Cambridge – The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Board of Directors met last night, April 24th, 2013, where a motion was made to approve a new realignment of the both the Niagara District Junior C Hockey League as well as the SOJHL.
“It was moved by the OHA Board of Directors to approve the realignment of 27 Junior C Hockey Teams participating in the Niagara District Junior C Hockey League as well as the SOJHL.”
The OHA Board of Directors approved the move to ensure that travel costs could be kept to a minimum for teams competing against each other. It is the belief of the OHA Board that the realignment will help increase a fan base amongst Junior C hockey teams as new rivalries will be made through the closer distances between team’s cities and towns in their new divisions.
The new alignment is listed below:
NIAGARA EAST DIVISION:
Chippawa River Hawks
Grimsby Peach Kings
Hagersville Hawks – Moved from SOJHL
Port Dover Sailors – Moved from SOJHL
Simcoe Storm – Moved from Niagara West
St. George Dukes
NIAGARA WEST DIVISION:
Ayr Centennials – Moved from SOJHL
Burford Bulldogs – Moved from SOJHL
Delhi Travelers - Moved from SOJHL
New Hamburg Firebirds
Tavistock Braves – Moved from SOJHL
Wellesley Applejacks – Moved from SOJHL
Woodstock Navy Vets
Aylmer Spitfires – Moved from Niagara East
Mount Brydges Bulldogs
North Middlesex Stars
Port Stanley Sailors
“The Realignment Committee had a number of scenarios to look at when coming up with this final decision,” commented OHA CEO Scott Farley. “All teams were involved in the discussion and we believe that we’ve come up with a scenario that works in the best interest of all teams. There was much time and effort devoted to this task and I would like to thank all those involved.”
The decision of the OHA Board of Directors is final and will be implemented immediately in time for the 2013-14 season.
The Ontario Hockey Association is an organization of volunteers that fosters, promotes and administers the sport of amateur ice hockey. The OHA is committed to a leadership role in providing an environment that allows everyone to enjoy the game at their level of interest and ability. The Association encourages the values of fair play, fun, and respect for all participants.
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