The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) is comprised of eight teams from Campbell River to Victoria. Our league play has comprised of a 48 game regular season schedule, plus play-offs. All games consist of a warm-up plus three twenty minute stop-time periods.
The League has been in operation since the mid-sixties, and has made tremendous strides over the last several years to focus on improving the skills of the game.
About the Cougars
All Cougars home games and all practices are in the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt.
In addition to pre-season, regular season, and play-off dates, the Cougars practice three times a week at regularly scheduled times. As soon as the league schedule is announced (generally in July) we then are able to provide our players with their full regular season hockey schedule, plus practice times. We believe this is significant, as it allows our players to position themselves to best integrate their hockey commitments with work and/or school demands. We believe that school work is critical, and support our players at every opportunity to meet and exceed their educational objectives.
The Cougars Home
The Cougars have an outstanding relationship with the Archie Browning Sports Center in Esquimalt, who clearly recognize the Cougars as the prime tenant in the facility. This has enabled us to step away from a minor hockey look & feel and offer our players the atmosphere of a true Junior hockey team.
Our home facility offers our players:
- Our home facility offers our players 4 permanent practice sessions each week and an off-ice program
- Our own year-round dressing room complete with individual player stalls and washer and dryer
- A year-round coaches office
- A year-round team office
No other VIJHL team in greater Victoria has their own permanent dressing room and team offices at their home facility.