Hockey East Approves 12-team Playoff Format
CHN Staff Report
Hockey East's athletic directors voted earlier this week to finalize a new 12-team playoff format, with Connecticut joining the conference this upcoming season, sources have told College Hockey News.
The only notable change is the first round, which will now include a best-of-three playoff series, as opposed ot the single-elimination round in this past season's 11-team tournament.
All 12 programs will qualify, with the top-four receiving first-round byes.
Teams seeded fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth will host the first-round series.
The league's 12 coaches recommended the first-round change to the athletic directors. The measure was approved after a vote.