The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League has become one of the top developmental leagues in Ontario over the past decade. Although it has been regarded as solely a feeder league for the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), the league has also been an early stage for some very talented players who have moved on to Major Junior, NCAA, CIS and the professional ranks, including the NHL.
Founded in 1966 as the Rideau-St.Lawrence Junior “B” Hockey League after a merger with Upper Ottawa Valley Junior “B” League and the folding of the Lanark-Renfrew Junior C league, the league has gone through various makeovers. The league currently has 16-member clubs that offer hockey throughout the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario region.
Each club is entitled two (16 year old cards) making it a great league for young prospects. Many players who play out their Junior A eligibility and don’t get NCAA scholarship offers return to their hometown organizations to finish their final season of hockey. It is a great league for players who are going to college or university and can’t commit to the busy schedule of Tier 1 Junior A hockey.