Hockey Builder - Inducted 2000
Ed Chynoweth was one of the most progressive leaders in hockey and the first full-time President of the Western Canada Hockey League from 1972 to 1996; the name Ed Chynoweth was synonymous with Major Junior Hockey in Canada.
Recognized and credited as being one of the most influential persons in Canadian Major Junior Hockey, he was known for his commitment to Canada’s World Junior Hockey Team, the implementation of a Guaranteed Education Program in the Western Hockey League, and for reviving the World Junior Hockey Championships in Canada in which Canada won nine gold, one silver, and one bronze medal between 1982 - 1996.
Ed Chynoweth received the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League Distinguished Service Award in 1977 and 1983 and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Order of Merit in 1986. Ed Chynoweth retired from the top post of the CHL and WHL to become President and owner of the Edmonton Ice; which in 1998 became the Kootenay Ice of the WHL.
Ed Chynoweth received the Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Award in 2005 (celebrating 100 individual Albertans for their outstanding contributions to sport in Alberta during the past century). In May 2007, the WHL Championship Trophy was renamed the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Ed Chynoweth passed away April 22, 2008, and was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2008.