Lucas’s 2016-17 SJHL Pre-Season Power Rankings

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For the last decade, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League has had a run of repeat winners.

Other than a Humboldt Broncos championship in 2012, those that capture the league crown tend to hold on to it for awhile.

The Melfort Mustangs have won the last two years, with the Yorkton Terriers winning back-to-back crowns before that. Prior to the Broncos triumph four years ago, the La Ronge Ice Wolves had won consecutive titles.

The Ice Wolves had ended a three-year run by the Broncos, with the Terriers winning back-to-back crowns before that in 2005 and 2006.

Even with all of that, the league itself seems to be pretty competive from the outside looking in, with a number of different sides having a legit shot at the crown.

So, with the season starting today, I’ve decided to share my pre-season rankings heading into opening. They might be way off base given that I just arrived in SJHL country in July, but this will be good for a laugh come the end of the year.

Oh and I’ve also left you a forward, a defenceman and a goalie you should keep your eyes on as the year goes along, especially if any of these teams are coming to your town.

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1. Flin Flon Bombers

After making it to the finals last year for the first time since they won it all in 1993, the Bombers have quite a lot coming back from their surpirsing playoff run. Despite losing SJHL player of the year Alex Smith to Michigan Tech, they return a number of forwards, almost their entire defence and both netminder in Brendan Newton and Zac Robidoux. That’s enough for me to put them at the top of my list.

Players to Watch – Brandon Lesko, Joseph Leonidas and Brendan Newton

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2. Battlefords North Stars

Both Taryn Kotchorek and Ryan Rewarts return in goal and almost the entire defence is back, which is builds an awesome base to build around. However, the North Stars did lose a ton of fire power up front, especially with Igor Leonenko graduating and Coby Downs heading to the USHL’s Omaha Lancers. Rookie of the Year Layne Young is back and the Stars have made some nice moves to add veteran forwards, so that might answer the forward depth concerns as the year goes on.

Players to Watch – Layne Young, Connor Sych and Taryn Kotchorek

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3. Melfort Mustangs

The winner’s of the last two SJHL titles have lost a number of key components from their squad, with the most notable graduate being two-time league scoring champion Travis Mayan. However, there are still a number of good returning players around that will keep the Mustangs in the mix. Doubt the current provincial kingpins at your own peril.

Players to Watch – Dakota Boutin, Eric Sinclair and Evan Plotnik

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4. Weyburn Red Wings

After being upset in the quarter-finals last year by Flin Flon, the Red Wings are eager for a long playoff run this season. They have a solid group of forwards and blueliners that are coming back, but they do lose defending SJHL goalie of the year Jack Burgart to Bemidji State. Nathan Hargrave has brought in from Kindersley to lead the way between the pipes.

Players to Watch – Braden Mellon, Mike Eskra and Nathan Hargrave

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5. Yorkton Terriers

Despite being a young team that’s still in a rebuild from their run to the 2014 RBC Cup title, the Terriers return quite a lot from last year’s squad. I may be a year early on this group, but I’m a sucker for teams with lots of good young talent.

Players to Watch – Carson and McKenzie Welke, Regan Seiferling and Jakob Severson

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6. Humboldt Broncos

After missing the playoffs for the first time since 1980, the Broncos should bounce back this season. Although the defence has a number of fresh faces, they have a really solid veteran group of forwards to lead the way. The Broncos also made a great pickup in the off-season by acquiring netminder Garrett Mason from the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines.

Players to Watch – Logan Schatz, Connor Swystun and Garrett Mason

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7. Notre Dame Hounds

As I post this, the Hounds roster has yet to be put up on the SJHL website but it sounds like they have a nice mix of veteran players and new faces. They have a number of players coming up from last year’s Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League champions, including talented forward Adam Dawe who is committed to Maine.

Players to Watch – Adam Dawe, Tyler Podgorenko and Payton Porter

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8. La Ronge Ice Wolves

The Ice Wolves made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 last year and their fans were rewarded for their patience with a wild card round win over Yorkton. There’s a solid group that is back on both offence and defence, though the key to their success might be if they can overcome the loss of graduating netminder Kris Joyce.

Players to Watch – Jared Blaquiere, Bryce Fiske and Joshua Dechaine

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9. Estevan Bruins

Last year’s Western Canada Cup hosts had a bit of a disappointing season as they were knocked out in the quarter-finals and then went winless against the best teams from the West. It’ll be a transition year for the Bruins, but some interesting newcomers might help to overcome the holes left by the veterans who have moved on.

Players to Watch – Lynnden Pastachak, Johnny Witzke and Nathan Alalouf

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10. Kindersley Klippers

There has been quite a lot of turnover from last year’s Klippers squad with players either graduating or moving to other junior leagues. With a ton of new faces coming in, there might be a few rough nights early on before things turn the corner later in the winter.

Players to Watch – Carson Pickett, Holden Daley and Justen Close

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11. Nipawin Hawks

Speaking of roster turnover, there is a massive amount of change in store for the Hawks after their run to the semifinal a year ago. Kristian Stead is back in goal, which is a huge help, but he might have to stand on his head to help his team have another long playoff run.

Players to Watch – Keegan Kjargaard, Carter Doerksen and Kristian Stead

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12. Melville Millionaires

Like the last few teams I’ve mentioned, Melville also has quite a lot of new faces so it may be though for them to get back to the playoffs after missing a year ago. However, given that many of the new faces have done well in other places, this pick might look foolish once the season ends in March.

Players to Watch – Teal Sobkowicz, Austin Johnston and Brandon Wells

 


2016 Battlefords North Stars Training Camp Roster

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So with the Battlefords North Stars 2016 training camp now in full swing, and since I’m sure some SJHL diehards are interested in knowing who’s in town, I present to you the 38 players that were at the Civic Centre for the opening scrimmage last night, along with those who have graduated or aren’t in town yet.

Goaltenders

Not Returning

  • Tyler Fuhr (95 – 21-12-3 record with a 3.26 goals against average)

Not At Camp

  • Joel Gryzbowski (99 – 17-12-1 record with a 2.63 goals against average for the Saskatoon Midget AAA Blazers –  As reported by Nathan Kanter of Battlefords Now on Monday, Gryzbowski is one of five goalies looking to make it on the Saskatoon Blades roster.)

