J Ice Hockey League

31st season of J-League hockey kicks off in September!

Calling lovers of the ice of (almost) all levels! If you’ve been looking for that opportunity to hit the ice and play Canada’s game with balanced, drafted teams in a fun, competitive community environment, then it’s time to register for the JCC Ice Hockey League (aka the J-league).

The J-league, which has been around since 1987, is a 9-10 team, fall/winter community ice hockey league that organizes its teams via an annual draft. The draft system, a big part of what makes the J-league so different than almost every other adult rec league, allows players, friends and family of all levels the chance to play together and contribute equally to each game.

“The teams are built in the draft every season and the team that wins it all is the one that finds the best chemistry and gets the most out of each player, no matter what level they are,” said league coordinator, Kyle Berger. “Every player has a counterpart of a similar level on the other team. So whoever plays best, wins! The last two seasons we have seen all four top seeds get bounced out of the first round of the playoffs because parity is king in this league.”

Although no guarantees can ever be made, the league does make a priority of getting family members and friends together as much as possible, as long as it doesn’t compromise the draft. However, Berger explained, the constant change of rosters each season is part of what makes the league so popular. “Every season you might be playing against your past line-mate or you might be lining up alongside your previous rival. This is the only league where two teams will play each other, then have a beer together after the game because everyone gets to know each other.

Regular season games take place every Sunday evening with set prime-time ice, which is another benefit over other leagues that have random schedules. The season starts in September and runs through April, playoffs included.

Registration is currently open for all returning players, with new player registration opening July 11. Spaces will be limited. Contact kyle@jccgv.bc.ca for more information.