This is the 2017-18 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League season. This is the league's 50th season.

Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash[edit | edit source]

2017-18 Humboldt Broncos

The league was rocked by the news of a bus crash on April 6, 2018. The Humboldt Broncos were traveling to Nipawin to play game five of their semifinal series against the Nipawin Hawks when the team bus crashed with a semi-truck resulting in the death of 16 people and critically injuring 2 more. The bus was reported to be carrying 29 occupants including the driver. A single occupant was in the truck. A 15th victim later died at hospital. Several days later a 16th victim succumbed to their injuries.  For more detailed information please see Humboldt Broncos bus crash.  The league suspended the playoffs after the incident and held a conference call on Wednesday April 11th to decide how to proceed with the balance of the post season within the league and the national play downs for the Royal Bank Cup.  The meeting unanimously voted to continue the playoffs with the two remaining teams playing in the league finals.

Franchise changes[edit | edit source]

  • none

Membership[edit | edit source]

Viterra Division
Team City Arena Last Joined
Estevan Bruins Estevan, Saskatchewan Affiinity Place 1971
Melville Millionaires Melville, Saskatchewan Horizon Credit Union Centre 1970
Weyburn Red Wings Weyburn, Saskatchewan Crescent Point Place 1968
Yorkton Terriers Yorkton, Saskatchewan Farrell Agencies Arena 1972
Olympic Buildings Division (formerly Finning Division)
Team City Arena Last Joined
Battlefords North Stars North Battleford, Saskatchewan North Battleford Civic Centre 1973
Humboldt Broncos Humboldt, Saskatchewan Elgar Peterson Arena 1970
Kindersley Klippers Kindersley, Saskatchewan West Central Events Centre 1991
Notre Dame Hounds Wilcox, Saskatchewan Duncan McNeill Arena 1987
AG Risk Division (Formerly Sherwood Division)
Team City Arena Last Joined
Flin Flon Bombers Flin Flon, Manitoba Whitney Forum 1984
La Ronge Ice Wolves La Ronge, Saskatchewan Mel Hegland Arena 1998
Melfort Mustangs Melfort, Saskatchewan Northern Lights Palace 1988
Nipawin Hawks Nipawin, Saskatchewan Centennial Arena 1985

Standings[edit | edit source]

Viterra Division[edit | edit source]

Estevan Bruins 58 34 19 3 2 239 184 73
Weyburn Red Wings 58 29 23 5 1 184 183 64
Melville Millionaires 58 23 31 2 2 155 188 50
Yorkton Terriers 58 13 40 3 2 136 280 31

Sherwood Division[edit | edit source]

Nipawin Hawks 58 43 8 3 4 232 131 93
Melfort Mustangs 58 39 13 4 2 227 157 84
Flin Flon Bombers 58 24 26 3 5 194 216 56
La Ronge Ice Wolves 58 10 45 0 3 125 292 23

AG Risk Division[edit | edit source]

Battlefords North Stars 58 42 14 2 0 229 142 86
Humboldt Broncos 58 33 19 3 3 203 165 72
Kindersley Klippers 58 29 22 4 3 170 177 65
Notre Dame Hounds 58 29 24 1 4 192 174 63

Canalta Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Format[edit | edit source]

The top ten teams in the league standings qualify for the playoffs. The top 6 teams get a first round bye and the 7th seed plays the 10th seed and the 8th seed plays the 9th seed in best-of-three series. The first round winners are re-seeded 7th and 8th. The balance of the tournament is best-of-seven. The division winners are seeded 1-2-3 (based on points and tie-breakers) for the quarterfinal round only. The semifinal match up and home ice for the last two rounds are based on points.

The Canalta Cup winning team will advance to the 2018 Anavet Cup with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League champion for the Western 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.

The league suspended the league playoffs after the bus crash.  On April 11th the Board of Governors voted unaminously to continue the playoffs with the Nipawin Hawks advancing to the finals to play the Estevan Bruins.

Preliminary Round[edit | edit source]

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Final[edit | edit source]

2018 SJHL champions Nipawin Hawks

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