In the 11-year history of the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC), Team Canada has four gold medals, with their last coming in 2015. However, all four gold belong to the West, as the hockey-crazy host country gets two entries each year: Team Canada West and Team Canada East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming off the franchise’s best year since in more than a decade, the Calgary Canucks look poised to take the next step as a winning franchise.
It wasn't until a breakout game in the World Jr. A Challenge this past December that scouts had the chance to see what Calgary native and Brooks Bandits defenceman Cale Makar was all about.
Cale Makar has really started to turn heads with his offensive capability. Likes to skate the puck deep into the offensive zone and create offence. Possesses a real heavy, hard wrist and likes to shoot often from between the circles
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.
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