Royal York Royals

The Royal York Royals are a defunct Junior "A" ice hockey team from North York, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The team was based at Downsview Arena in the Downsview neighbourhood. The team was originally named the Downsview Bees from 1971–1972, the Downsview Beavers from 1972–1974, and the Royal York Royals from 1974–1980.

Royal York Royals
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CityNorth York, Ontario
LeagueOntario Provincial Junior A Hockey League
Operated1972 (1972)-1980
Home arenaDownsview Arena
ColoursBlue, Red, and White

HistoryEdit

The Downsview Bees started operations in 1971, as part of the Metro Junior B league. In 1972, the team was one of six Metro teams to join the new OPJHL, changing its name to Beavers to reflect that they no longer were playing "Junior B" hockey. They became the Royals in 1974 and started having some success. After four consecutive years near the top of the league and little playoff success, the Royals folded in 1980.

In 1978, the Royals made it to the league finals to contend for the Buckland Trophy. Their opponent was the Guelph Platers. The Platers defeated the Royals 4-games-1.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

 
Downsview Beavers 1972–1974
Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
Downsview Bees
1971–72 44 6 36 2 - 115 330 14 11th Metro B
Downsview Beavers
1972–73 44 12 21 11 - 198 257 35 9th OPJHL
1973–74 44 4 36 4 - 158 265 12 12th OPJHL
Royal York Royals
1974–75 44 5 36 3 - 172 296 13 12th OPJHL
1975–76 44 16 21 7 - 194 220 39 10th OPJHL
1976–77 44 21 16 7 - 211 199 49 4th OPJHL
1977–78 50 33 11 6 - 288 214 72 3rd OPJHL Lost Final
1978–79 50 33 13 4 - 272 190 70 2nd OPJHL
1979–80 44 25 12 7 - 277 203 57 2nd OPJHL

PlayoffsEdit

  • 1973 DNQ
  • 1974 DNQ
  • 1975 DNQ
  • 1976 Lost Preliminary
Toronto Nationals defeated Royal York Royals 3-games-to-2
  • 1977 Lost Semi-final
Royal York Royals defeated Wexford Raiders 4-games-to-2
North York Rangers defeated Royal York Royals 4-games-to-2
  • 1978 Lost Final
Royal York Royals defeated Newmarket Flyers 4-games-to-2
Royal York Royals defeated Dixie Beehives 4-games-to-none
Guelph Platers defeated Royal York Royals 4-games-to-1
  • 1979 Lost Quarter-final
North York Rangers defeated Royal York Royals 4-games-to-3
  • 1980 Lost Final
Royal York Royals defeated North Bay Trappers 4-games-to-3
Royal York Royals defeated Aurora Tigers 4-games-to-2
North York Rangers defeated Royal York Royals 4-games-to-1

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