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The Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
(CHL; French: Ligue canadienne de hockey ‒ LCH) is an umbrella organization that represents the three Canada-based major junior ice hockey leagues for players 16 to 20 years of age. The CHL was founded in 1975 as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League,[1] and is composed of its three member leagues, the Western Hockey League, Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League, and Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League. For the 2016-17 season, its three leagues and 60 teams represent nine Canadian provinces (52 teams) as well as four American states (8 teams). The CHL schedule culminates in the Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
tournament, which sees each of the three league champions, as well as a host team, play a round-robin tournament to determine a national champion. The CHL also hosts the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, for the top draft eligible players in the league, as well as the CHL Canada/Russia Series, a six-game all-star exhibition series against a team of Russian juniors.

Contents

1 Introduction 2 Annual events

2.1 Memorial Cup 2.2 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2.3 CHL Canada/Russia Series 2.4 CHL Import Draft

3 Trophies and awards 4 Teams

4.1 Attendance

5 References 6 External links

Introduction[edit] The Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
(CHL) is the governing body for Major Junior hockey (formerly known as Tier One Junior A), the top level of amateur hockey in Canada. The CHL currently oversees the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League
Ontario Hockey League
(OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), with the OHL and WHL having teams in both Canada
Canada
and the United States. Each league plays individual regular season schedules, and playoffs. The annual CHL championship is determined by the Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
tournament held in May. The CHL is generally considered the world's top junior hockey league for developing professional players and is a key supplier of new players and officials for the many North American professional hockey leagues, such as the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, and the ECHL.[2] If a CHL player does not sign a professional contract, many also opt to play for U Sports
U Sports
(formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport - CIS) and go to school due to CHL sponsored scholarship programs. However, due to the use of paying player stipends and allowing junior players that have signed entry level contracts with the NHL,[3] all CHL teams are considered professional by the NCAA; thus any player who plays a game at the Major Junior level loses their eligibility to play for universities in the United States.[4] The CHL also seeks to raise the profile of the junior game by hosting annual events such as the Memorial Cup, the CHL Top Prospects Game
CHL Top Prospects Game
and the Subway Super Series. The organization also provides many scholarships and bursaries for its players who exemplify extraordinary efforts and community involvement. These programs are supported by the many corporate sponsors. Annual events[edit] Memorial Cup[edit] Main articles: Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
and List of Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
champions The Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
Tournament is the championship of Junior Canadian hockey. Each year it features the champions from the (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) and the host CHL team. The host team changes from year to year, and is selected by a bidding process prior to the start of each season. The annual event is one of the biggest sporting events in North America, attracting thousands of spectators and generating increasing revenue for both the CHL teams and the host city. MasterCard is the official sponsor of the championship.

Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
celebration

Memorial Cup

Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
warmup

CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game[edit] Main article: CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game The CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
is an annual event sponsored by Home Hardware and hosted by the CHL in which 40 of the top NHL Entry Draft eligible prospects in the Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
play against each other much like an all-star game. Each draft prospect hopes to boost their draft ranking with the NHL scouts and general managers who attend. The players are typically coached by a pair of hockey celebrities, usually Don Cherry and Bobby Orr. The event has been held annually since 1992. From 1992 to 1995 the event was known as the CHL All-Star Challenge and usually pitted one of the CHL's leagues against the other two. CHL Canada/Russia Series[edit] Main article: CHL Canada/Russia Series The CHL Canada/Russia Series
CHL Canada/Russia Series
is an annual junior ice hockey exhibition tournament held between a select team of Russian players and all-star teams representing the Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The event is organized by the Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
and consists of six games total each year, with the Russian Selects playing two games versus each league's all-star team. All games are broadcast nationally in Canada
Canada
on Sportsnet. The series often features players from the Canadian national junior team, and the Russian national junior team. CHL Import Draft[edit] Main article: CHL Import Draft The CHL Import Draft is an annual event in which every team in the Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
may select the rights to eligible import players. An import is classified as a player whose parents not residents of Canada, or the United States. The draft is conducted online, during the last week of June, or first week of July. Teams from the Western Hockey League, Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, systematically take turns making selections in reverse order of the team's standings in the CHL from the previous season. Teams can have a maximum of two imports, which may only be obtained through the draft. Trophies and awards[edit] Main article: List of Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
awards The Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
awards sixteen annual trophies for accomplishments during the regular and at the Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
to top individuals and teams among its three member leagues. The Memorial Cup is the top award for the championship team at the end-of-season Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
tournament. A set of five individual awards are given for performance at the tournament. In the regular season, Canadian Hockey League also presents ten annual awards.[5] The nominees for each individual award are determined by the winner of the corresponding award handed out by each of the Canadian Hockey League's three member leagues, the Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League, the Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League.[6]

Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
— Tournament awards

Trophy name Recognition Founded Current recipient(s)

Memorial Cup Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
champion 1919 Windsor Spitfires

Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy Most valuable player 1972 Dylan Strome

