Monday, July 8, 2013

2013-14 OJHL SCHEDULE RELEASED

Press Release

The Ontario Junior Hockey League today released its 2013-14 regular season schedule, while also announcing the first-ever OJHL Outdoor Game and the Oakville Blades as host of the 2013 OJHL Governors’ Showcase Weekend.

The OJHL schedule consists of 583 games, featuring 22 teams with the new inter-conference play.  Each club will play a 53 game regular season schedule that features the following break-down:

    26 home games, 26 road games & one Governors’ Showcase match-up
    Home & home series versus each club in other Conference
    Home & home series versus each club in other Division within Conference
    Remaining schedule versus clubs within Division

CLICK HERE for the full 2013-14 OJHL regular season schedule

Highlights of the 2013-14 schedule include:

    Opening night is Friday, September 6, 2013, with four games on the agenda, taking place in Lindsay, Oakville, Pickering & St. Michael’s

    The St. Michael’s Buzzers home opener and championship celebration ceremony will be held on opening night (September 6) vs. the Toronto Jr. Canadiens

    The Toronto Lakeshore Patriots open their new home, Westwood Arena, on Saturday, September 7 vs. the St. Michael’s Buzzers

    The Toronto Jr. Canadiens open their brand new facility, Buckingham Downsview Park Arena, on Sunday, September 8 vs. the Lindsay Muskies

    Annual Governors’ Showcase to be held in Oakville, Ontario from September 28-29, 2013

    Multiple teams to host special afternoon “School Day” games, allowing school groups/kids to attend

    The 2013 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge will be played from November 4-10 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, featuring Team Canada East assistant coach, Mario Ciccillo of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens

    The 3rd Annual Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge will be hosted by the QJAAAHL in December

    The Buffalo Jr. Sabres will host two games at the First Niagara Centre, home of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres – November 12 vs. Milton & January 14 vs. Pickering

    The Trenton Golden Hawks will host two games at RCAF Flyers Arena on Canadian Forces Base Trenton – December 8 vs. Lindsay & January 19 vs. Pickering

    The Buffalo Jr. Sabres will host an outdoor game vs. St. Michael’s on December 15 in Rochester, New York as part of the AHL Rochester Americans’ 10-day outdoor festival at Frontier Field

    The regular season ends on Saturday, February 22, 2014 with the playoffs beginning that week

“I couldn’t be more excited about the start of the 2013-14 Ontario Junior Hockey League season,” stated OJHL Commissioner Marty Savoy.  “Through the foresight of our Board of Governors to re-introduce Inter-Conference play to the schedule, our dedicated fan base now has the opportunity to see all 22 member clubs in action during the course of the regular season.  As well, with the historic announcement of our first OJHL Outdoor Game, there is unprecedented excitement for the Junior ‘A’ brand in Ontario.”

The first-ever OJHL Outdoor Game will take place as part of the Rochester Americans 10-day outdoor festival (December 13-22, 2013) being held at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York.  The festival will feature an Americans regular season AHL game, as well as a college hockey double-header with RIT men’s and women’s teams, several Section V High School contests and an Alumni Game with former Amerks and Sabres.  To be included in the event on day three (Dec. 15) is an OJHL regular season game between the defending South-West Conference champion Buffalo Jr. Sabres and the defending OJHL champion St. Michael’s Buzzers.

“Because of the Buffalo Sabres continued involvement as a partner with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres,” said Jr. Sabres Governor and Buffalo Sabres Alumni Larry Playfair, “they extended to us an opportunity to play a game at the outdoor facility they are putting in place for the Rochester Americans AHL league game.  It was something we wanted to do for our players and we are happy that St. Michael’s has agreed to be the opponent that night.”

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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