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Encyclopedia > Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1972
No. of teams
Country(ies) Flag of Canada Canada
Most recent champion(s) Vancouver Giants
Official website www.chl.ca

The Canadian Hockey League is an umbrella organization for three Canadian based Major Junior hockey leagues for players 15 to 20 years of age. The member leagues are comprised of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Image File history File links CanadianHockeyLeague. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... See also: 1971 in sports, other events of 1972, 1973 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: February 20: A.J. Foyt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Mark Donohue USAC Racing - Joe Leonard won the season championship Formula... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Vancouver Giants are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL). ... An umbrella organization is an association of (often related, industry-specific) institutions, who work together formally to coordinate activities or pool resources. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...

Contents

Introduction

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the governing body for Major Junior Hockey (formerly known as Tier One Junior A) in Canada. Its precursor was the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA). The CHL currently oversees the Western Hockey League (WHL), the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). All three leagues have teams in both Canada and the United States. Each league plays individual regular season schedules, and playoffs. The annual CHL championship is determined by the Memorial Cup tournament held in May. Junior hockey is a catch-all term used to describe various levels of ice hockey competition for players generally between the ages of 16 and 20 years old1. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ...


More than half the players in the National Hockey League for the 2005-06 NHL season had played in the CHL. [citation needed] The CHL is generally considered the world's top professional development junior hockey league. [citation needed] It is key supplier of new players and officials for the many North American professional hockey leagues, such as the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, ECHL, United Hockey League and the North Eastern Hockey League. The modernized NHL shield logo was introduced for the 2005-06 season. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... The United Hockey League (UHL) is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the United States. ... The North Eastern Hockey League is a minor hockey league. ...


The CHL also seeks to raise the profile of the junior game by hosting annual events such as the Memorial Cup, CHL Top Prospects Game and the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. 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. The CHL Top Prospects Game is an annual event in which forty of the top draft eligible prospects in the Canadian Hockey League play against each other, each hoping to boost their draft ranking with the NHL scouts and general managers who attend. ... The ADT Canada-Russia Challenge is an annual six game exhibition ice hockey tournament held between a select team of Russian junior players and all-star teams representing the three leagues of the Canadian Hockey League. ...


Annual Events

Memorial Cup

The 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 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. The event is currently sponsored by Mastercard. Image File history File links Trophy_memorial_cup. ... The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...

See: Memorial Cup history & winners

The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ...

CHL Top Prospects Game

The CHL 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 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. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The CHL Top Prospects Game is an annual event in which forty of the top draft eligible prospects in the Canadian Hockey League play against each other, each hoping to boost their draft ranking with the NHL scouts and general managers who attend. ... The NHL Entry Draft is a collective meeting in which the franchises of the National Hockey League systematically select the rights to available amateur players who meet the eligibility requirements to play professional hockey in the NHL. // The first NHL Amateur Draft was held on June 5, 1963 at the... Donald Stewart Grapes Cherry, (born February 5, 1934 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) is a hockey commentator for CBC Television. ... Robert Gordon Bobby Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenseman, and is considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. ...


Canada-Russia Challenge

The CHL hosts annually, the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, sponsored by ADT Security Services to showcase Canadian junior talent versus Russian junior talent. Each year a Russian junior team plays 6 games in total in Canada, two games against each CHL member league (WHL,OHL,QMJHL). Image File history File links ADTChallenge. ... The ADT Canada-Russia Challenge is an annual six game exhibition ice hockey tournament held between a select team of Russian junior players and all-star teams representing the three leagues of the Canadian Hockey League. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


CHL Import Draft

Each year, every team in the CHL has the option to chose up to 2 players from outside North America to add to is roster. Picks are chosen in reverse order of the team's standings in the CHL.


The Import Draft is seen as a way to raise the level of competition in the CHL, as well as to broaden its fan base while retaining high North American content.


CHL Awards

List of annual awards given by the CHL:
Memorial Cup Awards:

The Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award is given out annually to the Coach of the Year in the Canadian Hockey League. ... The CHL Defenceman of the Year award The CHL Defenceman of the Year Award is given out annually to the top defenseman in the Canadian Hockey League. ... The CHL Goaltender of the Year Award is given out annually to the top goaltender in the Canadian Hockey League. ... The CHL Humanitarian Player of the Year Award is given out annually to the Canadian Hockey League player judged to have made the most notable contribution to his community in a humanitarian sense. ... The CHL Player of the Year award is given out annually to the player judged to be the most outstanding in the Canadian Hockey League. ... The CHL Rookie of the Year Award is given out annually to the top rookie in the Canadian Hockey League. ... The CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award is awarded annually to the Canadian Hockey League player who is best able to combine success on the ice with success in school. ... The CHL Sportsman of the Year Award is given out annually to the most sportsmanlike player in the Canadian Hockey League. ... The CHL Top Scorer Award is given out annually to the highest-scoring player in the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Ed Chynoweth Trophy is awarded to the leading scorer at the Memorial Cup. ... The George Parsons Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged to be the most sportsmanlike at the Memorial Cup ice hockey tournament. ... The Hap Emms Memorial Trophy is awarded to the outstanding goaltender at the Memorial Cup. ... The Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy is a trophy awared to the most valuable player in the Memorial Cup Tournament of the Canadian Hockey League. ...

Teams

The league comprises 59 teams located in 10 Canadian provinces and 5 American states. For lists of teams see the articles about each member league. In the WHL, the city of Edmonton, Alberta has been awarded an expansion team that will begin play in the 2007-08 season. This team is not included in these stats. Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ...

