TORONTO – The National Hockey League today announced a new two-year agreement with Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League to foster the continued growth of the Junior A game across the country through the CJHL's 10 member leagues and 133 teams.
The NHL will partner with Hockey Canada and the CJHL to grow the Junior A game through its trademark events -- World Junior A Challenge Evaluation Camps, the World Junior A Challenge and the CHL Prospects Game as well as CJHL coach development initiatives. The agreement also includes investing in the development of players, coaches and officials involved with Junior A hockey across Canada.
"The CJHL plays a vital role in developing players and providing national platforms to showcase their great on-ice product," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "We are pleased to continue a great relationship with the CJHL and its member clubs to enhance their prospect events and championship."
"The profile of Junior A hockey across Canada has grown considerably in recent years thanks in large part to the relationship between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League and the National Hockey League," said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. "We are thrilled this partnership will continue and Junior A's players and marquee events will continue to be showcased at the highest levels."
"The partnership among the CJHL, Hockey Canada and the NHL offers our players exceptional development and exposure and this renewal is important for the continued growth of Junior A hockey in Canada," said CJHL chairman Kirk Lamb.
In addition, the agreement will further a partnership with NHL Central Scouting, allowing scouts to get up-close-and-personal looks at the top Junior A talent in Canada while continuing to assist with player identification and development.
The agreement also involves branding and signage opportunities at CJHL events throughout the year.