This is the 2016-17 Heritage Junior Hockey League season. This is the league's 30th season.
- The Medicine Hat Cubs were forced to cease operations in mid-January of 2016 for the balance of the season due to a lack of players. The league had stated in a press release after the announcement that they were expecting the team to attend the league annual general meeting in May with a plan in place to be able to restart the team for the 2016-17 season. The team is back in the league for the 2016-17 season.
Current Teams (2016-17)Edit
The HJHL has 2 divisions for the 2016-2017 season.
|Red Deer Vipers||38||25||12||1||171||123||51|
|Three Hills Thrashers||38||7||30||1||87||213||15|
note: Red Deer finished ahead of Blackfalds due to Goal Differential
|Strathmore Wheatland Kings||38||16||18||4||156||175||36|
|Banff Academy Bears||38||11||22||5||118||209||27|
|Medicine Hat Cubs||38||8||24||6||115||208||22|
|High River Flyers||38||9||27||2||118||207||20|
The top six teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The top two seeds earn a bye into the division semifinals. The 3rd place team plays the 6th place team and the 4th place team plays the 5th place team in a best-of-three qualifying round. The teams are re-seeded for the best-of-seven division semifinal round. The division semifinal winners meet in the best-of-seven division final round. The division winners meet in the best-of-seven (later changed to best-of-five) league championship series. For overtime play the league uses one ten minute overtime period followed by 20 minute overtime periods.
As one of the largest Junior B leagues in Alberta, both the league champion, and the losing finalist qualify for the Alberta Provincial Junior B Hockey Championship. The winner of that tournament earns the right to compete for the Western Canadian Junior "B" Crown, the Keystone Cup.
North Division QuarterfinalsEdit
- Red Deer defeated Ponoka 2 games to none
- Blackfalds defeated Stettler 2 games to 1
South Division QuarterfinalsEdit
- Coaldale defeated Medicine Hat 2 games to none
- Banff Academy defeated Strathmore 2 games to none
North Division SemifinalsEdit
- Mountainview vs Blackfalds 4 games to 1
- Red Deer defeated Airdrie 4 games to 2
South Division SemifinalsEdit
- Cochrane defeated Banff Academy 4 games to none
- Coaldale defeated Okotoks 4 games to 3
North Division FinalEdit
- Red Deer defeated Mountainview 4 games to 3
South Division FinalEdit
- Cochrane defeated Coaldale 4 games to 2
- Cochrane vs Red Deer