Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bob Beatty Hired As Cowichan Valley Capitals Head Coach & GM:

(Bob Beatty being presented with the 2010-11 SJHL Coach of the Year Award - courtesy SJHL.ca)

Following the resignation of Head Coach Jim Ingram late last month, the Cowichan Valley Capitals have tabbed long time LaRonge Ice Wolves Head Coach and GM Bob Beatty as their new bench boss starting with the 2013-14 season.

Beatty, who's run the Ice Wolves for nine seasons, led LaRonge to a 20-31-0-3 record this season. There's no word on what Beatty's appointment means for Aaron Plumb after he took over when Ingram resigned. The Caps have gone 3-5-0-3 with Plumb behind the bench.

Here's the release from the Capitals:

The Cowichan Capitals are very pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Beatty as Head Coach and General Manager for the 2013/2014 season. Beatty has been at the helm of the LaRonge Ice Wolves of the SJHL for the last 9 seasons, winning league championships in 2010 and 2011.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the rest of the staff, shareholders and stakeholders to build and maintain a team that the community can rally around. The Cowichan Valley has a reputation of being a great hockey community. I am very pleased to be afforded the chance to enjoy living and working in Duncan and can't wait to get started on a new challenge." said Coach Beatty.

Coach Beatty will assume his duties after the completion of the current season.

Here's the release from the Ice Wolves:

The La Ronge Ice Wolves regretfully announce they have accepted the resignation of Coach/General Manager Bob Beatty.

Beatty leaves the Ice Wolves after nine seasons at the helm, during which time he helped shape La Ronge into a model SJHL franchise and also helped turn the Mel Hegland Communiplex into the toughest arena for visiting teams to earn two points.  More importantly, Beatty guided the club to back to back SJHL championships in 2010 and 2011.

In a press release from the club, the Ice Wolves say they are extremely appreciative of the work Bob has done with, not only, the hockey club but also with the community, in general, and all of its surrounding areas.

Beatty says he’d like to thank the Ice Wolves for allowing him the opportunity to work and develop the franchise as well as thanking the area residents for embracing him and allowing to become a member of their community.  Beatty says La Ronge and the SJHL will always have a special place in his heart as he has been a member of the league for the last 17 years.

For more information, please contact La Ronge Ice Wolves officials Roger Schooley (306) 425-7814 or Terry Helary (306) 425-7501.

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If the BCHL playoffs opened today:

INTERIOR CONFERENCE
Penticton vs. Salmon Arm
Merritt vs. West Kelowna

COASTAL CONFERENCE
Victoria vs. Powell River
Nanaimo vs. Alberni Valley
Surrey vs. Langley
Chilliwack vs. Prince George

Monday, February 18, 2013

BCHL Releases 2013 Fred Page Cup Playoff Schedule:

 (Fred Page Cup - awarded to the BCHL playoff champion)
 
With the 2012-13 regular season winding down, the BCHL posted today the schedule for the 2013 Fred Page Cup playoffs.

The Penticton Vees begin defence of their back-to-back Fred Page Cups on Friday, March 15th. Their opponent is still to be determined.

Ten BCHL teams have punched their ticket to the playoffs thus far. They are Penticton, Merritt, West Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo, Alberni Valley, Powell River, Surrey, Chilliwack and Prince George. 

The matchups, if the BCHL playoffs opened today:

INTERIOR CONFERENCE
Penticton vs. Salmon Arm
Merritt vs. West Kelowna

COASTAL CONFERENCE
Victoria vs. Powell River
Nanaimo vs. Alberni Valley
Surrey vs. Langley
Chilliwack vs. Prince George 

Here's the release from the BCHL's website:

The British Columbia Hockey League has sent out the dates for the 2013 Fred Page Cup playoffs.

In the Interior Division, best-of-seven rounds will be played in the semifinals and finals to determine the winner of the Ryan Hatfield Trophy.

