Franchise history


1960-1979 Hespeler Shamrocks
1979-1982 Cambridge Shamrocks
1982-1985 Guelph Holody Platers
1986-1991 Guelph B’s
1991-1996 Guelph Holody Platers
1996-2000 Guelph Fire
2000-2009 Guelph Dominators
2009-2018 Guelph Hurricanes
2018-Present Cambridge RedHawks


Founded in 1960 as the Hespeler Shamrocks, the team became the Cambridge Shamrocks in 1979 due to a town amalgamation. In 1982, the Shamrocks were purchased by Joe Holody and moved to Guelph. The team became known as the Fire in 1996 for four seasons before rebranding once again as the Dominators until 2009.

The team competed at the Junior C level until 1970-71 when they joined the  Mid-Ontario Junior B Hockey League, and in 1971 joined the new Central Junior B Hockey League.

Hespeler Shamrocks won three league regular season titles in their nine season history as a Junior C team. The team captured the Clarence Schmalz Cup in 1964 defeating Lindsay Lions in the finals. The Shamrocks returned to the Schmalz Cup Finals in their final Junior C season of 1970, but fell short losing to the Newmarket Redmen.

In 1982 the team arrived in Guelph as a member of the Midwestern Junior Hockey League, which joined two other leagues in 2007 to form the present-day GOJHL.

The Hurricanes have one GOJHL Midwestern division title, claimed in 2010-11 after a 34-12-0-5 (73 points) regular season.