The next level. A hockey player’s evolution, to a degree, takes place on a ladder. It involves a long, at times daunting, climb up the rungs to the player’s ultimate goal.
It’s a process. If anyone is ready for the trials, tribulations and relocations hockey’s next level brings, it’s Sean Tschigerl. The Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Edmonton forward’s folks have logged countless miles en route to his winning the 2018 HockeyNews Alberta Player of the Year (POY) Award.
It doesn’t take long. One season, to be exact. When selected as the HockeyNow 2016 Player of the Year (POY) for Alberta, Bowen Byram was coming off a productive Bantam season (22 goals, 37 assists in 34 AMBHL games) with the Lethbridge Golden Hawks.
We’re less than two months out from making our final selections for the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year award winners in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. The 2018 nominees have been impressing us all season long and some were fortunate enough to make their mark at the Telus Cup in Sudbury late last month.
After the Esso Cup was held in Bridgewater, N.S. last month, another big-time national championship came to Nova Scotia, bringing the top Aboriginal hockey players from across the country.
A new crop of talented players is bound to hit the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and major junior hockey, many bound to be stars in hockey for years to come.
The 2018 Alberta Cup is officially underway, with eight teams made up of Alberta top 2003-born male players competing for the provincial crown.
For a quarter of a century, Indigenous hockey players in Alberta have played in one of the province’s largest tournaments, but it hasn’t been well-documented.
In 2009, the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) was born, with five member schools in B.C. and Alberta taking on the task of developing elite players in a high-quality athletic and educational environment.
Fifteen tournaments ran across the province of Alberta from March 21-25, while three league champions also earned provincial honours the previous week.
Only a few months remain until the winners are announced. For the 19th year, HockeyNow will soon be awarding some of the best minor hockey talent in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario with the annual Player of the Year Award.
At the beginning of February in Edmonton, the top Bantam and Midget players in the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) got the chance to play in a prospects game that was well-attended by postsecondary scouts.
Four years from now, the hockey world will be heavily scrutinizing over the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Matthew Savoie from St. Albert, Alta. could very well be in play for No. 1 considering his current skill at the young age of 14.
1) Yale Hockey Academy forward Jake Chiasson named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in B.C. powered by HockeyShot
2) OHA Edmonton forward Sean Tschigerl named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in AB powered by HockeyShot
3) Former HockeyNow Player of the Year Bowen Byram making Giant strides in the WHL
4) The 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year ready for the next level
5) Toronto Marlboros defenceman Jamie Drysdale named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in ON powered by HockeyShot