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.
For one team, the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Finals are unfamiliar territory, but for the other, it’s a goal that has come to fruition quite often in recent years.
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.
The stage is set for the 2017 Fred Page Cup Finals opening Friday night in Chilliwack as the host Chiefs are set to take on the Penticton Vees.
For members of the Ottawa Jr. Senators, it was a rather painful experience to watch. Flashback to late April of 2016. The Jr. Senators had come as close as they could get to winning a league title.
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 Ottawa Jr. Sens have taken a 2-0 series lead on the Cornwall Colts, who went into the playoffs as the league’s second seeded team. The Jr. Sens surprised the Colts with a 5-1 victory on Thursday, March 30th, and followed it up with a hard-fought 2-1 win on Saturday.
The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has their own Final Four commencing this weekend, as the Division Semifinals for the Viterra North and South are set. The Brooks Bandits, the nation’s No. 1 team, will battle rival Okotoks, while up North, the Division’s top two teams will fight for a spot in the League Championship.
The 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award have been revealed and Coquitlam Express alum Alex Kerfoot remains in the hunt for the top individual prize in NCAA hockey.
Though he is still one of the youngest members of the Ottawa Jr. Senators, defenceman Merrick Rippon is receiving plenty of rave reviews. In fact, the 16-year-old had such an amazing season that he was selected as the Rookie of the Year in the Central Canada Hockey League.
Spruce Grove Saints captain Dexter McLeod will be getting a little bit of help with his postsecondary education. The 21-year-old defenceman is this year’s winner of the AJHL’s Gas Drive Scholarship. He will receive $1,500 to be used towards his college or university expenses.
The CCHL’s runaway scoring champion was also selected as the league’s most valuable player. Cumberland Grads star forward Grant Hebert ended up atop the CCHL scoring race, racking up 91 points (27 goals and 64 assists) in 60 regular season outings.
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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