From worst to… first? It could very well happen for the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons. A year ago the Oil Barons had a rather disappointing season, winning a league-low of just 10 out of their 60 regular season contests.
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
The 2016-17 CCHL Playoffs kicked off on March 15th, and for the fourth year in a row, the Carleton Place Canadians are the clear favourites. With the Cornwall Colts and Ottawa Jr. Sens also playing terrific hockey, the Canadians could face their biggest challenge of the year—provided they get past Nepean Raiders in the first round.
Thirty-seven points separated the No. 2 Canmore Eagles and seventh seed Olds Grizzlys in the Viterra South Division standings. The Eagles had the third-best offence and the league’s top two scorers, plus scored 83 more goals than the Grizzlys. Ahead of the matchup, it was looking like a David versus Goliath matchup.
Round 2 of the BC Ford Dealers Road to the Fred Page Cup BCHL Playoffs will begin on Friday without the defending champion West Kelowna Warriors.
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.
An agonizing two-day wait finally came to an end for members of the Nepean Raiders on late Sunday afternoon. The Raiders concluded their Central Canada Hockey League regular season action this past Friday with a 3-2 overtime road victory against the Pembroke Lumber Kings.
A not-so-funny thing happened to the Penticton Vees last year en route to their anticipated appearance at the national championships. After posting one of their best regular seasons ever in the British Columbia Hockey League, the Vees were expected to move on and advance to the Canadian tourney, which was held in Lloydminster.
Whoever made the Alberta Journey Hockey League (AJHL) schedule for the 2016-17 season should get some serious props as the battle for the Viterra North Division came down to the final game of the year.
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.
As the BCHL Playoffs commenced this weekend, the annual BCHL Awards were handed out on Thursday and only in their second season in the BCHL, the Wenatchee Wild took home the most hardware.
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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