QMJHL playoff question

03-16-2005, 03:28 PM
Can someone tell me who qualifies for the playoffs in Junior hockey (does each team make it, is it the top four from a division, something in between?) and how the playoffs are organized? And is there a difference in the answers based on which league we're talking about (I'm most interested in the Q).

Thanks a lot.

03-16-2005, 05:36 PM
As far as the QMJHL goes:

16 teams...the winner of each division (3) get byes in rd 1. The bottom 3 teams regardless of division miss the playoffs.

1st round:

#4 vs. #13
#5 vs. #12
#6 vs. #11
#7 vs. #10
#8 vs. #9

Round 2:

You would have the 5 winners in rd 1, add to that the 3 bye teams. The highest remaining seed plays the lowest, etc.