George Parsons Trophy Most sportsmanlike player 1974 Anthony Cirelli

Hap Emms Memorial Trophy Outstanding goaltender 1975 Michael DiPietro

Ed Chynoweth Trophy Leading scorer 1996 Dylan Strome

Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
All-Star Team Best player at each position 1975 Michael DiPietro, Darren Raddysh, Mikhail Sergachev, Gabriel Vilardi, Alex DeBrincat, Taylor Raddysh

Regular season — Individual awards

Trophy name Recognition Founded Current recipient(s)

Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award Coach of the year 1988 Ryan McGill

CHL Player of the Year Most outstanding player 1975 Alex DeBrincat

CHL Top Scorer Award Top scoring player 1994 Sam Steel

CHL Goaltender of the Year Most outstanding goaltender 1988 Michael McNiven

CHL Defenceman of the Year Most outstanding defenceman 1988 Thomas Chabot

CHL Rookie of the Year Most outstanding rookie 1988 Nico Hischier

CHL Top Draft Prospect Award Top draft prospect 1991 Nolan Patrick

CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Top scholastic player 1988 Sasha Chmelevski

CHL Sportsman of the Year Most sportsmanlike player 1990 Nick Suzuki

CHL Humanitarian of the Year Top humanitarian player 1993 Tyler Wong

CHL Executive of the Year Most outstanding executive 1989 not awarded since 2002

Trophies and awards in the Canadian Hockey League

Memorial Cup 

Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 

George Parsons Trophy 

Hap Emms Memorial Trophy 

Ed Chynoweth Trophy 

Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award 

CHL Player of the Year 

CHL Top Scorer Award 

CHL Goaltender of the Year 

CHL Defenceman of Year 

CHL Rookie of the Year 

CHL Top Draft Prospect Award 

CHL Scholastic Player of the Year 

CHL Sportsman of the Year 

CHL Humanitarian of the Year 

Teams[edit] For the 2016–17 season the league comprises 60 teams located in nine Canadian provinces (52 teams) and four American states (8 teams). Currently, nine of the ten Canadian provinces have a member team. Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador
is the only province without a team.

The Western Hockey League, with 22 teams in British Columbia
British Columbia
(6), Alberta
Alberta
(5), Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
(5), Manitoba
Manitoba
(1), Washington (4), and Oregon
Oregon
(1). The Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League, with 20 teams in Ontario
Ontario
(17), Michigan (2), and Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
(1). The Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League, with 18 teams in Quebec
Quebec
(12), New Brunswick
New Brunswick
(3), Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
(2), and Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island
(1).

Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League

Barrie Colts Erie Otters Flint Firebirds Guelph Storm Hamilton Bulldogs Kingston Frontenacs Kitchener Rangers London Knights Mississauga Steelheads Niagara IceDogs North Bay Battalion Owen Sound Attack Oshawa Generals Ottawa 67's Peterborough Petes Saginaw Spirit Sarnia Sting Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sudbury Wolves Windsor Spitfires

Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie–Bathurst Titan Baie-Comeau Drakkar Blainville-Boisbriand Armada Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Charlottetown Islanders Chicoutimi Saguenéens Drummondville Voltigeurs Gatineau Olympiques Halifax Mooseheads Moncton Wildcats Quebec
Quebec
Remparts Rimouski Océanic Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Saint John Sea Dogs Shawinigan Cataractes Sherbrooke Phoenix Val-d'Or Foreurs Victoriaville Tigres

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings Calgary Hitmen Edmonton Oil Kings Everett Silvertips Kamloops Blazers Kelowna Rockets Kootenay Ice Lethbridge Hurricanes Medicine Hat Tigers Moose Jaw Warriors Portland Winterhawks Prince Albert Raiders Prince George Cougars Regina Pats Red Deer Rebels Saskatoon Blades Seattle Thunderbirds Spokane Chiefs Swift Current Broncos Tri-City Americans Vancouver Giants Victoria Royals

Attendance[edit] Listed below are the top CHL teams by average attendance for the 2015–16 regular season. Teams with an average attendance over 5,000 are shown.[7][8][9][10] The CHL single game attendance record is held by the London Knights and Plymouth Whalers
Plymouth Whalers
for the December 29, 2013 outdoor game at Comerica Park
Comerica Park
in Detroit, Michigan. A total of 26,384 spectators took in the game.[11]

Pos. Team League Average attendance

1. Quebec
Quebec
Remparts QMJHL 13,835

2. London Knights OHL 9,013

3. Calgary Hitmen WHL 8,217

4. Kitchener Rangers OHL 7,012

5. Portland Winterhawks WHL 7,004

6. Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 6,893

7. Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 6,838

8. Spokane Chiefs WHL 5,765

9. Red Deer Rebels WHL 5,635

10. Oshawa Generals OHL 5,353

11. Kelowna Rockets WHL 5,242

12. Vancouver Giants WHL 5,169

References[edit]

