CHL Announces Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week twenty-two edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2016-17 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

 CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 22

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Erie Otters (43-10-2-1) 2 17
2 Regina Pats (42-9-6-1) 1 21
3 Saint John Sea Dogs (39-13-3-1) 4 17
4 London Knights (38-11-3-4) 3 21
5 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (39-15-2-1) 5 12
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (37-15-3-1) 6 18
7 Everett Silvertips (36-12-8-2) 9 18
8 Owen Sound Attack (38-15-1-2) 7 6
9 Medicine Hat Tigers (42-18-1-0) 8 8
10 Charlottetown Islanders (37-16-3-0) 10 2
Honourable Mention:
Seattle Thunderbirds (38-17-3-2) 2
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (36-15-4-2) 6
Windsor Spitfires (35-13-5-3) 17

OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings

ALLIANCE’s London Jr. Knights secure tournament entry

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the tenth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2017 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

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The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting Staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament which takes place March 14-20, 2017.  All games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 20.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour – Week 10

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 London Jr. Knights* ALLIANCE 1 10
2 Mississauga Rebels* GTHL 2 10
3 Whitby Wildcats OMHA 3 10
4 Toronto Marlboros* GTHL 4 10
5 Quinte Red Devils OMHA 5 10
6 Waterloo Wolves ALLIANCE 6 7
7 Vaughan Kings* GTHL 10 4
8 Ajax-Pickering Raiders OMHA 8 10
9 Mississauga Reps GTHL 7 10
10 Toronto Jr. Canadiens* GTHL 1
         
  Honourable Mention      
  Toronto Young Nationals GTHL 9 9
  Brampton 45’s OMHA 1
  York Simcoe Express OMHA 0
  Mississauga Senators GTHL 8

*Officially qualified for 2017 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament Powered by Under Armour

The ALLIANCE’s London Jr. Knights are the latest team to officially qualify for tournament entry by advancing to their league championship following an 8-0 semi-final series win in points over the Cambridge Hawks.  The Jr. Knights will face the winner between the Waterloo Wolves and Kitchener Jr. Rangers, while the Hawks also await the conclusion of that series for another opportunity to secure a tournament berth as the two Semi-Finalists compete in a third place series for OHL Cup qualification.

Tournament Structure:

16 of the 20 spots in the 2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour are guaranteed through league competition.  The 16 guaranteed spots continue to include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship.  Three teams from the ALLIANCE will still be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals.  Also as in past years, two tournament entries are reserved for United States competition, while both an HNO and NOHA representative will also compete.  New in 2017, the final guaranteed spot is awarded to HEO but represented by their previous year Bantam Championship team who will be reassembled for tournament competition.  This season, HEO’s entry will be members of the 2016 Bantam Champion Eastern Ontario Wild.

Wild Card Games:

The final four entries at the 2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour will be Wild Cards determined among eight teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario.  The eight competing teams aiming for the final four tournament spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series.  As introduced in 2016, two spots in Wild Card games will be reserved for GTHL teams.  The two competing GTHL teams will be determined through a pair of Wild Card Play-In Series matchups involving the four GTHL teams who qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round.  One spot in a Wild Card will also be reserved for the winner of an OMHA SCTA Consolation Game that features both teams who lost in the SCTA Tournament Semi-Final.  The OMHA teams eligible for this matchup will be determined annually based on the league not hosting the OMHA Championship.  Finally, the three remaining teams who will compete in the Wild Card matchups will be named by the Tournament Selection Committee.  The Committee will evaluate and review a team’s post-season success as the first criteria for selection, with additional criteria to include regular season play and tournament play.  All four Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday March 14 with specific matchups and times of play to be determined by random draw among the eight competing teams on Wednesday March 8.

History:

Last season the York Simcoe Express captured their second OHL Cup title and first since 2004 with a 2-1 overtime win over the Toronto Marlboros.  Current North Bay Battalion rookie Rhys Forhan scored both Express goals, while goaltender Andrei Berezinskiy earned tournament MVP honours playing to a 5-0 record with a 2.09 goals-against-average.

