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The Northumberland Dairy Senior AAA Hockey League was a top-flight senior competition played in the Maritimes from 1995 to 1998.

History[]

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 Tim Horton Leafs defeated the Bearcats 4-2 in the league final, but lost to the London Admirals 2-1 in the 1998 Bolton Cup.

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[]

  • 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

==Allan Cup Qualifying

  • The Truro Bearcats represented the league in the Allan Cup in 1997 and 1998 (host). They would also qualify for the Allan Cup in 1996 as the only remaining Senior AAA in the region.
  • Miramichi represented the league in 1998 Allan Cup qualifying (losing in the Eastern Canada Final)

Sources[]


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 (Also Eastern

Region Allan Cup Qualifier) - 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 (Intermediate) (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-) - ACH Senior AA G-League (2021-) - Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (2019-) WOAA Senior AA Hockey League (1942-) - Western Ontario Super Hockey League (2021-)

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-) - Saskatchewan Treaty Hockey League (2021-) - 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 Aboriginal Senior Hockey League - Manitoba Assiniboine Hockey League (1974-1983) - Manitoba Eastern Hockey League (1969-1977) - 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) - Winnipeg Senior A Hockey League (mid-1990's)

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

New Brunswick: Miramichi Senior Hockey League (2000-2004) - Eastern Senior Hockey League (2001-2010) - New Brunswick Chaleur Hockey League (1991-1995) - New Brunswick Senior Hockey League (1968-1991) - 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 (1982-1996)

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) - Last Mountain Hockey League (1954-1978) - North Saskatchewan River Hockey League (1995-2015) - Pasquia Hockey League (1993-2009) - Three Rivers Hockey League (1980's) - Treaty Six Hockey League (2004-2007) - Triangle Hockey League (1965-2020) - Whiska Creek Hockey League (1980's-90's) - Wild Goose Hockey League (1954-2008) - Yellowhead Hockey League (1980-2000)

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