Returning

  • Taryn Kotchorek (97 – 15-4-3 record with a 2.02 goals against average)
  • Ryan Rewerts (96 – 20-7-0 record with a 2.69 goals against average)

New Faces

  • Ruslan Katsnelson (98 – Played for California Wave Midget Team Last Year – Stats Unavailable)
  • Dawson Rodin (98 – 9-6-0 record with a 3.18 goals against average for the Aldergrove Kodiaks)

Defencemen

Not Returning

  • Jordan Wiest (95 – 5-10-15)

Returning

  • Kendall Fransoo (96 – 2-21-23 – Captain – Brother Jordan played for Brandon and Victoria in WHL, drafted in the 7th round by Ottawa in the 2011 NHL Draft and is heading into his junior season with the Saskatchewan Huskies)
  • Conor Jensen (97 – 0-13-13)
  • Levi Kleiboer (98 – 1-20-21)
  • Ryan Rosenberg (97 – 2-11-13)
  • Cody Spagrud (98 – 2-23-25)
  • Connor Sych (97 – 8-27-35 – Assistant Captain – Committed to St. Lawrence in 2017)

New Faces

  • Dawson Boehm (98 – 2-11-13 for Beardy’s Midget AAA Blackhawks – Brother Brett won the RBC Cup with Yorkton in 2014)
  • Tyson Chretien (00 – 0-5-5 for the Saskatoon Midget AA River Kings)
  • Connor Manegre (97 – 0-9-9 for Grand Forks Border Bruins)
  • Karstin McDonald (98 – 3-6-9 for the Battlefords Midget AAA Stars)
  • Turner Rea (00 – 3-9-12 for the Saskatoon Midget AA River Kings)
  • Austin Shumanski (99 – 1-9-10 for the Yorkton Midget AAA Maulers)
  • Austin Wieler (99 – 1-1-2 for Saskatoon Midget AAA Contacts)

Forwards

Not Returning

  • Rory Davidson (95 – 7-11-18 – Playing for Concordia College)
  • Dustin Gorgi (95 – 28-31-59 – Playing for Red Deer College)
  • Baxter Kanter (95 – 5-12-17 – Playing for Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
  • Igor Leonenko (95 – 47-41-88 – Will be playing for the St. Louis Blues at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament)
  • Jake McMillen (95 – 34-31-65)
  • Jordan Townsend (95 – 5-11-16)

Not At Camp

  • Braydon Buziak (98 – 6-13-19 – Currently at Regina Pats Training Camp)
  • Coby Downs (96 – 27-46-73 – As reported by Nathan Kanter of Battlefords Now on Monday, Downs is currently at the Omaha Lancers training camp.)

Returning

  • Reed Delainey  (96 – 14-24-38 – Assistant Captain – Committed to RIT in 2017 – He did not dress on Monday)
  • Troy Gerein (97 – 4-9-13)
  • Bryce Hall (97 – 3-5-8)
  • Logan Nachtegaele (96 – 4-6-10 – Assistant Captain)
  • Layne Young (97 – 24-51-75 – SJHL Rookie of the Year)

New Faces

  • Colton Adair (99 – 30-18-48 for the Martensville Midget AA Marauders)
  • Chance Adrian (99 – 10-22-32 for the Saskatoon Midget AAA Contacts)
  • Tyson Chizma (97 – 5-11-16 for the Wainwright Bisons)
  • Blake Fennig (98 – 24-16-40 for Battlefords Midget AA Barons)
  • Keaton Holinaty (96 – 3-11-14 for the Drumheller Dragons)
  • Zane Jaber (98 – 13-16-29 for the Wainwright Midget AA Polar Kings)
  • Owen Lamb (98 – 12-26-38 for Battlefords Midget AAA Stars)
  • Connor Logan (96 – 9-10-19 for Prince George Spruce Kings)
  • Connor McIntosh (98 – 15-10-25 for Spokane Braves)
  • Ty Muench (00 – 21-16-37 for Saskatoon Midget AA River Kings)
  • Jayden Nachtegaele (98 – 10-20-30 for Battlefords Midget AAA Stars – Brother Logan has played with the North Stars for the last two years)
  • Tyler Planetta (98 – 2-6-8 for Timmins Rock and 7-3-10 for St. John’s Midget AAA Maple Leafs)
  • MacGregor Sinclair (98 – 5-5-10 for the Lloydminster Midget AAA Bobcats)
  • Tysen Smith (97 – 38-29-67 for the Delisle Chiefs)
  • Logan Spence (00 – 6-7-13 for the Battlefords Midget AA Barons)
  • Tayden Woods (97 – 29-45-74 for Castelgar Rebels)
  • Jeremy Velazquez (98 – 26-13-39 for Coeur d’Alene Hockey Academy Prep Team)

The 2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Award Winners

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With the Ivan Hlinka Tournament set to get underway and World Junior summer camps taking place, it’s time to officially close the book on the 2015-16 junior and college hockey season.

As I posted last week, I allowed you to vote on who you thought were most deserving of winning the hardware (okay there’s no real trophy, but play along with me at home) for the 2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards. Now it’s time to reveal the winners.

Before we get to that though, here’s who else voted for the accolades, besides the readers of this blog and yours truly.

  • Brad Elliot Schlossman – College hockey writer for the Grand Forks Herald and beat reporter for the NCAA’s North Dakota Fighting Hawks
  • Brett Punkari – My younger brother and a supporter of every other country besides Canada at the World Juniors
  • Brett Smith – Former sports reporter for the Prince Albert Daily Herald and current Director of Communications and Community Relations for the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders
  • Jack Hittinger – Sports editor for the Bemidji Pioneer and beat reporter for the NCAA’s Bemidji State Beavers
  • Joey Payeur – Sports reporter for the Fort Frances Times and beat reporter for the SIJHL’s Fort Frances Lakers
  • Marc Smith – Sports reporter for Golden West Radio in Moose Jaw and between the benches reporter/colour commentator for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors
  • Matthew Gourlie – Sports editor for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald and beat reporter for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.
  • Perry Bergson – Sports reporter for the Brandon Sun and beat reporter for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings
  • Scott Parsons – Goaltender for the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues for the last three seasons.
  • Zachary Cormier – Sports reporter and photographer for the Red Deer Express and the Lacombe Express with part of his beat including coverage of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels

Again, a huge thanks to those gentleman for sending their ballots along. Now to the winners.

