The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has released the schedule for the 2023 Exhibition Season and 2023-24 Regular Season. The 60th anniversary season of the AJHL will debut a new schedule format with the league moving away from divisional play and to a balanced schedule.
All 16 member teams will play each other four times in the regular season plus an additional two games against select opponents at the Annual AJHL Showcase in the new 62-game schedule. The 2023 Exhibition Season will include 44 games beginning on August 24th, followed by the 2023-24 Regular Season opening on September 15th.
The 2023 AJHL Showcase, hosted by the Calgary Canucks, will be held from September 27th-30th at the Ken Bracko Arena in Max Bell Centre. A full event schedule, as well as opportunities for local hockey teams, fans and volunteers will be announced on July 17th, 2023. The annual showcase draws coaches and scouts from each National Hockey League team, the NCAA, Canadian colleges and universities and the Canadian Hockey League.
Nine AJHL teams will fill their arena as hosts of a Hockey Hooky Game throughout the regular season in partnership with local schools. The AJHL will also host several holiday games, including six Family Day match-ups, and games on Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day and New Year’s.
The 2024 AJHL Playoffs begin on Friday, March 8th with an updated playoff format. The top fourteen teams will qualify for the 2024 AJHL Playoffs and the top two teams will receive a bye in Round One. Each round will be a best-of-seven series with the first-place team playing the lowest place team.
The 2024 Centennial Cup National Junior A Championship will take place from May 9th -19th, 2024 in Oakville, ON.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League will continue to implement a four-man referee system at all AJHL regular season and playoff games in the 2023-24 season. The Alberta Junior Hockey League will also introduce a pilot program for video review on goals at specific AJHL arenas across the province. The project will be reviewed at the conclusion of the season for the purpose of expanding the program.
All Alberta Junior Hockey League games will continue to be broadcast on HockeyTV.com. Follow your favourite AJHL team on Twitter and Instagram for subscription offers this summer.
The AJHL will announce details surrounding its 60th Anniversary celebration and events throughout the season with an emphasis on our alumni and storied history!