2008–09 SIJHL season

Last updated
2008–09 SIJHL season
League Superior International Junior Hockey League
Sport Hockey
DurationRegular season
2008-09-19 – 2009-03-09
Playoffs
2009-03-13 – 2009-04-12
Number of teams 6
SIJHL seasons
  2007–08
2009–10  

The 2008–09 SIJHL season is the 8th season of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL). The six teams of the SIJHL will play 50-game schedules.

In an organized sports league, a typical season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session: for example, in Major League Baseball the season lasts approximately from April to October. In other team sports, like association football or basketball, it is generally from August or September to May although in some countries - such as Northern Europe or East Asia - the season starts in the spring and finishes in autumn, mainly due to weather conditions encountered during the winter.

Superior International Junior Hockey League

The Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) is a Junior A ice hockey league that belongs to the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and Hockey Canada. Winners of the SIJHL playoffs compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup against the winners of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup then moves on to compete for the Royal Bank Cup.

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Come February, the top teams of the league will play down for the Bill Salonen Cup, the SIJHL championship. The winner of the Bill Salonen Cup will compete in the Central Canadian Junior "A" championship, the Dudley Hewitt Cup. If successful against the winners of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, the champion would then move on to play in the Canadian Junior Hockey League championship, the 2009 Royal Bank Cup.

Dudley Hewitt Cup

The Dudley Hewitt Cup is a championship ice hockey trophy awarded to the Central Canadian Junior A Champion. The trophy is currently decided by round robin tournament format, at the conclusion of the playoffs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Superior International Junior Hockey League, to determine the central seed to the Royal Bank Cup. The Royal Bank Cup is the Canadian National Junior A Championship and is only competed for by teams within the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

Ontario Junior Hockey League

The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) is a Junior A ice hockey league in Ontario, Canada. It is under the supervision of the Ontario Hockey Association and the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The league dates back to 1954 as the Central Junior B Hockey League. In 1993, the Central Junior B Hockey League was promoted to the Junior A level and renamed the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. In 2009, the league was dissolved by the Ontario Hockey Association and split into two leagues: the Central Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. By early 2010, both sides had gotten over their differences and merged to reform the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) is a Canadian Junior ice hockey league and member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and Northern Ontario Hockey Association. The winner of the NOJHL playoffs competes for the Dudley Hewitt Cup with the winners of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Superior International Junior Hockey League. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup then moves on to compete for the Royal Bank Cup.

Changes

Sioux Lookout Flyers

The Sioux Lookout Flyers were a junior ice hockey team from Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League for parts of five seasons.

Thunder Bay Bulldogs

The Thunder Bay Bulldogs were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from the Port Arthur section of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

Thunder Bay Bearcats ice hockey team

The Thunder Bay Bearcats were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points; x = clinched playoff berth; y = clinched division title; z = clinched conference title

TeamCentreW-L-T-OTLGFGAPoints
Fort William North Stars Thunder Bay 39-7-0-4 307 129 82
Thunder Bay Bearcats Thunder Bay 33-11-0-6 221 142 72
Fort Frances Jr. Sabres Fort Frances 30-17-0-3 199 139 63
Schreiber Diesels Schreiber 26-21-0-3 213 220 55
Dryden Ice Dogs Dryden 20-25-0-5 170 210 45
Sioux Lookout Flyers Sioux Lookout 2-46-0-2 97 367 6

Teams listed on the official league website. [1]

Standings listed on official league website. [2]

2008-09 Bill Salonen Cup Playoffs

 Quarter-finalSemi-finalSalonen Cup
              
 
  1 Fort William 4 
   4 Schreiber 3 
4 Schreiber 3
  5 Dryden 0 
   1 Fort William 4
  2 Thunder Bay 1
  
 
2 Thunder Bay 4
   3 Fort Frances 1 
3 Fort Frances 3
  6 Sioux Lookout 0 

Playoff results are listed on the official league website. [3]

Dudley Hewitt Cup Championship

Hosted by the Schreiber Diesels in Schreiber, Ontario. Fort William finished in second place and Schreiber finished in third.

Schreiber Diesels

The Schreiber Diesels were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Schreiber, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

Schreiber, Ontario Township in Ontario, Canada

Schreiber is a municipal township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located on the northernmost point of Lake Superior along Highway 17. The town, with a population of approximately 1100 people, is almost completely located inside the geographic township of Priske, with a small western portion of the town in the southeast of Killraine Township.

Round Robin

Fort William North Stars 2 - Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) 0
Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) 9 - Schreiber Diesels 0
Fort William North Stars 1 - Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) 0
Schreiber Diesels 2 - Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) 0
Schreiber Diesels 5 - Fort William North Stars 2

Semi-final

Fort William North Stars 4 - Schreiber Diesels 3

Final

Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) 4 - Fort William North Stars 1

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Trevor Gamache Fort William North Stars 494162103155
Joel Langevin Fort William North Stars 4931447528
Chris Sinclair Fort Frances Jr. Sabres 4918547275
Brendan Baumgartner Fort Frances Jr. Sabres 4935357084
Ryan Magill Fort William North Stars 4626416751
Cayle Brown Fort William North Stars 4827376489
Jared Saunders Schreiber Diesels 4831316291
Jeff Manryk Thunder Bay Bearcats 44283462117
Mitch Cain Fort Frances Jr. Sabres 4826366262
Tyler Miller Thunder Bay Bearcats 2724376157

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games Played; Mins = Minutes Played; W = Wins; L = Losses: OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Allowed; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP Mins W L OTL SOL GA SO Sv% GAA
Ryan Faragher Fort Frances Jr. Sabres 402265:412414019250.9212.44
Drew Strandberg Thunder Bay Bearcats 341912:48206158320.9182.60
Jay Pelletier Fort William North Stars 251122:10142023620.9171.92
Patrick Sullivan Fort William North Stars 321729:01235107630.9012.64
Josh Baker Schreiber Diesels 412309:0119172115510.8934.03

Awards

Dryden Ice Dogs

The Dryden Ice Dogs are a junior "A" ice hockey team from Dryden, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

and Mitch Cain (Fort Frances Jr. Sabres)

See also

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Preceded by
2007–08 SIJHL season
SIJHL seasons Succeeded by
2009–10 SIJHL season