2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Team of the Year

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Acadie-Bathurst Titan

  • Went 43-15-10 to finish first in the QMJHL Maritimes Division
  • Leading Scorer: Antoine Morand with 76 points
  • Leading Goalie: Evan Fitzpatrick with a 26-12-5 record and a 2.90 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Olivier Galipeau (QMJHL Defenceman of the Year)
  • Went 16-4 to win their second QMJHL title and their first since 1999
  • Jeffrey Truchon-Viel had 23 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 3-1 to win their first Memorial Cup

Alberta Golden Bears

Alberta Golden Bears

  • Went 23-4-1 to finish first in Canada West
  • Leading Scorer: Luke Philp with 40 points
  • Leading Goalie: Zach Sawchenko with a 12-1-0 record and a 2.12 goals against average (Brendan Burke had a 11-3-0 record and a 2.03 goals against average)
  • Award Winners: Jason Fram (Canada West and U Sports Defenceman of the Year), Steven Owre (Canada West Rookie of the Year) and Luke Philp (Canada West Player of the Year)
  • Went 4-0 in the Canada West playoffs to win their 27th conference title
  • At the University Cup, they beat Acadia 8-6, edged Saskatchewan 3-2 in overtime and defeated St. Francis Xavier 4-2 to win their 16th championship and their third in the last five years
  • Stephane Legault led the tournament with seven points and was named University Cup MVP

Canada Under 18 Team

Canada Under-18 Team

  • Had a 2-1 record to finish second in Group B at the Ivan Hlinka
  • Defeated Sweden 4-1 and beat the Czech Republic 4-1 to win their 21st title and their ninth in the last 10 years
  • Leading Scorer: Joe Veleno with seven points
  • Leading Goalie: Olivier Rodrigue with a 4-0 record and a 1.00 goals against average

Canada Under 20 Team

Canada Under-20 Team

  • Had a 3-1 record to finish first in Group A at the World Juniors
  • Routed Switzerland 8-2, defeated the Czech Republic 7-2 and beat Sweden 3-1 to win their 17th title and their second in the last four years
  • Leading Scorer: Jordan Kyrou with 10 points
  • Leading Goalie: Carter Hart with a 5-1 record and a 1.81 goals against average

Canada West

Canada West

  • Had a 0-2 record to finish third in Group B at the World Junior A Challenge
  • Defeated Canada East 4-3 in overtime, knocked off the Czech Republic 5-1 and beat the United States 5-1 to win their fifth title and their second in the last three years
  • Leading Scorer: Ross Armour with six points
  • Leading Goalie: Zach Rose with a 3-1 record and a 1.59 goals against average

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Chilliwack Chiefs

  • Went 26-26-6 to finish fourth in the BCHL Mainland Division
  • Leading Scorer: Will Calverley with 46 points
  • Leading Goalie: Mathieu Caron with an 18-12-1 record and a 3.07 goals against average
  • Went 3-4 in the playoffs and lost 4-3 to the Prince George Spruce Kings in the first round
  • Fired head coach Jason Tatarnic a week before hosting the RBC Cup and replaced him with associate coach Brian Maloney
  • Went 5-1 at the RBC Cup to win their first national championship
  • Will Calverley had seven points and was named tournament MVP

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Cochrane Crunch

  • Went 36-17-3 to finish second in the NOJHL East Division
  • Leading Scorer: Kyle Herbster with 86 points
  • Leading Goalie: Taylor Unruh with a 19-8-2 record and a 2.93 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Connor Lovie (MVP and Top Defenceman)
  • Went 12-4 in the playoffs to win the first title in their fourth season
  • Kyle Herbster had 17 points and finished tied for the playoff scoring title with Jacob Partridge of Rayside-Balfour
  • Connor Lovie had 16 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 0-3 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and missed the playoffs

Dryden Ice Dogs

Dryden Ice Dogs

  • Went 40-8-8 to finish first in the SIJHL
  • Leading Scorer: Jacen Bracko with 81 points
  • Leading Goalie: Jacob Gnidziejko with a 15-5-3 record and a 2.38 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Jacen Bracko (MVP) and Cory Dennis (Defenceman of the Year)
  • Went 8-3 in the playoffs to win their second straight title and their fourth overall
  • Ted Davis had 12 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 2-2 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup and lost 7-4 to the Wellington Dukes in the final

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Edmundston Blizzard

  • Went 36-10-4 to finish first in the MHL North Division
  • Leading Scorer: Logan Johnston with 65 points
  • Leading Goalie: Francis Asselin with a 24-9-0 record and a 2.60 goals against average
  • Went 12-5 in the playoffs to win their first title in the first season in Edmundston (Franchise last won a title in 2015 as the Dieppe Commandos)
  • Kyle Ward led the playoffs in scoring with 22 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 1-3 at the Fred Page Cup and lost 5-1 to Longueuil College Francais in the semi-final

