Days after celebrating their Sutherland Cup championship the Leamington Flyers have announced a move to play Junior A in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. “The OJHL is extremely excited to welcome the Leamington Flyers to the OJHL starting in the 2023-2024 season”, said OJHL Commissioner Marty Savoy in a league statement.
By adding the Flyers the OJHL now has 23 teams.
The club was formed in 1954 as an intermediate team and moved to the Junior B level in 1992. “This move represents more than just a change in the playing field; it symbolizes our unwavering commitment to developing young talent and propelling them to the next level of their hockey careers." said part-owner Jason Melo.
Dale Mitchell remains as head coach of the team which is holding a tryout camp June 3-4 at the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre. "The goal is to keep kids in Ontario so they can play at the highest level possible closest to home. We look forward to giving players that opportunity." said general manager Justin Solcz.