List of ice hockey teams in British Columbia

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The following is a list of ice hockey teams in British Columbia, past and present. It includes the league(s) they play for, and championships won.

Major Professional[edit]

National Hockey League[edit]

Team City Established Stanley Cups Notes
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver 1970 0

Pacific Coast Hockey Association[edit]

Team City Existed League Titles Stanley Cups Notes
New Westminster Royals New Westminster 1911-14 0? 0
Vancouver Millionaires Vancouver 1911-24 6 1 Became Maroons in 1922; Joined WCHL in 1924
Victoria Aristocrats Victoria 1911-16, 18-24 2 0 Became Cougars in 1923; Joined WCHL in 1924

Western Canada Hockey League[edit]

Team City Existed League titles Stanley Cups Notes
Vancouver Maroons Vancouver 1924-26 0 0
Victoria Cougars Victoria 1924-26 2 1

World Hockey Association[edit]

Team City Existed Avco Cups Notes
Vancouver Blazers Vancouver 1973-75 0 Founded in 1972 as the Miami Screaming Eagles; Became Calgary Cowboys in 1975

Minor Professional[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

Team City Existed Calder Cups Notes
Abbotsford Heat Abbotsford 2009-14 0 Previously the Quad City Flames; became Adirondack Flames

ECHL[edit]

Team City Existed Kelly Cups Notes
Victoria Salmon Kings Victoria 2004-11 0 Founded in 1988 as the Erie Panthers

Pacific Coast Hockey League[edit]

Team City Existed Lester Patrick Cups Notes
New Westminster Royals New Westminster 1945-52 1 Joined Western Hockey League (minor pro) (WHL) in 1952.
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver 1945-52 2 Joined Western Hockey League (minor pro) (WHL) in 1952.
Victoria Cougars Victoria 1949-52 1 Joined Western Hockey League (minor pro) (WHL) in 1952.
Victoria Cubs Victoria 1928-30 0 Just before the 1929-1930 season a fire destroyed their home arena and the Cubs played all 18 scheduled home games on the road, divided between Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA.[1] Moved to Tacoma, WA and became the Tacoma Tigers for the 1930-31 season, then folded.

Western Hockey League (minor pro)[edit]

Team City Existed Lester Patrick Cups Notes
New Westminster Royals New Westminster 1952-59 0
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver 1952-70 4
Victoria Cougars Victoria 1952-61 0
Victoria Maple Leafs Victoria 1964-67 1

Senior[edit]

Okanagan Mainline League[edit]

Okanagan Senior League[edit]

Pacific Coast Senior League[edit]

Western International Hockey League[edit]

West Kootenay League[edit]

Major Junior[edit]

Western Hockey League[edit]

Current teams

Team City Established Ed Chynoweth Cups Memorial Cups Notes
Kamloops Blazers Kamloops 1981 6 3 Established in 1966 as the Estevan Bruins
Kelowna Rockets Kelowna 1995 3 1 Established in 1991 as the Tacoma Rockets
Kootenay Ice Cranbrook 1998 2 1 Established in 1996 as the Edmonton Ice
Prince George Cougars Prince George 1994 0 0 Established in 1971 as the Victoria Cougars
Vancouver Giants Vancouver 2001 1 1
Victoria Royals Victoria 2011 0 0 Established in 2006 as the Chiliwack Bruins

Former teams

Team City Existed President's Cups Memorial Cups Notes
Chilliwack Bruins Chilliwack 2006-11 0 0 Became the Victoria Royals in 2011
Kamloops Chiefs Kamloops 1973-77 0 0 Founded in 1971 as the Vancouver Nats; Became the Seattle Breakers in 1977
Kelowna Wings Kelowna 1982-85 0 0 Became the Spokane Chiefs in 1985
Nanaimo Islanders Nanaimo 1982-83 0 0 Founded in 1966 as the Calgary Buffaloes; Became the New Westminster Bruins in 1983
New Westminster Bruins New Westminster 1971-81 4 2 Founded in 1966 as the Estevan Bruins; Became the Kamloops Junior Oilers in 1981
New Westminster Bruins New Westminster 1983-88 0 0 Founded in 1966 as the Calgary Buffaloes; Became the Tri-City Americans in 1988
Vancouver Nats Vancouver 1971-73 0 0 Became the Kamloops Chiefs in 1973
Victoria Cougars Victoria 1971-94 1 0 Became the Prince George Cougars in 1994

Junior A[edit]

British Columbia Hockey League[edit]

