Ed Chynoweth

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Ed Chynoweth
Born (1941-12-14)December 14, 1941
Died April 22, 2008(2008-04-22) (aged 66)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Nationality  Canada
Occupation President of the WHL (1972–95)
President of the CHL (1975–95)
Director of the CHL
Team owner (1995-his death)

Edward Chynoweth (December 14, 1941 – April 22, 2008) was the president of the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League for over 20 years each. He was also a league director, team owner, pioneer, and one of the most influential men in junior ice hockey in Canada.[1]

Chynoweth became the WHL'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.[2] Chynoweth also helped to form the CHL in 1972, bringing Canada's three major-junior leagues under one banner, and served as its president from 1975 until 1995.[1] Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch called Chynoweth "the architect of the Canadian Hockey League as we know it today."[2] In 1995, Chynoweth left his posts to form the expansion Edmonton Ice, now the Kootenay Ice. He remained the team's president and governor, as well as the WHL's chairman of the board, at the time of his death.[3]

Chynoweth died of kidney cancer in Calgary at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and two sons. Dean Chynoweth was a National Hockey League player, and head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters. Jeff Chynoweth is the general manager of the Calgary Hitmen.[1] Chynoweth is an ancient Cornish name.[4]

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.[3] 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.[5]

Chynoweth was posthumously inducted as a builder into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on November 10, 2008.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Major junior hockey pioneer Ed Chynoweth dies of cancer at age 66". Canadian Press. 2008-04-23. Archived from the original on May 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  2. ^ a b "FORMER WHL PRESIDENT CHYNOWETH PASSES AWAY". TSN. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  3. ^ a b "Ed Chynoweth Cup". Western Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  4. ^ White, G. Pawley, A Handbook of Cornish Surnames.
  5. ^ "CHL mourns passing of Ed Chynoweth". Soo Today. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  6. ^ "Hockey Hall of Fame Announces 2008 Inductees". Hockey Hall of Fame. 2008-06-17. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
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