Big Six Intermediate Hockey League

The Big Six Intermediate Hockey League (BSIHL) was a Intermediate 'A' hockey league operating in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The League played under the sanction of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), in affiliation with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA).


Officially the Big Six was born on Sunday October 23, 1949 with 5 teams, Brandon College joined within days.

League Champions

The winner of the McKenzie Trophy

Post BSIHL Playoffs

MAHA Format

The winner of the Big Six entered Provincials, playing in the Intermediate 'A' semi finals. The winner advancing to the Intermediate 'A' final for the Manitoba Intermediate 'A' Championship. The Intermediate 'A' Champs received the McDiarmid Shield. The road out of Manitoba didn't end there, the Intermediate 'A' Champs played the Intermediate 'B' Champs, for the Intermediate Provincial crown and the right to advance to the CAHA Playoffs. Starting with the 1954-55 season, the Big Six Champions advanced directly to the Intermediate 'A' final.
The 1956-57 season saw the introduction of Intermediate ‘AA’ status, which all Big Six teams received. With only 1 other team in Manitoba receiving 'AA' status, the MAHA combined the Provincial 'AA' playoffs with the Big Six playoffs.

Manitoba Champions

CAHA Format

From 52 to 56, the winner of Manitoba played the winner of Saskatchewan, before advancing to the Western semi final. North West Ontario was the opposition in the Western semi final, with the winner advancing to the Western Canadian Intermediate final for the Edmonton Journal Trophy. There was no Canadian Championship during the Big Six existence.

Edmonton Journal Trophy Champions



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