This is the 2015-16 Maritime Junior A Hockey League season. This is the league's 49th season dating back to the previous names of Maritime Hockey League and prior to that Metro Valley Junior Hockey League dating back to the 1967-68 season. The league has gone back and forth over the last few seasons with the MJAHL and MHL monikers.
The league renamed its divisions to the from the Eastlink and Roger Meek to the Eastlink North and Eastlink South divisions respectively.
The league featured the same 12 teams playing 48 games each with the regular season starting on September 10, 2015 and ending on March 13, 2016.
Miramichi Timberwolves player Matt Cusson was indefinitley suspended by the league for conduct detrimental to the league for actions in a game November 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre rink, where after being ejected from the game he flung his stick into the crowd where it narrowly missed two spectators that were watching the game from wheelchairs due to two other spectators shielding the wheelchair bound spectators including a 15 boy disabled by Muscular Dystrophy. After the game the Timberwolves management offfered an apology to the family and offered then a trip to the Crushers next game in Miramichi for a face-to-face apology.Link to Chronicle-Herald newsarticle on incident. The suspension is now 3 games according to the league website.
|Eastlink South Division|
|Pictou County Crushers||48||25||18||-||5||0||172||143||1094||55|
|South Shore Lumberjacks||48||24||21||-||2||1||138||142||1199||51|
|Eastlink North Division|
|Summerside Western Capitals||48||34||12||-||1||1||207||150||1008||70|
The top four teams in each division qualified for the Kent Cup Playoffs. All three rounds will be best-of-seven. The playoff champion will advance to the 2016 Fred Page Cup which will be hosted by the Woodstock Slammers at the Carleton Civic Centre in Woodstock, New Brunswick. The winner of the Fred Page Cup will advance to the 2016 Royal Bank Cup being held in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan hosted by the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
South Division SemifinalsEdit
- South Shore Lumberjacks defeated Truro Bearcats 4 games to 3 (2-5, 2-3, 4-1, 4-1, 1-2, 2-1, 5-2)
- Pictou County Crushers defeated Valley Wildcats 4 games to 2 (2-1, 3-2, 4-1, 2-6, 1-4, 5-1)
North Division SemifinalsEdit
- Summerside Western Capitals defeated Campbellton Tigers 4 games to 3 (5-6, 4-5, 4-2, 3-7, 6-4, 3-1, 4-1)
- Dieppe Commandos defeated Woodstock Slammers 4 games to 3 (6-5, 5-4 (ot), 2-4, 7-3, 4-6, 1-3, 1-0)
South Division FinalEdit
North Division FinalEdit
- Dieppe Commandos defeated Summerside Western Capitals 4 games to 2 (2-3, 4-2, 5-4 (ot), 5-1, 3-4, 3-2 (2ot))