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.
Well it certainly didn’t take long for the first coaching change of the CCHL. Just five games into their season the Kanata Lasers announced they were relieving Jeff Jordan of his head coaching duties and replacing him with Nathan Hewitt.
A new Central Canada Hockey League award has been created and will be handed out annually starting this coming season. League officials have established the Chris Messina Broadcasting Award in honour of the former CCHL director of communications and broadcasting who died suddenly on Aug. 14
Goodbye Cumberland Grads. And hello Navan Grads.Following several years of contemplating renaming his Central Canada Hockey League franchise, owner Steve Barban has finally made the move. After a bit of buzz had been created on social media in recent weeks – forecasting a major announcement – the news became official this past week at a village fair.
Ian Henderson is back working in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). Henderson had stepped away from the Junior A circuit last year after having spent seven seasons with the Hawkesbury Hawks.
A former National Hockey League player still owns the Kemptville 73’s. But it’s not Ron Tugnutt, the ex-goalie who appeared in 724 NHL matches and had owned the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) franchise the past five seasons.
Like all their Central Canada Hockey League rivals, the Rockland Nationals will commence their regular season in September. But the Nationals’ brass is busier than all its league counterparts this off-season. That’s because officials from the Junior A franchise are preparing for the upcoming campaign in a new community.
For the first time in recent memory, the Carleton Place Canadians will have a bit of an unwanted extended spring break. That’s because the Central Canada Hockey League franchise just missed out on once again qualifying for the RBC Cup, the national Junior A championship.
The Carleton Place Canadians have succeeded at winning their fourth consecutive Bogart Cup. Now, the team looks ahead to the Fred Page Cup, which commences today in Terrebonne.
Connor Hughes has already backstopped his squad to a championship in his final season of junior hockey. But the Carleton Place Canadians’ 20-year-old puckstopper is now hoping to lead his club to one, and even better, two more championships.
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