Heritage Junior B Hockey League

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Heritage Jr "B"

The Heritage Junior B Hockey League (HJHL) is a Junior B ice hockey league in Alberta, Canada, sanctioned by Hockey Canada. The HJHL was founded in 1987 and is made up of teams from southern and central Alberta. The HJHL is the largest Junior B league in the province, with 15 teams that competed in 2006-07. The top two teams qualify for the Alberta Provincial Junior B Hockey Championship, whose winner had an option to compete in the Keystone Cup.

The Lacombe Wranglers won the 2007 league championship over the Airdrie Thunder and Okotoks Bisons in a three team, round robin final. The Wranglers also captured the Alberta provincial title. The Wranglers chose not to participate in the Keystone Cup tournament due to scheduling conflicts.

During the 2010-2011 HJHL finals, Okotoks won the best-of-three series vs. Blackfalds (formerly Lacombe) 2-1, winning their 8th league title. Both teams advanced to the Junior B Provincials in Leduc. Blackfalds won the final 2-1 over the Beaumont Chiefs to advance to the 2011 Keystone Cup in Sherwood Park. With a 4-1 record going into the final, Blackfalds defeated the host Sherwood Park 2-1 to win the Western Canadian Crown.

Current teams[edit]

The HJHL has 2 divisions for the 2018-2019 season.

Team Centre 2017-18 Record
(W–L–T–OTL)
Points Finish
North Division
Airdrie Thunder Airdrie 23–9–x–4 50 2nd
Blackfalds Wranglers Blackfalds 22–12–x–2 46 3rd
Mountainview Colts Didsbury 16–16–x–4 36 4th
Ponoka Stampeders Ponoka 11–22–x–3 25 6th
Red Deer Vipers Red Deer 30–5–x–1 61 1st
Stettler Lightning Stettler 16–17–x–3 35 5th
Three Hills Thrashers Three Hills 1–35–x–0 2 7th
South Division
Coaldale Copperheads Coaldale 24–10–x–2 50 1st
Cochrane Generals Cochrane 24–11–x–1 49 3rd
High River Flyers High River 17–16–x–3 37 4th
Lomond Lakers Lomond expansion team 2018
Medicine Hat Cubs Medicine Hat 12–22–x–2 26 6th
Okotoks Bisons Okotoks 24–10–x–2 50 2nd
Strathmore Wheatland Kings Strathmore 12-21-x-3 39 5th

Champions[edit]

  • 2018 - Red Deer Vipers
  • 2017 - Red Deer Vipers
  • 2016 - Mountainview Colts
  • 2015 - Coaldale Copperheads
  • 2014 - Okotoks Bisons
  • 2013 - Okotoks Bisons*
  • 2012 - Okotoks Bisons
  • 2011 - Okotoks Bisons[note 1]
  • 2010 - Blackfalds Wranglers
  • 2009 - Cochrane Generals
  • 2008 - Cochrane Generals
  • 2007 - Lacombe Wranglers*
  • 2006 - Okotoks Bisons[note 2]
  • 2005 - Okotoks Bisons
  • 2004 - Red Deer Vipers*
  • 2003 - Foothills Bisons
  • 2002 - Foothills Bisons
  • 2001 - Foothills Bisons
  • 2000 - Airdrie Thunder
  • 1999 - Red Deer Vipers
  • 1998 - Airdrie Thunder
  • 1997 - Foothills Bisons
  • 1996 - Foothills Bisons
  • 1995 - Lacombe Wranglers
  • 1994 - Lacombe Wranglers
  • 1993 - Lacombe Wranglers
  • 1992 - Ponoka Knight Hawks
  • 1991 - Hobbema Knight Hawks
  • 1990 - Terraco Knights
  • 1989 - Red Deer Cowboys
  • 1988 - Barrhead Jr. Elks
  • 1987 - Drayton Valley Devils
Bold text and * denote teams that won the Alberta provincial title.

Notes

  1. ^ League finalists Blackfalds Wrangler won the 2011 Alberta Provincials and Keystone Cup championship.
  2. ^ League finalists Red Deer Vipers won the 2006 Alberta Provincials and Keystone Cup championship.

Previous league members[edit]

  • - Banff Academy Bears (left league 2017)
  • - Barrhead Jr. Elks
  • - Drayton Valley Devils
  • - Hobbema Knight Hawks
  • - Lacombe Wranglers (became the Blackfalds Wranglers)
  • - Rimbey Rock
  • - Rimbey West Stars
  • - Claresholm Storm
  • - Southern Express
  • - Siksika Ice
  • - Maskwacis Attack
  • - Livingstone Rockmen
  • - Innisfail Blades

See also[edit]

External links[edit]