VIJHL Applying for Junior A Status for 2023-24 Season

VIJHL Applying for Junior A Status for 2023-24 Season


The Junior B Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) has applied to BC Hockey asking to reclassify as a
Junior A league for the 2023-24 season.

If approved, the VIJHL (all 11 clubs) would transition to the Junior A level and adopt new operating standards.
The BCHL has chosen as of June 1 , 2023 to move towards independent hockey which has left a major hole in
sanctioned junior hockey programming in our province.

Recent meetings with BC Hockey and the three leagues (VIJHL, PIJHL, KIJHL) have assisted to get a better
understanding of the issues that need to be addressed and potential course of actions to remedy the concern.

The focus on the three leagues is to provide an avenue or pathway, that our BC born players can choose to follow
their hockey aspirations. All three Junior B Leagues continue to work collaboratively to assist in filling the void.

We are looking forward to further dialogue with BC Hockey on our application and our desire to further the growth of
grassroots junior hockey in our province.

VIJHL Executive Committee