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Allan Cup Hockey West

Allan Cup Hockey West (known as the Chinook Hockey League until the summer of 2017) is a Canadian Senior ice hockey league based in Alberta, but includes teams from other provinces. The ChHL is one of two Allan Cup eligible ice hockey leagues currently operating in Canada, the other is Ontario's Allan Cup Hockey.  All teams in the league are registers as senior AAA (or Allan Cup eligible) for 2017-18.

In the past the league has been made up of some intermediate teams and the intermediate teams would play in the provincial intermediate playoffs and try to qualify for a berth in the Western Canada Intermediate Playoffs for the Edmonton Journal Trophy and a birth in the Hardy Cup final.  The Hardy Cup was contested from 1968 to 1990.  Four of the league champions won the provincial playoffs to advance to the Western Canada Intermediate Playoffs

Chinook Hockey League

Logo as Chinook Hockey League

The league champion traditionally plays the champion of the province of British Columbia in the McKenzie Cup for a birth in the Allan Cup as the Pacific Region representative in the tournament as the league has had the only Senior AAA registered teams in the province, so the league playoffs are the de facto provincial playoffs.  The McKenzie Cup is not held when the event is held in either Alberta or British Columbia (or there is no competing team in British Columbia, as the case is in 2015, when the Powell River Regals were the only team in BC and withdrew from the tournament on January 1, 2015). For the 2015-16 season the league received interest from the previously independent Rosetown Red Wings from Saskatchewan.  The team was added to the league schedule. However the team withdrew from the league prior to the starting of the season (and after the schedule was written).  The Okotoks Drillers had previously notified the league that they were taking a leave for the 2015-16 season.

2016-17Edit

In late May 2016 the Bentley Generals announced they were relocating to Lacombe, Alberta and would be renamed the Lacombe Generals.

The Rosetown Red Wings were approved by Hockey Canada to join the CHL for the 2016-17 season.  However, the team played in the 2017 Saskatchewan Senior AAA playdowns (played in Rathgaber Cup against the 2017 Manitoba Senior AAA Hockey Playoffs champion) instead of the 2017 Alberta Senior AAA playdowns (the CHL playoffs) for a berth in the 2017 Allan Cup as Saskatchewan in in the Western Region where as Alberta is in the Pacific Region.

2017-18Edit

The league would be renamed Allan Cup Hockey West during the 2017 off season.  For this season the league would hold playoffs seperate of the provincial playdowns as the Rosetown Red Wings were participating in the league playoffs.  The top three teams would play a single elimination playoff over two days. The semifinal matched up the two and three seeds at the second seeds arena and the winner would play the next night against the one seed in the one seeds arena.

2018-19Edit

The Lacombe Generals were named host of the 2019 Allan Cup.  Due to no teams from Quebec participating at the Senior AAA level for 2018-19 the province will be guaranteed a second spot in the tournament.  A provincial playoff will be held separate of the league playoffs again as Rosetown has indicated they will participate in the league playoffs.  The team that wins the provincial championship or the finalist is Lacombe wins the championship will advance to the Allan Cup tournament.  Traditionally, the provincial champion would have to play the British Columbia champions for the McKenzie Cup and a spot in the Allan Cup but both provinces are guaranteed spots in the tournament this year so no inter-province championship will be played.

2019-20Edit

On May 10, 2019 the Rosetown Redwings announced they would be departing from the league.[1] This has put the survival of the league into question as the league will be down to three teams for the 2019-20 season.[2]

On May 27,2019 the Lacombe Generals announced they would not be playing for the 2019-20 season citing issues within the system set up for Senior AAA hockey in Canada.[3]

Shortly after the withdrawal of Lacombe, the Innisfail Eagles announced they would be attempting to join the North Central Hockey League (Alberta) along with the Stony Plain Eagles for the 2019-20 season and attempting to qualify for the 2020 Allan Cup as an independent team.[4]  The two teams will compete in ACHW also in an attempt to qualify for the Allan Cup and in an attempt to save Senior AAA hockey in the province.[5]

