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CCHL to represent Canada at junior club World Cup in Russia

sean Jun 5, 2018 - 2:04pm

The Canadian junior A Hockey League has announced that an all-star team of players from the CCHL will be assembled to represent Canada at the 2018 Junior Club World Cup, set for August 18-26, in Socchi, Russia.

The CCHL is our local junior A hockey league, which includes the Cornwall Colts and Hawkesbury Hawks.

Here's the official announcement:

The Canadian contingent will be made up of players and staff members from within the 12 teams that comprise the CCHL.

“The CJHL is grateful for this invitation, and the acceptance of the challenge by the CCHL, to represent us internationally,” stated CJHL president Brent Ladds. 

“It will be a tremendous opportunity for the players selected by the CCHL to attend,” added Ladds.

The team will be one of eight clubs that will be competing in this International Ice Hockey Federation-sanctioned event.

Rounding out the field of the other seven junior squads will be the national Jr. champions from Russia and Sweden; HC Jokerit from Finland; HC Davos of Switzerland; China’s Kunlun Red Star, Red Bull Hockey Juniors from Austria and HC Trinec of the Czech Republic.

With age-limit restrictions in place, the CJHL-CCHL roster will feature no more than five 1998-born players, another 14 between 1999 and 2001 birth years as well as three that were born in 2002.

This marks the first time in the eight-year history of the event that the CJHL will be taking part.

“We are excited with the opportunity to attend the Junior Club World Cup in Sochi in August and represent the CCHL, the CJHL and Hockey Canada,” offered CCHL commissioner Kevin Abrams, who also serves as CJHL chairman of the board. 

“This presents an outstanding experience for our players, coaches and support team to share in an international tournament and all that it provides. While we are looking forward to a great event on the ice, the camaraderie and friendships that will be created will last a lifetime.”

The CJHL team roster, coaches, support staff and on-ice events prior to the event will be announced at a later date.

Players and team staff members are expected to convene in the Ottawa area in August before flying over to Russia for a pre-tournament camp in Moscow, Aug. 13-15, prior to travelling to Socchi for the JCWC.

“We are exceedingly grateful to the CJHL, for taking up this challenge on behalf of Hockey Canada, during the off-season,” said Hockey Canada president and chief operating officer Scott Smith. 

“It will be a tremendous athletic and cultural opportunity for the players.” 

The last Canadian side to compete in this event was the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League back in 2015.

Meanwhile, the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League took part from 2012 through 2014, which included winning the title in 2013.

Colts coach a finalist for CJHL coach of the year

sean May 26, 2017 - 12:16pm

Cornwall junior 'A' Colts head coach Ian MacInnis was one of five finalists for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Coach of the Year award. 

Greg Walters (Georgetown, OJHL) was named COY this week.

MacInnis guided the Cornwall Colts to an impressive turnaround from missing the playoffs in 2015-16 to a second place overall finish in the regular season in 2016-17. The Colts finished with a 41-14-4-3 record, including an impressive run of 23-2-1 to wrap up the regular season.

"It’s an honour being named as a finalist for Coach of Year," said MacInnis. "There are 132 CJHL coaches to choose from every year so this is special."

The other finalists were Tom Keca (Fort McMurray, AJHL), Bliss Littler (Wenatchee, BCHL), and Paul Dyck (Steinbach, MJHL).

files from David Murphy

Colts star named to national junior 'A' hockey prospects game

sean Jan 4, 2017 - 9:50am

Colts star forward Konnor MacCormick has been named to the CJHL Prospects Game. NHL scouts decide which 40 draft-eligible junior 'A' players make up the East versus West one-game showcase.

MacCormick replaces Logan Johnston from the MHLs Dieppe Commandos who joined the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL last week. MacCormick, from South Stormont, has 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 38 game so far this season with the Cornwall Colts.

“I’ve worked hard and it’s nice to see the hard work is paying off,” said MacCormick. “The intensity of our Colts practices has been good preparation for the combine.” 

MacCormick joins five other CCHL stars on the East team, which will be guest coached by Colts and NHL Alumni Chad Kilger. Jesse Winchester, also a Colts and NHL Alumni will be the guest coach for Team West.

NHL scouts from every team will watch MacCormick and 39 other top junior 'A' draft-eligible players from across Canada go through a pre-scheduled combine, as well as play in the Prospects Game.

