We're a little over a month into the 2015-16 season and while there is still a ton of hockey to be played, the landscape across the leagues we cover is starting to take shape.
The Erie Otters, Kitchener Rangers and London Knights are pulling ahead of the pack in the OHL. The WHL’s 50th season has seen solid starts from the Prince Albert Raiders, Victoria Royals and perennial powerhouse Kelowna Rockets. In the QMJHL, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Charlottetown Islanders are looking formidable with only one loss between the two of them to date. If early results are any indication, expect to see at least a couple of these teams competing for the Memorial Cup come May.
After producing just one 2015 NHL Draft pick last season, the CJHL boasts several impressive players who are early favourites to hear their names called in 2016. The Penticton Vees remain the standard in the BCHL as they search for a third straight league title. In Alberta, the Spruce Grove Saints lead the pack in the AJHL, while the Trenton Golden Hawks and two-time defending champion Carleton Place Canadians sit atop the OJHL and CCHL, respectively.
It’s a little too early to predict anything in the collegiate ranks with the CIS and NCAA just a few games into their respective seasons.
All in all, it’s been a great start to the season and all indications point to yet another exciting season of hockey for fans in 2015-16. We’ll be along for the ride to bring our readers the best news and info from their favourite teams all season long.
It’s also been a great start to the season for HockeyNow. For starters, we are excited to welcome Leah Dyck to the HockeyNow family. Leah hails from southeastern Ontario and will be focusing on our CWHL/NWHL beat moving forward.
We are also excited to announce HN’s first annual Fans’ Choice Awards. In this issue you’ll find a list of nominees in a number of categories.
Visit HockeyNow.ca to cast your vote today and help us recognize the best of the best among the organizations, businesses and manufacturers who help keep us all on the ice and at the top of our game.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in last month’s contests and we’re at it again this month. Visit the contest page on our website for your chance to win some great prizes. Billy Blueliner is back this month, find him hidden in an image somewhere in this issue, snap a pic, send it in and you’ll automatically be entered to win.
Also, submit a minor hockey story to our Hometown Rink Report from B.C., Alberta and Ontario to have your work published on our world-class website and for a chance to win an Easton hockey stick.
As always, thanks for reading and don’t forget to visit HockeyNow.ca every day to find the latest and best news from the junior, collegiate, minor and women’s hockey worlds.
See you in November!
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3) Justin Sourdif Named 2017 HockeyNow Player of the Year for B.C.
4) Where Are They Now: 2016 Player of the Year Owen Lalonde
5) Former NHLer Jason York Now Part of Kemptville 73’s Ownership Group