Four days into the 2018 RBC Cup and it’s been as competitive as one could wish, with all but one game ending by a goal. The early leader after three games are the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Wenatchee Wild, the lone American entry in the tournament, who are 3-0 with two overtime wins.
The 23rd RBC Cup kicks off with five teams all looking for their first National Junior A title in team history. Hosted by the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Chilliwack Chiefs, the RBC Cup brings in four other teams from across the country, and in this year’s case, one American team for the second time.
And then there were four. This past August, 36 teams from the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Maritime Hockey League (MHL) and Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Quebec (LHJAAAQ) had circled the dates of May 2-6, 2018 on their calendars.
It’s the most exciting time of the hockey season with the first round playoff pairings now determined and league awards being handed out.
It’s time to separate the pretenders from the contenders with the start of the CCHL post season playoffs. The positioning of the eight playoffs was not determined until the final day of the regular season.
It’s full steam ahead for Martin Dagenais and his Ottawa Junior Senators Junior A hockey club. Once again, the governor, general manager and head coach of the organization has his club battling it out for top spot in the overall CCHL standings.
With 40 of the most skilled and talented players in the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), a top prospects game would normally be expected to be highlighted by flashy plays and dynamic goals.
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.
A three-day tournament in the middle of November doesn’t sound like a pressure-packed event, but for 200 of the top Junior A hockey players east of Manitoba, it was critical.
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.
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2) 2018 RBC Cup Kicks Off in Chilliwack
3) Ontario Hockey Association Announces 2017-18 Prospects
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