The latest world rankings were released on Wednesday. Many teams have begun building their respective resumes for the ‘21-22 season, with only Canada and Sweden — and Finland at some age groups — yet to begin. A pair of No. 1s, though, have wasted little time stacking impressive performances in their respective age groups, in the early stages of September.
The 2008-born LA Jr. Kings have pulled ahead of the pack, with a 7-0-1 record. Four of those wins came over the weekend, including a dominant 6-2 victory over HoneyBaked; the 10th ranked team in the States. The Jr. Kings’ only hiccup was a 4-4 tie they skated to with the Windy City Storm on Saturday. The Chicago-based program is fourth in the country, and 11th in the world, with three wins of its own over ranked opponents.
The upcoming schedule will certainly present bigger challenges, with trips to Pittsburgh in October and Detroit in November. With a trio of forwards Sammie Ochoa, Tyus Sparks and Logan Stuart up front, the Jr. Kings should present difficult matchups for future opponents.
CSKA Moscow validated its preseason No. 1 in the 2009 age group with a 17-game win streak to open the season. Four victories have come against fellow Russian Top-10 teams, including not one, not two, but three dominant performances against No. 4-ranked Dynamo Moscow. In those games, CSKA out-scored Dynamo 29-5. They are averaging nearly 10 goals a game with 169 goals already this season.
Daniel Ermolov, Artem Karsuro and Nazar Privalov lead the way for CSKA. Expect the schedule to be a bit more challenging as the season wears on, but there’s no mistake in who the clear-cut No. 1 is at the end of September.
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The Sweden Hockey Trophy (SHT) took place earlier this month, serving as a top-level preseason tournament for European teams in the ‘06 through ‘11 birth years. Regular-season action is slated to begin in October, so the SHT functions as a good measuring stick for teams before the schedule gets underway. The under-16 age group is a crucial one for 2021-22, as it’s their final season of youth hockey before many graduate to J18 junior hockey.
The ‘06s took to the ice in Tumba, Sweden, on Thursday, September 16th, with 10 teams competing in 33 games. Flemingsbergs IK defeated Täby HC in an exciting 4-3 finish in the championship game. There were several standouts from the weekend that was, and we’ve narrowed it down to six contributors who played significant roles in their team’s success.
In just six games, Fernstrӧm managed to compile enough points to lead the tournament in scoring with six goals and 12 points. Two of them came by way of the man advantage, and Fernstrӧm also posted a hat trick against Sӧdertälje in a 4-3 win on the final day of pool play. He also scored SDE’s lone goal in their 4-1 quarterfinal loss to Bjӧrklӧvens.
Barrefjord tied for the lead in points, also scoring six goals and also totaling 12 points, helping Bjӧrklӧvens reach the semifinals. He posted a four-point game against Flemingsbergs and then followed it up with a hat trick against SDE in the very next game. Barrefjord factored in on 44 percent of his team’s goals in the tournament, serving as a major contributor to Bjӧrklӧvens’ success at SHT.
Nobody scored more goals than FIK’s Engholm. The 5-foot-10, 161-pound left-hand shot totaled eight goals for SHT champions Flemingsbergs; no other player on the team had more than four in the tournament. Five of those tallies came during the elimination rounds, including a hat trick in the quarterfinals 3-1 against Red Bull Salzburg, and the game-winning goal in the championship game.
Täby came up just one goal short, falling to FIK in the final, but Marcelius proved to be a major contributor in getting his team to the finale. He scored five goals and 11 points, and posted three consecutive multi-point games, adding a fourth in the championship with a goal and assist. The 5-foot-7 forward is small, but shifty and makes heady plays with the puck on his stick.
Marcelius’ teammate Jerneheim looked like one of the better defenders in the tournament, leading all defensemen with four goals and eight points. He is 5-foot-10 with a good stride and quick release, opening up the tournament with points in five of the team’s first six games. Bjӧrklӧvens’ Oliwer Sjostrom was the only other defenseman to match Jerneheim’s eight points over the weekend.
