The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) season is winding down, much to the dismay of countless fans. This season has had plenty of highlights throughout action-packed matches across the League. As you know, the CHL is essentially made up of three leagues. These include:
As part of our Hockey Night section, there will be a CHL Playoff Preview next week. The Playoffs begin on March 23 for the WHL, with dates to be determined for the OHL and QMJHL. Let us take a look at some of the highlights of the CHL season so far.
With the CHL season heading into the playoffs, Jordan Kyrou was named this week’s Player of the Week. The Sarnia Sting center/right wing amassed 13 points in four games. This included eight assists and five goals for an absolutely stellar performance. Kyrou is also slated to be picked by the St. Louis Blues in the next NHL Draft.
The Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds currently lead the CHL Top Ten. In fact, the Greyhounds have had an awesome season this year, securing the top spot in the Western Conference of the OHL. Led by Coach Drew Bannister, the team had a streak of 23 consecutive wins between October 27, 2017, and January 4, 2018.
The OHL season comes to an end on March 18, 2018. However, the Greyhounds are hoping to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the OHL playoffs. Should they win, they will represent the League at the 2018 Memorial Cup, hosted by the Regina Pats of the WHL. This event takes place May 18-27, 2018, from the Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The 2017 CIBC Canada/Russia Series was also a great highlight from this season. It took place from November 6-16, 2017, with the CHL winning after a shootout at the end of game six. Dillon Dube of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets led the CHL with five points. The Russians had Alexey Polodyan leading their squad with three assists and three goals.
With the CHL regular season coming to an end, fans were treated to some spectacular fast-paced action. Now with the playoffs, the 2018 hosts – the Regina Pats – are looking to win their first Memorial Cup. However, this will be a tough battle with the winners of each respective league; OHL, WHL and QMJHL. Stay tuned; we will keep you posted on the Playoffs and projected winners next week.
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