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Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League
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Membership Hockey Nova Scotia
Founded 1980
Don Johnson Memorial Cups 15
Current Champion Antigonish Bulldogs (2022)

The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League (formerly the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League) is a Junior "B" ice hockey league in Nova Scotia, Canada, sanctioned by Hockey Canada. The winner of the Nova Scotia playoffs competes for the Don Johnson Cup, for the Atlantic Junior "B" Championship


The league was founded in 1980 by Al Hollingsworth as the Mainland Junior B Hockey League.

logo until 2006

Evolution of league name

(1980-1992) Mainland Junior B Hockey League
(1992-2006) Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League
(2006-Present) Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League

logo until 2018


Fred Fox Division
Team Centre Arena
Brookfield Elks Brookfield Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex
Cole Harbour Colts Cole Harbour Cole Harbour Place
East Hants Penguins Elmsdale East Hants Sportsplex
Liverpool Privateers Liverpool Queens Place Emera Centre
Sackville Blazers Sackville Sackville Community Arena
Valley Maple Leafs Windsor Hants Exhibition Arena
Sid Rowe Division
Team Centre Arena
Antigonish Bulldogs Antigonish Antigonish Arena
Cumberland County Blues Springhill Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre
(Richard Calder Arena)
Eskasoni Eagles Eskasoni First Nation Dan K. Stevens Memorial Arena
Kameron Jr. Miners Glace Bay Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre
Pictou County Scotians Trenton Trenton Community Centre
Strait Pirates Port Hawkesbury Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Timeline of Teams

(includes teams under league's former name)

Team Centre Tenure Fate
Bedford Barons Bedford 1980-1982 withdrew
Bridgewater Hawks Bridgewater 1980-1981 become South Shore Flyers
Sackville Blazers Sackville 1980-1981 withdrew
Shannon Huskies Halifax
1980-1984 withdrew
Spryfield Lions Halifax 1980-1982 renamed Spryfield Spartans
South Shore Flyers Bridgewater 1980-1982 withdrew
Valley Jets Windsor ? 1980-1984 renamed Windsor Royals
Sackville Blazers Sackville 1982-1991 withdrew
West Colchester Titans Debert 1982-1983 withdrew
Spryfield Spartans Halifax 1982-1983 revert to Spryfield Lions name
Spryfield Lions Halifax 1983-1984 become Scotia Tire Lions
Truro Bearcats (junior) Truro 1983-1992 withdrew
East Hants Penguins Elmsdale 1984-1990 return to Junior A level
Windsor Royals Windsor 1984-2012 Take leave of absence then fold; replaced by Valley Maple Leafs
Bridgewater Colts Bridgewater 1988-1989 withdrew during season
Scotia Tire Lions St. Margaret's Bay 1988-1989 folded
St. Margaret's Bay Mariners St. Margaret's Bay 1989-1992 withdrew
Springhill Ropak Rangers Springhill 1991-1992 renamed Springhill Premium Moosehead Dry
Sydney Jr. Millionaires Sydney 1992-1997 renamed Cape Breton Alpines
Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates Port Hawkesbury 1992-1997 renamed Strait Pirates
Springhill Premium Moosehead Dry Springhill 1992-1993 withdrew
Chester Ravens Chester 1993-2002 Take leave of absence, then withdrew
Sackville Blazers Sackville 1993- Present Franchise
Antigonish Bulldogs Antigonish 1994- Present Franchise
Pictou County Icemen Trenton 1994-1997 renamed Pictou County Molson Canadians
Bedford Barons Bedford 1994-1995 withdrew
Halifax Blues Halifax 1995-1996 withdrew
Colchester County Titans Debert 1995-1996 relocated to Brookfield renamed Colchester County Sports Eagle Experts
Colchester County Sports Eagle Experts Brookfield 1996-1997 become Brookfield Elks
Cape Breton Alpines Sydney 1997-2005 become Whitney Pier Molson Canadians
Pictou County Molson Canadians Trenton 1997-1998 renamed Pictou County Subways
Strait Pirates Port Hawkesbury 1997- Present Franchise
Brookfield Elks Brookfield 1997- Present Franchise
Pictou County Subways Trenton 1997-2007 renamed Pictou County Scotians
East Hants Penguins Lantz 2000-2009 take leave of absence, return 2010
Oxford Blues Oxford 2000-2003 take leave of absence, return as Cumberland County Blues based out of Springhill
Cumberland County Blues Oxford 2004- Present Franchise
Whitney Pier Molson Canadians Whitney Pier 2005-2006 Take leave of absence; return as Cape Breton Molson Canadians
Bay Ducks Upper Tantallon 2005-2014 sold and relocated to Liverpool renamed Liverpool Privateers
Cape Breton Molson Canadians Dominion 2007-2010 franchise revoked; replaced by Glace Bay Jr. Miners
Pictou County Scotians Trenton 2007- Present Franchise
East Hants Penguins Lantz 2010- Present Franchise
Glace Bay Jr. Miners Glace Bay 2010-2016 become Kameron Jr. Miners
Eastern Shore Junior Mariners Musquodoboit Harbour 2010-2014 relocated to Cole Harbour and become Cole Harbour Colts
Valley Maple Leafs Kentville (2012-13)
Windsor (2013-present
2012- Present Franchise
Liverpool Privateers Liverpool 2014- Present Franchise
Cole Harbour Colts Cole Harbour 2014- Present Franchise
Kameron Jr. Miners Glace Bay 2016- Present Franchise
Eskasoni Eagles Eskasoni First Nation 2018- Present Franchise

