Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League

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Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)
Current season, competition or edition:
2011–12 VIJHL season
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The VIJHL Logo
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1965
CEO Greg Batters
Inaugural season 1965–66
No. of teams 9
Country Canada
Most recent champion(s) Victoria Cougars (4th title)
Most titles Campbell River Storm and Kerry Park Islanders (7)
Related competitions Cyclone Taylor Cup (Provincial Championship)
Keystone Cup (Western Canadian Championship)
Official website VIJHL.com

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a junior "B" ice hockey league of 9 franchised member clubs, of which 9 are currently located in Canada. The Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. The winner of the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy competes with the champions of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and the Pacific International Junior Hockey League for the Cyclone Taylor Cup, the British Columbia Provincial Title. The winner of the Cyclone Taylor Cup moves on to compete for the Western Canada "B" Crown, the Keystone Cup.

History[edit]

The most recent provincial Jr. B champions to come from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League are the Peninsula Panthers in 2011, the Victoria Cougars in 2007, and the Campbell River Storm in 1999 during their dynasty of the league. No team in VIJHL history has ever won the Keystone Cup as Western Canadian champions, something accomplished multiple times by the rival Pacific International Junior Hockey League and Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The two all-time leading teams in playoff champions hold their record in much different ways. The Kerry Park Islanders have won seven championships, but each is spread out through the league's history. The Campbell River Storm on the other hand won all seven of theirs in a row as part of a league dynasty.

In 2012, the VIJHL announced the addition of two new franchises, the Nanaimo Buccaneers, and the Westshore Wolves. The Buccaneers are the Name sake of a team that played in the VIJHL in the 1970s. The Wolves are not new to their area as well, however they are replacing an unsuccessful team (the Westshore Stingers) that folded on December 4th 2010.

List of teams[edit]

Notes
  1. An asterisk (*) denotes a franchise move. See the respective team articles for more information.
2010-11 VIJHL Team Locations Map

Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy Champions[edit]

Teams that went on to win the Cyclone Taylor Cup are listed in bold.

Season Winning team Coach Losing team Coach Games Winning goal
1977–78 Saanich Braves
1978–79 Saanich Braves
1979–80 Saanich Braves
1980–81 Oak Bay Flyers
1981–82 Kerry Park Islanders
1982–83 Oak Bay Flyers
1983–84 Saanich Braves
1984–85 Oak Bay Flyers
1985–86 Kerry Park Islanders
1986–87 Juan de Fuca Gulls
1987–88 Saanich Braves
1988–89 Peninsula Eagles
1989–90 Kerry Park Islanders
1990–91 Kerry Park Islanders
1991–92 Parksville Generals
1992–93 Kerry Park Islanders
1993–94 Kerry Park Islanders
1994–95 Comox Valley Glacier Kings
1995–96 Saanich Braves
1996–97 Parksville Generals
1997–98 Campbell River Storm
1998–99 Campbell River Storm
1999–00 Campbell River Storm
2000–01 Campbell River Storm Kerry Park Islanders 4–3
2001–02 Campbell River Storm Peninsula Panthers 4–1
2002–03 Campbell River Storm Victoria Cougars Craig Didmon 3–0
2003–04 Campbell River Storm Peninsula Panthers 3–0
2004–05 Victoria Cougars Craig Didmon Campbell River Storm 2–0
2005–06 Kerry Park Islanders Campbell River Storm 4–2
2006–07 Victoria Cougars Craig Didmon Kerry Park Islanders
2007–08 Victoria Cougars Mark Van Helvoirt Kerry Park Islanders 4–2
2008–09 Oceanside Generals Dave Johnson Victoria Cougars Mark Van Helvoirt 4–1
2009–10 Peninsula Panthers Jackson Penney Comox Valley Glacier Kings Jordan Butcher 3–1
2010–11 Peninsula Panthers Jackson Penney Victoria Cougars Mark Van Helvoirt 4–3 Ryan Reynolds (9:02, first)
2011–12 Victoria Cougars Mark Van Helvoirt Peninsula Panthers Peter Zubersky 4–0 Steve Axford (4:32, second)
2012–13 Victoria Cougars Mark Van Helvoirt Comox Valley Glacier Kings 4–0
2013–14 Victoria Cougars Mark Van Helvoirt Peninsula Panthers Peter Zubersky 4–2

NHL alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

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