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2016-17 HJBHL Season

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This is the 2016-17 Heritage Junior Hockey League season.  This is the league's 30th season.

Membership changesEdit

  • 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.

Team Centre Arena
North Division
Airdrie Thunder Airdrie Ron Ebbesen Arena
Blackfalds Wranglers Blackfalds Blackfalds Arena
Mountainview Colts Didsbury Didsbury Recreation Complex
Ponoka Stampeders Ponoka Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex
Red Deer Vipers Red Deer Red Deer Arena
Stettler Lightning Stettler Stettler Recreation Centre
Three Hills Thrashers Three Hills Three Hills Centennial Place
South Division
Banff Academy Bears Banff Banff Recreation Centre
Coaldale Copperheads Coaldale Coaldale Arena
Cochrane Generals Cochrane Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre
High River Flyers High River Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex
Medicine Hat Cubs Medicine Hat Kinplex
Okotoks Bisons Okotoks Murray Arena
Strathmore Wheatland Kings Strathmore Strathmore Family Centre

StandingsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Mountainview Colts 38 29 6 3 246 133 61
Airdrie Thunder 38 27 8 3 213 131 57
Red Deer Vipers 38 25 12 1 171 123 51
Blackfalds Wranglers 38 25 12 1 172 138 51
Stettler Lightning 38 18 17 3 167 183 39
Ponoka Stampeders 38 8 26 4 122 251 20
Three Hills Thrashers 38 7 30 1 87 213 15

note: Red Deer finished ahead of Blackfalds due to Goal Differential

Southern DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Cochrane Generals 38 33 4 1 236 98 67
Okotoks Bisons 38 26 11 1 194 135 53
Coaldale Copperheads 38 24 12 2 216 127 50
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

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

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.

The league champion qualifies for the 2017 Russ Barnes Trophy which determines the provincial champion. 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

League FinalEdit

  • Red Deer defeated Cochrane 3 games to 1
2017 HJBHL champs Red Deer Vipers

2017 HJBHL champs Red Deer Vipers

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