The North Bay Centennials
were a junior ice hockey
team in the Ontario Hockey League
, who played from 1982–2002. The team was based in North Bay, Ontario
The North Bay Centennials or "Cents" as they were popularly known, were named after the 100th anniversary of the railroad in North Bay. The team came to the city in 1982 after the new owners of the Niagara Falls Flyers failed to get a deal for a new arena, and chose to relocate to North Bay which already had an adequate facility in operation.
The team can trace its roots back to St. Catharines, Ontario
, where it played from 1943–1976, as the Falcons, Teepees and Black Hawks, winning the Memorial Cup
in 1954 and 1960.
The Centennials won back-to-back Emms division titles in 1986 and 1987. In 1987 the OHL organized a Super Series for the right to host the Memorial Cup
tournament between the Leyden Division champions Oshawa Generals
, and the Emms Division champions North Bay Centennials. The super series was played while the first round of the playoffs was taking place (at the time, regular season division champions would receive a bye and advance to the second round of the postseason). North Bay came within one game of hosting the national junior championship, losing game seven to the Oshawa Generals. In the OHL championship series that year the Centennials and Generals faced off again with the same result, Oshawa defeating North Bay 4 games to 3. Since the Oshawa Generals were both host and champion,... Read More