Marty Abrams will continue to be the bench boss of a Junior A team in eastern Ontario. But it just won’t be with the Wellington Dukes, the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) squad that he coached during 16 of the past 18 seasons.
The odds might have been stacked against them. But the Cobourg Cougars found a way to win and keep winning at this year’s RBC Cup tournament.
The Cobourg Cougars will get the chance to hoist the national RBC Cup on home ice on Sunday. The Cougars, members of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, earned a spot in the national Junior A championship final by downing the British Columbia Hockey League’s Penticton Vees 3-1 on Saturday.
The Cobourg Cougars are certainly proving they belong among the teams vying to win the national RBC Cup championship. As hosts, the Cougars, members of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, were awarded an automatic berth into the five-team national tournament, which began May 13 and continues until this Sunday’s championship final.
The Brooks Bandits find themselves atop the standings following the opening weekend of action at the RBC Cup tournament. The Bandits, members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, won both of their matches at the five-team national Junior A championships, being staged in Cobourg, Ont.
Another lengthy Canadian Junior Hockey League season is about to wrap up. The 2016-17 season had kicked off last August when exhibition games started being staged across the province in the 10 Junior A leagues that make up the CJHL.
It has certainly been a year of ups and downs for goaltender Nicholas Latinovich. The 20-year-old started the 2016-17 season in limbo, not suiting up for any club as he had requested a trade from the Orangeville Flyers, the Ontario Junior Hockey League squad he had spent the previous two years with.
The Aurora Tigers don’t have many highlights to look back on this season. The Tigers won just nine of their 54 regular season games and finished a distant 26 points out of a playoff spot.
The Cobourg Cougars had their hopes of winning an Ontario Junior Hockey League championship this season come to a crushing end in early April.
Keegan Blasby is certainly doing his best to end his junior career on an upbeat note. Blasby, who turned 21 on Mar. 14, is a right winger with the Georgetown Raiders, who are currently battling the Trenton Golden Hawks in the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s championship series.
It’s more than just a cliché. Whenever playoffs roll around in any league, countless players, coaches and fans can often be heard uttering that anything can happen. That has certainly been the case this year in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
Despite limited action North York Rangers’ sophomore centre Nick Campoli still managed to make quite the impression this season. This past week it was announced that Campoli is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Top Prospect Award.
The OJHL’s developmental league has grown once again. The Ontario Junior Development League (OJDL), which is entering its third season of operations, will feature 15 entrants this year.
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