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The Central Interior Senior Hockey League is based in British Columbia and began in 1997.

Origin of the CIHLEdit

Around 1996, four guys started talking about Senior Hockey in Fort St. James and about organizing a team. Those four people were Reo Martin, Rob McDougall, Jazz Rossa, and Terry Rysz and there efforts directly contributed to the evolution of the league you see today.

The first season the Fort St. James team raised enough money to fly a Powell River team up for a couple of games. They then continued to raise funds and eventually went to Powell River to play in a couple games. The next season, in 1997, Mackenzie, Quesnel and Williams Lake formed teams and came together with Fort St. James to form the Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL).

Since the CIHL was formed a number of teams have joined and left the league. One of the original teams, Williams Lake, rejoined the league in the 2003-2004 season after a few year hiatus. The Burns Lake Braves dropped out of the league at he end of the 2004-2005 season. Two new teams, the Hazelton Wolverines and the Omenica Ice joined the league for the 2006/2007 season, which also saw the splitting of the league into two divisions. In the 1998-1999 season 100 Mile House joined the league, eventually leaving the league for a few years before rejoining the league in the 2004-2005 season. Burns Lake joined the league in the 1999-2000 season. Most recently Kitimat (2002-2003), Houston (2002-2003), Smithers (2003-2004), and Terrace (2004-2005) have joined the league, bringing the total to eight teams as of the 2004-2005 season.

Hazelton and Omineca (based out of Vanderhoof) joined the league for the 2006-07 season. For the 2008-09 season the league added the Prince Rupert Rampage, they replaced the 100 Mile House Bears who had withdrawn from the league

TeamsEdit

Team Centre Arena Tenure Notes
Hazelton Bulldogs Hazelton, British Columbia Ken Trombley Memorial Arena
(2006-2012)
Upper Skeena Recreation Centre
2019-present
2006-2012, 2019-present
Kitimat Ice Demons Kitimat Tamitik Arena 2001 or 2002-present
Prince Rupert Rampage Prince Rupert Jim Ciccone Civic Centre 2008-present
Quesnel Kangaroos Quesnel Quesnel Arena
(1996-2001, 2011-2017)
West Fraser Centre
(2017-present)
1996-2000, 2011-Present
Smithers Steelheads Smithers, British Columbia Smithers Arena 2019-present
Terrace River Kings Terrace Terrace Sportsplex 2004-Present
Williams Lake Stampeders Williams Lake Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex 1996-2001 or 2002, 2003-present

Timeline of TeamsEdit

Missing information on 1997-98,1998-99, and 2001-02 seasons

Team Centre Arena Tenure Notes
Fort St. James Stars Fort St. James, British Columbia Fort Forum Arena 1996-2003 withdrew
Mackenzie Moose Mackenzie, British Columbia Mackenzie Recreation Centre 1996-2000 withdrew
Quesnel Kangaroos Quesnel, British Columbia Quesnel Arena 1996-2000 withdrew
Williams Lake Stampeders Williams Lake, British Columbia Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex 1996-2001 or 2002 withdrew
100 Mile House Bears 100 Mile House, British Columbia South Cariboo Recreation Centre 1998-1999 withdrew
Burns Lake Braves Burns Lake, British Columbia Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena 1999-2005 withdrew
Houston Luckies Houston, British Columbia Claude Parish Memorial Arena 2001 or 2002-2014 withdrew
Kitimat Ice Demons Kitimat, British Columbia Tamitik Arena 2001 or 2002-present
Mackenzie Moose Mackenzie, British Columbia Mackenzie Recreation Centre 2001 or 2002-2007 withdrew
Smithers Steelheads Smithers, British Columbia Smithers Civic Centre Arena 2003-2017 withdrew
Williams Lake Stampeders Williams Lake, British Columbia Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex 2003-present
100 Mile House Bears 100 Mile House, British Columbia South Cariboo Recreation Centre 2004-2008 withdrew
Terrace River Kings Terrace, British Columbia Terrace Sportsplex 2004-present
Hazelton Wolverines Hazelton, British Columbia Ken Trombley Memorial Arena 2006-2012 withdrew
Omineca Ice Vanderhoof, British Columbia Vanderhoof Municipal Arena 2006-2013 withdrew
Prince Rupert Rampage Prince Rupert, British Columbia Jim Ciccone Civic Centre 2008-present
Burns Lake Braves Burns Lake, British Columbia Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena 2009-2011 withdrew
Lac La Hache Tomahawks Lac la Hache, British Columbia Rolf Zeiss Memorial Arena 2011-2016 withdrew
Quesnel Kangaroos Quesnel, British Columbia Quesnel Arena 2011-present
Hazelton Bulldogs Hazelton, British Columbia Upper Skeena Recreation Centre 2019-present
Smithers Steelheads Smithers, British Columbia Smithers Arena 2019-present



