The 2016-17 CCHL Playoffs kicked off on March 15th, and for the fourth year in a row, the Carleton Place Canadians are the clear favourites. With the Cornwall Colts and Ottawa Jr. Sens also playing terrific hockey, the Canadians could face their biggest challenge of the year—provided they get past Nepean Raiders in the first round.
An agonizing two-day wait finally came to an end for members of the Nepean Raiders on late Sunday afternoon. The Raiders concluded their Central Canada Hockey League regular season action this past Friday with a 3-2 overtime road victory against the Pembroke Lumber Kings.
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.
Liam Lascelle has proven that he can be a rather reliable goalkeeper in the Central Canada Hockey League. But it remains to be seen whether the Cornwall Colts’ 19-year-old puckstopper can also get the job done in the playoffs.
Paul Vella has bounced around to various teams and leagues during his junior career. But the Kanata Lasers are glad the 20-year-old forward, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., has spent the entire 2016-17 campaign on their roster.
If the Central Canada Hockey League playoffs were to begin today, the Hawkesbury Hawks would have home-ice advantage in the opening round.
A mid-season trade from a year ago has proven to be a win-win situation for both Ryan Casselman and the Cobourg Cougars. After playing about a season and a half with the Central Canada Hockey League’s Pembroke Lumber Kings, Casselman admits he was homesick and requested a trade to a club closer to his home in Napanee, Ont.
In the CCHL, young players get the chance to prove they can excel at higher levels of hockey. While some players win scholarships and move on to become solid NCAA players, others become leaders at the next level—and continue to dominate.
Though their accomplishments do not include a national title, the Carleton Place Canadians have enjoyed far more success in recent years than any other Canadian Junior Hockey League franchise.
With six weeks remaining in their regular season schedule, the Kanata Lasers have already more than doubled the amount of wins they registered last season.
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.
It’s unlikely offensive stars Cole Busschaert or Xavier Couture will end up winning the Central Canada Hockey League scoring race this season.
The stars were out in Cornwall on Jan. 25. That would be many of the top Junior A hockey stars. They came to the eastern Ontario city to participate in the annual Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Prospects Game.
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