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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 matches up the champions of Manitoba and Saskatchewan in a best-of-three series. The Rathgaber Cup champion 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 seperate 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.  The McKenzie Cup champion qualifies 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 will advance to the McKenzie Cup which will be a best-of-three series against the British Columbia provincial champion

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 will complete for the provincial championship (the Savage Cup) and a spot in the McKenzie 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

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 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).

Nova ScotiaEdit

  • No leagues

New BrunswickEdit

Prince Edward IslandEdit

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

QuebecEdit

  • No known leagues (based on search of websites)

OntarioEdit

ManitobaEdit

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

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 don't 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 (and possibly several wildcard teams) as well as a host team qualified for the 2017 Alberta Senior AA/A playoffs.  Last season the champions of several of the league's eligible to participate chose not to do so. 

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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