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.

NHL ReactionEdit

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).


Canadian Hockey Association 2015-16 Season

Organizational StructureEdit

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
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Divsion Halifax Schooners Halifax schooners 2015 Halifax, NS Scotiabank Centre Theodore Carrozzi Carl Lanthier
Moncton Loggers Moncton loggers Moncton, NB Moncton Coliseum Anthony Sumier Kelly McCurry
Quebec City Citadelles Quebec citadelles Quebec City, PQ Videotron Centre Troy Day Greg Murray
St. John's Rock Stjohn s rock St. John's, NL Mile One Centre Samuel St-Pierre Antoine Bouchard
Saint Johns Vikings Vikings Saint Johns, NB Harbour Station Jonathan Lamothe Felix-Andre Rondeau
Central Division Hamilton Gladiators Rome gladiators Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre Chad Pelyk Chris Timmins
Kitchener Renegades Ottawa renegades Kitchener, ON Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex Bobby Lamb Kent Irwin
London Monarchs Charlottetown monarchs London, ON Budweiser Gardens Eric Holder Tyler Gaudes
Mississauga Warriors Warriors Mississauga, ON Hershey Centre Turner Hyman Jamie Finn
Windsor Machine Windsor machine Windsor, ON WFCU Centre Mitch Williams T.J. Leier
Western Conference
Midwest Division Brandon Buffalo Brandon buffalo Brandon, MB Westman Place Austin Findley Antoine Boulay
Lethbridge Outlaws Lethbridge outlaws Lethbridge, AB Enmax Centre Jake Randell Carson Quinn
Red Deer Prospects Red deer prospects Red Deer, AB Enmax Centrium Kirk Walters Graeme Prcevich
Regina Mounties Regina mounties Regina, SK Brandt Centre Sawyer Lazowski Antoine Fortin
Saskatoon Stallions Saskatoon stallions Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre Adam Horne Liame Lachance
Pacific Division Abbotsford Griffins Abbotsford griffin Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre Andrew Deslauriers Shayne Baker
Kamloops Rockies Kamloops rockies Kamploos, BC Sandman Centre Brenden Laforce Ben Olsen
Kelowna Moose Kelowna moose Kelowna, BC Prospera Place Keven Laflamme Justin Nemisz
Price George Wolves Prince george wolves Price George, BC CN Centre Ross Nichols Marc-Andre Lacroix
Victoria Skyhawks 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.

Broadcasting Contracts (Television)
Broadcaster Broadcast Details

Region: TSN1 ( British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon), TSN3 ( Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut), TSN4 (Ontario), TSN5 (Quebec, and Atlantic Canada)
Cable: Most Canadian Cable Systems
Satellite: Bell TV, Shaw Direct

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
Cable: Cogeco Cable, Rogers Cable
Satellite: Shaw Direct

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
Cable: Shaw Cable
Satellite: Shaw Direct, Bell TV
IPTV: Telus Optik TV

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
Cable: Rogers Cable, EastLink TV, SaskTel Max, Vidéotron Illico
Satellite: Shaw Direct, Bell TV
IPTV: Telus Optik TV, Bell Aliant IPTV

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.


Region: Quebec
Cable: Videotron
Satellite: Bell TV

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.

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