Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Timeline of BCHL Franchises:


In case you've ever wondered how your favourite BCHL team wound up where it is today or what the franchise lineage is, here you go.

I've used websites like HockeyDB, Elite Prospects and Paul C. Beugeling's excellent site at http://members.shaw.ca/vernonfranchise/index.html to piece together a timeline of each BCHL franchise.

What the list shows is that Merritt is currently the BCHL's longest continuously run franchise - barely. If Penticton hadn't disbanded midway through the 1989-90 season, then it would have been run continuously since the league formed as the Okanagan-Mainline Junior Hockey League  in 1961 and if Nanaimo hadn't moved to Esquimalt for the 1982-83 season, then it would have been operating in its current city longer than Merritt. 

So as it stands, the longest continuously run franchises in their current locations are Merritt, Vernon and Nanaimo. 

This list starts with those three and moves onto the current franchises (in no particular order) and then defunct franchises after that.

Any additions or corrections are welcome, please just leave them in comments section below.

Kamloops Jr. Rockets (1961-64) → Kamloops Kraft Kings (1964-67) → Kamloops Rockets (1967-73) → White Rock Centennials (1973-74) → Merritt Centennials (1973-85) → Merritt Warriors (1985-87) → Merritt Centennials (1987-present)

Vernon Lakers (1980-83) Vernon Rockets (1983-84) Vernon Lakers (1984-96) Vernon Vipers (1996-Present)

Nanaimo Clippers (1972-82) Esquimalt Buccaneers (1982-83) Nanaimo Clippers (1983-Present) 

New Westminster Royals (1967-71), (1981-83), (1988-91) Surrey Eagles (1991-96) South Surrey Eagles (1996-2003) Surrey Eagles (2003-Present)

Langley Lords (1973-76) Langley Thunder (1976-79), (1993-98) Langley Hornets (1998-2006) Westside Warriors (2006-12) West Kelowna Warriors (2012-Present)

Richmond Sockeyes (1979-90) Chilliwack Chiefs (1990-2006) Langley Chiefs (2006-11) Langley Rivermen (2011-Present)

Cowichan Valley Capitals (1980-84) Sidney Capitals (1984-86) Juan De Fuca Whalers (1986-88) Cowichan Valley Whalers (1988-89) Cowichan Valley Capitals (1989-90), (1993-Present)

Langley Eagles (1981-87)
Chilliwack Eagles (1987-89) Ladner Penguins (1989-90) Bellingham Ice Hawks (1990-96) Trail Smoke Eaters (1996-Present)

Delta Flyers (1985-88)
Powell River Paper Kings (1988-98) Powell River Kings (1998-Present)

Penticton Panthers (1990-2004) Penticton Vees (2004-Present)

Victoria Warriors (1990-93) Victoria Salsa (1993-2006) Victoria Grizzlies (2006-Present)

Royal City Outlaws (1993-96)
Prince George Spruce Kings (1996-Present)

Quesnel Millionaires (1996-2011)
Chilliwack Chiefs (2011-Present)

Burnaby Bulldogs (1998-2002)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs (2002-Present)

Coquitlam Express (2001-2005)
Burnaby Express (2005-2010) Coquitlam Express (2010-Present)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks (2001-Present)


Kelowna Buckaroos (1961-83)
Summerland Buckaroos (1983-88)

Penticton Jr. Vees (1961-63)


Vernon Canadians (1961-62) → Vernon Blades (1962-67) → Vernon Essos (1967-73) → Vernon Vikings (1973-78)
Vernon Canadians (1978-79)

Penticton Broncos (1964-75)
Penticton Vees (1975-79) Penticton Knights (1979-89)

Victoria Cougars (1967-71)


Vancouver Centennials (1969-72)
Vancouver Villas (1972-73)

Chilliwack Bruins (1970-76)
Maple Ridge Bruins (1976-77) Revelstoke Bruins (1977-79) Revelstoke Bruins/Rockets (1979-80) Revelstoke Rockets (1980-83) Revelstoke Rangers (1983-85)

Bellingham Blazers (1972-75)
Maple Ridge Blazers (1975-76) Bellingham Blazers (1976-78) Bellingham Ice Hawks (1978-80) Vancouver Jr. Canucks (1980-81) Vancouver Blue Hawks (1981-82) Burnaby Blue Hawks (1982-85)

Abbotsford Flyers (1976-85)
Abbotsford Falcons (1985-88)

Kamloops Braves (1976-77)
Kamloops Chiefs (1977-78) Kamloops Rockets (1978-79)

Chilliwack Colts (1978-80)


Delta Suns (1978-79)


Nor Wes Caps (1979-81)


Coquitlam Comets (1980-81)


Shuswap/Salmon Arm Totems (1982-83)
Shuswap Totems (1983-84) Salmon Arm Totems (1984-85) Salmon Arm/Shuswap Blazers (1985-86)

Kelowna Packers (1985-89)
Kelowna Spartans (1989-95)

Salmon Arm Tigers (1987-89)


Williams Lake Timberwolves (2002-07), (2009-10)


Cities Represented (35): 

Shuswap/Salmon Arm 1982-86, 1987-89, 2001-Present
Coquitlam 1980-81, 2001-05, 2010-Present
Alberni Valley (Port Alberni) 2002-Present
Chilliwack 1970-76, 1978-80, 1990-2006, 2011-Present
Victoria 1967-71, 1990-Present
Penticton 1961-63, 1964-89, 1990-Present
Powell River 1988-Present
Langley 1973-79, 1981-87, 1993-Present
Merritt 1973-Present
Trail 1996-Present
Vernon 1961-79, 1980-Present
Cowichan Valley/Juan De Fuca (Duncan) 1980-84, 1986-90, 1993-Present
Westside/West Kelowna 2006-Present
Nanaimo 1972-82, 1983-Present
South Surrey/Surrey 1991-Present
Prince George 1996-Present
Williams Lake 2002-07, 2009-10
Burnaby 1982-85, 1998-2002, 2005-10
Quesnel 1996-2011
New Westminster 1967-71, 1981-83, 1988-91, 1993-96
Kelowna 1961-83, 1985-95
Delta 1978-79, 1985-88
Ladner 1989-90
Bellingham 1972-75, 1976-80, 1990-96
Sidney 1984-86
Vancouver 1969-73, 1980-82
Nor Wes (Vancouver) 1979-81
Richmond 1979-90
Kamloops 1961-73, 1976-79
Abbotsford 1976-88
Esquimalt 1982-83
Maple Ridge 1975-77
Revelstoke 1977-85
Summerland 1983-88
White Rock 1973-74

1 comment:

  1. I'll bet that took more than a few minutes to put together ..... thanks

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