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This is the 2017-18 Heritage Junior Hockey League season.  This is the league's 31st season. The league's regular season included the league's first ever outdoor game on January 27 when the Red Deer Vipers hosted and defeated the Mountainview Colts at the Bower Community Centre in Red Deer.  Opening faceoff temperature -16C (3 degrees F)

Membership changesEdit

  • The Banff Academy Bears have withdrawn from the league after the 2016-17 season.
  • The league will be adding the Lomond Lakers to the league for the 2018-19 season.

TeamsEdit

Team Centre Arena
North Division
Airdrie Thunder Airdrie Ron Ebbesen Arena
Blackfalds Wranglers Blackfalds Blackfalds Arena
Mountainview Colts Didsbury Didsbury Recreation Complex
Ponoka Stampeders Ponoka Ponoka Culture & Recreation Complex
Red Deer Vipers Red Deer Collicutt Centre (2017-18) Servus Arena (2018-19)
Stettler Lightning Stettler Stettler Recreation Centre
Three Hills Thrashers Three Hills Three Hills Centennial Place
South Division
Coaldale Copperheads Coaldale Coaldale Arena
Cochrane Generals Cochrane Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre
High River Flyers High River Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex
Medicine Hat Cubs Medicine Hat Kinplex
Okotoks Bisons Okotoks Murray Arena
Strathmore Wheatland Kings Strathmore Strathmore Family Centre

StandingsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Red Deer Vipers 36 30 5 1 198 96 61
Airdrie Thunder 36 23 9 4 193 131 50
Blackfalds Wranglers 36 22 12 2 167 116 46
Mountainview Colts 36 16 16 4 150 154 36
Stettler Lightning 36 16 17 3 174 175 35
Ponoka Stampeders 36 11 22 3 133 189 25
Three Hills Thrashers 36 1 35 0 50 285 2

Southern DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Coaldale Copperheads 36 24 10 2 154 113 50
Okotoks Bisons 36 24 10 2 179 115 50
Cochrane Generals 36 24 11 1 176 114 49
High River Flyers 36 17 16 3 146 144 37
Strathmore Wheatland Kings 36 12 21 3 132 154 27
Medicine Hat Cubs 36 12 22 2 115 181 26

Note: Coaldale finished ahead of Okotoks based on Regulation and Overtime Wins 23 to 22

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

The top six teams in each division qualify for the playoffs. The top two seeds earn a bye into the division semifinals. The 3rd place team plays the 6th place team and the 4th place team plays the 5th place team in a best-of-three qualifying round. The teams are re-seeded for the best-of-five division semifinal round. The division semifinal winners meet in the best-of-seven division final round. The division winners meet in the best-of-three league championship series. For overtime play the league uses one ten minute overtime period followed by 20 minute overtime periods.

The league champion qualifies for the 2018 Russ Barnes Trophy which determines the provincial champion. The tournament is being held in Fort St. John, British Columbia and being hosted by the Fort St. John Huskies of the North West Junior Hockey League. The winner of the tournament earns the right to compete for the Western Canadian Junior "B" Crown, the 2018 Keystone Cup. However, Hockey Alberta has decided that the provincial champion will no longer compete in the Keystone Cup citing expenses and player safety. The three Junior B level leagues in British Columbia that play under the sanctioning of BC Hockey have decided as a group that they will also not participate in the Keystone Cup with similiar concerns to Hockey Alberta. BC Hockey does not mandate that the provincial champion play in further regional or nation play.

Division QuarterfinalsEdit

NorthEdit

SouthEdit

Division SemifinalsEdit

NorthEdit

SouthEdit

Division FinalsEdit

NorthEdit

SouthEdit

League FinalEdit

2018 HJBHL champions Red Deer Vipers

2018 HJBHL champions Red Deer Vipers

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