St. Albert Merchants History
The St. Albert Junior B Merchants are based in the City of St. Albert, a city of approximately 60,00 population located on the northwest border of Edmonton. They play in the 14-team Capital Junior Hockey League (CJHL), composed of teams in and around the Edmonton area. Home games for the 38-game regular season are played out of the Akinsdale Arena, in St. Albert. Travel is minimal, as the remaining 19 away games are all within a short driving distance from St. Albert. Opposing teams in the CJHL consist of Morinville, Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, Strathcona, Leduc, Wetaskiwin, Stony Plan, Spruce Grove, Beaumont and four Edmonton teams.
Founded in 1983, the Merchants have been one of the most successful Junior Hockey Clubs in the CJHL. A listing of their accomplishments:
The Merchants have implemented a hockey program that is developmental, competitive and recreational - a program where players can develop hockey and life skills in harmony while maintaining a competitive brand of hockey with recreational value. It offers a stable and supportive junior hockey program where the players can live at home and play competitive junior hockey, yet be able to work, go to school or attend any other academic institution. Practices are twice a week, usually Monday and Thursday evenings. These times are arranged to have minimal conflict with player educational and career opportunities. The Merchants Junior Hockey Club is proud that many of their players continue on in hockey once their Junior experience has been fulfilled. The St. Albert Merchants are a supporter of post secondary education and as such make available bursaries to qualifying players through our very own Alumni Scholarship Program.