Impressive. Dominant. Perfect. The Portage Terriers romped to their fifth MJHL title in the last eight years, becoming the first team since the Winnipeg South Blues in 1986 to win the league championship with losing a playoff game.
After 14 consecutive weeks atop the CJHL national rankings and a record-setting MJHL regular season, the Portage Terriers are off on the Road to the RBC Cup with their sights set on league, regional and national championships.
The Portage Terriers were fairly quiet as the CJHL national trade deadline came and went on Jan. 10, not surprising considering the RBC Cup hosts sit atop the MJHL standings with a 42-2-2 record, and hold down the No. 1 spot in the national rankings.
Canada’s National Junior A Championship will return to Manitoba for the second time in six years when Portage la Prairie welcomes the 2015 RBC Cup to the PCU Centre, with the MJHL’s Portage Terriers playing host in search their second national title.
The last three teams to hoist the RBC Cup – and eight of 10 – have come from the CJHL’s western leagues. Which two will emerge from a tough five-team field at the Western Canada Cup and book their trip to Portage la Prairie?
In the last three years, each league – the NOJHL, OJHL and SIJHL – has sent its champion to the RBC Cup. Who will make raise the Dudley Hewitt Cup and make the trip to Portage la Prairie this year as Central Region champions?
Pembroke in 2011. Woodstock in 2012. Summerside in 2013. Carleton Place in 2014. For four consecutive years, an East Region team has reached the RBC Cup final. Who puts their name on the Fred Page Cup and heads west?