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Bruins add Phil Kestin as Head Coach

The Uxbridge Bruins would like to welcome Phil Kestin to the Bear Den as our club’s new Head Coach.

Phil brings an extensive knowledge base to the role after more than 20 years with the Markham Waxers ‘AAA’ organization, including several appearances in the OMHA Championships. In addition to his well-regarded tenure with the Waxers, Phil has prior experience in junior hockey with the OJHL’s Stouffville Spirit.

Bruins vs Lakefield in Orr Division Quarterfinals

The Road To The Schmalz Cup is wide open with the playoffs underway in the PJHL, starting with the Division Quarterfinal round.

The 4th place Bruins (15-16-0-1) will square off against the 5th place Lakefield Chiefs (12-15-4-1) in a best-of-seven match-up.

Game 1 – Tuesday, March 8th at Lakefield 7:30 pm

Game 2 – Friday, March 11th at Uxbridge 7:45 pm

Game 3 – Saturday, March 12th at Uxbridge 7:45 pm

Game 4 – Tuesday, March 15th at Lakefield 7:30 pm

Game 5 – Thursday, March 17th at Uxbridge 7:45 pm

Game 6 – Saturday, March 19th at Lakefield 7:30 pm

Game 7 – Sunday, March 20th at Uxbridge 3:45 pm

Family Day Match-up vs Knights

The Bruins will be making a special Family Day trip to Apsley on Monday, Feb. 21 for a 1 p.m. matinee match-up.

This game has been rescheduled from this past Saturday due to unfavourable road conditions throughout Central Ontario.

This match-up carries huge implications in the Orr Division playoff race, with the Knights sitting just two points ahead of the Bruins for third place in the standings and a likely first-round playoff match-up against Port Perry rather than fifth-place Lakefield.

The Bruins will continue their push for the Schmalz Cup playoffs at the Bear Den this coming Friday evening, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. with the Clarington visiting Uxbridge.

New health screening measures at the Bear Den

The Township of Uxbridge recently launched an enhanced COVID-19 screening, which is required to access all township facilities. Click the button below if you would to complete the screening prior to arriving at one of our facilities.

There are also posters near the front doors with QR codes for you to access the survey with your smartphone.

Once you have completed your screening, screenshot or save the green checkmark to show staff and off you go!

PJHL launches new website

Visit for the latest news and info from around the league

Over the off-season, the Provincial Junior Hockey League made a number of changes to their online presence, most notably with a new, enhanced website through HockeyTech. The site will contain up-to-date scores, stats and schedules from all 8 PJHL Divisions.

Bruins fans can find the new website at:

New General Manager in the Bear Den

The Uxbridge Bruins Junior Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Jay Simmonds has accepted a promotion to the position of general manager.

Born and raised in Uxbridge, Simmonds played three seasons with the Bruins before rejoining the team last year as Assistant GM. He has spent the past year apprenticing under former general manager Mark Savery, who recently accepted a position with the Elliot Lake Red Wings.

“Jay is a bright young man with an excellent mind for the game. Over the past year, he has shown great pride, commitment, and enthusiasm for the management side of hockey, and continuing to build the Uxbridge Bruins into one of the premier organizations in the PJHL,” said team president Cam Stewart.

As a former Bruins player, Simmonds noted that there is a growing enthusiasm for PJHL hockey among players and he is excited to continue work on bringing a Schmalz Cup provincial championship to Uxbridge.

“I am extremely grateful for all of Mark’s support over the past year and his mentorship as I made the transition from playing to managing. I’m looking forward to the opportunities we have to continue to build on the success the team has had in recent years,” added Simmonds.

Graduating to the general manager position, Simmonds joins head coach Mike Spataro, as well as assistant coaches Trevor Cox and Jamie Showers as former Bruins players now involved in the team’s hockey operations department.

“Playing for the Bruins has given us great perspective. Not only in what we need to do as a team to win and be successful, but also what a Schmalz Cup championship would mean to this community. We all want to reward our fans with a championship for their passion, support, and commitment over the past 45 seasons,” Simmonds noted.

PJHL officially cancels the 2020-21 season

The Provincial Junior Hockey League has decided to formally announce the cancellation of the 2020-21 season.

The Uxbridge Bruins would like to thank our staff, sponsors, players, volunteers, and everyone else who was involved in our attempt to hit the ice this season, and we look forward to safely resuming play at the Bear Den in the fall for the 2021-22 season and continue our quest to bring a Clarence Schmalz Cup Championship to Uxbridge.

Please continue to check our website and social media accounts for updated information regarding the 2021-22 PJHL season. Thank you again for your continued support of Uxbridge Bruins junior hockey.

Bruins add new Equipment Manager

Bruins welcome new Trainer to the Den

Bruins advance to Cougar Cup semi-finals

The Uxbridge Bruins completed the comeback on Saturday, Feb. 15th, eliminating the Little Britain Merchants with a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory in Game 3 of the PJHL Orr Division preliminary round.

See Below for exclusive highlights….

The Bruins will now square off in the Orr Division Cougar Cup semi-finals in their quest to repeat as Division Champions. Their opponent will be the top-seeded Clarington Eagles. The action gets underway in Bowmanville on Thursday, Feb. 20. Game 2 is set for Friday, Feb. 21 at the Bear Den.