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MJHL board prepares for upcoming season

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

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It’s never too early to begin planning for another season.

Keeping in alignment with its philosophy of developing young players, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League announced at its board of governors meeting that the league will limit the number of 20-year-olds a team can register.

Each club will be limited to eight 20-year-old players for the upcoming season and moving forward, teams will be limited to seven in the 2019/20 season and just six in 2020/21.

This was one of several items approved recently at the league’s annual board of governors meeting.

Other notable items passed:
•    The league board of governors approved a motion that requires all clubs to broadcast their home games in HD quality on the Hockey TV broadcast service that is available for all league games.
•    Teams will each play a 60 game balanced schedule (30 home, 30 away) with each team playing each other six times over the course of the season. The regular season will begin on September 21, 2018 and the playoffs will begin on March 8, 2019.
•    The board of governors approved a motion appointing Darren Russell of Killarney, Man. as chair of the board and Portage’s Dale Deschouwer as vice chair.
•    The board of governors approved a motion that will see the league’s annual award presented to the top goaltender be renamed the Ed Belfour Top Goaltender Trophy effective for the 2018/19 season.
•    The MJHL will once again participate in the SJHL/MJHL Showcase at the Cooperators Centre in Regina, January 13–15, 2019.
•    The MJHL will hold its annual Prospects Development Camp at Seven Oaks Rec Centre in Winnipeg July 26–29, 2018.
•    The MJHL announced that the fifteenth annual Old Dutch Player Showcase will be held December 9–12, 2018 at the Seven Oaks Rec Centre. The schedule for the Showcase will be released when the regular season schedule is released later this month.


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