Chynoweth a le­gend in ma­jor-ju­nior hockey

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY + REGION - ROB VAN­STONE

Ed Chynoweth raised the pro­file of ma­jor-ju­nior hockey to on­ce­u­nimag­in­able heights.

Early in his 20-plus-year ten­ure as pres­i­dent of the Western Hockey League, Chynoweth as­sumed a dual role as pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Hockey League — an al­liance of the three ma­jor-ju­nior leagues.

In the early years of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, Chynoweth — who was born in Dod­s­land and grew up in nearby Coleville — was based in Saska­toon. The league’s head of­fice moved to its present home of Cal­gary in 1976.

While based in Al­berta, Chynoweth worked on be­half of the CHL in a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cana­dian Ama­teur Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion (now Hockey Canada) to es­tab­lish the foun­da­tion of a na­tional team that would com­pete at the world ju­nior hockey cham­pi­onship.

In 1995, Chynoweth stepped down as the WHL’s pres­i­dent to found an ex­pan­sion team, the Ed­mon­ton Ice. The team even­tu­ally moved to Cran­brook, B.C., and was re­named the Koote­nay Ice. The Ice won WHL ti­tles in 2000 and 2002, and cap­tured the Memo­rial Cup in the lat­ter year.

The WHL an­nounced in May of 2007 that its cham­pi­onship tro­phy would be re­named the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

Chynoweth was 66 when he died on April 22, 2008, fol­low­ing a twoyear bat­tle with kid­ney can­cer. At the time, he was the chair­man of the WHL’s board of gov­er­nors.

Later in 2008, Chynoweth was in­ducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame — a shrine to which he had con­trib­uted as a long-time mem­ber of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. As we cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day in 2017, the Leader-Post and StarPhoenix are telling the sto­ries of 150 Saskatchewan peo­ple who helped shape the na­tion. Send your sug­ges­tions or feed­back to sask150@ post­media.com.

Van­cou­ver Giants owner Ron Toigo, left, ac­cepts the Memo­rial Cup from Ed Chynoweth, the long­time WHL and CHL pres­i­dent, in 2005.

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