Top 4 teams in each division qualify for playoffs; NA3EHL Championship Finals to take place March 24-27
FRISCO, TEXAS – The North American 3 Eastern Hockey League (NA3EHL) has announced its schedule and format for the 2016 NA3EHL Playoffs and Championship.
NA3EHL Division Semi-Finals
The clubs are seeded within their own division based upon their finish in the NA3EHL regular-season standings. The top four clubs from each division qualify for the playoffs. The Club seeded first in each division will compete in a best-of-three series with the fourth seeded Club in the same division. The Club seeded second in each division will compete in a best-of-three-series against the Club seeded third in the same division. The #1 and #2 seeds shall have the right to host all three games. The Divisional Semi-Finals may begin no earlier than Thursday, March 10, 2016 and must conclude no later than Sunday, March 13, 2016.The first club to win two games in a division semifinal series will be declared the winner of the series and advance to the next round of playoff competition.
NA3EHL Division Finals
The two Clubs in each division that won a division semifinal series shall compete in a best-of-three series against each other in the division finals. The higher seed shall have the right to host all three games. The Division Finals may begin no earlier than Thursday, March 17, 2016 and conclude no later than Sunday, March 20, 2016. The first Club to win two games in a division final series will be declared the winner of the series and advance to the NA3EHL Finals.
NA3EHL Championship Finals
The two Clubs in each division that won their Division Finals series shall compete in a best-of-three series against each other to determine the NA3EHL Playoff Champion. The NA3EHL finals may begin no earlier than Thursday, March 24, 2016 and conclude no later thanSunday, March 27, 2016. The NA3EHL Finals will be played at a neutral site. The first Club to win two games in the NA3EHL finals will be declared the 2015-16 NA3EHL Champion.
About the NA3EHL
The primary mission of the NA3EHL, which is managed organizationally by the North American Hockey League (NAHL), is to provide a structured developmental environment for student-athletes at the Tier III junior level, who have the ability and the aspirations to play at the collegiate level. The common goal is to produce athletes that are committed to excellence in academics as well as athletics. By providing a high level of competition, the players will be given the resources to contribute and succeed at the next level of hockey and education.
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