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12-08-2012, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Killion View Post
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.
Affiliated teams or vertical organizations that ran teams from intro to junior?

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