The 2016 OHL Priority Selection featured 12 players chosen in the first round who competed in the OHL Cup including Ryan Merkley (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 1st overall Guelph Storm), Owen Lalonde (Windsor Jr. Spitfires – 2nd overall Sudbury Wolves), Danil Antropov (Toronto Marlboros – 6th overall Oshawa Generals), Kirill Nizhnikov (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 7th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Barrett Hayton (Toronto Red Wings – 9th overall Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Peter Stratis (Mississauga Rebels – 11th overall Ottawa 67’s), Akil Thomas (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Niagara IceDogs), Adam McMaster (Niagara North – 13th overall North Bay Battalion), Tyler Weiss (Don Mills Flyers – 15th overall Sarnia Sting), Nathan Dunkley (Quinte Red Devils – 17th overall Kingston Frontenacs), Allan McShane (Toronto Marlboros – 19th overall Erie Otters), and Jack McBain (Don Mills Flyers – 20th overall Barrie Colts).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Robby Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels/St. Louis Blues), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Arizona Coyotes), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/New York Islanders), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/Nashville Predators), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

This season the OHL and GTHL announced a new three-year partnership with Under Armour that includes title sponsorship of the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament.  The OHL and GTHL have also announced a five-year partnership extension ensuring the event will continue to be hosted by the GTHL through 2021.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

Titan’s Christophe Boivin named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Christophe Boivin of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 19 after scoring four goals with five assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.

Boivin recorded a trio of multi-point performances for the Titan who extend their winning-streak to five rising to sixth place in the QMJHL overall standings with a 32-20-3-2 record.  The overager scored a goal and added an assist on Wednesday as second star of a 4-3 road win over the Moncton Wildcats, then picked up a pair of assists Friday as part of a 9-0 home win over the Halifax Mooseheads.  He finished the week by notching his first career hat-trick along with two assists for a career-high five points as first star of a 7-2 win against the Wildcats on Saturday.

A 21-year-old native of Quebec, Boivin is playing in his fourth season with the Titan who selected him in the first round of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.  In 57 games this season he’s tallied a career-high 36 goals along with 39 assists for 75 points and surpassing the 200-point milestone in Sunday’s game which was the 244th of his four-year tenure.  He currently leads the Titan in scoring and ranks ninth overall in the QMJHL.

Also considered for the award this week was Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters who scored three goals and four assists for seven points in three games eclipsing the 100-point mark for a third straight season, and Edmonton Oilers prospect Ethan Bear of the Seattle Thunderbirds who scored four goals and six assists for 10 points in five games.

2016-17 CHL Players of the Week:

Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

CHL Leagues

Warriors’ Zach Sawchenko named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 19 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .981.

VaughnSawchenko turned aside 52 shots in two games backstopping the Warriors to two victories helping his club keep pace in the WHL’s competitive Eastern Conference standings sitting fourth with a 34-17-7-1 record.  Just the second two-time recipient of the award this season, Sawchenko opened his week last Tuesday making 15 saves in a 3-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings, and finished with 37 saves on Saturday as first star of a 4-0 win over the top ranked Regina Pats.

A 19-year-old from Calgary, AB, Sawchenko is playing in his fourth career season with the Warriors who chose him in the second round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  So far this season he carries a 23-11-5-1 record with two shutouts along with a 2.78 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage.

Also considered for the award this week was Joseph Murdaca of the Erie Otters who made 54 saves while going 3-0-0-0 with a shutout victory along with a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .964 helping the club establish a new franchise record for consecutive wins with 12, and rookie Francis Leclerc of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who made 54 saves across a trio of victories posting a goals-against-average of 1.37 and save percentage of .931.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond (Kelowna Rockets)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

CHL Leagues

Otters’ Joseph Murdaca named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Joseph Murdaca of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 19 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .964.

Murdaca was near perfect last week turning aside 54 of 56 shots faced backstopping Erie to a trio of victories as the Otters established a new franchise record for consecutive winsOn Wednesday night he made 16 saves in a battle for first place atop the Midwest Division standings defeating the London Knights by a 5-1 score.  Over the weekend Murdaca got the best of his former team the Mississauga Steelheads in a home-and-home series beginning Friday night on the road with 19 saves in the 4-1 win, and Saturday at home with another 19 save performance as first star recording the 3-0 shutout.  The Otters are the OHL’s top team with 87 points courtesy of a 42-10-2-1 record and powered of late by 13-straight wins surpassing the club’s previous high of 11 set during the 2013-14 season.