In net for six of his team’s seven tournament games, Hӧglind posted a 4-2-0 record with one of those defeats coming in a low-scoring 2-1 shootout finish. He compiled a 1.78 goals-against average and .930 save percentage, going 148 minutes and 42 seconds consecutively without allowing a goal. Hӧglind had a 52-save win over Nacka, a 37-save shutout over FIK and 27 saves in Färjestad’s shootout loss in the elimination rounds.
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Tournament directors took to the stage on Tuesday afternoon to announce the return to action and safety procedures for the 62nd annual PeeWee Quebec. Part of the announcement was to confirm the tournament will take place from February 9 – 20, 2022, in an international format.
Soupir de soulagement pour des centaines de joueurs de hockey pee-wee qui pourront participer au tournoi de Québec du 9 au 20 février prochain au centre Vidéotron après l’annulation de 2021. L’édition 2022 ne sera toutefois pas un retour à la normale @tournoipeewee pic.twitter.com/uhQCpGxsph— Stéphane Turcot (@StephTurcotTVA) September 14, 2021
This is big news in the youth hockey world, since COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the event — and many other international events — last season.
’’We have worked hard, very hard to make it happen quickly and to finally tell you that the Tournament will officially take place in February,” said tournament president Michel Plante. “There were several key issues to be resolved, several heart-breaking decisions had to be made and it has not been easy. The important thing is that we can finally go ahead and get everything going for the next edition. If you only knew how happy we are.”
A tournament of this magnitude amidst a global pandemic will of course require many adjustments and conditions to be respected, not just for the players but the spectators and volunteers as well.
”The most important thing for us is to keep everyone safe and that will be our priority,” said administrator Patrick Dom. “We prefer to be more than careful. The teams will come from all over the world, all the more reason not to take any risk.”
While the event is set to return, directors were the first to admit it will be far from normal circumstances. Only players born in 2009, or 2008s born in October, November, December, will be allowed to participate. All team members will be required to be vaccinated, including coaching staff and managers regardless of country of origin. Anyone 12 years of age or older will have to present a vaccination passport before entering the Videotron Center. The complete list of adjustments can be found HERE.
Most importantly, is the tournament organizers’ commitment to making the 2022 event happen, and receiving support from federal and local governments. Canada has been without youth hockey for more than a year, but announcements like this appear as if the powers that be are committed to delivering a full hockey season, and events, back the youth hockey community.
World Hockey Hub will have continued coverage of the PeeWee Quebec leading up to the event in February, as well as in-depth breakdowns of big matchups, top teams and performers from the tournament on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
For the first time in World Hockey Hub Rankings history, Canadian teams have made the cut.
Now, we know what you’re thinking, ‘How can that be possible? It’s Canada’s game and some of the best hockey in the world comes from The North!’ When the World Rankings debuted last November, Canada — along with much of the world — was in the midst of a pretty strict nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19, and the entire 2020-21 youth hockey season was lost. This presented an extraordinary challenge, making it impossible to rank Canadian teams in the absence of games last season.
September marks the beginning of a new season for youth hockey players around the world, and the #OurGameIsBack movement is sweeping across the provinces as Hockey Canada sets the stage for a safe return to the ice. The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) announced that tryouts would begin this month and game action could start as early as Nov. 1st.
The global climate regarding COVID-19 continues to change by the day. However, Canada’s return to the ice, Sweden and Finland set to return, as well as the United States and Russia already off and running, has the hockey community feeling a sense of normalcy for the first time in a long time.
The ‘07 World Rankings put high expectations on the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and Toronto Marlboros, who check in at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively. Both are members of the GTHL, and should see plenty of head-to-head action as they battle for supremacy in ‘The Six’ as well as the top spot in the World Rankings. Three other Canadian teams check in to the Top 25 as well, including the London Jr. Knights and Ottawa Myers. It’s been 18 months since London last took the ice in March, 2020. That ‘07 squad won 60 games as PeeWees two seasons ago, and we expect the Jr. Knights to return to that level of dominance this season.
Russia’s Dynamo Moscow debuts at the top spot of the Preseason Rankings, followed by Kiekko Espoo of Finland, then the pair of Toronto teams and Sweden’s HV 71 round out the Top 5. Dynamo won the 2007-born Moscow Open Championship last season as the top team in the region with an 11-0-0 record. However, it appears their top two leading scorers from a season ago, Yanush Kheybatov and Roman Rizvanov, have found new homes to play for in the 2021-22 season.
