THE 1980's - British Columbia Junior Hockey League



League Years 1980's

BCJHL Logo 1980

In the 1980's the British Columbia Junior Hockey League continued, what the previous decade started, with expansion, contraction and team relocation. The 1980's saw ten teams enter the league, eleven leave and seven relocate. As well in the 1980's the league increased the the regular season games, added and deleted divisions and changed the playoff format many times.

The League also emerged at the regional and national levels in the 1980's. The League won ten provincial titles, Mowat Cups, six British Columbia versus Alberta titles, Doyle Cups, five Western Canadian titles, Abbott Cups and five National Championship appearances, Centennial Cup, which includes two Centennial Cup semi-finalists and two Centennial Cups.

The Leagues first and second Centennial Cups were won in 1986 & 1987 by the Penticton Knights and Richmond Sockeyes respectfully.

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1980's Highlights

In the 1980's the league achieved the following.

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1980's Season by Season Overview

Below you will find a brief overview of the each season in the 1980's.

» 1980-81 » 1981-82 » 1982-83 » 1983-84 » 1984-85 » 1985-86 » 1986-87 » 1987-88 » 1988-89 » 1989-90

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  • 1980-81
  • Vernon Lakers added
    Coquitlam Comets added
    Cowichan Valley Capitals added
    Vancouver Jr. Canucks added
    Revelstoke Buins/Rockets » Revelstoke Rockets
  • 56 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
    Coastal schedule abbreviated, due to Colts folding
  • Playoffs: Preliminary round:
    Coastal - Best-of-nine - 1 vs 3, 2 vs 4 5 vs 6
    Quarter-Finals:
    - Coastal - 4 game Round-Robin, top 2 to Semi-Finals
    - Interior - Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3
    Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Penticton Knights
  • Chilliwack Colts folded mid season
    Coquitlam Comets last season
    Nor Wes Caps last season

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  • 1981-82

  • Langley Eagles added
    Vancouver Jr. Canucks » Vancouver Blue Hawks
  • 48 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
  • Playoffs: Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Divisional
    Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Penticton Knights
  • Naniamo Clippers last season

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  • 1982-83
  • Esquimalt Buccaneers added
    Shuswap/Salmon Arm Totems added
    Vancouver Blue Hawks » Burnaby Blue Hawks
  • 56 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
  • Playoffs: Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Divisional
    Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Abbotsford Flyers
  • New Westminster Royals last season

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  • 1983-84
  • Esquimalt Buccaneers » Nanaimo Clippers
    Kelowna Buckaroos » Summerland Buckaroos
    Revelstoke Rockets » Revelstoke Rangers
    Shuswap/Salmon Arm Totems » Shuswap Totems
    Vernon Lakers » Vernon Rockets
  • 50 game schedule Coastal Division
    60 game schedule Interior Division
  • Playoffs: Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Divisional
    Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Langley Eagles

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  • 1984-85
  • Cowichan Valley Capitals » Sidney Capitals
    Shuswap Totems » Salmon Arm Totems
    Vernon Rockets » Vernon Lakers
  • 52 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
  • Playoffs: Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Divisional
    Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Penticton Knights
  • Burnaby Blue Hawks last season
    Revelstoke Rangers last season

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  • 1985-86
  • Delta Flyers added
    Kelowna Packers added
    Abbotsford Flyers » Abbotsford Falcons
    Merrit Centennials » Merrit Warriors
    Salmon Arm Totems » Salmon Arm/Shuswap Blazers
  • 52 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
  • Playoffs: Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Divisional
    Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Penticton Knights
  • Salmon Arm/Shuswap Blazers last season

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  • 1986-87
  • Sidney Capitals » Juan de Fuca Whalers
  • 48 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
  • Playoffs: Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Divisional
    Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Richmond Sockeyes

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  • 1987-88
  • Salmon Arm Tigers added
    Langley Eagles » Chilliwack Eagles
    Merrit Warriors » Merrit Centennials
  • 52 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
  • Playoffs: Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Divisional
    Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Vernon Lakers
  • Abbotsford Falcons last season
    Summerland Buckaroos last season

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  • 1988-89
  • New Westminster Royals added
    Delta Flyers » Powell River Paper Kings
    Juan de Fuca Whalers » Cowichan Valley Capitals
  • 60 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
  • Playoffs: Best-of-seven - 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Divisional
    Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, Finals
  • Champion - Vernon Lakers

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  • 1989-90
  • Chilliwack Eagles » Ladner Penguins
    Cowichan Valley Whalers » Cowichan Valley Warriors
    Kelowna Packers » Kelowna Spartans
  • 60 game schedule - Coastal & Interior Divisions
    abbreviated, Penticton Knights mid-season departure
  • Playoffs: Preliminary Round - Group, 3 Team Round-Robin
    Island Group, Mainland Group, Interior Group
    Semi-Final - Island Group winner vs Mainland Group Winner
    Final - Interior Group winner vs Semi-Final winner
  • Champion - New Westminster Royals
  • Penticton Knights last season (December '89)

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