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Playoff format announced

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.

CLICK HERE for 2010-11 CHL Playoff Format

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

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Blake Sebring
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 1:36pm

What would you have liked to have seen instead, Shawn?

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 1:56pm

Wow, I'd hate to be one of the two teams that doesn't make it in...

You'd think that 6 teams from each conference would have sufficed.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 2:06pm

Make the Play-offs and with the 66 game schedule there is a possibility for a total of 90 games. WOW! That would make for a long season. Let's get it on. Even if they all went the minium that is 80 games. Still not to bad. I am ready let the fun begin! :)

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 2:40pm

16 of 18 make the playoffs????????????? It's not April 1st or is it???????

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 3:09pm

I don't have any major issue with the playoff format. Like Dschebig said that could give a team up to 80-90 games....yet one could likely be finished by early May.

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 4:03pm

Sounds ok to me.

Still seems like something odd is going on behind the scenes in this new "arrangement"...

"The Komets will continue to be a member of the International Hockey League and participate in the Central Hockey League under the CHL moniker in the Northern Conference. The circuit will consist of 13 CHL teams and five IHL teams for an 18-team coalition."

Why is this? Why do they always have to add this nonsense to the news? Why?

Quad City seems to be distancing itself from this type of language, and they are saying CHL and CHL only.

So why does this matter so much here? I don't get it....someone help me witout being a wise-guy about it.

Blake Sebring
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 4:51pm

My money is on because they know it drives you crazy Hit.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 4:57pm

Hit-Good question! I haven't got a clue. I just look at it this way. It is a need to know basis and I don't need to know.

What I do know:

1. There will be Komet Hockey in the "Fort"
2. The first home game is Oct 16th.
3. The Komets are in the Northern Division with eight other teams.
4. Limit of 4 vets and the goalie don't count in that number.
5. The Komets have 11 or 12 signed as of today.
6. The guys signed are a very good nucleus.
7. Al Sims is still OUR coach
8. 66 game schedule plus Exb games
9. 8 teams make the play-offs
10. Best of 5 first and 2nd rounds. Best of 7 the next 2 rounds. Could be 24 more games total.
11. The Franke Family still owns the Komets and know how to put a winner on the ice.
12. Our colors are still Orange/Black & White
13. You and I are nice guys and Blake is still the best "Big Dog"
14. I still don't like Pauly Picard.

I just don't need to know a whole lot more. What I don't know will be made clear as we go along. Hopefully by opening night. Which I think it will be!

Now lets get it on! Sorry, I know I have to wait until 10/16/10

Blake Sebring
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 5:12pm

I don't like having only 66 regular-season games. That's a drop of 10 games which messes up all kinds of records.

I do like having extra playoff games because they are the best thing about hockey, and I like that they are starting the playoffs earlier. I just hope they can still end the playoffs earlier, too, but I kind of doubt that as well with so many teams. That's going to be a challenge.

tim hoke
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 7:30pm

Well am glad they start playoffs earlier however I think to many teams make it in. We will just have to see how it works out. What a off seaon this has been!

Not an ihl fan
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 7:58pm

Wow! Only 1 team from each conference does not make the playoffs. That is stupid. It doesn't give the players very much incentive to play hard every night. Just win once in awhile and you are in the playoffs. This had to be the frankes idea. This debacle won't last more than a season or two. What a joke!

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 9:23pm

March 27th? I sure hope we make the playoffs! That would be a long 6 months without hockey!

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 10:03pm

Hmmm....seems the NHL not too long ago had a format where all but one or two teams per division made the playoffs. Nobody complained then except for the Nordiques who always found themselves on the outside looking in.

NotanIHLfan....I heard that a squirrel got hit somewhere in Fort Wayne, probably the fault of Michael Franke too.....

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 10:07pm

Because we know how the Komets always struggle to get into the playoffs, The Franke family has to use all of their heavy handed influence to make sure they can squeeze themselves into the playoffs. Goodness knows the team lacks in talent year in and year out and need all the help they can get. And I am sure the Komets will love having to squeeze in extra playoff dates for early round games that never draw well. All that extra building rent and other expenses.
News flash... the Komets don't make much money on playoff games. So there is not much business incentive for them to have four rounds. But those who blame them for the sun coming up in the morning will continue to do so. So it's all good.

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 07/14/2010 - 10:19pm

Take it easy Mr. Franke-upugus......Holy Crap man. Take a chill. Life is too short to be so snippy. Do you wear tights, a mask, a cape, and your underwear over the top of your pants?

The Frankes have it all, and they have a super hero fighting for their blog perception too?

Go get em brotha. LOL

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 10:54pm

I am not a fan of letting teams that are under .500 into the playoffs. I say only take the top 4 from each conference and play 3 rounds of best of 7 series. That is only 2-3 games less of playoff action than the current setup and you don't water down the regular season.

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 3:19am

Since it is not my league I say whatever the Board of Govenors want, whatever they thinks works for them is O.K. by me. Personally I have always like the play-offs just a little more than the regular season. The weaker teams go out quickly anyway. Every once in a while one of those weaker sister ends up in the finals (Flint last year ring any bells?)

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 3:29am

Flint had the best record in the league in the 2cd half of season???

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 5:21am

Argument for teams in this league trying hard to make the playoffs? Anyone?

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 7:30am

Well if the rumored cities (that they told us about in the very beginning) that want to come in happen in the next couple seasons this playoff format starts to make more sense... 20-22 teams with 16 making it in where 2-3 teams arent making it in from each division works...IMO

Could be they are futures speculating....

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 7:46am

CHL Playoffs....The Wildcat Baseball League of minor league hockey

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 8:27am

Thanks for the compliment Hit!

Not an ihl fan
Thu, 07/15/2010 - 12:31pm

What a debacle.

Thu, 07/15/2010 - 1:48pm

care to elaborate?