1984-85 OHL Season
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1984%E2%80%9385 OHL Season

The 1984-85 OHL season was the fifth season of the Ontario Hockey League. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were undefeated in all 33 home games during the regular season. The Brantford Alexanders move back to Hamilton becoming the Hamilton Steelhawks. Fifteen teams each played 66 games. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds won the J. Ross Robertson Cup, defeating the Peterborough Petes.

Relocation/Team Name Change

Brantford Alexanders to Hamilton Steelhawks

The Brantford Alexanders relocated and moved back to the city of Hamilton for the 1984-85 season. The franchise had previously played in Hamilton from 1953-1976 as the Hamilton Tiger Cubs from 1953-1960, and the Hamilton Fincups from 1960-1976. In 1976, the franchise relocated to St. Catharines and played as the St. Catharines Fincups for the 1976-77 season, however, the club returned to Hamilton for the 1977-78 season. The club then relocated to Brantford and was renamed as the Brantford Alexanders for the 1978-79 season.

The Steelhawks would play the 1984-85 season out of Mountain Arena while their new arena, Copps Coliseum, was being constructed and would not open until the 1985-86 season. The team remained in the Emms Division.

Windsor Spitfires to Windsor Compuware Spitfires

The Windsor Spitfires were bought by Peter Karmanos, the founder and CEO of Compuware in 1984 and were renamed as the Windsor Compuware Spitfires beginning in the 1984-85 season.

Tragedy

On January 4, 1985, Bruce Melanson of the Oshawa Generals collapsed at practice and died from a heart ailment known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome which resulted in him having a rapid heartbeat because of electrical impulses in the heart taking extra pathways. He was 18 years old at the time of the incident.[1] Melanson was a second round draft pick of the New York Islanders at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

The Generals wore black arm bands for the remainder of the season in memoriam of their teammate. In his memory, the club no longer issues the uniform number "9". A memorial scholarship was also set up at his former high school in New Brunswick.

Regular season

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points; x = clinched playoff berth; y = clinched division title

Leyden Division

Rank Team GP W L T PTS GF GA
1 y-Peterborough Petes 66 42 20 4 88 354 233
2 x-Belleville Bulls 66 42 24 0 84 390 278
3 x-Toronto Marlboros 66 35 28 3 73 315 302
4 x-Cornwall Royals 66 34 30 2 70 355 344
5 x-Oshawa Generals 66 32 32 2 66 271 259
6 x-Ottawa 67's 66 20 43 3 43 263 376
7 Kingston Canadians 66 18 47 1 37 239 380

Emms Division

Rank Team GP W L T PTS GF GA
1 y-Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 66 54 11 1 109 381 215
2 x-London Knights 66 43 22 1 87 340 276
3 x-North Bay Centennials 66 34 28 4 72 289 254
4 x-Hamilton Steelhawks 66 29 35 2 60 313 296
5 x-Windsor Compuware Spitfires 66 28 35 3 59 267 301
6 x-Kitchener Rangers 66 27 35 4 58 282 319
7 Guelph Platers 66 21 40 5 47 230 332
8 Sudbury Wolves 66 17 46 3 37 224 348

Scoring leaders

Playoffs

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Division quarter-finals Division semi-finals Division finals J. Ross Robertson Cup
            
L1 Peterborough 9
L6 Ottawa 1
L1 Peterborough bye
 
L1 Peterborough 9
L2 Belleville 1
L2 Belleville 8
L5 Oshawa 2
L2 Belleville 6
L4 Cornwall 2
L3 Toronto 2
L4 Cornwall 8
L1 Peterborough 5
E1 Sault Ste. Marie 9
E1 Sault Ste. Marie 8
E6 Kitchener 0
E1 Sault Ste. Marie bye
 
E1 Sault Ste. Marie 9
E4 Hamilton 1
E2 London 8
E5 Windsor 0
E2 London 2
E4 Hamilton 6
E3 North Bay 7
E4 Hamilton 9

Division quarter-finals

Leyden Division

(1) Peterborough Petes vs. (6) Ottawa 67's
March 19 Ottawa 67's 2 - 7 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
March 21 Ottawa 67's 2 - 5 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
March 22 Peterborough Petes 4 - 4 Ottawa 67's Ottawa Civic Centre
March 24 Peterborough Petes 4 - 3 Ottawa 67's Ottawa Civic Centre
March 25 Ottawa 67's 4 - 6 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
Peterborough wins series 9 - 1


(2) Belleville Bulls vs. (5) Oshawa Generals
March 20 Oshawa Generals 6 - 4 Belleville Bulls Yardmen Arena
March 21 Belleville Bulls 2 - 0 Oshawa Generals Oshawa Civic Auditorium
March 23 Oshawa Generals 1 - 6 Belleville Bulls Yardmen Arena
March 24 Belleville Bulls 5 - 4 Oshawa Generals Oshawa Civic Auditorium
March 27 Oshawa Generals 4 - 6 Belleville Bulls Yardmen Arena
Belleville wins series 8 - 2