Fargo Force

Fargo Force

  • Went 36-16-7 to finish third in the USHL Western Conference
  • Leading Scorer: Grant Hebert with 54 points
  • Leading Goalie: Strauss Mann with a 22-8-3 record and a 1.86 goals against average
  • Went 11-3 in the playoffs to win the first title in their 10th season of existence
  • Griffin Loughran had 10 points and was named playoff MVP

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Finland Under-18 Team

  • Went 4-0 to finish first in Group B at the World Under 18’s
  • Beat Belarus 5-2, shutout Sweden 2-0 and defeated the United States 3-2 to win their fourth title and their second in the last three years
  • Leading Scorer: Niklas Nordgren with 10 points
  • Leading Goalie: Justus Annunen with a 6-0 record and a 2.00 goals against average

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Hamilton Bulldogs

  • Went 43-18-7 to finish first in the OHL East Division
  • Leading Scorer: Robert Thomas with 75 points
  • Leading Goalie: Kaden Fulcher with a 32-17-6 record and a 2.86 goals against average
  • Went 16-5 in the playoffs to win their first title in their third year of existence (The franchise last won a title as the Belleville Bulls in 1999, while Hamilton’s last OHL title came with the Fincups in 1976)
  • Robert Thomas had 32 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 2-2 at the Memorial Cup and lost 4-2 to the Regina Pats in the semi-final

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Longueuil College Francais

  • Went 38-8-3 to finish first in the QJHL St-Louis Division
  • Leading Scorer: Vincent Chapleau with 114 points
  • Leading Goalie: Gabriel Morency with a 19-3-2 record and a 2.31 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Vincent Chapleau (Player of the Year)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs to win their eighth title, their first since 2016 and their fifth in the last eight years
  • Vincent Chapleau led the playoffs in scoring with 26 points
  • Goaltender Philippe Savard-Masse had a 12-1 record and a 2.47 goals against average on his way to being named playoff MVP
  • Went 3-2 at the Fred Page Cup and lost 10-1 to the Ottawa Jr. Senators in the final
  • William Lemay led the tournament ins scoring with nine points

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Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs

  • Went 19-14-3 to finish third in the NCHC
  • Leading Scorer: Scott Perunovich with 36 points
  • Leading Goalie: Hunter Shepherd with a 25-14-1 record and a 1.91 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Scott Perunovich (NCHC Rookie of the Year and Tim Taylor Award)
  • Finished fourth in the NCHC Tournament – After sweeping Western Michigan 2-0 in the quarter-finals, they lost 3-1 to Denver in the semi-final and fell 4-1 to North Dakota in the third place game
  • In the Frozen Four, they topped Minnesota State 3-2 in overtime, edged Air Force 2-1, beat Ohio State 2-1 and defeated Notre Dame 2-1 to win their second national title and their first since 2011
  • Karson Kuhlman had a goal and assist in the final and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player

Nipawin Hawks

Nipawin Hawks

  • Had a 43-8-7 record to finish first in the SJHL Sherwood Division
  • Leading Scorer: Josh McDougall with 74 points
  • Leading Goalie: Declan Hobbs with a 22-4-3 record and a 2.20 goals against average (Jake Anthony had a 20-3-3 record and a 1.94 goals against average)
  • Award Winners: Declan Hobbs (Co-Goalie of the Year with Justen Close of Kindersley), Doug Johnson (Coach of the Year) and Josh McDougall (Defenceman oft the Year)
  • Went 11-5 in the playoffs to win their second title and their first since 1990
  • Brandan Arnold had 21 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Lost 4-2 to the Steinbach Pistons in the Anavet Cup
  • Brandan Arnold led the series in scoring with 11 points

Ottawa Jr. Senators

Ottawa Jr. Senators

  • Had a 46-9-2 record to finish first in the CCHL Yzerman Division
  • Leading Scorer: Chiwetin Blacksmith with 67 points
  • Leading Goalie: Connor Hicks with a 18-2-1 record and a 1.92 goals against average (Francis Boisvert had a 15-5-1 record and a 2.00 goals against average)
  • Went 12-6 in the playoffs to win their fourth CCHL title and their first since 2012
  • Nick Lalonde led the playoffs in scoring with 23 points
  • Goaltender Connor Hicks had a 12-5 record and 2.02 goals against average on his way to being named playoff MVP
  • Went 4-0 at the Fred Page Cup to win their first title
  • Went 2-3 at the RBC Cup and lost 3-2 to the Chilliwack Chiefs in the semi-final

