1980–81 OHL season

The 1980–81 OHL season was the first season of the newly established Ontario Hockey League, renaming itself from the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. The OMJHL formally severed ties with the Ontario Hockey Association over the summer, and affiliated with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The OHL inaugurated the Jack Ferguson Award for the first overall draft pick in the OHL entry draft. Twelve teams each played 68 games. The Kitchener Rangers won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, defeating the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points; x = clinched playoff berth; y = clinched first round bye; z = clinched division title & first round bye

Leyden DivisionEdit

Rank Team GP W L T PTS GF GA
1 z-Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 68 47 19 2 96 412 290
2 y-Ottawa 67's 68 45 20 3 93 360 254
3 y-Kingston Canadians 68 39 26 3 81 334 273
4 x-Oshawa Generals 68 35 30 3 73 321 352
5 x-Peterborough Petes 68 29 36 3 61 287 290
6 Sudbury Wolves 68 20 45 5 45 284 380

Emms DivisionEdit

Rank Team GP W L T PTS GF GA
1 z-Kitchener Rangers 68 34 33 1 69 321 320
2 y-Brantford Alexanders 68 34 34 0 68 350 354
3 y-Windsor Spitfires 68 33 33 2 68 322 337
4 x-Niagara Falls Flyers 68 30 36 2 62 354 359
5 x-Toronto Marlboros 68 31 37 0 62 298 336
6 London Knights 68 20 48 0 40 300 388

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
John Goodwin Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 68 56 110 166 42
Ernie Godden Windsor Spitfires 68 87 66 153 185
Bernie Nicholls Kingston Canadians 65 63 89 152 109
Tony Tanti Oshawa Generals 67 81 69 150 197
Steve Ludzik Niagara Falls Flyers 58 50 92 142 108
Scott Howson Kingston Canadians 66 57 83 140 53
Steve Larmer Niagara Falls Flyers 61 55 78 133 73
Steve Gatzos Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 68 78 50 128 114
Randy Cunneyworth Ottawa 67's 67 54 74 128 240
Doug Sheddon Windsor Spitfires 66 51 72 123 78

PlayoffsEdit

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Division quarter-finals Division semi-finals Division finals J. Ross Robertson Cup
            
L4 Oshawa 3
L5 Peterborough 2
L1 Sault Ste. Marie 8
L4 Oshawa 4
L1 Sault Ste. Marie 9
L3 Kingston 5
L2 Ottawa 5
L3 Kingston 9
L1 Sault Ste. Marie 3
E1 Kitchener 9
E4 Niagara Falls 3
E5 Toronto 2
E1 Kitchener 9
E4 Niagara Falls 5
E1 Kitchener 9
E3 Windsor 1
E2 Brantford 4
E3 Windsor 8

Division quarter-finalsEdit

Leyden DivisionEdit

(4) Oshawa Generals vs. (5) Peterborough PetesEdit
March 17 Peterborough Petes 2 – 5 Oshawa Generals Oshawa Civic Auditorium
March 19 Oshawa Generals 3 – 4 OT Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
March 22 Peterborough Petes 2 – 5 Oshawa Generals Oshawa Civic Auditorium
March 23 Oshawa Generals 3 – 4 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
March 24 Peterborough Petes 2 – 6 Oshawa Generals Oshawa Civic Auditorium
Oshawa wins series 3 – 2


Emms DivisionEdit

(4) Niagara Falls Flyers vs. (5) Toronto MarlborosEdit
March 17 Toronto Marlboros 4 – 3 Niagara Falls Flyers Niagara Falls Memorial Arena
March 19 Niagara Falls Flyers 4 – 7 Toronto Marlboros Maple Leaf Gardens
March 20 Toronto Marlboros 2 – 7 Niagara Falls Flyers Niagara Falls Memorial Arena
March 22 Niagara Falls Flyers 9 – 5 Toronto Marlboros Maple Leaf Gardens
March 24 Toronto Marlboros 4 – 5 OT Niagara Falls Flyers Niagara Falls Memorial Arena
Niagara Falls wins series 3 – 2


Division semi-finalsEdit

Leyden DivisionEdit

(1) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. (4) Oshawa GeneralsEdit
March 26 Oshawa Generals 2 – 10 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
March 27 Oshawa Generals 6 – 8 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
March 29 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 – 4 Oshawa Generals Oshawa Civic Auditorium
March 30 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 – 9 Oshawa Generals Oshawa Civic Auditorium
April 1 Oshawa Generals 5 – 3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 – 4 Oshawa Generals Oshawa Civic Auditorium
Sault Ste. Marie wins series 8 – 4


