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.
The Okotoks Oilers are rolling this year, off to the best start in franchise history with 10 wins in a row. The team is undefeated and leading the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), plus the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) has taken notice, putting the Oilers atop the national top-20 rankings for the first time ever.
Last June, the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) had three players drafted into the NHL after a three-year absence having no players selected. It was a notice to the scouting world what kind of talent exists in the Alberta Junior ranks.
The Trenton Golden Hawks will once again host a prestigious event. A year ago the Golden Hawks laid out the welcome mats for one of the OJHL’s Winter Showcases as well as the Dudley Hewitt Cup, a regional qualifier for the national RBC Cup Junior A championship.
Joe Martin, who already doubles as the head coach and general manager of the Merritt Centennials, will have some additional duties this season.
A Familiar face in Canadian Junior Hockey League circles will have even more responsibilities now. Kevin Abrams, who is in his 12th season as commissioner of the Central Canada Hockey League, was officially appointed as the CJHL’s Chairman of the Board earlier this month.
The Calgary Canucks have a new home. Sort of. The squad is still playing out of the same facility. But the rink the Canucks call home is now named the Ken Bracko Arena, in honour of the franchise’s previous long-time president.
Well it certainly didn’t take long for the first coaching change of the CCHL. Just five games into their season the Kanata Lasers announced they were relieving Jeff Jordan of his head coaching duties and replacing him with Nathan Hewitt.
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