British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League

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British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018–19 BCIHL Season
SportIce hockey
Founded2006
No. of teams5
CountryCanada
Most recent
champion(s)
Trinity Western University (2017-18)
Most titlesSelkirk College (4)
Official websiteBCIHL.ca

The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) is a university hockey league based in British Columbia. The BCIHL was created with the purpose of offering a venue for competitive, high-calibre hockey for players beyond their junior hockey careers.

The league operates as one of two Division 2 leagues in Canada when compared to the Division 1 U Sports league, the other being Alberta's ACAC. BCIHL teams however regularly play U Sports and NCAA teams.

Each BCIHL team plays a 24-game league schedule, with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs. Beginning in 2012, the playoff format has consisted of a best-of-three semifinal round, and a best-of-three championship series. Prior to 2012 the championship had been decided through a round-robin tournament.

History[edit]

In 2011, the BCIHL accepted its first US-based team in Eastern Washington University, which had previously played in the American Collegiate Hockey Association at the Division II level. Before 2011, the BCIHL consisted entirely of teams from British Columbia. The 2016–17 season would see the BCIHL get its first NHL alumni as former Montreal Canadiens forward Patrick Holland would join the University of Victoria.[1] Vancouver Island University was confirmed as the sixth team to join the BCIHL in 2017, and will be joining the league for the 2017/2018 season.[2]

Teams[edit]

Institution Location Joined BCIHL Championships
Selkirk College British Columbia Castlegar, British Columbia 2007 4
Simon Fraser University British Columbia Burnaby, British Columbia 2006 3
Trinity Western University British Columbia Langley, British Columbia 2006 2
University of Victoria British Columbia Victoria, British Columbia 2006 4
Vancouver Island University British Columbia Nanaimo, British Columbia 2017 0

Former teams[edit]

Institution Location Joined BCIHL Year Left
Eastern Washington University Washington (state) Cheney, Washington 2011 2018
University of the Fraser Valley British Columbia Abbotsford, British Columbia 2006 2011
University of Northern British Columbia British Columbia Prince George, British Columbia 2006 2007
Okanagan College British Columbia Kelowna, British Columbia 2009 2012
Thompson Rivers University British Columbia Kamloops, British Columbia 2009 2014

Championship Results by Year[edit]

Year Champion Runner-Up Result
2006–07 University of Victoria Simon Fraser University 4-0 (round robin)
2007–08 Simon Fraser University University of the Fraser Valley 3-1 (round robin)
2008–09 University of Victoria Simon Fraser University 3-1 (round robin)
2009–10 Simon Fraser University Thompson Rivers University 3-1 (round robin)
2010–11 Simon Fraser University Thompson Rivers University 3-1 (round robin)
2011–12 University of Victoria Simon Fraser University 4-0 (round robin)
2012–13 Selkirk College[3] Simon Fraser University 2-0 (best-of 3)
2013–14 Selkirk College[4] Trinity Western University 2-0 (best-of 3)
2014–15 Selkirk College[5] Simon Fraser University 2-0 (best-of 3)
2015–16 Selkirk College Trinity Western University 2-0 (best-of 3)
2016–17 University of Victoria Trinity Western University 2-1 (best-of 3)
2017–18 Trinity Western University Selkirk College 2-0 (best-of 3)
2018-19 Trinity Western University Vancouver Island University 2-0 (best-of 3)

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.timescolonist.com/sports/former-hab-holland-finds-a-home-with-vikes-hockey-team-1.2252855
  2. ^ http://www.bcihl.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientID=3692&leagueID=11139&page=98489
  3. ^ "BCIHL season wraps-up: Selkirk wins championship". HockeyNow. 21 April 2013. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Selkirk College Saints Repeat as BCIHL Champions". Selkirk College. 17 March 2014.
  5. ^ "2015 BCIHL Playoffs". BCIHL.ca. BCIHL. Retrieved 2015-04-23.

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