Toronto-based sportswriter, Sam Laskaris, has written extensively on the Ontario Hockey League, the Ontario Junior A leagues, and Ontario minor hockey – including the GTHL, the OMHA, and ALLIANCE hockey – over many years, as a key contributor to HockeyNow.
The OJHL’s developmental league has grown once again. The Ontario Junior Development League (OJDL), which is entering its third season of operations, will feature 15 entrants this year.
From worst to… first? It could very well happen for the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons. A year ago the Oil Barons had a rather disappointing season, winning a league-low of just 10 out of their 60 regular season contests.
Should he continue to progress, Jack McBain is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a professional hockey player. During his 13-year pro career, Andrew McBain appeared in 632 National Hockey League contests. He played for four NHL franchises: the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators.
Early on in this year’s playoffs, it appeared a new Ontario Junior Hockey League champion would be crowned. Not so fast. The Trenton Golden Hawks, the 2016 champs, have come back to life following a slow postseason star
Stefano Durante has already enjoyed a rather successful junior hockey career. But the 20-year-old Cobourg Cougars goalie is still seeking some accolades prior to concluding his junior days this May.
An agonizing two-day wait finally came to an end for members of the Nepean Raiders on late Sunday afternoon. The Raiders concluded their Central Canada Hockey League regular season action this past Friday with a 3-2 overtime road victory against the Pembroke Lumber Kings.
A not-so-funny thing happened to the Penticton Vees last year en route to their anticipated appearance at the national championships. After posting one of their best regular seasons ever in the British Columbia Hockey League, the Vees were expected to move on and advance to the Canadian tourney, which was held in Lloydminster.
It may appear there is a potential huge upset in the making in the opening round of the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs. The Stouffville Spirit, seeded seventh in the league’s North-East Conference, currently find themselves enjoying a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series against the second-ranked Markham Royals.
Paul Dyck has had his share of successes since taking over the Steinbach Pistons’ head coaching and managerial duties in 2012. Dyck led the Pistons to a Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) championship in 2013. And his squad advanced to the league finals in each of the past two seasons.
Liam Lascelle has proven that he can be a rather reliable goalkeeper in the Central Canada Hockey League. But it remains to be seen whether the Cornwall Colts’ 19-year-old puckstopper can also get the job done in the playoffs.
Paul Vella has bounced around to various teams and leagues during his junior career. But the Kanata Lasers are glad the 20-year-old forward, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., has spent the entire 2016-17 campaign on their roster.
The AJHL has announced the finalists who are up for some prestigious league-wide awards. The league’s coaches and general managers voted on the finalists for six major awards. Winners will be announced during the final week of the regular season.
For the sixth consecutive year, members of the public will be allowed to have their say in who wins an OJHL award. Followers of the league are able to go online and select the one individual they would like to see capture this year’s OJHL Fan Favourite Award.
Tons of praise is being heaped upon the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. But it seems that Bandits head coach/general manager Ryan Papaioannou has mixed reactions over the adulation.
Guch will once again finish among the BCHL’s top pointgetters. Chilliwack Chiefs’ captain Jordan Kawaguchi, who is nicknamed Guch, placed fifth in the league scoring race a year ago.
If the Powassan Voodoos keep winning more than their share of hockey games they just might find themselves challenging for a national title soon.
Though he’s one of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s smallest players, Jack Jacome has managed to put up some big numbers this season.
Members of the Wenatchee Wild are hoping to make a bit of history this season. The Wild, based in the state of Washington, is the lone American entry in the British Columbia Hockey League.
If the Central Canada Hockey League playoffs were to begin today, the Hawkesbury Hawks would have home-ice advantage in the opening round.
A mid-season trade from a year ago has proven to be a win-win situation for both Ryan Casselman and the Cobourg Cougars. After playing about a season and a half with the Central Canada Hockey League’s Pembroke Lumber Kings, Casselman admits he was homesick and requested a trade to a club closer to his home in Napanee, Ont.
Josh Astorino has known for a couple of years now that he was capable of being a Junior A hockey goalie. But it has taken until his final season of junior eligibility for the 20-year-old to make the jump up to that level.
Though their accomplishments do not include a national title, the Carleton Place Canadians have enjoyed far more success in recent years than any other Canadian Junior Hockey League franchise.
With six weeks remaining in their regular season schedule, the Kanata Lasers have already more than doubled the amount of wins they registered last season.
Calgary Flames netminder Chad Johnson became the first inductee into the Brooks Bandits’ Wall of Fame. The well-travelled 30-year-old goalie is in his first season with the Flames. He returned to Brooks on Jan. 20 for the evening honouring his junior accomplishments.
All indications are Canadian Junior Hockey League officials will once again be all smiles early during the National Hockey League’s Entry Draft this year.
The Merritt Centennials used to be rather successful in overtime matches. Two years ago, the Centennials managed to win seven of their nine contests that were decided with an OT session.
Connor Ryckman is once again a workhorse goaltender this season. But the Wellington Dukes’ 20-year-old puckstopper is certainly accustomed to this role at this point of his junior career.
It’s unlikely offensive stars Cole Busschaert or Xavier Couture will end up winning the Central Canada Hockey League scoring race this season.
The stars were out in Cornwall on Jan. 25. That would be many of the top Junior A hockey stars. They came to the eastern Ontario city to participate in the annual Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Prospects Game.
Jett Alexander’s 2016-17 hockey campaign has been drastically different than he had originally envisioned. Though he has not played a ton, the 17-year-old puckstopper has been rather impressive when he has been called upon – for a pair of Ontario Junior Hockey League squads.
The Gloucester Rangers already know they will be making a rather substantial move in the near future. But before they relocate to Rockland at the conclusion of this season, the Rangers are also keen to make a move in the Central Canada Hockey League standings.
Spencer Hyman would eventually love to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Zach and make it to the National Hockey League. But at the moment he’s in no hurry to get there.
The Oakville Blades already had something to celebrate even before the puck dropped on the 2016-17 campaign. This season marks the 50th anniversary of operations for the Ontario Junior Hockey League franchise.
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