After many years of playing in B.C., I’ve become familiar with the PJHL and the many call-ups I played with from there. This league has one crucial difference from the other Junior B leagues in the province.


The PJHL (or Pacific Junior Hockey League) has a huge benefit of being located in a prime location. While other Junior B leagues like the KIJHL or VIJHL are usually an extra trip for a scout, the teams of the PJHL are nestled nicely around Vancouver. This not only makes for a great travel schedule, but also for a close proximity to BCHL or WHL teams. Also too, players who are younger (15 and 16) will also have the advantage of being seen by NHL scouts who haunt the region.

All this being said, the level of play in the PJHL is really not that different than its provincial counterparts. Pacific Junior Hockey League players are usually the standard 18 – 20 years of age with elite 16 and 17 year-olds slipping in there too. It’s not surprising to see the odd 15 year-old play as well.

With only so many spots available on local BCMML teams, midget-aged players can turn to the PJHL as a viable alternative that will still get scouted. In fact, for local Junior A teams, this league can serve as nice development option for prospects they hope to recruit.

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Nick Olynyk is a Canadian junior hockey expert and author of the Junior Hockey Truth, a book series for parents of bantam and midget hockey players approaching junior hockey.