This is the 2017-18 North Peace Hockey League season.

Due to the late withdrawal of teams the schedule will be unbalanced with the East Division playing 20 games and the West Division playing 18.

The league's two British Columbia based teams met in a best-of-three series in January to determine the area representative at the 2018 Coy Cup.  The Dawson Creek Canucks defeated the Fort St. John Flyers 2 games to none (8-1, 4-3 (ot)) to claim the Coy Cup berth.

The league has not sent a representative to the Alberta Senior AA Playoffs for at least several seasons.  No word if the Alberta teams will compete for a spot in the 2018 Alberta Senior AA playoffs.  Apparently, the Spirit River Rangers, who have won the past five years playoffs, declined to to participate in the Alberta Senior AA playoffs.

Membership Changes[edit | edit source]

Teams[edit | edit source]

East Division[edit | edit source]

Team Centre Arena
Falher Pirates Falher, Alberta Falher Arena
Grimshaw Huskies Grimshaw, Alberta Grimshaw Memorial Arena
High Prairie Regals High Prairie, Alberta High Prairie Sports Palace
Manning Comets Manning, Alberta Manning Sports Centre Arena

West Division[edit | edit source]

Team Centre Arena
Dawson Creek Canucks Dawson Creek, British Columbia Dawson Creek Memorial Arena
Fort St. John Flyers Fort St. John, British Columbia North Peace Arena
Grande Prairie Athletics Grande Prairie, Alberta Coca-Cola Centre

Withdrew after schedule written[edit | edit source]

Team Centre Arena
Valleyview Jets Valleyview, Alberta Valleyview Recreation Centre
Spirit River Rangers Spirit River, Alberta Spirit River Ag-rena

Standings[edit | edit source]

The Dawson Creek Canucks were forced to forfeit 4 games due to the use of more than the limit of six import players.  The statistics from the games will be counted.  The team had also lost two other games while playing over the limit and these games were unaffected. There may have been some misunderstanding on the part of the team as the league president, Jack McAvoy stated in his explanation of the matter "Dawson Creek is a team based in British Columbia, but they play in the NPHL which is under the jurisdiction of Hockey Alberta. According to the NPHL Constitution, any matter not dealt with in the Constitution, Hockey Alberta rules will apply." "Hockey Alberta bylaws state any player playing hockey outside the province is considered an import. Therefore, any play who played in Alberta last year (2016-17) is considered an import." "If the player goes to another province to play hockey, it also means if any of those players return back to Alberta in 2018-19, they will be considered an import."

Based on the playoff format for the West Division for this season; the punishment is one in name only as the teams all make the playoffs and participate in a double home and home series to determine the West Division winner and league finalist.[2]

East Division[edit | edit source]

Falher Pirates 20 12 8 0 0 118 103 24
High Prairie Regals 20 8 11 0 1 101 129 17
Grimshaw Huskies 20 8 12 0 0 101 119 16
Manning Comets 20 6 12 2 0 70 116 14

West Division[edit | edit source]

Fort St. John Flyers 18 13 5 0 0 95 64 26
Grande Prairie Athletics 18 12 5 0 1 92 69 25
Dawson Creek Canucks 18 8 9 0 1 93 70 17

Campbell Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Format[edit | edit source]

The East Division will play two rounds of best-of-seven series with the one seed playing the four seed and the two seed playing the three seed in the division semifinals.  The winners will meet for the division final with that winner advancing to the league final

The West Division will play a double round robin with the top team advancing to the league final. If teams are tied for the top spot a one or two stage sudden death playoff will be held based on regular season standings to determine home ice and seeding.  If a team has clinched the division's berth in the final, the balance of the round robin will be cancelled.

The league final will be a best-of-seven series.

East Division[edit | edit source]

Semifinals[edit | edit source]


Final[edit | edit source]


West Division[edit | edit source]

Double home and home round robin[edit | edit source]

Winner advances to league final.

  • Jan 30: Grande Prairie 6 at Dawson Creek 2
  • Feb 01: Fort St. John 4 at Grande Prairie 3 (ot)
  • Feb 03: Dawson Creek 3 at Fort St. John 5
  • Feb 06: Grande Prairie 4 at Fort St. John 7
  • Feb 08: Fort St. John 3 at Dawson Creek 4 (ot)
  • Feb 10: Dawson Creek 5 at Grande Prairie 3
  • Feb 13: Dawson Creek 2 at Fort St. John 3 (ot)
  • Feb 15: Fort St. John 6 at Grande Prairie 4
  • Feb 17: Grande Prairie 7 at Dawson Creek 6

Balance of schedule (3 games plus tiebreakers) cancelled as Fort St. John clinches final berth

Round Robin Standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Fort St. John Flyers 6 5 0 1 28 20 11
Dawson Creek Canucks 6 2 3 1 22 27 5
Grande Prairie Athletics 6 2 3 1 27 30 5

League Final[edit | edit source]

2018 NPHL champs Fort St. John Flyers

References[edit | edit source] NPHL webpage

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