An 18-year-old from Niagara Falls, ON, Murdaca was acquired by the Otters in December and has won each of his last 11 starts since January 13.  He carries an overall record of 11-1-0-1 with the Otters including two shutouts, a goals-against-average of 2.13, and save percentage of .905 in 13 appearances.  The sophomore is now the seventh goaltender to receive the league’s weekly award, while this marks the fifth time an Otters player has been recognized following Alex DeBrincat (3) and fellow netminder Troy Timpano.

Watch video highlights of Murdaca and the Otters against the Knights, and Friday and Saturday against the Steelheads.

Two other goaltenders were considered for the award this week as their clubs clinched OHL Playoff berths including Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack and Jeremy Brodeur of the Oshawa Generals.  McNiven, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, went 2-0-0-1 with 72 saves and a shutout victory for a goals-against-average of 0.97 and save percentage of .960.  Brodeur stopped 82 shots and was a perfect 17/17 across two shootout victories carrying a goals-against-average of 2.77 and save percentage of .932.  Up front, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Otters led the league with seven points including three goals and four assists in three games eclipsing the century mark for points in a season a third straight time.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:

Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Adam Thilander – North Bay Battalion – Player Profile

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 187 pounds

Date of birth: September 18, 1998

Hometown: Skovde, Sweden

Position: Defence

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 1, 36th overall, 2016 CHL Import Draft

The North Bay Battalion selected Adam Thilander with the 36th overall pick at the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. He played last season with Skelleftea AIK of the SuperElit League and appeared in 38 games scoring 3 goals and adding 12 assists.

Thilander also has a wealth of International experience with Team Sweden. He’s played at the Under-16, Under-17, the World Hockey Challenge Under-17, the World Junior Championship Under-18 and at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. In all, he’s played in 46 International games and has scored 3 goals while adding 13 assists.

Adam Thilander of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Adam Thilander of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A common theme surrounding Thilander is that no one seems to know how he will translate to the National Hockey League – and truth be told, you can say that about just about any prospect at any given time. And let’s face it, he missed the 2016 draft by just three days and no one knows what would have happened had he been eligible for that draft, one that was much deeper and stronger overall than the 2017 draft is.

Defensively, Thilander plays with an awareness you can’t teach. He knows where everyone is on the ice and rarely does he let the offense to the inside. He’s a good skater, strong on his feet and is very good directionally, but he lacks the speed – both first step and overall – to be able to close gaps and doesn’t have the long stick to make up for it. He lacks size and will need to add some strength to be able to physically handle players at the NHL level.

There’s been an adjustment period for Thilander, playing his first year in North America, and I’m not so sure it’s come easy to him. I believe it’s still a work in progress. He sees the ice well and can make a good first pass on the smaller ice but will need to improve doing so while under pressure. He skates well with the puck and usually makes the smart decision.

Thilander rarely gambles offensively, preferring to make the safest play. He has an underrated shot in my opinion but he uses a variety of shots to get pucks through to the net. But he’s also not a true powerplay quarterback.

In the end, it is difficult to say what type of defenceman Thilander truly is, and what he can become. But in this draft, someone will make Thilander a pick come June.

Thilander was ranked 59th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.

This is the profile page of Adam Tilander at http://www.eliteprospects.com

Cole Coskey– Saginaw Spirit – Player Profile

Height:  6’ 0”

Weight: 190 pounds

Date of birth: June 1, 1999

Hometown: Zion, IL

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 3, 47th overall, 2015 Priority Selection

Saginaw Spirit right winger Cole Coskey played his Minor Bantam hockey right through to the Under-16 squad with the Chicago Mission in his native State of Illinois. With the Under-16’s, Coskey appeared in 23 games for the Mission scoring 9 goals and adding 8 assists. The Spirit would make Coskey their third-round selection, forty-seventh overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection that season.

Coskey would stick with the Spirit, breaking in on the Spirit lineup as a third line winger as a rookie a season ago. He would appear in 54 games for the Spirit, providing 4 goals and 7 assists while gaining some valuable experience.

Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Coskey’s greatest attribute is his work ethic and never give up attitude. He combines his decent skating abilities with them to be an above average fore-checking, more often than not, retrieving pucks or causing turnovers. He will not shy away from the physical game whether it’s throwing a hit or taking the hit to make a play. At 6’0” and 190 pounds, he’s not the biggest player, but plays larger than his size.

Coskey’s biggest issue is that he has not shown to be able to play at that level on a consistent basis. But he has shown improvement.  He has shown, some good puck skills and vision. He’s able to protect the puck and possesses some good playmaking abilities but can also create opportunities for himself.

The Spirit have a half dozen players on their roster eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft and Coskey is easily the best of the bunch, and the only one listed on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, where he’s listed 96th among North American Skaters.

This is the profile page of Cole Coskey at http://www.eliteprospects.com

Regina Pats to Host 100th Celebration, 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced, on behalf of the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee, that the Regina Pats Hockey Club will host the historic 100th edition of the league’s prestigious national championship.

 “The 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup and the celebrations around this centennial event will truly capture, preserve, and enhance the legacy of one of the most prestigious trophies in all of sport while honouring the brave men and women who served and continue to serve our country,” said CHL President David Branch. “I applaud our national Site Selection Committee who were challenged with the decision of choosing between three outstanding bids.  On behalf of the CHL we look forward to working with the City of Regina and the Regina Pats to engage the entire nation in what will truly be a historic event.”

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The decision was rendered following formal bid presentations made by the Pats, along with the Hamilton Bulldogs and Oshawa Generals, on January 25, 2017, to the national Site Selection Committee.  The committee is comprised of industry leaders from across Canada including Michael Akpata (Retired Canadian Armed Forces, 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Host Organizing Committee), Paul Beeston (Former President & CEO, Toronto Blue Jays), Colin Campbell (Senior Executive Vice-President of Hockey Operations, NHL), Al Coates (Interim Director, Hockey Canada Foundation), Serge Fortin (Vice-President, TVA Sports), Scott Moore (President, Sportsnet and NHL Properties), and Scott Smith (Chief Operating Officer, Hockey Canada).

The announcement was delivered before a national audience as part of Sportsnet’s Hockey Day in Canada coverage.

The 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup will take place May 17-27, 2018, at Regina’s Brandt Centre, featuring the host Pats along with the champions of the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing in the traditional round-robin tournament format.

“Our local team worked hard to put together a great bid, and we are extremely excited, and honoured, to be able to host the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup,” says Shaun Semple, President and CEO of the Brandt Group of Companies and Chair of Regina’s Host Organizing Committee. “We’ve got some great ideas and plans, and we look forward to the opportunity to engage with junior hockey fans across the country, as we celebrate this historic centennial year.”

The prestigious national championship returns to the city of Regina for the first time since 2001, an event that featured the host Pats, the Ottawa 67’s (OHL), and champion Red Deer Rebels (WHL) defeating the Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL) 6-5 in overtime.  Regina also hosted the 1980 event with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the WHL’s Pats are the CHL’s oldest franchise beginning operations in 1917, and celebrating their 100th anniversary next season.  The club has competed in a record 12 Memorial Cup Championship games including the inaugural final back in 1919 before winning major junior hockey’s prize three times in 1925, 1930, and 1974.

“On behalf of Mastercard Canada, title sponsor for the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, I’d like to congratulate the City of Regina and the Regina Pats on a successful bid,” said Milos Vranesevic, Vice-President and Head of Marketing, Mastercard Canada. “We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the Canadian Hockey League and our association with this prestigious national championship since 1999 and look forward to the centennial celebration at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup.”

The Memorial Cup has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The trophy was originally known as the OHA Memorial Cup and was donated by the Ontario Hockey Association in March, 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in the First World War.  In 2010 the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian Military Personnel killed in combat serving our country.

The 99th edition of the Mastercard Memorial Cup will be hosted by the Windsor Spitfires May 18-28, 2017, with all nine games to be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For more information please visit www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

Les Pats de Regina accueilleront les célébrations du centenaire de la Coupe Memorial Mastercard en 2018

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Toronto, ON – La Ligue canadienne de hockey a annoncé aujourd’hui au nom du Comité de sélection de site pour la Coupe Memorial Mastercard 2018 que le Club de hockey Pats de Regina accueillera la 100e édition historique du prestigieux championnat national.

