Forget about lockouts and salary disputes and get set for the Canadian Hockey League. Founded in 1975, the CHL consists of teams from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL). It might not be the NHL, but this is where pro dreams are made.
Not Familiar with these leagues? Here’s a primer on top teams and players:
QMJHL: SAINT JOHN SEA DOGS
League Top Scorer: Zach O’Brien, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, 50 goals
WHL: EDMONTON OIL KINGS
League Top Scorer: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans, 58 goals
OHL: LONDON KNIGHTS
League Top Scorer: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s, 52 goals
Must-see games Home Hardware
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
Jan. 16, 2013
Hosted by the Halifax Mooseheads, this game has the top 40 eligible NHL draft prospects facing each other in two teams coached by Bobby Orr and Don Cherry.
MasterCard Memorial Cup
May 17 to 26, 2013
It might not be Lord Stanley’s Cup, but the leading teams of all three leagues, along with 2013 host team Saskatoon
Blades, will compete for the CHL’s annual championship.
CATCH THE ACTION Rogers Digital
TV subscribers can watch CHL games all season long. Catch action from each league, plus Memorial Cup and other tournament matches. Sportsnet carries the Friday Night Hockey brand, which features a CHL game of the week each Friday night. Check sportsnet.ca for the broadcast schedule.