The league would revert to the Chinook Hockey League name in September and the Innisfail Eagles and the Stony Plain Eagles would announce that they would play an abbreviated schedule for the 2019-20 season involving games between the two teams as well as trying to set up exhibition games against other teams such as the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers alumni team, followed by the playing of a series to determine the provincial Senior AAA champion and the Pacific region representative at the 2020 Allan Cup.[6]

Amid speculation that the format for the Allan Cup would revert to the old East-West format as early as 2021; the hope has been raised that the Lacombe Generals would possibly return to play with in a season or two as they had been pushing for the change in format.

TeamsEdit

Team Centre Arena
Innisfail Eagles Innisfail Innisfail Twin Arena
Stony Plain Eagles Stony Plain Glenn Hall Centennial Arena

Timeline of teamsEdit

Member TeamsEdit

Team Location Arena Tenure Notes
Red Deer Burnt Lake Clippers Red Deer, Alberta Red Deer Arena 1955-1956
Carstairs Colts Carstairs, Alberta 1955-1959 sit out 1959-60 season
Crossfield Cowboys Crossfield, Alberta 1955-1956
Didsbury Ramblers Didsbury, Alberta 1955-1981
Innisfail Eagles Innisfail, Alberta War Memorial Arena 1955-1989 temporarily merged with Olds when lost use of arena
Stettler Imperials Stettler, Alberta 1955-1956
Trochu Arenas Trochu, Alberta Trochu Memorial Arena 1955-1969 sit out 1969-70 season
Ponoka Superiors Ponoka, Alberta Ponoka Arena 1956-1957
Red Deer Monarchs Red Deer, Alberta Red Deer Arena 1956-1962
Calgary Bowness Royals Calgary, Alberta 1958-1962
Olds Elks Olds, Alberta 1958-1990 sit out 1990-91 season
Carstairs Colts Carstairs, Alberta 1960-1965 return for 1966-67 season
Penhold RCAF Wings RCAF Station Penhold Penhold, Alberta Penhold RCAF Arena 1960-1961
Lacombe Purity 99ers Lacombe, Alberta 1961-1963
Alix Warriors Alix, Alberta Alix Arena 1962-1963
Rocky Rams Rocky Mountain House, Alberta 1963-1973
Eckville Eagles Eckville, Alberta 1963-1967
Carstairs Colts Carstairs, Alberta 1966-1972 return for 1976-77 season
Trochu Arenas Trochu, Alberta Trochu Memorial Arena 1970-1971 return for 1974-75 season
Okotoks Oilers Okotoks, Alberta 1972-1973
Red Deer Roadrunners Red Deer, Alberta Red Deer Arena 1973-1977
Lacombe Merchants Lacombe, Alberta 1973-1990
Trochu Arenas Trochu, Alberta Trochu Memorial Arena 1974-1986
Carstairs Colts Carstairs, Alberta 1976-1977
Red Deer Border Pavers Red Deer, Alberta Red Deer Arena 1977-1981
Hobbema Oilers Hobbema, Alberta 1978-1982
Drumheller Miners Drumheller, Alberta 1981-1988
Stettler Sabres Stettler, Alberta 1983-1987
Eckville Eagles Eckville, Alberta 1985-1988
Panoka Stampeders Ponoka, Alberta 1985-1990
Paul Band Black Hawks (Paul Bands First Nations) (based in Wabamun, Alberta) 1988-1991
Stettler Sabres Stettler, Alberta 1988-1989
Drumheller Miiners Drumheller, Alberta 1989-1990
Stony Plain Eagles Stony Plain, Alberta Glenn Hall Arena 1989-1991
Trochu Arenas Trochu, Alberta Trochu Memorial Arena 1990-1992
Hobbema Oilers Hobbema, Alberta 1990-1993
Innisfail Eagles Innisfail, Alberta Innisfail Twin Arena 1990-present
Olds Elks Olds, Alberta 1991-1996 fold before playoffs start
Didsbury Ramblers Didsbury, Alberta Didsbury Recreation Complex 1991-1994
Big Valley Oil Kings Big Valley, Alberta Big Valley Arena 1992-1997
Millet Thunder Millet, Alberta Millet Agriplex Arena 1993-1998
Bashaw Stars Bashaw, Alberta Bashaw Arena 1993-1995 folded 9 games into 1995-96 season
Drayton Valley Wildcats Drayton Valley, Alberta 1994-1997 join North Central Hockey League (Alberta)
Enoch Falcons