^ :::: The Official Ohl Website ::::[permanent dead link] ^ "2018 Draft Prospect Rankings". www.nhl.com. Retrieved 27 March 2018.  ^ "Learning About the Western Hockey League
Western Hockey League
and Major Junior Hockey". Five for Howling. February 23, 2010.  ^ "Daily Dish: Major Junior Misunderstanding". Junior Hockey News. September 3, 2013.  ^ "History – Awards". Mastercard Memorial Cup. Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2017-12-24.  ^ "CHL Awards". chl.ca. Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2017-12-24.  ^ "CHL Attendance Report for 2015-16". 3rdlinegrind.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016.  ^ " Ontario Hockey League
Ontario Hockey League
2015-16 Attendance Graph". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016.  ^ " Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
2015-16 Attendance Graph". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016.  ^ " Western Hockey League
Western Hockey League
2015-16 Attendance Graph". hockeyDB.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016.  ^ "Spits top Spirit 6-5 at Comerica Park". windsorstar.com. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2018. 

External links[edit]

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Official web site

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Canadian Hockey League

Leagues

Western Hockey League Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League

Presidents

Ed Chynoweth (1975–1995) David Branch
David Branch
(1996–present)

History

Canadian Amateur Hockey Association List of CHL franchise post-season droughts List of CHL playoffs series Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
Players' Association

Events

Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
(list of champions) CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game CHL Canada/Russia Series CHL Import Draft Teddy bear toss

Awards

Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award CHL Player of the Year CHL Top Scorer Award CHL Goaltender of the Year CHL Defenceman of the Year CHL Rookie of the Year CHL Top Draft Prospect Award CHL Scholastic Player of the Year CHL Sportsman of the Year CHL Humanitarian of the Year CHL Executive of the Year

Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
web site

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Memorial Cup

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1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

List of Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
champions James T. Sutherland George Richardson Memorial Trophy Abbott Cup

Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy George Parsons Trophy Hap Emms Memorial Trophy Ed Chynoweth Trophy Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
All-Star Teams

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Members and events of Hockey Canada

Member branches

BC Hockey Hockey Alberta Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
Hockey Association Hockey Manitoba Hockey Northwestern Ontario Ontario
Ontario
Hockey Federation Hockey Eastern Ontario Hockey Québec Hockey New Brunswick Hockey PEI Hockey Nova Scotia Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey North

Associate bodies

Canadian Junior Hockey League

Interbranch events

Men's

Allan Cup Royal Bank Cup Telus Cup Canada
Canada
Winter Games Aboriginal Championships

Women's

Clarkson Cup CIS Championship Esso Cup Under-18 Championship Canada
Canada
Winter Games Aboriginal Championships

Regional

ANAVET Cup Doyle Cup Dudley Hewitt Cup Fred Page Cup Keystone Cup Don Johnson Memorial Cup Maritime- Hockey North
Hockey North
Junior C Championship Brewers Cup

National teams

Men's (rosters) Men's U–20 (rosters) Men's U–18 Men's sledge Women's (rosters) Women's U–18 Women's sledge

International events

HC organized

World U-17 Hockey Challenge World Junior A Challenge World Sport School Challenge World Sledge Hockey Challenge

IIHF organized

Olympic Winter Games Paralympic Games Youth Olympic Games Ice Hockey World Championships IIHF World Women's Championships IIHF World U20 Championship IIHF World U18 Championships IIHF World Women's U18 Championships 4 Nations Cup Meco Cup

Other

World Cup of Hockey Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Spengler Cup Universiade Sledge World Championships

Canada Ice hockey Hockey Hall of Fame International Ice Hockey Federation

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Junior ice hockey leagues in North America

Canadian Hockey League

Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League Western Hockey League

Hockey Canada

Junior A

CJHL Alberta British Columbia Central Canada Manitoba Maritime Northern Ontario Ontario Quebec Saskatchewan Superior International

Junior B

Calgary Capital Capitale Central Canada Chaudiere-Appalaches Greater Ontario Heritage Island Keystone Kootenay International Lakehead Lac St-Louis Laurentides-Lanaudiere Metropolitaine New Brunswick North Eastern Alberta North West Nova Scotia Pacific Prairie Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean St. John's Vancouver Island

Junior C

Calgary Central West Hanover Tache Hockey Expert Laval Lac St-Jean Lac St-Louis Mauricie Montreal National Capital Noralta Nova Scotia Nunavut Orford-St-Francois PEI Provincial Qu’Appelle Valley Rive-Nord Richelieu Valley Saguenay Yamaska-Missisquoi

Other

Manitoba
Manitoba
Major

USA Hockey

Tier I

United States
United States
Hockey League

Tier II

North American Hockey League

Tier III

EHL (EHL, EHL Premier) NA3HL RMJHL

United Hockey Union

Tier II

Western States

Tier III

Canadian Premier

Independent

Greater Metro USPHL (NCDC, Premier, Elite)

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