Becoming a Jet!
History of The Jets
On May 15, 2020, we announced a return to the city as a new expansion team for the 2020-21 season. The original Chilliwack Jets junior team played from 1965 to 1971 in the West Coast Junior Hockey League – the precursor to the PJHL – and won the league title in 1970. Thus, paying tribute to our roots, the Chilliwack Jets were reborn. The Jets have always strived to be a staple in the community of approximately 95,000 people, as well as an integral part of our region, the Fraser Valley.
Philosophy of a Jet
We believe in developing hockey players on and off the ice, to become immersed in the community, committed to higher education, and overall complete all-rounded individuals. Being a Jet means that you believe in yourself and have creative thinking and vision, responsibility, and develop yourself socially in the community. Being a Jet also means believing in building character, appreciating compassion, and stimulating personal growth. Supporting team values, taking ownership of your own development and recognizing team strengths. As a program, we believe in helping those who truly want to help themselves. We aid in the pursuit of scholarships, part-time work, volunteer hours and knowledge of the game but the initiative must be there from the players.
The PIJHL is a premiere development league in BC. There have been numerous players in the PIJHL who have gone on to play Junior A, College and Professionally. The PIJHL is made up of 13 teams (Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, White Rock) playing in a 44 regular-season game schedule. The playoff champions from the PJHL will play the KIJHL and VIJHL champions along with the host city in a round-robin tournament called the Cyclone Taylor Cup to decide a provincial champion who will then take part in the Keystone Cup Western Canadian Championship. You should compare the teams you are interested in playing for in terms of their operations and history, not just their win-loss records. We feel you will find the Chilliwack Jets’ reputation to be at or near the top league-wide.
Soaring Junior “A” Jets
- Brayden Melnyk – Coquitlam Express / Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
- Reilley Kotai – Coquitlam Express / Langley Trappers (BCHL)
- Lucas Bourdon – Chilliwack Chiefs / Powell River Kings (BCHL)
- Drew Dorman – Chilliwack Chiefs / Merritt Centennials (BCHL)
- Jovan Malay – Dauphin Kings (MJHL) / Rockland Nationals (CCHL)
- Damian Metastasio – Melville Millionaires (SJHL)
Ice Time and Scheduling
The Jets practice 3-4 times a week including dryland/weight training. We play an average of two games per week with our home games on Sundays at 5:00 PM. All away games are within an hour’s travel from Chilliwack. Players are responsible for their own travel to most games, for games outside of closer city limits, the Jets travel in style in their own Charter bus.
Jets players will be provided with all outer equipment including pants, gloves and helmets. All under equipment is the responsibility of the player. Players provide their own sticks. The Chilliwack Jets also have their own skate sharpener.
Jets Home Games
Jets’ home games are always on Sundays and are action-packed and fun for families to enjoy. If you’ve never been to a Jets home game, you are really missing out on an exciting evening of hard-hitting hockey action. There are lots of prize giveaways every game, as well as numerous draw prizes to be won by entering program contests throughout the year. Every game, a Jr. Jet mini-game takes place, as we support the growth and development of younger hockey players in the community, and with over 180 kids signed up, we truly do help kids succeed in sport! The Jets’ newest addition is hosting Birthday Parties. Enjoy delicious pizza, player autographs, and a Birthday Present for whoever’s celebrating. After the game, some of the Jets players will come to the lobby and be available for fans to get autographs/pictures from the team.
The Jets are committed to promoting our players towards furthering their education with or without hockey. School-age players will be expected to maintain regular attendance in their respective high schools and maintain high academic grades. Chilliwack also houses a campus of the University of the Fraser Valley Trades, which offers university, transfer and credit courses. With many scholarships, bursaries, and grants available, we work with you and your education goals to succeed off the ice.
Soaring College/University Jets
- Carson Edigar – Concordia University (ACHA DIV I)
- Campbell Ens – Briercrest College (ACAC)
Jets Community Involvement
Community Involvement is a major component of our organization’s success. Commitment to our community through our players, coaches, volunteers, and partners is something our organization can be proud of. We are committed to a variety of non-profit organizations, elementary schools, indigenous programs, and sporting associations. We work diligently to create a long-lasting partnership with these organizations to assist them in their fundraising efforts and create awareness for them through various community events. It is imperative that each and every member of our team accepts the responsibility of being a Jet not only on the ice but off the ice.
WE PROUDLY SUPPORT & WORK WITH:
- Chilliwack Jr. Jets Society
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Little Heros Hockey Program
- Canadian Blood Services
- Chilliwack Salvation Army
- Hungry For Life Foundation
- Chilliwack Hospital Foundation
- Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce
- St.Johns Ambulance Canada
Jets Player Testimonials
- Zack Feaver – #27 (Assistant Captain 2022/23 Season)
“Coming to the Jets was one of the best choices I made in my hockey career. From the coaching staff, players, staff, and volunteers, it made my last year of hockey a very special one and I would do it all over again if I had the choice. The league and competition were great and to go on the playoffs run with the guys was a memory for a lifetime. I hope anyone who is looking for a spot to play next year chooses to try and play for the Jets as they won’t regret it!”
- Damian Metastasio – #24 (2022/23 Season)
Previous Jets Seasons
|20/21 Season||1||4||1||0||Season Cancelled|
|21/22 Season||30||13||1||0||5th Place (League)|
|21/22 Playoffs||0||4||–||–||Quarter Finals|
|22/23 Season||21||21||4||2||9th Place (League)|
|22/23 Playoffs||6||5||–||–||Conf. Semi-Finals|
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