Central Canada Hockey League

Central Canada Hockey League
Current season or competition:
2016-17 CCHL season
Region(s) Eastern Ontario
CEO Kevin Abrams
Deputy Bruce Baskin
Former name(s)
Founded 1961[1]
No. of teams 12
Associated Title(s)
Recent Champions Carleton Place Canadians (2016)
Headquarters Richcraft Sensplex
813 Shefford Rd.
Ottawa, Ontario
Website CCHL

The Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) is a Canadian Junior "A" ice hockey league operating in eastern Ontario, Canada.[1] The league is sanctioned by the Hockey Eastern Ontario and Hockey Canada and is a member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The winner of the CCHL playoffs competes for the Fred Page Cup—the "Eastern Zone" championship of the Canadian Junior Hockey League—with the winners of the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League and the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.[5] The winner of the Fred Page Cup then moves on to compete for the national Royal Bank Cup.[5]

In July 2013, the TheHockeyWriters.com listed the CCHL as one of the ten best developmental leagues, professional or amateur, in North America.[6]


The league started in 1961 as the "Ottawa-Hull District Junior Hockey League", under the sponsorship of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, in hope of a better development program.[1] The league has featured such NHL stars as Steve Yzerman and Larry Robinson, for which its two divisions are named. As this league was for the Ottawa District, teams out of the area were not allowed to compete, with one exemption - Pembroke. In the early years, any player in the league was automatically a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and were forced into a contract which would disallow them to sign with any other National Hockey League team if they were ever to achieve such greatness. The Canadiens also wanted the league to be strictly for development, allowing 4 19-year-olds and 5 18-year-olds per team with the rest of the players being 17 or younger. This was met with much anger and disappointment with players who had just reached their 20's, but the league substantially gained in popularity, and they were ignored.[1] A remarkable alumnus of the league is 4-time Stanley Cup Champion Billy Smith of New York Islanders fame, a former member of the Smiths Falls Bears. In 1963, the Montreal Canadiens allowed the Chicago Blackhawks-sponsored Brockville Braves into the league.

In the late 1960s, the Cornwall Royals applied to enter into what is now the Ontario Hockey League, when they were turned away, they applied to join the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and were accepted. In 1973, the Hull Hawks, also departed for the QMJHL. In 1975, the Canadian Hockey Association informed the league that they had to allow 20-year-olds into their league, as all other leagues of their calibre already were doing.[1]

In February 1966, players from the Hawkesbury Braves went on strike over coaching issues. The Braves brought in replacement players from midget and Jr. B leagues for a game against the Cornwall Royals. The Royals went on to win 43-0. It still stands as the highest margin of victory in the league to date.

In 1976, Bryan Murray, now General Manager of the NHL's Ottawa Senators, took over as head coach of the Rockland Nationals. With Murray at the wheel, the Nationals won the leagues, the region, and then went on to win the National Championship as Centennial Cup Champions. The financial cost of the playoff run was too much for the team's backers to handle and they declared bankruptcy one disappointing season after winning it all.[1] The Nationals have resurrected since then as a member of the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League.[7]

After the ruling that allowed 20-year-olds to play in the league, teams began attempting to "buy" championship teams by going after former Major Junior players. The effect of this resulted in the labeling of the league as a "goon league" or "bush league" as the league got more violent. The fan base dwindled, and by 1984 there were only 5 teams left in the league, all on the verge of bankruptcy.[1] The owners of the five teams approached the owners of Ottawa's Talisman Hotel and asked them to purchase the league. Through new management and rule changes, the league barred 20-year-olds from the Major Junior ranks, created a limit of 5 20-year-olds (homegrown from the CJHL), and banned the paying of players. The new rules worked, and the league was once again successful.[1] The league then approached the Canadian Hockey Association, and requested a new system. After the fall of the Rockland Nationals, the league realized there was a revenue problem amongst its teams. The league demanded longer regular seasons and a shorter National playdown schedule to determine the National Champion. This new system was guaranteed to increase revenue amongst all teams nationwide as they were allowed to have more home games, increasing revenue through ticket sales, and decreased the travel expenditures that forced the Rockland Nationals to fold soon after they won the National Championship.[1]