Seasons/Playoff Champions/Regional Championships

Since 1992, the league champion has been the de facto provincial champion as the league has been the only Junior B level in the province since then.  The Antigonish-Pictou-Colchester Junior B Hockey League, Cape Breton Junior B Hockey League, Eastern Junior Hockey League (1974-1978), and Northumberland Junior B Hockey League had previously played on and off in various forms from 1967 to 1992, when the CBJBHL folded and the then NSJBHL become the proviniclal wide league.

Mainland Junior B Hockey League
Season Champion Don Johnson Memorial Cup
1980-81 Valley Jets (RS)
Shannon Park Huskies (PO)
No Tournament
1981-82 Spryfield Lions (RS and PO) unknown result
1982-83 Sackville Blazers (RS and PO) N/A
1983-84 Truro Bearcats (RS and PO) N/A
1984-85 East Hants Penguins (RS and PO) unknown result
1985-86 Sackville Blazers (RS)
Spryfield Lions (PO)
unknown result
1986-87 Valley Jets (RS and PO) Lost Final
1987-88 Windsor Royals (RS and PO) unknown result
1988-89 Sackville Blazers (RS)
East Hants Penguins (PO)
unknown result
1989-90 St. Margaret's Bay Mariners (RS and PO) Won Don Johnson Cup
1990-91 St. Margaret's Bay Mariners (RS and PO) No Tournament
1991-92 St. Margaret's Bay Mariners (RS)
Windsor Royals (PO)
No Tournament
Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League
Season Champion Don Johnson Memorial Cup
1992-93 Windsor Royals No Tournament
1993-94 Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates No Tournament
1994-95 Windsor Royals No Tournament
1995-96 Windsor Royals No Tournament
1996-97 Cape Breton Alpines Won 1997 Don Johnson Cup
1997-98 Windsor Royals Won 1998 Don Johnson Cup
1998-99 Strait Pirates unknown result
1999-00 Cape Breton Alpines Lost Final
2000-01 Strait Pirates Lost Final
Windsor Royals win 2001 Don Johnson Cup as host
2001-02 Strait Pirates Lost Final
2002-03 Sackville Blazers Won 2003 Don Johnson Cup
2003-04 Sackville Blazers Won 2004 Don Johnson Cup
Antigonish Bulldogs finish 4th as host
2004-05 Sackville Blazers Won 2005 Don Johnson Cup
Strait Pirates lose final as host
2005-06 Antigonish Bulldogs Lose Final
Bay Ducks win 2006 Don Johnson Cup as substitute for withdrawn Newfoundland team
2006-07 East Hants Penguins Won 2007 Don Johnson Cup
Cumberland County Blues lose final as host
2007-08 Windsor Royals Won 2008 Don Johnson Cup
2008-09 Cumberland County Blues Lost Semifinals
2009-10 Cumberland County Blues Won 2010 Don Johnson Cup
Bay Ducks lose final as host
2010-11 Bay Ducks Lost Semifinals
2011-12 East Hants Penguins Lost Final
2012-13 Sackville Blazers Lost Final
2013-14 Sackville Blazers Lost Final
Strait Pirates eliminated in round robin as host
2014-15 Glace Bay Jr. Miners Lost Final
2015-16 Valley Maple Leafs Won 2016 Don Johnson Memorial Cup
2016-17 Pictou County Scotians Eliminated in Round robin
2017-18 Kameron Jr. Miners Won 2018 Don Johnson Memorial Cup as host
East Hants Penguins lose semifinals as league representative
2018-19 Sackville Blazers Lost Semifinals
2019-20 Playoffs Cancelled Tournament Cancelled
2020-21 Final Cancelled Tournament Cancelled
2021-22 Antigonish Bulldogs TBD

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See Also

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