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The league held its AGM over the weekend where many things (including the schedule) were hammered out. The BCHL fell in line with many regulations from the CJHL event a few weeks back and adopted a number of rule changes. They are outlined in the release below:

The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) held its annual general meeting (AGM) June 5 to 7 in Richmond, B.C. and has confirmed solidarity from all clubs on issues regarding roster composition, player safety, scheduling and playoff structure.

Roster stability and reduction of player transactions are primary goals for the BCHL. Representatives of each club at the AGM strongly supported the league’s direction to keep players on the teams they are recruited to for the start of each season.

The league will continue following the Junior A Supplement document which determines discipline on dangerous hits and fighting. Players will be ejected from a game following a fight. The Supplement was created by the four western Junior A leagues and will be followed by all 128 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) teams across the 10 Junior A leagues next season.

The BCHL will continue with the same playoff format as this past season. Again, this will see best-of-seven playoff action in Rounds 1 and 2, a three-team round robin in Round 3 designed to eliminate one team and a best-of-seven Fred Page Cup final between the two teams surviving Round 3. Dates of game nights and structure of the best-of-seven series will be determined by competing playoff clubs when matchups are determined.

A Scheduling Committee was established that will meet during the 2014-15 regular season.  The committee’s mandate will be to review, establish guidelines and to make recommendations to the BCHL Board of Governors for consideration and possible implementation in preparation for the 2015 BCHL AGM scheduling sessions.  The Scheduling Committee is made up of governors and coaches from each of the three BCHL Divisions.

For the third-straight season, the Bauer BCHL Showcase will take place, running Sept. 19 to 21 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. All games played at the Showcase will count in the regular-season standings and a large contingent of NCAA coaches, professional scouts and Canadian university representatives are again expected to attend.

BCHL regular-season games will begin Friday, Sept. 26 and finish Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Congratulations are also in order for Chilliwack Chiefs governor Glen Ringdal who was named the 2014 BCHL Executive of the Year. Ringdal, whose career has seen him work for the B.C. Lions and Vancouver Canucks, is a tireless worker on the league’s Strategic Planning committee and has developed several valuable initiatives that will grow the BCHL brand into the future.

Talks on each team’s 2014-15 schedule are well underway and a final league grid should be in place before the end of June.

In short, a later, shorter season with the same amount of games. That’ll equal some busy busy weekends for some teams, the Kings included. As noted, the schedule will be out by the end of the month or early July, and I’d expect to see a handful of midweek games, both home and away.

 

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New Playoff Format for BCHL


As the season passes the quarter-mark, the BCHL is making public its playoff format for the 2014 post-season. It’s a drastic change from what hockey fans are used to at any level of the game, but gives a myriad of storylines and opportunities for some amazingly exciting hockey right through to the very end.

Here’s a rundown of what’s going on when March rolls around:

Round 1 (Division Semi-Final)
Series will be best of 7 and will pit 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd, with home ice advantage going to the higher seed. The only change here is that last season, this round was a best of 5 for the Island and Mainland divisions.

Round 2 (Division Final)
Another best of 7 with home ice for the higher seed. Again this was a best of 5 last year.

Round 3 (Division Winners Round Robin)
Cue the changes. The divisional winners from the Interior, Island and Mainland divisions will meet for a 6-game round robin series, where each team plays 4 games. Essentially the highest point-getter from the regular season would start things off and play a pair of games at home. The series would then move to seed number 2 with another two games there, then finally another two at team 3’s rink. Each team plays 2 home and 2 road games in this setup, with the top two teams advancing to the Fred Page Cup final.

Here’s an example schedule, assuming that the Island Division is seeded 1st, the Mainland division seeded 2nd and Interior 3rd:

  • Start @ Island Division: Island vs Mainland, Island vs Interior
  • Series moves to @ Mainland Division: Mainland vs Interior, Mainland vs Island
  • Series wraps @ Interior Division: Interior vs Island, Interior vs Mainland

If one team is mathematically eliminated from the round robin before its conclusion, the tournament stops and the teams remaining begin their preparations for the Fred Page Cup.

This round was a standard best of 7 last year.

Round 4 (Fred Page Cup)
The top two from the round robin will advance to the league final which will be a traditional best-of-seven. No change (aside from the round robin entry) from last year.

As I said, it’s unique, and down right weird. But think about it, there are so many scenarios and as the league mentioned to the BCHL’s broadcasters yesterday, 64 different combinations of what could happen. I love it, but I’m sure it will garner its fair share of negativity from those who like a traditional best of 7 series. Not sure what happens with the Coastal Conference Championship, if it goes to the team that finishes higher between the Island and Mainland divisions, or if it is retired. But that’s just one of many questions that we’ll move through as the year goes on.

