Here is the press release from the CHL talking about decisions made at the meeting last week. Remember, decisions were made concerning the Collective Bargaining Agreement but they will be part of negotiations with the Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA) and would obviously not be made public.
CHL Annual Board of Governors Meeting Concludes
Playoff Format and Conference Alignment Determined
GLENDALE, AZ (July 23, 2013) – The Central Hockey League’s (CHL) Board
of Governors met in Phoenix last week at the Arizona Biltmore Resort
during the League’s annual “Summer Conference” and made several
determination including conference alignment and playoff format.
For the second straight season, the CHL’s teams will compete in one
10-team conference, the Berry Conference. Participating in the 2013-14
season are the Allen Americans, Arizona Sundogs, Denver Cutthroats,
Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers,
Wichita Thunder and the expansion Brampton Beast and St. Charles Chill.
The playoff format remains the same with eight teams qualifying for
post-season play ranked one through eight based on regular season point
totals. The post-season will consist of three rounds with the Opening
Round, the Berry Conference Semifinals and the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup
Finals and all series’ will be a best-of-7 format.
Also determined was that the CHL would adapt the rule change of
eliminating the “attainable” pass rule which allows for a linesman to
waive off icing if it was determined that a pass was attainable.
The Board of Governors also voted that the halving of minor penalties in
overtime would continue meaning all minor infractions called in
overtime would result in a 1:00 penalty and that an emphasis would be
placed by the on-ice officials to monitor closely diving infractions.