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Board of Governors Vote to Make Amendments to Regulations

February 8, 2018 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) News Release

BOUCHERVILLE, QC - The Board of Governors of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today voted to make amendments to its regulations during the Semi-Annual Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in Dorval. The amendments will take effect as soon as the 2018-2019 season.

Here are the amendments in question:

Regulation R-6; 8.4.4 Return to his former club

A transferred or traded player cannot return, whether through a waiver or a trade to the team that last transferred or traded him. However, a player will be able to return by waiver or trade to his old team two (2) calendar years after he was transferred by this former team or following the deadline of the trading period during which he was traded by said team.

Regulation R-12 1.3.3 2-2-1-1-1 formula vs 2-3-2 formula

Unless both teams agree otherwise and with the Commissioner's approval, for each round of the series, at the exception of the final, if the typical distance by land between both teams involved is more than 600 kilometers, the best-of-seven series will be played according to the 2-3-2 system; in all other cases, the series will be played according to the 2-2-1-1-1 system.

Regulation R-6 3.5.2 Compensatory draft pick

In order to benefit from a compensatory draft pick, the team involved must make a written request to the Commissioner before the established date to remove players from the admissibility list for the following annual entry draft.

If the team obtains a compensatory draft pick according to the previous paragraph, the player giving right to this compensatory draft pick will be put back on Central Scouting's list for the following annual entry draft.

The team that chooses to take its compensatory draft pick will have the opportunity, in anticipation of the next annual entry draft, to draft in the first round rank six, if it had drafted one of the first five players during the previous annual entry draft. If the team has picked after rank five during the entry draft in question, it will be awarded a compensatory draft pick corresponding to its drafting position at the time, making the necessary changes considering the possibility that the number of first round picks might vary from one year to the next.

Example: Pick #1 of the previous annual entry draft for pick #6 of the next annual entry draft. Pick #8 of the previous annual entry draft for pick # 8 of the next annual entry draft.

However, should a team, after sending a written notice to the Commissioner's attention, trade a player meeting the criteria giving right to a compensatory draft pick, and should this player sign a major junior contract with this new team before the end of the trading period following the annual entry draft (the second trading period as per article 8.2 of the present regulation), the team shall receive a compensatory pick at the beginning of the third round of the following annual entry draft.

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