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.
The AJHL has announced the finalists who are up for some prestigious league-wide awards. The league’s coaches and general managers voted on the finalists for six major awards. Winners will be announced during the final week of the regular season.
Despite a few weeks left in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) regular season, last week, the league revealed the finalists for their league awards, selected by coaches and general managers from around the league.
Tons of praise is being heaped upon the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. But it seems that Bandits head coach/general manager Ryan Papaioannou has mixed reactions over the adulation.
Since 1994, Gord Thibodeau has been a fixture behind the bench in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). From all over northern Alberta, coaching seven teams in six cities, Thibodeau recently stepped into the record books by claiming the record for most wins as a head coach in the AJHL, surpassing Don Phelps.
Captains are expected to make an impact, and Garrett McFadden is trying to do so in more ways than one. The Guelph Storm captain and last player remaining from Guelph’s 2014 OHL championship team has taken mental health seriously ever since his friend, Wes Cameron, died by suicide five years ago.
Calgary Flames netminder Chad Johnson became the first inductee into the Brooks Bandits’ Wall of Fame. The well-travelled 30-year-old goalie is in his first season with the Flames. He returned to Brooks on Jan. 20 for the evening honouring his junior accomplishments.
All indications are Canadian Junior Hockey League officials will once again be all smiles early during the National Hockey League’s Entry Draft this year.
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