November 16, 2018, Mississauga, ON — More than bragging rights will be on the line at the 2018 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge in Quinte West next week.
The event serves as a player identification event for the coaching staff from Team Canada East for their yearly selection camp and subsequent entry into next month’s World Junior A Challenge.
NHL scouts will also be watching closely. Five players taking part are on NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List as a prelude to the 2019 NHL Draft.
The eighth annual all-star showcase event is being hosted for the fourth time by the Ontario Junior Hockey League and will take place from November 19-21 at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Community Gardens, home of the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL.
The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), in partnership with the City of Quinte West and in conjunction with the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Maritime Hockey League (MHL), Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and Quebec Junior Hockey League (QJAAAHL), is hosting the 12-team event.
Bonnyville, Alta. will host the World Junior A Challenge for the second time in three from Dec. 9-15, 2018. Team Canada East head coach Patrice Bosch (Granby, QJAAAHL), director of operations Chris Vanstone (OJHL) and their staff will be assessing players during the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge. Invites will be given to Team Canada East’s selection camp Dec. 3-5 at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto.
Five players taking part in the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge are on the updated NHL Draft Players to Watch List released Monday. Representing the OJHL will be Ty Glover (Buffalo), Kosta Manikis (Stouffville), Eric Ciccollni (Toronto Jr. Canadiens) and Zach Uens (Wellington). John Beaton of the CCHL’s Kemptville 73’s is the other player on the list.
The 240 players on the 12 all-star teams taking part in the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge will compete in a tournament format that will consist of four teams from the OJHL and two teams from each of the CCHL, QJAAAHL, MHL and NOJHL. A total of 21 games will be played to determine the champion. Teams will play modified two-period games in a round-robin with quarter finals, semi-finals and a championship game. Teams will be awarded three points for the win, two points for the overtime win and one point for the overtime loss.
The QJAAAHL’s St. Louis squad defeated Team CCHL Red in last year’s final.
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 five leagues to play in front of scouts from all over the hockey world – including the NHL, NCAA, CHL and U Sports.
Ticket packages are now on sale for the event. Single Day passes cost only $10, while three-day passes are available for only $25. Children under 18 are $5. Purchases for all passes are available on line at https://tickets.trentongoldenhawks.ca/ Tickets will also be available at the door.
The tournament was created as a competitive alternative to the annual league All-Star Games and debuted in 2011, hosted by the CCHL’s Smiths Falls Bears.
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.
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Ontario Junior Hockey League
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