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AJHL announces revised season schedule and playoff format

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The Alberta Junior Hockey League today released full details of a revised 57-game regular season schedule that will culminate with the crowning of a new Inter Pipeline Cup AJHL Champion in May.
At the conclusion of the 2023-24 regular season, the top five teams will automatically advance to the 2024 Inter Pipeline Cup AJHL Playoffs, while the bottom six teams will square off in a best of five play-in series (6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10, and 8 vs.9). The winners of the play-in series will then fill spots six through eight in the opening round of the AJHL Playoffs.
Round One of the Inter Pipeline Cup AJHL Playoffs will begin the weekend of March 15th-17th and will be a best-of-seven series, with the top seed playing the lowest remaining seed. The AJHL Champion will represent Alberta at the 2024 Centennial Cup National Junior A Championship from May 9-19 in Oakville, ON.
All Alberta Junior Hockey League games will be broadcast live on FloHockey. A complete League Schedule is now available on the AJHL website alongside the updated League Standings reflecting an 11-team league.
The AJHL is a premier developmental league in Canada for student-athletes striving to capitalize on their athletic and academic abilities. AJHL players can advance to the NCAA, CHL, USports and pro hockey without any limitations. For more information about the recent departure of five teams and the exciting future direction of the AJHL, visit the league’s FAQ page.


Two win week for Dragons

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The Dragons have now won three in a row and are closing on the top spot in the new look AJHL.
The Dragons were on the road to take on the Calgary Canucks on Tuesday, February 6. They wasted no time and Devon Winder scored just 36 seconds in. Josh Diegel added one more to end the first period up 2-0. Calgary added one in the second and tied it up early in the third. Diegel scored his second of the game with 1:45 remaining on the powerplay. Keegan Beagle added an empty netter for a 4-2 win.
Saturday night, February 10 was reverse retro jersey night as the Dragons hosted the Olds Grizzlys. It was a slow start as it took 13 minutes for Diegel to score and put the Dragons up 1-0 after one period. After that, it was a landslide.
Holden Cardinal scored 42 seconds into the second. Olds answered back at the midway point, but Dylan Ronald put the Dragons up 3-1 and Jordan Luk found the net on the powerplay to go up 4-1 after two. In the third, Coy Pighin opened the scoring unassisted, and then Ayden Peters added one more. Jamie Hikida scored on the powerplay with 28 seconds left as the Dragons went on to a 7-1 win.
On Tuesday, February 13, the Dragons hosted the Camrose Kodiaks, results were not available at press time. On Friday, February 17 they are in Calgary to take on the Canuks and then on Saturday are back home to host the Bonnyville Pontiacs.

Michichi man pleads guilty to drug, driving charges

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Two Michichi residents who were charged with possession of stolen property saw their charges dropped.
Timothy Closs and Judith Brown appeared in the Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, February 9. Closs pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, operating a motor vehicle while being prohibited, and several breaches.
The charges stem from a stolen property investigation from February of last year. According to a release, on February 28, 2023, Drumheller RCMP received reports of possible stolen property in or near the Drumheller area. The stolen property was reported to be from the City of Calgary and included a white 20’ enclosed Interstate Car Hauler Trailer, a 2000 dark blue Chevrolet pickup truck, and a 2016 pink/blue/yellow Ski-doo Summit X 800R Snowmobile.
Drumheller General Duty members, Drumheller General Investigation Section (GIS), and Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Intelligence members initiated an investigation including locating and recovering the property.
During the investigation, a suspect vehicle was located in Drumheller on March 1 and was subject to a traffic stop where two suspects were arrested and taken into custody.
Upon entering guilty pleas to the driving and drug charges, defense for Closs noted another individual was separately charged who asked to store the vehicles, and his client was not aware they were stolen at the time. The prosecution noted there were triable issues regarding property crime charges.
Closs was fined $1,400 globally. Charges against Brown were dropped.


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