Provincial Women's Hockey League

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Provincial Women's Hockey League
Pwhlgif.gif
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2004
CEO Fran Rider, OWHA
No. of teams 20
Country  Canada
Most recent
champion(s)
Oakville Jr. Hornets
Most titles Toronto Jr. Aeros6
Official website PWHL official site

The Provincial Women's Hockey League (or PWHL) is a Junior[1] women's ice hockey league in Ontario, Canada that was founded in 2004. It is considered to be the highest level of junior women's amateur ice hockey in Ontario, and is sanctioned by Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women's Hockey Association.[2]

The PWHL provides alumni to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport,[3] National Collegiate Athletic Association,[4] the Professional Canadian Women's Hockey League,[5] as well as the Canada women's national ice hockey team.[6][7]

History[edit]

Southwest and Barrie battle during 2013-14 season.
Kingston skater during 2013-14 season.

The PWHL was founded in 2004 by the Ontario Women's Hockey Association. The PWHL is the women's equivalent to men's junior hockey, but is classified by the OWHA as Intermediate AA officially as the OWHA does not have an official "junior" classification system. Despite this, the teams of the PWHL market themselves as women's junior hockey.

One of the league's most notable alumni is Meghan Agosta who played for the Windsor Wildcats. She went on to play professional with the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women's Hockey League and is a member of two Olympic championship teams.[8]

In the early years of the league, when PWHL teams had to compete for OWHA provincials they would do so with representatives of the Ottawa District. The PWHL franchises proved much more competitive than their Ottawa counterparts and after two seasons Ottawa applied to and joined the PWHL. By the 2009 league playoffs, the Ottawa Senators beat the league powerhouse Toronto Jr. Aeros to win its first league championship.

The most dominant franchise in league history is the Toronto Jr. Aeros. The Aeros have won five league championships, including the first three consecutively, two Silver Medal finishes and a single Bronze medal finish in league playdowns. The Aeros have also won five regular season championships. Additionally, the Aeros have won three Golds at provincials, as well as two silvers and a bronze. The Aeros have also twice accomplished the PWHL's "triple crown" winning the regular season title, playoff championship, and provincial championship all in one year in both 2005 and 2006.

Teams[edit]

Southwest Jr. Wildcats player during 2014-15 season.
Cambridge Rivulettes goalie during 2013-14 season.

[9]

Team Centre Joined
Aurora Jr. Panthers Aurora, Ontario 2004
Barrie Jr. Sharks Barrie, Ontario 2011
Bluewater Jr. Hawks Strathroy, Ontario 2004
Brampton Jr. Canadettes Brampton, Ontario 2004
Burlington Jr. Barracudas Burlington, Ontario 2004
Cambridge Rivulettes Cambridge, Ontario 2004
Durham West Jr. Lightning Ajax, Ontario 2004
Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins Etobicoke, Ontario 2004
Kingston Ice Wolves Kingston, Ontario 2012
London Jr. Devilettes London, Ontario 2004
Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Mississauga, Ontario 2004
Nepean Jr. Wildcats Nepean, Ontario 2010
Oakville Jr. Hornets Oakville, Ontario 2004
Ottawa Lady Sens Ottawa, Ontario 2006
Southwest Wildcats Windsor, Ontario 2004
Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Stoney Creek, Ontario 2004
Toronto Jr. Aeros North York, Ontario 2004
Toronto Leaside Jr. Wildcats Leaside, Ontario 2012
Waterloo K-W Rangers Waterloo, Ontario 2008
Whitby Jr. Wolves Whitby, Ontario 2005

Defunct franchises[edit]

Alumni Cup Playoff Champions[edit]

The winner of the final four is awarded the Alumni Cup.[10]

