That’s Why They’re No. 1

Nov 29, 2022 | Peter Rossi

2011-born youth hockey team Toronto Jr. Canadiens celebrate winning the 2022 Playstation Platinum Cup AAA division.
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Top-Ranked Jr. Canadiens Win Gold at Playstation Platinum Cup

Last weekend, five teams from the 2011 birth year competed in Ontario, Canada, to take part in the 2022 Playstation Platinum Cup. 

The Toronto Jr. Canadiens proved why they are the No. 1 team in the world, going undefeated at 6-0-0. Also taking part were the Don Mills Flyers, York Simcoe Express, Burlington Eagles and Whitby Wildcats

Averaging 11 goals per game, the Jr. Canadiens had no issues piling the pucks into the net. They finished the tournament with a total of 51 goals while only allowing three against across their six games. Their closest game was a 3-1 victory over Don Mills during the first day of the tournament. 

During day two, Toronto shut out York Simcoe 7-0 and the Wildcats 13-0. A 6-1 win over the Eagles on day three was their fourth victory of the weekend. They would end their undefeated run with two wins on the final day of the tournament, a 17-1 rout of the Eagles and besting Don Mills 5-0 in the final game.

Across the board, all teams seemed to get into filling up the stat sheets at one point. The Flyers put up seven on Burlington. Then, the Eagles had a seven-goal outburst of their own against Whitby. There was a lone tie on the weekend, 3-3 between York Simcoe and the Wildcats. 

Not all games were offensive showcases. Don Mills and York Simcoe played two of the lowest-scoring and closest games of the tournament against one another, with each club getting a win. 

When looking at the Jr. Canadiens track record heading into the tournament, their success should come as no surprise. They have not only consistently held down the top spot among fellow Canadian teams, but have enjoyed the view at the top of the World Rankings for 2011-born programs since the season began. 

Success that has not only surrounded them in Canadian battles, but also in cross-border matchups against the top teams from the U.S. Victories over teams such as the No. 6 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, and No. 17 Chicago Reapers only stand as further testaments to the incredible talent the roster possesses. 

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