Formerly known as the EOJHL, the CCHL2 has become one of the top developmental leagues in Ontario over the past decade. Although it has been regarded as solely a feeder league for the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), the league has also been an early stage for some pretty good players who have moved on to Major Junior, NCAA, CIS and even the NHL.
Founded in 1966 as the Rideau-St.Lawrence Junior “B” Hockey League after a merger with Upper Ottawa Valley Junior “B” League and the folding of the Lanark-Renfrew Junior C league, the league has gone through various markeovers. The league currently has 16-member clubs that offer hockey throughout the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario region.
Each club is entitled two (16 year old cards) making it a great league for young prospects. Many players who play out their Junior A eligibility and don’t get NCAA scholarship offers return to their hometown organziations to finish their final season of hockey. It is a great league for players who are going to college or university and can’t commit to the busy schedule of Tier 1 Junior A hockey.