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Ontario Elite Hockey League (OEHL) Inaugural Opening Weekend

It will be a historic weekend as Sr. “AA” hockey returns to the Ontario Hockey Association

The 2023-2024 OEHL regular season begins play on Friday night (October 6th) in Port Elgin, with the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks hosting the Milverton Four Wheel Drives at 8:30 p.m.

Not only is it the first game in the history of the OEHL, but as an added bonus Winterhawks’ Assistant Coach, Jeff Barfoot, will be cutting his hair for charity after the game.

Barfoot’s long locks will be donated to Wigs for Kids, along with funds from a GoFundMe and donation buckets at the game. To date, the GoFundMe has raised close to $1,400.

On Saturday October 7th, the Tavistock Royals will raise the banner commemorating last season’s “AA” Championship, before hosting the debuting Georgian Bay Applekings at 7:30 p.m.

Live Scoring can be viewed through our stats provider, Gamesheet Inc.

Each team will play a 20-game regular season, with the top-8 teams in the standings qualifying for the “AA” Championship playoffs. The 9th-11th place teams will play for the “A” Championship.

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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