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 History of the NJHL

In the spring of 1992, a large number of boys who were done playing Midget hockey wanted to know where they could play. The only place was men's commercial leagues or the so called "Beer Leagues" where they would play with 19 - 50 year old's. In conversation with Sherwood Park, St Albert & Edmonton the same question was being asked. These players did not want to play Junior A or B hockey because of the time commitment, physical demands or they were not good enough. That is when the late John Anderson and others brought the junior C program back to life. He is also credited with helping to form the Edmonton Royals Junior B program in 1986.

The 1992 - 93 season had teams from St Albert & Sherwood Park play games in a mini league. In the 1993 - 94 season Edmonton entered the league with the condition that there would be no contact. By Christmas of the 1994 - 95 season only two teams remained because of the no contact rule. Body contact & strict fighting rules were brought in for the 1995 - 96 season which attracted teams back. There were teams from Thorhild, Edmonton, St Albert & Drayton Valley that formed. Provincial play for the Junior C's started in the 1995 - 96 season with St Albert hosting a four-team provincial.

The North Central Alberta Junior C League was formed in the 1996 - 97 season. Teams from Calahoo, Morinville, Ft  Saskatchewan, Beaumont, Thorhild, Paul Band, Legal & Edmonton were playing or had played in the league. A few more teams had expressed interest in joining the league around that time as well.

On Jan 18 2001 the North Central Jr C Hockey league held its first annual All-Star Game in its 5th year of existence.

The league operated successfully with teams coming and going until the 2002 when the league was re-organized and then formed as a society in 2003 under the leadership of new and past volunteers. Noralta (NJHL) was formed. The league expanded to 10 teams in 2002 from 8 in 2001 and then to 13 in 2003.

In 2015 Noralta Junior Hockey League partnered with Friends of Alberta Junior Hockey Scholarships to provide hockey players with funds to continue on to higher education after high school while staying in competitive ice hockey. Since its inception the Scholarships has been given out on a yearly basis to many recipients.

 The league has come a long way since its reputation as the “Jungle". We have seen many skilled players come and go, mature into young men and go onto bigger and better things in their lives. We have also seen our alumni go into coaching and volunteer around the league and community. We thank the past and present volunteers as well as supporting organizations and associations who selflessly sacrifice their time for these young men.

 

League History
1992/93
The league started in 1992 with 2 team St Albert and Sherwood Park as a non-contact juvenille league, known as the North Central Junior Hockey League.
1993-94
The league expanded to three teams, St Albert, Sherwood Park and Edmonton. The league remained a non contact league.
1994/95
The league reduced to two teams.
1995/96
The league returned to full contact and the league expanded to four teams St Albert, Edmonton Braves (NEZ), Thorhild, Drayton Valley. The provincials were held in St Albert and Sexsmith was the winner.
1996/97
The league was reformed as the North Central Albert Junior Hockey League. The league expanded to eight teams consisting of Calahoo, Morinville Fort Saskatchewan, Beaumont, Thorhild, Paul Band, Legal and Edmonton. The provincials were held in Calgary with Calgary Southland the victors.
1997/98
In the 97/98 season there were 6 teams, Calahoo, Morinville, Beaumont Braves, St Albert Mustangs, Edmontn Capitals and Paul Band. The Beaumont Braves won the league championship and there were no provincials this season
1998/99

Calahoo and the Paul Band played their last season with the league. Morinville, Beaumont Braves and the St Albert Mustangs remainded with the league. The league executive were as follows:.


President
Steve Koval
Secretary
 Dorothy Mancharkowsy
League Governor
  Roman Berezowsky    
 
Final League Standings
Team Name
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
PTS
PIM
PIM/GM
Beaumont
20
13
6
1
136
89
27
310
15.50
Morinville
20
12
7
1
111
91
25
507
25.35
St Albert
20
11
8
1
141
111
23
480
24.00
Paul Band
20
10
10
0
106
101
20
396
19.80
Edmonton
20
6
13
1
92
148
13
902
45.10
Calahoo
20
6
14
0
67
111
12
893
44.65
 
Scoring Leaders Final Standings
Player Name Team GP G A PTS PIM
Trevor Bodnar Morinville 19 27 29 56 12
Pascal Bouchard Paul Band 18 23 27 50 18
Kevin Labbe Beaumont 14 16 28 44 10
Robert Smith Beaumont 17 20 21 41 2
Ian Kent Beaumont 10 19 22 41 9
Brad Smith Beaumont 17 18 20 38 12
Brad Farrants St Albert 19 14 24 38 18
Curtis Warwaruk Edmonton 10 22 14 36 28
Terrence Paul Paul Band 18 18 18 36 23
Cam Aldous Morinville 18 17 13 30 14
Mark Johnston St Albert 19 10 20 30 32
Brent Herfindahl St Albert 18 12 15 27 6
Adam Doering St Albert 10 8 19 27 97
Craig Trueman Calahoo 13 15 11 26 26
Mike Lamoureaux St Albert 18 15 11 26 63
Tyler Flockhart St Albert 17 16 12 28 18
Ty Ewen Beaumont 16 8 18 26 18
Chris Cairns Morinville 19 12 13 25 49
Mike Burton St Albert 17 16 8 24 8
Kevin Rahmans Edmonton 18 15 9 24 59
Robbie Rain Paul Band 16 14 10 24 16
Mark Johanson Beaumont 16 9 15 24 28
Will Squair Morinville 16 12 11 23 12
Sean Michaelchuk St Albert 18 9 14 23 20
Jonathan Letendre Paul Band 13 11 11 22 8
Chris Skrenek St Albert 18 10 12 22 26
Carl Mills Beaumont 16 13 8 21 32
Ryan Taylor Beaumont 17 7 14 21 24
Eric Manchakowsky St Albert 17 6 15 21 23
Charles Tower Edmonton 17 8 11 19 6
Nathan Peters Morinville 18 8 11 19 16
 
