28 Facts About Oshawa Generals


Oshawa Generals are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League.

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The Generals have won the Memorial Cup five times, as well as a record thirteen Ontario Hockey League Championships, the J Ross Robertson Cup.

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Famous alumni of the Oshawa Generals include Hockey Hall of Famers Bobby Orr, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Dave Andreychuk and Eric Lindros.

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In 1937, the Oshawa Generals were created and named after the sponsor, General Motors of Canada.

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The Oshawa Generals put together an unequalled feat of seven consecutive OHA Championships, and winning three Memorial Cups in the same span.

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Oshawa Generals grew a reputation for treating its players well and signed many young men who would go on to National Hockey League fame.

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From 1937 to 1944, Oshawa Generals graduated 20 players to become NHL alumni, and another player in David Bauer, who would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder's Category.

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Since the Toronto Marlboros used Maple Leaf Gardens as a home rink, the Oshawa Generals team played out of nearby Bowmanville for one full season, and part of another.

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Oshawa Generals would commute three hours from Parry Sound for all weekend games he played with the Generals that year.

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In 1979, the Oshawa Generals hired Head Coach Paul Theriault, who would lead the team to nine consecutive winning seasons, including two Memorial Cup appearances.

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In 1983, the Oshawa Generals returned to the Memorial Cup after a 17-year absence, defeating the Sault Ste.

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The Oshawa Generals played on home ice in the Memorial Cup, as the host city and as the OHL champions.

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The super series was played before the OHL playoffs commenced, and Oshawa Generals defeated North Bay four games to three for the right to host the Memorial Cup.

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Coincidentally, Oshawa Generals won the OHL championship series defeating North Bay four games to three.

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Since Oshawa Generals won both the super series and the OHL championship, only three teams participated in the Memorial Cup.

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The Oshawa Generals played against the Kamloops Blazers, Laval Titan and the OHL runners-up, the Kitchener Rangers.

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The Oshawa Generals lost the OHL final that year to Lindros' draft team, the Sault Ste.

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Oshawa Generals then participated in the 1997 Memorial Cup in Hull, Quebec, in which they finished third in the round-robin and lost in the semi-final to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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In 2005, the Oshawa Generals drafted 14-year-old John Tavares first overall in the OHL Priority Selection; he was previously granted Exceptional Player Status by the OHL, which allowing him to be drafted one year earlier than the norm.

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Oshawa Generals have graduated 184 young men onto the NHL, third behind the Toronto Marlboros and the Peterborough Petes for most graduated future NHLers from the OHL.

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Five Oshawa Generals have gone on to become honoured in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Oshawa Generals have won three Hamilton Spectator trophies for finishing first overall in the OHL regular season standings, and five Leyden trophies for finishing first overall in the eastern division OHL regular season standings.

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Oshawa Generals have issued two throwback style jerseys in the recent past.

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Oshawa Generals have the dubious distinction of having their home arena destroyed by fire not once, but twice in the franchise history.

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New outdoor rink was built four blocks away, where the present day Oshawa Generals Armouries stand at the corner of Simcoe St and Richmond St This would be the team's home until 1908.

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Arena was packed to the rafters many nights when Oshawa Generals played there for the 1920s League championships versus Orillia and Owen Sound.

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Oshawa Generals Arena opened in 1930 and was built in large part to the contributions of Colonel Robert Samuel McLaughlin.

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The Oshawa Generals contested for the cup against the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Longueuil Chevaliers.

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