Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ HeaderPlease refer to the following sections for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that potential players ask about the British Columbia Hockey League.

Fees and Costs

Q: Is there a monthly Room and Board fee that teams charge?
A: No, BCHL teams provide room and board to out-of-town players. Billet families are provided by teams at no cost to the player.

Q: Are teams permitted to charge a TEAM REGISTRATION FEE?
A: Yes, The BCHL requires that all players playing in the Bauer BCHL Showcase pay a $100 per game played fee (to a maximum of $200) in order to participate in the Showcase.  BCHL Teams may require carded players to pay a separate TEAM REGISTRATION FEE.  The fee is administered at the teams’ discretion and is not to exceed $800. Teams choosing to administer a fee must do so to all players on their team and in compliance with NCAA Regulations. Fee refunds must be pro-rated with a schedule of refund amount to release date clearly outlined on the team letterhead. Teams choosing to charge a TEAM REGISTRATION FEE must also submit to the league office a copy of the team form letter including the refund schedule. Individual player forms must be kept in the teams office and available upon league request.

Q: Are players provided cash allowances?
A: No, teams cannot provide players with cash allowances above room and board in order to maintain NCAA eligibility. However, teams can provide educational bursaries through scholarship funds etc.

Roster Regulations

Q: How many players can be on a BCHL Roster?
A: The BCHL Roster limit is 23 players at any time.

Q: What is an import player?
A: As of 2013, all Canadian citizens are eligible to play in any Junior A league as soon as they are age-eligible. Only American-born players are considered imports.

Q: Is there a limit as to how many imports a team can have?
A: Yes, a team may only have six import players on their roster at any one time.

Player Equipment

Q: What equipment is provided to the player?
A: The BCHL has entered into a contract with Bauer Hockey Inc. The agreement is for three years ending at the conclusion of the 2019-20 BCHL season.  Specific compliances are:

  • Bauer pants, gloves, helmet/visors:
  • Game and practice jerseys/socks:
  • Off Ice Apparel (including warmup gear):
  • BAUER SUPREME TEAM STICK ONLY:
  • Each new player shall be provided with new exposed gear each season.  Exposed gear to include (Helmet, visor(s), gloves and pants).
  • Each player shall be provided with a minimum two (2) sticks per month during the regular season and playoffs complying with the Bauer/BCHL contract
  • Returning players are permitted to wear their previous year’s exposed gear in their returning years. This gear must meet a reasonable safety standard.

Team Travel and other: 

  • Maximum three players per room when travelling on the road.
  • All team travel must be minimum by bus.
  • Meals: Game Day. Minimum three meals per day.
  • Travel Day: Minimum three meals per day to include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • The amount of meals provided by the team on the road is pro-rated by the amount of time the team is travelling. I.e. An in-division game within an hour’s distance = a post-game meal
  • No-fee gym access for players.
  • Travel to and from Wenatchee, Washington, USA: Canadian player out of country travel insurance (3rd party) is provided by the BCHL.  USA players to provide their own family insurance while traveling in the USA.