The OPJHL’s new Central Division had its inaugural game Friday night at St. Michael’s College School Arena between the St. Michael’s Buzzers and Markham Waxers. Commissioner Mike McCarron dropped the puck between Buzzer captain, Greg Miller and the Waxers' Giancarlo Iurio took the ceremonial faceoff as the captains from the six other Central Division pilot project teams watched on from the red carpet.
While The Buzzers jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, the Waxers mounted a fierce comeback with three straight goals before Greg Miller's hat trick goal turned the tide back in the Buzzers favour and they eventually won 7-3. Bryan Black had two goals for the Waxers.
Looking on was Michigan Wolverines associate coach, Mel Pearson. When asked about the new pilot project he said, “It is too early to tell but I am hoping that this division will get other teams (around the league) to buy into the same philosophy and ideas (behind the creation of the Central Division).
The game also marked the debut of Buzzers coach Greg Kelly.