British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League

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British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2016–17 BCIHL Season
BCIHL Logo.png
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2006
No. of teams 6
Country  Canada (5 teams)
 United States (1 team)
Most recent
champion(s)
Selkirk College (2015-16)
Most titles Selkirk College (4)
Official website BCIHL.ca

The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) is a university hockey league based in British Columbia and the US state of Washington. The BCIHL was created with the purpose of offering a venue for competitive, high-calibre hockey for players beyond their junior hockey careers.

The league operates as one of two Division 2 league's in Canada when compared to the Division 1 U Sports league, the other being Alberta's ACAC. BCIHL teams however regularly play U Sports and NCAA teams. Simon Fraser University plays a combined BCIHL and NCAA schedule every year as well as hosting the Great Northwest Showcase involving top NCAA and U Sports teams.[1]

Each BCIHL team plays a 24-game league schedule, with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs. Beginning in 2012, the playoff format has consisted of a best-of-three semifinal round, and a best-of-three championship series. Prior to 2012 the championship had been decided through a round-robin tournament.

History[edit]

In 2011, the BCIHL accepted its first US-based team in Eastern Washington University, which had previously played in the American Collegiate Hockey Association at the Division II level. Before 2011, the BCIHL consisted entirely of teams from British Columbia. The 2016–17 season would see the BCIHL get its first NHL alumni as former Montreal Canadiens forward Patrick Holland would join the University of Victoria.[2] Vancouver Island University was confirmed as the sixth team to join the BCIHL in 2017, and will be joining the league for the 2017/2018 season.[3]

Teams[edit]

Institution Location Joined BCIHL Championships
Eastern Washington University Washington (state) Cheney, Washington 2011 0
Selkirk College British Columbia Castlegar, British Columbia 2007 4
Simon Fraser University British Columbia Burnaby, British Columbia 2006 3
Trinity Western University British Columbia Langley, British Columbia 2006 0
University of Victoria British Columbia Victoria, British Columbia 2006 4
Vancouver Island University British Columbia Nanaimo, British Columbia 2017 0

Former teams[edit]

Institution Location Joined BCIHL Year Left
University of the Fraser Valley British Columbia Abbotsford, British Columbia 2006 2011
University of Northern British Columbia British Columbia Prince George, British Columbia 2006 2007
Okanagan College British Columbia Kelowna, British Columbia 2009 2012
Thompson Rivers University British Columbia Kamloops, British Columbia 2009 2014

Championship Results by Year[edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up Result
2006–07 University of Victoria Simon Fraser University 4-0 (round robin)
2007–08 Simon Fraser University University of the Fraser Valley 3-1 (round robin)
2008–09 University of Victoria Simon Fraser University 3-1 (round robin)
2009–10 Simon Fraser University Thompson Rivers University 3-1 (round robin)
2010–11 Simon Fraser University Thompson Rivers University 3-1 (round robin)
2011–12 University of Victoria Simon Fraser University 4-0 (round robin)
2012–13 Selkirk College[4] Simon Fraser University 2-0 (best-of 3)
2013–14 Selkirk College[5] Trinity Western University 2-0 (best-of 3)
2014–15 Selkirk College[6] Simon Fraser University 2-0 (best-of 3)
2015–16 Selkirk College Trinity Western University 2-0 (best-of 3)
2016–17 University of Victoria Trinity Western University 2-1 (best-of 3)

Notable Players[edit]

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