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The Oshawa Generals are one of the most prestigious organizations in all of the Canadian Hockey League. With an iconic past dating back to the early 20th century, the Generals have produced memorable NHL’ers such as Bobby Orr, Marc Savard, Eric Lindros, and John Tavares. The Generals are the most successful OHL franchise in Canadian Hockey League History. The Oshawa Generals have 184 graduates to the NHL, have won the Memorial Cup a record five times and the OHL Championship (J. Ross Robertson Cup) 13 times. The Oshawa Generals are a team with deep roots in their hometown and with their dedicated fans. In the beginning … Prior to having any resemblance to the team today, Oshawa had a hockey team that competed in the Midland Hockey League, playing other teams from Bowmanville, Whitby, Port Hope and Cobourg. The team was originally known as the Oshawa Shamrocks, dating back to circa 1908. The team competed in the Ontario Hockey Association. Ed Bradley, an Oshawa businessman, was responsible for putting the team together and bringing junior hockey to Oshawa. During the thirties the team became known as the Oshawa Majors. The OHA Dynasty 1937-1944 In 1937 the Oshawa Generals were born. Named after their sponsor, General Motors of Canada. Led by manager Matt Leyden, the Generals captured seven consecutive OHA Championships, and won three memorial cups during the time span. During their OHA dynasty the Generals gained a reputation of keeping their players well looked after. Players received excellent treatment on and off the ice and also around the city. They received privileges at local businesses and sponsors would provide full scholarships for players to attend school. 20 Oshawa Generals from the dynasty became NHL alumni, and of the 20 one was David Bauer, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. Tragedy and Rebirth 1953-1964 Following a fire in 1953 at Hambly Arena, the team was disbanded and went on a nine-year hiatus. During the nine years some players joined a Senior B team known as the Oshawa Truckmen and played out of Bowmanville, the team then became known as the Whitby Dunlops. Following negotiations with the Boston Bruins, Oshawa Generals manager Wren Blair joined an agreement with the Bruins president Weston Adams. The agreement was built around a new arena being constructed for the new Oshawa Generals team that Wren was putting together. The Oshawa Civic Auditorium would open its doors in 1964. While the Civic was under construction the team played their home games out of the Maple Leaf Gardens, competing in the Junior A League. In 1963 the Metro Junior A League was disbanded, and the Generals once again played in the OHA. The Bobby Orr Years 1962-1966 During the 1964-65 season the Generals moved in to their new home at the Civic Auditorium. That season Orr broke his own record, scoring 34 goals. During the 1965-66 season, the team returned to the Memorial Cup, led by Captain Orr. The team had not had a Memorial Cup appearance in 22 years. Bobby Orr scored 38 goals during the season, and helped the team defeat the Kitchener Rangers to win the J. Ross Roberston Cup. During the Memorial Cup Series, Orr played injured for the majority of the time, the team lost to the Edmonton Oil Kings in six games. After that season ended many players graduated from the team and moved on, manager Blair Wren became the GM of the NHL’S Minnesota North Stars, and Bobby Orr went on to play for the Boston Bruins. Rebuilding for the future… 1967-1987 The Generals had many dismal seasons through the late 1960s and 1970s. Many players had gone on to play for NHL teams, the fans could cheer for alumni including Rick Middleton, Lee Fogolin, Rick Lanz, Tom McCarthy, Dale Tallon, Rick St. Croix, and Greg Malone. In 1979, the Generals would rebuild to begin a run for the Memorial cup. The Generals hired coach Paul Theriault, who would lead the team to 9 consecutive winning seasons, including two Memorial Cup appearances. The 1986–1987 season saw the Generals playing on home ice in the Memorial Cup, as the host city and as the OHL Champions. Oshawa won the OHL championship series defeating North Bay 4 games to 3. After participating in the Memorial Cup, Oshawa reached the finals versus the Medicine Hat Tigers, but lost 6-2 in the Championship. Eric Lindros and the Fourth Memorial Cup In 1989, a young Eric Lindros entered his rookie year with the Generals, and turned out to be the player the Generals needed to reach the Memorial Cup, in addition to the existing core of players captained by Iain Fraser. Copps Coliseum hosted the 1990 Memorial Cup. The Generals would compete against the Kamloops Blazers, Laval Titan, and the OHL runners-up Kitchener Rangers. The championship game on May 13, 1990 attracted 17,383 spectators who witnessed the Oshawa Generals defeat the Kitchener Rangers by a score of 4 to 3 in double overtime on a goal by Bill Armstrong. This would be the 4th Memorial Cup in Oshawa Generals history. In the offseason following their Memorial Cup win, Lindros would be chosen first overall in the NHL draft by the Quebec Nordiques. Lindros would return for the 1990–1991 season, and led the team again by scoring 71 goals and 78 assists in 57 regular season games. Eric Lindros’ number was retired in March of 2008 to recognize his impressive junior career and time with the Generals. A New Home 2004 - 2015 In 2004, John Davies purchased the team from the previous owner John Humphreys. This marked the beginning of a new era for the team, as the Humphreys family had owned the team since its resurrection in 1962. In 2005 the Oshawa Generals drafted a 14 year old named John Tavares first overall in the OHL Priority Selection. He was granted exceptional player status by the OHL allowing him to be drafted one year earlier than normal. The Generals worked to build another championship team centered around Tavares. The new ownership also brought an end to the Generals era at the Civic Auditorium. Led by Oshawa Mayor John Gray, the Generals were able to call a new arena in downtown Oshawa their home. The team moved into the General Motors Centre on November 1, 2006, and played the inaugural game on November 3, 2006 against the Owen Sound Attack. In July 2008, the Oshawa Generals Executive Team announced a change of ownership structure with Rocco Tullio of Windsor, Ontario agreeing to terms and conditions with John Davies to acquire his remaining shares of the Oshawa Generals. In January 2010, Tullio welcomed two new partners as owners – former National Hockey League star and Stanley Cup Champion Adam Graves and former OHL Coach and General Manager Peter DeBoer. 2015 Return To The Memorial Cup For the first time since 1997, the Oshawa Generals made it back to the Memorial Cup in 2015. By winning all three of their round robin games, the Generals clinched a spot in the 2015 Memorial Cup final. With a 2-1 OT win over the Kelowna Rockets, the Generals were the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions. Anthony Cirelli, who made the team out of training camp as a free agent, was the hero of the game, scoring the game-winning goal 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. 
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