The 96-97 season saw a minor restructuring of teams as Fox Creek was moved to the South Division and Mayerthorpe moved over to the North Division. Another item of note was the Hinton Heat being suspended from league play late in the season.

When the playoffs arrived, the 3 remaining teams in the South Division played off in a double round robin to determine which two would meet in the division final. Edson and Whitecourt played off with Edson winning. In the North Division, Slave Lake and Swan Hills met in the final with the Winterhawks prevailing. Slave Lake defeated Edson in 5 games to win the league championship.

The all-star game was played in Athabasca.

SOUTH DIVISION

TEAM GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edson 26 19 6 1 140 88 39
Fox Creek 26 12 14 0 105 123 24
Whitecourt 26 11 14 1 120 121 23
Hinton 21 6 15 0 85 73 12

NORTH DIVISION

TEAM GP W L T GF GA PTS
Slave Lake 26 21 5 0 158 97 52
Swan Hills 26 11 15 0 124 136 22
Athabasca 26 10 16 0 141 157 20
Mayerthorpe 26 8 18 0 82 170 16

Archived information courtesy of the Fox Creek Bandits webpage.

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