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Here is a press release from the Canadian Junior Hockey League explaining some changes to the fighting rule across the 10 Junior A leagues in Canada, effective the 2014/2015 season:

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The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Board of Directors has overwhelmingly voted to support an automatic game misconduct for fighting (the one-fight rule) and new national minimum discipline guidelines.

“The co-operation among our leagues and partners for standardized fighting rules and consistent discipline guidelines across all Junior A leagues is a significant step in the continuing development and evolution of the CJHL and Junior A hockey in Canada,” said CJHL President Kirk Lamb. “We will work closely with our stakeholders and key partners, such as Hockey Canada and provincial branches, on bringing these endorsements forward for consideration.”

One-Fight Rule Endorsed as National Standard

The CJHL supports the automatic game misconduct penalty for fighting. The automatic game misconduct penalty, commonly known as the ‘one-fight rule’, results in a 5-minute major as well as the immediate ejection of the player from the game. Five CJHL leagues – SIJHL, NOJHL, OJHL, CCHL and LHJAAAQ – are currently using this rule. In five other CJHL leagues – BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL and MHL – a player’s first fighting penalty results in the same 5-minute major penalty, but does not carry with it in an automatic ejection from the game. In those leagues, the automatic game ejection occurs after a player’s second fight in the same game. A move to a national rule for fighting would see all 10 CJHL leagues operate under the same automatic game misconduct penalty for fighting.

Junior A Supplement Supported as National Supplemental Discipline Guidelines

In addition to supporting a game misconduct penalty for fighting, the CJHL has overwhelming endorsed in principle a comprehensive set of minimum discipline guidelines based on a 4-year pilot project called the Junior A Supplement. The Junior A Supplement was designed and implemented by the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL and MHL, in partnership with Hockey Canada.

“The Junior A Supplement has been an invaluable game management tool,” said BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale. “We have experienced a significant change in the culture of our game and player behavior and are enjoying the benefits of enhanced communication and education among players, coaches and officials.”

The Junior A Supplement is an innovative set of regulations involving both existing playing rules that have been strengthened or expanded, as well as the creation of new penalties for certain actions and player behavior. The key principles of the Junior A Supplement are:

  • establishing common values relating to player, coach and team behavior
  • suspension thresholds for multiple offenders of various infractions
  • increasing suspensions for subsequent infractions beyond the suspension threshold
  • coach and team accountability, such as fines and suspensions, for the actions of their players
  • education of players, coaches and officials about the rules and values of the Junior A Supplement

“The Junior A Supplement provides a consistent supplemental discipline guidelines across the country and arms Junior A leagues with additional tools to help manage many aspects of our game,” said CCHL Commissioner Kevin Abrams. “As a league dedicated to the development of student-athletes, we continuously evaluate new rules and regulations to make the game more enjoyable and safer for our players and more exciting and entertaining for our fans.”

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From the league:

Coquitlam Express forward and captain Ryan Rosenthal has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 6, the league announced Monday.

Rosenthal racked up nine points in helping the Express to three-win weekend over division rivals Chilliwack and Surrey. The Montvale, N.J. had two goals and three assists in each of the contests and scored the game-winner in a the weekend-opening victory over Chilliwack. He was named 2nd Star in each of the team’s three wins.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward now has 15 points in nine games on the season to sit fifth in the BCHL scoring race.

Honourable mentions this week:

West Kelowna Warriors F Jason Cotton: 3G, 4A, 1st Star, GWG
Powell River Kings F Jarryd Leung: 3G, 1A, 1st Star, hat trick, OT GWG
Langley Rivermen F James Robinson: 1G, 5A, two 1st Stars
Coquitlam Express G Gordy Defiel: 2W, 84 save/87 shots, .965 sv%, 1.50 GAA, two 1st Stars
Coquitlam Express F Corey Mackin: 3G, 4A, 3rd Star
Coquitlam Express F Canon Pieper: 4G, 2A, 1st Star

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CJHL Map

Despite just the 1 game this weekend, the Kings have moved up two spots in the Canadian Junior Hockey League National Top 20 rankings this week. The team is tops in BC, ahead of the West Kelowna Warriors (Friday’s opponent at the Hap) in 10th, and the Penticton Vees in 16th.

Here’s the release from the CJHL:

Following another successful AJHL Showcase in Spruce Grove, the Fort McMurray Oil Barons remain undefeated as the CJHL enters October. Two other AJHL teams that are nipping at the MOB’s heels include last year’s RBC Cup Champion, the Brooks Bandits, and the Sherwood Park Crusaders who are steadfastly holding their own in the early going. In the BCHL, Powell River remains strong and West Kelowna have reeled off six wins in a row to move up in the Top 20.

The La Ronge Ice Wolves and Kindersley Klippers are pummeling their opposition in Saskatchewan. Meanwhile, in Manitoba, the Virden Oil Capitals are the early season surprise and the Steinbach Pistons are picking right up from their championship playoff run at the end of last season.

