Five junior A leagues to participate in an all-star tournament
September 14, 2017, Mississauga, ON – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), in partnership with the City of Quinte West and the Trenton Golden Hawks, have announced that the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge will be hosted at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Community Gardens in Trenton, ON., from November 13th to November 15th, 2017. The Duncan McDonald Memorial Community Gardens is the home of the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL and has played host to the 2017 Winter Showcase as well as the 2017 Dudley-Hewitt Cup.
The Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge is one of the premier Junior A hockey events in the country and provides tremendous exposure for the top prospects of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Junior Hockey League (CCHL), Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Quebec Junior Hockey League (QJHL) and the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) to play in front of scouts from all over the hockey world – including the NHL, NCAA, CHL and Canadian universities and colleges.
Additionally, it also serves as a player identification event for the coaching staff for Team Canada East in player selection for the yearly training camp and subsequent entry in to the World Junior A Challenge.
“On behalf of the 5 CJHL leagues I want to express our appreciation to the City of Quinte West for their support of the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge”, stated Marty Savoy, Commissioner, OJHL. This event is one of the largest All Star events in all of Junior hockey and to be able to partner with a community like Quinte West allows for the opportunity for all of us to deliver a great experience for not only the close to 200 elite Junior hockey players but also the great fans in this area of Ontario.”
Ten all-star teams will compete in a tournament format that will consist of 4 teams from the OJHL, 2 teams for the CCHL and QJHL respectively, and 1 team each from the MHL and NOJHL. A total of twenty seven games will be played to determine the champion with each team playing a modified two period game in a round robin, quarter final, semi-final and championship game. Teams will be awarded 3 points for the win, 2 points for the overtime win and 1 point for the overtime loss.
”The City of Quinte West is pleased to be partnering with the OJHL on this prestigious event offering youth the tremendous opportunity to showcase their talent and gain valuable industry exposure,” said Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison. “In the process, it will provide excellent hockey action for our residents and visitors. We are very excited to be a player in this annual event.”
Game and ticket information for the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge will be announced in the coming weeks along with other event details such as sponsors, rosters and coach announcements.
About the OJHL – “League of Choice”
The Ontario Junior Hockey League is the largest Junior ‘A’ league operating under the auspices of the Canadian Junior Hockey League with 22 member clubs. A proud member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and Ontario Hockey Association, the OJHL was originally named the Ontario Provincial Junior ‘A’ Hockey League and it was formed out of the Central Junior ‘B’ Hockey League in 1993-94. With a long and storied history of developing players for the next level, including the CIS, NCAA, CHL, Minor Pro ranks and the NHL, the OJHL had more than 135 commitments in 2015-16, including 52 NCAA Division I scholarships.
About The City of Quinte West
The City of Quinte West is situated on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Quinte. Located directly along the Highway 401 corridor between Toronto and Ottawa, over 43,000 people make Quinte West their home. Quinte West’s natural setting, with its pleasant mix of both urban and rural landscapes; access to the water, trails and recreational activities; and plenty of special events and attractions, make Quinte West the ideal place to live, work or visit.
For more information on the Ontario Junior Hockey League, please visit www.ojhl.ca.