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Yesterday afternoon, the BCHL unveiled its new playoff format in which 16 of 17 teams will now make the post season. 

BCHL Communications Director Brent Mutis says the move was made to eliminate the first round bye that was given to the top two seeds in the league last year. 

"Let's just make sure everyone's playing in the first round of the playoffs that qualifies for the playoffs, and I think that was the biggest impetus for why we changed from last year's format to this years."

With 16 teams making it to elimination hockey, Mutis says that you can still expect elite play throughout the season.

"There's too much on the line for these players in terms of them wanting to advance their playing careers. They're going to go out and play hard because they know that scouts from the college level and NHL level are watching them play."

Mutis also adds that it will keep more teams in the playoff race battling for seeding towards the end of the season. 

In the new format, if the playoffs started today, the Cents would be the 7th seed in the Interior division and would face the Trail Smoke Eaters in the first round. 

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