For the second year in a row, the Burnaby Winter Club has claimed the Western Canada Bantam AAA Championship crown. It was a dominating weekend for the Bruins, who went 5-0 and smoked the host Saskatchewan Valley Vipers 9-2.
Despite limited action North York Rangers’ sophomore centre Nick Campoli still managed to make quite the impression this season. This past week it was announced that Campoli is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Top Prospect Award.
The Ottawa Jr. Sens have taken a 2-0 series lead on the Cornwall Colts, who went into the playoffs as the league’s second seeded team. The Jr. Sens surprised the Colts with a 5-1 victory on Thursday, March 30th, and followed it up with a hard-fought 2-1 win on Saturday.
The 2017 edition of the OHF’s All-Ontario Bantam AAA Championship wrapped up this past weekend, and the playoff rounds unfolded as expected.
It was a historic night, but not one Canada would like to remember. For the fist time, Finland has defeated Canada in IIHF play. Canada is now 0-2 after losing to the U.S. in their first preliminary game then falling to Finland 4-3 yesterday.
Twenty-eight Canadian-born players will be competing for an NCAA Division 1 men's hockey crown during the Frozen Four at the United Centre in Chicago from April 6 to 8. The top three seeded teams in the nation (Denver Pioneers, Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs and Harvard Crimson), along with wild-card entry Notre Dame Fighting Irish, survived through the round of 16 and round of eight playoffs to advance to the final four.
Whether it was the fired up home crowd or the precedent-setting win earlier in the week, the U.S. women’s national team did not look like a squad that had not much official practice this week. Outshooting the Canadians 30-18, the U.S. team took the first preliminary game for both teams at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan 2-0 on Friday.
The U.S. women’s national team will defend their 2016 IIHF world championship gold medal in Plymouth, Michigan. While you wouldn’t suspect the No. 1 ranked team in the world would still have many firsts to check off their bucket list, winning gold on their home turf is one of them.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has their own Final Four commencing this weekend, as the Division Semifinals for the Viterra North and South are set. The Brooks Bandits, the nation’s No. 1 team, will battle rival Okotoks, while up North, the Division’s top two teams will fight for a spot in the League Championship.
As always, there’s a star-studded cast up for consideration for this season’s Red Tilson Trophy, presented each year to the OHL’s most outstanding player.
Women’s hockey is the winner of the outcome of the U.S. women’s national team taking a stand against their federation for equitable treatment, said U.S. captain Meghan Duggan. “We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together."
It’s been more than a decade since a squad from the Quebec Junior Hockey League participated in the national Junior A championships. The Terrebonne Cobras are hoping they are the ones that break that drought. And they just might have what it takes to do so. The Cobras registered their best regular season mark in franchise history, winning 44 of their 49 contests.
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