The Canadian Hockey Association (CHA) was founded by promoters Ken Neil and Michael Westfall. The premise of the CHA is a Canadian-based hockey league with teams located in cities without NHL teams. In fall of 2011, the Neil and Westfall officially founded the CHA and quickly hired former hockey executive Peter J. Higgs as league commissioner. Higgs was the 1997-98 Executive of the Year in the CHL. Over the next three years, the trio traveled across Canada recruiting franchise owners. In 2014, the CHA announced that it would begin in 2015 with twenty teams, each having paid a $7,500,000 (CDN) franchise fee (payable to the league over multiple year terms). The League has major sponsorship deals with the Labatt Brewing Company and Canadian Tire and has television deals with TSN along with some smaller regional broadcasters.
In late 2011 the NHL declined to negotiate a transfer agreement with the CHA.
Early after the start of the inaugural 2015-2016 season, league officials announced that were working to finalize expansions plans for the 2016-2017 season. League Commissioner Peter Higgs said through media reports that the league intended to award one new franchise to each of the four divisions: Laval (Atlantic), Kingston (Central), Medicine Hat (Midwest) and Chilliwack (Pacific).
The Board of Directors is the ruling and governing body of the league, much like the NHL's Board of Governors. Each team is a member of the league, and each member appoints a Director (usually the owner of the club), and an alternate to the Board. The Board of Directors exists to establish the policies of the league, and to uphold its constitution.
The chief executive of the league is Commissioner Peter J. Higgs. The principal decision makers who serve under the authority of the commissioner include:
- Deputy Commissioner: Ken Neil
- Executive VP & CFO: Robert Lynch
- Chief Operating Officer: Michael Westfall
- Executive VP & Director of Hockey Operations: Martin Coudert
The CHA consists of 20 teams. The CHA divides the 20 teams into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Each conference is split into two divisions: the Eastern Conference contains 10 teams (five per division) and the Western Conference has 10 teams (five per division).
List of teamsEdit
|Division||Team||Logo||City/Area||Arena||General Manager||Head Coach|
|Atlantic Divsion||Halifax Schooners||Halifax, NS||Scotiabank Centre||Theodore Carrozzi||Carl Lanthier|
|Moncton Loggers||Moncton, NB||Moncton Coliseum||Anthony Sumier||Kelly McCurry|
|Quebec City Citadelles||Quebec City, PQ||Videotron Centre||Troy Day||Greg Murray|
|St. John's Rock||St. John's, NL||Mile One Centre||Samuel St-Pierre||Antoine Bouchard|
|Saint Johns Vikings||Saint Johns, NB||Harbour Station||Jonathan Lamothe||Felix-Andre Rondeau|
|Central Division||Hamilton Gladiators||Hamilton, ON||FirstOntario Centre||Chad Pelyk||Chris Timmins|
|Kitchener Renegades||Kitchener, ON||Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex||Bobby Lamb||Kent Irwin|
|London Monarchs||London, ON||Budweiser Gardens||Eric Holder||Tyler Gaudes|
|Mississauga Warriors||Mississauga, ON||Hershey Centre||Turner Hyman||Jamie Finn|
|Windsor Machine||Windsor, ON||WFCU Centre||Mitch Williams||T.J. Leier|
|Midwest Division||Brandon Buffalo||Brandon, MB||Westman Place||Austin Findley||Antoine Boulay|
|Lethbridge Outlaws||Lethbridge, AB||Enmax Centre||Jake Randell||Carson Quinn|
|Red Deer Prospects||Red Deer, AB||Enmax Centrium||Kirk Walters||Graeme Prcevich|
|Regina Mounties||Regina, SK||Brandt Centre||Sawyer Lazowski||Antoine Fortin|
|Saskatoon Stallions||Saskatoon, SK||SaskTel Centre||Adam Horne||Liame Lachance|
|Pacific Division||Abbotsford Griffins||Abbotsford, BC||Abbotsford Centre||Andrew Deslauriers||Shayne Baker|
|Kamloops Rockies||Kamploos, BC||Sandman Centre||Brenden Laforce||Ben Olsen|
|Kelowna Moose||Kelowna, BC||Prospera Place||Keven Laflamme||Justin Nemisz|
|Price George Wolves||Price George, BC||CN Centre||Ross Nichols||Marc-Andre Lacroix|
|Victoria Skyhawks||Victoria, BC||Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre||Shawn Fitzgerald||Kohen Pilon|
Television and MediaEdit
The CHA reached broadcasting agreements with both national and local broadcasters. Although terms of the deals were not publicized, they are widely considered to be more favorable for the television networks as the league is in it's infancy.
Region: TSN1 ( British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon), TSN3 ( Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut), TSN4 (Ontario), TSN5 (Quebec, and Atlantic Canada)
TSN's live coverage broadcast package consists of 90+ regular season games and exclusively through-out play-off's. Each broadcast region (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 & TSN5) has been designated 24 divisional games each. The deal is for 1-year plus an option year.
Region: Greater Toronto Area
CHCH's package is a Game-of-the-week style package that includes 24 live broadcast games, 18 of which will be games of the Hamilton Gladiators. The deal is for 1-year plus an option year.
Region: Victoria, BC + Metro Vancouver
CHEK's package is a Game-of-the-week style package that includes 24 live broadcast games, 18 of which are games of the Victoria Skyhawks. The deal is for 1-year plus an option year
Region: Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Saskatchewan
CJON (NTV) package is a Game-of-the-week style package that includes 24 live broadcast games, 18 of which are games of the St. John's Rock. The deal is for 1-year plus an option year.
V's package is a Game-of-the-week style package that includes 24 live broadcast games. All games are those of the Quebec City Citadelles. The deal is for 1-year plus an option year.