There are roughly 10 games left in the junior hockey season, and bonafide Memorial Cup contenders are separating themselves from the rest of the pack.
The Firebirds franchise suffered through a messy inaugural year in Flint, thanks to some nepotistic drama, a full-team walkout and an OHL intervention. A year later, the team is preparing for its first appearance in the playoffs since rebranding — and could unseat a powerful team in the first round.
The WHL reached its halfway point with four clear-cut division leaders, but after a wild start to 2017, only the Regina Pats still hold claim to a comfortable lead on their division.
The Oshawa Generals could very well have their cake and eat it too. Approaching the trade deadline, general manager Roger Hunt faced the dilemma of whether to sacrifice some of its young players and draft picks for star power – knowing they were atop the Eastern Conference – in order to contend for a spot in the 2017 Memorial Cup, or sell off some veterans in the hopes of spicing up their line up for next year, when they’re bidding to host the Memorial Cup.
Hockey is a family sport, and over the years there have been too many great sets of brothers to count. Today, each junior league in the CHL has several pairs of brothers in its ranks. To satisfy geographic and logistic concerns, they often end up playing together on the same team.
It’s been a whirlwind week for Kootenay Ice captain Cale Fleury. The Carlyle, Sask. product got the chance of a lifetime when he earned a late addition to Team Cherry’s roster at the CHL Top Prospects Game, but that doesn’t mean it was easy.
It has now been a month since the trade deadline came and went across the CHL leagues, and one team from each has put themselves in a terrific position to compete for junior hockey’s most treasured prize—the Memorial Cup.
Dylan Strome has had a remarkable OHL career. For those who follow junior hockey, that’s already well known, but it’s worth stating again after he set an Erie Otters franchise record in all-time points.
A tragic, hate-fueled mosque shooting on Sunday night made for a sombre Monday morning in Quebec City, but after some deliberation it was decided that the CHL/NHL Prospects game would proceed as planned.
On Monday, January 30, Team Cherry put an end to a six year drought at the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Without a victory since 2012, Team Cherry outlasted off Team Orr 7-5 in the offensive battle at Centre Videotron in Quebec City.
Captains are expected to make an impact, and Garrett McFadden is trying to do so in more ways than one. The Guelph Storm captain and last player remaining from Guelph’s 2014 OHL championship team has taken mental health seriously ever since his friend, Wes Cameron, died by suicide five years ago.
The Regina Pats are the real deal, and they’re out to prove it. The powerhouse Pats earned the Canadian Hockey League’s No. 1 ranking in early November and have only given it up for one week in the 10 since.
The recent announcement of a new OHL major midget draft has been met with mixed emotions and time will tell how beneficial it will be. In an effort to bring more prominence to midget hockey, the OHL has instituted an under-18 draft that’s separate from its annual Priority Selection Draft for players who have just graduated minor midget.
Trying to predict who will win this year’s President’s Cup is about as clear as mud. There’s so much parity at the top of the QMJHL standings that it’s difficult to project which team may take the league championship when it’s decided upon in early May.
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