Tuesday, December 18, 2018
There is no one in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) who has been as dedicated to Junior hockey than Bill and Mary Ohlhausen. The duo started with the league in 1995 and Bill has served in numerous executive positions over the years and Mary served as the league secretary. The pair worked for only about $1,000 per month out of their house in Okanagan Falls.
Under Ohlhausen’s guidance, the league grew from 10 to 20 teams, expanding to four (4) divisions instead of two (2) and made it one of the best Junior B leagues in the country.
After 23 years at the helm of the KIJHL, Bill and Mary stepped away from their roles in June 2018.
Ray Stonehouse has been involved in Junior B hockey for 40 years and is currently the president of the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL). He started with the league in 1980 when it was still called the West Coast Junior Hockey League.
During the time Stonehouse has been involved, he has seen many changes in the league, from a name change, to loosing/relocating teams and adding franchises. The league eventually expanded to 10 teams and converted to a two (2) conference system. Today, the league is comprised of 12 teams.
Stonehouse owned the PJHL Ridge Meadows Flames for 25 years before selling the team in 2005. As owner, his teams were successful, taking gold silver and bronze at Keystone Cups