CPJHL season off and running, league looking for more success in Year 3

by Matt Mackinder

As the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League kicked off its third season a few weeks back, there is once again encouraging optimism and confidence surrounding the CPJHL.

With nine teams this season, including eight in Ontario – Brampton Royals, Coldwater Ice Wolves, Essa Stallions, Grey Highlands Hawks, Muskoka Anglers, Scarborough Wexford Raiders, Seaforth Generals, Smiths Falls Settlers – and one in Quebec – Maniwaki Mustangs – the CPJHL is off and running and building on the first two seasons to achieve even greater success this season, both on and off the ice.

“We have nine solid teams this season with very solid ownership all the way around,” said CPJHL president Stephane Laveault. “Every team has a very high-quality coaching staff and players that have shown they believe the CPJHL is the league that will develop them and take them to the next level of hockey. Whether that is higher levels of junior hockey, college hockey or professional hockey, I am confident in all nine teams always doing what’s best for each player.

“Sure, every team wants to win a championship at the end of the season, but why we do what we do is to push these kids, move them on, see them chase their dreams.”

Over the summer as teams began to announce player signings, one noticeable aspect that came to light was how most teams were able to sign American players from south of the border, as well as Canadian standouts from Western Canada and numerous players from overseas.

“When you look at our rosters, we are truly a diverse league, and that’s very exciting,” Laveault said. “It’s no longer just local players from Ontario coming here, which we still have many. 

“Our league is on the radars on scouts and advisors all over the world and we have players choosing our league that maybe had options with other leagues in North America, but once they did their research and saw what we can offer in all areas of the game, I think it made the decision to come here a very easy one.”