Category Archives: Canadian Hockey League

Hockey Canada

This website is dedicated to offering informative insight concerning ice hockey, and as a Toronto native, Mark Rivkin recognizes those that have committed themselves to preserving our great sport. Because the NHL has experienced the most success as a professional hockey league in the United States, many overlook the fact that the nation of Canada once represented this now superior professional sports organization. Canada was the birth place of ice hockey in North America, and our national sport has been the breeding ground for many of history’s greatest athletes. In this edition of the Mark Rivkin Hockey Review we wanted to observe the national governing body of ice hockey in Canada, referred to simply as Hockey Canada. Continue reading

The Ontario Hockey League

Our third and final edition of the top junior ice hockey leagues in Canada wraps up with a review from Mark Rivkin on the Ontario Hockey League.

Mark Rivkin Hockey OHLThe Ontario Hockey League (OHL) is one of three of the world’s top junior ice hockey leagues that constitute the Canadian Hockey League (the highest level of junior hockey in Canada), along with the Western Hockey League (WHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The league is for players between the ages of 15–20 and it operates with an Eastern and Western Conference under the Ontario Hockey Federation of Hockey Canada. Continue reading

The Western Hockey League

Mark Rivkin Hockey WHLIn this edition of the Mark Rivkin Hockey Review, we wanted to break down the Canadian Hockey League and take a look at the Western Hockey League, which has teams throughout Canada and in the US states of Oregon and Washington.

The Western Hockey League (WHL) is one of the world’s top junior ice hockey leagues, and along with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) it’s one of the leagues that constitute the Canadian Hockey League– the highest level of junior hockey in Canada. The WHL is based in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States, and teams play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. The winner moves ahead to play for the Memorial Cup, which is our nation’s national junior championship. Continue reading

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Recently we’ve been breaking down the junior ice hockey leagues around Canada, and in this edition Mark Rivkin Hockey will take a closer look at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which as we discussed in previous Rivkin Hockey posts joins the Western Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League to make up the Canadian Hockey League.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) is often referred to simply as “The Q”, and it’s the smallest of the three Canadian junior leagues in terms of number of teams. The QMJHL features a traditionally rapid and offensive style of hockey, and it’s known for producing more high-quality offensive players and goalies rather than defensive players. Continue reading

The Canadian Hockey League

Although every hockey fan knows about the NHL, many might not know that during the organization’s inception the nation to which the National Hockey League referred was Canada, and to this day ice hockey is our national sport and a favorite past time. Canada still produces some of the world’s finest hockey players, but on a global stage our nation no longer controls the reigns.

Many of today’s top Canadian players develop in the Canadian Hockey League, which is an umbrella organization that represents the three major junior ice hockey leagues in Canada. Continue reading