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This is the 2017-18 Alberta Junior Hockey League season. This is the league's 54th season dating back to its founding in 1964.

Membership ChangesEdit

  • None

TeamsEdit

AJHL team locations 2014-15

AJHL team locations as of 2014-15 season (North Division in red, South Division in blue)

Viterra North Division
Team City Arena Joined AJHL
Bonnyville Pontiacs Bonnyville, Alberta R. J. Lalonde Arena 1991
Drayton Valley Thunder Drayton Valley, Alberta Drayton Valley Omni-Plex 1998
Fort McMurray Oil Barons Fort McMurray, Alberta Casman Centre 1981
Grande Prairie Storm Grande Prairie, Alberta Revolution Place 1995
Lloydminster Bobcats Lloydminster, Saskatchewan Centennial Civic Centre 1988 (founded in 1982 as SJHL team)
Sherwood Park Crusaders Sherwood Park, Alberta Sherwood Park Arena 1976
Spruce Grove Saints Spruce Grove, Alberta Grant Fuhr Arena 2004 (as Spruce Grove Saints, 1963 originally for franchise as Edmonton Movers)
Whitecourt Wolverines Whitecourt, Alberta Scott Safety Centre 2012 (as Whitecourt Wolverines, 1976 as Fort Saskatchewan Traders)
Viterra South Division
Team City Arena Joined AJHL
Brooks Bandits Brooks, Alberta Centennial Regional Arena 2000
Calgary Canucks Calgary, Alberta Max Bell Centre 1971
Calgary Mustangs Calgary, Alberta Father David Bauer Olympic Arena 2010 (as Calgary Mustangs, originally joined as The Pass Red Devils in 1972)
Camrose Kodiaks Camrose, Alberta Edgeworth Centre (Encana Arena) 1997
Canmore Eagles Canmore, Alberta Canmore Recreation Centre 2001 (as Canmore Eagles, originally joined 1995 as Bow Valley Eagles)
Drumheller Dragons Drumheller, Alberta Drumheller Memorial Arena 2003
Okotoks Oilers Okotoks, Alberta Pason Centennial Arena 2005 (as Okotoks Oilers, originally joined 1998 as Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves)
Olds Grizzlys Olds, Alberta Olds & District Sports Complex 1981 (as Olds Grizzlys, originally joined 1974 as Taber Golden Suns)

StandingsEdit

North DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Spruce Grove Saints 60 47 10 3 262 138 97
Fort McMurray Oil Barons 60 42 13 5 231 165 89
Whitecourt Wolverines 60 33 20 7 207 156 73
Grande Prairie Storm 60 28 29 3 212 225 59
Sherwood Park Crusaders 60 27 31 2 209 241 56
Lloydminster Bobcats 60 23 34 3 153 206 49
Bonnyville Pontiacs 60 20 32 8 179 216 48
Drayton Valley Thunder 60 17 40 3 178 298 37

South DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Okotoks Oilers 60 52 6 2 270 132 106
Brooks Bandits 60 45 14 1 255 139 91
Drumheller Dragons 60 33 22 5 215 180 71
Camrose Kodiaks 60 24 24 12 193 202 60
Calgary Mustangs 60 24 29 7 194 248 55
Calgary Canucks 60 26 32 2 199 256 54
Canmore Eagles 60 21 37 2 180 233 44
Olds Grizzlys 60 18 37 5 170 272 41

Note: The Sherwood Park Crusaders were credited with a default win on October 3, 2017 versus the Bonnyville Pontiacs (originally a 7-2 Bonnyville win). The Canmore Eagles were credited with a default win on December 5, 2017 versus the Okotoks Oilers (originally a 6-2 Okotoks win).

2018 PlayoffsEdit

2018 AJHL playoff logo

The league announced on September 13, 2017 that the new title sponsor of the League championship will be Inter Pipeline Ltd. and that the playoffs will be renamed the Inter Pipeline AJHL Playoffs and the championship trophy would be renamed the Inter Pipeline Cup.[1]

FormatEdit

The top seven teams in each division qualify for the playoffs with the top team in each division receiving a first round bye. The 2nd place team  play the 7th place team, the 3rd place play 6th, and 4th place play the 5th place team in best of five series. In the second round the first place team play the lowest seeded first round winner and the other two first round winners play each other in best of seven series. The division semifinal winners meet in the best of seven division final. The Viterra AJHL South Division and Viterra AJHL North Division playoff champions meet in the best of seven AJHL Inter Pipeline Cup Final.

The playoff winning team will advance to an inter-provincial best-of-seven playoff with the British Columbia Hockey League for the Pacific region spot in the 2018 Royal Bank Cup; which is being held in Chilliwack, British Columbia; as the Western Canada Cup format has been abandoned by the four leagues that participated in that tournament. This is the same format that had been used from 1962 to 2012. The series is scheduled to begin in the BCHL team's rink on April 27th and 28th, 2018.[2]

North Division QuarterfinalsEdit

South Division QuarterfinalsEdit

North Division SemifinalsEdit

South Division SemifinalsEdit

North Division FinalEdit

South Division FinalEdit

Inter Pipeline Cup FinalEdit

2018 AJHL champions Spruce Grove Saints

2018 AJHL champions Spruce Grove Saints (photo credit: Dave Watling)

ReferencesEdit

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