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The North Central Hockey League was established in 1994 in the province of Alberta. The league is registered at the Senior AA level with Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta.

According to the league's website; the league was established in the spring of 1994 out of a few exhibition games and two 8-hour meetings.

The founders of the league were George Vanberg (President for the next 20 years), Noel Perrin (Edson Ice), Kirk Holtet (Fox Creek Bandits), Grant Drewniak (Slave Lake Winterhawks), Diane Dickson (Whitecourt Cats), and Darren Myshak (Swan Hills Knights). The league kicked off it's 1995-1996 inaugural season with the above noted teams as well as the Athabasca Aces, Hinton Heat and Mayerthorpe Hitmen, playing a 26 game season.

The league fluctuated between 4 (2000-01) and 10 (1998-99) teams through to 2009, at which time Hockey Alberta designated it "Senior AA" status.

During the 2013-14 season President Vanberg and Vice-President Jerry Muise also started to manage the Senior AAA level Chinook Hockey League as well. Also following the season the Morinville Kings hosted the Senior AA/A Men's Provincial Championships at the Ray MacDonald Sports Centre.

The league began the 2014-15 season with seven teams (Devon Barons, Edson Ice, Morniville Kings, Rocky Rams, Slave Lake Winterhawks, Westlock Warriors and Whitecourt Wild). The league has the Athbasca Aces and the Drayton Valley Wildcats taking a leave from league for the season. The league had planned on adding a new team from St. Albert, Alberta. However the team had to delay starting in the league due to being unable to secure ice in time to commit for the 2014-15 season. The league website stated that the team has been able to secure ice and will commence play in the 2015-16 season. the league will play a 63 game slate (18 games per team) that will run from mid-October to mid-January followed by playoffs.

The league expanded to 12 teams (a new league high) for the 2015-16 season as the league absorbed many of the members of the Battle River Senior Hockey League (Big Valley Oil Kings, Bonnyville Pontiacs, Daysland Northstars, and Tofield Satellites)  The Drayton Valley Wildcats returned from a one year hiatus and the seven existing members all returned from 2014-15.  The previously delayed St. Albert team appears to have folded.  The league will have two six team divisions for the 2015-16 season.

For 2016-17 the Big Valley Oil Kings relocated to Eckville, Alberta and were renamed the Eckville Eagles.  The Drayton Valley Wildcats did not return after folding late during the 2015-16 season.  The Tofield Satellites also do not return.

To begin the 2017-2018 season, three teams decided to take a one year leave of absence. League charter teams, Edson Ice and Slave Lake Winterhawks, as well as the Rocky Rams did not ice teams this season, leaving the league with seven teams to compete. It is of note that both Edson and Slave Lake have competed in the NCHL for 21 seasons prior to this season, the longest tenure of any teams. It is also of note, that 4 of the original teams have played in the league for the longest periods of time - Edson and Slave Lake 21 years, Hinton 17, Fox Creek 14. The seven teams currently in the league have an average of 3 years.

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At the League's annual meeting May 5, 2018, teams from Red Deer and Sylvan Lake were added, while Edson Ice, Rocky Mountain House Rams and Slave Lake Winterhawks will not return after taking a one year leave of absence. This year will mark the league's 25th anniversary.

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Current Teams 2018-2019

Team Centre Arena
Bonnyville Pontiacs Bonnyville R. J. Lalonde Arena
Daysland Northstars Daysland Daysland & District Arena
Devon Barons Devon Dale Fisher Arena
Eckville Eagles Eckville Eckville Arena
Morinville Kings Morinville Morinville Arena
Red Deer Rustlers Red Deer Penhold Multiplex
Sylvan Lake Pirates Sylvan Lake Bentley Arena
Westlock Warriors Westlock Rotary Sprint Centre
Whitecourt Wild Whitecourt

Scott Safety Centre &
Mayerthorpe Exhibition Centre

League Seasons Edit

Time line of teamsEdit

Charter TeamsEdit

  • Athabasca Aces (1994-1998).
  • Swan HIlls Knights (1994-1998).
  • Mayerthorpe Hitmen (1994-1997).
  • Hinton Heat (1994-2013) 2X NCHL champs.
  • Slave Lake Winter Hawks (1994-2012) (2013-2017), 6X NCHL champs, including 5 in a row. Alberta Senior A champs 2005, Alberta Senior B Champs 1998, 2000, 2001. 2004.
  • Whitecourt Cats (1994-2002).
  • Fox Creek Bandits (1994-1999) (2000-2009).
  • Edson Ice (1994-2004) (2005-2017).

