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
No. of teams 6
Country  United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Aspen Leafs (2015–16)
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.[1][2][3] Six teams played in the inaugural 2015–16 season.[4]

In December 2015, league officials announced that they were applying to USA Hockey to expand the league by adding franchises in Vail and Pueblo.[5] On May 3, 2016, the RMJHL announced that an expansion team in Steamboat Springs was approved and led by managing partner, Troy Mick, CEO and president of the Canadian Junior A Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League.[6][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]

Teams[edit]

Team Location Arena Joined
Aspen Leafs Aspen, Colorado Lewis Arena 2015
Breckenridge Bears Breckenridge, Colorado Stephen C. West Arena 2016
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

Champions[edit]

Year Reg. Season Champion Runner Up Result
2015–16 Pikes Peak Miners[11] Aspen Leafs[12] Pikes Peak Miners 4-3 OT

Former teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USA Hockey Tier III Expansion, Daily Report". The Junior Hockey News. 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Junior Hockey League coming to Aspen '15-16". The Aspen Times. 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "RMJHL given the Green Light". Junior Hockey News. 11 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rocky Mtn. Junior Hockey League approved". The Aspen Times. 9 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Junior hockey league picks up momentum". The Aspen Times. December 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "RMJHL Adds Steamboat to Footprint". RMJHL. May 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ "New hockey team headed to Howelsen". Steamboat Today. May 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "BRECKENRIDGE BUCKS LEAVE RMJHL FOR WSHL". The Junior Hockey News. May 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ "RMJHL Adds Breckenridge as 7th Team". RMJHL. July 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Glacier Yetis Go Dormant for Season". RMJHL. September 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Pikes Peak Miners Finish First". RMJHL. February 23, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Aspen Leafs Claim RMJHL Championship". RMJHL. March 4, 2016. 

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