Playoff season is just around the corner in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League. And the NOJHL has finalized its format and timeline for the upcoming 2022 playoffs and the competition for the Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy.
Of the 12 teams in the loop, the top five clubs in each of the NOJHL’s East and West Divisions will qualify for post-season play.
Round 1 action will run from April 3-6 and features the No. 4 and No. 5 seeded squads in each division competing in a best-of-three preliminary round series with the winners of each moving on to the divisional semi-finals.
Next up in Round 2, which is slated to be held from April 7-17, features four best-of-seven series.
In the NOJHL East, the No. 1 seed there will take on that division’s survivor series winner while the second and third place clubs will also meet.
It will be the same format in the NOJHL West with the No. 1 side taking on the opening round divisional winner with the second and third place sides squaring off in the other series.
From there the two surviving teams, in each division, will face-off in a pair of best-of-seven sets from April 19-29 with the East and West winners advancing to the league championship series.
The NOJHL’s Copeland Cup-McNamara Trophy championship series is also a best-of-seven affair and will be held from May 1-12.