The league began flourishing, and by the early 90's, had expanded over 2-fold. Teams that had folded during the "dark days" of the late 70's and early 80's came back. The league even allowed for the expansion of their first American hockey team, the Massena Americans. Also, now a member of the OHL, the Cornwall Royals moved from Cornwall. In response, the CJHL allowed the Messena Americans to move to Cornwall, hoping the Cornwall Colts could help the city fill its competitive hockey "void".[1]

The Gloucester Rangers hosted the last Centennial Cup tournament in 1995 before it was transformed into the Royal Bank Cup. The Rangers boosted NHL stars like Mathieu Dandenault and Robert Esche. The Gloucester Rangers were seconds away from defeating the Calgary Canucks in the final, until the Canucks scored a last-minute goal and won it all in overtime, to continue the drought of a CJHL team winning the National Junior "A" Championship.

In 2004-05, the Central Junior Hockey League saw higher attendance figures in all arenas with the NHL lockout. All teams in the CJHL had doubled their attendance.

In April 2007, it was announced that the Kemptville 73's were joining the CJHL as its 11th member team. The 73's formerly played in the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League.

The Cornwall Colts became the 4th team in CJHL history to play host to a Centennial/Royal Bank Cup tournament in 2008. The Colts managed to qualify for the semi-finals, but were ousted 7-1 by the Humboldt Broncos.

In 2009, the Carleton Place Canadians, another former EOJBHL team, was announced as the league's 12th franchise. They began play during the 2009-10 season. At the beginning of the 2009-10 season, the league dropped the "A" from their name, switching to the Central Junior Hockey League.

In February 2010, it was announced that the Smiths Falls Memorial Centre - one of the leagues oldest facilities and home to the Smiths Falls Bears was staging its final home game of the 2009-10 season. The Bears will be moving into a brand-new multipurpose facility for that fall. The Memorial Centre was demolished to accommodate parking spaces for the new facility.

In April 2010, the Pembroke Lumber Kings made CJHL history by winning four-consecutive Art Bogart Cup championships, which is now the most-consecutive championships won by a CJHL team, however the Pembroke Lumber Kings qualified for the Fred Page Cup for the fifth consecutive year, but lost the finals to the Brockville Braves, who advanced to the Royal Bank Cup in Dauphin, Manitoba. The 2012 Fred Page Cup was awarded to the Kanata Stallions to commemorate their 25 years of Jr. A hockey in Kanata.

On April 26, 2010, the league rebranded by changing their league to the Central Hockey League, from the Central Junior Hockey League. A league, by the same name "Central Hockey League" already existed, a minor professional league below the ECHL, which was 15 teams throughout the mid-western United States. In January 2011, the league rebranded itself again the Central Canada Hockey League.

On May 8, 2011, at the 2011 Royal Bank Cup in Camrose, Alberta, the Pembroke Lumber Kings defeated the BCHL's Vernon Vipers 2-0 to win the CCHL's second ever National Title during the league's 50th anniversary season.

Prior to the 2014-15 season, the CCHL announced it was adapting the American Hockey League's overtime format.

In the 2013-14 season, 69 CCHL regular season games were tied after regulation. The outcome of 30 games was determined in the over time session and 39 games required a shoot out.

For the 2015-16 the CCHL made a significant move to the development model for the league. The Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League was aligned directly with the CCHL to establish direct affiliations and specific guidelines for players to move up and down between leagues. The EOJBHL also took on a re-branding to become the Central Canada Hockey League Tier 2. The development model is also to be extended to affiliation with midget (under18) teams.