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Forward of the Year – Mitchell Marner (London Knights)

It was going to be hard to top what Connor McDavid did in 2015 with the Erie Otters, but Marner’s dominance with the Knights during the playoffs was just as insane. With 44 points in the OHL playoffs and 14 points at the Memorial Cup, there was no doubt as to who the most dominant player was in all of junior hockey this year. If he doesn’t make the Toronto Maple Leafs out of training camp, he could be even scarier to watch next season.

  1. Mitchell Marner (London Knights) – 78 votes
  2. Patrik Laine (Tappara) – 60 votes
  3. Auston Matthews (Zurich) – 33 votes
  4. Dryden Hunt (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 25 votes
  5. Jesse Puljujarvi (Karpat) – 24 votes
  6. Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 24 votes
  7. Tyson Jost (Penticton Vees) – 23 votes
  8. Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 21 votes
  9. Christian Dvorak (London Knights) – 13 votes
  10. Drake Caggiula (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 12 votes
  11. Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights) – 11 votes
  12. Jimmy Vesey (Harvard Crimson) – 10 votes
  13. Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats) – 9 votes
  14. Kyle Connor (Michigan Wolverines) – 6 votes
  15. Jake DeBrusk (Red Deer Rebels) – 6 votes
  16. Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) – 5 votes
  17. Francis Perron (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 4 votes
  18. Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts) – 2 votes

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Defenceman of the Year – Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Granted, the Memorial Cup wasn’t his best outing, but the Russian blueliner was just as dominant as Marner was at times during the 2015-16 season. I got a chance to watch him run the point down at ice level during the playoffs against Moose Jaw and it was almost like having a religious awakening. He’s far surpassed this level and should crack the Philadelphia Flyers opening night lineup.

  1. Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 82 votes
  2. Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires) – 57 votes
  3. Dante Fabbro (Penticton Vees) – 50 votes
  4. Olli Juolevi (London Knights) – 47 votes
  5. Zach Werenski (Michigan Wolverines) – 30 votes
  6. Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes) – 25 votes
  7. Ethan Prow (St. Cloud State Huskies) – 10 votes
  8. Patrick Kulda (Oakville Blades) – 9 votes
  9. Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion) – 8 votes
  10. Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts) – 8 votes
  11. Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 7 votes
  12. Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits) – 5 votes
  13. Nick Minerva (Fort Frances Lakers) – 4 votes
  14. Troy Stetcher (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 3 votes
  15. Jack Ahcan (Cedar Rapids Roughriders) – 2 votes
  16. Jeremy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 2 votes
  17. Andrew Nielsen (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – 1 vote
  18. Brett Orr (Portage Terriers) – 1 vote
  19. Brinson Pasichnuk (Bonnyville Pontiacs) – 1 vote

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Goalie of the Year – Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

While there were a ton of talented netminders on the ballot this year, perhaps it’s not a surprise that Hart was the winner. After all, he won the CHL’s goaltender of the year in his first full season as a starter and he was the first netminder selected at the NHL Entry Draft in June. If this upward trend continues, he’ll end up being the starter for Canada at home for this year’s World Juniors.

  1. Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips) – 67 votes
  2. Tyler Parsons (London Knights) – 39 votes
  3. Cam Johnson (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 36 votes
  4. Thatcher Demko (Boston College Eagles) – 35 votes
  5. Chase Marchand (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – 32 votes
  6. Landon Bow (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 32 votes
  7. Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – 28 votes
  8. Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs) – 17 votes
  9. Jordon Cooke (Saskatchewan Huskies) – 16 votes
  10. Charlie Lindgren (St. Cloud State Huskies) – 10 votes
  11. Colton Point (Carleton Place Canadians) – 9 votes
  12. Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers) – 8 votes
  13. Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts) – 8 votes
  14. Nathan Park (Portage Terriers) – 4 votes
  15. Matthew Murray (Spruce Grove Saints) – 2 votes
  16. Kevin Boyle (UMass-Lowell River Hawks) – 1 vote

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Rookie of the Year – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)

With his brother William being one of the many hyped prospects in the Maple Leafs rebuild, the younger Nylander did a pretty good job of etching out his own name this year. Having won the CHL’s rookie of the year award and being picked eighth overall by Buffalo, he might have an even bigger season ahead as one of the key cogs on what should be a very good Steelheads squad and as a top forward for Sweden at the World Juniors.

  1. Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads) – 72 votes
  2. Brock Boeser (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 48 votes
  3. Olli Juolevi (London Knights) – 45 votes
  4. Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals) – 37 votes
  5. Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires) – 36 votes
  6. Kyle Connor (Michigan Wolverines) – 34 votes
  7. Cale Makar (Brooks Bandits) – 14 votes
  8. Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion) – 13 votes
  9. Nikita Popugaev (Moose Jaw Warriors) – 10 votes
  10. Layne Young (Battlefords North Stars) – 9 votes
  11. Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires) – 8 votes
  12. Colin White (Boston College Eagles) – 7 votes
  13. Vitali Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques) – 4 votes
  14. Nick Henry (Portage Terriers) – 2 votes
  15. Cameron Morrison (Youngstown Phantoms) – 2 votes
  16. Brett Welychka (Carleton Ravens) – 2 votes
  17. Cole Tymkin (Fort Frances Lakers) – 1 vote

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Team of the Year – London Knights (OHL and Memorial Cup Champions)

Let’s be honest, they aren’t the 2005 team when it comes to pure domination from start-to-finish. However, London’s 17 straight wins in the post-season after a Game 5 loss to the Owen Sound Attack in the first round was easily the most impressive run to a Memorial Cup since the 2010 Windsor Spitfires or even the 1991 Spokane Chiefs. Even if they lose a number of key guys to the pros, they are still probably going to be the favourites to win it all again in Windsor next May.

