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.
The Trenton Golden Hawks will once again host a prestigious event. A year ago the Golden Hawks laid out the welcome mats for one of the OJHL’s Winter Showcases as well as the Dudley Hewitt Cup, a regional qualifier for the national RBC Cup Junior A championship.
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.
Rob Pearson is gearing up for his first season of coaching in the junior hockey ranks. Pearson, who appeared in a total of 302 NHL contests during his playing days, will serve as the head coach for Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Whitby Fury this season.
Mario Cicchillo is confident he can make a difference. And that’s why the veteran junior hockey coach has agreed to try and turn around the fortunes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Milton Icehawks.
Surprising off-season moves continue to take place in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). No doubt one of the biggest shockers came when Marty Abrams resigned from his head coaching and GM duties with the Wellington Dukes.
He’s back. After a three-year absence coach John Dean is returning to the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). Dean had spent the past three seasons serving as the assistant coach of the North Bay Battalion in the higher calibre Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) continues to supply a good number of its graduating players to college programs south of the border, but more and more of those performers are choosing to stay home and become student-athletes.
Peter Goulet will still be a double duty guy. But now it will be for just one hockey organization instead of two. During the past two seasons, Goulet had served as the general manager of the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Kingston Voyageurs and as the assistant coach for the Brampton Beast, members of the East Coast Hockey League, a pro loop considered two steps below the NHL.
Marty Abrams will continue to be the bench boss of a Junior A team in eastern Ontario. But it just won’t be with the Wellington Dukes, the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) squad that he coached during 16 of the past 18 seasons.
The odds might have been stacked against them. But the Cobourg Cougars found a way to win and keep winning at this year’s RBC Cup tournament.
The Cobourg Cougars will get the chance to hoist the national RBC Cup on home ice on Sunday. The Cougars, members of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, earned a spot in the national Junior A championship final by downing the British Columbia Hockey League’s Penticton Vees 3-1 on Saturday.
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