North Peace Hockey League

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North Peace Hockey League
Most recent season or competition:
2013-2014
Sport Senior ice hockey
Founded c. 1950
No. of teams 10
Country Canada
Most recent champion(s) Spirit River Rangers (Lakeland Eagles)
Most titles Spirit River Rangers
Official website NPHL Website

The North Peace Hockey League (NPHL) is a Canadian men's Senior ice hockey league based in Northern Alberta and North Eastern British Columbia. It is not professional but the teams and players play at a high calibre. The NPHL draws several hundred fans to each game, with many games being sold out each night.

With a history that dates back to the early 1950s, the NPHL has the distinction of being the longest continually running senior hockey league currently in existence in western Canada. The league was down to two teams (Peace River Stampeders and High Prairie Regals) in the early 1970s, when it played an interlocking schedule with the South Peace Hockey League.

Prior to the start of the 2009-10 season, the league voted to disallow any team playing AAA hockey from competing in the NPHL playoffs. This change will affect teams making a try for the Allan Cup.[1] Despite this decision, the Fort St. John Flyers hosted, competed at, and won the 2010 Allan Cup.

Despite its long standing tradition, the NPHL and its teams have struggled to stay on the ice. The 2013-14 season saw the league lose two teams when the Hythe Mustangs folded near the end of the season and the Lakeland Eagles were removed from league play.[2]

The 2014-15 saw the league lose two more teams when the Dawson Creek Sr. Canucks[3] and High Prairie Regals[4] opted out of the upcoming season. The result was a six team league.

Current Teams[edit]

North Peace Hockey League[edit]

Defunct[edit]

Past Champions

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.prrecordgazette.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1753818
  2. ^ "Setbacks for Senior League as PLayoffs Start". Logan Clow. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Senior Canucks Bow Out". Byron Hackett. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "High Prairie Regals Bow Out of NPHL Season". Chris Klegg. Retrieved 25 November 2014.