WHH will continue to follow the 2007-birth year closely all season long with the latest news, rankings, highlights, prospects and more. Check out your No. 1 resource for everything regarding the 14U (or under-15) age group HERE.
Last season, the 14U squad at Shattuck-St. Mary’s was arguably the best pound-for-pound team in all of youth hockey. A 47-1-2 record and a dominant performance in the USA Hockey Nationals tournament cemented names like Cole Eiserman, Macklin Celebrini and Aidan Park as some of the top up-and-coming prospects in the game. It’s only fitting that just five months later, the Sabres debuted at No. 1 in World Hockey Hub’s first ever preseason rankings for the 2021-22 season.
The 15U squad returns 13 players off of last season’s championship team, but all three members of its top line in Eiserman, Celebrini and Park have all opted up to the program’s 18U and 16U teams. The trio accounted for 203 of the 402 goals Shattuck scored last season, leaving returners like Kristian Epperson, Ryker Lee and Brodie Ziemer to fill the void. It’s tough to lose three of the biggest prospects in the 2006-birth year and still keep the status quo. The departures from Shattuck’s ‘06 squad may close the gap a bit between them and the field, but this group is still in great shape to defend its title as tops in the age group.
Russia packs the world-wide rankings with three in the Top 10 and six in the Top 25. The 2006-birth year is loaded with talent, headlined by Arseni Vorobyov, who led No. 2-ranked CSKA Moscow in scoring last season with 67 points. He’s already produced 16 points in the team’s first 10 games of 2021-22, and CSKA is 10-0-1 in the early stages of the season.
Finland’s Kiekko Espoo was undefeated last season with a 13-0-0 record before it was cut short by COVID-19, and the country paused all activity. Forward Tuomas Suoniemi compiled 27 goals and 50 points, and was one of six players from Kiekko in the Top 10 for scoring in the league. The ‘06 group started out ‘20-21 white hot and didn’t get a chance to see the season through. This time around, Kiekko Espoo checks in at No. 4 in the preseason rankings and could contend for the top spot in the age group all season long.
The 15-only age group — or under-16 age group internationally — is a crucial year for youth hockey players inching closer and closer to junior hockey worldwide. World Hockey Hub will have exclusive coverage of the latest news, rankings, prospects, events and more regarding the 2006-birth year and you can check it all out HERE.
The Sweden Hockey Trophy (SHT) returns to Scandinavia this month, after the region spent much of the 2020-21 season without youth hockey. Concerns around COVID-19 put the Sweden youth hockey season on pause last December, and strict government guidelines prohibited game action in the local ice rinks.
Only recently have restrictions begun to lift, permitting youth hockey players to return to the ice. The Swedish Ice Hockey Association’s 2021-22 season typically starts in September, and the Sweden Hockey Trophy tournament symbolizes a new chapter for many.
The month-long event features five different age groups competing over four separate weekends. The 2007s took to the ice first at Ishuset Arena, home of IFK Tumba. This Thursday, the 2008s will follow up the action with 16 teams at JM-Hallen in Bromma. Fourteen teams at the ‘09-age group will square off next weekend, and the ‘10s and ‘11s will close out the tournament September 23 – 26th.
Last weekend, Täby HC was crowned champions of the ‘07 AAA division, while Wings HC took the AA division. A 4-1 record in pool play put Täby into the top seed of the six-team playoffs, earning a first-round bye and a spot in the Final Four. There, they faced off against HC Hvezda Prague, as Isac Nilsson, Melvin Novotny and Romeo Edvarsen Sӧrensen combined to score six goals in Täby’s 9-2 semifinal victory.
The championship pitted the No. 1 team in Pool A against the No. 1 team in Pool B, as Nacka stepped up to challenge Täby for the title. The matchup featured the top three scorers in the tournament with Novotny (23), Ruben Westerling (15) and Matiss Zilitis (14). Midway through the second half of the game, Zilitis scored to tie it up for Nacka at 2-2. In the final moments of the contest though, Marcus Nordmark would score the game-winning goal with 1:50 left in regulation to give Täby the 3-2 win and the SHT championship.
