It’s time for this year’s class to get ready for the spotlight. Players like Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier have spent most of their lives honing their hockey skills in pursuit of their dream of making it to the NHL. Now they’re closing in on that reality as we get closer to the 2017 NHL Draft.
Though he has a couple of seasons of junior eligibility remaining, the time has come for Cale Makar to move on. Makar, an 18-year-old defenceman, has spent the past two seasons starring with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits.
As the curtain closed on the 2016-17 Canadian Hockey League season on Sunday in Cobourg, Ont., at least 35 players from the championship tournament now set their sights on becoming student-athletes in 2017-18.
The Cobourg Cougars will get the chance to hoist the national RBC Cup on home ice on Sunday. The Cougars, members of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, earned a spot in the national Junior A championship final by downing the British Columbia Hockey League’s Penticton Vees 3-1 on Saturday.
The Brooks Bandits continue to lead the pack at the RBC Cup. The Bandits, members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, registered their third consecutive victory on Tuesday at the national Junior A championship, which is being staged in Cobourg, Ont.
The Brooks Bandits find themselves atop the standings following the opening weekend of action at the RBC Cup tournament. The Bandits, members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, won both of their matches at the five-team national Junior A championships, being staged in Cobourg, Ont.
Another lengthy Canadian Junior Hockey League season is about to wrap up. The 2016-17 season had kicked off last August when exhibition games started being staged across the province in the 10 Junior A leagues that make up the CJHL.
Five straight wins and only one game within a goal. It was domination for the Brooks Bandits who rolled over opposition at the Western Canada Cup, including defeating the Chilliwack Chiefs 6-1 in the title game.
The Brooks Bandits’ unstoppable season continues to roll on as they’re set to play in the Western Canada Cup Finals Saturday. Cruising through the round robin winning all four games, the Bandits have scored 18 goals (six more than the closest, Penticton) and allowed six (five fewer than Chilliwack and Battleford) and are the odds on favourite in the final.
A former AJHL star is now in charge of building up one of the league entrants. Mark Bomersback, who had been selected as the AJHL’s most valuable player back in 2002-03, was recently named as the general manager of the Grande Prairie Storm.
It took the Brooks Bandits just four games in the final to claim their second Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) title in two years. The Bandits, arguably one of the top Junior A hockey teams in the country, swept the Whitecourt Wolverines and dominated play in three of four.
For one team, the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Finals are unfamiliar territory, but for the other, it’s a goal that has come to fruition quite often in recent years.
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