In the Mainland and Island Divisions (Coastal), best-of-five rounds will be played in the quarter-finals and semis followed by a best-of-seven to determine the winner of the Cliff McNabb Trophy.

INTERIOR CONFERENCE
Round One (Subject to building availability)
Game 1 - Friday, March 15 (@ higher seed)           
Game 2 - Saturday, March 16 (@ higher seed)
Game 3 - Monday, March 18 (@ lower seed)         
Game 4 - Tuesday, March 19 (@ lower seed)
Game 5 - Thursday, March 21 (@ higher seed)*     
Game 6 - Friday, March 22 (@ lower seed)*
Game 7 - Sunday, March 24 (@ higher seed)*
*If necessary

Round Two (same hosting format as Round One, subject to building availability)
Game 1 - Friday, March 29                       
Game 2 - Saturday, March 30
Game 3 - Monday, April 1                        
Game 4 - Tuesday, April 2
Game 5 - Thursday, April 4*                     
Game 6 - Friday, April 5*
Game 7 - Sunday, April 7*
*If necessary

COASTAL CONFERENCE
Round One (Subject to building availability)
Game 1 - Friday, March 15 (@ higher seed)           
Game 2 - Saturday, March 16 (@ higher seed)
Game 3 - Monday, March 18 (@ lower seed)         
Game 4 - Tuesday, March 19 (@ lower seed)*
Game 5 - Wednesday, March 20 (higher seed)*
*If necessary

Round Two (same hosting format as Round One, subject to building availability)
Game 1 - Friday, March 22                       
Game 2 - Saturday, March 23
Game 3 - Monday, March 25                    
Game 4 - Tuesday, March 26*
Game 5 - Wednesday, March 27*

Round Three (best of seven)
To be completed between Friday, March 29 and Sunday, April 7. Teams will arrange travel dates once the matchup is determined.

FRED PAGE CUP FINALS, (best of seven)
To be completed between Friday, April 12 and Sunday, April 21. Teams will arrange travel dates once the matchup is determined.
The Coastal Conference champion has home-ice advantage this year.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Six Former BCHLers Announced As BC Hockey Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees:


The BC Hockey Hall of Fame held a media conference on Tuesday at Rogers Arena in order to announce the 2013 inductees.

Among those inducted are six players/personnel with ties to the BC Hockey League. Former NHL players Paul Kariya, who played in the BCHL with Penticton, and Mark Recchi, who played in the BCHL with Langley, will be honoured this July. Also joining the Hall is the first woman inductee, Nancy Wilson. Wilson, who makes her home in Summerland, was an assistant coach with the Langley Hornets during the 2003-04 season in addition to numerous other prestigious coaching roles.

With the induction of the 1993-94 and 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers teams, three former BCHL players automatically are also added to the Hall. Former Merritt Centennials goaltender Steve Passmore and former Bellingham Blazers forward Chris Murray were both members of the 1993-94 Blazers team and former Penticton Broncos defenceman Ed Dempsey was an assistant coach for Kamloops in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Dempsey was head coach and GM of the Prince George Spruce Kings for almost seven years from 2004-10.

Big time congrats to Paul, Mark, Nancy, Steve, Chris, Ed and all the inductees this year.

Here's the release as posted on the Vancouver Canucks website:
 
The British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes six new Inductees, including the first ever woman to be inducted. Nancy Wilson, a former player and coach, holds the distinction of being the first female inductee. Among the 2013 Inductees are two former NHL players Mark Recchi and Paul Kariya. One time Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Marc Crawford and former player, coach Colin Patterson, join an elite group of inductees including a dynasty in Canadian Junior Hockey, the 1994 and 1995 WHL Kamloops Blazers.

Nancy Wilson has an extensive background in hockey. Nancy was Captain of the University of Western Ontario and later played with Vancouver Senior Teams before embarking on an impressive coaching career. Wilson is a former Head Coach of the UBC Thunderbirds, BC Breakers, Vancouver Griffins, Team BC at the Canada Winter Games and was an Assistant Coach with Canada's Women's Team at the Four Nations Cup and World Championships. Nancy is Owner and lead instructor for the Centre-Ice Female Hockey School and is currently a mentor coach with Team Kazakhstan Women's Hockey team.