Sweden Hockey Trophy features some of the best youth hockey teams in the country. In total, 83 of the top Swedish youth hockey teams will compete for the SHT championship this month. Also worth noting are the nine international teams expected to be in attendance. Previously mentioned HC Hvezda Prague is a top program from the Czech Republic, and was the only non-Sweden based team in the ‘07 Division. Ukraine’s Sokol Kiev will compete in the ‘09 Division next weekend. The ‘08 Division — set to begin on Thursday — is the most diverse field of the tournament with 16 teams from seven different countries. In addition to the nine Sweden programs, Bartulus Hockey Club (Latvia), Barys (Kazakhstan), HC Hvezda Prague (Czech Republic), RUSS Moscow (Russia), two teams from Tappara (Finland) and Seacoast Spartans (United States).
Participating in international tournaments like SHT is becoming a bit more commonplace than before in youth hockey. Programs like the Czech Knights and Slovakia Stars had traveled abroad for historic events like Pee-Wee Quebec, and CSKA Moscow has made similar trips to the U.S. for iconic tournaments like the Motown Classic. North American winter teams have rarely returned the favor to travel across the Atlantic. However, with programs like Seacoast paving the way to compete at SHT, it could become a more common practice amongst top teams in the States.
Programs can spend thousands of dollars per person to partake in some of the cross-country road trips to elite showcases and popular tournaments. The cost for an East Coast team to shoot across the Atlantic can at the very least be comparable, if not cheaper than domestic travel to destinations like Nashville, Florida, Denver or the West Coast. Flights and hotels and food for a 17-man team, coaches and family members can add up quickly, only to spend the weekend in another run-of-the-mill hockey town. That same typical trip could be turned into an international experience filled with culture and competition against top European programs in exotic European cities.
The SHT continues on Thursday and throughout the rest of the month. World Hockey Hub will have exclusive coverage of the tournament on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to like and follow for more updates.
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It’s been a big year for C.J. Kier.
After being named World Hockey Hub’s Cover Athlete of the Year in January, he wrapped up a monster 16U season for his NorthStar Knights squad. A productive summer back home in Colorado has prepped Kier for the next chapter in his youth hockey career this fall; his first at the 18U age group.
The last few months have been a busy one for Kier. When the season wrapped up in March, his focus shifted. As a 2004-born goaltender, Kier was eligible for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft in May, as well as the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Draft in July. He also participated in the 2021 USA Hockey BioSteel Boy Select 17 Player Development Camp in June. On top of all that, Kier went back to work, training and refining his game with Matt Zaba of Mountain High Hockey.
“We worked a lot on small details of my game,” said Kier. “footspeed, reads, down-low plays. Working with Zabs has for sure been paying off as I feel I am ready to have a personal best season.”
When both junior league drafts concluded, 55 goaltenders’ names had been called. Just nine of them were ‘04s. Kier was unfortunately not among them. Additionally, when Team USA announced its final roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August, the Colorado native was not on the list.
Some may take that harsh news as discouraging, but Kier’s focus is much bigger than that.
“I got the opportunity to compete against some of the best goalies in the country for a spot on the U-18 USA team,” he said. “I didn’t make the team but overall had an amazing experience at the camp. To be able to not only go up against some of the best goalies in the country but also shooters was an absolute privilege to be a part of. Even though I did not make the team, I plan to keep working hard and hope to one day achieve my childhood dream of representing the red, white and blue overseas.”
It’s far from the end of the road for Kier. At just 17 years old, he’s playing a position that historically takes a bit longer to develop for junior hockey and beyond. Of the 50-plus goalies drafted in the USHL and NAHL this summer, 25 were coming off the heels of their final 18U season as ‘02s or their first season of junior hockey as a 19-year-old. Kier is set to begin his first 18U season this fall.
“We will be looking to win consecutive Dixon Cup championships,” he said. “I want to be a team-first guy and do whatever I can to get us wins. I’ll be working to make a name for myself and my organization this year for junior and college teams.”
NorthStar’s 18U program is the reigning North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) champion, and Kier will have big expectations as he steps into the net for a team looking to defend its title.
