Jr. Sabres Lose Old Rival in Realignment

(Mississagua, Ontario) – With the Ontario Junior Hockey League reduced to 23 franchises as part of recent contraction, the league has realigned divisions. The new divisions were announced during the OJHL’s Annual General Meeting, held this past weekend in Mississaugua, Ontario.

The Oakville Blades, a longtime rival of the Buffalo Junior Sabres, is leaving the OJHL’s West Division for the South Division. Meanwhile, the Orangeville Flyers come into the West Division, which will be comprised of six teams.

Buffalo Jr. Sabres team president Larry Playfair (far left in photo) was among the outgoing Directors honored by the league, which installed its new Board of Directors for a two-year term. Playfair has just completed a two-year term as the league’s 2nd Vice Chair.

In a written statement, new OJHL Chairman Scott McCrory said: “Tim Clayden (Trenton/Aurora), Carlo Coccimiglio (Oakville), Al Doria (Vaughan), Ted Nishi (Georgetown – previous Chairman), Larry Playfair (Buffalo) and Brant Snow (North York) all have spent countless hours dedicating their time to the betterment of the OJHL, and have been the driving force behind many of the changes that have taken place recently.”