2017 WHL Playoffs Begin Tonight

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Calgary, Alta. – The 2017 WHL Playoffs begin tonight across Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

After 792 regular season games, 16 teams will vie for the right to be crowned the 51st WHL champions and represent the League at the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ont. this May.

2017 #WHLPlayoffs Bracket

Eastern Conference Playoff Schedules & Previews:

Regina Pats (1) vs. Calgary Hitmen (WC2) – Series A
#REGvsCGY Series Preview
Television: WHL on Shaw, Access7

Game 1 – Friday, March 24 – Brandt Centre – Regina – 7:00 p.m. MT
Game 2 – Saturday March 25 – Brandt Centre – Regina – 7:00 p.m. MT
Game 3 – Tuesday, March 28 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary – 7:00 p.m. MT
Game 4 – Thursday, March 30 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary – 7:00 p.m. MT
*Game 5 – Sunday, April 2 – Brandt Centre – Regina – 4:00 p.m. MT
*Game 6 – Monday, April 3 – Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary – 7:00 p.m. MT
*Game 7 – Wednesday, April 5 – Brandt Centre – Regina – 7:00 p.m. MT
*if necessary

Moose Jaw Warriors (2) vs. Swift Current Broncos (3) – Series B
#MJvsSC Series Preview

Game 1 – Friday, March 24 – Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m. MT
Game 2 – Saturday, March 25 – Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m. MT
Game 3 –  Tuesday March 28 – Credit Union iPlex – Swift Current – 7:00 p.m. MT
Game 4 – Wednesday, March 29 – Credit Union iPlex – Swift Current – 7:00 p.m. MT
*Game 5 – Friday, March 31 – Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m. MT
*Game 6 – Saturday, April 1 – Credit Union iPlex – Swift Current – 7:00 p.m. MT
*Game 7 – Monday, April 3 – Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m. MT
*if necessary

Medicine Hat Tigers (1) vs. Brandon Wheat Kings (WC1) – Series C
#MHvsBDN Series Preview

Game 1 – Friday, March 24 – Canalta Centre – Medicine Hat – 7:30 p.m. MT
Game 2 – Saturday, March 25 – Canalta Centre – Medicine Hat – 7:30 p.m. MT
Game 3 – Tuesday, March 28 – Credit Union Place – Dauphin, Man. – 7:30 p.m. CT
Game 4 – Wednesday, March 29 – Credit Union Place – Dauphin, Man. – 7:30 p.m. CT
*Game 5 – Friday, March 31 – Canalta Centre – Medicine Hat – 7:30 p.m. MT
*Game 6 – Sunday, April 2 – Credit Union Place – Dauphin, Man. – 7:00 p.m. CT
*Game 7 – Tuesday, April 4 – Canalta Centre – Medicine Hat – 7:00 p.m. MT
* if necessary

Lethbridge Hurricanes (2) vs. Red Deer Rebels (3) – Series D
#LETvsRD Series Preview

Game 1 – Saturday, March 25 – Enmax Centre – Lethbridge – 7:00 p.m. MT
Game 2 – Sunday, March 26 – Enmax Centre – Lethbridge – 6:00 p.m. MT
Game 3 – Wednesday, March 29 – Enxmax Centrium – Red Deer – 7:00 p.m. MT
Game 4 – Thursday, March 30 – Enmax Centrium – Red Deer – 7:00 p.m. MT
*Game 5 – Saturday, April 1 – Enmax Centre – Lethbridge – 7:00 p.m. MT
*Game 6 – Sunday, April 2 – Enmax Centrium – Red Deer – 5:00 p.m. MT
*Game 7 – Tuesday, April 4 – Enmax Centre – Lethbridge – 7:00 p.m. MT
*if necessary

Western Conference Playoff Schedules & Previews:

Prince George Cougars (1) vs. Portland Winterhawks (WC1) – Series E
#PGvsPOR Series Preview

Game 1 – Friday, March 24 – CN Centre – Prince George – 7:00 p.m. PT
Game 2 – Sunday, March 26 – CN Centre – Prince George – 5:00 p.m. PT
Game 3 – Wednesday, March 29 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland – 7:00 p.m. PT
Game 4 – Thursday, March 30 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland – 7:00 p.m. PT
*Game 5 – Saturday, April 1 – CN Centre – Prince George – 7:00 p.m. PT
*Game 6 – Monday, April 3 – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland – 7:00 p.m. PT
*Game 7 – Wednesday, April 5 – CN Centre – Prince George – 7:00 p.m. PT
*if necessary

Kelowna Rockets (2) vs. Kamloops Blazers (3) – Series F
#KELvsKAM Series Preview
Television: WHL on Shaw