Enoch, Alberta (Stony Plain Indian Reserve #135) || Enoch Recreation Centre ||1996-1999||

Stony Plain Eagles Stony Plain, Alberta Glenn Hall Arena 1995-present
Rocky Rams Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Rocky Arena Complex 1995-1999 take one year leave of absence
Wetaskiwin Thunder Wetaskiwin, Alberta Wetaskiwin Civic Centre 1998-2001
Drayton Valley Wildcats Drayton Valley, Alberta Drayton Valley Omni-Plex 1999-2004 join North Central Hockey League (Alberta)
Bentley Generals Bentley, Alberta Bentley Arena 1999-2016 relocated to Lacombe
Westlock Wolfpack Westlock, Alberta Westlock Rotary Spirit Centre 2000-2004
Rocky Rams Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Rocky Arena Complex 2000-2009 join North Central Hockey League (Alberta)
Beaumont Warriors Beaumont, Alberta Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centre Arena 2001-2007
Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Jubilee Recreation Centre 2003-2006 renamed MeEwan Chiefs
Millet Thunder Millet, Alberta Millet Agriplex Arena 2004-2007
Fort Saskatchewan McEwan Chiefs Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Jubilee Recreation Centre 2006-2010 drop McEwan from name
River Cree Warriors Beaumont, Alberta Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centre Arena 2007-2009
Lloydminster Border Kings Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Lloydminster Centennial Civic Centre 2008-2012 sat out 2012-2013 season
West Central Alberta Rams Sylvan Lake, Alberta Sylvan Lake Arena 2009-2010 renamed Sylvan Lake Admirals
Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Jubilee Recreation Centre 2010-2018 suspend operations at start of 2018-19 season, join the North Central Hockey League for the 2019-20 season.
Sylvan Lake Admirals Sylvan Lake, Alberta Sylvan Lake Arena 2010-2013 ceased operations for at least the 2013-14 season on September 5, 2013
Carstairs Redhawks Carstairs Carstairs Memorial Arena 2011-2012
Okotoks Drillers Okotoks, Alberta Pason Centennial Arena 2013-2015
Lacombe Generals Lacombe, Alberta Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex 2016-2019 suspended operations May 27, 2019
Rosetown Red Wings Rosetown, Saskatchewan Saskcan Centre 2016-2019 withdrew from league May 10, 2019