As far as junior hockey is concerned, Kier continues to build his hockey resume and master his craft every day in pursuit of the next level. Sharpening his skills with goalie coaches and making a name for himself at evaluation camps. Reminiscent of the old adage, ‘it’s better to be prepared for an opportunity that may never come rather than having an opportunity and not being prepared.’ A team in the USHL, NAHL or even the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) in Canada could soon be on the horizon for Kier.
“All I can do right now is focus on making myself better for the upcoming season and using my play this year to make one of these teams [in the future],” said Kier. “Right now, the focus is on this upcoming season. If I can do my job to my fullest potential, I am confident I will see myself in a high-level juniors league next season.”
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The CCM 68 Combine took place over the weekend in Chicago, with some of the best 2007-born Americans in attendance. It was the eighth consecutive year that 200×85 has hosted this illustrious event, with more than 150 past participants going on to make Division-I college commitments.
The combine keys in on the 14U age group, with scouts from major junior leagues as well as representatives from the U.S. National Team Development Program. Instructors at the combine included the director of the NTDP, Kevin Reiter, American Hockey League (AHL) head coach Seth Appert and two-time Stanley Cup winning assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Derek Lalonde.
Participants in the combine enjoyed an opening-night banquet where they received giveaways sponsored by CCM. The 68 players in attendance were then split into four balanced teams (Team Red, Team White, Team Black and Team Grey), including some of the top names in the age group like John Mooney, William Horcoff, Nic Whitehead, Teddy Mutryn and Cole McKinney, among several others.
Over the next three days, players took part in off-ice and on-ice combine testing that measured speed, strength, quickness and agility, while also competing in two practices and three games against fellow participants. Check out the tournament leaders below.
This is some of the most intense and competitive hockey you’ll see anywhere in the country at the 14U age group. It regularly serves as breeding ground for players bound for the USNTDP, and dozens of alumni from this combine have gone on to collegiate and professional careers. Notable past participants in this camp include current rising stars in the NHL like Cole Caufield, Trevor Zegras, Oliver Wahlstrom and Spencer Knight, as well as highly-touted college prospects like Red Savage, Dylan Duke and Ryan St. Louis. Current NTDPers like Rutger McGroarty, Seamus Casey and Hunter Brzustewicz have all competed at the CCM 68 in recent years as well.
For more information regarding the CCM 68, click HERE.
EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — World Hockey Group (WHG) and Total Package Hockey (TPH), in partnership with the Panthers IceDen, are proud to announce a ‘first-of-its-kind’ youth hockey tournament, the 2022 Champions League. This invitation-only event is the first and only youth hockey event to have international teams face off to decide one World Champion. Featuring 2008-born winter club teams from the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Russia, the Champions League will be hosted at the Panthers IceDen, from Dec. 28, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022.
“The idea of the Champions League is something that’s been on my mind for a long time,” said WHG’s Chief Executive Officer, Travis Bezio. “With the resources that we have in various countries around the globe, as well as working alongside TPH and its team, we were able to bring this vision to life.”
Similar to the Little League World Series in youth baseball, the Champions League will feature the absolute best youth hockey teams, from various countries, in a six-day spectacle set to take place in Coral Springs, Florida. Participating teams will be divided into groups for pool play. Groups will be composed of teams from various countries so that pool play provides unique, unparalleled international competition. After completing five preliminary-round games, teams will qualify for either the championship rounds or consolation rounds, based on in-pool standings. In the championship rounds, teams will compete in an elimination-style playoff, where the World Hockey Group and Total Package Hockey will award youth hockey’s first ever world champion.
“We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this world-class event,” said TPH’s Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Bowen. “At TPH, we strive to be the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes, and hosting the Champions League with World Hockey Group creates an opportunity to make a real impression on hockey families across the global hockey landscape.”
The state-of-the-art Panthers IceDen, the practice facility for the NHL’s Florida Panthers in Coral Springs, Florida, will be home to the Champions League this holiday season.
“We’re thrilled to host the first-ever 2022 Champions League Youth Tournament at Panthers IceDen,” said Panthers IceDen General Manager Keith Fine. “Our Coral Springs-based athletes and the South Florida community will have the opportunity to watch elite youth hockey talent compete from all over the world for this special weekend tournament.”
