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.
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.
Spruce Grove Saints captain Dexter McLeod will be getting a little bit of help with his postsecondary education. The 21-year-old defenceman is this year’s winner of the AJHL’s Gas Drive Scholarship. He will receive $1,500 to be used towards his college or university expenses.
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.
Thirty-seven points separated the No. 2 Canmore Eagles and seventh seed Olds Grizzlys in the Viterra South Division standings. The Eagles had the third-best offence and the league’s top two scorers, plus scored 83 more goals than the Grizzlys. Ahead of the matchup, it was looking like a David versus Goliath matchup.
Whoever made the Alberta Journey Hockey League (AJHL) schedule for the 2016-17 season should get some serious props as the battle for the Viterra North Division came down to the final game of the year.
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.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League recently announced its full list of finalists for the coveted AJHL Awards. Last week, we took a closer look at the nominees for MVP, Rookie of the Year and Top Goaltender. Here, we look at the rest of the finalists, for Outstanding Defenceman, Most Dedicated Player, and Coach of the Year.
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