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.
It’s the most exciting time of the hockey season with the first round playoff pairings now determined and league awards being handed out.
It’s time to separate the pretenders from the contenders with the start of the CCHL post season playoffs. The positioning of the eight playoffs was not determined until the final day of the regular season.
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.
It’s full steam ahead for Martin Dagenais and his Ottawa Junior Senators Junior A hockey club. Once again, the governor, general manager and head coach of the organization has his club battling it out for top spot in the overall CCHL standings.
With the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) wrapping up, the Most Valuable Player nominees have been announced and feature a number of high-scoring players.
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.
In the 12-year history of the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC), Team Canada West and Team USA are the only teams to win the championship.
In recent years, if you were to check the standings of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), the Calgary Mustangs would be sitting at or close to the bottom of the standings, especially in the South Division.
Outside of Team Canada East and West, the four international entries for the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC) are bringing formidable teams.
In the 11-year history of the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC), Team Canada has four gold medals, with their last coming in 2015. However, all four gold belong to the West, as the hockey-crazy host country gets two entries each year: Team Canada West and Team Canada East.
A three-day tournament in the middle of November doesn’t sound like a pressure-packed event, but for 200 of the top Junior A hockey players east of Manitoba, it was critical.
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