The Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey League completed its 22nd year of operation in 2017-18 with 25 teams and more than 400 athletes competing. From its beginning in 1996, the League has prospered with more female athletes playing high school hockey, and more teams entering the League. The caliber of hockey skills and the level of competition have also significantly increased.
In the early years, the League’s championship team could be determined by round-robin tournament. However as teams increased, the League established two divisions in order to provide for greater parity for competing teams, and with two divisions, division playoffs were also introduced. When Division 2 was established, for the first two seasons the championship was awarded to the team that finished in first place. Beginning with the 2004-2005 season, however, a similar format was used in both Divisions with a best of three playoff series including a qualifying round (as needed), quarter-final, semi-final and final series rounds. In 2016-17 a third division was established to accommodate growth as well as competitive and developmental programs.
Over the seasons, teams were placed in divisions by a variety of means from using the teams’ previous season’s performance to allowing teams to declare their division prior to season start. Our current practice is to hold a mandatory Pre-Season Division Alignment Tournament, which in addition to the coaches declaration, provides the League an opportunity to review rosters and performance and better establish the best placement within each division.
As both the interest in and support for women’s high school hockey continues to grow, we look forward to an even larger League as schools chose to provide another opportunity for their female athletes to compete in a sport they have come to love and to do so at a level where there is parity for all teams in the League.
|School Year||Teams||Finalists||League Champions|
|96-97||4||Vincent Massey||St. John’s Ravenscourt|
|97-98||10||Silver Heights||Oak Park|
|98-99||10||St. Norbert||Oak Park|
|99-00||11||Silver Heights||St. Norbert Collegiate|
|00-01||11||St. Norbert||St. Mary’s Academy|
|01-02||11||Silver Heights||St. Mary’s Academy|
|02-03||12||Oak Park||St. Mary’s Academy|
|03-04||15||St. Norbert||Dakota Collegiate|
|04-05||19||River East||St. Mary’s Academy|
|05-06||18||Shaftesbury||St. Mary’s Academy|
|06-07||18||Oak Park||St. Mary’s Academy|
|07-08||19||St. James||St. Mary’s Academy|
|08-09||20||Lord Selkirk||Oak Park High School|
|09-10||20||St. Mary’s Academy||Oak Park High School|
|10-11||23||St. Mary's Academy||Oak Park High School|
|11-12||23||College Jeanne Sauve||Balmoral Hall|
|12-13||23||College Louis Riel Voyageurs||Dakota Lancers|
|13-14||23||FRC Centurions||Dakota Lancers|
|14-15||23||St. Mary's Academy||Dakota Lancers|
|15-16||23||Kelvin Clippers||College Jeanne Sauve Olympiens|
|16-17||24||Shaftesbury Titans||Vincent Massey Trojans|
|17-18||25||Dakota Lancers||St. Mary's Flames|
Note: number of teams indicated reflects the # in the League in that year, not just the Division.
|School Year||Finalists||Division 2 Champions|
|03-04||River East Collegiate*|
|04-05||Miles Mac Collegiate||Stonewall Collegiate|
|05-06||Vincent Massey Collegiate||Kelvin High School|
|06-07||St. John’s-Ravenscourt||River East Collegiate|
|07-08||Balmoral Hall||Shaftesbury High School|
|08-09||Westwood Collegiate||Garden City Collegiate|
|09-10||Dakota Collegiate||Miles MacDonnell Collegiate|
|10-11||Fort Richmond Collegiate||West Kildonan Collegiate|
|11-12||River East Collegiate||College Louis Riel|
|12-13||St. Norbert Celtics||River East Kodiaks|
|13-14||Selkirk Royals||Westwood Warriors|
|14-15||Miles Mac Buckeyes||CLC Scorpions|
|15-16||Miles Mac Buckeyes||CSHC Huskies|
|16-17||JH Bruns Broncos||Garden City Gophers|
|17-18||Sanford Sabres||CSLR Renards|
Note: * awarded Championship based on regular season first place finish in the division.
|School Year||Finalists||Division 3 Champions|
|16-17||Glenlawn Lions||Sanford Sabres|
|17-18||Glenlawn Lions||KE Reivers|