Road to the 2019 Esso Cup: NSFMHL

Despite opening the season on a 15-game unbeaten run and losing just once, the Northern Selects were challenged right down to the final game of the regular season, edging out the Metro Fire by two points to make it back-to-back regular-season titles in the NSFMHL. Northern was dominant at both ends of the ice, finishing […]

“Hate is just noise”

“Shouldn’t you be playing basketball?” Sarah Nurse heard it more than once. She got used to the questions and comments, the snide remarks and smirks that came from the other side of the ice. As a young, black girl playing high-level minor hockey against the boys in Hamilton, Ont., Nurse was no stranger to people […]

Good Deeds Cup down to final three

The totals are in, and the three finalists have been unveiled for the Good Deeds Cup. The Kennebecasis Valley Devils, Pionniers de Lanaudière and West Carleton Warriors garnered the most views on YouTube among the 10 semifinalists, and will now be judged by the selection panel of Mitch Marner, Caroline Ouellette and Harnaryan Singh to […]

Road to the 2019 Esso Cup: MFMHL

With the 10-year anniversary of their 2009 Esso Cup championship quickly approaching, the Westman Wildcats returned to the top of the MFMHL in 2018-19. The Wildcats never had a season-defining win streak, but instead put together a number of short runs; they posting at least three victories in a row on five occasions, including a […]

Road to the 2019 TELUS Cup: OMHA (ETA)

An early-season run was enough for the York-Simcoe Express to take its place atop the ETA. The Express dropped just one of its first 15 games, posting a 10-1-4 record through mid-November to open up a comfortable lead on Ajax-Pickering in the West Division, and on Kingston in the overall standings. York-Simcoe had the No. […]

Road to the 2019 Esso Cup: PEIFMAAAHL

It was a dominant season for the Western Wind, which dropped just a single game on its way to the top of the PEIFMAAAHL. The Wind was the best team on the island from the first drop of the puck, opening its schedule with a 19-game unbeaten run – including 16 wins in a row […]

Road to the 2019 TELUS Cup: NLMMHL

The East Coast Blizzard went down to the wire to clinch first place in the NLMMHL, sweeping the St. John’s Maple Leafs on the final weekend to finish with a three-point cushion atop the standings. The Blizzard came out of the gate strong, winning 10 of their first 11 games, and posted nine victories in […]

Bettez is back

Ann-Sophie Bettez waited a long time to play for Team Canada again. Nine years, one month, three days to be exact. The last time Bettez wore the Maple Leaf was in the gold medal game at the 2010 MLP Cup. That was Jan. 9, 2010, as a member of Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team. The […]

Road to the 2019 TELUS Cup: GNML

Complete and utter dominance. The North Bay Trappers did not lose a game en route to a third-straight GNML regular-season title, rolling through their 36-game schedule unblemished. They played in just four one-goal games and hit double-digits on seven occasions (in addition to six nine-goal outings), finishing with 276 goals (an average of 7.67 per […]

Road to the 2019 TELUS Cup: Alliance

What a difference a year makes. One season ago, the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs didn’t have a Midget AAA team. Now, they’re the best team in the Alliance. The Chiefs romped through the regular season with just two regulation-time losses in 35 games, posting a ridiculous 56 goals against. Elgin-Middlesex took control early with 18 wins and […]