The Central Hockey League (CHL), following approval from the league's Board of Governors, announced today the playoff format for the 2010-11 season that will see 16 of the league's 18 teams will qualify for the post-season. The CHL's regular season will consist of 66 games and will run from Friday, October 15 through Sunday, March 27 with the post-season starting the week of March 28.
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On Tuesday, the CHL announced that the 18 member teams will be divided into two conferences of nine teams. The North will be comprised of Bloomington, Colorado, Dayton, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Missouri, Quad City, Rapid City and Wichita and the South will consist of Allen, Arizona, Bossier-Shreveport, Laredo, Mississippi, Odessa, Rio Grande Valley, Texas and Tulsa.
The top eight teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs and be ranked within their conference, one through eight with the #1 seed playing the #8 seed, the #2 seed facing the #7 seed, the #3 seed squaring off versus the #6 seed and the #4 and #5 seeds playing each other. The brackets will stay constant throughout the playoffs as no re-seeding will take place.
The first two rounds will be best-of-5 series and the conference finals and the league finals will both be best-of-7 series'. Home ice in the finals will be determined by regular season points.
For a complete outline of the 2010-11 CHL Playoff format, visit www.centralhockeyleague.com and view the playoff format link under the heading