CALGARY, Alberta (February 19, 2016) – The annual review of Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) alumni playing at the next level sees a small increase to 2,094 CJHL alumni pursuing their academic and hockey careers at colleges and universities across North America.
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.
(Percentage of all players at that level in parentheses):
627 in NCAA Division I (39 per cent)
640 in NCAA Division III (28 per cent)
827 in Canadian universities and colleges (66 per cent)
This year has seen a number of CJHL alumni honoured with weekly and monthly conference awards at college and universities in both Canada and the US. Additionally, a significant number of major award nominees’ are CJHL alumni.
The 827 former CJHL players competing in the Canadian programs do so in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Alberta Colleges Athletic Association (ACAC) and BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL).
On the other side of the border, the 627 former CJHL players competing in NCAA Division I this season is up from 594 and represents a 2 per cent increase over last season.
In NCAA Division III, the 640 CJHL alumni found on team rosters 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 per cent increase.