The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) are ready to embark on their respective 2019-2020 seasons.
In the GOJHL we have one team returning after a brief one year hiatus. Another team in the league has rebranded themselves with a new name.
The Caledonia Corvairs are returning to action in the GOJHL after a one year hiatus. Caledonia elected to forfeit the 2018-2019 season and regroup for the 2019-2020 campaign.
They’re back and they have made a couple notable acquisitions, signing former Kitchener Ranger Eric Guest and former Kingston Frontenac Tyler Burnie.
Caledonia looks to be just as competitive as when they stepped away from the league and it will be interesting to see how they shake up the conference.
That brings us to the Brantford 99’ers. Oh Wait, I mean the Brantford Bandits. The former Jr. B 99’ers have rebranded the team and will have their own identity for 2019-2020.
The team has played under the Jr. A name the Brantford 99’ers in past seasons. The Brantford Bandits look for a fresh start with a new look, logo and colour scheme for the upcoming season.
That moves us on to the league of choice, or as most know it the OJHL. Junior hockey has taken a turn for the better in recent years and with a few hiccups along the way, it seems that things are looking up. Leading the pack is the OJHL.
However some teams still have their troubles. Although, that opens the doors for new markets to emerge. The Newmarket Hurricanes have been a team operating in the OJHL for 30 years. The upcoming 2019-2020 season will make the first season Newmarket does not operate in the league, instead you can welcome the Milton Menace.
Milton has stormed onto the Jr. A scene and look to bring junior hockey back to the town of Milton. Currently one of the favourites among fans in terms of logo design. Owner Jason Tryfon has brought the excitement and the Menace mob to Milton, the team will join the West division for the 2019-2020 season.
The final addition to the OJHL is another team purchased and relocated. The Kingston Voyageurs have struggled in recent years. Nearing the end of the 2018-2019 season there was plenty of speculation about the teams future in Kingston.
During the off season after a lengthy battle with another junior hockey bid. Dave Steele and company were awarded the approval to move a junior hockey team to the town of Collingwood.
The Collingwood Colts are you newest members of the North division in the OJHL. The Colts set to embark on their inaugural season. Plenty of excitement among the town as the season kicks off September 6th for the Colts.
Junior hockey is all but here hockey fans. Teams begin their preseason camps, a full schedule of exhibition games are set and the season begins in September for both leagues.
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