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Shreveport Mudbugs

  • Had a 41-12-7 record to finish first in the NAHL South Division
  • Leading Scorer: Jordan Fader with 45 points
  • Leading Goalie: Gustavs Grigals with a 17-5-4 record and a 1.95 goals against average (Jaxon Castor had a 10-5-1 record and a 1.50 goals against average)
  • Went 9-4 in the playoffs to win their first title in their second year in the league
  • Goaltender Jaxon Castor had a 9-3 record and a 1.66 goals against average on his way to being named playoff MVP

Spruce Grove Saints

Spruce Grove Saints

  • Had a 47-10-3 record to finish first in the AJHL North Division
  • Leading Scorer: Chris Van Os-Shaw with 97 points
  • Leading Goalie: Nolan Kent with a 15-4-0 record and a 1.52 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Chris Van Os-Shaw (AJHL & CJHL Most Valuable Player and CJHL Top Forward)
  • Went 12-1 in the playoffs to win their fifth title, their first since 2015 and their fifth in the last nine years
  • Josh Harris had 15 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Lost 4-1 to the Wenatchee Wild in the Doyle Cup
  • Logan Ganie led the series in scoring with seven points

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Steinbach Pistons

  • Had a 48-8-4 record to finish first in the MJHL
  • Leading Scorer: Bradley Schoonbaert with 91 points
  • Leading Goalie: Matthew Thiessen with a 28-3-1 record and a 2.06 goals against average (Matthew Radomsky had a 20-5-1 record and a 2.16 goals against average)
  • Award Winners: Paul Dyck (Coach of the Year) and Darby Gula (Defenceman of the Year)
  • Went 12-4 in the playoffs to win their second MJHL title and their first since 2013
  • Drew Worrad led the playoffs in scoring with 18 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Defeated the Nipawin Hawks 4-2 to win the Anavet Cup for the first time
  • Went 0-4 at the RBC Cup and missed the playoffs

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Swift Current Broncos

  • Had a 48-17-7 record to finish second in the WHL East Division
  • Leading Scorer: Glenn Gawdin with 125 points
  • Leading Goalie: Stuart Skinner with a 30-21-4 record and a 3.07 goals against average
  • Award Winners: Aleksi Heponiemi (CHL and WHL Sportsman of the Year) and Manny Viverios (WHL Coach of the Year)
  • Went 16-10 in the playoffs to win their third title, their first since 1993 and the first for a Saskatchewan team in 25 years
  • Glenn Gawdin had 32 points was named playoff MVP
  • Went 0-3 at the Memorial Cup and missed the playoffs

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United States Under-17 Team

  • Had a 2-1 record to finish first in Group A at the World Under-17 Challenge
  • Defeated Sweden 5-1, routed Canada White 9-1 and beat Canada Red 6-4 to win their fourth title and their first since the January 2014 event
  • Leading Scorer: Jack Hughes with 15 points
  • Leading Goalie: Spencer Knight with a 3-0 record and a 2.33 goals against average (Cameron Rowe had a 3-0 record and a 2.62 goals against average)

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Wellington Dukes

  • Had a 33-13-8 record to finish first in the OJHL East Division
  • Leading Scorer: Mitchell Martan with 67 points
  • Leading Goalie: Jonah Capriotti with a 21-11-3 record and a 2.56 goals against average
  • Had a 16-9 record to win their third title and their first since 2011
  • Colin Doyle had 24 points and was named playoff MVP
  • Went 4-1 at the Dudley Hewitt Cup on their way to the third title and their first since 2011
  • Mitchell Mendonca and Ben Evans led the tournament in scoring with eight points
  • Went 2-3 at the RBC Cup and lost 4-2 to the Chilliwack Chiefs in the final

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Wenatchee Wild

  • Had a 37-16-5 record to finish third in the BCHL Interior Division
  • Leading Scorer: Jasper Weatherby with 74 points
  • Leading Goalie: Seth Eisele with a 20-11-0 record and a 2.64 goals against average
  • Award Winner: Bliss Littler (Coach of the Year), Jasper Weatherby (Most Valuable Player) and Cooper Zech (Top Defenceman)
  • Went 16-4 in the playoffs to win their first title in their third year in the league (Became the first American team to win the BCHL Title since the Bellingham Blazers in 1979)
  • Jasper Weatherby led the playoffs in scoring with 38 points
  • Defeated the Spruce Grove Saints 4-1 to win the Doyle Cup for the first time (Became the second American team to qualify for the RBC Cup and the first since the Minnesota Wilderness in 2013)
  • Went 4-1 at the RBC Cup and lost 2-1 to the Wellington Dukes in the semi-final
  • Jasper Weatherby led the tournament in scoring with eight points

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