Hockey in April is an interesting time. At the younger ranks, seasons are over or winding down and kids may venture into other sports or spring/summer hockey.
After four days of the TELUS Cups, contenders are starting to separate from pretenders. The Notre Dame Hounds from Saskatchewan are alone atop the standing with a perfect 4-0, including a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lethbridge. They are first in both goals scored goals allowed.
The Saskatoon Stars have soared through the field at the Esso Cup, posting a perfect 5-0 mark against their competitors. They’ve outscored opponents 23-3 in including three shutouts. The closest games they’ve played were a 4-1 win over St. Albert and 5-2 victory over the Northern Selects.
It’s fascinating to see how history or in this case, QMJHL playoff pairings, repeat themselves. Very often, hockey rivalries are born through geographic proximities like the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Val d’Or Foreurs who are separated by a mere 106 kilometres.
It comes as no surprise to Saskatoon Stars head coach Greg Slobodzian that Mackenna Parker was chosen for the Hockey Canada Isobel Gathorne-Hardy award.
A new crop of talented players is bound to hit the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and major junior hockey, many bound to be stars in hockey for years to come.
The 2018 Alberta Cup is officially underway, with eight teams made up of Alberta top 2003-born male players competing for the provincial crown.
We couldn’t be prouder of the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year Award and what it represents for minor hockey. For the 19th year, we will be presenting the award to a player in each B.C., Alberta, and Ontario who not only shows great hockey ability, but also brings strong sportsmanship and leadership to the table as well as proven participation in their school and community.
The final four is now set in the OHL and it isn’t much of a surprise who’s there. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Hamilton Bulldogs, top seeds in the Western and Eastern Conferences respectively, have advanced to their conference finals.
Logan Barlage is making the most of his minutes. The 17-year-old Lethbridge Hurricanes centre has been thriving since getting shipped away from the Swift Current Broncos at the trade deadline and now has the chance to snuff out his former squad in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference final.
ISS Hockey releases their April Top 31 Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft, with Jacob Ingham listed as one of top two ranked goalies. Despite a tough year for the Mississauga Steelheads, Ingham stood out and has been ranked high by ISS Hockey throughout the latter half of the season.
Further east, the best female Midget teams head to Bridgewater, NS, the host of the 2018 Esso Cup. Located just over an hour south of Halifax, the Esso Cup is being held in the Atlantic region for the first time.
1) ISS Hockey Releases May Top 31 Rankings for 2018 NHL Draft
2) 2018 RBC Cup Kicks Off in Chilliwack
3) Ontario Hockey Association Announces 2017-18 Prospects
4) Western Canada Cup No More
5) Meet Matthew Savoie, the NAX Forward Taking the CSSHL by Storm