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12-08-2012, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Shootmaster_44 View Post
This is interesting. Now why did many of the Ontario players play Junior B instead of Midget AAA (or whatever the equivalent is that sends teams to the Telus Cup)? Is Junior more formalized in Ontario? What I mean is does an OHL club have a Junior A affiliate, which has a Junior B affiliate etc.? It seems the WHL clubs do not and their draft picks play whereever they would have normally (I.e. the Saskatoon Blades wouldn't send their 15 year olds to the Saskatoon Contacts, the kid plays in BC if he's from there etc.)
Well, I grew up in Ontario in the late 50's & 60's, really the tale end of the old NHL Sponsorship Era, almost all of the Jr.B Clubs in Southern Ontario affiliated with Jr.A teams (there was no Provincial Jr.A back then). Youd play Jr.B for a season, at 15 or 16, then move on up to Jr.A if you were good enough or be returned to play at the amateur levels, maybe kept around if you were useful as a role or depth player.

What is now AAA was single A, then you had B, and in some regions C designations from Tyke to Juvenile, all again associated with & feeders to the Jr.B & Jr.A clubs either directly or loosely. The Chicago Black Hawks for example had the Dixie Beehives Jr.B club stocked with their recruits, who would then go on to play for the St. Catherines Black Hawks Jr.A club; followed by hopefully Chicago itself. Toronto had the Markham Waxers, Weston Dukes & St.Mikes Jr.B clubs, the Marlies & until the early 60's a St.Mikes followed by Neil McNeil Jr.A team with Leafs prospects & so on & so forth.

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