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Junior "A" is the second highest tier of Junior hockey in Canada. The governing body of this level of (sanctioned) hockey in Canada is the Canadian Junior Hockey League. There is one unsanctioned Junior "A" league in Canada. There are also two leagues in the United States.
What is now called Junior A was founded in 1970 as Tier II Junior A to differentiate itself from Major Junior A. Major Junior broke off from mainstream amateur hockey in 1980 and dropped the "A" from its name. It also soon lost its amateur status. Tier II then filled the top tier void be become "Junior A". Since 1993, Junior A hockey has been embodied by the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The Canadian championship of the CJHL is the Royal Bank Cup.
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Sanctioned Canadian LeaguesEdit
- Alberta Junior Hockey League
- British Columbia Hockey League
- Central Junior A Hockey League
- Manitoba Junior Hockey League
- Maritime Junior A Hockey League
- Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
- Ontario Junior Hockey League
- Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League
- Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
- Superior International Junior Hockey League
Unsanctioned Canadian LeaguesEdit
Defunct Canadian LeaguesEdit
- Eastern Junior A Hockey League
- Island Junior Hockey League
- Maritime Junior Hockey League
- Metro Junior A Hockey League
- New Brunswick Junior Hockey League
- Newfoundland Junior A Hockey League
- NorMan Junior Hockey League
- Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association
- Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (1972-1987)
- Pacific Junior A Hockey League
- Quebec Junior A Hockey League
- Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League
- Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey League
- Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League