  1. London Knights (OHL and Memorial Cup Champions) – 66 votes
  2. Finland Under-20 Team (World Junior Champions) – 57 votes
  3. North Dakota Fighting Hawks (NCAA Champions) – 51 votes
  4. West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup Champions) – 45 votes
  5. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL Champions) – 34 votes
  6. Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL Champions) – 28 votes
  7. Finland Under-18 Team (World Under 18 Champions) – 15 votes
  8. Canada Under-18 Team (Ivan Hlinka Champions) – 14 votes
  9. Brooks Bandits (AJHL Champions and Western Canada Cup Runner-Up) – 11 votes
  10. Tri-City Storm (USHL Champions) – 11 votes
  11. Victoria Royals (WHL Quarter-Finalist) – 8 votes
  12. Canada White (World Under 17 Challenge Champions) – 6 votes
  13. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL and Dudley Hewitt Cup Champions) – 4 votes
  14. UNB Varsity Reds (University Cup Champions) – 2 votes
  15. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL and Fred Page Cup Champions) – 1 vote
  16. Portage Terriers (MJHL Champions) – 1 vote

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Coach of the Year – Jukka Jalonen (Finland World Junior Team)

This one went down to the very end between Jalonen and North Dakota’s Brad Berry. Naturally, as a Suomi supporter, I’m quite pleased with the final result. Let’s face facts here, if you had Finland winning the gold medal prior to last year’s tournament I want to shake your hand. Sure having two of the top draft prospects played a key role in that, but Jalonen’s contributions should not be overlooked.

  1. Jukka Jalonen (Finland World Junior Team) – 55 votes
  2. Brad Berry (North Dakota Fighting Hawks) – 49 votes
  3. Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – 39 votes
  4. Gilles Bouchard (Rouyn-Noranda Huksies) – 30 votes
  5. Dale Hunter (London Knights) – 28 votes
  6. Dave Lowry (Victoria Royals) – 24 votes
  7. Blake Spiller (Portage Terriers) – 21 votes
  8. Kelly McCrimmon (Brandon Wheat Kings) – 19 votes
  9. Rylan Ferster (West Kelowna Warriors) – 15 votes
  10. Steve Konowalchuk (Seattle Thunderbirds) – 13 votes
  11. Paul McFarland (Kingston Frontenacs) – 11 votes
  12. Bob Daniels (Ferris State Bulldogs) – 10 votes
  13. Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters) – 10 votes
  14. Kevin Hasselberg (Battlefords North Stars) – 6 votes
  15. Brent Sutter (Red Deer Rebels) – 6 votes
  16. Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires) – 6 votes
  17. Jordan Smith (Soo Thunderbirds) – 3 votes
  18. Wayne Strachan (Fort Frances Lakers) – 3 votes
  19. Bill Muckalt (Tri-City Storm) – 2 votes
  20. Ryan Papaioannou (Brooks Bandits) – 2 votes

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Game of the Year – London 3 Rouyn-Noranda 2 (Memorial Cup Final)

My feelings on this one are a bit biased since I was actually in Red Deer for the game, but this will probably go down as one of the best Memorial Cup finals in a long time. You had the Huskies almost ending the Knights win streak and pulling off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, Chase Marchand and Tyler Parsons doing battle in a great goaltending duel and an overtime that was played at a frantic pace before Matthew Tkachuk scored the winning goal. This is a game I won’t soon forget.

  1. London 3 Rouyn-Noranda 2 (Memorial Cup Final – Overtime) – 59 votes
  2. Finland 6 Canada 5 (World Juniors Quarter-Final) – 45 votes
  3. Finland 4 Russia 3 (World Juniors Final – Overtime) – 44 votes
  4. Saskatchewan 3 Carleton 2 (University Cup Quarter-Final – Quadruple Overtime) – 36 votes
  5. Kelowna 3 Victoria 2 (Game 7 – WHL Quarter-Final – Overtime) – 30 votes
  6. Red Deer 2 Brandon 1 (Memorial Cup Round-Robin – Overtime) – 25 votes
  7. West Kelowna 4 Penticton 3 (Game 6 – BCHL Quarter-Final) – 20 votes
  8. Kelowna 2 Kamloops 1 (Game 7 – WHL First Round – Overtime) – 15 votes
  9. Ferris State 5 St. Cloud State 4 (NCAA Frozen Four First Round – Overtime) – 13 votes
  10. Blainville-Boisbriand 3 Val-d’Or 2 (Game 6 – QMJHL First Round – Triple Overtime) – 13 votes
  11. Seattle 5 Kelowna 4 (Game 4 – WHL Semifinal – Double Overtime) – 13 votes
  12. Edmonton 6 Medicine Hat 4 (WHL Tiebreaker Game) – 12 votes
  13. Red Deer 3 Regina 2 (Game 7 – WHL Quarter-Final) – 6 votes
  14. Russia 3 Canada Red 2 (World Under 17 Challenge Semifinal – Shootout) – 3 votes
  15. Kamloops 5 Kelowna 4 (Game 2 – WHL First Round) – 2 votes
  16. London 6 Niagara 5 (Game 3 – OHL Final – Overtime) – 2 votes
  17. Sault Ste. Marie 4 Sarnia 3 (Game 7 – OHL First Round) – 2 votes

The 2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards

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As some of you may know, I’ve been doing a podcast focused on Junior and College Hockey for the last year or so now called The Bagskate Hockey Podcast, which is shockingly nearing the 50 episode mark.

Since we’re in that time of the year where it’s the holding pattern between the CHL Import Draft and the start of the Hockey Canada Summer Camp, I figured what better way to pass the time then by merging the podcast with what’s happened in the last 12 months in a somewhat interactive way.

So as such, and in a format that is influenced quite a bit by The Pipeline Show’s Pipeies Awards that they handed out two years ago, I present to you the first ever Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards.

After narrowing everything down to 20 finalist for each category (well 22 for one category but you’ll see why), I contacted everyone I had on the show this year to fill out a ballot if they have time. A few have come in already and the results so far are pretty interesting.

So here’s where you the reader/listener come in. Below is a link to each of the categories where you can vote for up to five choices for each award. You can also include someone that didn’t make the list for whatever reason (see Joe Hicketts for defenceman of the year) and add them to your ballot.

At any rate, the awards are as follows:

My plan is to allow online voting through the Civic Holiday long weekend here on Monday and then post the final results next week.

Like the points on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the awards mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. But who doesn’t love a good debate and a chance to reflect on what has happened before we make the great leap forward into the 2016-17 season.


2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Game Of The Year

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Blainville-Boisbriand 3 Val-d’Or 2 (Game 6 – QMJHL First Round – Triple Overtime)

  • Philippe Sanche scored midway through the third overtime period as the 13th ranked Armada completed a stunning upset over a fourth seeded Foreurs squad that they finished 42 points behind in the regular season.

