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Western Provinces Hockey Association
The Western Provinces Hockey Association is a junior hockey league that will be sanctioned by the Amateur Athletic Union's United Hockey Union. The league is scheduled to start play for the 2018-19 season.  The league will apparently be affiliated with the Western States Hockey League.

The league is an attempt to add more Junior A level teams in western Canada as many of the leagues have not expanded much in recent years.

The league issued a press release on March 1, 2018 indicating that  a press conference was held February 8, 2018 and that there was six municipalities that were shortlisted for membership in the league.  The six communities were Edson, Alberta, Hinton, Alberta, Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Slave Lake, Alberta, Morinville, Alberta, and Cold Lake, Alberta.  The league then indicated that eight more municipalities and first nations were showing interest in establishing a team in the league during either the first or second season of the league.  The new communities included the Ermineskin First Nation (which is located around the community of Maskwacis, Alberta) , Saddle Lake, Alberta first nation, St. Albert, Alberta, Quesnel, British Columbia, Williams Lake, British Columbia, Fort St. John, British ColumbiaDawson Creek, British Columbia and High Prairie, Alberta.[1] Several of these communities are already home to Junior B and Junior C hockey teams and it is unknown if any teams will be jumping from existing leagues or if these are new teams that are set to go head-to-head with the existing teams in the communities.

As of mid-May 2018 the only team officially announced had been the Edson Aeros. By mid-June 2018 the league also announced the addition of the Hinton Wildcats, Maskwacis Attack, Meadow Lake Mustangs, and Slave Lake Dragons.  The Cold Lake Wings would be announced by mid-July 2018.

During the summer of 2018 the league ended up becoming a division within the Western States Hockey League. By this point the Maskwacis Attack and the Slave Lake Dragons were not on the league website any longer.

TeamsEdit

Team Centre Arena
Cold Lake Wings Cold Lake, Alberta Imperial Oil Place at Cold Lake Energy Centre
Edson Aeros Edson, Alberta Repsol Place
Hinton Wildcats Hinton, Alberta Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre
Meadow Lake Mustangs Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan Meadow Lake & District Arena

Dropped by time schedule was releasedEdit

Team Centre Arena
Maskwacis Attack Maskwacis, Alberta Neyaskweyahk Memorial Arena
Slave Lake Dragons Slave Lake, Alberta Multi-Rec Centre

ReferencesEdit

LinksEdit

league website