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BSHL

The Big 6 Hockey League, is a senior men's hockey league founded in December of 1959.  The is based out of the southeastern portion of Saskatchewan

A previous league with the same name played from 1944 to 1955 in the Battleford-North Battleford area, Saskatchewan. The known years are 1944, 1945, and 1954. The teams that played are Battleford 1944-1945, Legion (1945), Marymount, (1945) North Battleford- Beaver Kinsmen (1944-1945), North Battleforde-Collegaite Institute (1944), North Battleford-SFTS (1944-1945), North Battleford-St Thomas More (1944-1945) and North Battleford-Services (1944). The teams that played in 1955 were Battleford, Gaslyn, Lashburn, Maidestone, Meadow Lake, Neilburg, North Battleford-St Thomas More, Turtleford and Vawn-Edam.

Teams (as of the start of the 2018-19 season)Edit

Team Centre Arena
Bienfait Coalers Bienfait Bienfait Memorial Arena
Carlyle Cougars Carlyle Carlyle Sports Arena
Carnduff Red Devils Carnduff Carnduff Fast Trucking Centennial Arena
Kipling/Windthorst Oil Kings Kipling Kipling Arena
Midale Mustangs Midale Midale Harry O' Memorial Arena
Oxbow Huskies Oxbow Oxbow Arena
Redvers Rockets Redvers Redvers Recreation Centre
Wawota Flyers Wawota Wawota Community Forum
Yellow Grass Wheat Kings Yellow Grass Yellow Grass Communiplex

Founding of league and Early HistoryEdit

The Big Six Hockey League was formed at a small meeting in a garage in Oxbow in December of 1959,when the old Soo Line Hockey League seemed to be dying. Ken John of Estevan was one of the original founders and he wrote up the league's first constitution. Other founders were Cec Papke, Estevan; Hugh Mitchell, Glen Ewen; Bill Whatmore, Frobisher; Ken Caverley, Oxbow; Clarence Ching, Oxbow; Percy Hodgson, Glen Ewen; Percy Quick, Frobisher; Hank Dntnstauder, Bienfait and R.C. Goodwin, Frobisher.

The first season the league consisted of four teams including the Bienfait Coalers, Frobisher Flyers, Glen Ewen Eagles and Oxbow Aces. The Estevan Miners took part in the league that first year, but their games were just exhibition matches and they did not take part in the playoffs.

The name for the league, according to Cec Papke of Calgary, came from the Big Six Brewery in Lethbridge, Alberta. He said that there was a Big Six League in Alberta and Manitoba and he suggested that they use the same name in Saskatchewan.

The original championship trophy, The Lincoln Trophy, which is still used today, was donated by, then resident of Bienfait, Ken Lincoln, who was the head carpenter during the construction of the Bienfait - Coalfields Memorial Arena. Ken now resides in Wawota. The Morton Burke Trophy for the League's Top Point-Getter, which is also still used today, was donated by Cec Papke at the start of the 1960/61 season and he went on to win that trophy by the end of that season, which was the league's second year of existence.

The Howard Enmark Trophy for finishing in First Place in the regular season was donated by the Bienfait Coalers at the start of the 1962/63 season. This award is another that is still in use today!

Over the years just about every small town in southeast Saskatchewan has been in the Big Six at one time or another. The number of teams in the league has risen and fallen at times and reached as many as twelve at one point. The competition has been fast and furious over the years and many rivalries have been formed as a result.

Playoff ChampionsEdit

1959/60 BIENFAIT COALERS 1969/70 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS 1979/80 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS
1960/61 MIDALE MINERS 1970/71 BIENFAIT COALERS 1980/81 LAMPMAN IMPERIALS
1961/62 BIENFAIT COALERS 1971/72 WAWOTA FLYERS 1981/82 WAWOTA FLYERS
1962/63 BIENFAIT COALERS 1972/73 WAWOTA FLYERS 1982/83 BIENFAIT COALERS
1963/64 ARCOLA/KISBEY COMBINES 1973/74 WAWOTA FLYERS 1983/84 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS
1964/65 ARCOLA/KISBEY COMBINES 1974/75 WAWOTA FLYERS 1984/85 ESTEVAN BEARS
1965/66 CARLYLE COUGARS 1975/76 BIENFAIT COALERS 1985/86 ESTEVAN BEARS
1966/67 ARCOLA/KISBEY COMBINES 1976/77 BIENFAIT COALERS 1986/87 ESTEVAN BEARS
1967/68 ARCOLA/KISBEY COMBINES 1977/78 BIENFAIT COALERS 1987/88 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS
1968/69 CARLYLE COUGARS 1978/79 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS 1988/89 CARLYLE COUGARS
1990-99 CHAMPIONS 2000-09 CHAMPIONS 2010-19 CHAMPIONS
1989/90 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS 1999/00 CARLYLE COUGARS 2009/10 MIDALE MUSTANGS
1990/91 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS 2000/01 CARLYLE COUGARS 2010/11 BIENFAIT COALERS
1991/92 CARLYLE COUGARS 2001/02 BIENFAIT COALERS 2011/12 BIENFAIT COALERS
1992/93 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS 2002/03 WEYBURN DEVILS 2012/13 BIENFAIT COALERS
1993/94 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS 2003/04 MOOSOMIN RANGERS 2013/14 BIENFAIT COALERS
1994/95 CARLYLE COUGARS 2004/05 WAWOTA FLYERS 2014/15 BIENFAIT COALERS
1995/96 BIENFAIT COALERS 2005/06 WEYBURN DEVILS 2015/16 WAWOTA FLYERS
1996/97 CARLYLE COUGARS 2006/07 CARNDUFF RED DEVILS 2016/17 WAWOTA FLYERS
1997/98 ARCOLA/KISBEY COMBINES 2007/08 MIDALE MUSTANGS 2017/18 REDVERS ROCKETS
1998/99 CARLYLE COUGARS 2008/09 MIDALE MUSTANGS 2018/19 YELLOW GRASS WHEAT KINGS
2020-29 CHAMPIONS 2030-39 CHAMPIONS 2040-49 CHAMPIONS
2019/20 Playoffs cancelled

League SeasonsEdit

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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