Paul Kariya was born and raised in North Vancouver. A former Canadian Junior A Player of the Year with Penticton, he was drafted fourth overall by Anaheim of the NHL. Kariya played 15 seasons in the NHL with Anaheim, Nashville, Colorado and St Louis. Kariya won the NCAA Championship with Maine and was named winner of the Hobey Baker Award. Paul played in 7 NHL All Star Games and was a two time winner of the Lady Byng Award. He represented Canada numerous times including a Gold Medal at the World Juniors and Olympic Gold in 2002, Kariya played 989 NHL games scoring 402 goals.

Mark Recchi, from Kamloops played 22 seasons in the NHL. He is one of only 10 players in modern day NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with 3 different teams...1991 Pittsburgh, 2006 Carolina, 2011 Boston Bruins. Recchi played in the BC junior league with Langley, WHL with New Westminster and Kamloops. Mark was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Internationally, Recchi was a member of Canada's 1988 Gold medal World Junior team, three time member of Canada's World Championship team and represented Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics. His impressive NHL career included 1652 games played, he scored 577 goals recorded a total of 1533 points.

Marc Crawford a former player and Head Coach with the NHL Vancouver Canucks is among the 2013 BCHHF Inductees. As a rookie in the NHL, Crawford was part of the Canucks run to the 1982 Stanley Cup Final. He played 6 seasons in the NHL recording 50 points in 176 games. His NHL coaching career was far more impressive. He won Coach of the Year honours with Quebec in 1994-95 and a Stanley Cup in 1996 with Colorado Avalanche. Marc was also Coach of Canada's 1998 Olympic Team. He coached the Canucks for 6 and a half seasons.... Crawford coached the Canucks in 529 games and 246 wins. Overall, he coached 1151 games in the NHL. He is presently coaching the ZSC Lions in Switzerland.

Colin Patterson has made an impact at various levels of hockey as a player and coach. He won a NCAA Championship in 1965 as a member of Michigan Tech. He later played with the Kimberly Dynamiters. Patterson coached in numerous leagues including the Swiss Elite League, Assistant Coach with Memorial Cup Champion Kootenay Ice, Head Coach Tri City Americans, Coach of the Peterborough Phantoms of the British Pro League. Patterson also coached Canada at the Spengler Cup and Izvestia Championships. He was the recipient of the Gordon Juckes Award for his contribution to hockey in Canada, Colin was also named BC Coach of the Year. .. Colin wrote a highly acclaimed "Lesson Plan" for the CAHA. He is a retired school teacher from Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Kamloops Blazers teams of 1993-94 and 1994-95 round out the 2013 BC Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees. The Blazers won back to back Memorial Cups under head Coach Don Hay and General Manager Bob Brown. Many of the players shared in the double Canadian Junior Hockey Championships. Darcy Tucker, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, Hnat Domenichelli, Nolan Baumgartner, Jason Strudwick and Ryan Huska were just a few of the standout players on the two time Championship Teams. Baumgartner was the top defenceman in the WHL in 1995. Tucker was the Blazers top scorer both seasons. Kamloops has missed the playoffs just twice in 30 seasons.

The 2013 BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction will be held in Penticton on Friday July 26th at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

2nd Annual Paul Carson Broadcast Awards Announced:

 (The late great Paul Carson - photo credit: TEAMRadio.ca)

There was definitely a BCHL flavour when TEAM Radio announced the 2nd Annual Paul Carson Broadcast Awards on Friday.

Two BCHL broadcasters - one former and one current - were among the winners while a former BCHL player was also honoured with an award.

Jeff Paterson, who calls BCHL games alongside yours truly on TEAM 1040, was named Best Sport Radio Reporter and Jim Hughson, who worked for CKIQ on BCJHL Kelowna Buckaroos broadcasts from 1976-79, was awarded Best Play-By-Play Commentator.