The Champions League runs parallel to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) under-20 world championships. With both events running simultaneously, the hockey world will now get to experience top-notch international competition at the amateur and youth levels at the same time.
“There’s nothing like this anywhere in youth hockey,” said Bezio. “There are many opportunities in the spring and summer to compete in international tournaments, but when it comes to in-season, winter club competition featuring Swedish versus American teams, Canadian versus Russian teams, Czech against Finnish teams, those matchups are extremely rare. The Champions League is designed to bring the top teams from around the world together for a week of the most competitive hockey you’ll find at the youth level.”
Currently, 16 teams have formally accepted invitations to the inaugural event, and any interested teams are welcome to apply at worldhockeyhub.com/champions-league.
The list of currently accepted teams are:
|Ak Bars (Russia)||Los Angeles Jr. Kings (United States)|
|CSKA Moscow (Russia)||Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers (United States)|
|Czech Knights (Czech Republic)||SDE Hockey (Sweden)|
|Dinamo Minsk (Belarus)||Seacoast Performance Academy (United States)|
|Dynamo Moscow (Russia)||SKA Yunost (Russia)|
|HoneyBaked (United States)||Tappara (Finland)|
|Kiekko-Espoo (Finland)||Toronto Jr. Canadiens (Canada)|
|Little Caesars (United States)||Windy City (United States)|
About World Hockey Group: The worldwide leader in youth hockey tournaments and events. World Hockey Group (WHG) provides more than two dozen unique events in exotic locations around the globe. The team at WHG is deeply involved in the youth hockey community, with an international presence in various countries including the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia and central Europe. WHG prides itself on providing world-class competition along with a first-class travel experience. Events like the Champions League and World Selects tournament series offer amazing opportunities abroad both on and off the ice for the entire family to enjoy.
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About Total Package Hockey: Founded in 2001, it is Total Package Hockey’s (TPH) vision to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through sport. TPH prides itself on operating at a standard that exceeds expectations of student-athletes, families, coaches, teachers, advisors and all other entities within both athletic and academic circles. With platforms that include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, TPH services over 10,000 student-athletes on an annual basis, throughout 15 U.S. based divisions.
About Panthers IceDen: The Florida Panthers IceDen is a community facility that hosts over 1 million annual guests in the tri-county area. Located in Coral Springs, Fla. the 125,000-square-foot facility is the official practice facility of the Florida Panthers. The Panthers IceDen is home to the Coral Springs Makos, Youth Hockey Leagues, Learn To Skate, Learn To Play as well as figure skating lessons, making it the perfect location to serve families in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. For more information on Panthers IceDen and its offerings, please visit PanthersIceDen.com or follow @PanthersIceDen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The Mini-Chowder Cup concluded on Sunday, crowning champions at the 2007- and 2008-birth years. This New England-based event is one of the highlights of summer hockey on the East Coast, with a series of tournaments for several age groups including the Mini (‘07 and ‘08), the Junior (‘05 and ‘06) and the classic, Senior Chowder Cup (‘01, ‘02, ‘03 and ‘04).
Sixty-six teams took the ice in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Friday. Boston Hockey Club won the 2008 Division and NorthStar Elite took the 2007 Division. Following its conclusion, tournament directors acknowledged some of the standouts from the weekend with its All-Tournament Teams.
After scoring six goals in the first four games of the tournament, Wiitala tacked on three more tallies in the playoffs for a total of 12 points in seven games. He saved his biggest performance for the biggest game of the weekend, scoring two goals and two assists, including the game-winner in NorthStar’s 5-4 overtime victory against Coaches’ Choice.
One of the more steady players throughout the tournament for Boston Hockey Club, Puglisi compiled one goal and six points through the first four games. He added three more points in the playoffs, as BHC rolled to a championship on Sunday courtesy of one of the largest goal differentials in the entire tournament at plus-41.
The Chowder Cup series continues on July 22nd, with the College and Junior-A Divisions taking center stage. Top prospects and teams are expected to be on-hand and World Hockey Hub will be on top of the action at the Senior-Chowder Cup. Be sure to connect with us on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook for the latest content!