League SeasonsEdit

Season Regular Season Champion Max Cup Playoff Champion Coy Cup
1996-97 Fort St. James Stars Fort St. James Stars

Fort St. James Stars won championship

1997-98 Quesnel Kangaroos

Quesnel Kangaroos won as CIHL playoff champion)

1998-99

Fort St. James Stars won championship; Williams Lake Stampeders eliminated in Round Robin

1999-00 Quesnel Kangaroos Quesnel Kangaroos Quesnel Kangaroos withdrew prior to event
2000-01 Fort St. James Stars None Williams Lake Stampeders lost in semifinals
2001-02 Williams Lake Stampeders lost in semifinals
2002-03 Houston Luckies Houston Luckies Kitimat represented league and lost in semifinal
2003-04 Kitimat Ice Demons Mackenzie Moose Mackenzie was only Senior A Burns Lake represented league and lost in semifinal, Houston hosted event and was eliminated in round robin portion of tournament
2004-05 Kitimat Ice Demons Kitimat Ice Demons

Kitimat Ice Demons; won championship

Houston Luckies were eliminated in round robin portion of tournament

2005-06 Houston Luckies Kitimat Ice Demons

Kitimat Ice Demons won championship; Terrace River Kings eliminated in round robin

2006-07 Kitimat Ice Demons and Williams Lake Stampeders Kitimat Ice Demons Kitimat Ice Demons lost final and Williams Lake Stampeders lost semifinal
2007-08 Kitimat Ice Demons Kitimat Ice Demons Kitimat Ice Demons (as CIHL champions-No Coy Cup event)
2008-09 Kitimat Ice Demons Williams Lake Stampeders

Williams Lake Stampeders won championship Kitimat Ice Demons lost semifinal; Terrace River Kings (host) eliminated in round robin

2009-10 Kitimat Ice Demons Williams Lake Stampeders Kitimat Ice Demons eliminated in round robin; Williams Lake Stampeders lost semifinal
2010-11 Smithers Steelheads Williams Lake Stampeders

Kitimat Ice Demons won championship;  Williams Lake Stampeders lost final; Prince Rupert Rampage (host) eliminated in round robin

2011-12 Smithers Steelheads Smithers Steelheads

Smithers Steelheads won championship; Kitimat Ice Demons lost final; Williams Lake Stampeders lost semifinal; Quesnel Kangaroos eliminated in round robin

2012-13 Smithers Steelheads Smithers Steelheads

Williams Lake Stampeders won championship; Kitimat Ice Demons lost final; Terrace River Kings lost semifinal; Quesnel Kangaroos eliminated in round robin; Smithers Steelheads qualified but declined to participate and were replaced by Terrace

2013-14 Williams Lake Stampeders Smithers Steelheads

Williams Lake Stampeders (host) won championship; Terrace River Kings lost final; Smithers Steelheads eliminated in round robin

2014-15 Williams Lake Stampeders Terrace River Kings Terrace River Kings lost final
2015-16 Smithers Steelheads Smithers Steelheads Terrace River Kings (host) lost final; Smithers Steelheads eliminated in round robin
2016-17 Terrace River Kings and Williams Lake Stampeders Terrace River Kings Terrace River Kings lost semifinal
2017-18 Terrace River Kings Terrace River Kings Williams Lake Stampeders (host) lost semifinal; Terrace River Kings eliminated in round robin
2018-19 Quesnel Kangaroos Quesnel Kangaroos Williams Lake Stampeders lost semifinal; Prince Rupert Rampage eliminated in round robin; Terrace River Kings and Quesnel Kangaroos had originally qualified but both declined to participate and were replaced by Williams Lake and Prince Rupert in tournament
2019-20 TBD TBD being held in Quesnel hosted by Quesnel Kangaroos


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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