Game 1 – Friday, March 24 – Prospera Place –  Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. PT
Game 2 – Saturday, March 25 – Prospera Place – Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. PT
Game 3 – Tuesday, March 28 – Sandman Centre – Kamloops – 7 p.m. PT
Game 4 – Wednesday, March 29 – Sandman Centre – Kamloops – 7 p.m. PT
*Game 5 – Friday, March 31 – Prospera Place – Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. PT
*Game 6 – Sunday, April 2 – Sandman Centre – Kamloops – 7 p.m. PT
*Game 7 – Tuesday, April 4 – Prospera Place – Kelowna – 7:05 p.m. PT
*if necessary

Everett Silvertips (1) vs. Victoria Royals (WC2) – Series G
#EVTvsVIC Series Preview
Game 1 – Friday, March 24 – XFINITY Arena – Everett – 7:35 p.m. PT
Game 2 – Saturday, March 25 – XFINITY Arena – Everett 7:05 p.m. PT
Game 3 – Tuesday, March 28 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria – 7:05 p.m. PT
Game 4 – Wednesday, March 29 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria – 7:05 p.m. PT
*Game 5 – Friday, March 31 – XFINITY Arena – Everett – 7:35 p.m. PT
*Game 6 – Sunday, April 2 – Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria – 2:05 p.m. PT
*Game 7 – Tuesday, April 4 – XFINITY Arena – Everett – 7:05 p.m. PT
*if necessary

Seattle Thunderbirds (2) vs. Tri-City Americans (3) – Series H
#SEAvsTC Series Preview
Game 1 – Friday, March 24 – ShoWare Center – Kent, Wash. – 7:35 p.m. PT
Game 2 – Saturday, March 25 – ShoWare Center – Kent., Wash. – 7:05 p.m. PT
Game 3 – Wednesday, March 29 – Toyota Center – Kennewick, Wash. – 7:05 p.m. PT
Game 4 – Friday, March 31 – Toyota Center – Kennewick, Wash. – 7:05 p.m. PT
*Game 5 – Saturday, April 1 – ShoWare Center – Kent, Wash. – 7:05 p.m. PT
*Game 6 – Monday, April 3 – Toyota Center – Kennewick, Wash. – 7:050 p.m. PT
*Game 7 – Wednesday, April 5 – ShoWare Center – Kent, Wash. – 7:05 p.m. PT
*if necessary

Television Broadcast Information
The WHL on Shaw will broadcast the first round series between the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers in its entirety. All games will be televised on local Shaw TV stations in British Columbia and Northern Alberta and across the Shaw TV network on Shaw HD 304, Blue Sky 604, Shaw Direct 299 and Shaw Direct HD 120/620.

In partnership with the WHL’s official regional community cable broadcast partner, Shaw, Access7 will broadcast the first round series between the Regina Pats and the Calgary Hitmen in its entirety. All games will be available on Access channels 7 or 70 (depending on the community) in Saskatchewan. Shaw TV subscribers will also have access to the series as all games will be televised on Shaw HD 359, Blue Sky 630 and Shaw Direct 122/162. Additionally, viewers in Southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba can catch this series on their local Shaw TV station.

WHL Live Playoff Packages Available
Playoff packages through the WHL’s webcasting platform, WHL Live, are now available at www.WHLLive.com.

Individual Game $6.99
Team Pass (Per Round) $25.99
All Access (After March 24) $129.99
All Access – From Round 2 $79.99
All Access – From Round 3 $49.99
*All prices in Canadian dollars

Subscribers can also receive 10% off All Access packages until Sunday, March 26 by using the promo code WHLPLAYOFFS17.

WHL Playoffs Format
The WHL uses a Divisional/Conference hybrid playoff format, with the inclusion of wild card qualifiers. All playoff series are best-of-seven series.

The format sees the top three teams in each Division make up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed teams in each Conference, based on their regular season record and regardless of Division.

In the first round, the Division winner with the best record in each Conference will be matched against the wild card team with the lesser record; the wild card team with the better record will play the other Division winner.

The teams finishing second and third in each Division will meet in the first round within the bracket headed by their respective division winners. First round winners within each bracket play one another in the second round to determine the four participants in the Conference championship series.

Home ice advantage in the WHL Championship Series will be determined by regular season record. If an East Division Club is involved in the WHL Championship Series, the series will use a 2-3-2 format.

WHL Radio Show
Jon Keen recaps the WHL Bantam Draft Lottery, WHL Awards handed out earlier this week, the U Sports University Cup and, of course, tees up the 2017 WHL Playoffs in this week’s edition of the WHL Radio Show. Listen HERE.

CHL Fanbase & CHL Predictor
Play #CHLPredictor and choose playoff winners from across the Canadian Hockey League throughout the post-season! Register through the new #CHLFanbase module, earn points for correct picks, and have the chance to win great prizes including a trip to the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

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