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Edmonton 6 Medicine Hat 4 (WHL Tiebreaker Game)

  • In the sixth tiebreaker game in league history, Luke Bertolucci scored twice as the Oil Kings clinched the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Prior the game, the Tigers had won all six meetings in the regular season.

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Ferris State 5 St. Cloud State 4 (NCAA Frozen Four First Round – Overtime)

  • Jared VanWormer scored just 18 seconds into overtime as Ferris State knocked out a St. Cloud State side that entered the Frozen Four as the second overall seed.

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Finland 6 Canada 5 (World Juniors Quarter-Final)

  • Patrik Laine scored on the power-play with 5:50 to go in a wild affair as Canada failed to make the medal round at the tournament for the first time since 1998.

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Finland 4 Russia 3 (World Juniors Final – Overtime)

  • After Andrei Svetlakov scored with six seconds left in regulation, Kasperi Kapanen scored a wrap-around goal in overtime as Finland won the World Juniors at home and picked up their second title in three years.

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  • After falling behind 4-3, Collin Shirley scored on a rebound with 30.5 seconds left to tie the game at four. Ryan Rehil then blasted a shot through traffic with 4.8 seconds remaining to stun the crowd in Kelowna.

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 Kelowna 2 Kamloops 1 (Game 7 – WHL First Round – Overtime)

  • Following a great battle between netminders Michael Herringer and Connor Ingram, Tomas Soustal scored seven minutes into overtime as the Rockets knocked their division rivals out of the playoffs.

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Kelowna 3 Victoria 2 (Game 7 – WHL Quarter-Final – Overtime)

  • After falling behind 2-0 in the opening 10 minutes and being outshot 21-6 midway through the game, Justin Kirkland tied the game with 0.2 seconds left in the third period and Calvin Thurkauf scored in overtime as the Rockets eliminated the top team in the WHL regular season in stunning fashion.

Kitchener 6 Windsor 5

Kitchener 6 Windsor 5 (Game 1 – OHL First Round – Overtime)

  • Windsor jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period before the Rangers scored four goals to regain the lead in the second frame. Both teams traded goals before Brandon Robinson scored the winner in overtime.

London 6 Niagara 5

London 6 Niagara 5 (Game 3 – OHL Final – Overtime)

  • Niagara scored four goals in the first period to take a 4-1 lead but the Knights roared back with Owen MacDonald scoring in overtime to put London one win away from an OHL title.

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London 3 Rouyn-Noranda 2 (Memorial Cup Final – Overtime)

  • Matthew Tkachuk scored in overtime as the Knights withstood a valiant effort by the Huskies to complete a 17-game win streak on their way to their second Memorial Cup title.

Owen Sound 4 London 3

Owen Sound 4 London 3 (Game 5 – OHL First Round – Overtime)

  • Petrus Palmu scored the winner to keep the Attack’s playoff hopes alive in what proved to be the last game that the Knights lost all season.

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Red Deer 2 Brandon 1 (Memorial Cup Round-Robin – Overtime)

  • After losing to the Wheat Kings in the Eastern Conference final, the Rebels knocked the WHL champions out of the Memorial Cup with a 0-3 record as Evan Polei scored the winning goal in overtime.

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Rouyn-Noranda 5 Moncton 4 (Game 6 – QMJHL Semifinal)

  • The Huskies fell behind 4-1 but they bounced back four unanswered goals as Francis Perron scored late in the third period to help Rouyn-Noranda move to the QMJHL finals.

Russia 3 Canada Red 2

Russia 3 Canada Red 2 (World Under-17 Challenge Semifinal – Shootout)

  • Maxim Zhukov turned aside 50 shots in the game and made six more stops in the shootout as Russia advanced to the final. Michael DiPietro was impressive as well in the loss as he made 31 saves and stopped five shooters in the shootout before Kirill Slepets scored the game-winner.

Saskatchewan 3 Carleton 2

Saskatchewan 3 Carleton 2 (University Cup Quarter-Final – Quadruple Overtime)

  • Parker Thomas scored the game-winner for the Huskies as they prevailed in the longest game in University Cup history. Saskatchewan then went to triple overtime in the semfinal where they lost to St. Francis Xavier.

Sault Ste. Marie 4 Sarnia 3

Sault Ste. Marie 4 Sarnia 3 (Game 7 – OHL First Round)

  • The seventh-ranked Greyhounds completed the upset over the second-seeded Sting in a battle of West Division rivals. Greyhounds netminder Brandon Halverson played a huge role in the triumph as he made 36 saves on the road in the series finale.

Seattle 5 Kelowna 4

Seattle 5 Kelowna 4 (Game 4 – WHL Semifinal – Double Overtime)

  • After scoring twice in the final two minutes to tie the game up, rookie Matthew Wedman completed the comeback as Seattle knocked out the defending WHL champions and advanced to their first league final since 1997.

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Val-d’Or 6 Blainville-Boisbriand 5 (Game 5 – QMJHL First Round)

  • With their season on the line and already down 3-0 in the first period, the Foreurs roared back in what turned out to be a back-and-forth high scoring affair. Nicolas Aube-Kubel found the back of the net late in the third to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive.

West Kelowna 4 Penticton 3

West Kelowna 4 Penticton 3 (Game 6 – BCHL Quarter-Final)

  • Thanks to great netminding late by Matthew Greenfield, The Warriors withstood a frantic comeback by the Vees to complete a stunning upset of a Vees team that many expected to be in the RBC Cup.


2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Coach Of The Year

Brad Berry

Brad Berry (North Dakota Fighting Hawks)

  • Was an assistant coach for North Dakota for three seasons before taking over from Dave Hakstol last May.
  • Had a 34-6-4 record as North Dakota won their eighth NCAA championship and their first national title since 2000.
  • Named NCHC Coach of the Year

Gilles Bouchard

Gilles Bouchard (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

  • In his third season as general manager and head coach for the QMJHL team.
  • Had a 54-9-5 record as the Huskies won their first ever league title and made it to the Memorial Cup.
  • Named CHL and QMJHL coach of the year.
  • Also won a gold medal as an assistant coach with Canada White at the World Under-17 Challenge.

Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke (Carleton Place Canadians)

  • In his seventh season as owner, general manager and head coach.
  • Had a 43-16-3 record as the Canadians won their third straight CCHL title, their third straight Fred Page Cup and made their third straight trip to the RBC Cup.
  • He also served as the head coach for Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge.

Rylan Ferster

Rylan Ferster (West Kelowna Warriors)

  • In his fifth season as general manager and head coach.
  • Had a 38-17-3 record as the Warriors won their first BCHL, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup titles.

Kevin Hasselberg

Kevin Hasselberg (Battlefords North Stars)

  • In his fifth season as general manager and head coach.
  • Had a 43-11-4 record as the North Stars had the best record in the SJHL before being knocked out in the semifinals.
  • Named SJHL Coach of the Year.
  • Was hired by the Pensacola Ice Flyers to become their head coach and general manager on July 25.

Dale Hunter

Dale Hunter (London Knights)

  • In his 15th season as head coach and 16th season as owner and president
  • Had a 51-14-3 record as the Knights won their fourth OHL title and their second Memorial Cup.

Finland's head coach Jukka Jalonen and his crew celebrate after Finland beat Sweden 2-1 at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship semifinal match in Helsinki

Jukka Jalonen (Finland Under-20 Team)

  • First season as Finland’s Under-20 coach
  • Had a 6-1 record as Finland won their fourth ever gold medal and their second in the last four years.
  • Will be the head coach for Jokerit next season.

Brent Kisio

Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

  • Was an assistant coach with the Calgary Hitmen for eight seasons prior to be hired by the Hurricanes last June.
  • Had a 46-24-2 record as the Hurricanes won the Central Division for the first time since 1997 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 before being knocked out in the first round.

Kris Knoblauch

Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters)

  • In his fourth season as head coach.
  • Had a 52-15-1 record as the Otters had the top record in the OHL before losing in the semifinals.
  • Was named OHL coach of the year.
  • Will be an assistant coach for Canada at next year’s World Juniors.

Steve Konowalchuk

Steve Konowalchuk (Seattle Thunderbirds)

  • In his fifth season as head coach.
  • Had a 45-23-4 record as the Thunderbirds went to the WHL final for the first time since 1997.

Dave Lowry

Dave Lowry (Victoria Royals)

  • In his fourth season as head coach.
  • Had a 50-16-6 record as the Royals had the best record in the WHL before losing in the quarter-finals.
  • Named WHL coach of the year for the second time in three years.
  • Was also the head coach for Canada at the World Juniors.

Gardiner McDougall

Gardiner MacDougall (UNB Varsity Reds)

  • In his 16th season as head coach.
  • Had a 23-3-2 record as UNB won their sixth University Cup and their fifth in the last 10 years.

Kelly McCrimmon

Kelly McCrimmon (Brandon Wheat Kings)

  • In his 13th season as head coach, 24th as owner and 27th as general manager.
  • Had a 48-18-6 record as the Wheat Kings won their third WHL title and finished fourth at the Memorial Cup.

Paul McFarland

Paul McFarland (Kingston Frontenacs)

  • In his second season as head coach.
  • Had a 46-17-5 record as the Frontenacs won their first playoff series since 1998 before losing in the OHL quarter-finals.
  • Will be the head coach for Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Bill Muckalt

Bill Muckalt (Tri-City Storm)

  • Was an assistant coach with Michigan Tech for four seasons before he was hired by the Storm to serve as head coach and general manager last June.
  • Had a 28-15-17 record as the Storm won their first ever USHL title.

Ryan Papaioannou

Ryan Papaioannou (Brooks Bandits)

  • In his seventh season as general manager and head coach.
  • Had a 49-9-2 record as the Bandits won their third AJHL title, finished second at the Western Canada Cup and made it to the semifinal at the RBC Cup.

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith (Soo Thunderbirds)

  • In his third season as head coach.
  • Had a 47-6-1 record as the Thunderbirds won their second straight NOJHL title and their fourth in the last eight years. They also made it to the Dudley Hewitt Cup final.
  • Will also be the Thunderbirds general manager next season.

Blake Spiller

Blake Spiller (Portage Terriers)

  • In his 10th season as head coach and general manager.
  • Had a 52-6-2 record as the Terriers won their second straight MJHL title and their seventh in the last 12 years. They also finished third at the Western Canada Cup.
  • Won the CJHL and MJHL Coach of the Year awards for the second straight year.

Wayne Strachan

Wayne Strachan (Fort Frances Lakers)

  • In his ninth season as head coach and general manager.
  • Had a 46-8-4 record as the Lakers won their third SIJHL title and their third in a row. They also finished in fourth place at the Dudley Hewitt Cup.
  • Was named SIJHL coach of the year for the fifth time in his career.

Rocky Thompson

Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires)

  • Was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers before being hired by Windsor last July
  • Had a 40-21-7 record as the Spitfires returned to the playoffs after a year’s absence before losing in the first round.


2016 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Team Of The Year

Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings

  • Had a 48-18-6 record in the regular season to win the WHL’s East Division title.
  • Leading Scorer: Jayce Hawryluk with 106 points
  • Leading Goalie: Jordan Papirny with a 31-17-6 record and a 2.61 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Ivan Provorov (Top Defenceman)
  • Went 16-5 in the playoffs for their third WHL championship.
  • Nolan Patrick led the WHL playoffs in scoring with 30 points and was named playoffs MVP.
  • Went 0-3 at the Memorial Cup and missed the playoffs.

Brooks Bandits

Brooks Bandits

  • Had a 49-9-2 record in the regular season to win the AJHL South Division title.
  • Leading Scorer: Dylan McCrory with 70 points
  • Leading Goalie: Josh Davies with a 31-5-2 record and a 2.18 goals against average.
  • Award Winner: Cale Makar (Rookie of the Year)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs for their third AJHL championship.
  • Derek Lodermier led the AJHL in scoring with 30 points in the playoffs.
  • Dylan McCrory was named playoffs MVP after putting up 24 points.
  • Went 5-1 at the Western Canada Cup and earned the second berth to the RBC Cup with a 2-1 win over the Portage Terriers.
  • Garret Hughson was the event’s top goaltender and Jeff Malott was named top forward.
  • Went 3-2 at the RBC Cup and lost in the semifinal to the West Kelowna Warriors by a score of 4-1.
  • Cale Makar was named top defenceman and tournament MVP.