Former Penticton Knights forward Ray Ferraro - who had a 1258 game NHL career with Hartford, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Atlanta and St. Louis - received the award as Best Colour Commentator.

Here's the story, with all award winners and runners-up, as posted yesterday on TEAMRadio.ca:

Farhan Lalji of TSN and Don Taylor of Sportsnet are among the repeat winners in the 2nd Annual Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards designed to recognize excellence in sport broadcasting and journalism in Vancouver.

Lalji and Taylor were named Best Sport TV Reporter and Best Sport TV Anchor, respectively, for the second straight year in balloting among more than 125 Vancouver broadcasters and print media.

Lalji is a veteran Vancouver-based reporter for TSN and is best-known for his work on the CFL on TSN.  Taylor, an alumnus of the old CKVU Sportspage team of which Paul Carson was Sports Director, fronts Sportsnet Connected in prime time week nights on Sportsnet Pacific.

Other repeat winners included Best Sport Columnist Iain McIntyre of The Vancouver Sun, Best Sport Radio Reporter Jeff Paterson of TEAM 1040, Best Play-by-Play Commentator Jim Hughson of CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada and Best Colour Commentator Ray Ferraro of TSN.

Barry Macdonald of TEAM 1040, who last year shared top honours in the category of Best Sport Radio Talk Show Host with Dan Russell of CKNW 980, this year won the category outright.

Jason Botchford of The Province newspaper has earned his first Carsoni as Best Sport Reporter in Vancouver.

Bob “The Moj” Marjanovich was last month named Most Philanthropic Sportscaster in a new category created this year and presented by The Stadnyk Foundation. Marjanovich was honoured as part of the Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards for his event management of the Whistler Shoot-out Golf Tournament and fund-raising for the Michael Cuccione Foundation.

Dan Murphy of Sportsnet Pacific was the runner-up in the category of Best Sport TV Reporter, with Jay Janower of Global TV finishing third in balloting this year.

Global TV’s Squire Barnes and CTV’s Perry Solkowski finished second and third in balloting for Best Sport TV Anchor.

John Shorthouse of Sportsnet Pacific and TEAM 1040 was the runner-up behind Hughson among play-by-play commentators, with Rick Ball of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and TEAM 1040 finishing third.

Glenn Suitor of TSN and Giulio Caravatta of Sportsnet and TEAM 1410 were the runners-up and third-place finishers among colour commentators.

Also singled out as among the finest in their profession in Vancouver were sport radio reporters Ann Schmaltz of News 1130 (2nd) and Stu Walters of CKNW 980 (3rd), along with sport radio anchor Rick Quinton of CKNW 980 (2nd this year after winning top honours in Januaryof 2012) and Scott Russell of News 1130 (3rd).

Matt Sekeres of TEAM 1040 finished second in the category of Best Sports Radio Talk Show Host, ahead of David Pratt of CKNW and Sports Talk host Russell, who were tied for third in balloting.

After winning Best Sport Reporter last year, Lowell Ullrich of The Province was back in contention in the 2012-’13 awards, finishing second. Steve Ewen finished third, giving The Province a clean sweep of the top three vote-getters in the category.

Cam Cole of The Vancouver Sun and Tony Gallagher of The Province finished tied for second behind MacIntyre in the category of Best Sport Columnist.

The awards are named after the late Paul Carson, the popular Vancouver television and radio pioneer who served as Sports Director for CKVU during the days of Sportspage and was a co-founder of TEAM Radio.
Farhan Lalji of TSN and Don Taylor of Sportsnet are among the repeat winners in the 2nd Annual Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards designed to recognize excellence in sport broadcasting and journalism in Vancouver.
Lalji and Taylor were named Best Sport TV Reporter and Best Sport TV Anchor, respectively, for the second straight year in balloting among
more than 125 Vancouver broadcasters and print media.