Playoff Summary
Semi Finals            
  St Albert 5 Morinville 2  
  Morinville 6 St Albert 4  
  St Albert wins series        
           
  Beaumont 13 Paul Band 5  
  Paul Band Defaults 2nd game    
             
Finals Beaumont 6 St Albert 4  
  St Albert 6 Beaumont 8  
  Beaumont wins league championship    
 
1999/2000
President
Steve Koval
Secretary
 Dorothy Mancharkowsy
League Governor
  Roman Berezowsky    
         
2000/2001
The North Central Juinor Hockey in their 5th season had the first Allstar Game in memory of John Anderson of the Southwest Zone. John passed away at the age of 54. John volunteered over 20 years in many capacities with minor and junior hockey
         
Final League Standings
Team Name
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
PTS
   
Morinville Super C's
24
17
5
2
169
101
36
   
SWZ Oil Kings
24
16
5
3
176
119
35
   
Beaumont Braves
24
13
9
2
131
124
28
   
Oil Capital Blades
24
13
9
2
139
100
28
   
St Albert Bruins
24
10
11
3
116
116
23
   
Oil Capital Wildcats
24
6
18
0
85
159
12
   
Ft Sask Mustangs
24
2
20
2
68
162
6
   
                   
Top Scorers
       
Player GP G A Pts PIM        
Trevor Bodnar 23 36 45 81 32        
Mike Cook 24 37 29 66 6        
Clint Millar 21 23 30 53 109        
Rob Smith 21 23 27 50 28        
Kyle Hill 23 31 19 50 24        
Cam Aldous 24 13 37 50 16        
Kevin Huot 20 25 22 47 80        
Chris Schulte 18 18 27 45 115        
Jason Maksymic 21 25 17 42 2        
Ricky Kephart 24 25 16 41 18        
                   
Top Goalies
       
Player MP GA W L T SO GAA    
Travis Sowers 849 50 10 3 1 2 3.53    
Mark Graham 679 41 6 3 1 0 3.62    
Steve Leroux 1140 74 11 6 2 0 3.89    
                   
2001/2002
President
Chris Hurley
Past President
Roman Berezowsky
League Governor
  John Burton    
                   
Final League Standings
North Division                  
Team Name
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
PTS
   
Beaumont Braves
24
15
5
4
150
102
34
   
Morinville Super C's
24
12
8
4
106
104
28
   
St Albert Bruins
24
7
15
2
102
136
16
   
Edmonton Wildcats
24
7
15
2
86
131
16
   
South Division                  
Team Name
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
PTS
   
Edmonton Blades
24
14
7
3
113
87
31
   
Edmonton Riveren
24
13
7
4
117
86
30
   
Edmonton Oil Kings
24
4
17
3
76
123
11
   
                   
Top Scorers
       
Player GP G A Pts PIM        
Rob Smith, Beaumont 21 19 28 47 10        
Shaun Hunter, Beaumont 23 26 21 47 78        
Eric Stevenson, Rivermen 24 21 23 44 54        
Mike Breckon, Oil Kings 23 17 26 43 6        
Brad Smith, Beaumont 22 16 25 41 6        
Craig Douglas, Oil Kings 24 20 20 40 52        
Kevin Huot, Morinville 21 24 14 38 51        
Scott Schauer, Rivermen 22 12 24 36 58        
Curtis Paniak, Oil Kings 19 13 21 34 126        
Dan Hubley, Blades 23 11 23 34 22        
Jon Marche, Beaumont 23 17 16 33 80        
Tyler Fix, Beaumont 22 14 17 31 14        
Jon Paton, Wildcats 23 14 16 30 38        
Ricky Kephart, Blades 23 17 12 29 22        
Nathan Papirny, Oil Kings 23 15 13 28 58        
Dustin Adolf, St Albert 24 6 22 28 27        
Blain Vandersteen, St Albert 21 13 14 27 4        
Kevin Borduzak, Morinville 23 14 13 27 20        
Dale Miles 23 8 19 27 41        
                   
Top Goalies
       
Player MP GA W L T SO GAA    
Ryan Mrochuk, Rivermen 632 32 7 2 1 2 3.04    
Randy Moon, Beaumont 880 54 11 2 2 0 3.68    
Steve Leroux, Blades 1200 76 12 7 1 0 3.80    
Ryan Simpson, Morinville 1031 66 9 5 4 1 3.84    
                   
2002/2003
The Noralta Junior Hockey League was incorporated on December 22, 2003
                   
President
Chris Hurley
Vice President
Doug Mrochuk
League Governor
  John Burton
Treasurer
Paula Paton
 
 
 

Former teams

Beaumont Braves
Calahoo (1996–99)
Drayton Valley (1995-)
Edmonton Braves (1995-)
Edmonton Capitals (1997-)
Edmonton Ice
Edmonton Firebirds
Fort Saskatchewan Traders (2007-2017)
Legal (1996–97)
Millet Lightning
Morinville Super C's
Oil Capital Blades (2000-)
Oil Capital Wildcats (2000-)
Paul Band (1996–99)
Seera Stealth (????-16)
Strathcona Sabres (~2002-2008)
SWZ Sentinels
Thorhild (1995–97)
Wabamun Wings



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