North Peace Hockey League announces playoff format change 

FAIRVIEW, A.B. – The North Peace Hockey League has announced changes to the league’s playoff format for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

The league was set to discuss the playoff format at their fall meeting on September 28th in Fairview, pending the Manning Comets’ playing status for the season. However, when the league heard that the Comets were taking a one-year leave of absence, teams were invited to vote on several playoff proposals.

Proposal 1, which was ultimately voted on by NPHL President Jack McAvoy after Proposals 1 and 3 garnered three votes each, is as follows:

  • All teams qualify for playoffs.
  • First place plays fourth place and second place plays third place within each division [East and West] in a best-of-seven format [Division Semi-Final].
  • The winners of the Division Semi-Final advance to meet in the Division Final, also a best—of-seven series. There is no crossover.
  • The NPHL Final will be a best-of-seven series between the division champions.

“We generally agreed at the fall meeting there would not be crossover until the final. Also, the team voting for a new proposal indicated Proposal 1 as their second choice,” said McAvoy.

Proposal 1 and Proposal 3 received three votes each, while a seventh member of the league voted for a new proposal to be drafted. The results of the vote by each team will not be disclosed.