(2) Ottawa 67's vs. (3) Kingston CanadiansEdit
March 20 Kingston Canadians 5 – 4 Ottawa 67's Ottawa Civic Centre
March 22 Ottawa 67's 4 – 5 Kingston Canadians Kingston Memorial Centre
March 24 Kingston Canadians 6 – 6 Ottawa 67's Ottawa Civic Centre
March 27 Ottawa 67's 9 – 1 Kingston Canadians Kingston Memorial Centre
March 29 Kingston Canadians 2 – 5 Ottawa 67's Ottawa Civic Centre
March 31 Ottawa 67's 2 – 6 Kingston Canadians Kingston Memorial Centre
April 3 Kingston Canadians 3 – 2 Ottawa 67's Ottawa Civic Centre
Kingston wins series 9 – 5


Emms DivisionEdit

(1) Kitchener Rangers vs. (4) Niagara Falls FlyersEdit
March 27 Niagara Falls Flyers 2 – 5 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
March 29 Kitchener Rangers 5 – 2 Niagara Falls Flyers Niagara Falls Memorial Arena
March 30 Niagara Falls Flyers 5 – 0 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
March 31 Kitchener Rangers 3 – 3 Niagara Falls Flyers Niagara Falls Memorial Arena
April 2 Niagara Falls Flyers 7 – 8 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
April 3 Kitchener Rangers 1 – 5 Niagara Falls Flyers Niagara Falls Memorial Arena
April 5 Niagara Falls Flyers 4 – 5 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Kitchener wins series 9 – 5


(2) Brantford Alexanders vs. (3) Windsor SpitfiresEdit
March 20 Windsor Spitfires 2 – 4 Brantford Alexanders Brantford Civic Centre
March 22 Brantford Alexanders 7 – 7 Windsor Spitfires Windsor Arena
March 24 Windsor Spitfires 8 – 8 Brantford Alexanders Brantford Civic Centre
March 26 Brantford Alexanders 3 – 5 Windsor Spitfires Windsor Arena
March 29 Windsor Spitfires 3 – 2 Brantford Alexanders Brantford Civic Centre
March 31 Brantford Alexanders 2 – 6 Windsor Spitfires Windsor Arena
Windsor wins series 8 – 4


Division finalsEdit

Leyden DivisionEdit

(1) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. (3) Kingston CanadiansEdit
April 7 Kingston Canadians 0 – 6 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 8 Kingston Canadians 2 – 5 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 11 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 – 2 Kingston Canadians Kingston Memorial Centre
April 12 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 – 2 Kingston Canadians Kingston Memorial Centre
April 14 Kingston Canadians 5 – 3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 16 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 – 3 Kingston Canadians Kingston Memorial Centre
April 18 Kingston Canadians 1 – 8 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
Sault Ste. Marie wins series 9 – 5


Emms DivisionEdit

(1) Kitchener Rangers vs. (3) Windsor SpitfiresEdit
April 7 Windsor Spitfires 4 – 5 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
April 9 Kitchener Rangers 7 – 2 Windsor Spitfires Windsor Arena
April 10 Windsor Spitfires 4 – 4 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
April 12 Kitchener Rangers 7 – 5 Windsor Spitfires Windsor Arena
April 14 Windsor Spitfires 0 – 4 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Kitchener wins series 9 – 1


J. Ross Robertson CupEdit

(L1) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. (E1) Kitchener RangersEdit

April 21 Kitchener Rangers 3 – 3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 23 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 – 5 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
April 25 Kitchener Rangers 2 – 2 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 26 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 – 6 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
April 28 Kitchener Rangers 4 – 4 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 29 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 – 2 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Kitchener wins series 9 – 3


AwardsEdit

J. Ross Robertson Cup: Kitchener Rangers
Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Leyden Trophy: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Emms Trophy: Kitchener Rangers
Red Tilson Trophy: Ernie Godden, Windsor Spitfires
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy: John Goodwin, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Matt Leyden Trophy: Brian Kilrea, Ottawa 67's
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy: Tony Tanti, Oshawa Generals
Max Kaminsky Trophy: Randy Boyd, Ottawa 67's
Jack Ferguson Award: Dan Quinn, Belleville Bulls
Dave Pinkney Trophy: Jim Ralph, Ottawa 67's
Emms Family Award: Tony Tanti, Oshawa Generals
F.W. 'Dinty' Moore Trophy: John Vanbiesbrouck, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
William Hanley Trophy: John Goodwin, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Bobby Smith Trophy: Doug Smith, Ottawa 67's

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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