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Rating The Junior Hockey Leagues – Canada Junior B 2023 Edition

The criteria that was used in rating these six leagues, was how do teams within the leagues compare when developing players who move on to the NHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL, NCDC, and Canada Junior A, or Canadian University hockey programs. The size of the league as in number of teams was also taken into account for depth of player talent throughout the league. The level of promotion of commitments was also taken into account for this particular rating.

1. GOJHL

The GOJHL once again is Canada’s leader in Junior B player development. Its relationship with the OHL for developing prospects simply sets it apart and above all others. This league is loaded with talent from the OHL, and they do a good job at recruiting from AAA and Junior A over age players as well. The GOJHL is Canada’s top Junior B league.

2. KIJHL

The KIJHL finishes second once again. Every year the league is making improvements, and every year players are seeing the value in the KIJHL.

3. EOJHL

Noticeable improvements in league perception were marked by the increased level of player interest the last two years. Moving away from the CCHL2 brand was very smart, and now the league is developing players that can move up throughout Ontario.

4. PJHL

The PJHL has similar problems to the VIJHL only with a better player pool. Visibility just isn’t there. Not enough marketing of players takes place to really see it as a viable development option for more than a few potential locals.

5. VIJHL

The VIJHL continues to have issues to deal with in player promotion, but a lot of that has to deal with their geography. The level of play is good, and the coaching is solid. Visibility is simply not there and more attention needs to be paid to promotion of players.

6. HJHL

The Heritage Junior Hockey League has essentially fallen off the map. They simply have no clue how to generate interest from scouts and higher level programs.

Next week TJHN will publish the Top 20 list of all leagues combined.

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