(3) Toronto Marlboros vs. (4) Cornwall Royals
March 19 Cornwall Royals 4 - 3 Toronto Marlboros Maple Leaf Gardens
March 21 Toronto Marlboros 5 - 2 Cornwall Royals Cornwall Civic Complex
March 24 Cornwall Royals 6 - 5 Toronto Marlboros Maple Leaf Gardens
March 26 Toronto Marlboros 5 - 9 Cornwall Royals Cornwall Civic Complex
March 28 Cornwall Royals 8 - 5 Toronto Marlboros Maple Leaf Gardens
Cornwall wins series 8 - 2


Emms Division

(1) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. (6) Kitchener Rangers
March 20 Kitchener Rangers 1 - 6 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
March 22 Kitchener Rangers 2 - 10 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
March 24 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 11 - 7 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
March 26 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 - 4 Kitchener Rangers Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Sault Ste. Marie wins series 8 - 0


(2) London Knights vs. (5) Windsor Compuware Spitfires
March 19 Windsor Compuware Spitfires 1 - 6 London Knights London Gardens
March 21 London Knights 3 - 2 Windsor Compuware Spitfires Windsor Arena
March 22 Windsor Compuware Spitfires 0 - 8 London Knights London Gardens
March 25 London Knights 6 - 1 Windsor Compuware Spitfires Windsor Arena
London wins series 8 - 0


(3) North Bay Centennials vs. (4) Hamilton Steelhawks
March 19 Hamilton Steelhawks 6 - 2 North Bay Centennials North Bay Memorial Gardens
March 21 North Bay Centennials 4 - 5 Hamilton Steelhawks Mountain Arena
March 24 Hamilton Steelhawks 8 - 8 North Bay Centennials North Bay Memorial Gardens
March 26 North Bay Centennials 4 - 5 Hamilton Steelhawks Mountain Arena
March 28 Hamilton Steelhawks 5 - 8 North Bay Centennials North Bay Memorial Gardens
March 29 North Bay Centennials 6 - 1 Hamilton Steelhawks Mountain Arena
March 31 Hamilton Steelhawks 1 - 6 North Bay Centennials North Bay Memorial Gardens


April 1 North Bay Centennials 3 - 4 OT Hamilton Steelhawks Mountain Arena
Hamilton wins series 9 - 7


Division semi-finals

Leyden Division

(2) Belleville Bulls vs. (4) Cornwall Royals
April 3 Cornwall Royals 3 - 2 Belleville Bulls Yardmen Arena
April 4 Belleville Bulls 9 - 5 Cornwall Royals Cornwall Civic Complex
April 6 Cornwall Royals 1 - 5 Belleville Bulls Yardmen Arena
April 8 Belleville Bulls 7 - 4 Cornwall Royals Cornwall Civic Complex
Belleville wins series 6 - 2


Emms Division

(2) London Knights vs. (4) Hamilton Steelhawks
April 2 Hamilton Steelhawks 5 - 3 London Knights London Gardens
April 4 London Knights 5 - 8 Hamilton Steelhawks Mountain Arena
April 5 Hamilton Steelhawks 3 - 7 London Knights London Gardens
April 9 London Knights 3 - 6 Hamilton Steelhawks Mountain Arena
Hamilton wins series 6 - 2


Division finals

Leyden Division

(1) Peterborough Petes vs. (2) Belleville Bulls
April 11 Belleville Bulls 2 - 6 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
April 13 Peterborough Petes 4 - 3 Belleville Bulls Yardmen Arena
April 14 Belleville Bulls 1 - 4 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
April 17 Peterborough Petes 4 - 4 Belleville Bulls Yardmen Arena
April 18 Belleville Bulls 3 - 6 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
Peterborough wins series 9 - 1


Emms Division

(1) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. (4) Hamilton Steelhawks
April 12 Hamilton Steelhawks 4 - 6 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 14 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 - 4 Hamilton Steelhawks Mountain Arena
April 16 Hamilton Steelhawks 2 - 8 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 18 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 - 4 Hamilton Steelhawks Mountain Arena
April 20 Hamilton Steelhawks 0 - 7 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
Sault Ste. Marie wins series 9 - 1


J. Ross Robertson Cup

(E1) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds vs. (L1) Peterborough Petes

April 25 Peterborough Petes 3 - 3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 26 Peterborough Petes 5 - 3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
April 28 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 - 5 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
April 29 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 - 2 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
May 2 Peterborough Petes 7 - 5 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
May 4 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 - 3 Peterborough Petes Peterborough Memorial Centre
May 6 Peterborough Petes 2 - 5 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sault Memorial Gardens
Sault Ste. Marie wins series 9 - 5


Awards

See also

References


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