Team City Established Fred Page Cups Doyle Cups Royal Bank Cups Notes
Alberni Valley Bulldogs Port Alberni 2002 0 0 0 Founded in 1998 as the Burnaby Bulldogs
Chilliwack Chiefs Chilliwack 2011 0 0 0 Founded in 1998 as the Quesnel Millionaires
Coquitlam Express Coquitlam 2001 2 1 1 Played in Burnaby from 2005 to 2010
Cowichan Valley Capitals Duncan 1980 0 0 0
Langley Rivermen Langley 2006 0 0 0 Founded in 1990 as the Chilliwack Chiefs
Merritt Centennials Merritt 1973 1 1 0 Founded in 1961 as the Kamloops Rockets
Nanaimo Clippers Nanaimo 1972 5 1 0 Played in Esquimalt from 1982 to 1982
Penticton Vees Penticton 1961 11 4 1
Powell River Kings Powell River 1988 0 0 0 Founded in 1976 as the Abbotsford Flyers
Prince George Spruce Kings Prince George 1972 0 0 0 Founded in 1972 (PNHL)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks Salmon Arm 2001 0 0 0
Surrey Eagles Surrey 1991 3 2 1 Founded in 1988 as the New Westminster Royals
Trail Smoke Eaters Trail 1995 0 0 0
Vernon Vipers Vernon 1961 9 5 4
Victoria Grizzlies Victoria 1990 1 0 0
West Kelowna Warriors West Kelowna 2006 1 0 1 Founded in 1994 as the Langley Thunder

Junior B[edit]

League Region Established Provincial titles Keystone Cup titles Notes
Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Interior, and Kootenays 1962 16 4
Pacific International Junior Hockey League Mainland 1967 16 2
Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Vancouver Island 1974 5 0

Midget AAA[edit]

Vancouver Island Hockey League[edit]

Current teams

Team City Established Provincial Titles Telus Cups Notes
Saanich Braves Saanich 1969 0 0
Juan de Fuca Grizzlies Colwood 1969 0 0 Established in 1969 as the Juan de Fuca Orcas
Nanaimo Clippers Nanaimo 1969 0 0
Victoria Kings Saanich 1969 4 0 Established in 1969 as the Racquet Club Kings
Kerry Park Islanders Mill Bay 1970 0 0
Powell River Regals Powell River 1981 0 0
Sooke Thunderbirds Sooke 1970 0 0
Cowichan Valley Capitals Duncan 1969 0 0
Alberni Valley Bulldogs Port Alberni 1980 0 0
Campbell River Tyees Campbell River 1976 0 0
Comox Valley Chiefs Comox 1969 0 0
Lake Cowichan Lakers Lake Cowichan 1985 0 0
Victoria Ice Hawks Esquimalt 1991 0 0
Oceanside Breakers Parksville 1969 0 0
Tri-Port Eagles Port Hardy 1977 0 0
Gold River Ravens Gold River 1982 0 0
Peninsula Eagles Sidney 1972 0 0

Semi-professional, senior and amateur[edit]

Western Women's Hockey League[edit]

Team City Established League titles Notes
British Columbia Breakers Langley 2004-06; 2007-09 0

National Women's Hockey League[edit]

Team City Established League titles Notes
British Columbia Breakers Langley 2006-07 0 Member of WWHL 2004-06
Vancouver Griffins Vancouver 2001-03 0

Senior Female AAA SCFAHL / BCAHA[edit]

Team City Established Provincial titles Esso Nat Ap.s Notes
BC Outback Kamloops 1999 3 2 last 3 AAA senior Prov
Twisters AAA Surrey 1998 0 0 been to 4 provincials (host)
Killarney Knights Vancouver 1991 3 3
Pacific Steelers Richmond 1997 3 3 Sends top players to US universities
Storm U-21 Jr Surrey 2005 0 0

Senior[edit]

Team City Established League titles Allan Cups Notes
Powell River Regals Powell River 1957  ?? 3
Fort St. John Flyers Fort St. John ????  ??  ?
Nanaimo Steelmen Nanaimo 1996 0 0

University[edit]

Only one British Columbia university competes in ice hockey in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association.

Team City Established Conference titles University Cups Women's Titles Notes
University of British Columbia Vancouver 1961  ?? 0 0

College[edit]

The following teams play in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League.

Team City Established BCIHL Championships Notes
Selkirk College Castlegar  ???? 4
Simon Fraser University Burnaby  ???? 3
Trinity Western University Langley  ???? 0
University of Victoria Victoria  ???? 3

League, regional and national championships[edit]

Championship Times won Description
Stanley Cup 2 Canadian amateur champion
Stanley Cup 0 National Hockey League champion
PCHA Championship 8 Pacific Coast Hockey Association champion
WCHL Championship 2 Western Canada Hockey League champion
Lester Patrick Cup 9 PCHL/WHL champion
President's Cup 11 Western Hockey League champion
Memorial Cup 5 Canadian Major-Junior national champion
Allan Cup 10 Canadian senior national champion
Doyle Cup 21 Alberta/B.C. Junior "A" regional championship
Royal Bank Cup 9 Canadian Junior "A" national champion
Keystone Cup 4 Western Canada Junior "B" champion
Presidents' Trophy 2 National Hockey League champions

See also[edit]

References[edit]