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BREAKING: Over 100 Players Suspended in Hockey League Ruling

Published January 25, 2024 at 1:10 PM
BY DAWSON MCKENZIE

In breaking news, this junior hockey league has just cancelled the season for 5 teams after their owners made a controversial move earlier this year.

Alberta Junior Hockey League Cancels Season for Five Teams Who Defected



Junior hockey drama has been making headlines for the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) over the last week, as five teams from the AJHL decided to defect and join the BCHL next season.

As a result, the AJHL has just announced that it will cancel the remainder of the seasons for those 5 teams, effectively suspending over 100 players from playing again this year.


Here is the full statement from the AJHL on the decision.

AJHL Schedule Update

We continue to evaluate the best path forward after reviewing Saturday's BCHL announcement that five of our teams have decided, in the middle of our current season, to leave the AJHL to play unsanctioned hockey beginning in the
2024-25 season.

We are responding by taking steps to protect the competitive integrity of the AJHL and CJHL playoff system and to ensure the safety of our players and officials. To this end, until further notice, we have cancelled all upcoming games scheduled to be played between these five defecting teams and the remaining eleven teams at the core of our league. Games previously scheduled among these eleven teams will continue as scheduled. Out of respect for the players on the five defecting teams, we will allow scheduled games among these clubs to proceed.

We are working diligently with our partners - including the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada - to find a resolution to this unusual situation created by the five defecting teams and the BCHL and will provide further updates as decisions are made.

The AJHL's stated vision is to create an environment that inspires trust and confidence among our organizations, athletes, fans, partners and stakeholders. We continue to be the premier developmental league in Canada for student-athletes striving to capitalize on their athletic and academic abilities. We are disappointed by the recent announcement but look forward to providing our fans with more exciting AJHL hockey in the months and years ahead.

The AJHL is definitely in a tricky position as these teams reportedly blindsided the league with their decision, however, the move to cancel their seasons effectively punishes the players who had no say in the matter.

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