For the third year in a row, a Junior A player from Canada has been selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, further cementing the strength of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) talent.
A pair of dynamic blueliners from two of Canada’s top Junior A squads are among a handful of Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players expected to hear their name called at the upcoming NHL Draft.
Eliminated from their league’s playoffs in the first round in mid-March, the Chilliwack Chiefs had a lot of downtime to prepare for the RBC Cup they would be hosting two months later in May.
Four days into the 2018 RBC Cup and it’s been as competitive as one could wish, with all but one game ending by a goal. The early leader after three games are the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Wenatchee Wild, the lone American entry in the tournament, who are 3-0 with two overtime wins.
The 23rd RBC Cup kicks off with five teams all looking for their first National Junior A title in team history. Hosted by the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Chilliwack Chiefs, the RBC Cup brings in four other teams from across the country, and in this year’s case, one American team for the second time.
Hockey in April is an interesting time. At the younger ranks, seasons are over or winding down and kids may venture into other sports or spring/summer hockey.
For the past five springs, the Western Canada Cup (WCC) has brought together the top teams from Junior A hockey in Western Canada. The BCHL, AJHL, SJHL and MJHL all sent their champions, who joined the host team, in hopes of making the finals and earning one of two spots in the Royal Bank Cup.
For Junior A options in Canada, Alex Newhook couldn’t have chosen a team much further from his home in St. John’s, N.L. than he did with Victoria.
With 40 of the most skilled and talented players in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), a top prospects game would normally be expected to be highlighted by flashy plays and dynamic goals.
Two days before the top major junior draft-eligible players will suit up in front of scouts in Guelph, Ont., the top 40 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) will showcase their talents 45 minutes away in Mississauga.
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