Calgary, AB. - It is with great sadness the Western Hockey League today announced that Ed Chynoweth, WHL
Chairman of the Board and President of the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club, passed away this morning in
Born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan, Chynoweth, 66, was the driving force behind the growth and development of
Major Junior Hockey throughout Canada over the past four decades. Chynoweth’s career in both the WHL
and the Canadian Hockey League spanned 37 years. He was appointed President of the WHL in 1972 and held
that position for 23 years before becoming the majority owner of a WHL expansion franchise in Edmonton in
1996. The franchise relocated to Cranbrook, British Columbia in 1998.
Chynoweth also played a major role in the game at the national level, serving as President of the CHL for 20
years from 1975 – 1995. During his tenure as CHL President, Chynoweth was instrumental in forming the
partnership between CHL and Hockey Canada in 1981 to oversee Canada’s National Junior Hockey
Team. The Hockey Canada and CHL partnership led to the formation of Hockey Canada’s Program of
Excellence and Canada’s dominance in International Hockey at the junior level.
Chynoweth, the WHL Chairman of the Board until his passing, has served in this capacity on two separate
occasions since 1996 and also has served as a member of the CHL Board of Directors.
“The WHL and the entire Canadian hockey community have lost a great leader today in Ed Chynoweth”, commented
WHL Commissioner, Ron Robison. “The success the WHL and our Member Clubs are experiencing today is a
direct result of the vision and leadership Ed Chynoweth provided to this League over the past 37 years.”
As President of the Kootenay Ice, Chynoweth together with his son Jeff, who is Vice-President and General
Manager, have operated one of the most successful franchises in the WHL, having recorded the top winning
percentage in the WHL over the past 10 years. The Kootenay Ice captured the WHL Championshiptwice
in 20, and went on to win the Memorial Cup National Championship in Guelph in 2002.
Ed’s son Dean was a defenseman with the Medicine Hat Tigers when they won back to back Memorial Cup
Championships in 19. In his capacity as CHL President in 1988, Ed had the privilege of
presenting his son Dean, as Captain of the Tigers, the Memorial Cup. Dean is enjoying a
successful WHL career currently serving as General Manager and Head Coach of the Swift Current Broncos.
Ed is also survived by his wife Linda of 45 years. Ed and Linda have resided in Calgary since
1976. Prior to moving to Calgary with the transfer of the WHL headquarters, Ed and Linda resided in
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later this week.