunlops Whitby, Ontario Iroquois Park Sports Centre 2008-present
Baltimore Clippers Sr. A Baltimore, Ontario Baltimore Recreation Centre 2008-2009 withdrew
Orillia/Coldwater Tundras Orillia, Ontario West Orillia Sports Complex 2008-2010 renamed Orillia Tundras
Brantford Blast Brantford, Ontario Brantford Civic Centre 2010-2018 went on leave of absence with intent to sell team
Orillia Tundras Orillia, Ontario West Orillia Sports Complex 2010-2013 withdrew
Welland Whalers Welland, Ontario Welland Youth & Main Arena 2012-2014 withdrew just prior to start of season due to lack of players
Norwood Vipers Norwood, Ontario Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre 2013-2015 ceased operations October 16, 2015
Stoney Creek Generals Stoney Creek, Ontario Gateway Ice Centre 2013-2019 franchise transferred to Brantford; assume Brantford Blast identity
Hamilton Steelhawks (Senior) Hamilton, Ontario Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena 2015-present
Thorold Athletics (ACH) Thorold, Ontario Thorold Community Arena 2015-2017 withdrew for 2017-18 season citing player challenges; do not return
Brantford Blast Brantford, Ontario Brantford Civic Centre 2019-present
Caledon Crusaders Regional Municipality of Peel Mayfield Recreation Complex 2020-present

League Seasons[edit | edit source]

Logo as Major League Hockey

League Champions[edit | edit source]

J. Ross Robertson Trophy, OHA Senior A Championship.

Allan Cup Hockey[edit | edit source]

2020 No Decision
2019 Stoney Creek Generals
2018 Stoney Creek Generals (Won Allan Cup)
2017 Stoney Creek Generals
2016 Stoney Creek Generals
2015 Dundas Real McCoys
2014 Brantford Blast (Dundas won Allan Cup)
2013 Brantford Blast
2012 Dundas Real McCoys

Major League Hockey[edit | edit source]

2011 Dundas Real McCoys
2010 Dundas Real McCoys
2009 Dundas Real McCoys
2008 Dundas Real McCoys (Won Allan Cup)
2007 Brantford Blast
2006 Dundas Real McCoys
2005 Aylmer Blues
2004 Aylmer Blues

EOSHL[edit | edit source]

2008 Whitby Dunlops
2007 Whitby Dunlops
2006 Whitby Dunlops
2005 Norwood Vipers
2004 Belleville Macs

Southwestern Senior "A"[edit | edit source]

2003 Dundas Real McCoys
2002 Dundas Real McCoys
2001 Simcoe Gunners
2000 Cambridge Hornets
1999 London MacMaster Chevys
1998 Aylmer Blues
1997 Bothwell Bullets
1996 Bothwell Bullets
1995 Ohsweken Riverhawks
1994 Dorchester Dolphins
1993 Dunnville Mudcats
1992 Exeter Mohawks
1991 Exeter Mohawks

Bolded teams won the Robertson Cup as Ontario Hockey Association champions.

Former Member Teams[edit | edit source]

Please note: All teams in this list are listed ONLY with the last league they were involved with.

Major League/Southwestern Sr. A[edit | edit source]

Eastern Sr. A[edit | edit source]

Southern Ontario Sr. A[edit | edit source]

Southern Int. B[edit | edit source]

Southern Counties Int. B[edit | edit source]

Central Int. C[edit | edit source]

Central Sr. B[edit | edit source]

Northern Sr. B[edit | edit source]

OHA Int. C[edit | edit source]

Seaway-Cyclone Sr. B[edit | edit source]

Seaway-Cyclone Int. B[edit | edit source]

Seaway Int. C[edit | edit source]

Seaway-Western Int. C[edit | edit source]

Western/Tri-County Int. C[edit | edit source]

Cyclone Int. D[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Canadian Senior Hockey (post-1971)
National/Regional Championships
Allan Cup (National AAA)
Patton Cup (Western Canada 71-91) - Bolton Cup (Eastern Canada 71-03)
McKenzie Cup (BC-AB) - Rathgaber Cup (SK-MB) - Atlantic Cup (2003-) (NB-NL-NS-PEI)
Provincial/Local Championships
Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - Newfoundland and Labrador - Northern Ontario - Ontario Hockey Association - Ottawa - Quebec - Saskatchewan - Thunder Bay/Gary Cook Cup
Current Leagues
Alberta: East Central Senior Hockey League (2012-) - North Central Hockey League (1995-) - North Peace Hockey League (also in BC, 1953-) - Ranchland Senior Hockey League (1974-) - Sask/Alta Senior Hockey League (also in SK, 1964-)

British Columbia: Central Interior Senior Hockey League (1997-) - North Peace Hockey League (also in Alberta, 1953-)

Manitoba: Carillon Senior Hockey League (2004-) - North Central Hockey League (1958-) - South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League (1952-) - Tiger Hills Hockey League (1983-)

New Brunswick: Beausejour Senior Hockey League (2019-) - Circuit de Hockey Senior Roger-Lizotte (1991-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Acadie-Chaleur (2016-)

