CALGARY, Alberta – The annual review of Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) alumni playing in other leagues sees approximately 2,094 CJHL alumni pursuing their academic and hockey careers at colleges and universities across North America. This is a slight increase over last season.
The CJHL strives to develop athletic and academic excellence in a high performance setting by providing athletes with unique experiences and more options to pursue both their academic and hockey futures. The advancement of players and the pursuit of excellence continues for the CJHL member leagues.
This year has seen a number of CJHL alumni honoured with weekly and monthly awards at college and universities in both Canada and the US. Additionally, a significant number of major award nominees’ are CJHL alumni.
(% of all players at that level in parenthesis):
- 627 in NCAA Division I (39%)
- 640 in NCAA Division III (28%)
- 827 in Canadian universities and colleges (66%)
Over 827 former CJHL players compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Alberta Colleges Athletic Association (ACAC) and BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL). This number represents more than 66% of all players playing university and college hockey in Canada.
On the other side of the border, 627 former CJHL players are competing in NCAA Division I this season. This represents 39% of all NCAA Division I players. This number of players is up from 594 and represents a 2% increase over last season.
In NCAA Division III, another 640 CJHL alumni can be found on team’s rosters, which brings the total number of CJHL alumni playing in the NCAA to a whopping 1,267 players. Compared to last season CJHL alumni playing in NCAA Division I and III is up by 78 players or a 6.6 % increase.