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This is the 2017-18 Canadian Senior Hockey Season.

2018 Allan Cup QualifyingEdit

Across most of Canada teams have until August 15th to declare for Senior AAA level.  This is far from a strict deadline however.

Atlantic RegionEdit

Due to the defending Herder Memorial Trophy champions not participating at the Senior AAA level the regional qualifying is to be determined.

Newfoundland and LabradorEdit

By winning the 2017 Herder Memorial Trophy, The Harbour Grace Cee Bee Stars earned the right to represent the province for the 2018 Atlantic Region Allan Cup Qualifier.  However, the team declined to compete at the Senior AAA level for 2017-18.  However, both the Clarenville Caribous and the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts have both registered Senior AAA for the 2017-18 season. No official word on the format for qualifying at either the provincial or regional level has been issued yet.

Prince Edward IslandEdit

The Montague Stallions have confirmed they will compete at the Senior AAA level for the 2017-18 season.  They are a member of the New Brunswick based North East Senior Hockey League.

New BrunswickEdit

The North East Senior Hockey League decided to do a similar method as Newfoundland and Labrador has been doing with the previous season provincial champion representing the province in Allan Cup qualifying.  The Elsipogtog Hawks lost in the finals on the league playoffs for 2016-17 to the Montague Stallions who can not qualify for the Allan Cup via New Brunswick's playoffs.  So the Elsipogtog Hawks will be the province's qualifier for the 2018 Atlantic Region Allan Cup Qualifier.

Nova ScotiaEdit

No team from Nova Scotia has registered at the Senior AAA level for 2017-18

Quebec (East) RegionEdit

The Quebec region has not had any teams commit to the Senior AAA level for 2017-18.  The Laval Senior A Hockey League is the highest level Senior league in the province.  The Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey is a semi-professional league and its teams are ineligible for Allan Cup play.  The region's spot in the Allan Cup traditionally goes to the host branch of Saskatchewan.

Ontario (Central) RegionEdit

Ontario Hockey AssociationEdit

The only registered Senior AAA teams in the OHA region are the five active members of Allan Cup Hockey (Brantford Blast. Dundas Real McCoys, Hamilton Steelhawks, Stoney Creek Generals, and Whitby Dunlops).  The league champion traditionally advances to provincial playoffs first against any other qualifying teams in the Ontario Hockey Federation and then against the Hockey Northwestern Ontario champion in the Renwick Cup and the regions spot in the Allan Cup.  Based on the current circumstances; the winner of the Allan Cup Hockey playoffs will play the Kenora Thistles for the Renwick Cup and to advance to the 2018 Allan Cup.

Hockey Northwestern OntarioEdit

The Kenora Thistles return to play after sitting out the past two seasons.  They will play the champion of the Allan Cup Hockey playoffs for the Renwick Cup and a spot in the 2018 Allan Cup.

Western RegionEdit

ManitobaEdit

The Ile des Chenes North Stars and South East Prairie Thunder have confirmed they are playing at the Senior AAA level for 2017-18.  The provincial representative/champion would at this point qualify for the 2018 Allan Cup as Western region representative as the two Saskatchewan Senior AAA teams qualify as the host team and the other in an unused Quebec spot.

SaskatchewanEdit

The Rosetown Red Wings qualify for the 2018 Allan Cup as host team.

The Bethune Bulldogs have announced they are participating at the Senior AAA level for 2017-18.  The Bethune Bulldogs qualify for the 2018 Allan Cup via the unused Quebec spot.  The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is still scheduled to have a provincial tournament to determine the Province's Senior AAA champion.

Pacific RegionEdit

AlbertaEdit

The four Alberta based members of the newly renamed Allan Cup Hockey West (formerly the Chinook Hockey League)  are all registered at the Senior AAA level for 2017-18.  A fifth member of the league the Rosetown Red Wings are indicating they will participate in the league playoffs this year (unlike 2016-17) which will create the need for a separate set of playoffs for the provincial championship and a spot in the McKenzie Cup against the British Columbia representative.  The 2018 ACHW league playoffs will be a one weekend single elimination tournament while the provincial playoffs will be a two round best-of seven tournament for the Pacific Region spot in the 2018 Allan Cup

British ColumbiaEdit

Thus far only the West Coast Heat have been reported to have registered at the Senior AAA level in the province, it would later be announced that they would not be playing at the Senior AAA level for 2017-18.  The Powell River Regals were registered at Senior AAA last year but have yet to decide for 2017-18.

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 yet for this year.

2017-18 Canadian Senior AAA teams

credit Innisfail Eagles Twitter

Allan Cup QualifiersEdit

RegionalEdit

Based on the current circumstances only two of the five final qualifiers will be needed to determine qualifiers for the tournament

  • 2018 McKenzie Cup (Pacific Region Qualifier: AB-BC) won't be needed as no BC teams are registered
  • 2018 Rathgaber Cup (Western Region Qualifier (MB-SK) won't be needed as no Quebec teams are registered
  • 2018 Renwick Cup (Ontario Qualifier) (ACH champ (OHF representative) vs Kenora)
  • 2018 Quebec Allan Cup Qualifier (no Quebec teams registered, spot goes to host Branch-Saskatchewan)
  • 2018 Atlantic Region Allan Cup Qualifier (Bolton Cup)

ProvincialEdit

Senior AA/Senior AEdit

Many leagues play with a mix of teams from both levels

Newfoundland and LabradorEdit

Based on the 2016-17 season; the two league champions (AESHL and CWSHL) would be scheduled to meet for the 2018 Herder Memorial Trophy and the province's spot in the 2019 Atlantic region qualifying tournament for the Allan Cup (if there are any other team's Senior "AAA" registered in the Atlantic region). However, the defending Herder champion declined to register at the Senior AAA level and will not participate in the 2018 Atlantic region qualifying tournament for the Allan Cup and the representative has not been announced to fill that role.  It has not been confirmed that their will be a 2017-18 season for the CWSHL after one of its three members struggling to make the end of the season and the league apparently was unable to get a fourth member to balance off the league.

Nova ScotiaEdit

  • No leagues

New BrunswickEdit

Prince Edward IslandEdit

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

QuebecEdit

OntarioEdit

ManitobaEdit

The league champions and a wildcard team advance to the 2018 Manitoba Senior A Hockey Playoffs for the Manitoba Cup.

The Manitoba Senior Hockey League announced they would not be playing in 2016-17 on October 12th, 2016. No word if the league will return for the 2017-18 season.

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). 


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 as well as a host team qualified for the 2018 Alberta Senior AA playoffs

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 British Columbia Men's senior "AA" championship for the province is called the Coy Cup. The 2018 Coy Cup will be held March 27-31, 2018 with a host to be determined.

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