Edmonton Chimos

The Edmonton Chimos were a professional women's ice hockey team in the Western Women's Hockey League (WWHL). The team played its home games at River Cree Twin Arenas in Edmonton, Canada. The Owner was Arlan Maschmayer.

Edmonton Chimos
CityEdmonton, Alberta
LeagueWestern Women's Hockey League
Founded1973 (1973)
Home arenaRiver Cree Twin Arenas
ColoursRed, White and Blue
General managerDee Bateman
Head coachJason Schmidt


The Chimos were founded in 1973[1] following ads looking for women in the Edmonton area who wanted to play hockey. By the 1980s, they had become the dominant women's team in Alberta, capturing every Alberta provincial championship, except for one, from 1982-1997. Representing Alberta at the Esso Canadian national championships 16 times in their history, the Chimos have captured the National title four times: 1984, 1985, 1992 and 1997. In 2001, the Chimos were approached to join the National Women's Hockey League, along with their provincial rival, the Calgary Oval X-Treme. They joined the league in 2002 with the Calgary Oval X-Treme and the Vancouver Griffins to form the NWHL's Western Division. The Griffins folded after only one season, leaving just the two Alberta teams. Consistently overmatched by their Calgary rivals, and lacking true competition in the NWHL as the West division did not fly east, the Alberta clubs broke away from the NWHL to help form the five team Western Women's Hockey League in 2004 before the two leagues were once again united under the NWHL banner in 2006. However, this was short lived as the NWHL and WWHL could not reach an agreement upon a playoff schedule. As a result, the merger was not consummated. With the collapse of the NWHL in the summer of 2007, the Western Women's Hockey League was once again a completely independent league. The goal of the new league is to promote women’s hockey in the west.[2]

For 2011-12 season, The Edmonton Chimos and Strathmore Rockies combined to form Team Alberta the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). The new team played in different locations in Alberta. The team became based out of both Calgary and Edmonton to accommodate all of western Canada's elite female players.[3][4][5] Team Alberta would later become the Calgary Inferno.


Year GP W L T GF GA Pts

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, Pts = Points.

Season standings

Year League Reg. Season Playoffs
2002-03 NWHL 3rd, Western Did not qualify
2003-04 NWHL 2nd, Western Did not qualify
2004-05 WWHL 3rd Lost in final round
2005-06 WWHL 2nd Lost in first round
2006-07 WWHL 2nd Lost in first round
2007-08 WWHL 4th Did not qualify
2008-09 WWHL 3rd Lost in first round
2009-10 WWHL 3rd Lost in first round
2010-11 WWHL 2nd no participation to playoff

Current roster

# Country Player Catches Age Acquired Former Team Hometown
1 Keely Brown L 43 Toronto Lady Blues - CIS Kitchener, Ontario
31 Kristen Sugiyama L 32 2010 Grant MacEwan Griffins - ACAC Edmonton, Alberta
# Country Player Shoots Age Acquired Former Team Hometown
6 Tegan Rose L 26 2010 St. Albert Slash - AMMFHL Gibbons, Alberta
9 Erin Duggan (C) R 36 2007 Yale Bulldogs - NCAA Beaumont, Alberta
12 Meaghan Mikkelson (A) R 34 2007 Canadian National Women's Team St. Albert, Alberta
14 Brittaney Maschmeyer R 30 2010 Syracuse Orange - NCAA Bruderheim, Alberta
17 Courtney Sawchuk (A) L 31 2010 St. Lawrence Skating Saints - NCAA Sherwood Park, Alberta
25 Taylor Williamson R 26 2010 Spruce Grove, Alberta
81 Kelsey MacMillan R 33 2009 Sherwood Park, Alberta
88 Tara Swanson L 30 2010 Wetaskiwin, Alberta
# Country Player Shoots Age Acquired Former Team Hometown
5 Kelly Godel R 30 2010 Edmonton Titans - NAFHA Hythe, Alberta
8 Mallory Matheson L 33 2008 NAIT Ooks - ACAC Binscarth, Manitoba
11 Jennifer Moe L 26 2010 Lloydminster Steelers - AMMFHL Bonnyville, Alberta
16 Lauren Chiswell L 32 2010 Grant MacEwan Griffins - ACAC Edmonton, Alberta
18 Chelsea Purcell (A) R 32 2010 Saskatchewan Huskies - CIS Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan
19 Kathy Yeats L 42 Coronation, Alberta
21 Lindsay Robinson R 33 2009 Alberta Pandas - CIS Edmonton, Alberta
24 Laura Dostaler R 28 2009 Fort Saskatchewan Juniors Beaumont, Alberta
27 Colleen Olson R 31 2008 Sherwood Park, Alberta
33 Britney Millar L 38 Mercyhurst Lakers - NCAA Kingston, Ontario
77 Manuela Hebel L 33 2010 Mannheim Kurpfalz Freising, Germany

[6][7] and[8]

Coaching staff


  • Head Coach: Jason Schmidt
  • Assistant Coach: Chip Sawchuk
  • Assistant Coach: Matt Appelt
  • Trainer: Pat Toner

Awards and honors

  • Colette Prefontaine, Best Goaltender, 1998 Esso National championships[10]

Scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point, goal, and assist scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed WWHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; G/G = Goals per game; A/G = Assists per game; * = current Chimos player

Note: Statistics kept since 2004.

See also


  1. Edmonton Chimos History, http://www.edmontonchimos.com/default.aspx?p=history
  2. Edmonton Chimos History, http://www.edmontonchimos.com/default.aspx?p=history
  3. John Down, Calgary Herald, CWHL expanding into Alberta this season, https://calgaryherald.com/sports/CWHL+expanding+into+Alberta+this+season/4644934/story.html
  4. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press, Canadian Women's Hockey League to add Calgary team and create one league, https://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5i35FFHWQg9G8fq3V_tmton8Cxn_A?docId=6614211
  5. Canadian Elite Women’s Hockey Moves West with League’s Expansion to Alberta, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2011-05-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. http://www.edmontonchimos.com/default.aspx?p=teamroster
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. http://www.edmontonchimos.com/default.aspx?p=coachingstaff
  10. "Alberta downs Ontario 3-2 in Overtime in Gold Medal Final to win 1998 Esso Women's Nationals Hockey Championship". Hockey Canada. March 22, 1998. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
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