2018/19 Hamilton Huskies Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 5-23-5 (12th Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 4-26-2 (12th Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1st round to Huron-Perth Lakers in 3 games

A last place finish in 2017/18, the Hamilton Huskies will try to secure yet another year over year improvement to stay out of the basement of the league once again.

Nobody can deny it was a tough year for the 2002 born Hamilton Huskies last season. A team that saw plenty of change from the year before, the Huskies were shocking lots of people at the September Showcase as they undefeated over the weekend including a win over the London Jr. Knights. That success was short lived and the team finished in last place with 15 points.

The bantam squad from a year ago kind of had a similar start to their year. Following a one win season at Minor Bantam, the Huskies won two of their first three games of the season before falling back down to earth and finishing in 12th once again and winning just two of their final 29 games.

There will be lots of questions when Hamilton begins their season in a couple of weeks. Jacob Bramwell returns as arguably the top skater on the team and will lead the defense that includes four newcomers to the team. The forwards remain fairly in tact from last season with Nicholas Wereha trading in his Jr. Bulldogs gold and black for the Huskies red and white.

One of the reasons this Hamilton team intrigues me is in goal as 2004 born netminder Riley George makes his way up a year to join the team. George played for the 04 Huskies last year, a team that dominated the Alliance and was ranked by some as a top 5 team in the province. Michael Raffay joins George in goal as Hamilton goes brand new in net.

It’s hard to make a case that Hamilton will be able to improve drastically enough that they will gain a playdown position. I don’t expect them to regress, but a similar season to last could be in the books. I’ve seen many players play a year up and have success, but this will be my first experience seeing a goaltender play with some older players. George comes from a winning program so it’ll be interesting to see the impact he makes on the team. If George is a difference maker, this season could be a whole new ballgame at the Chedoke Arena.

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