Junior B Players In The NHL
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01-01-2013, 10:12 PM
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In Quebec during the 60's/70's it was quite normal to play Junior B for a year or two then get promoted to
Major Junior. I remember seeing Ian Turnbull
and Richard Mulhern ( among others) playing for the Pointe Claire Flyers for a year or so? Before moving on up the ladder. Back them AAA Midget wasn't an option in Quebec.
A really talented player would play Junior B when he was 15 , then Major Junior later. Some might have the skills to play at 14, but seldom did as Junior hockey was VERY rough back then, and most 14 year olds would be near traumatized by playing it.
1968-69 Ian Turnbull played for the West Island Flyers, a MMJHL team which was an old Jr A - Memorial Cup eligible league. The MMJHL and the QJHL formed the original QMJHL starting with the 1969-70 season. Turnbull was the property of the Montreal Junior Canadiens who were part of the OHA JR league so he never played in the Q, joiming the Junior Canadiens for the 1969-70 season.
The remaining MMJHL and QJHL teams that did not join the new QMJHL joined various other provincial Jr A leagues.
Also at that time you had the Juvenile category which tended to be the buffer between Bantam and Junior. The age limit for Juvenile was somewhat variable, some leagues were under 20, others under 18, but the talented 14 and 15 year olds tended to play Juvenile.
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