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The Noralta Junior Hockey League is a Junior "C" ice hockey league in Alberta, Canada, sanctioned by Hockey Canada, under Alberta Hockey. It currently has 13 teams throughout the greater Edmonton area.
|Former name(s)||North Central Junior Hockey League (1992-2003)|
|No. of teams||13|
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.
|Morinville Super C's||Morinville|
|New Sarepta Blades||New Sarepta|
|NorthEast Zone Northstars||Edmonton|
|Sherwood Park Renegades||Sherwood Park|
|St. Albert Comets||St. Albert|
|SouthWest Zone Ice Kings||Edmonton|
|SouthWest Zone Oil Kings||Edmonton|
- Beaumont Braves
- Calahoo (1996–99)
- Drayton Valley (1995-xx)
- Edmonton Braves (1995-xx)
- Edmonton Capitals (1997-xx)
- Edmonton Ice
- Edmonton Firebirds
- Fort Saskatchewan Traders (2007-2017)
- Legal (1996–97)
- Millet Lightning
- Morinville Titans
- Oil Capital Blades (2000-xx)
- Oil Capital Wildcats (2000-xx)
- Paul Band (1996–99)
- Seera Stealth
- Strathcona Sabres (~2002-2008)
- SWZ Sentinels
- Thorhild (1995–97)
- Wabamun Wings
Alberta Jr. C Provincial Champions
The champion and two runners-up compete against the top three teams of the Calgary Junior C Hockey League for the Provincial Junior "C" title.
- "Provincials". Hockey Alberta. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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