Once There Was 133, Now There is 81

from Junior Hockey Network

In September 2018, 133 Canadian Junior Hockey League franchises stepped on the ice for their quest to Brooks, Alberta in May 2019 for the chance to hoist the Royal Bank Cup national championship trophy.

On March 11th, 103 teams were remaining in the hunt for their league championships for the chance to represent their respective league in the nation’s regional championships this spring across Canada to join the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. As of March 18th, there are 81 teams that are still remaining in their quest of the junior ‘A’ national championship.

ROAD TO THE NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP
Total Teams – 133
*Teams Temaining – 81

CENTRAL REGION
NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Blind River Beavers
Cochrane Crunch
Elliot Lake Wildcats
Espanola Express (missed playoffs)
French River Rapids (missed playoffs)
*Hearst Lumberjacks
*Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
*Powassan Voodoos
*Rayside-Balfour Canadians
*Soo Eagles
*Soo Thunderbirds
*Timmins Rock

ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Aurora Tigers
Brampton Admirals
Brantford 99ers (missed playoffs)
*Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Burlington Cougars
Cobourg Cougars
Georgetown Raiders
Kingston Voyageurs (missed playoffs)
Lindsay Muskies (missed playoffs)
*Markham Royals
Mississauga Chargers (missed playoffs)
*Newmarket Hurricanes
*North York Rangers
*Oakville Blades
Pickering Panthers (missed playoffs)
*St. Michael’s Buzzers
Stouffville Spirit (missed playoffs)
Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Toronto Patriots
Trenton Golden Hawks
*Wellington Dukes
*Whitby Fury

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Dryden Ice Dogs
*Fort Frances Lakers
*Minnesota Iron Rangers
*Red Lake Miners
*Thief River Falls Norskies
*Thunder Bay North Stars

EAST REGION
CENTRAL CANADA HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Brockville Braves
*Carleton Place Canadians
Cornwall Colts
*Hawkesbury Hawks
*Kanata Lasers
Kemptville 73’s
*Navan Grads
Nepean Raiders
*Ottawa Jr. Senators
Pembroke Lumber Kings
*Rockland Nationals
*Smiths Falls Bears

LIGUE DE HOCKEY JUNIOR AAA DU QUÉBEC
*Forts de Chambly
L’Everest de la Côte-du-Sud (missed playoffs)
Flames de Gatineau (missed playoffs)
*Inouk de Granby
Revolution du Lac St-Louis (missed playoffs)
*Collège Français de Longueuil
Rangers de Montréal-Est (missed playoffs)
Arctic de Montréal-Nord (missed playoffs)
*Titan de Princeville
*Prédateurs de Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon
*Panthères de Saint-Jérôme
*Cobras de Terrebonne
*Braves de Valleyfield

MARITIME HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Amherst Ramblers
*Campbellton Tigers
*Edmundston Blizzard
Grand Falls Rapids
Miramichi Timberwolves
Pictou County Crushers
*St. Stephen Aces
*South Shore Lumberjacks
*Summerside Western Capitals
*Truro Bearcats
Valley Wildcats
*Yarmouth Mariners

PACIFIC REGION
ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Bonnyville Pontiacs
*Brooks Bandits
Calgary Canucks
Calgary Mustangs
*Camrose Kodiaks
*Canmore Eagles
Drayton Valley Thunder
Drumheller Dragons
*Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Grande Prairie Storm
Lloydminster Bobcats (missed playoffs)
*Okotoks Oilers
Olds Grizzlys (missed playoffs)
*Sherwood Park Crusaders
*Spruce Grove Saints
Whitecourt Wolverines

BRITISH COLUMBIA HOCKEY LEAGUE
Alberni Valley Bulldogs
*Chilliwack Chiefs
Coquitlam Express
*Cowichan Valley Capitals
Langley Rivermen
Merritt Centennials
Nanaimo Clippers
*Penticton Vees
*Powell River Kings
*Prince George Spruce Kings
Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Surrey Eagles (missed playoffs)
*Trail Smoke Eaters
*Vernon Vipers
*Victoria Grizzlies
*Wenatchee Wild
West Kelowna Warriors

WEST REGION
MANITOBA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Dauphin Kings
Neepawa Natives (missed playoffs)
OCN Blizzard (missed playoffs)
*Portage Terriers
Selkirk Steelers
*Steinbach Pistons
Swan Valley Stampeders
*Virden Oil Capitals
Waywayseecappo Wolverines
Winkler Flyers (missed playoffs)
*Winnipeg Blues

SASKATCHEWAN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Battlefords North Stars
*Estevan Bruins
*Flin Flon Bombers
*Humboldt Broncos
*Kindersley Klippers
La Ronge Ice Wolves (missed playoffs)
*Melfort Mustangs
Melville Millionaires (missed playoffs)
*Nipawin Hawks
Notre Dame Hounds
Weyburn Red Wings
*Yorkton Terriers

83 WHL ALUMNI TO COMPETE FOR U SPORTS CAVENDISH FARMS UNIVERSITY CUP IN LETHBRIDGE – 03/14/19

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that 83 WHL Alumni will compete for U SPORTS supremacy at the 2019 Cavendish Farms University Cup in Lethbridge, Alta., scheduled for March 14 to 17.

The WHL is represented with graduate players on all eight rosters of competing teams at the annual tournament, including 26 with the Canada West (CW) champion University of Alberta Golden Bears, 23 with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and 17 with the host University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

All tournament games, including the bronze medal game, will be streamed on USPORTS.LIVE. Semifinal action on Saturday, March 16 will be broadcast on Sportsnet 360 (1 p.m MT & 6 p.m. MT). The tournament closes on Sunday, March 17 with the gold medal final broadcast live on Sportsnet 360 at 6 p.m. MT.

The University Cup serves as the U SPORTS national championship for men’s university hockey in Canada. It was first presented in 1885. Having won the national title in 2018, the Alberta Golden Bears have earned Canadian University supremacy 16 times.

This year, a record 405 WHL graduates are accessing their WHL Scholarship, including 199 competing at the U SPORTS level. Established on a league-wide basis in 1993-94, over 6,000 WHL Scholarships have been accessed by WHL graduates, representing an investment of over $25 million by WHL Clubs. This season, WHL Clubs will contribute in excess of $2.6 million to the 405 WHL graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.

Administered by the WHL Office, WHL Scholarships are solely funded by the WHL member Clubs. Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a guaranteed, full-year WHL Scholarship including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. The WHL Scholarship is a fully-guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify. The WHL graduate can apply the funding to any post-secondary or career-enhancing program of his choice, including trades schools or professional career training programs. 

CLICK HERE for a detailed list of all WHL Scholarship recipients for the 2018-19 academic season.