|City||Kelowna, British Columbia|
|League||Kootenay International Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||Rutland Arena|
|Colors||Red, black, white |
|General manager||Fred Pittendreigh|
|Head coach||Ken Andrusiak|
The Kelowna Chiefs are a junior "B" ice hockey team based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). They play their home games at Rutland Arena.
History[edit | edit source]
Chase[edit | edit source]
The Chiefs were founded as the Chase Chiefs in 2007. They did not qualify for the playoffs in their opening season, finishing with a record of 26-20-5. The following year, they finished 25-23-4, qualifying for the playoffs, where they lost in the second round to the Sicamous Eagles. In the 2009-10 season, they finished with a record of 26-20-4, finishing third in the Okanagan Division. They defeated the Kamloops Storm in the opening round, 3-1, before bowing out to Revelstoke in the second. The 2009-10 season marked the end of the Chase Chiefs, however, as the franchise relocated to Rutland, in Kelowna for the 2010-11 season. In three seasons, the Chase Chiefs compiled a total record of 77-63-13. They were last coached by Brad Fox before the relocation. However, the town of Chase was awarded an expansion franchise for the KIJHL in 2011-12, only a year after the departure of the Chiefs. The Chase Heat joined the league along with the Summerland Steam in 2011-12.
Kelowna[edit | edit source]
The new Chiefs team played in Kelowna for the 2010-11 season, and finished with a record of 26-21-1-0-2 in their opening season, second in the Okanagan Division. They would lose in the second round of the playoffs, 4-0, to the Osoyoos Coyotes. In their second season, the Chiefs finished with an almost identical record, 26-22-0-0-4, finishing fourth in the Okanagan Division. They surprisingly played all the way to the league championship, before being swept 4-0 by the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The following year, the Chiefs finished with a record of 35-15-1-0-1, first in the Okanagan Division. They were defeated, however, in the second round of the playoffs by Osoyoos again. In 2013-14, the Chiefs finished 2nd in the Okanagan Division, before losing in the first round to Osoyoos again. The next year, the Chiefs finished with a record of 23-24-2-0-2, 2nd in the Okanagan Division. They lost, however, in the first round again, this time to the Summerland Steam. The 2015-16 season was almost identical, with the Chiefs' compiling a record of 24-23-2-2-1, and losing in the first round again to Summerland.
Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|2010-11||50||26||21||1||2||55||178||176||2nd, Okanagan||Lost in Division Finals, 0-4 (Coyotes)|
|2011–12||52||26||22||0||4||56||221||208||4th, Okanagan||Lost in Finals, 0-4 (Nitehawks)|
|2012–13||52||35||15||1||1||72||205||135||1st, Okanagan||Lost in Division Finals, 2-4 (Coyotes)|
|2013–14||52||31||17||0||4||66||201||170||2nd, Okanagan||Lost in Division Semifinals, 0-4 (Coyotes)|
|2014–15||52||23||24||2||2||50||161||173||3rd, Okanagan||Lost in Division Semifinals, 3-4 (Steam)|
|2015–16||52||24||23||2||1||51||144||158||3rd, Okanagan||Lost in Division Semifinals, 2-4 (Steam)|
|2016–17||47||20||22||2||3||45||157||156||3rd of 5 Okanagan||Lost in Division Semifinals, 3-4 (Steam|
|2017-18||47||27||15||1||4||59||221||171||2nd of 5, Okanagan||Lost in Division Finals, 2-4 (Coyotes)|
|2018-19||49||43||3||1||2||89||276||111||1st of 5, Okanagan||Lost in Conference Final|
|2019-20||49||32||12||3||2||69||186||130||1st of 5, Ohlhausen|
|2020-21||4||2||2||0||0||4||11||11||N/A||Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
|Season||Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||KIJHL Championship|
|2010-11||W, 4-3, Princeton||L, 0-4, Osoyoos||—||—|
|2011-12||W, 4-2, Osoyoos||W, 4-1, Princeton||W, 4-1, Sicamous||L, 0-4, Beaver Valley|
|2012-13||W, 4-2, Summerland||L, 2-4, Osoyoos||—||—|
|2013-14||L, 0-4, Osoyoos||—||—||—|
|2014-15||L, 3-4, Summerland||—||—||—|
|2015-16||L, 2-4, Summerland||—||—||—|
|2016-17||L, 3-4 Summerland||—||—||—|
|2017-18||W, 4-3 Summerland||L, 2-4 Osoyoos||—||—|
|2018-19||W, 4-0 Osoyoos||W, 4-1 Summerland||L, 2-4 Revelstoke||--|
|2019-20||W, 4-1 North Okanagan||Tied 1-1 with Princeton when playoffs cancelled|
|2020-21||Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
References[edit | edit source]
- Summerland Eliminates Chiefs With KIJHL Shutout Victory | KelownaNow. kelownanow.com (2016-03-02). Retrieved on 2016-03-02.
- KIJHL.ca, Final 2013-14 regular season standings.
- KIJHL.ca – Year end standings.
- KIJHL.ca, Current playoff bracket.
- KIJHL.ca – 2013-14 playoff standings.
- KIJHL.ca, League champions.
[edit | edit source]
- Official website of the Kelowna Chiefs
- Official website of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League
- Official website of the Cyclone Taylor Cup
- Official website of the Keystone Cup