Lalji is a veteran Vancouver-based reporter for TSN and is best-known for his work on the CFL on TSN.  Taylor, an alumnus of the old CKVU Sportspage team of which Paul Carson was Sports Director, fronts Sportsnet Connected in prime time week nights on Sportsnet Pacific.
Other repeat winners included Best Sport Columnist Iain McIntyre of The Vancouver Sun, Best Sport Radio Reporter Jeff Paterson of TEAM
1040, Best Play-by-Play Commentator Jim Hughson of CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada and Best Colour Commentator Ray Ferraro
of TSN.

Barry Macdonald of TEAM 1040, who last year shared top honours in the category of Best Sport Radio Talk Show Host with Dan Russell of
CKNW 980, this year won the category outright.

Jason Botchford of The Province newspaper has earned his first Carsoni as Best Sport Reporter in Vancouver.
Bob “The Moj” Marjanovich was last month named Most Philanthropic Sportscaster in a new category created this year and presented by
The Stadnyk Foundation. Marjanovich was honoured as part of the Paul Carson Broadcast & Media Awards for his event management of
the Whistler Shoot-out Golf Tournament and fund-raising for the Michael Cuccione Foundation.

Dan Murphy of Sportsnet Pacific was the runner-up in the category of Best Sport TV Reporter, with Jay Janower of Global TV finishing third
in balloting this year.

Global TV’s Squire Barnes and CTV’s Perry Solkowski finished second and third in balloting for Best Sport TV Anchor.
John Shorthouse of Sportsnet Pacific and TEAM 1040 was the runner-up behind Hughson among play-by-play commentators, with Rick Ball
of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and TEAM 1040 finishing third.

Glenn Suitor of TSN and Giulio Caravatta of Sportsnet and TEAM 1410 were the runners-up and third-place finishers among colour commentators.
Also singled out as among the finest in their profession in Vancouver were sport radio reporters Ann Schmaltz of News 1130 (2nd) and Stu Walters of CKNW 980 (3rd), along with sport radio anchor Rick Quinton of CKNW 980 (2nd this year after winning top honours in Januaryof 2012) and Scott Russell of News 1130 (3rd).
Matt Sekeres of TEAM 1040 finished second in the category of Best Sports Radio Talk Show Host, ahead of David Pratt of CKNW and Sports Talk host Russell, who were tied for third in balloting.
After winning Best Sport Reporter last year, Lowell Ullrich of The Province was back in contention in the 2012-’13 awards, finishing second.
Steve Ewen finished third, giving The Province a clean sweep of the top three vote-getters in the category.

Cam Cole of The Vancouver Sun and Tony Gallagher of The Province finished tied for second behind MacIntyre in the category of Best
Sport Columnist.

The awards are named after the late Paul Carson, the popular Vancouver television and radio pioneer who served as Sports Director for
CKVU during the days of Sportspage and was a co-founder of TEAM Radio.

- See more at: http://www.teamradio.ca/news/2nd-annual-paul-carson-broadcast-awards-announced/#sthash.6gOqecvf.dpuf

Friday, February 8, 2013

CJHL Announces First Ever Three Stars of the Month:


Buffalo Jr. Sabres forward Ryan Schmelzer, Dauphin Kings forward Jesse Sinatynski, and Carleton Place Canadians forward Alex Globke have been named the first ever CJHL 3 Stars of the Month. 

The competition for the inaugural 3 Stars of the Month award was fierce as several players across the CJHL's ten Junior A leagues posted impressive numbers in the month of January.

