Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League (2015–)

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Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League
RMJHL logo.jpg
Sport Ice hockey
Founded May 2, 2014
President Shaun Hathaway
Commissioner Adrian Veideman[1]
No. of teams 6
Country United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Pikes Peak Miners (2016–17)
Official website RMJHL.co

The Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League (RMJHL) is an American Tier III junior ice hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey. The RMJHL was approved for play starting in the 2015–16 season.

History[edit]

The league was announced and sanctioned by USA Hockey on May 2, 2014.[2][3][4] Six teams played in the inaugural 2015–16 season.[5]

In December 2015, league officials announced that they were applying to USA Hockey to expand the league by adding franchises in Vail and Pueblo,[6] but neither team came to fruition.

On May 3, 2016, the RMJHL announced the addition of an expansion team in Steamboat Springs, led by managing partner, Troy Mick, CEO and president of the Canadian Junior A Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League.[7]

On May 31, 2016, the Breckenridge Bucks left the RMJHL for the Western States Hockey League.[8] On July 11, the RMJHL would announce a new Breckenridge team, called the Bears, with an ownership group headed by Joe Dibble, the general manager and head coach of the Tier II junior Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League.[9] When the 2016–17 season schedule was announced, the Glacier Yetis were placed in dormancy due to lack of players.[10] On the opening day of the second season, the new Breckenridge team was removed from the schedule as well.

For the 2017–18 season, the league again announced a team in Breckenridge called the Bolts.[11] The new Breckenridge team is to operated by the Summit Youth Hockey organization and coached by Kory DeKoevend.

Teams[edit]

Team Location Arena Joined
Aspen Leafs Aspen, Colorado Lewis Arena 2015
Breckenridge Bolts Breckenridge, Colorado Stephen C. West Ice Arena 2017
Colorado Rampage Monument, Colorado Colorado Sports Center 2015
Colorado Thunderbirds Littleton, Colorado South Suburban Ice Arena 2015
Pikes Peak Miners Colorado Springs, Colorado Sertich Ice Arena 2015
Steamboat Wranglers Steamboat Springs, Colorado Howelsen Arena 2016

Former teams[edit]

  • Breckenridge Bears (Breckenridge, Colorado) – Announced for the 2016–17 season, but did not play.[12]
  • Breckenridge Bucks (Breckenridge, Colorado; 2015–16) – Joined the Western States Hockey League in 2016, then relocated to Vail, Colorado, as the Vail Powder Hounds prior to the 2016–17 season. The Vail team would fold in November 2016 due to lack of players.
  • Glacier Yetis (Grand Junction, Colorado; 2015–16) – Originally announced as the Grand Junction Coyotes while the league was in its pre-launch stages.[13] League announced the team would be dormant for the 2016–17 season due to lack of players.

Champions[edit]

Year Regular Season Playoff Champion Runner-Up Result
2015–16 Pikes Peak Miners (69 pts) Aspen Leafs[14] Pikes Peak Miners 4–3 (OT) Championship game
2016–17 Pikes Peak Miners (64 pts) Pikes Peak Miners Steamboat Wranglers 2-games-to-1 (9–4, 1–5, 6–5)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RMJHL Selects New Commissioner". RMJHL. May 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "USA Hockey Tier III Expansion, Daily Report". Junior Hockey News. 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Junior Hockey League coming to Aspen ’15-16". The Aspen Times. 10 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "RMJHL given the Green Light". Junior Hockey News. 11 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rocky Mtn. Junior Hockey League approved". The Aspen Times. 9 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Junior hockey league picks up momentum". The Aspen Times. December 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "New hockey team headed to Howelsen". Steamboat Today. 2 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Breckenridge Bucks to Western States Hockey League". Junior Hockey News. 31 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Breck Bears hockey club replaces Breck Bucks in Rocky Mountain hockey league". Summit Daily. 24 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Glacier Yetis Go Dormant for Season". RMJHL. September 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Breckenridge Returns to the RMJHL". RMJHL. June 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Breck Bears junior hockey team fold before season opener". Summit Daily. 30 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "RMJHL MEMBER NOW KNOWN AS THE "GLACIER YETIS"". Aspen Leafs. February 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Aspen Leafs win inaugural championship in OT". Aspen Times. RMJHL. 16 March 2016. 

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