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Carleton Place Canadians

  • Had a 43-16-3 record in the regular season to win the CCHL’s Robinson Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Lucas Batt with 77 points
  • Leading Goalie: Colton Point with a 23-6-2 record and a 2.16 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Brett Murray (Top Prospect)
  • Went 12-4 in the playoffs on their way third straight CCHL title and their third league crown in team history.
  • Colton Point had a 12-4 record with a 1.82 goals against average to earn playoff MVP accolades
  • Went 4-0 at the Fred Page Cup and won their third straight title with a 4-2 win over the Woodstock Slammers.
  • Bryce Van Horn led the tournament in scoring with four goals and five assists in four games and was named Tournament MVP
  • Owen Grant (two assists in four games) was named top defenceman and Colton Point (4-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average) was named top goaltender.
  • Went 0-4 at the RBC Cup and missed the playoffs.
  • Bryce Van Horn was named the tournament’s top forward

Canada Under 18 Team

Canada Under-18 Team

  • Went 3-0 in the round-robin to finish in first place in Group A at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
  • Defeated Russia 2-1 in a shootout in the semifinal and beat Sweden 7-3 in the final to with their eight straight title and their 20th overall.
  • Leading Scorers: Tyler Benson and Pierre-Luc Dubois with six points
  • Leading Goalie: Dylan Wells with a 3-0 record and a 1.33 goals against average

Canada West

Canada West

  • Went 2-0 in the round-robin to finish in first place in Group B at the World Junior A Challenge.
  • Defeated Canada East 8-5 in the semifinal and beat Russia 2-1 in the finals to win their fourth title.
  • Leading Scorer: Tyson Jost with nine points (led the entire tournament and was named MVP)
  • Leading Goalie: Matthew Murray with a 4-0 record and a 2.75 goals against average.

Canada White

Canada White

  • Went 1-2 in the round-robin to finish in third place in Group A at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Defeated Finland 4-2 in the quarter-finals, beat Sweden 2-1 in the semifinals and won over Russia 6-2 to win their first ever gold medal at the tournament and became the first Canadian team to win since Ontario in 2011.
  • Leading Scorer: Owen Tippett with eight points
  • Leading Goalie: Ian Scott with a 3-1 record and a 2.78 goals against average.

Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Fairbanks Ice Dogs

  • Had a 49-8-3 record in the regular season to win the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Todd Burgess with 95 points
  • Leading Goalie: Gavin Nieto with a 33-5-1 record and a 1.71 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Todd Burgess (Most Valuable Player and Forward of the Year)
  • Went 9-3 in the playoffs to win their third NAHL title and their second in the last three years.
  • Reggie Lutz had 12 points on his way to being named playoff MVP.

Finland Under-18 Team

  • Went 3-1 in the round-robin to finish second in Group B at the World Under-18 Championship.
  • Defeated Russia 4-3 in the quarter-final, upset the United States 4-2 in the semifinals and beat Sweden 6-1 in the final to win their third title.
  • Leading Scorer: Eeli Tolvanen with nine points
  • Leading Goalie: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen with a 3-0 record and a 2.00 goals against average.

Finland Under 20 Team

Finland Under-20 Team

  • Went 3-1 in the round-robin to finish second in Group B at the World Juniors.
  • Defeated Canada 6-5, won over Sweden 2-1 and beat Russia 4-3 in overtime to win their fourth tournament title and their second in the last three years.
  • Leading Scorer: Jesse Puljujarvi with 17 points (Named Top Forward and Tournament MVP)
  • Leading Goalie: Kappo Kahkonen with a 4-0 record and a 2.52 goals against average.

Fort Frances Lakers

Fort Frances Lakers

  • Had a 46-8-2 record in the regular season to finish in first place in the SIJHL standings.
  • Leading Scorer: Dylan Robertson with 88 points
  • Leading Goalie: Pierce Duschenko with a 28-4-2 record and a 2.68 goals against average
  • Award Winners: Nick Minerva (Best Defenceman), Dylan Robertson (Most Valuable Player), Wayne Strachan (Coach of the Year) and Cole Tymkin (Rookie of the Year)
  • Went 8-2 in the playoffs to win their third straight SIJHL title and their third in franchise history.
  • Dylan Robertson led the playoffs in scoring with 17 points and was named MVP.
  • Went 0-3 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and missed the playoffs.

Longueil College Francais

Longueil College Francais

  • Went 43-8-3 in the regular season to finish in first place in the QJHL’s Burrows Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Alexis Guilbault with 92 points
  • Leading Goalie: Vincent Gervais with a 23-1-1 record and a 2.32 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Jonathan Fillion (Best Defenceman)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs to win their second straight QJHL championship, their seventh overall and their fourth in the last six years.
  • Vincent Gervais went 12-1 in the playoffs with a 2.59 goals against average to win playoff MVP.
  • Went 2-2 at the Fred Page Cup and lost to the Woodstock Slammers by a score of 3-2 in the semifinal.

London Knights

London Knights

  • Went 51-14-2-1 in the regular season to finish in second place in the OHL’s Midwest Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Christian Dvorak with 121 points.
  • Leading Goalie: Tyler Parsons with a 39-9-3 record and a 2.33 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Mitchell Marner (CHL and OHL Player of the Year)
  • Went 16-2 in the playoffs to win their fourth OHL title and their third in the last five years.
  • Mitchell Marner led the playoffs in scoring with 44 points on his way to winning OHL playoffs MVP.
  • Went 4-0 at the Memorial Cup and defeated the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3-2 in overtime to win their second title.
  • Mitchell Marner led the tournament in scoring with 14 points and was named tournament MVP.
  • Tyler Parsons was named the Memorial Cup’s top goaltender.
  • After losing Game 5 of their first round series to the Owen Sound Attack, the Knights won 17 games in a row on their way to the Memorial Cup title.

