The Canadian Junior "A" Hockey League has eight member leagues encompassing 92 teams in 2000-2001. Junior "A" hockey provides an option for players hoping to advance to collegiate hockey and the professional game. The Canadian Junior "A" Hockey League was formed at a meeting in Winnipeg held November 19-21, 1993. It was determined that there were 118 teams operating within the eleven junior "A" leagues, plus Thunder Bay. The CJAHL was formed from the Canada West Association of Junior "A" Hockey which had been operating since 1990.


The Canadian Junior "A" Hockey League has eight member leagues encompassing 92 teams in 2000-2001. Junior "A" hockey provides an option for players hoping to advance to collegiate hockey and the professional game. The Canadian Junior "A" Hockey League was formed at a meeting in Winnipeg held November 19-21, 1993. It was determined that there were 118 teams operating within the eleven junior "A" leagues, plus Thunder Bay. The CJAHL was formed from the Canada West Association of Junior "A" Hockey which had been operating since 1990.


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Steve Yzerman

Detroit Red Wing star Steve Yzerman led the Ontario Junior Hockey League in assists with 54 in 1980-81 with the Nepean Raiders.

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The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association formalized college hockey on a national basis in 1975. The CCAA holds an annual event and declares gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the same fashion as at the Olympic and World championships. Through the course of the season, there are many invitational tournaments hosted by different schools in many regions throughout Canada.

The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association formalized college hockey on a national basis in 1975. The CCAA holds an annual event and declares gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the same fashion as at the Olympic and World championships. Through the course of the season, there are many invitational tournaments hosted by different schools in many regions throughout Canada.

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The National Women’s Hockey League began operation for the 1999-00 season and, though it aspires to become a professional league, it is for the time being an Amateur organization. The league began with a circuit comprised of club teams from Ontario and Quebec, though expansion in its second year has added a franchise in Vancouver. The teams vie for the Championship Cup in a traditional play-off format.

The National Women’s Hockey League began operation for the 1999-00 season and, though it aspires to become a professional league, it is for the time being an Amateur organization. The league began with a circuit comprised of club teams from Ontario and Quebec, though expansion in its second year has added a franchise in Vancouver. The teams vie for the Championship Cup in a traditional play-off format.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Investigate the role that hockey plays in Canada’s national identity
  • Explore the history of hockey in Canada
  • Identify significant people involved in hockey in Canada
  • Examine the evolution of non-professional hockey in Canada
  • Explore the major amateur leagues, tournaments and awards available to male and female athletes

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