June 10, 2014(ISN) – The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) held its annual general meeting (AGM) June
5 to 7 in Richmond, B.C. and has confirmed solidarity from all clubs on issues
regarding roster composition, player safety, scheduling and playoff structure.
Roster stability and reduction of player transactions are primary goals for the
BCHL. Representatives of each club at the AGM strongly supported the league’s
direction to keep players on the teams they are recruited to for the start of each
The league will continue following the Junior A Supplement document which determines
discipline on dangerous hits and fighting. Players will be ejected from a game
following a fight. The Supplement was created by the four western Junior A leagues
and will be followed by all 128 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) teams across
the 10 Junior A leagues next season.
The BCHL will continue with the same playoff format as this past season. Again, this
will see best-of-seven playoff action in Rounds 1 and 2, a three-team round robin in
Round 3 designed to eliminate one team and a best-of-seven Fred Page Cup final
between the two teams surviving Round 3. Dates of game nights and structure of the
best-of-seven series will be determined by competing playoff clubs when matchups are
A Scheduling Committee was established that will meet during the 2014-15 regular
season. The committee’s mandate will be to review, establish guidelines and to make
recommendations to the BCHL Board of Governors for consideration and possible
implementation in preparation for the 2015 BCHL AGM scheduling sessions. The
Scheduling Committee is made up of governors and coaches from each of the three BCHL
For the third-straight season, the Bauer BCHL Showcase will take place, running
Sept. 19 to 21 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. All games played at the Showcase
will count in the regular-season standings and a large contingent of NCAA coaches,
professional scouts and Canadian university representatives are again expected to
BCHL regular-season games will begin Friday, Sept. 26 and finish Sunday, March 1, 2015.
Congratulations are also in order for Chilliwack Chiefs governor Glen Ringdal who
was named the 2014 BCHL Executive of the Year. Ringdal, whose career has seen him
work for the B.C. Lions and Vancouver Canucks, is a tireless worker on the league’s
Strategic Planning committee and has developed several valuable initiatives that
will grow the BCHL brand into the future.
Talks on each team’s 2014-15 schedule are well underway and a final league grid
should be in place before the end of June.