By Brian Smiley, MJHL
All 11 member teams of the MJHL will be placed in one division effective this coming season, Commissioner Kim Davis announced today. Teams had previously been placed in either the Addison or Sher-Wood Divisions.
Moving forward, teams will play a balanced 60-game schedule, playing against each other six times (three home/three away).
“The new, one-division format and change to our playoff format was decided at our recent Board of Governors’ meeting held recently in Winkler,” said Davis. “It’s been well received and we believe our fans will enjoy our new look.”
A total of 10 teams will make the playoffs. Teams finishing seventh to 10 will participate in separate, best-of-three Survivor Series to determine playoff seeding. The seventh-place team will play No. 10, while No. 8 will face off against No. 9. Winners then move on to the regular playoff format which will be best-of-seven series: 1st playing 8th, 2nd vs 7th, 3rd vs 6th and 4th vs 5th.
The Board also approved the following for the 2014-15 season:
Darren Russell of Pleasant Valley, MB has been appointed as the league Board Chairman. The league Vice-Chairman will be Trent Ward of Portage.
The annual Old Dutch MJHL Showcase will take place at Winnipeg’s MTS Iceplex October 2-4.
The following have been appointed league officers:
Statistician ─ Reid Cutler, Winnipeg
Director of Officials ─Jody Wielgosh, Tyndall
Assignor of Officials ─Ian Heather, Winnipeg
Director of Partnership Services ─Trevor Kennerd, Winnipeg
Social Media Coordinator ─Mitchell Clinton, Winnipeg
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DAVIS GETS NEW THREE-YEAR DEAL
By Brian Smiley, MJHL
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s board of governors is proud to announce it has negotiated a new, three year contract with Kim Davis, who will continue his role as commissioner. The new contract takes effect July 1.
“Kim Davis has served as the league commissioner for the last 12 years and has done an excellent job for the MJHL in that role,” said Dale Hughesman, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the MJHL.
“Kim has earned every contract extension that has been offered to him over the past 12 years and the Board members look forward to working with him over the next three years. The league governors felt that a renewal of Mr. Davis’s contract was important as we move forward to hosting the RBC Cup in 2015 in Portage la Prairie, and the overwhelming success of the recent Western Canada Cup staged in Dauphin.”
Under Commissioner Davis’ leadership and direction, the MJHL has launched a number of successful initiatives, aimed at enhancing the league. Since 2009, the league’s corporate partnership and advertising revenues have grown by more than 300 per cent. Of note, the successful implementation of the league’s Digital Advertising Signage Network in all MJHL venues, resulting in increased advertising sales. The league’s Pay Per View web-streaming service, using Fast Hockey as a supplier has significantly improved, resulting in improved revenues over the past three years.
“I’m extremely proud of my association with the MJHL,” said Davis. “Our league continues to excel both in the business community and on the ice. MJHL venues continue to excel at the national level by hosting successful CJHL events such as the RBC Cup and Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup.”
Commissioner Davis has also successfully assisted both the Steinbach Pistons and the Virden Oil Capitals in the transition of these two franchises. In the boardroom, Commissioner Davis was involved in the planning and successful implementation of the Junior A Supplement four years ago.