The Oshawa Generals are a Canadian ice hockey team from Oshawa, Ontario. The team was founded in 1956 as a junior team and plays in one of the three highest Canadian Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League ( OHL ).
- 4.1 First-round draft picks
- 4.2 Other former players
- 4.3 Locked jersey numbers
The first General (1937-1953)
Since shortly after 1900 was played in Oshawa Hockey. In 1937 the Oshawa Generals were founded as a junior team. The name is used on General Motors, the sponsor of the time due. As the former manager acted Matt Leyden. Until 1946, the team one of the strongest juniors in Canada was. Around 20 players from the ranks of Generals acquired during this time the jump to the NHL. From 1950 it was part of the organization of the Detroit Red Wings. A fire at the Hambly Arena in September 1953, abruptly ended the history of General. Without stadium in the city, the team could not continue to exist.
By 1960 Wren Blair began talks with the President of the Boston Bruins, Weston Adams, about a future collaboration and the construction of a new hall in Oshawa. They agreed and planned the building of the Oshawa Civic Auditorium, which was completed in 1964.
As early as the 1962/ 63, the Generals played again in the Metro Junior A League. The Games were held in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens. The team played in red, white and blue. After the dissolution of the League in 1963, the general of the Ontario Hockey Association joined again. The Toronto Marlboros supplanted the Generals from the Maple Leaf Garden, and you played temporarily in Bowmanville. In 1965 the team took over with black and gold, the colors of the Boston Bruins. In these years was with Bobby Orr one of the best defenders in the history of Hockey NHL squad in the general. Trainer was then Bep Guidolin.
After some successful years, the General returned in the early 1980s back on track. Tragic was the death of Bruce Melanson, who had previously been drafted in by the New York Islanders. He left the training and died shortly afterwards at the Wolff- Parkinson -White syndrome.
1987, they have hosted the Memorial Cup Tournament. As of 1989, they had with Eric Lindros again a superstar in the ranks. Actually, he would have for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to play, but refused to go there. With Lindros could win the Memorial Cup after 56 years again in 1990.
2004 John Davies bought the Generals. With John Tavares stood from 2005 to 2009 one of the most promising talents in the squad of Generals.
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First-round draft picks
Other former players
- Anthony Aquino
- January Benda
- Mike Craig
- Dale Craig Well
- Floyd curry
- Alex Delvecchio
- Iain Fraser
- Jeff Hackett
- Charlie Huddy
- Petr Kopta
Locked jersey numbers
The following players have made outstanding contributions to the club, so that their back numbers are no longer awarded in her honor:
- 2 - Bobby Orr ( November 27, 2008 )
- 9 - Red Tilson ( November 12, 2006)
- 88 - Eric Lindros ( 6 March 2006)