While summer only arrived last week, already many eyes are on the coming hockey season.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) announced the schedule for its 59th season, which will begin with the 2022 Exhibition Season in August and the 2022-23 Regular Season on Friday, September 16.
The Dragons open their exhibition season on Wednesday, August 31 hosting the Brooks Bandits.
AJHL Opening Weekend will feature all 16 teams participating in two regular season games over September 16 and 17. Each team will play a 60-game regular season schedule, including 16 interlock games versus the opposing division, and two games at the 16th Annual AJHL Showcase.
The Dragons’ regular season opens on Friday, September 16 on the road versus the Canmore Eagles. Their home opener is the following evening versus the Brooks Bandits.
The 2022 AJHL Showcase will be held from September 29 – October 2 at the Eagle Builders Centre in Blackfalds, AB. The annual showcase of AJHL talent draws coaches and scouts from each National Hockey League team, the NCAA, as well as Canadian colleges and universities and the Canadian Hockey League. A full schedule for the 2022 AJHL Showcase was announced on Tuesday.
The AJHL will host five games on Family Day in February 2023 and celebrate the holidays with fans throughout the season including games on Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day and New Year’s. Four AJHL Teams have also partnered with local schools to host Hockey Hooky Games in the upcoming season to raise awareness of anti-bullying.
The 2023 AJHL Playoffs begin March 10 on the journey to the 2023 Centennial Cup presented by Tim Horton’s in Portage la Prairie, MB in May.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League will implement a four-man referee system at all AJHL regular season and playoff games in the 2022-23 season. The League will also introduce a pilot program for video review on goals at several AJHL arenas across the province. The program will be reviewed at the mid-point of the season for the purpose of expanding and adapting the program.
The majority of AJHL pre-season games will be broadcast on HockeyTV, in addition to all AJHL regular season games. A broadcast schedule and subscription information can be found at HockeyTV.com. A complete League Schedule is now available on the AJHL Website AJHL.ca and can be exported to calendars and mobile devices.