Jamaica’ and ‘hockey’ aren’t often coupled in the same sentence just as the sport isn’t familiar to the tropical country. But that is all looking to change with the Jamaican Olympic International Hockey Federation (JOIHF).
It’ll be at least a few years before a select few at the Pacific Elite Prospects Showcase can be drafted to the NHL, but some of B.C.’s top skaters from eight to 14 sparked scout interest this past weekend.
The sun is shining and the puck is dropping on spring tournaments across the country. We check in on just a few in our 2017 Season of Tournaments. Don’t miss the full spread in our May edition, now available in print at your local rink and online here.
The Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy brought meaning to its moniker on Thursday at Calgary’s Deerfoot Inn. The Kelowna-based bantam AAA program sent six players to six different Western Hockey League teams in the opening round of the 2017, with five hearing their name called in the Top 10.
The race for first place at the 2017 Telus Cup just got tighter as three teams are tied for the top spot. The Leduc Oil Kings were able to hand the Mississauga Rebels their first loss of the tournament after building a healthy lead and not looking back in the first game of the day.
The second day of the 2017 Telus Cup saw Mississauga and Cape Breton continue their winning ways. The Rebels established their lead early with a goal from Bair Gendunov and didn’t look back from there.
The game of hockey is evolving all the time, and the same is true for the tools available to minor hockey associations. But in a hockey system populated with old-school veterans of the game who have always used the same management strategies, are teams making the most of the resources available to them?
The 2017 Telus Cup kicked off with the eastern teams taking an early advantage after Day 1 action. The teams from out east didn’t have any trouble adjusting to the time change as this year’s tournament is out west in Prince George.
The biggest hockey moment to date for many of the nation’s top Midget hockey players takes place towards the end of April at the National Championships.
The Burnaby Winter Club Academy Elite 15s took home the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) Elite 15s division Championship with a 6-3 win in the final game. BWC came into the postseason with a 21-5-4 record for a second place finish in the regular season.
If the current run the Coquitlam Midget AAA Chiefs are on is a dream, they’d prefer not to wake up. After going undefeated in the regular season and only losing once in the final four, the Chiefs find themselves in Provincial Championships looking to capture their third Provincial banner and complete an unforgettable season putting the season accomplishments into elite status.
Once the calendar turns to March, most Minor Hockey Leagues are preparing for their League Tournaments. In British Columbia, Provincial tournaments are beginning mid-March and wrapping up in the final weekend of March. For the Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association, hosting a Provincial Tournament is a long time coming.
The 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge is heading back to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. The tournament will see the best young players from all over the world, for a majority of them playing on an international stage for the first time.
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