The Kitchener Greenshirts name has been used by five separate ice hockey teams playing in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. These include one 'Senior A' level hockey team, two 'Junior A' level teams, and two 'Junior B' level teams. The name has also been used for a team in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA).
Senior A (c.1917 to c.1938)
The Kitchener Hockey Club,
commonly known as the Kitchener Greenshirts were formed due to the rise of NHL hockey in Canada requiring a feeder system. Kitchener won the Allan Cup
in 1918 as the national champions of Canada.
Hockey Hall of Fame
goaltender George Hainsworth
played senior hockey for the Greenshirts from 1917 to 1923. Another Hall of Famer, Earl Seibert played one game with the team in 1928.
Junior A (c.1922 to c.1938)
The first Junior Greenshirts team played in the OHA the early 1920s to the start of World War I
. This Junior A program operated in affiliation to the Senior A team of the same name.
The team was known as the Kitchener Colts
when they won their first J. Ross Robertson Cup
as Ontario junior champions in 1923. The Colts eventually advanced to play the University of Manitoba
in a two-game, total-goals series in Toronto to decide the Memorial Cup
winner. The university won consecutive 7-3 contests to capture the Cup by a total score of 14-6.
The team later became the Greenshirts and was awarded the J. Ross Robertson Cup by default in 1935 after winning a protest on the series it had lost to the Oshawa Generals. The decision on the protest came too late for Kitchener to challenge the Northern Champion Sudbury Cub Wolves for the right to compete for the Memorial Cup. The Greenshirts were runners-up in the 1936 J. Ross Robertson Cup finals.
Five future Hockey Hall of Famers played junior hockey for the Greenshirts during this era: Bobby Bauer, Woody Dumart, Milt Schmidt, Earl Seibert & Babe Siebert.
Junior B (c.1939 to c.1949)
With many high calibre Junior A and NHL players involved in military service, Kitchener was left with a Junior B team to fill the void. Future NHLers Howie Meeker
& Dutch Reibel
played for the Junior B Greenshirts during the 1940s. Howie Meeker would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a broadcaster.
Junior A (1951 to 1954)
The second Junior A team in the Ontario Hockey Association known as the Kitchener Greenshirts played from 1951 to 1954 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
The Greenshirts were granted as an expansion team for the 1951-52 season. The first Junior A season in Kitchener since World War II was successful in gaining local fan support, and beating out rivals Waterloo Hurricanes to be the best team in the twin cities.
Bill Harrington won the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHA's Most Outstanding Player while goaltending for the 1951-52 season with the Greenshirts.
The team played three years in total from 1951 to 1954, then were renamed the Kitchener Canucks. The Kitchener Canucks later became the Peterborough TPT Petes.
|| Pct %
| Standing |
|| 6th OHA |
|| 8th OHA |
|| 5th OHA |
Junior B (c.1963 to c.1978)
The birth of the Kitchener Rangers
) for the 1963-64 season, meant the need for a local farm team to help produce Junior A players. The affiliated Junior B Greenshirts became that source of new talent, and used the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
as their home. The Junior B Greenshirts became the "Kitchener Ranger B's" in 1969 and are now known as the Kitchener Dutchmen
of the Midwestern Junior B Hockey League
Ontario Minor Hockey
There has also been a minor hockey team in the OMHA with the name Kitchener Greenshirts. Its NHL Alumni include: Kevin Miehm
, Paul Reinhart
, Brad Shaw
and Nick Stajduhar