1st STAR - RYAN SCHMELZER, Forward, Buffalo Jr. Sabres, Ontario Junior Hockey League (7 GP, 8 G, 9 A, 17 PTS)

During the month of January, Ryan Schmelzer recorded 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points in 7 games played. Twice he notched 4 points in a game to go along with a 5-point effort on January 7. Schmelzer currently sits second on the Sabres in scoring and is tied for ninth overall in the OJHL with 61 points in 45 games, including 24 goals and 37 assists.
2nd STAR - JESSE SINATYNSKI, Forward, Dauphin Kings, Manitoba Junior Hockey League (10 GP, 10 G, 11 A, 21 PTS) 

Dauphin forward Jesse Sinatynski led all MJHL scorers in the month of January with 21 points in 10 games on 10 goals and 11 assists. Those 21 points vaulted Sinatynski to the top of the league scoring race where he currently sits with 36 goals and 40 assists in 48 games played. Sinatynski's impressive January helped the Kings post a 9-1 record on the way to first place in the MJHL's Sher-Wood Division.
3rd STAR - ALEX GLOBKE, Forward, Carleton Place Canadians, Central Canada Hockey League (10 GP, 11 G, 9 A, 20 PTS)

The Canadians won 8 of 10 games in the month of January due in large part to Globke's 20 points in 10 games. With 11 goals and 9 assist for the month, the Canadian's forward was voted a game star in 7 of 10 games. He currently sits 11th in league scoring with 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) in 51 games played.

Honourable Mention:
 

JOSH ROACH, Defence, Flin Flon Bombers, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (9 GP, 3 G, 10 A, 13 PTS)

BRADY SHAW, Forward, Surrey Eagles, British Columbia Hockey League (9 GP, 9 G, 7 A, 16 PTS)


The CJHL 3 Stars of the Month award was announced on February 6 as part of a suite of new CJHL national awards recognizing Junior A hockey's best players and coaches. In addition to the 3 Stars of the Month, the new CJHL awards also include annual awards for Most Valuable Player, Top Forward, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender and Top Rookie as well as Coach of the Year and Top NHL Prospect.

CJHL President Kirk Lamb Weighs in on New National Player Awards:


As I posted earlier this week, the CJHL announced a series of national player awards. I had the chance to chat with League President Kirk Lamb about the awards.


If you missed it earlier, here's the CJHL's release on the awards: 

The Canadian Junior Hockey League will recognize the best Junior A talent from across all 10 Junior A leagues with a new suite of national awards. 

The new CJHL awards will include Most Valuable Player, Top Forward, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender and Top Rookie as well as Coach of the Year and Top NHL Prospect. 

"The CJHL is always looking for new ways to showcase our players and raise the profile of the Junior A game," said Kirk Lamb, President of the CJHL. "The adoption of national awards is an important step in recognizing CJHL athletes while at the same time providing exposure for our players and Junior A leagues across the country." 

The MVP will be awarded annually to the player judged to have contributed most to his team's regular season success while the top player awards will be given out to the most outstanding player in that category based on regular season individual performance. 

The coach considered to have contributed the most to his team's regular season success will be named the Coach of the Year.

Each Junior A league in the CJHL will submit a nominee for each award and the winner will be chosen from among those 10 national finalists. The selection panel will consist of representatives from each of the CJHL's 10 Junior A leagues and the award winners will be chosen based on a weighted-voting system. 

The CJHL will also honour its best and brightest throughout the season with the introduction of the CJHL 3 Stars of the Month. This monthly award will recognize outstanding on-ice achievement of three players across the country, with the first CJHL 3 Stars to be chosen for the month of January 2013 and announced on February 7.

In addition, the highest-rated CJHL player on NHL Central Scouting's final draft rankings will be named the CJHL Top NHL Prospect. 

New CJHL Awards:
  • Most Valuable Player 
  • Top Forward 
  • Top Defenceman 
  • Top Goaltender 
  • Top Rookie 
  • Coach of the Year 
  • Top NHL Prospect 
  • 3 Stars of the Month 
The new national awards will complement the RBC CJHL Player of the Year Award and the RBC Junior A Scholarships in honouring CJHL players. 

"The new CJHL awards are a great addition to the RBC CJHL Player of the Year Award and the RBC Junior A Scholarships, both of which have a proud tradition of recognizing some of Junior A hockey's best and brightest athletes and students," said CJHL President Kirk Lamb.