Sequential addition of teamsEdit

  • Grande Cache Rockies (1997-2000) 1X NCHL champs.
  • Drayton Valley Wildcats (1997-1999) (2004-2014) (2015-2016) 4X NCHL champs, Alberta Senior B Champs (while part of the NCHL) 1999, 2003.
  • Westlock Wolfpack (1998-2000) (2005-2006) Alberta Senior A champs 2000.
  • Jasper Wolves (2003-2010).
  • Onoway Ice Dogs (2005-2011) 2X NCHL champs.
  • Lamont Bruins (2005-2009) 2X NCHL champs.
  • Legal Vipers (2006-2012).
  • Athabasca Aces (2008-2014).
  • Rocky Mountain House Rams (2010-2017)
  • Devon Barons (2012-present) 2X NCHL champs.
  • Whitecourt Wild (2013 - present).
  • Westlock Warriors (2013 - present) 1X NCHL champs.
  • Morinville Kings (2013-Present) Alberta Senior A champs 2014 (host team).
  • Big Valley Oil Kings (2015-2016).
  • Daysland Northstars (2015-Present) 3X NCHL champs, Alberta Senior AA champs 2016.
  • Tofield Satellites (2015-2016).
  • Bonnyville Pontiacs (2015 - present). Alberta Senior AA Champs 2018 (host team).
  • Eckville Eagles (2016-present).
  • Red Deer Rustlers (2018).
  • Sylvan Lake Pirates (2018).

NCHL Champions Edit

  • 1995-96 - Hinton Heat defeated Slave Lake WInterhawks
  • 1996-97 - Slave Lake Winterhawks defeated Edson Ice
  • 1997-98 - Drayton Valley Wildcats defeated Slave Lake WInterhawks
  • 1998-99 - Drayton Valley Wildcats defeated Slave Lake Winterhawks
  • 1999-2000 - Grande Cache Rockies defeated Slave Lake Winterhawks
  • 2000-01 -Hinton Heat defeated Slave Lake Winterhawks
  • 2001-02 -Slave Lake Winterhawks defeated Hinton Heat
  • 2002-03 - Slave Lake Winterhawks defeated Hinton Heat
  • 2003-04 - Slave Lake Winter Hawks defeated Jasper Wolves
  • 2004-05- Slave Lake Winter Hawks defeated Drayton Valley Wildcats
  • 2005-06 - Slave Lake Winter Hawks defeated Drayton Valley Wildcats
  • 2006-07 - Lamont Bruins defeated Onoway Ice Dogs
  • 2007-08- Lamont Bruins defeated Onoway Ice Dogs
  • 2008-09- Onoway Ice Dogs defeated Legal Vipers
  • 2009-10- Onoway Ice Dogs defeated Drayton Valley Wildcats
  • 2010-11 - Drayton Valley Wildcats defeated
  • 2011-12 - Drayton Valley Wildcats defeated Slave Lake Winterhawks
  • 2012-13 - Devon Barons defeated Edson Ice
  • 2013-14 - Devon Barons defeated Slave Lake Winterhawks
  • 2014-15 - Westlock Warriors defeated Devon Barons
  • 2015-16 - Daysland Northstars defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs
  • 2016-17 - Daysland Northstars defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs
  • 2017-18 - Daysland Northstars defeated Eckville Eagles

Canadian Senior Hockey (post-1971)
National/Regional Championships
Allan Cup (National AAA)
Patton Cup (Western Canada 71-91) - Bolton Cup (Eastern Canada 71-03)
McKenzie Cup (BC-AB) - Rathgaber Cup (SK-MB) - Atlantic Cup (2003-) (NB-NL-NS-PEI)
Provincial/Local Championships
Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - Newfoundland and Labrador - Ontario Hockey Association - Saskatchewan - Thunder Bay
Current Leagues
Alberta: Allan Cup Hockey West (1969-) - East Central Senior Hockey League (2012-) - North Central Hockey League (1995-) - North Peace Hockey League (also in BC, 1953-) - Ranchland Senior Hockey League (1974-) - Sask/Alta Senior Hockey League (also in SK, 1964-)

British Columbia: Central Interior Senior Hockey League (1997-) - West Coast Senior AA Hockey League (2016-)

Manitoba: Carillon Senior Hockey League (2004-) - North Central Hockey League (1958-) - South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League (1952-) - Tiger Hills Hockey League (1983-)

New Brunswick: Circuit de Hockey Senior Roger-Lizotte (1991-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Acadie-Chaleur (2016-)

Newfoundland and Labrador: Central/West Senior Hockey League (2014-) - East Coast Senior Hockey League (2017-) - Newfoundland West Coast Senior Hockey League (2001-11; 2016-)

Ontario: Allan Cup Hockey (1991-) - WOAA Senior AA Hockey League (1942-)

