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This is the 2019-20 Alberta Junior Hockey League season. This is the league's 56th season dating back to its founding in 1964. The regular season will run from September 13th to February 27th.

Suspending of Play[edit | edit source]

The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Thursday that effective Friday, March 13, all games and hockey-related activity involving its member clubs have been cancelled, until further notice, due to the continued threat of the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic as well as potential exposure and contamination of its players, team staff members, on and off-ice officials, volunteers and fans.[1]

Membership Changes[edit | edit source]

Exhibition Games[edit | edit source]

The pre-season will include 10 inter-league games against members of other CJHL leagues and 10 other games in non AJHL communities including DeWinton, Stettler, Westlock, and Cochrane.

The Grande Prairie Storm will play the Czech Republic men's national junior ice hockey team in an exhibition game on December 5th prior to the 2019 World Junior A Challenge.

Showcase[edit | edit source]

The league will have its 13th annual AJHL Showcase in Camrose September 26-28, 2019

Neutral Site Game[edit | edit source]

The Lloydminster Bobcats will take on the Fort McMurray Oil Barons on December 6th in Onion Lake, Alberta/Saskatchewan

Team[edit | edit source]

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
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)
On Hiatus
Team City Arena Joined AJHL
Blackfalds franchise Blackfalds, Alberta Blackfalds Multiplex Arena 2010 (as Calgary Mustangs, originally joined as The Pass Red Devils in 1972)

Standings[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Sherwood Park Crusaders 58 49 9 0 271 128 98
Spruce Grove Saints 58 43 13 2 246 155 88
Whitecourt Wolverines 58 32 17 9 191 163 73
Bonnyville Pontiacs 58 33 21 4 213 189 70
Drayton Valley Thunder 58 26 25 7 172 189 59
Fort McMurray Oil Barons 58 20 34 4 149 228 44
Grande Prairie Storm 58 18 33 7 139 198 43
Lloydminster Bobcats 58 11 41 6 120 238 28

South Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Okotoks Oilers 58 47 7 4 256 141 98
Brooks Bandits 58 46 10 2 290 145 94
Drumheller Dragons 58 37 18 3 249 168 77
Camrose Kodiaks 58 31 24 3 203 204 65
Canmore Eagles 58 23 31 4 207 248 50
Olds Grizzlys 58 10 41 7 157 291 27
Calgary Canucks 58 9 46 3 118 299

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2020 Playoffs[edit | edit source]

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.[6]

Format[edit | edit source]

The top seven teams in North division qualify for the playoffs with the top team in the 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 seven series. Due to the reduction of one team the South Division will have the top six teams qualify for the playoffs with the the 1st and second place teams earning first round byes and 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 North Division winners play each other in best of seven series while the 2nd place team in the South Division plays the higher seeded first round winner. 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 win the Inter Pipeline Cup will advance to an inter-provincial best-of-seven playoff with the British Columbia Hockey League for the Doyle Cup and the Pacific region spot in the 2020 Centennial Cup; which is being held in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. The series is scheduled to begin in the BCHL team's rink April 24th 2020.[7]

North Division Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

South Division Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

Playoffs were cancelled between completion of the division quarterfinal round division semifinal round

References[edit | edit source]

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