Changes com­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League has changed its reg­u­lar sea­son and play­off for­mat. Here are the high­lights: – The three di­vi­sions have been re­placed by four with two di­vi­sions in each con­fer­ence. The six-team Mar­itimes Di­vi­sion re­mains in­tact. They will be joined by the East Di­vi­sion (Que­bec, Chicoutimi, Ri­mouski and Baie-Comeau) to form the East­ern Con­fer­ence. – The Cen­tral and West di­vi­sions each are com­prised of four teams to form an eight-team Western Con­fer­ence. – The top 16 teams still make the play­offs. If that in­cludes the ninth and/or 10th-place teams in the East­ern Con­fer­ence, they will join the Western Con­fer­ence for the play­offs. – The two di­vi­sion win­ners in each con­fer­ence will be ranked first and sec­ond based on reg­u­lar sea­son point to­tal with the re­main­ing six teams be­ing ranked three to eight based on points. – The first two rounds of the play­offs are played within the con­fer­ence struc­ture, but the semi­fi­nal will see the four teams ranked one through four based on reg­u­lar sea­son to­tals.

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