A three-day tournament in the middle of November doesn’t sound like a pressure-packed event, but for 200 of the top Junior A hockey players east of Manitoba, it was critical.
The Okotoks Oilers are rolling this year, off to the best start in franchise history with 10 wins in a row. The team is undefeated and leading the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), plus the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) has taken notice, putting the Oilers atop the national top-20 rankings for the first time ever.
Last June, the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) had three players drafted into the NHL after a three-year absence having no players selected. It was a notice to the scouting world what kind of talent exists in the Alberta Junior ranks.
The Trenton Golden Hawks will once again host a prestigious event. A year ago the Golden Hawks laid out the welcome mats for one of the OJHL’s Winter Showcases as well as the Dudley Hewitt Cup, a regional qualifier for the national RBC Cup Junior A championship.
Joe Martin, who already doubles as the head coach and general manager of the Merritt Centennials, will have some additional duties this season.
A Familiar face in Canadian Junior Hockey League circles will have even more responsibilities now. Kevin Abrams, who is in his 12th season as commissioner of the Central Canada Hockey League, was officially appointed as the CJHL’s Chairman of the Board earlier this month.
The Calgary Canucks have a new home. Sort of. The squad is still playing out of the same facility. But the rink the Canucks call home is now named the Ken Bracko Arena, in honour of the franchise’s previous long-time president.
Well it certainly didn’t take long for the first coaching change of the CCHL. Just five games into their season the Kanata Lasers announced they were relieving Jeff Jordan of his head coaching duties and replacing him with Nathan Hewitt.
Following their second Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) title and coming off a tough overtime loss in the RBC Cup final, the Brooks Bandits are slotted as the second-best team in the preseason rankings of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) top 20.
Rob Pearson is gearing up for his first season of coaching in the junior hockey ranks. Pearson, who appeared in a total of 302 NHL contests during his playing days, will serve as the head coach for Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Whitby Fury this season.
The Chilliwack Chiefs have had their share of recent successes advancing to the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) finals in each of the past two years.
The Camrose Kodiaks will once again host the Alberta Junior Hockey League Showcase. The 11th annual event will be staged Sept. 28-30 at the Edgeworth Centre, the Kodiaks’ home rink.
A new regular season champion will be crowned in the BCHL’s Mainland Division this season. That’s because the defending champions, the Wenatchee Wild, have moved out of the division and into the Interior Division.
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