June 29th, 2010 – The Alberta Junior Hockey League announced today the 2010 Exhibition Season Schedule and the 2010-2011 Regular Season Schedule. The 2010-2011 AJHL Season will begin with a 46-game Exhibition Schedule on August 25th, 2010. The Regular Season will open on Friday, September 10th, 2010 with 10 teams in action across the province.
The 2010-2011 AJHL Regular Season will consist of 16 teams playing an unbalanced schedule of 60 games apiece, including two regular season games at the Annual AJHL Showcase. The AJHL Regular Season will conclude on Monday, February 21st, 2011 after 480 regular season games.
The Drayton Valley Thunder, Spruce Grove Saints, Sherwood Park Crusaders, and St. Albert Steel will compete in a pre-season tournament from August 27th – 29th. Games will be played in Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove; the finals will be hosted by the St. Albert Steel at Servus Credit Union Place. The Brooks Bandits, Grande Prairie Storm and Fort McMurray Oil Barons will battle in pre-season games against teams from the BCHL, SJHL NAHL, and ACAC.
The AJHL will hold the 4th Annual AJHL Showcase Weekend at the Transalta Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove, Alberta from September 30th – October 2nd, 2010. The AJHL will not host an All-Star Weekend in 2011 as the League is exploring a new format to revitalize the event. The AJHL Semi-Annual Meeting will be held on January 15th, 2011 in Red Deer, Alberta.
Select AJHL players will have the opportunity to participate in Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) events. The CJHL in conjunction with Hockey Canada will host the 2010 World Junior A Challenge in Penticton, BC from November 8th – 14th, 2010. . The WJAC was created to showcase the talent in Canada’s Junior A leagues.
The date and location for the 2010 CJHL Prospects Game has yet to be determined. The CJHL Prospects Game features players from the CJHL’s five Western leagues competing against the best players from the six Eastern leagues.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League will crown Divisional Champions in the 2011 AJHL Enerflex Cup Playoffs. Each division will playoff to determine a divisional champion at the conclusion of Round Three in the AJHL Playoffs. The North Division Champion and the South Division Champion will then compete in the League Final for the AJHL Enerflex Cup. The battle for the 2011 AJHL Enerflex Cup will begin February 24th, 2011:
February 24th – March 3rd, 2011
March 5th – 16th, 2011
Round Three – League Semi-Finals
March 19th –29th, 2011
Round Four – League Final (Enerflex Cup):
April 1st – 12th, 2011
The 2011 Doyle Cup will be held from April 15th – 24th , 2011 commencing in BC. The 2011 RBC Cup National Junior A Championship is scheduled for April 30th – May 8th, 2011 in the AJHL Community of Camrose, Alberta.
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