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MJHL Getting Younger

MJHL to get younger: reducing limit on 20-year-old players 

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League is taking on a younger look, decreasing the number of 20-year-olds that can play in a game from nine to eight players. 

“This motion was approved by the Board of Governors at our recent AGM,” explained MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis. “This reduced limit will be reviewed annually, with the ultimate intention of having the limit to six per team.” 

Other news coming out of the recent AGM: 

Prospect Development Camp 

The MJHL will be conducting its first-ever Prospect Development Camp running from July 27 – 30 at the Seven Oaks Community Centre. The camp will feature list players born in 2000 and 2001 from each MJHL club and will focus on preparing the players for a successful junior hockey career and helping them transition from minor hockey to elite junior hockey in the MJHL and beyond. 

Old Dutch Player Showcase 

This year’s Showcase will take place Dec. 11-13 at the MTS IcePlex in Winnipeg. The event is now in its 15th year. This highly popular event attracts scouts from many levels of hockey: NHL, NCAA, WHL and CIS. 

League Website 

The league will be designing a new website and each of the 11 member clubs will also have a new website, all of which are scheduled to launch about mid-August under the direction of Hockey Tech.   

New Statistics System 

The MJHL will be launching a new statistics system to coincide with the start of next season. The new stats system is called League Stat and is powered by Hockey Tech. 

Player Registry 

The league will be launching several RinkNet software platforms powered by Hockey Tech beginning next season. The RinkNet program will allow the MJHL to manage its central registry of players more effectively, including trades, protected lists and other league administrative tools. All member teams in the league will have full access to RinkNet Scouting software programs to be utilized by their coaches and scouting staffs. 

League Schedule 

The league will operate under a balanced schedule format as it has over the past three years whereby each team will play each of the other teams six times (3 home and 3 away). The playoff format for next season will remain the same as 2016-2017. 

League Officers 

The following persons were appointed to league officer appointments: Board Chairman, Darren Russell and Board Vice-Chairman, Dale Deschouwer.