The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... Motto: Fortis et liber(Latin) Strong and free Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Official languages English (see below) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong - Premier Ed Stelmach (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 28 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (split from Northwest Territories) (8th [Province]) Area Ranked... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: The Strength of Many Peoples) Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart - Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (Split from NWT) (9th (province)) Area  Ranked... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NL YT NT NU Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard - Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... OHL All-Star Game 2006 Opening Face Off. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... , Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595... Motto: Quaerite Prime Regnum Dei (Latin: Seek ye first the kingdom of God) Capital St. ... Motto: Spem reduxit (Hope restored) Capital Fredericton Largest city Saint John Official languages English, French (the only constitutionally bilingual province in the country) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Herménégilde Chiasson - Premier Shawn Graham (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 10 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit(Latin) One defends and the other conquers Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis - Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 11 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Motto: Parva Sub Ingenti (Latin: The Small Protected By The Great) Capital Charlottetown Largest city Charlottetown Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Barbara Oliver Hagerman - Premier Robert Ghiz (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 4 - Senate seats 4 Confederation July 1, 1873 (7th) Area  Ranked 13th - Total 5... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ...

Attendance

Top CHL teams by average attendance, 2006-07 regular season

1. Québec Remparts (QMJHL) 10,443.4
2. London Knights (OHL) 9,034.3
3. Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 8,852.5
4. Vancouver Giants (WHL) 8,759.1
5. Ottawa 67's (OHL) 8,062.5
6. Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) 7,340.4
7. Everett Silvertips (WHL) 6,460.1
8. Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 6,129.4
9. Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 6,102.2
10. Spokane Chiefs (WHL) 6,027.8
11. Kitchener Rangers (OHL) 5,887.0
12. Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) 5,188.9

Teams with an average attendance over 5,000 are shown. Source: [1] There have been two franchises known as the Québec Remparts that played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... London Knights 2004-2005 The London Knights are an ice hockey team from London, Ontario, Canada, playing in the Ontario Hockey League, one of the leagues of the Canadian Hockey League. ... Playoff game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. ... The Vancouver Giants are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL). ... The Ottawa 67s celebrate a playoff victory The Ottawa 67’s are a junior ice hockey team based in Ottawa, Canada. ... The Halifax Mooseheads are an ice hockey team in the Eastern Division of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ... City: Red Deer, Alberta League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1992-93 Home Arena: ENMAX Centrium Colours: red, black, white and silver Head Coach: Brent Sutter General Manager: Brent Sutter Original Rebels Skate logo, used 1992-1997 The Red Deer Rebels are a Western Hockey League junior... City: Kelowna, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1995-96 Home Arena: Prospera Place Colours: red, turquoise and black Head Coach: Jeff Truitt General Manager: Bruce Hamilton The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ... The Spokane Chiefs are a major junior hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League based out of Spokane, Washington. ... The Kitchener Rangers are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League that have called Kitchener, Ontario, Canada their home since 1963. ... City: Portland, Oregon League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: U.S. Founded: 1976-77 Home Arena: Rose Garden Arena & Memorial Coliseum Colours: red, white and black Head Coach: Mike Williamson General Manager: Ken Hodge The Portland Winter Hawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of...


See also

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Acadie-Bathurst Titan • Baie-Comeau Drakkar • Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Chicoutimi Saguenéens Drummondville Voltigeurs Gatineau Olympiques Halifax Mooseheads Lewiston MAINEiacs Moncton Wildcats P.E.I. Rocket Québec Remparts Rimouski Océanic Rouyn-Noranda Huskies • Saint John Sea Dogs St. John's Fog Devils Shawinigan Cataractes Val-d'Or Foreurs Victoriaville Tigres
CHL: Memorial CupPresident's CupQMJHL seasonsAwardsOHLWHL
Western Hockey League
Current teams : Brandon Wheat Kings | Calgary Hitmen | Chilliwack Bruins | Edmonton Oil Kings | Everett Silvertips | Kamloops Blazers | Kelowna Rockets | Kootenay Ice | Lethbridge Hurricanes | Medicine Hat Tigers | Moose Jaw Warriors | Portland Winter Hawks | Prince Albert Raiders | Prince George Cougars | Red Deer Rebels | Regina Pats | Saskatoon Blades | Seattle Thunderbirds | Spokane Chiefs | Swift Current Broncos | Tri-City Americans | Vancouver Giants
CHL: Memorial Cup | Ed Chynoweth Cup | WHL seasons | WHL history | Awards | OHL | QMJHL

  Results from FactBites:
 
Canadian Hockey League - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (229 words)
The Canadian Hockey League is an umbrella organization for three North American Major Junior "A" Tier I hockey leagues for players of 15 to 20 years of age.
It is the chief development league for the National Hockey League.
More than half the players in the National Hockey League for the 2002-2003 season had played in the CHL, and as a result the CHL leagues are usually considered the world's top junior hockey leagues.
Canadian Hockey League - definition of Canadian Hockey League in Encyclopedia (208 words)
The Canadian Hockey League is an umbrella organization for three Canadian Major Junior "A" Tier I hockey leagues for players of 15 to 20 years of age.
Altogether the league comprises 56 teams in 9 (and soon all 10) Canadian provinces and 5 American states.
The CHL awards the Memorial Cup to the Canadian junior hockey champion (the American members also compete for this trophy).
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