New Brunswick Junior Hockey League (2012–)

The New Brunswick Junior Hockey League (NBJBHL) is a Canadian Junior ice hockey league in the Province of New Brunswick. The NBJHL is a member of Hockey New Brunswick and Hockey Canada.

New Brunswick Junior Hockey League
New Brunswick Junior B Hockey League (emblem).jpg
PresidentSheldon Hay
Vice PresidentDon Partington
Founded2009
No. of teams7
Recent ChampionsB: Moncton Vitos
C: Tri-County River Cats (2019)
Websitehttp://nbjbhl.com

HistoryEdit

The original New Brunswick Junior Hockey League folded in 2003. That league was formed in the 1980s from the five regional Jr. B leagues of New Brunswick when the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League folded in 1983.

In the summer of 2009, five teams (Blacks Harbour Silver Kings, Grand Lake Wild Moose, Moncton Vito's, Port City Ice Dawgs, Tri-County River Cats) formed a new Junior B league, the NBJBHL.

Tri-County River Cats won the first three (2010–12) league titles.

With the collapse of the New Brunswick Junior C Hockey League in 2011 Hampton Hurricanes joined the league which was reorganized as a mixed Junior B and Junior C circuit. It was renamed the New Brunswick Junior Hockey League (NBJHL) for the 2012–13 season. Junior C league winners compete at the Maritime-Hockey North Junior C Championship.

Expansion came for the 2013–14 with the addition of the Fundy Cobras and Kent Coyotes. A year late the league accepted another pair of new teams, the Sackville Storm and the Sunny Corner Thunder.

The 2015–16 season saw the league split into the Don Johnson division - with some interlocking games against the Island Junior Hockey League - and the Maritime-Hockey North division.

2012 Vito'sEdit

In the Spring of 2012, the Moncton Vito's dropped the fifth game of the NBJBHL finals to Tri-County to give the River Cats their third straight provincial title. Just like in 2010, the River Cats declined the right to play for the Don Johnson Cup, the Atlantic Junior B Championship. The Vito's went in their place and after a 1-3-0 record in the round robin, advanced to the playoff rounds. In the semi-final, the Vito's defeated the 4-0-0 host St. John's Jr. Caps 5-4 in overtime. In the final, the Vito's defeated the 4-1-0 East Hants Penguins of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League 2-1 in overtime to become the first New Brunswick team to win the Atlantic Junior B championship in a decade and the first-ever from the new NBJBHL.

TeamsEdit

Don Johnson Centre 1st Year
Kent Koyotes Cocagne 2013
Moncton Vito's Moncton 2009
Richibucto Rangers Richibucto 2021
Southeast Knights Cap Pelé 2022
Maritime-HN Centre 1st Year
Southern Sting Quispamsis 2015
Sunny Corner Thunder Sunny Corner 2014
Tri-County River Cats Fredericton Junction 2009
Western Valley Panthers Hartland 2012

Former teamsEdit

  • Black Harbour Silver Kings (2009–10)
  • Fredericton Jr. Caps (2012–17)
  • Fundy Cobras (2013–15)
  • Grand Lake Moose (2005–18)
  • Hampton Hurricanes (2011–15) - relocated and renamed Southern Sting
  • Miramichi River Maniacs (2010–11; 2012–13)
  • Cap-Pele Predators (2015–2020)
  • Port City Ice Dawgs (2009–15)
  • Sackville Storm (2014–15)
  • Saint John Lancers (2011–12)
  • Shediac Predators (2012–15) - relocated and renamed Cap-Pele Predators
  • St. Andrews Whalers (2010–11)

ChampionsEdit

Year Champion Runner-up Result
2010 Tri-County River Cats
2011 Tri-County River Cats Moncton Vito's
2012 B: Tri-County River Cats

C: Hampton Hurricanes

Moncton Vito's 4–1
2013 B: Moncton Vito's

C: Hampton Hurricanes

Fredericton Caps

Western Valley Panthers

4–1

4–3

2014 B: Fredericton Caps

C: Hampton Hurricanes

Moncton Vito's

Western Valley Panthers

4–2

4–1

2015 B: Moncton Vito's

C: Western Valley Panthers

Shediac Predators

Grand Lake Moose

4–3

4–3

2016 B: Moncton Vito's

C: Western Valley Panthers

Cap-Pele Predators

Southern Sting

4–1

4–2

2017 B: Cap-Pele Predators

C: Southern Sting

Kent Koyotes

Western Valley Panthers

4–0

4–2

2018 B: Moncton Vito's

C: Tri-County River Cats

Kent Koyotes

Southern Sting

4–1

4–2

2019 B: Moncton Vito's

C: Tri-County River Cats

Kent Koyotes

Western Valley Panthers

4–0

4–0

2020 B: none

C: none

2021 B: none

C: none

2022 B: Kent Koyotes

C: Western Valley Panthers

Moncton Vito's

Tri-County River Cats

4–2

3–0

Don Johnson Cup Atlantic ChampionsEdit

  • 2012 Moncton Vito's
  • 2015 Moncton Vito's
  • 2017 Cap-Pele Predators
  • 2022 Kent Koyotes

Maritime-Hockey North Junior C ChampionsEdit

  • 2013 Hampton Hurricanes
  • 2016 Western Valley Panthers[1]
  • 2017 Southern Sting
  • 2019 Tri-County River Cats[2]
  • 2022 Western Valley Panthers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team New Brunswick takes gold in Maritime Hockey North Jr. championship". Canadian Broadcasting Company. April 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "Paddy Thompson's OT Winner Gives Rivercats the Championship". Maritime-Hockey North Junior C Championship. March 31, 2019.

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