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:

  • 1983-1984  Founding Year
  • 1984-1985  CJHL Semi-Finalists
  • 1985-1986  CJHL Challenge Cup, Provincial Champions
  • 1986-1987 CJHL Finalists
  • 1987-1988 CJHL Challenge Cup, CJHL Founders Cup, Provincial Silver Medalists
  • 1988-1989 CJHL Challenge Cup
  • 1989-1990 CJHL Challenge Cup
  • 1994-1995 CJHL Founders Cup
  • 1995-1996 CJHL Challenge Cup, Provincial Champions, Western Canadian Silver Medalists
  • 1996-1997 CJHL Challenge Cup (36-0-0 season), Founders Cup
  • 1997-1998 CJHL Founders Cup, Provincial Silver Medalists
  • 1998-1999 Provincial Semi-Finalist
  • 2004-2005 CJHL Founders Cup

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.


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