PCJHL / PJHL(PacA)

League

Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League

The Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League had two versions the first operated from 1962 until 1967, the second from 1974 to 1979.

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League Years 1962-67

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Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League 1962 - 1967

The champion for each PCJHL season were the New Westminster Royals, who then proceeded to the Mowat Cup to play against the champions of the Okanagan Junior Hockey League and the Kootenay Junior Hockey League for the right to move on into the Memorial Cup playoffs.

The league folded after the 1966-67 season and the New Westminster Royals along with the Victoria Cougars entered the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.

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PCJHL Champions 1963 -1967

  • 1963 New Westminster Royals
  • 1964 New Westminster Royals
  • 1965 New Westminster Royals
  • 1966 New Westminster Royals
  • 1967 New Westminster Royals

League Highlights

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League Years 1974-79

Pacific Junior Hockey League (Pac A) 1974 - 1979

In 1974, the PJHL (commonly referred to as the Pac A League) was restarted as Tier II Junior "A" by Fred Page. Fred Page was a Canadian Amateur Hockey Association executive, who later had the Fred Page Cup ( Eastern Canada Junior "A" Championship ) and the BCHL's Championship Trophy named after him.

The "Pac A" playoff champion earned the right to play for the Mowat Cup (British Columbia Championship) and were eligible for playoffs leading to the Centennial Cup (National Junior A Championship).

The league continued to run until the end of the 1978-79, after which, Fred Page agreed to allow a merger with the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.

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'Pac A' Champions 1975 -1979

  • 1975 Coquitlam Comets
  • 1976 Nor Wes Caps
  • 1977 Richmond Sockeyes
  • 1978 Richmond Sockeyes
  • 1979 Richmond Sockeyes

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League Highlights

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Historical Background

The origins of the Pacific Junior Hockey League date back to 1965 when teams from Chilliwack, Burnaby, Grandview and Coquitlam created a Juvenile/Junior league for local players who wanted to continue to play competitive hockey. One year later the West Coast Junior Hockey League was officially formed with six teams, including the Grandview Steelers who still compete in the league today.

The first ever League Championship was won in 1967 by the Richmond Juniors, but the formative years of the WCJHL were dominated by the Nor Wes Caps who claimed the West Coast Junior Championship four times in the first seven seasons. The Caps were among a group of teams that chose to leave the league in the mid 1970s, to form a junior A circuit, the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League.

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