Year Gold Silver Bronze Fourth
2005 Toronto Jr. Aeros Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Bluewater Jr. Hawks Windsor Wildcats
2006 Toronto Jr. Aeros Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Durham West Jr. Lightning Markham-Stouffville Stars
2007 Toronto Jr. Aeros Durham West Jr. Lightning Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Ottawa NCCP Raiders
2008 Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Ottawa NCCP Capitals Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Durham West Jr. Lightning
2009 Ottawa Senators Toronto Jr. Aeros Bluewater Jr. Hawks Durham West Jr. Lightning
2010 Toronto Jr. Aeros Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Bluewater Jr. Hawks
2011 Toronto Jr. Aeros Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Bluewater Jr. Hawks Burlington Jr. Barracudas
2012 Bluewater Jr. Hawks Toronto Jr. Aeros Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Aurora Jr. Panthers
2013 Whitby Jr. Wolves London Jr. Devilettes Toronto Jr. Aeros Mississauga Jr. Chiefs
2014 Whitby Jr. Wolves Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Nepean Jr. Wildcats Toronto Jr. Aeros
2015 Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Whitby Jr. Wolves Oakville Jr. Hornets Toronto Jr. Aeros
2016 Toronto Jr. Aeros Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Whitby Jr. Wolves Durham West Jr. Lightning
2017 Oakville Jr. Hornets Toronto Jr. Aeros Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Durham West Jr. Lightning

Provincials[edit]

The OWHA runs a second run of playoffs that determines Provincial champion. These are not operated by the PWHL, but have all PWHL teams participating.

Year Gold Silver Bronze Fourth
2005 Toronto Jr. Aeros Windsor Wildcats Markham-Stouffville Stars Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins
2006 Toronto Jr. Aeros Durham West Jr. Lightning Markham-Stouffville Stars Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres
2007 Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Aurora Jr. Panthers Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Durham West Jr. Lightning
2008 Ottawa Capitals Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Aurora Jr. Panthers
2009 Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Toronto Jr. Aeros Durham West Jr. Lightning
2010 Toronto Jr. Aeros Bluewater Jr. Hawks Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Brampton Jr. Canadettes
2011 Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Toronto Jr. Aeros Whitby Jr. Wolves London Jr. Devilettes
2012 Bluewater Jr. Hawks Toronto Jr. Aeros Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Burlington Jr. Barracudas
2013 Durham West Jr. Lightning Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Cambridge Jr. Rivulettes
2014 Mississauga Jr. Chiefs Toronto Jr. Aeros Nepean Jr. Wildcats Durham West Jr. Lightning
2015 Oakville Jr. Hornets Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Whitby Jr. Wolves Toronto Jr. Aeros
2016 Toronto Jr. Aeros Oakville Jr. Hornets Mississauga Jr. Chiefs
2017 Oakville Jr. Hornets Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres Nepean Jr. Wildcats

National team and Profession alumni[edit]

Southwest Jr. Wildcats goalie 2014-15 season.

The following PWHL alumni have represented Canada in international tournaments and in Professional leagues.

Awards[edit]

Barrie Jr. Sharks goalie 2013-14 season.

Regular Season champions[edit]

Season Team Record Points
2004-05 Toronto Jr. Aeros 23-5-2 48
2005-06 Toronto Jr. Aeros[11] 27-0-3 57
2006-07 Toronto Jr. Aeros[12] 22-6-4 48
2007-08 Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres[13] 27-2-3 57
2008-09 Toronto Jr. Aeros[14] 27-5-2 56
2009-10 Mississauga Chiefs[15] 29-2-3-0 61
2010-11 Mississauga Chiefs[16] 33-3-0-0 66
2011-12 Toronto Jr. Aeros[17] 31-1-1-1 64
2012-13 Whitby Jr. Wolves 29-6-2-1 61
2013-14 Nepean Jr. Wildcats[18] 32-3-2-1 67
2014-15 Oakville Jr. Hornets 31-3-4-0 66
2015-16 Durham West Jr. Lightning 27-2-5-4 63

Scoring champion[edit]

Season Player Team G-A-P
2004-05
2005-06 Mallory Deluce Bluewater Jr. Hawks 18-45-63
2006-07 Laura McIntosh Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 21-33-54
2007-08 Kelly Sabatine Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres 28-32-60
2008-09 Kelly Sabatine Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres 33-35-68
2009-10 Theadora Imbrogno[19] Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 28-34-62
2010-11 Jenna Dingeldein Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 21-40-61
2011-12 Emily Janiga Burlington Jr. Barracudas 27-21-48
2012-13 Krista Yip-Chuck Whitby Jr. Wolves 29-36-65
2013-14 Victoria Bach[20] Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 36-32-68
2014-15 Jessie Eldridge Toronto Jr. Aeros 29-35-64
2015-16 Daryl Watts Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 30-35-65

Goaltending Award[edit]

