History[edit | edit source]
In 1955 the Quebec Junior Hockey League folded. The Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, however, kept their farm team the Montreal Junior Canadiens going as an independent team in 1955-56.
Competition from the Canadiens themselves as well as the Montreal Royals made the junior team a financial disaster. The team was moved to Ottawa and Hull where it split its games between the two cities.
There was no junior league that the team could play in. It played exhibition games against teams from various levels. In addition the Canadiens played games against the minor pro Quebec Hockey League, the senior & junior A Ontario Hockey Association. These games counted for the teams,
The series against the Quebec Hockey League was discontinued but more games were played against the Ontario Hockey Association Senior. The Canadiens signed some senior players who could play in these games only. This enabled them to give some of their junior players some time off.
The Laurier Cup series was continued under the same conditions as last year. This time the Canadiens won it.
The home games against the senior teams were played in the brand-new Hull Arena. The junior home games were held in Ottawa.
The juniors spent time both playing exhibitions and playing in some of the senior games with senior players.
1959[edit | edit source]
The Eastern Professional Hockey League was formed with a team in Ottawa - Hull-Ottawa Canadiens. To avoid conflict with this new team, the Montreal Canadiens moved the junior team to Brockville where it became the Brockville Canadiens.
Record[edit | edit source]
1956-57 vs. Quebec Hockey League 7-12-1-25 57- 74 1956-57 vs. Ontario Senior League 11- 7-2-24 75- 70 1956-57 vs. Laurier Cup 17- 7-4-38 121- 76 1957-58 vs. Ontario Senior League 15-20-1-47 169-171 1957-58 vs. Laurier Cup 17- 9-1-35 150-112 1958-59 vs. Ontario Senior League 20-25-7-47 161-219
Note:Many other exhibition games are not included.