« Le tournoi de la Coupe Memorial Mastercard 2018 et les célébrations entourant le centenaire de l’événement vont véritablement saisir, préserver et accroître l’héritage d’un des plus prestigieux trophées du monde du sport, tout en honorant les braves hommes et femmes qui ont servi et qui continuent de servir notre pays », affirme David Branch, président de la LCH. « J’applaudis notre Comité national de sélection de site qui a eu pour défi de choisir entre trois excellentes villes candidates. Au nom de la LCH, nous avons hâte de travailler avec la Ville de Regina et les Pats de Regina pour engager le pays en entier dans ce qui s’annonce véritablement comme un événement historique. »

Cette décision a été prise après la présentation finale des candidatures par les Pats, les Bulldogs de Hamilton et les Generals d’Oshawa, le 25 janvier 2017 auprès Comité national de sélection de site. Ce comité est compose de chefs de file de l’industrie à l’échelle nationale, notamment Michael Akpata (officier à la retraite des Forces canadiennes et membres du Comité organisateur du tournoi de la Coupe Memorial Mastercard 2017), Paul Beeston (ancien président et chef de la direction des Blue Jays de Toronto), Colin Campbell (premier vice-président des opérations hockey de la LNH), Al Coates (directeur par intérim de la Fondation Hockey Canada), Serge Fortin (vice-président de TVA Sports), Scott Moore (président de Sportsnet et de NHL Properties), et Scott Smith (chef de l’exploitation à Hockey Canada).

L’annonce a été faite devant un auditoire national dans le cadre de la couverture de la Journée du hockey au Canada sur les ondes du réseau Sportsnet.

La 100e édition du tournoi de la Coupe Memorial Mastercard se déroulera du 17 au 27 mai 2018 au Centre Brandt de Regina et mettra en vedette les Pats, hôtes de la compétition ainsi que les champions de la Ligue de l’Ontario, de la Ligue de l’Ouest et de la LHJMQ dans le format traditionnel de tournoi à la ronde.

« Notre équipe locale a travaillé dur pour monter une excellente candidature et nous sommes très enthousiastes et honorés de pouvoir accueillir la 100e Coupe Memorial Mastercard », affirme Shaun Semple, président et chef de la direction du Brandt Group of Companies et président du Comité organisateur hôte de Regina. « Nous avons de bonnes idées et de superbes plans et nous avons hâte d’entamer la discussion avec les partisans de hockey junior à l’échelle nationale alors que nous célébrons cette année de centenaire historique. »

Le prestigieux championnat national est de retour dans la ville de Regina pour la première fois depuis 2001, un événement qui a opposé les Pats, les 67’s d’Ottawa (Ligue de l’Ontario), ainsi que les Rebels de Red Deer (Ligue de l’Ouest), champions du tournoi après une victoire de 6-5 sur les Foreurs de Val-d’Or (LHJMQ) en prolongation. Regina a aussi accueilli le tournoi de 1980 avec les Wheat Kings de Brandon.

Nommés en l’honneur du Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, les Pats de la Ligue de l’Ouest sont la plus ancienne équipe de la LCH, ayant démarré leurs activités en 1917 et qui célébreront leur 100e anniversaire aussi l’an prochain. Le club a participé à 12 tournois de la Coupe Memorial Mastercard, un record, notamment la finale inaugurale du tournoi en 1919 avant de remporter trois titres juniors majeurs nationaux, soit en 1925, 1930 et 1974.

« Au nom de Mastercard Canada, commanditaire du titre du tournoi de la Coupe Memorial Mastercard 2018, je désire féliciter la Ville de Regina et les Pats de Regina pour leur candidature gagnante », a déclaré Milos Vranesevic, vice-président et chef des services marketing chez Mastercard Canada. « Nous sommes fiers de notre partenariat de longue date avec la Ligue canadienne de hockey et de notre association avec ce prestigieux championnat national depuis 1999 et nous avons hâte aux célébrations du centenaire à la Coupe Memorial Mastercard 2018. »

Le tournoi de la Coupe Memorial possède une riche tradition qui a façonné la façon dont le hockey junior est disputé en Amérique du Nord. Le trophée était originalement reconnu sous le nom de Coupe Memorial de l’AHO et a été donné par l’Association de hockey de l’Ontario en mars 1919, en souvenir des nombreux soldats qui ont payé le prix ultime pour le Canada dans le cadre de la Première Guerre mondiale. En 2010, la Coupe Memorial a été dédiée à nouveau en souvenir de tous les militaires canadiens morts au combat au service de notre pays.

