1974-75 OMJHL Season
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1974%E2%80%9375 OMJHL Season

The 1974-75 OMJHL season was the first season of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. The league operated semi-autonomously while still being part of the Ontario Hockey Association. The OMJHL inaugurated the William Hanley Trophy, awarded to the most sportsmanlike player. Eleven teams each played 70 games. The Toronto Marlboros won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, defeating the Hamilton Fincups.

League business

The Major Junior A Series of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) was rebranded as the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League (OMJHL) in 1974.[1][2] The league began operating semi-autonomously from the OHA, and later became fully independent.[3] Tubby Schmalz was appointed the first commissioner of the OMJHL on September 23, 1974.[4]

Schmalz set about to implement a revised mandatory player contract. It included a clause in which 20 per cent of a player's earnings during his first three professional seasons would go back to the junior clubs to recuperate development costs.[5] He explained that the clause was a result of Mark Howe and Marty Howe both departing in the summer for the Houston Aeros, and there was nothing in the OHA junior contract to cover development payments by professional teams.[6] The new clause was a basis for potential legal action against the World Hockey Association (WHA) which had not made payments to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) or OHA.[5]

Schmalz confirmed in January 1975, that development payments from the National Hockey League (NHL) were coming, and that the WHA was holding a meeting in February to discuss the issue. WCHL president Ed Chynoweth said his league's governors agreed to withdraw from the CAHA if the payment issue was not resolved, and foretold the possibility of Canada's three major junior leagues banding together under one umbrella. The NHL and WHA were delinquent in $600,000 in payments as per the existing professional-amateur agreement.[7][8] The Winnipeg Free Press reported that the WCHL was negotiating a separate deal with the WHA for development fees, and the WCHL would break away from the CAHA after the 1975 Memorial Cup. Schmalz was angered at the report and called for the three major junior league to remain unified.[9]

In February 1975, the NHL and the WHA agreed to stop drafting underage junior players. Mark Napier of the Toronto Marlboros who was not drafted, signed a professional contract with the Toronto Toros later that month to take effect in the following season. Schmalz stated he would seek legal advice on the matter, with the possibility of suspending Napier for the remainder of the junior season.[10] During a game against the Marlboros, St. Catharines Black Hawks owner Hap Emms ordered his players to wear their jerseys backwards and play with their sticks upside down in protest of Napier's contract.[11] Schmalz later ruled Napier eligible to play, and suspended Emms for the remainder of the season and fined him $1,000.[12]

Regular season


Team GP W L T Pts GF GA
y-Toronto Marlboros 70 48 13 9 105 469 303
x-Peterborough Petes 70 37 20 13 87 311 254
x-Hamilton Fincups 70 37 24 9 83 337 271
x-Ottawa 67's 70 33 30 7 73 379 382
x-Sudbury Wolves 70 31 29 10 72 324 281
x-St. Catharines Black Hawks 70 30 33 7 67 284 300
x-Oshawa Generals 70 28 33 9 65 288 306
x-Kingston Canadians 70 25 35 10 60 297 345
London Knights 70 26 37 7 59 296 368
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 70 25 36 9 59 312 367
Kitchener Rangers 70 17 47 6 40 239 351

Scoring leaders

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Bruce Boudreau Toronto Marlboros 69 68 97 165 52
Tim Young Ottawa 67's 70 56 107 163 127
Dennis Maruk London Knights 65 66 79 145 53
John Tonelli Toronto Marlboros 70 49 86 135 85
Doug Jarvis Peterborough Petes 69 45 88 133 39
Mark Napier Toronto Marlboros 61 66 64 130 106
Peter Lee Ottawa 67's 70 68 58 126 82
Dale McCourt Hamilton Fincups 69 52 74 126 57
Cary Farelli Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 69 56 65 121 35
Paul Woods Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 62 37 84 121 116



Toronto Marlboros defeat Kingston Canadians 4-3, 1 tie

Peterborough Petes defeat Oshawa Generals 4-1

Hamilton Fincups defeat St. Catharines Black Hawks 4-0

Sudbury Wolves defeat Ottawa 67's 4-3


Toronto Marlboros defeat Sudbury Wolves 4-3, 1 tie

Hamilton Fincups defeat Peterborough Petes 4-2

J. Ross Robertson Cup

Toronto Marlboros defeat Hamilton Fincups 4-3


See also


  1. ^ Ferguson, Bob (2005). Who's Who in Canadian Sport, Volume 4. Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd. p. 394. ISBN 1-55041-855-6.
  2. ^ Jackson, Jonathon (April 26, 2005). "The man behind the Tubby Schmalz Cup". Owen Sound Sun Times. Owen Sound, Ontario. p. B1.
  3. ^ "Schmalz Cup Trophy". Pointstreak. Ontario Hockey Association. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Schmalz Now Commissioner". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. September 23, 1974. p. 42.icon of an open green padlock
  5. ^ a b "OHA Junior Players Remain Unsigned". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. September 25, 1974. p. 71.icon of an open green padlock
  6. ^ "Junior owners file suit". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. September 21, 1978. p. 80.icon of an open green padlock
  7. ^ "Junior teams to get paid". Brandon Sun. Brandon, Manitoba. January 25, 1975. p. 6.icon of an open green padlock
  8. ^ "No compromise says president". Medicine Hat News. Medicine Hat, Alberta. January 27, 1975. p. 11.icon of an open green padlock
  9. ^ "WCHL Proposal Angers Schmalz". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. February 12, 1975. p. 60.icon of an open green padlock
  10. ^ "Signing turmoil continues". Medicine Hat News. Medicine Hat, Alberta. February 26, 1975. p. 15.icon of an open green padlock
  11. ^ Ludzik, Steve (2013-11-08). "Hap Emms will never be forgotten". Niagara Falls Review. Archived from the original on 2017-12-23. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Emms fined $1,000". Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge, Alberta. March 6, 1975. p. 15.icon of an open green padlock

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