David Frost incident

David Frost, the agent of jailed former St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton, was banned from all Central Junior "A" Hockey League games and events in fall 2005 after Frost entered an off limits to fans area at the Jim Durrell Arena, home to the Ottawa Jr. Senators, in which Frost "accosted, harassed and threatened an official of the CJHL". League commissioner Mac MacLean stated "We don't want him around period". The Lumber Kings were fined $1000 for David Frost's actions, because the league considered Frost to be associated with owner Sheldon Keefe. MacLean sent posters to each league arena to help security staff identify Frost if he were to show up at games, and to refuse entry to Frost. Weeks later, the ban was lifted after Mac MacLean was relieved of his duties of CJHL commissioner. Newly appointed commissioner John Comerford lifted the ban, stating "We can't stop David Frost from entering the rink and I haven't received any complaints from anybody about him". League's former vice president, who was fired tried to extend the ban throughout the 2005-06 season. David Frost had no affiliation with the Pembroke Lumber Kings hockey organization. He was allowed to attend league games, but was barred from restricted areas. Frost disregarded the advisement not to entire restricted areas, and was seen getting off the Lumber Kings team bus by CBC Fifth Estate film crew, and was filmed following the team to dressing room during a playoff game in Nepean. At the end of the season, David Frost severed un-affiliated ties with the league and informed that he would not attend any more league games or events.[8][9][10][11]

Potential Markets

The Central Canada Hockey League is open to expansion, but the league has stood at 12 teams since 2009, and at 10 teams from 1987 to 2007 until expanding to 11 teams. Rockland, Ontario has been pushing for a return to the league, since leaving in 1976. Massena, New York is also a possibility, despite having a franchise until 1992. Gatineau, Quebec has been rumored to return to the league, but instead joined the Quebec Junior Hockey League. The league has no plans to expand beyond 12 teams.


Record is broken down by Win-Loss-Overtime Loss-Shootout Loss.

2013-14 Team Locations in Greater Ottawa Region
Robinson Division
Team Centre Joined CCHL2 Affiliate
Brockville Braves Brockville 1963 Brockville Tikis
Cornwall Colts Cornwall 1988
Kemptville 73's Kemptville 2007
Carleton Place Canadians Carleton Place 2009
Smiths Falls Bears Smiths Falls 1985 Westport Rideaus
Hawkesbury Hawks Hawkesbury 1976 Alexandria Glens
Yzerman Division
Team Centre Joined CCHL2 Affiliate
Pembroke Lumber Kings Pembroke 1980
Gloucester Rangers Gloucester 1968
Ottawa Jr. Senators Ottawa 1979 Ottawa Canadians
Nepean Raiders Nepean 1972 Ottawa West Golden Knights / Winchester Hawks
Cumberland Grads Navan 1991 Clarence Beavers
Kanata Lasers Kanata 1987 Ottawa Canadians


