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.
For the first time in recent memory, the Carleton Place Canadians will have a bit of an unwanted extended spring break. That’s because the Central Canada Hockey League franchise just missed out on once again qualifying for the RBC Cup, the national Junior A championship.
Five straight wins and only one game within a goal. It was domination for the Brooks Bandits who rolled over opposition at the Western Canada Cup, including defeating the Chilliwack Chiefs 6-1 in the title game.
The Brooks Bandits’ unstoppable season continues to roll on as they’re set to play in the Western Canada Cup Finals Saturday. Cruising through the round robin winning all four games, the Bandits have scored 18 goals (six more than the closest, Penticton) and allowed six (five fewer than Chilliwack and Battleford) and are the odds on favourite in the final.
The Carleton Place Canadians have succeeded at winning their fourth consecutive Bogart Cup. Now, the team looks ahead to the Fred Page Cup, which commences today in Terrebonne.
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 Penticton Vees went the seven-game maximum in each of their playoff series on route to the Fred Page Cup Championship by defeating the Chilliwack Chiefs in Game 7 Tuesday night by a score of 1-0.
Connor Hughes has already backstopped his squad to a championship in his final season of junior hockey. But the Carleton Place Canadians’ 20-year-old puckstopper is now hoping to lead his club to one, and even better, two more championships.
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.
Despite being a newcomer to the BCHL this season, goaltender Jacob Berger provided a steadying influence for the Merritt Centennials. Berger, a native of the Minnesota city of Minnetonka, arrived in Merritt and handled the majority of the Centennials’ starts.
A glimpse into the Central Canada Hockey League’s future was on display in early April. The league’s Bantam Protected Draft was staged on April 10 at the Navan Memorial Arena, the home rink of the Cumberland Grads.
A former AJHL star is now in charge of building up one of the league entrants. Mark Bomersback, who had been selected as the AJHL’s most valuable player back in 2002-03, was recently named as the general manager of the Grande Prairie Storm.
It took the Brooks Bandits just four games in the final to claim their second Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) title in two years. The Bandits, arguably one of the top Junior A hockey teams in the country, swept the Whitecourt Wolverines and dominated play in three of four.
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