Prairie Junior Hockey League

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Prairie Junior Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2015–16 PJHL season
PJHL Logo.JPG
Formerly South Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1972 as SSJHL
Inaugural season 1972-73
Commissioner Bob Dybvig
No. of teams 13
Country Saskatchewan Saskatchewan
Canada Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
Saskatoon Quakers (2015)
Most titles Assiniboia Rebels (7)
Official website www.pjhl.ca

The Prairie Junior Hockey League is a Junior "B" ice hockey league in Saskatchewan, Canada, sanctioned by Hockey Canada. The PJHL was founded in 2005-2006 with the merger of the South Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and the North Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (NSJHL). The PJHL was known as the South Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1992 through 2007 season when they changed their name. Previously the playoff winners played-off against the champion of the NSJHL in the Provincial championships (Athol Murray Trophy). Since the amalgamation of the two leagues in 2007, the PJHL has been the only Junior 'B' team in the province; thus its champion has been awarded the provincial title. If qualifiable, the provincial champion moves on to compete for the Western Canadian Junior 'B' championship, the Keystone Cup.

The league draws many players from Saskatchewan, most teams draft players from nearby towns and cities, though it's not mandatory. Some teams outweigh other teams in the PJHL. For example, the Pilot Butte Storm advanced to the finals eleven years (2005-15) in a row, while the Ochapawace Thunder (0-40-0-0) didn't win a game in the 2015–16 PJHL season.

Teams[edit]

Locations of PJHL teams (North Division teams in red; South Division teams in blue)
North Division
Team City Arena Joined PJHL
Delisle Chiefs Delisle Delisle Arena 2009 (2008 as Saskatoon Chiefs)
Prince Albert Titans Prince Albert Kinsmen Arena 2008
Saskatoon Quakers Saskatoon Harold Latrace/Rod Hamm Arena 2006 (Founded in 1987 as NSJHL team)
Saskatoon Royals Saskatoon Harold Latrace/Rod Hamm Arena 2006 (Founded in 1987 as NSJHL team)
Saskatoon Westleys Saskatoon Harold Latrace/Rod Hamm Arena 2006 (Founded in 1987 as NSJHL team)
Tri-Town Thunder Carrot River Carrot River Arena 2005 (Founded in 2001 as NSJHL team)
West Central Rage Kerrobert Kerrobert Arena 2009
South Division
Team City Arena Joined PJHL/SSJHL
Assiniboia Southern Rebels Assiniboia Assiniboia Civic Centre 1992
Fort Qu'Appelle Fort Knox Fort Qu'Appelle Fort Qu’Appelle Rexentre 2005
Pilot Butte Storm Pilot Butte Pilot Butte Recreation Centre 1993 as Regina Express
Regina Capitals Regina Al Ritchie Arena 1992
Regina Silver Foxes Regina Doug Wickenheiser Arena 2013

Former teams[edit]

  • Briercrest College Clippers (1992-1996)
  • Canora Cobras (1995-2001)
  • Cypress Cyclones (2005-2014) - withdrew from league after 11 games in 2014-15 season
  • Grenfell Spitfires (1994-2000)
  • Moose Jaw Canucks (1992-1994)
  • Notre Dame Hounds (1992-1994; 2003-2005)
  • Ochapowace Thunder (2008-2016)
  • Prince Albert Ice Hawks (? - 2016) - re-branded Titans
  • Regina Express (1993-2001) - then moved to Pilot Butte as Pilot Butte Storm
  • St. Phillips/Moose Mountain Rangers (1996-2007)

Champions[edit]

SSJHL and PJHL Champions
Defunct teams not included.
Team Titles
Assiniboia Southern Rebels 7
Pilot Butte Storm 5
Saskatoon Quakers 3
Regina Capitals 2
Saskatoon Royals 2
Tri-Town Thunder 1

To see the champions for the North Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before 2007, see this article: North Saskatchewan Junior B Hockey League

To see the full list of champions of the Athol Murray Trophy, see this article: Athol Murray Trophy

As South Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (1992-2005)

Season Playoff champion Runner-up Result Keystone Cup finish
1992-93 Assiniboia Southern Rebels Regina Capitals
1993-94 Notre Dame Hounds Moose Jaw Canucks
1994-95 Regina Capitals Grenfell Spitfires
1995-96 Assiniboia Southern Rebels Regina Capitals Gold medalist
1996-97 Grenfell Storm Briercrest Clippers Gold medalist
1997-98 St. Phillips Rangers Regina Capitals
1998-99 Assiniboia Southern Rebels Regina Capitals
1999-00 Assiniboia Southern Rebels Fort Qu'Appelle Fort Knox
2000-01 Assiniboia Southern Rebels St. Phillips Rangers Gold medalist
2001-02 Assiniboia Southern Rebels St. Phillips Rangers 4-0 (best-of 7)
2002-03 Assiniboia Southern Rebels Regina Capitals 4-1 (best-of 7) Gold medalist
2003-04 Regina Capitals Gold medalist
2004-05 Pilot Butte Storm Fort Qu'Appelle Fort Knox 4-3 (best-of 7) DNQ

As Prairie Junior Hockey League (2005–present)[edit]

Season Playoff champion Runner-up Result Keystone Cup finish
2005-06 Regina Capitals Pilot Butte Storm 4-1 (best-of 7) DNQ
2006-07 Pilot Butte Storm Fort Qu'Appelle Fort Knox 4-1 (best-of 7) DNQ
2007-08 Pilot Butte Storm Saskatoon Royals 4-2 (best-of 7) 5th
2008-09 Saskatoon Royals Pilot Butte Storm 4-1 (best-of 7) 4th
2009-10 Tri-Town Thunder Pilot Butte Storm 4-3 (best-of 7) Silver medalist
2010-11 Pilot Butte Storm Saskatoon Royals 4-3 (best-of 7) Bronze medalist
2011-12 Pilot Butte Storm Delisle Chiefs 4-1 (best-of 7) 6th / Saskatoon Royals (host) 4th
2012-13 Saskatoon Royals Pilot Butte Storm 4-1 (best-of 7) Silver medalist
2013-14 Saskatoon Quakers Pilot Butte Storm 4-3 (best-of 7) 5th
2014-15 Saskatoon Quakers Pilot Butte Storm 4-0 (best-of 7) Bronze medalist[1]
2015-16 Saskatoon Quakers Extreme Hockey Regina Capitals 4-0 (best-of 7) Silver medalist -Saskatoon
4th -Regina

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