Kingston goalie during 2013-14 season.
Season Player Team GAA
2004-05 Melissa John/
Jamie Miller
Toronto Jr. Aeros 1.50
2005-06 Christina Kessler/
Jamie Miller
Toronto Jr. Aeros 0.93
2006-07 Jamie Miller Toronto Jr. Aeros 1.28
2007-08 Cassandra McNichol Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 1.13
2008-09 Cassie Seguin Ottawa Senators 1.34
2009-10 Olivia Ross Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 0.98
2010-11 Ali Binnington/
Bridget Smith
Mississauga Jr. Chiefs 1.00
2011-12 Taylor Hough Toronto Jr. Aeros 0.71
2012-13 Jackie Rochefort Durham West Jr. Lightning 0.94
2013-14 Kira Bombay[21] Nepean Jr. Wildcats 0.82
2014-15 Sarah McDonnell Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres 1.03
2015-16 Danika Ranger Durham West Jr. Lightning 0.83

Coach of the Year[edit]

Season Coach Team
2004-05 Paul Rockett Brampton Jr. Canadettes
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10 Dave Gwyn Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins
2010-11 Rick Sullivan Bluewater Jr. Hawks
2011-12 Christina Jolliffe London Jr. Devilettes
2012-13 Wayne McDonald Durham West Jr. Lightning
2013-14 Bruce MacDonald Nepean Jr. Wildcats
2014-15 Jessica Turri Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins

Christie Rose Scholarship[edit]

Barrie Jr. Sharks players line up for a draw during 2013-14 season.

The PWHL awards a scholarship in memory of former PWHL player Christie Rose. She was an 18-year-old young woman who died on June 24, 2008, as a result of her injuries suffered in a car accident.[22] The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to recognize a young woman who shares the same qualities and characteristics as Christie.

Recipients[edit]

Year Player Team
2009 Kaitlyn Bannon[23] London Jr. Devilettes
2010 Blair Connelly Bluewater Jr. Hawks[24]
2011 Stacey Scott London Jr. Devilettes
2012 Michelle Tanel Durham West Jr. Lightning
2013 Clare McKellar London Jr. Devilettes
2014 Caitlin Lee/
Erran Lee
Kingston Ice Wolves
2015 Davis Smith Bluewater Jr. Hawks

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1456756-pwhl-alumni-and-current-ncaa-stars-share-importance-of-do-it-for-daron-event
  2. ^ "PWHL Constitution" (pdf). Provincial Women's Hockey League. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ http://pointstreaksites.com/view/jrcanadettes/welcome-to-the-junior-canadettes-website/alumni-163
  4. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1456756-pwhl-alumni-and-current-ncaa-stars-share-importance-of-do-it-for-daron-event
  5. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1624161-scoring-sensation-amanda-parkins-makes-guelph-gryphons-a-national-power
  6. ^ http://www.pointstreaksites.com/view/southwestwildcats/home-page/alumni
  7. ^ http://windsorsportsxpress.ca/ice/megan-agosta-local-olympian-giving-back-to-youth-support/
  8. ^ http://www.meghanagosta.com/bio/
  9. ^ "Welcome to the Provincial Women's Hockey League". Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ http://pwhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/pwhl/past-champions-21
  11. ^ http://www.owha.on.ca/news_release_pwhl.asp
  12. ^ http://pwhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/pwhl/league-champions-and-statistics
  13. ^ http://pwhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/pwhl/league-champions-and-statistics
  14. ^ http://pwhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/pwhl/league-champions-and-statistics
  15. ^ http://pwhl3.stats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=837&seasonid=4276
  16. ^ http://pwhl3.stats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=837&seasonid=5807
  17. ^ http://pwhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/pwhl/2011-12-regular-season
  18. ^ http://pwhl3.stats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=837&seasonid=11512
  19. ^ http://pwhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/pwhl/news-%7C- 174/news_12277
  20. ^ http://pwhl3.stats.pointstreak.com/scoringleaders.html?leagueid=837&seasonid=11512
  21. ^ http://pwhl3.stats.pointstreak.com/goalieleaders.html?leagueid=837&seasonid=11512
  22. ^ http://pwhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/pwhl/news-174/news_22397
  23. ^ http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=1757701
  24. ^ http://pwhl.pointstreaksites.com/view/pwhl/news-174/news_15538

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