The 2003 born age group has definitely given the public a great opportunity to see some incredible talent in the Alliance this season. After last year saw a bit of a down year for the association, this year has some top flight talent, some of which could make the jump directly from minor hockey to the OHL.
I started off by having more than 40 names on a list of potential candidates that needed to be dwindled down to 25. Once down to the magic number, there were still some players who I felt deserved mention that for the first time in four season, I will be including a number of players who make the “honourable mention” list.
As for the top 15, players ranked from 6-15 will be released on Thursday while the top five should be out on Friday, just in time for some 2nd period flood reading at the Marlies Holiday tournament.
2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns
2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 7-20-5 (10th Place)
2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1st round to Chatham-Kent Cyclones in 3 games
Currently riding the longest postseason drought in the Alliance, the Lambton Jr. Sting of this season will rely on plenty of new faces to try and secure their first playdown appearance since the 2014/15 season.
The 02 born team had a chance to break that streak. Led by top Alliance skater Blake Butler, the Jr. Sting were right there alongside Chatham and Kitchener battling for the final playdown spot. Unfortunately for the Jr. Sting, they hit a rough patch to end the year, winning only one of their final nine games to end up on the outside looking in. Continue reading →
2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Sun County Panthers in 5 games
2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 9-16-7 (9th Place)
2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1st round to Sun County Panthers in 4 games
Last season, the Minor Midget Chiefs were arguably the best team in the Alliance in the second half of the season. In this upcoming year, the chemistry of the team will be key to determine where they end up come playdown time.
The 2002 born group got off to a slower start to their season but as stated above, there wasn’t a hotter team down the stretch than Elgin. Elgin ended the year on an 8-2-3 run that catapulted them into the 6th spot, just a point out of 5th. A tough series against Sun County saw them fall in the opening round of the playdowns, but they would go on to win the consolation title over Waterloo. Rylan Bowers was the offensive leader for the Chiefs while first year player Michael McKnight shined. Mix in an underrated defense with Bryce Walcarius stealing the show in goal and the Chiefs were a team many overlooked in my opinion. Continue reading →