2019/20 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 13-14-6 (7th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Waterloo

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 20-8-4 (3rd Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Won Alliance Championship over London (2-3-1 at OHF Championships)

Coming off an Alliance championship and an appearance at the OHF championships, the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs have loaded up for a run at a Minor Midget Alliance Championship and an OHL Cup appearance.

The 2003 born Chiefs had one of the best runs in the league last year. At the All-Star weekend showcase in Woodstock, the Chiefs went 0-2-1 and it seemed like they were destined to miss the playdowns. Fast forward to the end of January and the Chiefs went on a 6-2-1 run to surge their way into the 7th seed in the postseason. Led up front by sniper Ryan Burke and speedy Eric Bertelsen, the Chiefs pushed Waterloo to the brink before falling in the deciding sixth game.

When it comes to the 04 year, this may be the deepest Chiefs team since the likes of Travis Konecny and Lawson Crowse wore the orange and white. The Chiefs have so much firepower up front that this team should be able to run three lines deep of offensive pressure. Go down the list of Hunter Haight, Owen Van Steensel, Maddox Amaral and Zander Veccia, all high end players. On top of that, the Chiefs added Brady Stonehouse from Chatham-Kent, who was their leading scorer last season. It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago, this team also had players like Brody Crane and Beau Jelsma on their roster too.

All the talk about the offense, but the defense can hold their own too. Wyatt Adkins leads the blue line with six returning players on defense and the addition of Jack Smith from a strong London seeded club. What the Chiefs have on their side on the blue line is size as six of their seven defense are listed at 5’10” or above. Marcus Vandenberg and Owen Willmore both return in net for the Chiefs with Vandenberg having lots of talk around what he could become this season.

I think the Chiefs are at the top of the Alliance and lead what could be a very strong top four of Waterloo, London, Hamilton and themselves. While it should be a good battle in February between Elgin and other teams for the Alliance championship, I’d be shocked if the Chiefs aren’t playing at the Scotiabank Pond during March Break 2020.

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