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This is the 2016-17 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season. This was the league's 56th season.

In July 2016, the league announced for the 2016-17 season that the inter-conference play between the Okanagan-Shuswap Conference and the Kootenay Conference would be eliminated during the regular season and that the schedule would be reduced from 52 to 47 games.  The reduction in the number of games also nearly eliminated the use of week night games.  The moves served two purposes for the players and the owners first to reduce the strain on the players with much less travel and time to spend on their studies and the reduction of travel expenses and the elimination of unprofitable games held in the middle of the week.

The league was considering expansion for the 2017-18 season, but ended up rejecting applications for teams to be based out of Quesnel, British Columbia and Williams Lake, British Columbia at a special league meeting in January 2017.  Apparently, travel distance was the major factor in the rejection of the applications, Williams Lake is 97km (59 miles) north of the present northernmost team (100 Mile House) and Quesnel is another 118km (73 miles) north of Williams Lake.

Membership changesEdit

  • none

TeamsEdit

Eddie Mountain Division
Team Centre Arena
Columbia Valley Rockies Invermere Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena
Creston Valley Thunder Cats Creston Johnny Bucyk Arena
Fernie Ghostriders Fernie Fernie Memorial Arena
Golden Rockets Golden Golden Arena
Kimberley Dynamiters Kimberley Kimberley Civic Centre
Neil Murdoch Division
Team Centre Arena
Beaver Valley Nitehawks Fruitvale Beaver Valley Arena
Castlegar Rebels Castlegar Castlegar Community Complex
Grand Forks Border Bruins Grand Forks Jack Goddard Memorial Arena
Nelson Leafs Nelson Nelson Community Complex
Spokane Braves Spokane Eagles Ice-A-Rama
Okanagan Division
Team Centre Arena
Kelowna Chiefs Kelowna Rutland Arena
North Okanagan Knights Armstrong Nor-Val Centre
Osoyoos Coyotes Osoyoos Osoyoos Sunbowl Arena
Princeton Posse Princeton Princeton District Multipurpose Arena
Summerland Steam Summerland Summerland Arena
Doug Birks Division
Team Centre Arena
100 Mile House Wranglers 100 Mile House South Cariboo Recreation Centre
Chase Heat Chase Art Holding Memorial Arena
Kamloops Storm Kamloops McArthur Island Sports & Events Centre
Revelstoke Grizzlies Revelstoke Revelstoke Forum
Sicamous Eagles Sicamous Sicamous District Recreation Centre

StandingsEdit

Kootenay ConferenceEdit

Eddie Mountain DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T OL GF GA Pts
Creston Valley Thunder Cats 47 36 9 1 1 224 118 74
Kimberley Dynamiters 47 33 13 0 1 211 141 67
Fernie Ghostriders 47 26 18 1 2 185 151 55
Columbia Valley Rockies 47 14 29 0 4 139 222 32
Golden Rockets 47 5 37 1 4 75 208 15

Neil Murdoch DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T OL GF GA Pts
Beaver Valley Nitehawks 47 38 5 1 3 218 105 80
Castlegar Rebels 47 30 16 0 1 221 174 61
Nelson Leafs 47 21 21 1 4 148 160 47
Grand Forks Border Bruins 47 20 21 3 3 173 194 46
Spokane Braves 47 8 38 0 1 129 250 17

Okanagan/Shuswap ConferenceEdit

Doug Birks DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T OL GF GA Pts
Chase Heat 47 31 12 2 2 188 141 66
100 Mile House Wranglers 47 27 12 3 5 175 137 62
Kamloops Storm 47 23 17 1 6 153 137 53
Revelstoke Grizzlies 47 19 25 1 2 139 162 41
Sicamous Eagles 47 10 36 0 1 104 234 21

Okanagan/Shuswap ConferenceEdit

Okanagan DivisionEdit

Team GP W L T OL GF GA Pts
Osoyoos Coyotes 47 37 8 1 1 208 111 76
Summerland Steam 47 34 9 1 3 182 117 72
Kelowna Chiefs 47 20 22 2 3 157 156 45
North Okanagan Knights 47 15 29 2 1 118 164 33
Princeton Posse 47 12 29 1 5 99 164 30

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

The top 4 teams in each division qualify for the playoffs.  The first two round series are best-of-seven.  The semifinal and final series are best of five  The playoff champion (or the runner up if the Creston Valley Thunder Cats win the championship) advances to the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup which is being hosed by the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

Eddie Mountain Division SemifinalsEdit

Neil Murdoch Division SemifinalsEdit

Doug Birks Division SemifinalsEdit

Okanagan Division SemifinalsEdit

Eddie Mountain Division FinalEdit

Neil Murdoch Division FinalEdit

Doug Birks Division FinalEdit

Okanagan Division FinalEdit

Kootenay Conference FinalEdit

Okanagan/Shuswap Conference FinalEdit

League ChampionshipEdit

2017 KIJHL champs Beaver Valley Nitehawks

2017 KIJHL champs Beaver Valley Nitehawks

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