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Big Changes Forthcoming in the MJHL

By Carter Brooks

Graphic courtesy of the MJHL

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Board of Governors met for the Annual General Meeting this past week, which saw some notable changes.

Big Changes Forthcoming in the MJHL

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. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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