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2017 Allan Cup champs Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts

2017 Allan Cup champs Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts

This is the 2016-17 Canadian Senior Hockey Season.

2017 Senior AAA/Allan Cup QualifyingEdit

There are 20 teams that are registered at the Senior AAA level in Canada and thus eligible to compete for the Allan Cup.

The 2017 Allan Cup will be held in Bouctouche, New Brunswick.

Atlantic RegionEdit

Newfoundland and LabradorEdit

New BrunswickEdit

Prince Edward IslandEdit

Nova ScotiaEdit

  • There are no teams competing at the Senior AAA level this year from the province of Nova Scotia

QuebecEdit

No Quebec teams are registered at the Senior AAA level for the 2016-17 season.  Traditionally, when a region does not have any qualifying teams the spot goes to a team from the host branch (New Brunswick).

OntarioEdit

Western RegionEdit

The Rathgaber Cup is the final qualifier for the region's berth in the Allan Cup tournament.  The Rathgaber Cup matched up the champions of Manitoba and Saskatchewan in a best-of-five series.  The series was scheduled March 24th to March 26th at the Max Bell Centre and the Seven Oaks Arena. The South East Prairie Thunder won the series 3 games to none over the Rosetown Red Wings. The Rathgaber Cup champion; South East Prairie Thunder qualifies for the Allan Cup.

ManitobaEdit

SaskatchewanEdit

  • The Rosetown Red Wings are the only Senior AAA registered team in the province.  They will meet the winner of the Manitoba Senior AAA playoff for a berth in the Allan Cup.  The Red Wings are playing in the Alberta-based Chinook Hockey League for the 2016-17 season but will qualify for the Allan Cup separate of that league's playoffs.

Pacific RegionEdit

The McKenzie Cup is final qualifier for the region's berth in the Allan Cup tournament. The Mckenzie Cup matches up the champions of Alberta and British Columbia in a best-of-three series.  However, the two British Columbia entries withdrew from qualifying earlier in the season.  The Chinook Hockey League champion Lacombe Generals qualified for the Allan Cup.

AlbertaEdit

  • The only four registered teams at the Senior AAA level are four (Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs, Innisfail Eagles, Lacombe Generals, and the Stony Plain Eagles) of the five members of the Chinook Hockey League.  The fifth team (Rosetown Red Wings) is also registered at Senior AAA but they are from the province of Saskatchewan and will qualify for the Allan Cup from that province and not participate in the league playoffs, which will also double as the provincial championship and qualifier for the McKenzie Cup.  The playoff champion were to advance to the McKenzie Cup which would have been a best-of-three series against the British Columbia provincial champion, however both Senior AAA teams from BC dropped out in January now the CHL's playoff champion Lacombe Generals qualify for the Allan Cup as the Pacific Region representative.

British ColumbiaEdit

  • There are only two teams registered at the Senior AAA level in British Columbia  The Powell River Regals and the newly formed West Coast Heat were to complete for the provincial championship (the Savage Cup) and a spot in the McKenzie Cup.  The two teams would drop out of contention for the Allan Cup in January as the province's Senior AA championship (Coy Cup) would be scheduled for the same weekend and both teams had too many players already committed to the Coy Cup.

note: traditionally, teams from the Yukon have played under the sactioning of the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association and there are no teams are registered for this year.

Senior AAA LeaguesEdit

Allan Cup QualifiersEdit

RegionalEdit

ProvincialEdit

Senior AA/Senior AEdit

Many leagues play with a mix of teams from both levels

Newfoundland and LabradorEdit

The two league champions meet for the 2017 Herder Memorial Trophy and the province's spot in the 2018 Atlantic region qualifying tournament for the Allan Cup (if there are any other team's Senior "AAA" registered in the region).   Long time senior hockey team the Gander Flyers announced they would possibly fold in late January 2017 reducing the CWSHL to just two teams and putting the long term survival of the league into question. Around the same time reports surfaced of an amateur senior league being organized and starting starting up on the west coast of the island with four teams for the 2017-18 season but the league moved up to play an abbreviated schedule for a March to early April 2017 season.

Nova ScotiaEdit

  • No leagues

New BrunswickEdit

Prince Edward IslandEdit

  • Province's one senior team plays in New Brunswick's NESHL

QuebecEdit

OntarioEdit

ManitobaEdit

The league champions and a wildcard team advance to the 2017 Manitoba Senior A Hockey Playoffs for the Manitoba Cup

The North West Senior Hockey League was formed as a new league

The Manitoba Senior Hockey League announced they would not be playing in 2016-17 on October 12th

SaskatchewanEdit

The Saskatchewan Hockey Association holds provincal playoffs seperate of the league playoffs.  There are four class champions (A (Henderson Cup) ,B (Yorkton Terrier Trophy) ,C (Jack Abbott Memorial Trophy) , and D (J.W. Hamilton Trophy). Classification is based on community population). 

Neither the Fishing Lake Senior Hockey League and North Saskatchewan River Hockey League return after not playing during the 2015-16 season. 

The Twin Rivers Senior Hockey League is created for the 2016-17 season

note: The Sask/Alta Senior Hockey League had teams that are based in Saskatchewan but the league champion of that league will advance to the Alberta Senior AA/A playoffs.

AlbertaEdit

The league champions as well as a host team qualified for the 2017 Alberta Senior AA playoffs.  The East Central Senior Hockey League andd North Peace Hockey League do not participate in the tournament.

British ColumbiaEdit

BC only has two leagues that plays completely within its borders.  However, the North Peace Hockey League has teams from BC and Alberta.  The NPHL champion qualifies for the Alberta Senior AA/A Provincial tournament.

The on and off West Coast Senior Hockey League returned the previous year with 2 teams, The Powell River Regals, and the North Island Capitals. The Capitals share their home games between the towns of Port McNeill, and Port Hardy. The league expanded for the 2016-17 season with the addition of the South Island Knights, based out of Chaimainus.

The British Columbia Men's senior "AA" championship for the province is called the Coy Cup. The 2017 Coy Cup will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon and be hosted by the Whitehorse Huskies.

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