Who was Ed Chynoweth?

Ed Chynoweth

(Dec 14, 1941, Dodsand, SK – Apr 22, 2008, Calgary, AB) was the long time president of the Western Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League, a director of the CHL, team owner, pioneer, and one of the most influential men in junior ice hockey in Canada.

Chynoweth became the Western Hockey League’s first full-time president in 1972, a job he held until 1995, except for a brief stint as the general manager of the Calgary Wranglers in 1979–80. Chynoweth also helped to form the Canadian Hockey League in 1972; bringing Canada's three major junior leagues under one banner, and served as its president from 1975 until 1995. Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch called Chynoweth "the architect of the Canadian Hockey League as we know it today." In 1995, Chynoweth left his posts to form the expansion Edmonton Ice, now the Kootenay Ice. He remained the president and governor of the Kootenay Ice, capturing two WHL Championships and a Memorial Cup title in 2002. Chynoweth also served as WHL Chairman of the Board from 1996 -1998 and 2004-2008.

Chynoweth died of kidney cancer in April 2008 at the age of 66. Ed is survived by his wife Linda and two sons, Dean and Jeff. Dean Chynoweth is a former National Hockey League player, and is currently an assistant coach with the New York Islanders. Jeff Chynoweth is the general manager of the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League who have won three WHL Championships and a Memorial Cup National title since 2000.

Chynoweth was elected to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2007, the WHL renamed its championship trophy the Ed Chynoweth Cup in his honour. The Ed Chynoweth Trophy, awarded to the top scorer at the Memorial Cup tournament is named after him. Chynoweth was a member of the selection committee at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Chynoweth was posthumously inducted as a builder into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on November 10, 2008.