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.
Should he continue to progress, Jack McBain is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a professional hockey player. During his 13-year pro career, Andrew McBain appeared in 632 National Hockey League contests. He played for four NHL franchises: the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators.
Early on in this year’s playoffs, it appeared a new Ontario Junior Hockey League champion would be crowned. Not so fast. The Trenton Golden Hawks, the 2016 champs, have come back to life following a slow postseason star
Stefano Durante has already enjoyed a rather successful junior hockey career. But the 20-year-old Cobourg Cougars goalie is still seeking some accolades prior to concluding his junior days this May.
It may appear there is a potential huge upset in the making in the opening round of the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs. The Stouffville Spirit, seeded seventh in the league’s North-East Conference, currently find themselves enjoying a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series against the second-ranked Markham Royals.
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.
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