Continental Junior Hockey League

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Continental Junior Hockey League
Continental Junior Hockey League logo.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2010
No. of teams 2
Country  United States
 Canada
Most recent champion(s) Alpena Thunder
Official website CJHL League Website

The Continental Junior Hockey League (CJHL) is a junior ice hockey league based in the Northeastern United States and Canada. League President Jim Cashman is the former President of the now defunct semi-pro Gulf Coast Hockey League and North Eastern Hockey League. League offices are based in Fort Erie, Ontario and Erie, Pennsylvania. The CJHL originally claimed to have 5 teams in Canada and the United States of America for the inaugural season in 2010–11. [1] [2] [3]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The league was officially announced on May 28, 2010 on the league website. The teams were announced on June 2, 2010 in Erie, Pennsylvania and Indiana, Pennsylvania, June 4, 2010 in Syracuse, New York and June 11, 2010 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Niagara Fury were announced on June 25, 2010 on the league website.[4] On September 3, 2010 the Alpena Thunder joined the league after their league, the Northern Junior Hockey League folded.[5] Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season it was announced that Johnstown, Indiana, and Syracuse would not play until the 2011–12 season.[6]

The league's first ever game was on October 23, 2010, when the Alpena Thunder defeated the Niagara Fury 6-4 in Alpena, Michigan. As the only two teams in the league, they played an 18-game season for the 2010–11 season.

The 2011–12 season saw Cashman promise and announce many new teams and an affiliation with the Amateur Athletic Union. At the beginning of the season it became apparent that the league would only have 2 teams and no affiliation with a governing body. Erie announced through the press that it was withdrawing from the league in November,[7] but the team, partially owned by Niagara owner Cashman, still appears to be active.

Amateur Athletic Union[edit]

Early in the Summer of 2011, the CJHL entered into an agreement with the Amateur Athletic Union for sanctioning. As a part of this agreement the league claimed to have ascended to Tier II Junior A, which would put them on par with the likes of the North American Hockey League. When hockey blog site AmericanJuniorHockey.com inquired to the AAU about the Tier II claim, the AAU informed the blog site that they did not have "tiered" hockey structures like USA Hockey and that the claim was therefore false. The AAU also has launched an audit into the CJHL's prior roster keeping practices and allegations of using unsigned and uncarded players. Since these allegation, most mentions of the AAU have been removed from the CJHL website.[8]

Teams[edit]

Teams
Team Arena Location
Erie Blizzard Ice Center of Erie Erie, Pennsylvania
Niagara Fury Chippawa Community Centre Chippawa, Ontario

Previous Teams[edit]

Champions[edit]

  • 2011 Alpena Thunder

References[edit]

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