This is the 2016-17 North East Senior Hockey League season. This is the league's 6th season.
The league appears to have gone to a Senior AAA level league for the season. The Bouctouche JCs are hosting the 2017 Allan Cup. Them and what appears to be the other three remaining teams all elevated their status to Senior AAA and are thus eligible to compete for the Allan Cup. The league champion (or runner up if Bouctouche wins the league playoff) will qualify for the Allan Cup. This is due to there being no Senior AAA registered teams from the province of Quebec. Traditionally, the host branch is awarded the unused spot by Hockey Canada. This will also negate the need for a qualifying event for the Atlantic region's spot in the Allan Cup as the region's spot will go to the 2016 Herder Memorial Trophy winner (Newfoundland and Labrador Senior champion) the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.
Apparent Membership ChangesEdit
- Amqui Hotel Gagnon and Memramcook Maison Levesque Acadiens may not return to the league after playing during the 2015-16 season. Neither team is registered at the Senior AAA level. Amqui is not listed on the league website as having a team contact and Memramcook is listed with a contact person but no contact information
- La Vallée de la Matapédia who were added for the 2015-16 season but didn't play are still listed on the league website as a member with contact information.
|Bouctouche JCs||Bouctouche||JK Irving Centre|
|Elsipogtog Hawks||Elsipogtog First Nation||Chief Young Eagle Recreation Centre|
|Lameque Au Ptit Mousse||Lameque||l'Arena des Iles|
|Restigouche Nord Vikings||Dalhousie||Inch Arran Ice Palace|
to be added upon completion of the regular season
To be determined