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This is the 2017-18 Canadian Senior Hockey Season.

2018 Allan Cup QualifyingEdit

Atlantic RegionEdit

Due to the defending Herder Memorial Trophy champions not participating at the Senior AAA level the runner-up for the Herder were to take their place.  The  Atlantic Regional qualifying event was to be a round robin tournament held in Bouctouche, New Brunswick January 25-28, 2018 involving the Clarenville CaribousElsipogtog Hawks, and Montague Stallions.  The top two teams from the round robin would play a single game for the Allan Cup berth on January 28th. But with the Clarenville Caribous withdrawal from the event it has been changed to a best-of-three series to be held January 26-28 between Montague and Elsipogtog.The winner of this series will advance to the 2018 Allan Cup as the Atlantic Region representative.

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.  Based on the Central/West Senior Hockey League actually playing for the 2017-18 season the Clarenville Caribous would have been the provincial representative at the Atlantic Regional qualifying tournament in January 2018. However, it was announced that Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador had requested that the Clarenville Caribous not attend the Allan Cup qualifiers so that the leagues and the province would not be in a situation that would shorten the league and provincial playoffs which would cause the teams to lose money and make it so the teams were worse off financially. Due to the remoteness of the province from the rest of Canada it would be just about as expensive to travel to New Brunswick as it would be to travel to Saskatchewan. The province is therefor not having any teams participate in qualifying for the 2018 Allan Cup.

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.  The Stallions are the provincial representative for Allan Cup qualifying

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 representative 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. The winner of the Allan Cup Hockey playoffs was to play the Kenora Thistles for the Renwick Cup and to advance to the 2018 Allan Cup. With the Thistles folding in late September now the 2017-18 Allan Cup Hockey Playoff Champion advances directly to the 2018 Allan Cup as the Central region representative.

Hockey Northwestern OntarioEdit

The Kenora Thistles were supposed to return to play after sitting out the past two seasons.  They were to play the champion of the Allan Cup Hockey playoffs for the Renwick Cup and a spot in the 2018 Allan Cup.  However, the Thistles folded in late September and will not compete.

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 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 did not 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 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 and the Bethune Bulldogs qualify in the unused Quebec spot and the Manitoba champion qualifies in the Western Region spot.
  • 2018 Renwick Cup (Ontario Qualifier) (ACH champ (OHF representative) vs Kenora) The tournament won't be needed as the Kenora Thistles folded in late September of 2017.
  • 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 AAA LeaguesEdit

There are two leagues in Canada where all of the members are registered at the Senior AAA level for 2017-18 (the Ontario based Allan Cup Hockey and the Alberta based Allan Cup Hockey West which was renamed from the Chinook Hockey League prior to the 2017-18 season.

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.

Senior hockey in the province is unstable at this point as the Central/West Senior Hockey League is down to three teams, the Avalon East Senior Hockey League was down to one team after four members withdrew and  formed another league among themselves called the East Coast Senior Hockey League. The Newfoundland West Coast Senior Hockey League announced they will not be participating for the Herder Memorial Trophy in 2018.The CWSHL needed to have interlocking play with the ECSHL to make a schedule practical for the teams as each ECSHL team is playing one game against the CWSHL teams at the CWSHL teams rinks.  Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador granted the AESHL Senior B status for the season which would render the defending provincial champions ineligible to defend their championship.

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 Cup, which is the provincial Senior A Playoffs.

The Manitoba Senior Hockey League announced they would not be playing in 2016-17 on October 12th, 2016. Apparently the league has folded as the league's former website was not renewed

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 qualify for the 2018 Alberta Senior AA playoffs. The North Peace Hockey League champion did not participate in the 2017 Alberta Senior AA playoffs.  The East Central Senior Hockey League has yet to participate in any of the provincial playoffs  No word if either team will participate in the 2018 event.

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 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex in Williams Lake, British Columbia

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