The 1972/1973 season began with the expansion to include both "A" and "AA" classifications. We began with six (6) teams in "AA" and eight (8) teams in "A". Don started the Albert Campbell Memorial Hockey Series for House League teams with the profits going to charitable causes. With the full backing of all the league presidents, the Scarborough Hockey Association notified the governing body of hockey that they would withdraw from organized hockey and form an independent hockey league effective with the 1976/1977 season. The decision was based on matters of principle which could not be resolved despite efforts to find common ground. The ensuing years were full of confusion, uncertainty and doubt. The term "outlaw" was used to describe our members and we had extreme difficulty finding competition. We lost some of our competitive teams to the G.T.H.L. and one of the founding members (Dorset Park) ceased operations. Their place in the S.H.A. was filled by the Scarborough East Hockey League (Scarborough Malvern Coyotes).
The early years outside organized hockey had little effect on the Scarborough Hockey Association and its memberclubs. However, we saw a slow erosion of player registration both in House League and Competitive. Because of these losses we could not support both "AA" and "A" programs. In addition, we lost another club as Clairlea ceased operations due to the drop in registration. Pressures began to mount to address the lack of affiliation and to rejoin the hockey community. After long and difficult discussions, a resolution was agreed upon and the S.H.A. returned to organized hockey under the jurisdiction of the G.T.H.L. effective with the 1985/1986 season.
During the years in exile and the dramatic shift in demographics in the early nineties brought with it a new set of problems. We failed to address them and player registration has been in a downward spiral which saw "Wexford" close its doors. The Scarborough Hockey Association currently has approximately 3000 players supporting 175 House League teams and 48 Competitive teams from the member clubs of: Agincourt Canadians, Agincourt Lions, Cedar Hill Rebels, Scarborough Malvern Coyotes, Scarborough Sabres, Scarborough Young Leafs and the West Hill Golden Hawks.
The 2008/09 season brought yet more changes to the SHA with Malvern Coyotes closing its house league due to declining registration. The remaining member clubs decided that if hockey were to be saved in Scarborough, an amalgamation of all clubs, therefore strengthening the house league, would be the best option. At this time, West Hill Golden Hawks applied for and received direct entry into the GTHL, thereby ending its association with the SHA at the end of the 2008/09 season. The remaining member clubs merged their house leagues, forming the Scarborough Youth Hockey League for the 2009/10 season.
The formation of the SYHL was a stepping stone towards a stronger hockey base in Scarborough. A merger of the Clubs’ remaining competitive teams at the end of the 2009/10 season has allowed the SHA to forge a new complete GTHL affiliated program with the Scarborough Ice Raiders (competitive “A” level teams in each age division), a complete select program within the NYHL and the houseleague program. These three divisions were amalgamated in the summer of 2010 to form the re-constituted league now known as the SHA Hockey Club.
Past Presidents of the SHA