ChampionsEdit

  • 1956 Stettler Imperials
  • 1957 Red Deer Monarchs
  • 1958 Didsbury Ramblers
  • 1959 Didsbury Ramblers
  • 1960 Olds B's (Team later known as Olds Elks after semi-pro team of same name folded)
  • 1961 Red Deer Montgomery V's
  • 1962 Olds B's
  • 1963 Innisfail Eagles
  • 1964 Carstairs Colts
  • 1965 Olds B's
  • 1966 Didsbury Ramblers
  • 1967 Didsbury Ramblers
  • 1968 Carstairs Colts
  • 1969 Didsbury Ramblers
  • 1970 Rocky Rams
  • 1971 Didsbury Ramblers
  • 1972 Innisfail Eagles
  • 1973 Okotoks Oilers
  • 1974 Old Elks
  • 1975 Red Deer Roadrunners
  • 1976 Old Elks
  • 1977 Old Elks
  • 1978 Red Deer Border Pavers
  • 1979 Innisfail Eagles
  • 1980 Innisfail Eagles
  • 1981 Innisfail Eagles
  • 1982 Lacombe Merchants
  • 1983 Innisfail Eagles*
  • 1984 Innisfail Eagles
  • 1985 Innisfail Eagles
  • 1986 Stettler Sabres
  • 1987 Eckville Eagles
  • 1988 Ponoka Stampeders
  • 1989 Paul Band Black Hawks*
  • 1990 No winner decided. (Paul Band competed in the Hardy Cup with the final never played between Paul Band and Stony Plain)
  • 1991 Paul Band Black Hawks
  • 1992 Olds Elks
  • 1993 Innisfail Eagles
  • 1994 Bashaw Stars
  • 1995 Millet Thunder
  • 1996 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 1997 Millet Thunder
  • 1998 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 1999 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2000 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2001 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2002 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2003 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2004 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2005 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2006 Fort Hotel Chiefs
  • 2007 Bentley Generals
  • 2008 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2009 Bentley Generals
  • 2010 Bentley Generals
  • 2011 Bentley Generals
  • 2012 Stony Plain Eagles
  • 2013 Bentley Generals
  • 2014 Bentley Generals
  • 2015 Bentley Generals
  • 2016 Bentley Generals
  • 2017 Lacombe Generals
  • 2018 Lacombe Generals
  • 2019 Lacombe Generals

Provincial Intermediate ChampionsEdit

SeasonsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Canadian Senior Hockey (post-1971)
National/Regional Championships
Allan Cup (National AAA)
Patton Cup (Western Canada 71-91) - Bolton Cup (Eastern Canada 71-03)
McKenzie Cup (BC-AB) - Rathgaber Cup (SK-MB) - Atlantic Cup (2003-) (NB-NL-NS-PEI)
Provincial/Local Championships
Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - Newfoundland and Labrador - Northern Ontario - Ontario Hockey Association - Ottawa - Quebec - Saskatchewan - Thunder Bay
Current Leagues
Alberta: Allan Cup Hockey West (1969-) - East Central Senior Hockey League (2012-) - North Central Hockey League (1995-) - North Peace Hockey League (also in BC, 1953-) - Ranchland Senior Hockey League (1974-) - Sask/Alta Senior Hockey League (also in SK, 1964-)

British Columbia: Central Interior Senior Hockey League (1997-) - North Peace Hockey League (also in Alberta, 1953-)

Manitoba: Carillon Senior Hockey League (2004-) - North Central Hockey League (1958-) - South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League (1952-) - Tiger Hills Hockey League (1983-)

New Brunswick: Beausejour Senior Hockey League (2019-) - Circuit de Hockey Senior Roger-Lizotte (1991-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Acadie-Chaleur (2016-)

Newfoundland and Labrador: - Central Newfoundland Hockey League (2009-) - Central/West Senior Hockey League (2014-) - East Coast Senior Hockey League (2017-) - Newfoundland West Coast Senior Hockey League (2001-11; 2016-)

Ontario: Allan Cup Hockey (1991-) - Eastern Ontario Super A Hockey League (2019-) WOAA Senior AA Hockey League (1942-)

Quebec: Laval Senior A Hockey League (2013-) - Ligue de Hockey Cote-Sud (2012-) - Ligue Regionale de Hockey (2016-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior du Lac-au-Fleuve (2017-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior du Richelieu (2005-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AAA du Quebec (2017-) - Outaouais Senior A Hockey League (2018-)

Saskatchewan: Big Six Senior Hockey League (1959-) - Highway Hockey League (1965-) - Long Lake Senior Hockey League (1978-) - Notekeu Senior Hockey League (1958-) - Qu'Appelle Valley Hockey League (1960-) - Sask/Alta Senior Hockey League (also in Alberta, 1964-) - Saskatchewan Prairie Senior Hockey League (2010-) - Sask West Senior Hockey League (2000-) - Sask Valley Hockey League (1965-) - Triangle Hockey League (1965-) - Twin Rivers Senior Hockey League (2016-) - Wheatland Senior Hockey League (2004-) - White Mud Senior Hockey League (1995-)

