So which OHL club has its roots in the QMJHL? It’s the Sarnia Sting. The Sting can date their lineage back to the Cornwall Royals who left Cornwall in 1992 making a brief two year stop in Newmarket before becoming the Sting in 1994. So what does this have to do with the QMJHL? The Cornwall Royals first appeared in 1963 as part of the Ottawa-Hull & District Junior ‘A’ loop which became the Central Junior Hockey League in 1964. Back then, many leagues across Canada competed for the Memorial Cup and not just the three leagues that do now. In 1968, the Royals left the CJHL for the Montreal Metro Junior ‘A’ league which merged with the Quebec Junior Hockey League in 1969 to form the QMJHL. The Ontario based Cornwall Royals were inaugural members of the QMJHL and won Memorial Cups in 1972, 1980 and 1981. Pictured is a QMJHL era Royals puck along with a current Sting puck.