History[edit | edit source]
The Junior A team that now boasts the name "Terriers" was previously known as the Orillia Travelways and was a member of the Mid-Ontario Junior B Hockey League from at least 1971 to 1978. The Mid-Ontario league was discontinued in 1978 and the Travelways were added to the Central Junior B Hockey League at that time. They moved up to the Tier II Junior A ranks for the first time in 1981, joining the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and won the 1985 Centennial Cup as the best Junior A team in Canada.
Orillia was the league's top team, winning three straight playoff championships, but dropped out in 1986 when faulty trusses forced the closing of the Orillia Community Centre. During their absence the Junior A league collapsed, so the team returned to the Central Junior B league in 1987 under the name "Laidlaws" (their sponsor, the Travelways bus line was acquired by Laidlaw transportation). When Laidlaw dropped the sponsorship, they returned to their "Terriers" name in 1989 and returned to Tier II in 1993 when the Central loop became the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The Terriers won the new league's first playoff championship in 1994.
At the time of their folding, the Terriers were the official farm team of the Barrie Colts and the parent club of the Alliston Hornets. The Terriers folded due to financial troubles combined with a lack of arena time. The rink in Rama wanted too much money for ice time, so the Terriers wished to move back to Orillia -- their original home. Not enough ice time was available at the Orillia rink due to minor hockey needs. The Terriers also wanted to move to Orillia due to the town's deeper interest in junior hockey. Ticket sales in recent years in Rama were weak, but in Orillia, where the Terriers played a handful of games, the arena was near, if not full.
The Terriers came back for 2007-08.
Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]
|1974-75||39||12||23||4||-||150||203||28||4th MOJBHL||Lost Semi-final|
|1976-77||40||18||20||2||-||166||182||38||3rd MOJBHL||Lost Semi-final|
|1983-84||42||25||13||4||-||280||196||54||2nd OJHL||Won League, Won DHC|
|1984-85||48||39||7||2||-||346||168||80||1st OJHL||Won League, Won DHC, Won MCC|
|1985-86||50||35||15||0||-||305||205||70||1st OJHL||Won League, Won DHC|
|1986-87||Did Not Participate|
|1993-94||40||35||2||3||-||252||112||74||1st OPJHL||Won League|
|2005-06||48||17||22||8||1||146||177||43||24th OPJHL||Lost Conf. QF|
|2006-07||Did Not Participate|
Notable Alumni[edit | edit source]
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Weyburn Red Wings
|Centennial Cup Champions