Only a few months remain until the winners are announced. For the 19th year, HockeyNow will soon be awarding some of the best minor hockey talent in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario with the annual Player of the Year Award.
In the final few months of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL), playoffs are shaping up and several teams are standing out above the competition.
At the beginning of February in Edmonton, the top Bantam and Midget players in the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) got the chance to play in a prospects game that was well-attended by postsecondary scouts.
What better way to kick off 2018 than to look at the minor hockey players making waves and getting noticed by our scouts for this year’s Minor Hockey Player of the Year Award?
Four years from now, the hockey world will be heavily scrutinizing over the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Matthew Savoie from St. Albert, Alta. could very well be in play for No. 1 considering his current skill at the young age of 14.
For three straight years, the Rocky Mountain Raiders have been a finalist at the Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational in Calgary, and after a bitter finals loss two years ago, they have now brought home gold two consecutive winters.
Shortly after Christmas, Calgary made headlines as being colder than the North Pole and Mars, among other places, as an arctic spell swept through the city.
The Minor Hockey Player of the Year race is especially top of mind at HockeyNow as we look ahead to watching former player of the year Dante Fabbro wear the red and white at the World Junior Championships later this month – assuming he makes a full recovery, of course.
As a 14-year-old playing in one of the top leagues in Western Canada, it can feel like the next options for hockey are overwhelming. They can consider the American college route and play Junior A for a few years, or if possible, join the Western Hockey League (WHL), play for the goal of becoming a professional and build up the years of free education.
The way the game is played at lower levels in Ontario will officially change with a new mandate in place. Skill development will be on the forefront with smaller ice, lighter pucks and “station-based practices” as the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) looks to bring changes across the province.
Hockey Canada just released their roster for the Channel One Cup, another tournament in a series en route to the PyeongChang Olympics and Men’s Canadian team. Channel One is the fourth such tournament, following the Sochi Hockey Open and Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov at the end of the summer and Karjala Cup last month. After Channel One, only the Spengler Cup stands between Olympic hopefuls and the final roster announcement.
All 18 teams in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) are welcoming a new opponent this season – one with older, more experienced players gearing up for something they’ve worked towards their whole lives.
Our search for the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year kicked off with the start of the season and we’re watching closely to see which players will rise above the pack.
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2) Meet Matthew Savoie, the NAX Forward Taking the CSSHL by Storm
3) 2018 Olympic Preview: Team Canada Women's Hockey
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5) Ty Ronning Hoping to Ride Career High to WHL Playoffs