73's Announce Training Camp Schedule

Invitation Only at  Essex Shaheen Rink


Thursday Aug 18th  7:00pm - 9:00pm


Tuesday Aug 23rd 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Thursday Aug 25th 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Sunday August 28th 5:00pm - 6.30pm


Tuesday August 30th 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Thursday  September 1st 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Tuesday  September 6th  7:00pm - 8:30pm


Thursday September 8th  9:30pm - 11:00pm



Sunday  September 11th @ Amherstburg 7:00pm


Tuesday September 13th @ Essex vs Amherstburg 7:00pm



- Home Opener -

Tuesday Sept 20th @ Essex vs Wheatley 7:00pm

Great Lakes Junior C loop to be renamed Bill Stobbs League Starting This Season

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News

- Wednesday, April 27, 2016


The Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League is trading its 46-year-old name for an even older one.


The circuit will be renamed the Bill Stobbs League next season as part of the Ontario Hockey Association's reorganization of its eight junior C leagues.


The new name pays tribute to Stobbs, an 80-year-old Chatham Sports Hall of Fame inductee who spent decades as a chairman or convener with numerous hockey leagues.


“I'm really honoured by them selecting that,” he said. “... For a guy that never played organized hockey, it's quite an achievement.”


The junior C leagues in the OHA have committed to forming a single league for the 2016-17 season called the Provincial Junior Hockey League.


The 65 teams will stay in their current groupings, but they'll be divided into four conferences: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western. Each conference will contain two of the current leagues.


The Great Lakes and Southern Ontario leagues will be in the Western Conference.


Each of the eight league will be renamed for a noteworthy contributor to junior hockey.


Stobbs was a unanimous choice by the Great Lakes teams, said convener Jeff Beatty.


“Bill Stobbs is a great man,” Beatty said. “He's a great friend. And I think it's a great honour for him.”


The Great Lakes name had been used since the 1970-71 season.


The idea to unify the leagues under the PJHL banner came from a committee formed by the OHA's junior C leagues in 2014.


One reason for the name change was to remove the stigma of the junior C label, Beatty said.


The OHA's junior B teams did the same thing in 2007 when they created the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. They put the Western, Midwestern and Golden Horseshoe conferences under the same umbrella and stopped calling themselves junior B.


Teams in the PJHL will also begin following standardized rules in areas, such as overtime and face masks, for which each league currently sets its own rules. The rules haven't been finalized yet.


There have also been talks about changing the rules on player residency and import players, Beatty said, but those will stay the same for next season.


Great Lakes teams will continue to follow the same schedule as before. There will not be interlock games against other leagues next season.


Stobbs's first OHA job as a chairman was with the Great Lakes league. He also helped to rewrite its constitution.


“I've always had a soft spot and a high interest in teams in that league,” he said. “... I'm a big fan of junior C hockey.”

Lots of Hardware Handed Out at the Essex 73's Awards Banquet

73's Clinch 5th Consecutive Great Lakes Junior C Championship

By: Kevin E. Neels


Captain Matthew Hebert and backup goaltender Matt Badour led the Essex 73's to a 5-4 win Sunday afternoon to claim their fifth consecutive GLJCHL title. Hebert scored a pair of goals, and Badour was solid in goal once again to earn the win.


It was a see -saw battle with both teams struggling to gain any momentum, but in the end it was the 73's who managed to get the job done, although there were some nail biting moments for sure for the 1540 in attendance.


Despite being outshot 14-3 in the opening period it was the Admirals who held a 1-0 lead compliments of an early power play goal.


The flood gates opened up in period two with the 73's finally finding some cracks in Amherstburg goaltender Connor Meyerink's armour . Essex outscored the visitors 4-2 in the period to hold a 4-3 edge heading into period three. Deadline acquisition Griffin McCarty started things off just a minute into the period as he pounced on a rebound and made no mistake.


Amherstburg would not lie down however as just a few minutes later they regained the lead on a James Brooks goal. Six minutes later the 73's were back on even terms as defenseman Matthew Rosati flipped a wrist shot towards the net and beat Meyerink who did not see the shot at all. Hebert gave Essex their first lead of the game a short time later as a huge giveaway by the Admirals ended up in the back of the net.


Once again the visitors came right back as a minute later a shot off the back boards ended up on the stick of a Admirals player, and there was no mistake in tying this game once again. In the final minute of play

Essex regained the lead as another screen shot eluded Meyerink with Hebert notching his second, this time on a power play.


Early third period the 73's gained a bit of breathing room as Eric Shaw ripped a wrist shot high short side for a two goal cushion, which as it turned out would be needed.


Amherstburg's James Brooks would get his team to within a goal at 6:46 of the period but that was as close as it would get as the 73's defense held off the Admirals attack the rest of the way to earn the league championship for the twentieth time in franchise history.


Tyler Boughner, who came over from Blenheim during the off season said, "There is no feeling like it at the moment. We knew that after they took the series lead from us that it was time to step up, and get down to business, and it has paid off. I know there have been some doubters out there about how deep this team was, well, with the quality of players we have sitting out this series, I think we proved just how deep this team is, " said Boughner. "Kudos to Matt Badour as well, he is playing the best hockey of his life right now, and it couldn't have come at a better time. We will cherish this day for a short while, but we still have more work to do, as

we are not done yet."