La 99e édition du tournoi de la Coupe Memorial Mastercard sera organisée en collaboration avec les Spitfires de Windsor, du 18 au 28 mai 2017. Les neuf matchs du tournoi seront diffusés en direct à l’échelle nationale sur Sportsnet et TVA Sports.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez visiter le site www.coupememorialmastercard.ca.

 

CHL Announces Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week twenty-one edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2016-17 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

 CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 21

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Regina Pats (40-7-6-1) 1 20
2 Erie Otters (39-10-2-1) 2 16
3 London Knights (36-9-3-4) 3 20
4 Saint John Sea Dogs (36-13-3-1) 4 16
5 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (37-14-2-1) 5 11
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (35-14-3-1) 7 17
7 Owen Sound Attack (36-14-1-1) 9 5
8 Medicine Hat Tigers (40-16-1-0) 10 7
9 Everett Silvertips (33-12-8-2) 17
10 Charlottetown Islanders (35-16-3-0) 1
Honourable Mention:
Prince George Cougars (38-17-3-1) 8 19
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (32-14-2-5) 6 20
Seattle Thunderbirds (36-16-3-2) 2

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Toronto, ON – La Ligue canadienne de hockey a annoncé aujourd’hui la composition du classement du Top 10 de la LCH. Ce classement hebdomadaire des 10 meilleures formations de la Ligue canadienne de hockey est établi par un panel de dépisteurs de la Ligue nationale de hockey.

Classement du TOP 10 de la LCH – Semaine 21

Rang équipe Semaine dernière Semaines dans les rangs
1 Regina Pats (40-7-6-1) 1 20
2 Erie Otters (39-10-2-1) 2 16
3 London Knights (36-9-3-4) 3 20
4 Saint John Sea Dogs (36-13-3-1) 4 16
5 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (37-14-2-1) 5 11
6 Shawinigan Cataractes (35-14-3-1) 7 17
7 Owen Sound Attack (36-14-1-1) 9 5
8 Medicine Hat Tigers (40-16-1-0) 10 7
9 Everett Silvertips (33-12-8-2) 17
10 Charlottetown Islanders (35-16-3-0) 1
Mention Honorable:
Prince George Cougars (38-17-3-1) 8 19
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (32-14-2-5) 6 20
Seattle Thunderbirds (36-16-3-2) 2

Thunderbirds’ Mathew Barzal named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that New York Islanders prospect Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 12 after recording 15 points including one goal and 14 assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-7 in four games.

Barzal helped the Thunderbirds overtake the WHL’s U.S Division lead following a four-win week powered by four multi-point performances.  His week began with back-to-back second star efforts against the Victoria Royals including Tuesday night with a pair of assists in a 3-1 victory, and Wednesday night with four helpers in a 5-4 triumph.  Back in Seattle for a pair of weekend games against division rivals, the captain delivered three assists and earned second star recognition for a third time Friday as part of a 6-2 win over the Tri-City Americans, then recorded a career-high six points on Saturday with a goal and five assists as first star of an 8-5 win over the Portland Winterhawks.  The Thunderbirds have won 16 of 19 games since the calendar turned to 2017 and hold a 35-16-3-2 record.

A 19-year-old from Coquitlam, BC, Barzal is playing in his fourth WHL season with the Thunderbirds who selected him first overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.  Since returning from the Islanders in November, the 2015 first round NHL Draft pick has eight goals and 48 assists for 56 points in 30 games and helped Canada earn silver at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Also considered for the award this week was Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong of the Charlottetown Islanders who scored five goals and one assist for six points in two games, and Los Angeles Kings prospect Spencer Watson of the Mississauga Steelheads who scored three goals and four assists for seven points in three games.

2016-17 CHL Players of the Week:

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

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