Understanding the OHL Schedule.
The OHL consists of 20 teams, divided into two
conferences (10 teams each) and each conference has two divisions for a
total of 4 divisions all with 5 teams each.
Starting in 1998-1999 (the last season of expansion,
the OHL has had 68 games a season)
Here's how the schedule works:
-24 games in division
6 games X 4 teams (remember you do not play against yourself)
-20 games in conference
(outside of division) 4 games X 5 teams
-20 games outside of
conference 2 games X 10 teams
-4 games designated towards
Each team must play a minimum of 2 games against
each opponent and a maximum of 8, all teams play their divisional rivals
at least 6 times each.
In the instances were the teams above have only
two teams listed for example Windsor, they have two close geographical
rivals that they play more often and have a balanced schedule. In
an instance like Erie or Sault Ste. Marie, they are geographically isolated,
and therefore, may play less games than usual against some teams because
of the travel distance and will draw the odd unorthodox rivalry games with
Toronto or Mississauga to aid in decreasing the team's travel time.
The last movement of a team occured at the end
of the 2001-2002 season, the North Bay Centennials moved from North Bay
to Saginaw the realignment that the league saw as a result was quite radical.
Brampton moved from the Midwest to the Central divison, lost two of it's
rivalry games with the IceDogs but increased their total games against
the team by 2 to the maximum of eight, to compensate for the loss of the
Centennials as a rival to the Wolves, the Battalion were given rivalry
games with the Wovles. Since Saginaw was as close to Sault Ste. Marie
as North Bay was the two teams retained rivalry games. London moved
to the Midwest division from the west and retained rivalry games with both
Sarnia and Windsor, but instead of playing them 8 times a season the teams
only met 6 times after the move.
All teams play an equal amount of road games against
opponents as they do away games.
The pluses and minuses indicate where a team plays
more or less games than a balanced schedule of 6 games in division, 4 games
in conference and 2 games out of conference schedule would indicate.
All teams must have a +/- that adds up to exactly 4 otherwise the schedule
The totals listed and pie charts only indicate
what percentage of home games for each team are played on each day of the
week, road games aren't considered.