Metro Junior A League - 1962–63

1962–63

The Metro league was not successful in driving the OHA out of business after one season. By 1962 financial constraints had forced a re-organizing of the league. The Marlboros and 7Ups remained, but the Whitby Mohawks were renamed the Whitby Dunlops, the Unionville Seaforths became Toronto Knob Hill Farms, and the Majors became the Toronto Neil McNeil Maroons. The new sixth team in the league would be the reborn Oshawa Generals team, featuring future Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, 14-year-old Bobby Orr, and playing in Bowmanville as there was no suitable arena in Oshawa. As opposed to the first season of the league, there was little effort to spread teams around the Toronto area, as Knob Hill, Neil McNeil and the Marlboros all called Maple Leaf Gardens home, usually playing doubleheader games on Tuesdays and Sundays.

The end of the 55 year era of the Majors came when St. Michael's College ended its Junior A program, and its former team transferred to Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, Ontario. The Maroons followed in the footsteps of the Majors, and won the league title again, then defeated the Dunlops and Marlboros in the playoffs. In the 1962–63 J. Ross Robertson Cup series, the Niagara Falls Flyers defeated the Maroons 4 games to 2.

See also: 1962–63 OHA season
1962–63 standings
Team Games Won Lost Tied Points Goals
for
Goals
Toronto Neil McNeil Maroons 40 33 4 3 69 260 110
Toronto Marlboros 40 22 12 6 50 217 159
Toronto Knob Hill Farms 40 14 20 6 34 121 154
Whitby Dunlops 40 11 21 8 30 167 225
Oshawa Generals 40 12 23 5 29 146 222
Brampton 7Ups 40 12 24 4 28 157 208
Playoff results
  • Series A: Neil McNeil defeated Knob Hill Farms 8 points to 0.
  • Series B: Toronto Marlboros defeated Whitby 8 points to 2.
  • Finals: Neil McNeil defeated Toronto Marlboros 8 points to 4.

1962/63 Metro Junior A League All-Star Teams First Team GP-G-A-P (age) Gary Dineen C Neil McNeil Maroons 38-32-63-95 (19) Mike Corbett W Neil McNeil Maroons 37-44-50-94 (20) Duncan MacDonald W Toronto Marlboros 26-20-15-35 (na) Jim McKendry D Neil McNeil Maroons 34-2-17-19 Frank Ridley D Toronto Marlboros 39-11-39-50 (20) Dave Kelly G Knob Hill Farmers 3.85 GAA (19)

Second Team Ron Ellis W Toronto Marlboros 36-21-22-43 (17) Terry Vail C Oshawa Generals 35-28-24-52 (20) Grant Moore W Toronto Marlboros 36-26-30-56 (19) Rod Seiling D Neil McNeil Maroons 38-29-48-77 (18) Bobby Orr D Oshawa Generals 34-6-15-21 (14) Gary Smith G Neil McNeil Maroons 2.35 GAA (19)

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