2016/17 Waterloo Wolves Season Preview

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2015/16 Minor Midget Record: 24-5-4 (2nd Place)

2015/16 Minor Midget Final Result: Beat London in 6 to win Alliance Championship (Advanced to OHL Cup)

2015/16 Major Bantam Record: 18-2-10 (3rd Place)

2015/16 Major Bantam Final Result: Lost in 6 to London in Alliance Championship

It has been three straight years that the Minor Midget Waterloo Wolves have hoisted the Alliance championship at year’s end and for yet another year, the Wolves look to be part of the elite in the league.

The 2000 age group was a very special one for the Waterloo Wolves. They were chalked full of talent, as is evident with the amount of players taken in the OHL Priority Selection Draft this past April. The Wolves had an electric offense with many different weapons to go along with some big body defensemen who played a very physical game. Oh yeah, not to mention the best goalie in the league in Nathan Torchia. Waterloo survived long series with both Kitchener and London last year to claim the Alliance title. While the result wasn’t what they hoped for, Waterloo was also the best showing Alliance team in the OHL Cup last season.

At the bantam level, the Wolves were once again incredibly successful. Battling with the likes of London and Cambridge all season long, Waterloo had to endure a tough eight game series against the Hawks in order to land a spot in the Alliance championship. The Wolves came out ahead, but one would have to wonder how much that took out of the team as they ran out of gas against the Jr. Knights in the finals.

Heading into the upcoming season, many of the familiar faces are back. Captain Keean Washkurak is a consensus top five forward in the Alliance and should be counted upon for a big season. Forwards Cal Christner, Jake Code and Brayden Krieger will also contribute on the offensive end. The defense will be led by Nathan Allensen, arguably the smoothest blue liner in the league. Justin Taylor and Gavin Wood also join the club, coming over from the Jr. Rangers. Cy Martin will once again backstop the club and he carried the team during the playdowns last season. Riley McCabe joins Martin after playing last season with the Guelph Jr. Gryphons team.

While not overflowing with high end talent as last year’s team was, the Wolves are still full of talented players and with a proven system in place. With the Waterloo coaching staff, don’t be surprised to see Waterloo as one of the final teams standing at the end of the year.

2016/17 Waterloo Wolves Roster

Riley McCabe

Cy Martin

Nate Allensen

Tyler Tobin

Josh Schindler

Tate Hilliard

Justin Taylor

Gavin Wood

Cal Christner

Keean Washkurak

Jake Code

Kurtis Goodwin

Brayden Krieger

Jonah White

Josh Martin

Griffin Wilson

Tyson Hillier

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