The British Columbia Hockey League held its annual general meeting in Richmond June 7, 8 and 9 with governors approving a number of changes that will take effect in the coming season.
First, the new
BCHL playoff format was officially unveiled. The league goes to a
three-division alignment for the 2012-13 season. In the Coastal
Conference, which is now made up of the Island Division and Mainland
Division, the top four of the five teams in each division will qualify
for post-season play (#1 vs. #4, #2 vs. #3). Best-of-five series will be
played in each the first two rounds to determine conference finalists
and the Coastal Conference final will be a best-of-seven.
the Interior Conference, which consists of the six-team Interior
Division, the top four teams will qualify for post-season play (#1 vs.
#4, #2 vs. #3). Two rounds, each a best-of-seven, will be played to
determine a conference champion. The Fred Page Cup finals will also be a
Alterations to the BCHL regulations
were approved with significant changes being that the affiliate draft of
15-year-old players is discontinued, that rosters will now consist of
22 players instead of 21, that coaches are allowed to place an injured
player on long-term injured reserve which would free up a spot on the
22-man roster and that penalties are now possible for players with
The Junior A Supplement initiative, begun in
the 2010-11 season to curb fighting and checking-from-behind
infractions, was also extended for two more seasons. Finally, a
sub-committee made up of BCHL coaches was officially approved. This
body, which brings concerns from among the league’s coaching ranks to
the board of directors, is co-chaired by Mike Vandekamp of Nanaimo and
Jason Williamson of Vernon.