The B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League chose to change its playoff format during its annual meeting in Castlegar over the weekend.
The league has chosen to do away with its tournament format, which is how it has decided its champion.
Instead, the top three regular-season finishers will receive a first-round bye, with the fourth- and fifth-place teams meeting in a best-of-three series. The second round will feature two more best-of-three series, with the No. 1 seed meeting the winner of the play-in series, while the second and third seeds also meet.
The championship final also will be a best-of-three affair.
The BCIHL also has decided that each of its games will declare a winner, so has implemented a five-minute sudden-death overtime period followed by a shootout, if necessary.
As well, the BCIHL has accepted Eastern Washington University as a full-time member. The Eagles had been on probation in 2011-12.
The league also has moved to set up affiliations with junior B players who are enrolled at BCIHL member schools. With the consent of their junior B teams, such players would be permitted to play in a maximum of four BCIHL regular-season games.
Meanwhile, Chris Hans, the general manager of the TRU WolfPack, was named to the BCIHL executive. He replaces Jeff Dubois, who has left as Simon Fraser’s general manager to take over as head coach at Selkirk College.
“I am really excited about the new playoff format,” Hans said in a news release. “A lot of work was done by a task force on revamping the playoffs. I have to credit Bill Shaw of Eastern Washington and Jeff Dubois of Selkirk College for spearheading things.
“I am also in favor of the overtime and shootout format: it’ll make the game more exciting for our fans.”
Hans has been with the TRU program since its beginnings, first as coach and now as general manager.
The BCIHL season is scheduled to open Oct. 1, with the WolfPack again playing out of Memorial Arena.
Barnaby Craddock has left Fraser Valley to take over as head coach of the U of Alberta Golden Bears men’s basketball coach.
The U of A made the announcement Tuesday.
Craddock spent seven seasons with the Brandon Bobcats before taking over the Cascades.
At the U of A, he takes over from former national team player Greg Francis, who left to sign as head coach of the Waterloo Warriors.
In Brandon, meanwhile, Russ Paddock has stepped aside as the men’s volleyball coach in order to focus on his duties as athletic director.
Assistant coach Grant Wilson, who has been with the program since it began in 2005, has been promoted to head coach.
It is anticipated that Paddock will return after one year, so Wilson has a one-year term as head coach.
Wilson will take a one-year leave from his job as a Grade 8 teacher at Brandon’s King George School in order to coach the Bobcats.