BCHL announces playoff format

BCHL playoff format to remain the same as 2014 and starts March 3

British Columbia Hockey League

British Columbia Hockey League

With the playoffs less than three weeks away, the British Columbia Hockey League announced that its playoff format will remain the same.

The BCHL’s regular-season will conclude on Feb. 28 and the first playoff games will be Tuesday, March 3. The top-four teams from each of the three divisions will qualify for the playoffs for a total of 12 teams. In each division for Round One, the No. 1 seed will face the No. 4 seed and No. 2 will play No. 3.

The first, second and championship rounds of the BCHL playoffs will be best-of-seven series. Teams will determine the format of the seven games (2-2-1-1-1 or 2-3-1-1 or 1-1-1-1-1-1-1, etc.).

After the second round, three division champions will remain. As in 2014, these three teams will play a double round-robin tournament with each team hosting the other two in their home arena. This round will eliminate one team and the remaining two will advance to the BCHL Finals to play for the Fred Page Cup.

The BCHL champion will go to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup In Fort McMurray, Alta. April 25 to May 3. The top-two teams there will advance to the RBC Cup national championship in Portage-la-Prairie, Man. May 9 to 17.

Round one must be played between the dates of March 3 to 11. Round two must be completed between March 13 and 22. Round Three must be completed between March 25 and April 5. The Fred Page Cup Finals will be played between April 10 and April 19.


Penticton Western News