Chris Gerrie had two goals and assists, Colton Bobyk and Chase Thudium had a goal and a helper apiece and the Chiefs advanced to defend their gold by beating the Contacts in the semifinals for the second year in a row.
Ryan Kuffner and Matthew Hudson had a goal and an assist each to lead the offence, and Elias Rizk added two helpers as the Jr. 67’s became the first team from the nation’s capital to reach the gold medal game since 1978.
How do you pick just one? The Red Deer Chiefs offence got goals from five different players and points from 10, winning their second consecutive national championship and taking, as a group, the No. 1 spot on the TELUS Cup 3 Stars of the Day.
Morgan Rielly and Sam Reinhart. One was a top-five pick in last year’s NHL Entry Draft and one is projected to go in the top five next year. Both are Team Canada and TELUS Cup alumni, and both are among the future stars of Canada’s game.
From shutdown defenceman to league-leading scorer, from a trip to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge to a return engagement with the Saskatoon Contacts at the TELUS Cup, it has been quite a season for Vukie Mpofu.
One year ago, as a member of the host Leduc Oil Kings, Jody Sick watched as the Red Deer Chiefs hoisted the TELUS Cup. This year, Sick gets a second chance at a national championship, this time with his hometown team.
2013 WJAC: CZE 1 - RUS 3
Andrei Kuzmenko scored the game-winner midway through the third period.
2013 NWU18C: Inspiring dreams
Team Canada meet and greet inspires dreams
2013 Esso Cup: HST 1 - QUE 5
Host vs. Quebec at the 2013 Esso Cup in Burnaby, B.C.
2013 Esso Cup: PAC 4 - ATL 1
Pacific vs. Atlantic at the 2013 Esso Cup in Burnaby, B.C.