Canadian International Hockey League

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Canadian International
Hockey League
Current season or competition:
2014–15 CIHL season
CIHL logo.png
Region(s) Northeastern Ontario and Michigan
President Tim Clayden
Vice-President Dean Pauli
Founded 2014
Headquarters Thornhill, Ontario
Website CIHL website

The Canadian International Hockey League (CIHL) is a Canadian independent Junior A ice hockey league based in Northern Ontario, Central Ontario, and the Greater Toronto Area. The CIHL was a member of the United Hockey Union, a part of the Amateur Athletic Union,[1] but became fully independent in November 2014.[2]


The CIHL was officially announced on April 8, 2014 with the unveiling of its website.[3] The league was started by Tim Clayden, current owner of the Espanola Rivermen, a team that just finished their first year in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and then left.[4][5]

In May 2014, the league was accepted into the Amateur Athletic Union's United Hockey Union.[6] The AAU provides insurance and oversight to its leagues, but is not a recognized governing body of ice hockey by Hockey Canada or the International Ice Hockey Federation.[7]

The league initiailly announced two other confirmed teams other than Espanola, the Bracebridge Phantoms[8] and the Colborne Cramahe Hawks (formerly Bobcaygeon Bucks)[9] from the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League. A week after announcing Bracebridge as a team, the team decided to stay with the GMHL under new ownership.

The league has since announced the following teams for its inaugural season: Barrie Stars, Collingwood Ice, Milton Cobras, St. Charles Spirit, Greater Sudbury Royals, and Batchewana Attack. At the end of July it was announced that Barrie would not continue with the league.[10] On August 27, the CIHL officially announced the Toronto Junior Hockey Academy as a league member.

On October 4, 2014, the CIHL kicked off its inaugural hockey weekend. The first ever puck drop took place in St. Charles, Ontario where the St. Charles Spirit hosted the Greater Sudbury Royals. The Spirit would win the first ever CIHL game 5-3. Starting half an hour later in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the Batchewana Attack hosted the Espanola Rivermen. The Attack would take the game 6-2.

On November 10, 2014, the CIHL left the United Hockey Union and the AAU.[11] In addition, the CIHL allowed its first American team into the league, the Kalkaska Rhinos.[12] Within a week, the CIHL experienced an exodus of teams, seeing Collingwood, Colborne, Toronto, and Milton leaving the league to form their own AAU sanctioned league and St. Charles folding. In late November, the CIHL announced the formation of the Markstay-Warren Spirit Warriors, a new team despite picking up where St. Charles' schedule and win-loss record left off. After playing one game and losing 6-0, the Markstay-Warren Spirit Warriors joined the ever-growing list of former teams when they folded in order to send players to the Greater Sudbury Royals. This provided a boost to the winless Royals, who were also on the verge of folding.

Current Teams[edit]

Team City Arena
Batchewana Attack Sault Ste. Marie Rankin Arena
Espanola Rivermen Espanola Espanola Regional Recreational Complex
Greater Sudbury Royals Capreol Capreol Community Arena
Kalkaska Rhinos Kalkaska, MI Kaliseum Recreation Complex

Former Teams[edit]

Team City Joined Folded Status
Barrie Area Stars Lefroy Never played
Bracebridge Phantoms Bracebridge Never played
Colborne Cramahe Hawks Colborne 2014 2014 Joined WUHL
Collingwood Ice Collingwood 2014 2014 Joined WUHL
Milton Cobras Milton 2014 2014 Joined WUHL
St. Charles Spirit St. Charles 2014 2014 Folded
Markstay-Warren Spirit Warriors Markstay-Warren 2014 2014 Folded
Toronto Junior Hockey Academy Toronto 2014 2014 Joined WUHL


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