Newfoundland and Labrador: - Central Newfoundland Hockey League (2009-) - Central/West Senior Hockey League (2014-) - East Coast Senior Hockey League (2017-) - Newfoundland West Coast Senior Hockey League (2001-11; 2016-)

Ontario: Allan Cup Hockey (1991-) - Eastern Ontario Super A Hockey League (2019-) WOAA Senior AA Hockey League (1942-)

Quebec: Laval Senior A Hockey League (2013-) - Ligue de Hockey Cote-Sud (2012-) - Ligue Regionale de Hockey (2016-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior du Lac-au-Fleuve (2017-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior du Richelieu (2005-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AAA du Quebec (2017-) - Outaouais Senior A Hockey League (2018-)

Saskatchewan: Big Six Senior Hockey League (1959-) - Highway Hockey League (1965-) - Long Lake Senior Hockey League (1978-) - Notekeu Senior Hockey League (1958-) - Qu'Appelle Valley Hockey League (1960-) - Sask/Alta Senior Hockey League (also in Alberta, 1964-) - Saskatchewan Prairie Senior Hockey League (2010-) - Sask East Hockey League (2020-) - Sask West Senior Hockey League (2000-) - Sask Valley Hockey League (1965-) - Twin Rivers Senior Hockey League (2016-) - Wheatland Senior Hockey League (2004-) - White Mud Senior Hockey League (1995-)

Nunavut: Iqaluit Senior Hockey League (2009-) - Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League (2008-)

Defunct Leagues
Alberta: Allan Cup Hockey West/Chinook Hockey League (1969-2020) -Battle River Hockey League (2002-2015) - Prairie Senior Hockey League (also in SK, 1971-1972)

British Columbia: British Columbia Senior Hockey League (1979-1981) - Western International Hockey League (1946-1988) - West Coast Senior AA Hockey League (2016-2018)

Manitoba: Canadian Central Hockey League (1972-1974) - Central Amateur Senior Hockey League (1975-1989) - Eastman Hockey League (1998-2000) - Hanover Tache Hockey League (1958-2005) - Manitoba Assiniboine Hockey League (1974-1983) - Manitoba Senior Hockey League (2008-2016) - North Interlake Hockey League (1987-1988) - Nor-West Hockey League (1996-1997) - North West Senior Hockey League (2017-) - South Interlake Hockey League (1987-2008) - SouthWest Hockey League (1956-2009)

Maritimes: Maritime Senior Hockey League (1991-1992) - Northumberland Dairy Senior AAA Hockey League (1995-1998)

New Brunswick: Eastern Senior Hockey League (2001-2010) - New Brunswick Chaleur Hockey League (1991-1995) - New Brunswick Senior Hockey League (1968-1992) - North East Senior Hockey League (2011-2018) - North Shore Senior Hockey League (1939-1978) - North Shore Senior Hockey League (1996-2010) - Southern New Brunswick Senior Hockey League (1962-2010)

Newfoundland and Labrador: Avalon East Senior Hockey League (1992-2017) Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (2011-2014)

Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League (1982-1995)

Ontario: Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League (2003-2008) - HNO Senior League (2009-2012) - North Oxford Men's Hockey League (1959-2012) - OHA Senior A Hockey League (1972-1987) - Ottawa District Senior Hockey League (1968-1978) - Ontario Senior AA Hockey League (1983-1988)

Quebec: Ligue Centrale de Hockey (LCH) (1978-2008) - Ligue de Hockey Beauce Bellechase Frontenac (1999-2017) - Ligue de Hockey Senior de la Mauricie (1992-1996) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Majeur du Quebec (1979-82; 1994-96) - Ligue de Hockey Senior de l'Est du Quebec (2005-2010) - Ligue de hockey Senior des Îles de la Madeleine (1991-2005) - Ligue de Hockey Senior A de la Mauricie (2001-2017) - Ligue de Hockey Senior A Inter-Rives (2006-2007) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA de l'Estrie (2001-2004) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA de la Cote-Nord (2007-2009) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean (2002-2003) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Bas-Saint-Laurent (1994-2005) - Ligue de Hockey Senior des Cantons-de-L'Est (2011-2015) - Ligue de hockey les Cotiers de la Gaspesie (2002-2008) - Ligue de Hockey Senior des Deux Rives (2002-2003) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Provinciale AA (2004-2006) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA L.D.B. du Quebec (1979-2000) - Ligue de hockey Budweiser de 'est du Quebec (2011-2013) - Outaouais Hockey League (1973-1975) - Promutuel Senior Hockey League (1999-2007) - Republican Hockey League (also in NB, 1976-1987) - Quebec Senior North-East Hockey League (2003-2007)

Prince Edward Island: Island Community Senior Hockey League (2010-2013) - Prince Edward Island Senior Hockey League (1990-1991) - Prince Edward Island Senior Hockey League (2010-2011)

Saskatchewan: Beaver Lakes Hockey League (2006-2018) - Fishing Lake Hockey League (1953-2015) - Fort Carlton Senior Hockey League (1971-2019) - North Saskatchewan River Hockey League (1995-2015) - Pasquia Hockey League (1993-2009) - Treaty Six Hockey League (2004-2007) - Triangle Hockey League (1965-2020) - Wild Goose Hockey League (1954-2008) - Yellowhead Hockey League (1980-2000)


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