|Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League|
|No. of teams||5|
|Most recent champion(s)||Steamboat Wranglers (2017-18)|
|Most championship(s)||Aspen Leafs, Pikes Peak Miners, Steamboat Wranglers (1 each)|
The Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League (RMJHL) was an American junior ice hockey league. It was classified as a Tier III Junior A league by USA Hockey, which at the time sanctioned eight leagues at the level. The RMJHL was approved for play starting in the 2015-16 season. The league would announce it was folding on May 22, 2018.
History[edit | edit source]
2016 Off-season[edit | edit source]
The league had filed a request with USA Hockey to expand by two teams for 2016-17 with the planned locations being in Vail, Colorado and Pueblo, Colorado. In May of 2016 the league announced an expansion team to be based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The team announced its' first head coach Misko Antisin was announced as the head coach and general manager. Troy Mick was announced as the president and managing partner of the team. The ownership is the same ownership as the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League.
In early May 2016, the Aspen Leafs announced they were changing arenas for the 2016-17 season. The would be moving to the Lewis Arena which is part of the Aspen Recreation Center. The new arena holds over 500 fans and was the team's practice facility for the 2015-16 season.
On July 11, 2016 the league announced that a new franchise would be located in Breckenridge, Colorado. The team will be based out of the Stephen C West Ice Arena in Breckenridge; apparently sharing the building with the Bucks franchise. The team is primarily owned by Joe Dibble who is the GM and head coach of the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League.
On September 9, 2016 the league announced that the Glacier Yetis would go dormant for the season. The release stated that the team was struggling to recruit players and that the league was not comfortable letting the team go forward for the season. The league stated that they were hopeful that the organization could resume play for 2017-18. For this to occur, the RMJHL bylaws require a formal request with an updated business plan and budget, which is reviewed and voted on by the Board of Directors. “Although we are all very disappointed with this outcome, we hope to see the Glacier Yetis rebound and remain a long-term partner of the RMJHL. We are fully committed to provide the assistance needed to ensure a stable and strong program exists in Grand Junction in 2017-18 and beyond” stated RMJHL President Shaun Hathaway. 
In late September the Breckenridge Bears were quietly removed from the league after having their first couple weeks games pushed back in an attempt to save the team. The team was hampered by the head coach quitting claiming he was not being paid and the team's owner being tied up with coaching another team in the league that he owns.
2017 Offseason[edit | edit source]
On June 8, 2017 the league announced the addition of another team to be based out of Breckenridge, Colorado. The team will be known as the Breckenridge Bolts and will based out of the Stephen C West Ice Arena.
On August 10, 2017 the Aspen Leafs organization announced that they would become dormant for the 2017-18 season. The organization is going to review the program and look at the possibility of returning to the ice for the 2018-19 season.
2018 Offseason: Demise of League[edit | edit source]
By the end of April 2018 the Steamboat Wranglers were announced as joining the Western States Hockey League. Another unnamed team was also reported to be joining the WSHL and that the RMJHL will likely fold within a few weeks. The league's website would be gone by mid-May 2018.
Member Teams[edit | edit source]
Former/Inactive Teams[edit | edit source]
|Aspen Leafs||Aspen, Colorado||Lewis Arena||2015-2017||have inactive status for 2017-18 season|
|Breckenridge Bears||Breckenridge, Colorado||Stephen C West Ice Arena||2016 (Do not play)||Quietly removed from schedule late September 2016|
|Breckenridge Bucks||Breckenridge, Colorado||Stephen C West Ice Arena||2015-16||joined Western States Hockey League|
|Glacier Yetis||Grand Junction, Colorado||Glacier Ice Arena||2015-16||Pulled from active play for 2016-17 September 9, 2016|
Champions[edit | edit source]
|2015-16||Aspen Leafs||Pikes Peak Miners||4-3 (ot)|
|2016-17||Pikes Peak Miners||Steamboat Wranglers||2 games to 1|
|2017-18||Steamboat Wranglers||Pikes Peak Miners||9-2|
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- USA Hockey Tier III Expansion, Daily Report (2 May 2014).
- Junior Hockey League coming to Aspen ’15-16 (10 June 2014).
- RMJHL given the Green Light (11 December 2014).
- Rocky Mtn. Junior Hockey League approved (9 December 2014).
- RMJHL hopeful Grand Junction will resume play in 2017-18 (9 September 2016).
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