1981–82 OHL season

The 1981–82 OHL season was the second season of the Ontario Hockey League. The league grows by two teams when, the Cornwall Royals are transferred from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and the Belleville Bulls are awarded a franchise. Fourteen teams each played 68 games. The Kitchener Rangers won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, defeating the Ottawa 67's.

Expansion and RealignmentEdit

The league expanded by two teams, as the Belleville Bulls and the Cornwall Royals joined the Ontario Hockey League. Both teams joined the Leyden Division, as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds moved to the Emms Division.

Belleville BullsEdit

On February 2, 1981, the OHL granted a franchise to the city of Belleville and the ownership group of Dr. Robert L. Vaughan and Bob Dolan. The Bulls would play their home games at the Yardmen Arena. The Bulls would join the Leyden Division.

Prior to joining the OHL, the Bulls played in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, beginning in the 1979-80 season. In their final season in the league, Belleville defeated the Guelph Platers to win the OPJHL championship. The club would reach the 1981 Centennial Cup finals, where they lost to the Prince Albert Raiders of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League 6-2 in the championship game.

Cornwall RoyalsEdit

The Cornwall Royals were transferred to the Ontario Hockey League from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the 1981-82 season. Originally an expansion team in 1969, the Royals were a very successful club in the QMJHL, winning the Memorial Cup three times, in 1971, 1980, and 1981. Cornwall would play their home games at the Cornwall Civic Complex. The Royals would join the Leyden Division.

The Royals were able to keep their players from the previous season, including players such as Scott Arniel and Doug Gilmour, who helped lead the team to the 1981 Memorial Cup championship.

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-Ottawa 67's 68 47 19 2 96 353 248
2 y-Oshawa Generals 68 40 26 2 82 335 296
3 x-Peterborough Petes 68 36 29 3 75 291 266
4 x-Toronto Marlboros 68 37 31 0 74 316 290
5 x-Kingston Canadians 68 29 34 5 63 302 316
6 x-Cornwall Royals 68 28 35 5 61 303 327
7 Belleville Bulls 68 24 42 2 50 280 326

Emms DivisionEdit

Rank Team GP W L T PTS GF GA
1 z-Kitchener Rangers 68 44 21 3 91 322 247
2 y-Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 68 40 25 3 83 274 243
3 x-London Knights 68 35 30 3 73 359 328
4 x-Niagara Falls Flyers 68 31 34 3 65 311 338
5 x-Brantford Alexanders 68 25 41 2 52 293 313
6 x-Windsor Spitfires 68 22 42 4 48 269 343
7 Sudbury Wolves 68 19 48 1 39 275 401

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Dave Simpson London Knights 68 67 88 155 18
Jeff Vaive Ottawa 67's 68 56 95 151 90
Moe Lemay Ottawa 67's 62 68 70 138 48
Tony Tanti Oshawa Generals 57 62 64 126 138
Mitch Lamoureux Oshawa Generals 66 43 78 121 275
Doug Gilmour Cornwall Royals 67 46 73 119 42
Mario Simioni Toronto Marlboros 68 58 60 118 88
Chris McCauley London Knights 66 47 67 114 117
Fred Perlini Toronto Marlboros 68 47 64 111 75
Claude Loiselle Windsor Spitfires 68 36 73 109 192

PlayoffsEdit

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  Division quarter-finals Division semi-finals Division finals J. Ross Robertson Cup
                                     
L4 Toronto 6  
L6 Cornwall 4  
  L1 Ottawa 8  
    L4 Toronto 2  
     
       
  L1 Ottawa 8  
  L2 Oshawa 6  
L3 Peterborough 6  
L5 Kingston 2  
  L2 Oshawa 8
    L3 Peterborough 2  
     
       
  L1 Ottawa 1
  E1 Kitchener 9
E4 Niagara Falls 4  
E6 Windsor 6  
  E1 Kitchener 8
    E6 Windsor 0  
     
       
  E1 Kitchener 9
  E2 Sault Ste. Marie 3  
E3 London 2  
E5 Brantford 6  
  E2 Sault Ste. Marie 8
    E3 Brantford 6  
     

Division quarter-finalsEdit

Leyden DivisionEdit

(3) Peterborough Petes vs. (5) Kingston CanadiansEdit
Peterborough wins series 6 – 2


(4) Toronto Marlboros vs. (6) Cornwall RoyalsEdit
Toronto wins series 6 – 4


Emms DivisionEdit

(3) London Knights vs. (5) Brantford AlexandersEdit
Brantford wins series 6 – 2


(4) Niagara Falls Flyers vs. (6) Windsor SpitfiresEdit
Windsor wins series 6 – 4


Division semi-finalsEdit

Leyden DivisionEdit

(1) Ottawa 67's vs. (4) Toronto MarlborosEdit
Ottawa wins series 8 – 2


(2) Oshawa Generals vs. (3) Peterborough PetesEdit
Oshawa wins series 8 – 2


Emms DivisionEdit

(1) Kitchener Rangers vs. (6) Windsor SpitfiresEdit
Kitchener wins series 8 – 0


(2) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. (5) Brantford AlexandersEdit
Sault Ste. Marie wins series 8 – 6


Division finalsEdit

Leyden DivisionEdit

(1) Ottawa 67's vs. (2) Oshawa GeneralsEdit
Ottawa wins series 8 – 6


Emms DivisionEdit

(1) Kitchener Rangers vs. (2) Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsEdit
Kitchener wins series 9 – 3


J. Ross Robertson CupEdit

(L1) Ottawa 67's vs. (E1) Kitchener RangersEdit
Kitchener wins series 9 – 1


AwardsEdit

J. Ross Robertson Cup: Kitchener Rangers
Hamilton Spectator Trophy: Ottawa 67's
Leyden Trophy: Ottawa 67's
Emms Trophy: Kitchener Rangers
Red Tilson Trophy: Dave Simpson, London Knights
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy: Dave Simpson, London Knights
Matt Leyden Trophy: Brian Kilrea, Ottawa 67's
Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy: Tony Tanti, Oshawa Generals
Max Kaminsky Trophy: Ron Meighan, Niagara Falls Flyers
Jack Ferguson Award: Kirk Muller, Guelph Platers
Dave Pinkney Trophy: John Vanbiesbrouck and Marc D'Amour, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Emms Family Award: Pat Verbeek, Sudbury Wolves
F.W. 'Dinty' Moore Trophy: Shawn Kilroy, Peterborough Petes
William Hanley Trophy: Dave Simpson, London Knights
Bobby Smith Trophy: Dave Simpson, London Knights

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
1980–81 OHL season
OHL seasons Succeeded by
1982–83 OHL season