The Northumberland Dairy Senior AAA Hockey League was a top-flight senior competition played in the Maritimes from 1995 to 1998.
History[edit | edit source]
The Northumberland Dairy Senior AAA Hockey League began during the 1995-1996 season. The league, originally called the Bay of Chaleur Senior Hockey League, went through a rebranding after the 1994-1995 season. The league moved up the the Senior A level from Senior B and the Dalhousie Rangers and Bouctouche both took a one-year leave of absence.
The Tigers folded following the 95-96 season, but the Truro Bearcats joined after the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League folded.
The Bearcats were the only AAA team in 1996-1997 and competed in the Allan Cup. They defeated Miramichi 4-2 in the league finals.
Tracadie-Sheila folded after the 96-97 season, but the Saint John Ice Bears joined the league keeping the league as a four-team loop. All four teams registered as AAA.
The Bearcats hosted the 1998 Allan Cup and defeated the Admirals 6-1 in the finals.
Following the 1998 season, the Bearcats and Chaleur both folded. The Bearcats made way for junior A hockey in the region while Chaleur folded due to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League moving into the area.
With only two teams remaining, the Northumberland Dairy Senior Hockey League folded. Miramichi would get a junior a franchise in 2000-2001 while Saint John received a team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during the 2005-2006 season.
Participating teams[edit | edit source]
- 1995-96: Chaleur, Miramichi, Tracadie-Sheila, Campbellton, *Truro *Truro played in the Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League in 1995-1996, but did play in several exhibition games in Northumberland Dairy Senior AAA Hockey League.
- 1996-97: Truro, Miramichi, Chaleur, Tracadie-Sheila
- 1997-98: Miramichi, Saint John, Truro, Chaleur
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