2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs Format

The ECHL Board of Governors unanimously approved the format for the 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs as follows.

In the National Conference, playoff berths will be awarded to the first-place team in each division as well as to the next six-best teams, based on regular-season point totals. The division winners will be seeded first and second in order of points and the next six-best teams will be seeded third through eighth in order of points. Teams will not be re-seeded and all series will be best-of-seven games.

In the South Division, playoff berths will be awarded to the first-place team as well as to the next seven-best teams, based on regular-season point totals. The division winner will be seeded first and the next seven-best teams will be seeded second through eighth in order of points. In the Division Semifinals and the Division Finals, teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria as the Division Quarterfinals. The Division Quarterfinals, Division Semifinals and Division Finals will all be best-of-five series. The South Division winner will advance to the American Conference Finals to meet the winner of the North Division in a best-of-seven series.

In the North Division, playoff berths will be awarded to the first-place team as well as to the next four-best teams, based on regular-season point totals. The fourth seed and the fifth seed will play a best-of-three series in the Division Quarterfinals with the winner advancing to meet the division leader in the Division Semifinals, a best-of-seven series that will also have the second seed playing the third seed. The winners will advance to the best-of-seven Division Finals with the winner advancing to the American Conference Finals to meet the winner of the South Division in a best-of-seven series.

The winner of the American Conference and the winner of the National Conference will meet in the Kelly Cup Finals, a best-of-seven game series. Home-ice advantage in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, including the Finals, will be determined by points.

2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs Format

National Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-Seven Series)
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 8 Seed
No. 2 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 7 Seed
No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed

Semifinals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Winner of No. 1 Seed/No. 8 Seed vs. Winner of No. 4 Seed/No. 5 Seed
Winner of No. 2 Seed/No. 7 Seed vs. Winner of No. 3 Seed/No. 6 Seed

Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Semifinals Winner vs. Semifinals Winner

American Conference

South Division Quarterfinals (Best-of-Five Series)
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 8 Seed
No. 2 Seed vs. No. 7 Seed
No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed

South Division Semifinals (Best-of-Five Series)
Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria as Conference Quarterfinals with division leader seeded first and remaining teams seeded in order of regular-season points

South Division Finals (Best-of-Five Series)
Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria as Conference Semifinals

North Division Quarterfinals (Best-of-Three Series)
No. 5 Seed vs. No. 4 Seed

North Division Semifinals (Best-of-Seven Series)
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. Winner of No. 4 Seed/No. 5 Seed
No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

North Division Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
Winner of No. 1 Seed/Quarterfinals Winner vs. Winner of No. 2 Seed/No. 3 Seed

American Conference Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
North Division Winner vs. South Division Winner

2008 Kelly Cup Finals (Best-of-Seven Series)
National Conference Champion vs. American Conference Champion