Melfort Mustangs

Melfort Mustangs

  • Had a 39-14-5 record in the regular season to finish in first place in the SJHL’s Sherwood Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Travis Mayan with 93 points
  • Leading Goalie: Richard Palmer with a 29-9-3 record and a 2.92 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Eric Sinclair (Top Defenceman)
  • Went 12-5 in the playoffs to win their second straight SJHL title and their fourth in franchise history.
  • Travis Mayan led the playoffs in scoring with 23 points and was named SJHL playoffs MVP.
  • Went 1-4 at the Western Canada Cup and lost 3-2 to the Portage Terriers in the semifinal.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks

North Dakota Fighting Hawks

  • Finished the season with a 34-6-4 record.
  • Leading Scorer: Brock Boeser with 60 points
  • Leading Goalie: Cam Johnson with a 24-4-2 record and a 1.66 goals against average
  • Went 19-4-1 in conference play to win the NCHC regular season title.
  • Award Winners: Brock Boeser (NCHC Rookie of the Year) and Brad Berry (NCHC Coach of the Year)
  • Finished in a tie for third place at the NCHC Tournament. After defeating Colorado College in two games, they lost 4-2 to Minnesota-Duluth in the semifinal and tied Denver 1-1 in the third place game.
  • At the Frozen Four, they beat Northeastern 6-2, defeated Michigan 5-2, won over Denver 4-2 and knocked off Quinnipiac 5-1 to win their eighth national title.
  • Drake Caggiula scored two goals in the Frozen Four final and was named the Most Outstanding Player.

Pictou County Weeks Crushers

Pictou County Crushers

  • Went 25-18-5 in the regular season to finish in third place in the MHL’s South Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Michael Dill with 51 points
  • Leading Goalie: Daniel Vautour with a 2.80 goals against average and a 13-14-2 record
  • Award Winner: Michael Dill (Rookie of the Year)
  • Had a 12-5 record in the playoffs to win their first ever MHL title.
  • Mike Lyle had 24 points on his way to winning the MHL Playoffs MVP.
  • Had a 0-3 record at the Fred Page Cup and missed the playoffs.

Portage Terriers

Portage Terriers

  • Had a 52-6-2 record in the regular season to lead the MJHL standings.
  • Leading Scorer: Brad Bowles with 102 points
  • Leading Goalie: Nathan Park with a 38-7-0 record and a 1.92 goals against average.
  • Award Winners: Brad Bowles (Most Valuable Player), Nick Henry (Rookie of the Year), Nathan Park (Top Goaltender), Brett Orr (Top Defenceman) and Blake Spiller (Coach of the Year)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs to win their second straight MJHL title, their 10th overall and their seventh in the last 12 years.
  • Brad Bowles led the playoffs with 24 points and was named playoff MVP.
  • Went 3-3 at the Western Canada Cup and lost 2-1 to the Brooks Bandits in the runner-up game.
  • Brad Bowles was named Tournament MVP and Brett Orr was named top defenceman.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

  • Went 54-9-5 in the regular season to finish in first place in the QMJHL’s West Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Francis Perron with 107 points
  • Leading Goalie: Chase Marchand with a 2.42 goals against average and a 29-6-1 record
  • Award Winners: Gilles Bouchard (CHL and QMJHL Coach of the Year), Francis Perron (QMJHL Most Valuable Player) and Chase Marchand (QMJHL Goalie of the Year)
  • Went 16-4 in the playoffs to win their first ever QMJHL title.
  • Francis Perron led the playoffs in scoring with 33 points and was named QMJHL playoff MVP.
  • Went 2-3 at the Memorial Cup and lost 3-2 in overtime to the London Knights at the final.

Soo Thunderbirds

Soo Thunderbirds

  • Had a 47-6-1 record in the regular season to finish in first place in the NOJHL’s West Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Matthew Caruso with 62 points
  • Leading Goalie: Connor Ryckman with a 11-1-0 record and a 1.49 goals against average
  • Had a 12-1 record in the playoffs to win their second NOJHL title, their fourth overall and their third in the last five years.
  • Michael Caruso had 11 points on his way to winning the playoff MVP .
  • Had a 3-2 record at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and lost 4-0 to the Trenton Golden Hawks in the final.

Trenton Golden Hawks

Trenton Golden Hawks

  • Went 44-6-4 in the regular season to finish in first place in the OJHL’s East Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Danny Hanlon with 60 points
  • Leading Goalie: Daniel Urbani with a 34-4-1 record and a 1.69 goals against average
  • Went 16-2 in the playoffs to win their first OJHL title.
  • Daniel Urbani was named playoffs MVP after posting a 16-2 record with a 1.54 goals against average.
  • Went 4-0 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and won 4-0 over the Soo Thunderbirds in the final for their first ever title.
  • Lucas Brown led the tournament in scoring with seven points and was named MVP.
  • Went 3-2 at the RBC Cup and lost 6-2 to the Lloydminster Bobcats in the semifinal.
  • Daniel Urbani was named the event’s top goaltender.

Tri-CIty Storm

Tri-City Storm

  • Went 28-15-17 in the regular season to finish in first place in the USHL’s Western Conference.
  • Leading Scorer: Carson Meyer with 51 points
  • Leading Goalie: Jake Kielly with a 21-7-10 record and a 2.33 goals against average.
  • Had a 9-2 record on their way to the first USHL title.
  • Dan Labaosky led the playoffs in scoring with 19 points.
  • Wade Allison had 16 points to win USHL playoffs MVP.

UNB Varsity Reds

UNB Varsity Reds

  • Went 23-3-2 in the regular season to finish in first place in the AUS.
  • Leading Scorer: Philippe Maillet with 31 points
  • Leading Goalie: Etienne Marcous with a 16-2-0 record and a 2.11 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Jordan Murray (CIS Top Defenceman)
  • Had a 3-2 record in the AUS playoffs and lost the finals to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men.
  • At the University Cup, they beat Western 5-1, shutout Saint Mary’s 4-0 and defeated St. Francis Xavier 3-1 to win their sixth title and their fifth in the last 10 years.
  • Philippe Halley led the event in scoring with seven points and was named tournament MVP.

West Kelowna Warriors

West Kelowna Warriors

  • Went 38-17-3 in the regular reason to finish in second place in the BCHL’s Interior Division.
  • Leading Scorer: Jonathan Desbiens with 83 points.
  • Leading Goalie: Matthew Greenfield with a 13-4-1 record and a 2.09 goals against average.
  • Had a 15-9 record in the playoffs on their way to their first ever BCHL championship.
  • Kylar Hope led the playoffs in scoring with 24 points.
  • Went 3-2 at the Western Canada Cup and defeated the Brooks Bandits 6-0 in the final to win their first title.
  • Went 4-2 at the RBC Cup and shutout the Lloydminster Bobcats 4-0 in the final to win their first title.