The CJHL Prospects Game is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30pm at the Ed Lumley Arena (Cornwall Civic Complex). Tickets are $10 (adults) and $5 (Children 12 & Under), and are available at the Civic Complex box office (613-938-9400) or by e-mailing David Murphy (dmurphy@bensonorg.com).

with files from David Murphy (Photo courtesy icelevel.com)

Cornwall to host Canadian junior 'A' hockey prospects tournament in January

sean Dec 8, 2016 - 3:35pm

The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in partnership with the National Hockey League and Hockey Canada, announced Monday that Cornwall has been selected as the host city for the 12th annual CJHL Prospects Game, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Ed Lumley Arena within the Cornwall Civic Complex.

The contest will feature 40 of the top NHL draft-eligible players from across the entire 10-league CJHL taking part. The line-ups will see 20 prospects selected from the five eastern-based CJHL leagues (MHL, LHJQ, CCHL, OJHL, and NOJHL) taking on top 20 prospects from the CJHL’s five western-based leagues (BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL, and SIJHL). The rosters will be chosen, in partnership with NHL Central Scouting, and will be announced at a later date, along with the respective coaching staffs for the two sides.

"The CJHL Prospects Game brings together the top draft-eligible junior 'A' prospects from throughout Canada for on and off-ice testing and an East versus West game,” states NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr. Having the opportunity to watch an entire group of prospects under one roof will be a huge benefit to all the scouts who will be in attendance.

“This is a major event for NHL scouting personnel to attend and view all these prospects at one venue and see them compete against their peers,” he adds. “It is a tremendous opportunity for these players to showcase their ability and represent their leagues and communities on a national stage. NHL clubs are continually evaluating prospects and with CJHL players (many of whom are NCAA bound), most will not get drafted into the NHL at 18 years of age, but more often as 19-year-olds or signed as free agents.”

In announcing the 12th annual prospects game, CJHL President Brent Ladds offered his thoughts on the contest. “The CJHL is indebted to the National Hockey League, Hockey Canada, our 10 member-leagues as well, as the City of Cornwall for their support of this annual event,” says Ladds. “The game will feature all of the top draft-eligible players competing in the CJHL this season, in one location, competing against each other. The game has been a launching point for many of our alumni currently playing in the NHL. This opportunity should be no different,” adds the CJHL President.

The CJHL Prospects Game organizing committee and staff is elated to be hosting this national match-up.

“We are both honoured and excited to be hosting the prospects game, and we look forward to creating a dynamic event for the CJHL players being recognized and to continue the proud tradition of Cornwall as a welcoming host City,” offers co-event chair Shawna Mecteau, who is heading up the host committee, along with co-chair David Murphy.

Tickets for the game are now on sale and are available via the Cornwall Colts (CCHL) office by contacting them at (613) 930-9300. The cost for tickets is $10 each, $9 per person for groups of 20 or more, while children 12 and under are $5.

The CJHL prospects game is one of the premier junior 'A' hockey events in the country, providing tremendous exposure for CJHL players to play in front of scouts from all over the hockey world – including the NHL, NCAA, Major Junior and Canadian universities and colleges. The President's Cup is awarded to the winning team in the CJHL prospects game. From 2005 until 2008, the event ran as a single game, but starting in 2009 the President's Cup was played as a two-game series where the combined score of the games determined the winner of the title.  
The contest has now gone back to a single-game format, along with player testing, both on-ice and off-ice, having been introduced. Since its inception, Team West has won six times while Team East has come away victorious on five occasions. All-Time CJHL Prospects Game President's Cup results
2006: Team West 5 Team East 4 (Yorkton, Sask.) 2007: Team West 6 Team East 2 (Vernon, B.C.) 2008: Team East 5 Team West 3 (Winkler, Man.) 2009: Team East 6 Team West 3 (Summerside, P.E.I.) 2010: Team West 8 Team East 3 (8-1, 0-2) (Winkler, Man.) 2011: Team East 9 Team West 2 (2-1 SO, 7-1) (Dauphin, Man.) 2012: Team West 9 Team East 6 (4-3 OT, 5-3) (Langley, B.C.) 2013: Team West 8 Team East 6 (5-0, 3-6) (Digby/Yarmouth, N.S.) 2014: Team East 8 Team West 4 (4-2, 4-2) (Digby/Yarmouth, N.S.) 2015: Team West 3 Team East 2 (Oakville, Ont.) 2016: Team East 3 Team West 1 (Surrey, B.C.)

with submitted files