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2016-17 BCHL Season

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This is the 2016-17 British Columbia Hockey League season.  This is the league's 27th season under this name and its 55th season overall dating back to the founding of the Okanagan Mainline Junior Hockey League in 1961.

Each team will play a 58 game schedule with 28 home games, 28 road games and 2 games played at the league's annual showcase.

Membership changesEdit


Island Division
Team City Arena Joined BCHL
Alberni Valley Bulldogs Port Alberni, British Columbia Weyerhaeuser Arena 1998
Cowichan Valley Capitals Duncan, British Columbia Island Savings Centre 1980
Nanaimo Clippers Nanaimo, British Columbia Frank Crane Arena 1972
Powell River Kings Powell River, British Columbia Hap Parker Arena 1988
Victoria Grizzlies Victoria, British Columbia The Q Centre 1967
Mainland Division
Team City Arena Joined BCHL
Chilliwack Chiefs Chilliwack, British Columbia Prospera Centre 1996
Coquitlam Express Coquitlam, British Columbia Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex 2001
Langley Rivermen Langley, British Columbia

George Preston Arena (2016-

Prince George Spruce Kings Prince George, British Columbia Prince George Coliseum 1972
Surrey Eagles Surrey, British Columbia South Surrey Arena 1976
Wenatchee Wild Wenatchee, Washington Town Toyota Center 2015
Interior Division
Team City Arena Joined BCHL
Merritt Centennials Merritt, British Columbia Nicola Valley Memorial Arena 1961
Penticton Vees Penticton, British Columbia South Okanagan Events Centre 1961
Salmon Arm Silverbacks Salmon Arm, British Columbia Shaw Centre 2001
Trail Smoke Eaters Trail, British Columbia Cominco Arena 1987
Vernon Vipers Vernon, British Columbia Kal Tire Place 1961
West Kelowna Warriors West Kelowna, British Columbia Royal Lepage Place 1994


to be added upon completion of the regular season.

Fred Page Cup PlayoffsEdit

On November 2, 2016 the league announced that they have changed the playoff format. 

All series are best-of-seven.

The top four teams in both the Mainland and Island Divisons qualify for the playoffs, with one playing four and two playing three in each division.  The first round winners in each division meet in the division final round.  The two division winners meet in the third round

All six teams in the division have the potential to qualify for the playoffs, with seeds one and two scoring first round byes.

Seed three plays six and four will play five in the first round, however, if the fifth place team over in the Mainland Division has more points than the sixth place Interior Division team, then that Mainland Division team will crossover to play as the number six seed in round one.

In rounds two, seed one plays the lowest seeded team that advanced, and seed two will play the other advancing team.

Once the Interior Division determines its champion, that team will play the winner of the Mainland-Island Division series in the Fred Page Cup Final.

The Fred Page Cup winning team (or the runner up if it is the Penticton Vees) will advance to the 2017 Western Canada Cup which is being held in Penticton, British Columbia.  The top two finishers in that tournament will qualify for the 2017 Royal Bank Cup which is being held in Cobourg, Ontario.

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