Regular season divided into two phases
The regular season in the Alps Hockey League 21/22 is still divided into two phases. First, the 17 participating teams will face each other in a round robin until January 22nd. In 34 rounds, 272 games will be played. For the second phase of the basic round, the field will be divided into three groups: The top-6 teams will play a round-robin in the master round for four fixed places in the quarter-finals. The remaining teams will be divided into Qualification Round A (teams ranked 7th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th) and Qualification Round B (teams ranked 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th). After a round robin, the top 3 teams will be in the newly installed pre-playoffs.
Bonus point allocation for the second phase of the regular season
The performances from the first phase of the championship will be rewarded for Master- and Qualification-Round by bonus points as follows:
- Master-Round: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, 0
- Qualification-Round A: 6, 3, 2, 0, 0
- Qualification-Round B: 5, 4, 1, 0, 0, 0
NEW: Pre-Playoffs for the last four places in quarterfinals
The newly installed pre-playoffs in "best-of-3" mode will be played following the second phase of the regular season. The fifth and sixth-place teams from the Master Round and the top three teams from each of the Qualifying Rounds are qualified for this. The pairings are as follows:
- 5th Master-Round vs. 3rd Qualification-Round B
- 6th Master-Round vs. 3rd Qualification-Round A
- 1st Qualification Round A vs. 2nd Qualification Round B
- 1st Qualification Round B vs. 2nd Qualification Round A
The quarterfinal pairings will then be decided by pick. The winner of the Master-Round picks first out of the four winners of the pre-playoffs. The further postseason will be played in “best-of-5” mode. In the semifinals, the top-ranked team will face the team with the lowest ranking of the regular season (and who is still in the competition). The champion of the 21/22 season is to be decided no later than Tuesday, April 19th.