Regular Season Champions

Season Champion W-L-T-OTL Pts
Memorial Cup Era
Centennial Cup Era
1970-71 Smiths Falls Bears 31-12-5-0 67
1971-72 Smiths Falls Bears 29-17-2-0 60
1972-73 Pembroke Lumber Kings 47-4-4-0 98
1973-74 Smiths Falls Bears 30-17-3-0 63
1974-75 Pembroke Lumber Kings 28-13-9-0 65
1975-76 Rockland Nationals 31-11-8-0 70
1976-77 Nepean Raiders 28-13-9-0 65
1977-78 Pembroke Lumber Kings 31-13-4-0 66
1978-79 Nepean Raiders 36-10-2-0 74
1979-80 Hawkesbury Hawks 39-8-3-0 81
1980-81 Nepean Raiders 29-13-8-0 66
1981-82 Ottawa Senators 33-14-2-0 68
1982-83 Ottawa Senators 30-11-7-0 67
1983-84 Nepean Raiders 28-17-9-0 65
1984-85 Pembroke Lumber Kings 38-13-1-2 79
1985-86 Brockville Braves 41-17-2-0 84
1986-87 Pembroke Lumber Kings 39-14-1-0 83
1987-88 Ottawa Senators 44-12-0-0 88
1988-89 Pembroke Lumber Kings 39-16-1-0 79
1989-90 Hawkesbury Hawks 40-14-1-1 82
1990-91 Hawkesbury Hawks 42-10-4-3 88
1991-92 Ottawa Senators 48-9-0-0 96
1992-93 Ottawa Jr. Senators 41-8-4-4 90
1993-94 Gloucester Rangers 37-16-2-2 78
1994-95 Cornwall Colts 37-12-3-2 79
1995-96 Cornwall Colts 45-6-3-0 93
1996-97 Kanata Valley Lasers 42-9-4-0 87
1997-98 Brockville Braves 36-8-9-3 84
1998-99 Hawkesbury Hawks 40-11-3-0 83
1999-00 Cornwall Colts 45-10-1-0 91
2000-01 Cornwall Colts 42-10-3-0 87
2001-02 Cornwall Colts 46-7-2-0 94
2002-03 Cumberland Grads 36-13-5-1 78
2003-04 Nepean Raiders 37-14-3-1 78
2004-05 Nepean Raiders 42-9-3-3 90
2005-06 Pembroke Lumber Kings 50-7-1-1 102
2006-07 Pembroke Lumber Kings 41-10-2-2 86
2007-08 Pembroke Lumber Kings 46-11-2-1 95
2008-09 Nepean Raiders 42-12-0-6 90
2009-10 Brockville Braves 52-8-0-2 106
2010-11 Pembroke Lumber Kings 51-9-0-0 104
2011-12 Nepean Raiders 46-11-0-5 97
2012-13 Ottawa Jr. Senators 40-16-0-6 86
2013-14 Carleton Place Canadians 54-6-0-2 110
2014-15 Carleton Place Canadians 49-10÷-2-1 101
2015-16 Carleton Place Canadians 43-16÷-2-1 89

Bogart Cup Champions

Please note: In chart, league champions are bolded.

Year League Champion League Runner-up
Memorial Cup Era
1962 Ottawa Montagnards Pembroke C&A's
1963 Ottawa Montagnards Smiths Falls Bears
1964 Ottawa Primrose Pembroke Ironmen
1965 Smiths Falls Bears Cornwall Royals
1966 Cornwall Royals Buckingham Beavers
1967 Cornwall Royals Smiths Falls Bears
1968 Cornwall Royals Smiths Falls Bears
1969 Hull Castors Pembroke Lumber Kings
1970 Ottawa M&W Rangers Brockville Braves
Centennial Cup Era
1971 Ottawa M&W Rangers Smiths Falls Bears
1972 Smiths Falls Bears Ottawa M&W Rangers
1973 Pembroke Lumber Kings Ottawa M&W Rangers
1974 Smiths Falls Bears Pembroke Lumber Kings
1975 Smiths Falls Bears Nepean Raiders
1976 Rockland Nationals Gloucester Rangers
1977 Pembroke Lumber Kings Nepean Raiders
1978 Pembroke Lumber Kings Nepean Raiders
1979 Hawkesbury Hawks Nepean Raiders
1980 Hawkesbury Hawks Gloucester Rangers
1981 Gloucester Rangers Nepean Raiders
1982 Pembroke Lumber Kings Ottawa Senators
1983 Ottawa Senators Pembroke Lumber Kings
1984 Pembroke Lumber Kings Gloucester Rangers
1985 Pembroke Lumber Kings Brockville Braves
1986 Brockville Braves Pembroke Lumber Kings
1987 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1988 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1989 Pembroke Lumber Kings
1990 Hawkesbury Hawks
1991 Hawkesbury Hawks
1992 Kanata Valley Lasers
1993 Ottawa Senators
1994 Gloucester Rangers
1995 Cornwall Colts Ottawa Jr. Senators
1996 Cornwall Colts Gloucester Rangers
1997 Kanata Valley Lasers
1998 Brockville Braves Cornwall Colts
1999 Hawkesbury Hawks Brockville Braves
2000 Cornwall Colts Brockville Braves
2001 Cornwall Colts Ottawa Jr. Senators
2002 Ottawa Jr. Senators Cornwall Colts
2003 Nepean Raiders Ottawa Jr. Senators
2004 Nepean Raiders Gloucester Rangers
2005 Hawkesbury Hawks Nepean Raiders
2006 Hawkesbury Hawks Nepean Raiders
2007 Pembroke Lumber Kings Nepean Raiders
2008 Pembroke Lumber Kings Smiths Falls Bears
2009 Pembroke Lumber Kings Nepean Raiders
2010 Pembroke Lumber Kings Brockville Braves
2011 Pembroke Lumber Kings Cornwall Colts
2012 Nepean Raiders Cornwall Colts
2013 Cornwall Colts Nepean Raiders
2014 Carleton Place Canadians Smiths Falls Bears
2015 Carleton Place CanadiansPembroke Lumber Kings
2016 Carleton Place CanadiansOttawa Jr. Senators

