Junior Hockey in BC
Junior hockey is generally played by 16 to 20-year-olds. In British Columbia/Yukon; there is currently Major Junior (Western Hockey League - WHL) and Junior A Tier 2 (Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Pacific Junior Hockey League and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League - KIJHL, PJHL & VIJHL). Two BC Junior B teams (Dawson Creek Canucks & Fort St. John Huskies) play in an Alberta Junior B League (NWJHL).
Junior Hockey Leagues
The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) is a Junior A Tier 2 league comprised of teams located in the Interior, Kootenays and Okanagan regions of B.C. and one in Spokane WA.
The Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) is a Junior A Tier 2 league composed of teams located across the Lower Mainland.
The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) is a Junior A Tier 2 league comprised of teams from Vancouver Island.
The Western Hockey League (WHL) is located in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States and is the Major Junior League for his area. The WHL has 22 teams in cities located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Oregon and Washington. The WHL is one (1) of three (3) Major Junior Leagues that fall under the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) umbrella. The champion from each league, as well as a host team, compete annually for the Memorial Cup, the National Major Junior Championship.