|Commissioner||Fran Rider, OWHA|
|No. of teams||20|
|Most recent champion(s)||Whitby Jr. Wolves|
|Most championships||Toronto Jr. Aeros – 5|
|Official website||PWHL official site|
The Provincial Women's Hockey League is an amateur women's ice hockey league in Ontario, Canada that was founded in 2004. It is considered to be the highest level of junior women's amateur ice hockey in Ontario, and is sanctioned by Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women's Hockey Association.
The PWHL was founded in 2004 by the Ontario Women's Hockey Association. The PWHL is the women's equivalent to men's junior hockey, but is classified by the OWHA as Intermediate AA officially as the OWHA does not have an official "junior" classification system. Despite this, the teams of the PWHL market themselves as women's junior hockey.
One of the league's most notable alumni is Meghan Agosta who played for the Windsor Wildcats. She went on to play professional with the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women's Hockey League and is a member of two Olympic championship teams.
In the early years of the league, when PWHL teams had to compete for OWHA provincials they would do so with representatives of the Ottawa District. The PWHL franchises proved much more competitive than their Ottawa counterparts and after two seasons Ottawa applied to and joined the PWHL. By the 2009 league playoffs, the Ottawa Senators beat the league powerhouse Toronto Jr. Aeros to win its first league championship.
The most dominant franchise in league history is the Toronto Jr. Aeros. The Aeros have won five league championships, including the first three consecutively, two Silver Medal finishes and a single Bronze medal finish in league playdowns. The Aeros have also won five regular season championships. Additionally, the Aeros have won three Golds at provincials, as well as two silvers and a bronze. The Aeros have also twice accomplished the PWHL's "triple crown" winning the regular season title, playoff championship, and provincial championship all in one year in both 2005 and 2006.
- 2004-05 PWHL Season
- 2005-06 PWHL Season
- 2006-07 PWHL Season
- 2007-08 PWHL Season
- 2008-09 PWHL Season
- 2009-10 PWHL Season
- 2010-11 PWHL Season
- 2011-12 PWHL Season
- 2012-13 PWHL Season
- 2013-14 PWHL Season
- 2014-15 PWHL Season
- 2015-16 PWHL Season
- 2016-17 PWHL Season
- 2017-18 PWHL Season
- 2018-19 PWHL Season
- 2019-20 PWHL Season
The winner of the final four is awarded the Alumni Cup.
The OWHA runs a second run of playoffs that determines Provincial champion. These are not operated by the PWHL, but have all PWHL teams participating.
National team and Profession alumniEdit
The following PWHL alumni have represented Canada in international tournaments and in Professional leagues.
Regular Season championsEdit
Coach of the YearEdit
Christie Rose ScholarshipEdit
The PWHL awards a scholarship in memory of former PWHL player Christie Rose. She was an 18-year-old young woman who died on June 24, 2008, as a result of her injuries suffered in a car accident. The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to recognize a young woman who shares the same qualities and characteristics as Christie.