In 1898, the Ontario Hockey Association started a "junior" division for players under the age of twenty. The J. Ross Robertson Cup was first awarded to the OHA Junior "A" champions in 1934 and is still the league’s championship trophy today. The OHA operated its junior league until 1974, when the league became a separate entity and was renamed the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League and eventually, simply the Ontario Hockey League. Junior hockey in Canada flourished over the years, and the OHL played a major role in the development of young hockey players, producing thousands of the country’s top hockey players, from Bobby Orr to Wayne Gretzky to Joe Thornton.


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