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Big Changes in Store for 2025 Allan Cup Championship

The OEHL have been granted access to compete for the Canadian Men’s Senior Hockey Championship


2023-2024 OEHL Champions Minot 81s – Photo Courtesy of 519 Sports Online

Cambridge, ON – One of the oldest and prestigious hockey championships in Canada is getting a facelift. Beginning next season, OEHL member-teams will be able to compete for the Allan Cup.

The 2025 Allan Cup will take place April 5-12 in Innisfail Alberta. The last time the Allan Cup Championship was hosted outside of Ontario was in 2019 when the host Lacombe (Alberta) Generals defeated the Innisfail in the championship game 5-2 in front of a sell-out crowd.

Following three seasons of not competing for a championship due to the pandemic, the championship was back in 2023 and 2024; Dundas captured the title in both.

Now as excitment of Senior Hockey and the Allan Cup Championship increases, changes to the 2025 event mean more of an opportujnity for other teams to enter. Beginning next season, the OEHL champion will play the ACH champion in a 2 out 3 playoff. If the OEHL becomes the OHA Senior Champion, they will bepermitted to register five (5) extra players from within the OEHL. These (5) extra players will be part of your (28 players) roster that will participate in the 2025 Allan Cup.

“This is a great step for senior hockey and a validation of the quality of our product,” said OEHL Chair Gord Lamont. “This fits very well with our vision, which is to deliver the highest quality hockey product possible while maintaining our roots in small town Ontario.”

The OEHL is already a very competitive league with a very loyal fan base. With this caveat added to Allan Cup regulations, this will no doubt bolster the profile and overall strength of the league even further.

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About the Ontario Hockey Association

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) was founded on November 27, 1890, and is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior hockey in the Province of Ontario.  The OHA is a Member Partner of the Ontario Hockey Federation which is one of thirteen Provincial and Regional Branches of Hockey Canada. 

It is comprised of three Junior hockey leagues and two Senior hockey leagues: Junior A – Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueJunior B – Greater Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueJunior C – Provincial Junior Hockey LeagueSenior  – Allan Cup Hockey (AAA) and Ontario Elite Hockey League (AA). For the 2023-24 season, these five leagues encompass 125 teams.

The objectives of the OHA are to foster and encourage the sport of amateur hockey, to conduct competition in the various categories established, to determine teams for entry into the inter-branch competitions that may be provided by Hockey Canada, and to provide for the affiliation of other hockey organizations.

The OHA provides administrative resources, coordinates programs, services and events for hockey participants and provides support to various Development Programs for coaches, officials, trainers and players, Safety and Risk Management Issues and offers resources for Harassment and Abuse education.


For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:

Chris McCleary

General Manager, Operations & Marketing                  

Ontario Hockey Association                            

[email protected] 

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