Two days before the top major junior draft-eligible players will suit up in front of scouts in Guelph, Ont., the top 40 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) will showcase their talents 45 minutes away in Mississauga.
In the 12-year history of the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC), Team Canada West and Team USA are the only teams to win the championship.
Outside of Team Canada East and West, the four international entries for the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC) are bringing formidable teams.
In the 11-year history of the World Junior A Challenge (WJAC), Team Canada has four gold medals, with their last coming in 2015. However, all four gold belong to the West, as the hockey-crazy host country gets two entries each year: Team Canada West and Team Canada East.
Joe Martin, who already doubles as the head coach and general manager of the Merritt Centennials, will have some additional duties this season.
A Familiar face in Canadian Junior Hockey League circles will have even more responsibilities now. Kevin Abrams, who is in his 12th season as commissioner of the Central Canada Hockey League, was officially appointed as the CJHL’s Chairman of the Board earlier this month.
The Chilliwack Chiefs have had their share of recent successes advancing to the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) finals in each of the past two years.
A new regular season champion will be crowned in the BCHL’s Mainland Division this season. That’s because the defending champions, the Wenatchee Wild, have moved out of the division and into the Interior Division.
The Brooks Bandits find themselves atop the standings following the opening weekend of action at the RBC Cup tournament. The Bandits, members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, won both of their matches at the five-team national Junior A championships, being staged in Cobourg, Ont.
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.
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