Regional Championships

Year Champion Finalist Host (if applicable)
Eastern Centennial Cup Semi-final
1973 Pembroke Lumber Kings Chatham Maroons (SOJHL)--
1974 Smiths Falls Bears Charlottetown Colonels (IJHL)--
1975 Smiths Falls Bears St. Jerome Cyclones (QJAHL)--
1976 Rockland Nationals Guelph Platers (SOJHL)--
1977 Pembroke Lumber Kings North York Rangers (OPJHL)--
Dudley Hewitt Cup
1987 Pembroke Lumber Kings Nickel Centre Power Trains (NOJHL)--
1988 Pembroke Lumber Kings Thunder Bay Flyers (USHL)--
Fred Page Cup
1997 Kanata Valley Lasers Longueuil Collège Français (QPJHL) Brockville, Ontario
1998 Brockville Braves Restigouche River Rats (MJAHL) Joliette, Quebec
2000 Cornwall Colts Halifax Oland Exports (MJAHL) Pembroke, Ontario
2004 Nepean Raiders Valleyfield Braves (QJAAAHL) Valleyfield, Quebec
2005 Hawkesbury Hawks Yarmouth Mariners (MJAHL) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
2007 Pembroke Lumber Kings St-Jérôme Panthers (QJAAHL) Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
2010 Brockville Braves Pembroke Lumber Kings Brockville, Ontario
2011 Pembroke Lumber Kings Longueuil College Francais (QJAAAHL) Terrebonne, Quebec
2014 Carleton Place Canadians St-Jérôme Panthers (QJAAAHL) Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
2015 Carleton Place Canadians Dieppe Commandos (MJAHL) Cornwall, Ontario

Centennial Cup/Royal Bank Cup championships

Year Champion Finalist Host (if applicable)
1976 Rockland Nationals Spruce Grove Mets (AJHL)--
2011 Pembroke Lumber Kings Vernon Vipers (BCHL) Camrose, Alberta

Former member teams

Notable alumni

Notable players who have played or are playing in the NHL:

League records

Timeline of teams in the CJHL


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "League History". Central Junior Hockey League.
  2. The CHL no longer competes in the Central Zone of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. They now compete for the Fred Page Cup in the Eastern Zone.
  3. The George Richardson Memorial Trophy was the Eastern Junior A championship for what became Major Junior. The league competed for it from 1961 until 1970.
  4. The Memorial Cup is the Canadian Junior A championship for what became Major Junior. The league competed for it from 1961 until 1970.
  5. 1 2 http://www.fredpagecup2008.com/history.php
  6. http://thehockeywriters.com/top-10-best-developmental-ice-hockey-leagues-north-america/
  7. http://www.hometeamsonline.com/hockeyteam/default.asp?username=EOJCHL
  8. Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell (2006-01-19). "The Bizarre World of Mike Danton". artvoice. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  9. TSN,ca Staff (2004-11-16). "Ottawa area CJHL bans Frost indefinitely". TSN. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  10. Hugh Adami (2005-12-05). "CJHL walks Frosty tightrope". Canada.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  11. "Junior league announces ban after incident with ref". HockeyRefs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  12. http://centrajuniora.stats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=349&seasonid=4401

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