In the SIJHL, the Thunder Bay North Stars are unbeaten after three games, and are getting pushed by a great week from the Minnesota Iron Rangers. Over in the NOJHL, the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners and the Soo Thunderbirds remain at the top of the standings, while a strong week from the Espanola Rivermen garners an Honourable Mention in the Top 20 Rankings.

The East Division in the OJHL is quickly becoming a super-competitive division, and the Kingston Voyageurs and Wellington Dukes are regaining familiar spots at the top of the standings. The Ottawa Jr. Senators and Carleton Place Canadiens simply continue to roll in the CCHL.

In the LHJAAAQ, Les Cougars de Sherbrooke continues to surprise with a remarkable 9-0 record to start the season. In the MHL, Truro remains strong, but did not play this past week, while Yarmouth and Weeks are emerging as true threats.

Top 20 Rankings

1. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (1)
2. Les Cougars de Sherbrooke (LHJAAAQ) (2)
3. La Ronge Ice Wolves (SJHL) (14)
4. Powell River Kings (BCHL) (6)
5. Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) (19)
6. Truro Bearcats (MHL) (4)
7. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (18)
8. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (20)
9. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (NR)
10. West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL) (15)
11. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) (8)
12. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (9)
13. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (7)
14. Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL) (12)
15. Carleton Place Canadiens (CCHL) (16)
16. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (17)
17. St. Michael’s Buzzers (OJHL) (NR)
18. Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) (NR)
19. Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL) (NR)
20. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (NR)

Honourable Mention: Humboldt Broncos (SJHL), Minnesota Iron Rangers (SIJHL), Espanola Rivermen (NOJHL), Les Pantheres de Saint Jerome (LHJAAAQ), Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (MHL)

About the Top 20 Rankings

The CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.

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A nice little cherry on top for Kurt Keats after a fantastic weekend on the ice. A 5-point night against the Nanaimo Clippers, combined with a goal and assist against Alberni helped secure the Kings first BCHL Player of the Week award this season. Keats also Fortis Energy Player of the Game for both contests, and picked up 1st and 2nd star awards on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Congratulations Kurt.

Here’s the release from the BCHL:

Powell River Kings forward Kurt Keats has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 22, the league announced Tuesday.

Keats helped the Kings to a pair of wins on home ice and rang up two goals and five assists in the process. The Winnipeg native began with a goal and four helpers to take 1st Star and the FortisBC Energy Player of the Game in a 6-4 win over the Nanaimo Clippers. He followed that with a goal and an assist, 2nd Star and another FortisBC Energy Player of the Game nod in a 4-0 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Honorable mentions this week:

West Kelowna Warriors D Adam Plant – 3A, 3rd Star

West Kelowna Warriors F Carl Hesler – 1G, 4A, two 2nd Stars, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game

Cowichan Valley Capitals G Robin Gusse – 2W, 103 saves/108 shots, .954 sv%, 1.63 GAA, 1st Star, 2nd Star

Cowichan Valley Capitals F Dane Gibson – 2G, 3A, GWG, 2nd Star

Merritt Centennials G Gavin Gould – 3G, 1A, 1st Star, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game

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This from the BCHL today. It takes a similar path to a project that I spearheaded in the BCHL last season, partnering with many of my fellow broadcasters around the league. Expect this to be a feature on the broadcast throughout the season:

TEAM Radio is partnering with the BCHL again for the 2013-14 season to bring great coverage and content to listeners around the province.

A major change for this season is the introduction of SUBWAY® “BCHL This Week”, a weekly program that will air on TEAM 1410 AM on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

The show will be hosted by veteran hockey play-by-play man and longtime radio host Jeff Paterson. Every week, Paterson will catch up with BCHL players and coaches and also feature BCHL alums making headlines at the NHL and college level.

“We are thrilled with this new addition to our partnership with TEAM Radio,” said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis. “The support of SUBWAY® restaurants of B.C. has been key for us in building our brand and adding their name to this show allows us to feature content from across the league and get some of the famous names that have passed through our league on the air.

“Jeff’s career covering hockey and his relationship with the BCHL means we’ll be getting great guests every week that listeners will want to tune in and hear.”

Also, don’t be surprised to catch your favourite BCHL team’s broadcaster on the show. The league’s play-by-play voices will contributing all season long and will ensure a variety of informative content.

As in past seasons, feature interviews will continue on TEAM 1040 with hosts Matt Sekeres and Blake Price welcoming guests every Tuesday during the mid-day show.

TEAM Radio will again be carrying BCHL Scholarship updates all season. These 30-second spots are voiced by the league’s broacasters and keep listeners up to date on the latest school commitments from around the BCHL.

The first edition of SUBWAY® “BCHL This Week” with Jeff Paterson airs Saturday, Sept. 14 on TEAM 1410.

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