The J. Ross Robertson Cup is emblematic of the Ontario Hockey League’s championship series. The Cup was presented by J. Ross Robertson, who was president of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1901 to 1905. Since its inception, the J. Ross Robertson Cup has been won by the Generals 13 times, including seven consecutive championships between 1938 and 1944. The Generals also hoisted the Robertson Cup in 1966, 1983, 1987, 1990 and 1997.
The Generals also won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy in 1991 and Leyden Division Trophy in 1987, 1990, 1991, and in 2015. The Generals also brought the Bobby Orr Trophy to Oshawa for the first time in 2015 after becoming Eastern Conference Champions.
2015 OHL Champions:
It was a big year for Oshawa in the 2014-15 season. The team, coached by DJ Smith and Eric Wellwood, set franchise records for the most wins in a regular season with 51, and the most points in a single season with 108. They went on to defeat the Peterborough Petes in the first round of playoffs, followed by the Niagara IceDogs, then the North Bay Battalion. In the OHL Championship Series, they took on the Erie Otters and managed to shutdown their top lines and win the series in five games to secure the OHL Championship title and trophy.
The Memorial Cup, which has been in competition since 1919, was presented in commemoration of the many great Canadian hockey players who paid the supreme sacrifice in defense of their county in the First World War. Initially the symbol of the national junior championship, the Cup later signified Junior “A” supremacy beginning in 1934 and Major Junior supremacy in 1971. Competing for it annually are the Western, Quebec Major Junior and Ontario Hockey Leagues. The winners of the three leagues, along with the host club, compete in the MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament.
The Generals have hoisted the Cup as Memorial Cup Champions in 1939, 1940, 1944, 1990 and most recently, in 2015.
2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions:
Following their record-setting season and their OHL Championship win, the Generals went on to the Memorial Cup tournament in Quebec City in May 2015. They went undefeated in all four games, with their first win over the Oceanic Rimouski with a final score of 4-3. They followed it up with a tight 5-4 win over the Quebec Remparts, and then won game three 2-1 over the Kelowna Rockets, who they would later take on in the final.
In the Memorial Cup Final versus the Rockets, the game was forced into extra time after a 1-1 tie after 60 minutes. It was Anthony Cirelli, who made the team out of training camp as a free agent, who was the hero of the game, scoring both goals including the game-winner less than two minutes into extra time. The win marks the fifth time the franchise has captured the trophy, making the Generals the team with the most Memorial Cup wins, of all current and active CHL teams.
The Generals have brought the Memorial Cup back to Oshawa for the first time since 1990, which is exactly 25 years ago. This is also the first time the Memorial Cup returns to the OHL since 2010 by the Windsor Spitfires. In addition, the Generals are the first OHL Eastern Conference team to capture the title since the Ottawa 67's did so in 1999.
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