Quebec: Laval Senior A Hockey League (2013-) - Ligue de Hockey Cote-Sud (2012-) - Ligue Regionale de Hockey (2016-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior du Lac-au-Fleuve (2017-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior du Richelieu (2005-) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AAA du Quebec (2017-) - Outaouais Senior A Hockey League (2018-)

Saskatchewan: Beaver Lakes Hockey League (2006-) - Big Six Senior Hockey League (1959-) - Fort Carlton Senior Hockey League (1971-) - Highway Hockey League (1965-) - Long Lake Senior Hockey League (1978-) - Notekeu Senior Hockey League (1958-) - Qu'Appelle Valley Hockey League (1960-) - Saskatchewan Prairie Senior Hockey League (2010-) - Sask West Senior Hockey League (2000-) - Sask Valley Hockey League (1965-) - Triangle Hockey League (1965-) - Twin Rivers Senior Hockey League (2016-) - Wheatland Senior Hockey League (2004-) - White Mud Senior Hockey League (1995-)

Nunavut: Iqaluit Senior Hockey League (2009-) - Rankin Inlet Senior Men's Hockey League (2008-)

Defunct Leagues
Alberta: Battle River Hockey League (2002-2015) - Prairie Senior Hockey League (also in SK, 1971-1972)

British Columbia: British Columbia Senior Hockey League (1979-1981) - Western International Hockey League (1946-1988)

Manitoba: Canadian Central Hockey League (1972-1974) - Central Amateur Senior Hockey League (1975-1989) - Eastman Hockey League (1998-2000) - Hanover Tache Hockey League (1958-2005) - Manitoba Assiniboine Hockey League (1974-1983) - Manitoba Senior Hockey League (2008-2016) - North Interlake Hockey League (1987-1988) - Nor-West Hockey League (1996-1997) - North West Senior Hockey League (2017-) - South Interlake Hockey League (1987-2008) - SouthWest Hockey League (1956-2009)

Maritimes: Maritime Senior Hockey League (1991-1992) - Northumberland Dairy Senior AAA Hockey League (1995-1998)

New Brunswick: Eastern Senior Hockey League (2001-2010) - New Brunswick Chaleur Hockey League (1991-1995) - New Brunswick Senior Hockey League (1968-1992) - North East Senior Hockey League (2011-2018) - North Shore Senior Hockey League (1939-1978) - North Shore Senior Hockey League (1996-2010) - Southern New Brunswick Senior Hockey League (1962-2010)

Newfoundland and Labrador: Avalon East Senior Hockey League (1992-2017) - Central Newfoundland Hockey League (2009-2015) - Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (2011-2014)

Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League (1982-1995)

Ontario: Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League (2003-2008) - HNO Senior League (2009-2012) - North Oxford Men's Hockey League (1959-2012) - OHA Senior A Hockey League (1972-1987) - Ottawa District Senior Hockey League (1968-1978) - Ontario Senior AA Hockey League (1983-1988)

Quebec: Ligue Centrale de Hockey (LCH) (1978-2008) - Ligue de Hockey Beauce Bellechase Frontenac (1999-2017) - Ligue de Hockey Senior de la Mauricie (1992-1996) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Majeur du Quebec (1979-82; 1994-96) - Ligue de Hockey Senior de l'Est du Quebec (1997-2010) - Ligue de Hockey Senior A de la Mauricie (2001-2017) - Ligue de Hockey Senior A Inter-Rives (2006-2007) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA de l'Estrie (2001-2004) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA de la Cote-Nord (2007-2009) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean (2002-2005) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Bas-Saint-Laurent (1994-2005) - Ligue de Hockey Senior des Cantons-de-L'Est (2011-2015) - Ligue de hockey les Cotiers de la Gaspesie (2002-2008) - Ligue de Hockey Senior des Deux Rives (2002-2003) - Ligue de Hockey Senior Provinciale AA (2004-2006) - Ligue de Hockey Senior AA L.D.B. du Quebec (1979-2000) - Ligue de hockey Budweiser de 'est du Quebec (2011-2013) - Outaouais Hockey League (1973-1975) - Promutuel Senior Hockey League (1999-2007) - Republican Hockey League (also in NB, 1976-1987) - Quebec Senior North-East Hockey League (2003-2007)

Prince Edward Island: Island Community Senior Hockey League (2010-2013) - Prince Edward Island Senior Hockey League (1990-1991) - Prince Edward Island Senior Hockey League (2010-2011)

Saskatchewan: Fishing Lake Hockey League (1953-2015) - North Saskatchewan River Hockey League (1995-2015) - Pasquia Hockey League (1993-2009) - Treaty Six Hockey League (2004-2007) - Wild Goose Hockey League (1954-2008) - Yellowhead Hockey League (1980-2000)