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For the first time since 1987, the Hugh McLean Trophy was awarded

Georgian Bay Captain Mitchell Good accepts the Hugh McLean Trophy from OEHL Commissioner Rick Richardson (photo courtesy of @Dillonsphotos705)

Meaford, ON – it was Game 7 heaven for the Georgian Bay Applekings as they outlasted Milverton 7-5 yesterday in the deciding game. Left-winger Neal Ross lead the way for Georgian Bay with three goals and two assists in the game.

The trophy is named in honour of the late Hugh McLean, a longtime OHA and NHL referee, who also served as president of the OHA from 1976-1978. McLean was also a driving force behind the creation of the Continental league.

The OEHL has been granted use of the Hugh McLean Trophy, to be awarded to the champion of the OEHL/OHA Sr. “A” playoffs.

Established in 2023, the OEHL is the newest member of the Ontario Hockey Association, building on 80 years of senior “AA” hockey legacy, with 11 teams located in Ontario. The OEHL operates within the jurisdiction of the OHA and Hockey Canada, providing the highest quality of family-friendly entertainment in small communities. The OEHL awards an “A’ Championship (Hugh McLean Trophy) and ‘AA’ Championship (OEHL Cup). The OEHL Cup final series is underway – Minto has a 2-0 lead in the series over Tavistock.

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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