CSSHL Crowns Western League Champions
The Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) is Western Canada’s premier youth hockey league. It’s where countless Western Hockey League (WHL) and NCAA prospects develop before being drafted and making college commitments. With 26 schools and academies across eight Canadian provinces, the CSSHL is one of the most premier leagues in all of youth hockey.
Western championships concluded over the weekend, as a group of teams emerged victorious out of a deep field of talent. Action included a total of 94 teams skating across eight divisions, and only a few could be named top dogs of the 2021-22 season.
U15 Prep Western Champions: Delta Hockey Academy
The U15 groups featured a pair of firsts for the growing league. Delta Hockey Academy won its first-ever U15 Prep Western Championship with their 7-3 win over RINK Hockey Academy Kelowna on March 15.
Damian Kravcak posted a hat trick and an assist for Delta in the championship tilt, while teammate Chase Harrington logged two goals and four assists when it mattered most. Goaltender Armaan Kaila stopped 40 of the 43 shots sent his way.
The victory wrapped up a perfect 5-0 playoff performance for Delta; they beat Burnaby Winter Club 5-1, Pacific Coast Academy 1-0, RINK Winnipeg 4-1 and Edge School 5-4 before taking on RINK Kelowna in the title bout.
The leading scorers in the U15 Prep division didn’t reach the final. Noah Kosick of Pacific Coast Hockey Academy had a whopping 96 total points in 29 games, while Cole Reschny of Northern Alberta Xtreme had 92 in only 25 games. Graham Jones of RINK Winnipeg had 81 to round out the top three.
Reese Hamilton of NAX led all defensemen in scoring over the course of the season, racking up 54 points in 27 games.
Ryan Grout of NAX led in all of the major goaltending categories, turning in a 17-0-0 record, a 1.53 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and four shutouts on the season.
U16 Prep Western Champions: Northern Alberta Xtreme
For the third time in a row, Northern Alberta Xtreme captured the U16 Prep Western Championship.
This time around, they took down Edge School 7-2 in the final, thanks in large part to a two-goal, one-assist effort from Brock Souch and a one-goal, three-assist outing from Owen Berge.
Spencer Michnik stopped 27 of the 29 shots sent his way, which helped NAX keep the league’s two leading scorers – Terik Parascak (98 points in 34 games) and Miles Cooper (82 points in 33 games) to one assist total.
Berge led NAX in scoring over the course of the season, tying for third in the CSSHL with Ty Gordon of OHA Edmonton at 63 points total.
Hyde Davidson of NAX led all defensemen in league scoring with 36 points in 34 games.
Michnik registered some of the best numbers for goaltenders in the U16 age group, as he finished with a 15-3-0 record, a 1.58 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and four shutouts.
NAX was impressive from start to finish in the postseason. They first beat Pacific Coast Academy 6-1 before topping Burnaby Winter Club 5-3, RINK Winnipeg 7-2 and RINK Kelowna 7-3 before the final showdown with Edge.
U17 Prep Western Champions: Delta Hockey Academy
Delta Hockey Academy turned in a dominating performance in the U17 Prep Western Championship, beating St. George’s School by a score of 9-3.
Dominating is a good way to describe Delta’s sprint through the playoffs; the title game was the first postseason outing where they didn’t break double digits. Delta beat International 17-2, Okanagan White 17-3, Pilot Mound 10-3 and Okanagan Black 13-2 before seeing St. George’s in the final.
Miguel Marques registered two goals and two assists for Delta in the final. Those totals shouldn’t be a surprise; Marques led the league in scoring with a remarkable 116 points in 31 games.
Delta’s Jordan Gavin was just behind his teammate in league scoring, checking in at No. 2 with 105 points in 28 games. In fact, Delta forwards held the top three spots in the scoring race, as Tomas Mrsic had 98 points in 28 games.
Colton Roberts, meanwhile, had nine goals and 36 assists for 45 points in 31 games to lead all defensemen in scoring for Delta.
Delta’s goaltenders dominated the stats page, too. Noah Stenvig, who recorded 12 saves on 15 shots in the final, finished with a 2.32 goals-against average on the season. The only goaltender with a better mark there was teammate Darian Moberly, who had a 2.05 goals-against. The duo had only two regulation losses between them in the 2021-22 campaign.
The only goaltender to have a better save percentage than the Delta boys was Gabe Bergeron of Edge – he had a .921 save percentage, along with a 14-3-0 record, a 2.54 goals-against average and two shutouts.
U18 Prep Western Champions: BWC Academy
BWC Academy captured their first CSSHL U18 Prep Western Championship on March 20, beating Edge School in the final by a score of 6-3.
The win capped a perfect 5-0 run through the postseason for BWC.
In the final, the club demonstrated balanced scoring, as six different players found the back of the net. Charlie Tritt stopped 30 of the 33 shots sent his way to pick up the win between the pipes.
Luca Primerano led BWC in scoring with 58 points in 35 games over the course of the 2021-22 season.
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