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MJHL announces 2021-22 season overview

WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is delighted to announce the regular season start date, schedule format, divisional format and important dates for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

The puck will drop for opening weekend on Friday, September 17th

Opening weekend will feature six home and home divisional matchups taking place over the course of the weekend involving all 12 member teams.

The MJHL will make a return to two-divisions for the 2021-22 season featuring a West and East division with six member teams making up each division.

West East
Dauphin Kings Portage Terriers
Neepawa (Stay Tuned) Selkirk Steelers
OCN Blizzard Steinbach Pistons
Swan Valley Stampeders Winkler Flyers
Waywayseecappo Wolverines Winnipeg Blues
Virden Oil Capitals Winnipeg Freeze

Once the season gets underway on September 17th, each team will play a 54-game schedule on their road to the MJHL Turnbull Cup Playoffs.

Each team will play 40 games within their division and 14 games outside of their division.  The season will begin with 10 weeks of home and home divisional play, followed by six weeks of non-divisional matchups, before moving to a more traditional schedule format in January.

The 2021 MJHL Player Showcase will take place at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie from November 22 – 24th and will feature all 12 member teams playing two non-divisional games each based on standings at that time.  The Showcase is scheduled to begin directly after first half divisional matchups have concluded which will provide a very competitive and high-performance environment for the teams, athletes and the many scouts that will be in attendance.

1st and 2nd Division Teams will play one game against each of their Divisional Counterparts.

3rd and 4th Division Teams will play one game against each of their Divisional Counterparts.

5th and 6th  Division Teams will play one game against each of their Divisional Counterparts.

The 2021 World Junior A Challenge (WJAC) will take place in in Cornwall, Ontario from December 12th – 18th.

The WJAC is a U20 event that represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and the IIHF.  The tournament features six teams from across the globe with Canada represented by two regional squads (Canada West / Canada East).  Each season, MJHL players / staff are selected to participate in the tournament representing  Team Canada West. The WJAC has produced more than 300 NHL draft picks, including 42 selected in the first round – names like Tyson Jost, Nikolai Ehlers, Andrei Svechnikov, Brock Boeser, Kyle Connor, Hampus Lindholm, David Pastrnak, Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Turris, Andrei Vasilevski, and Cale Makar.

The 2022 CJHL Prospects Game will be held in January, 2022.

The showcase event represents a partnership between the NHL, NHL Central Scouting and the CJHL.  Players from across the CJHL are selected by NHL Central Scouting and will be among the top 40 CJHL prospects heading into the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.  Each season MJHL players are selected to participate in this event.

Next up, the MJHL/SJHL joint player showcase will be hosted by the MJHL from January 25-26, 2022

Hosted in Winnipeg at the impressive Seven Oaks Sportsplex.  The event brings together the top 60 players from each league providing maximum high-performance exposure opportunities in front of NHL, WHL, U SPORTS and NCAA scouts.

The 2021-22 MJHL regular season will conclude on Sunday, March 13th, 2022 with the MJHL Turnbull Cup playoffs beginning the week of March 14th.   **Playoff format to be finalized in the coming weeks**

From there, the MJHL Champion will face-off against the SJHL Champion for the ANAVET Cup in a best of 7 series beginning on Friday, April 29th 

The ANAVET Cup champion will compete in the 2022 Centennial Cup presented by Tim Hortons (CJHL National Junior A Championship).

The 2022 Centennial Cup will take place from May 20 – 29 at Affinity Place in Estevan, SK.

Sirius Junior World Cup held in Sochi, Russia in August of 2022.

Subject to Regulatory Approvals, the MJHL will send an all-star team to this international IIHF sanctioned event, in partnership with the CJHL and Hockey Canada, hosted by the KHL.

HockeyTV

Every MJHL exhibition, regular season, showcase and playoff game will be streamed online in HD with play-by-play through the MJHL partnership with HockeyTV.  Each game will be available to be streamed live or on-demand by family, friends, fans and scouts alike.

InStat Hockey

Every MJHL player this season will be provided with their own personal player page through the MJHL partnership with InStat Hockey. Included in this partnership:

  • Players will receive a one-page, individual, analytical report sent to them after each game.
  • Players will receive direct video links sent to them with all of their important actions and shifts from each game.
  • Players can create their own highlights by clipping videos, creating their own playlists and sharing or downloading videos.
  • Players can watch NHL players to learn from the best and to help them develop their own game.
  • Maximum MJHL player exposure will be provided to NHL, Major Junior, NCAA D-I, D-III, and U Sports teams who all utilize the InStat Program.
  • All clients listed above will have direct access to all MJHL player and team video data.

Full schedule release for the 2021 Exhibition Season and 2021-22 Regular Season will be announced in the coming weeks.

Please stay tuned for further exciting announcements to come.