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Playoff Information

Playoff Format

2017-2018 Playoff Format

Advancement:

All levels are declared by total points in the standings except for the 18U A American, 16U A American, 14U A American, 12U B National and 10U A National.  These levels will be declared by percentage points due to their playing an unequal number of league games.  This is in accordance with our DVHL Bylaws.

18U AA, 16U AA, 14U AA - 1st place team in standings gets bye directly to Districts, winner of playoffs takes 2nd place at Districts for best of three. Winner of each level at Districts advances to USA Hockey Nationals

10U A American, 10U A National and 10U B National levels - Use team format listed above, with final two from playoffs going to DVHL championship, 2nd playoff round for best of 3.  10U teams do not advance outside of DVHL playoffs. League winner to be declared at playoffs

10U AA - 1st place winner in standings gets a bye directly to the second round of playoffs to go against winner of first round of playoffs.  2nd playoff round for best of 3.  League winner to be declared at playoffs.

Atlantic District Championship - DVHL sends 3 teams to Districts; Winner of District championship does not advance outside of District; 12U AA, 12U A National, 14U A National, 16U A National, 18U A National - 1st place team in standings gets a bye directly to districts. Winner of DVHL playoffs will take 2nd place at Districts and the 2nd place winner of playoffs will take 3rd place at Districts.

There is no Atlantic District Championship at this level - 12U A American, 14U A American, 16U A American, 18U A American - Use team format listed below, with final two from playoffs going to DVHL championship 2nd playoff round for best of 3.  Teams do not advance outside of DVHL playoffs.  League winner to be declared at playoffs

Atlantic District B Championship - DVHL sends 2 teams; Winner of District championship does not advance outside of District; 12U B National, 14U B National winners of playoffs goes to Districts as first and second place

Delaware 18U AA, 16U AA - going directly to USA Hockey Nationals

All B American Divisions - goes to playoffs, does not advance to Districts or Nationals

Format:

10U AA - 5 teams in division (1st place in standings gets bye to second round of playoffs; format for 1st week of playoffs will be 2x5, 3v4, winner vs winner with the final winner going against the 1st place in standings at the second round for best of 3 games.  League winner will be declared at second round of playoffs)

B American levels and other levels with 10 or less teams:

All B American divisions

18U A American - 9 teams in division

Use the format - 1vs4, 2vs3, winner vs winner

Levels with 11-14 teams - 4 team format:

10U A American - 14 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (top 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

12U AA - 9 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs) (this level goes to Districts so must play 4 team format)

14U AA - 9 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs) (this level goes to Nationals so must play 4 team format)

16U A National - 14 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

18U AA - 8 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs) (this level goes to Nationals so must play 4 team format)

18U A National - 11 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Levels with 15-20 teams or less - 5 team format:  

10U A National - 15 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

10U B National - 16 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

12U A National - 20 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

12U B National - 17 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

14U A National - 18 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

14U A American -15 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

14U B National - 17 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

16U AA - 16 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

16U A American - 17 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Levels with 20+ - 6 team format:

12U A American - 21 teams in division, 6 TEAM FORMAT (top 6 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Playoff Schedule

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