2021–22 BCHL season

The 2021–22 BCHL season is the 60th season of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). The eighteen teams from the Coastal and Interior Conferences are scheduled to play between 50 and 54 games. The 2021 BCHL Showcase occurred shortly after the start of the season on October 20–24, 2021, in Chilliwack.[1] In April, teams will play for the Fred Page Cup, the BCHL championship.

2021–22 BCHL Season
LeagueBritish Columbia Hockey League
SportHockey
DurationRegular season
8 October 2021 – 27 March 2022
Playoffs
1 April 2022 – TBD
Number of teams18
Fred Page Cup
ChampionsTBD
BCHL seasons

League changesEdit

Changes to the league alignment and schedule that were originally to take place during the 2020–21 BCHL season came into effect. The Prince George Spruce Kings and Cranbrook Bucks joined the seven teams in the Interior Division to form the Interior Conference and the remaining nine teams from the Mainland and Island divisions were merged into the Coastal Conference.[2] The Board of Governors also approved the use of video review for those teams and rinks that wish to implement it.[3]

Pandemic effects and postponed gamesEdit

At the start of the season, border restrictions for Canadians heading into the United States were still in effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, four home games for the Wenatchee Wild for the month of October were postponed. When it became apparent that these restrictions would continue, the league created a travel plan to allow the Wild to play games at home in Wenatchee for the season, but cancelled the four home games that were initially postponed. Due to the league schedule now being uneven, regular season results would be determined by points percentage rather than total points.[4] In January, a wave of infections caused by the Omicron variant caused half of the teams in the league to be placed into COVID protocol, resulting in several games being postponed.

In mid-November 2021, a heavy storm system traveled through the Pacific Northwest causing severe flooding in the region. On November 30, the BCHL cancelled all remaining inter-conference games as a result of damage sustained to the province's highway system during the flooding and mudslides in the Fraser Valley. The cancelled games are set to be rescheduled featuring teams within the same conference with some previously postponed games to be made up at a later date.[5]

On January 24, 2022, the BCHL announced that the end date of the regular season had been moved from Marth 20 to March 27 in order to make up games missed as a result of the pandemic and from the extreme weather events, with a tentative playoffs start date of April 1.[6]

StandingsEdit

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points

As of January 24, 2022.[7]

Coastal Conference
GP W L OTL/T PTS PCT
Langley Rivermen 31 20 8 3 43 .694
Alberni Valley Bulldogs 33 20 10 3 43 .652
Nanaimo Clippers 32 20 11 1 41 .641
Chilliwack Chiefs 30 18 10 2 38 .633
Victoria Grizzlies 32 17 15 0 34 .531
Surrey Eagles 34 18 16 0 35 .529
Powell River Kings 32 10 18 4 0 .375
Coquitlam Express 29 9 17 3 21 .362
Cowichan Valley Capitals 34 9 23 2 20 .294
Interior Conference
GP W L OTL/T PTS PCT
Salmon Arm Silverbacks 30 24 4 2 50 .833
Penticton Vees 30 22 6 2 46 .767
Prince George Spruce Kings 33 19 9 5 43 .652
West Kelowna Warriors 34 21 13 0 42 .618
Cranbrook Bucks 33 18 13 0 38 .576
Trail Smoke Eaters 31 15 14 2 32 .516
Wenatchee Wild 28 11 12 5 27 .482
Vernon Vipers 30 10 14 6 26 .433
Merritt Centennials 30 2 27 1 5 .083

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BCHL Announces Details For 2021 Showcase". BCHL. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "BCHL Board of Governors Approve Several Initiatives At 2021 AGM". BCHL. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Board of Governors Approve Use of Video Review". BCHL. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  4. ^ "BCHL announces schedule changes and travel procedures for Wenatchee home games". BCHL. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "BCHL Continues to Postpone Games Due to Travel Issues". BCHL. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "BCHL Extends Regular Season By One Week to Allow for Additional Rescheduled Games". BCHL. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  7. ^ "League standings". BCHL. Retrieved January 24, 2022.

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