Nunavut: Iqaluit Senior Hockey League (2009-) - Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League (2008-)

Defunct Leagues
Alberta: Battle River Hockey League (2002-2015) - Prairie Senior Hockey League (also in SK, 1971-1972)

British Columbia: British Columbia Senior Hockey League (1979-1981) - Western International Hockey League (1946-1988) - West Coast Senior AA Hockey League (2016-2018)

Manitoba: Canadian Central Hockey League (1972-1974) - Central Amateur Senior Hockey League (1975-1989) - Eastman Hockey League (1998-2000) - Hanover Tache Hockey League (1958-2005) - Manitoba Assiniboine Hockey League (1974-1983) - Manitoba Senior Hockey League (2008-2016) - North Interlake Hockey League (1987-1988) - Nor-West Hockey League (1996-1997) - North West Senior Hockey League (2017-) - South Interlake Hockey League (1987-2008) - SouthWest Hockey League (1956-2009)

Maritimes: Maritime Senior Hockey League (1991-1992) - Northumberland Dairy Senior AAA Hockey League (1995-1998)

New Brunswick: Eastern Senior Hockey League (2001-2010) - New Brunswick Chaleur Hockey League (1991-1995) - New Brunswick Senior Hockey League (1968-1992) - North East Senior Hockey League (2011-2018) - North Shore Senior Hockey League (1939-1978) - North Shore Senior Hockey League (1996-2010) - Southern New Brunswick Senior Hockey League (1962-2010)

Newfoundland and Labrador: Avalon East Senior Hockey League (1992-2017) Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (2011-2014)

Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League (1982-1995)

Ontario: Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League (2003-2008) - HNO Senior League (2009-2012) - North Oxford Men's Hockey League (1959-2012) - OHA Senior A Hockey League (1972-1987) - Ottawa District Senior Hockey League (1968-1978) - Ontario Senior AA Hockey League (1983-1988)

Quebec: Ligue Centrale de Hockey (LCH) (1978-2008) - Ligue de Hockey Beauce Bellechase Frontenac (1999-2017) - Ligue de Hockey Senior de la Mauricie (1992-1996) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Majeur du Quebec (1979-82; 1994-96) - Ligue de Hockey Senior de l'Est du Quebec (2005-2010) - Ligue de hockey Senior des Îles de la Madeleine (1991-2005) - Ligue de Hockey Senior A de la Mauricie (2001-2017) - Ligue de Hockey Senior A Inter-Rives (2006-2007) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA de l'Estrie (2001-2004) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA de la Cote-Nord (2007-2009) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean (2002-2003) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Bas-Saint-Laurent (1994-2005) - Ligue de Hockey Senior des Cantons-de-L'Est (2011-2015) - Ligue de hockey les Cotiers de la Gaspesie (2002-2008) - Ligue de Hockey Senior des Deux Rives (2002-2003) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Provinciale AA (2004-2006) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA L.D.B. du Quebec (1979-2000) - Ligue de hockey Budweiser de 'est du Quebec (2011-2013) - Outaouais Hockey League (1973-1975) - Promutuel Senior Hockey League (1999-2007) - Republican Hockey League (also in NB, 1976-1987) - Quebec Senior North-East Hockey League (2003-2007)

Prince Edward Island: Island Community Senior Hockey League (2010-2013) - Prince Edward Island Senior Hockey League (1990-1991) - Prince Edward Island Senior Hockey League (2010-2011)

Saskatchewan: Beaver Lakes Hockey League (2006-2018) - Fishing Lake Hockey League (1953-2015) - Fort Carlton Senior Hockey League (1971-2019) - North Saskatchewan River Hockey League (1995-2015) - Pasquia Hockey League (1993-2009) - Treaty Six Hockey League (2004-2007) - Wild Goose Hockey League (1954-2008) - Yellowhead Hockey League (1980-2000)

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