Beginning in the 2018-19 hockey season, all teams in the MJHL will only be allowed to register eight over-age 20-year-olds. The older aged players will slowly be grandfathered out, with the 2019-20 season only featuring seven 20-year-olds registered per team, while six will be permitted in the 2020-21 calendar year.
This change is prompted by the league’s mandate to develop its younger aged players.
Other highlights from the Board of Governors meetings included a change to the name of the league’s top goaltender award that is presented annually. From 2018-19 onward, the Ed Belfour Top Goaltender Trophy will be awarded to the league’s best backstop. Belfour – a retired NHL veteran – grew up in Carman, MB. before playing 963 games over a 17-year NHL career.
All teams will be required to broadcast their home games in high definition on the Hockey TV service, available for fans to view online for the 2018-19 season.
Once again each team in the MJHL will face each opponent six times over the course of its 60-game season. Regular season action begins on September 21st, while teams that qualified for the postseason will enter playoffs on March 8th.