The RBC CJHL Player of the Year award is given to the player who best combines on-ice performance with off-ice social responsibility while the RBC National Junior A Scholarship program provides an opportunity for Junior A players to receive scholarships based on academic accomplishments and community service.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

BCIHL Announces 2013 Playoff Format:


The BCIHL has released its official playoff format for 2013 and it sees the league move to a traditional "series" format as opposed to the round-robin format used in past years.

Here's the info from BCIHL.ca:

2013 BCIHL PLAYOFFS
First Round: March 8-10, 2013
Championship Round: March 5-17, 2013
  
For the first time, in 2013, the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League championship will be determined by a traditional playoffs after a tournament-style event was phased out following the 2011/12 season.

FORMAT: The BCIHL playoffs will consist of the top four finishers in the league's regular season standings. Each round is contested as a best-of-three series.

FIRST ROUND: Dates: Friday, March 8th to Sunday, March 10th
Opponents: Series 1 (1st Place vs. 4th Place); Series 2 (2nd Place vs. 3rd Place)


CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: Dates: Friday, March 15th to Sunday, March 17th
Opponents: Series 1 Winner vs. Series 2 Winner


HOME/AWAY: In series where the travel time between the two opponents is five hours or less, the higher seeded team will hosts Games 1 and 3 (if neccessary) while the lower seeded team hosts Game 2. In series where the travel time between opponents is five hours or more, the higher seeded team will hosts Games 1, 2 and 3 (if neccessary).

CJHL Announces New National Player Awards:


Very cool news coming from the Canadian Junior Hockey League today, with the announcement of national player awards.

I would think there will be BCHL personnel in the running for each award on pretty much an annual basis.

Here's the release from the CJHL:

New CJHL MVP and top player awards to complement the RBC CJHL Player of the Year Award and RBC Junior A Scholarships

CALGARY, Alberta (February 6, 2013) – The Canadian Junior Hockey League will recognize the best Junior A talent from across all 10 Junior A leagues with a new suite of national awards.

The new CJHL awards will include Most Valuable Player, Top Forward, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender and Top Rookie as well as Coach of the Year and Top NHL Prospect.

"The CJHL is always looking for new ways to showcase our players and raise the profile of the Junior A game," said Kirk Lamb, President of the CJHL. "The adoption of national awards is an important step in recognizing CJHL athletes while at the same time providing exposure for our players and Junior A leagues across the country."

The MVP will be awardedannually to the player judged to have contributed most to his team’s regular season success while the top player awards will be given out to the most outstanding player in that category based on regular season individual performance.  The coach considered to have contributed the most to his team's regular season success will be named the Coach of the Year.

Each Junior A league in the CJHL will submit a nominee for each award and the winner will be chosen from among those 10 national finalists.  The selection panel will consist of representatives from each of the CJHL's 10 Junior A leagues and the award winners will be chosen based on a weighted-voting system.

The CJHL will also honour its best and brightest throughout the season with the introduction of the CJHL 3 Stars of the Month.  This monthly award will recognize outstanding on-ice achievement of three players across the country, with the first CJHL 3 Stars to be chosen for the month of January 2013 and announced on February 7.    In addition, the highest-rated CJHL player on NHL Central Scouting's final draft rankings will be named the CJHL Top NHL Prospect.

The new national awards will complement the RBC CJHL Player of the Year Award and the RBC Junior A Scholarships in honouring CJHL players. "The new CJHL awards are a great addition to the RBC CJHL Player of the Year Award and the RBC Junior A Scholarships, both of which have a proud tradition of recognizing some of Junior A hockey's best and brightest athletes and students," said CJHL President Kirk Lamb.

The RBC CJHL Player of the Year award is given to the player who best combines on-ice performance with off-ice social responsibility while the RBC National Junior A Scholarship program provides an opportunity for Junior A players to receive scholarships based on academic accomplishments and community service.