According to three sources, Hockey East has finalized details for its 12-team playoff format, which will begin this upcoming season.
The league’s 12 athletic directors vote on the format, which will be similar to last season with some exceptions:
– Each of the league’s 12 teams will earn a berth in the Hockey East playoffs
– The top-4 teams will receive first-round byes, with the remaining seeds playing as follows, with the higher seed hosting: 5 vs 12; 6 vs 11; 7 vs. 10; 8 vs 9.
– The first round will be a best-of-3 series (it was a single-elimination game this past season).
. The quarterfinal round will be a best-of-3 series.
– The semifinal and final will both be single elimination, and will continue to take place at TD Garden in Boston.