Six teams, one berth. Don Mills Flyers, London Jr. Knights, Ottawa Senators, Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds, Toronto Young Nationals, Whitby Wildcats – who survives seven games in seven days and goes to Rivière-du-Loup?
Will the Grenadiers de Châteauguay get a second chance at gold, one year after triple-overtime heartbreak in the gold medal game, or will the Lions du Lac St-Louis advance to play for a record-tying fourth national championship?
The Calgary Buffaloes had the Alberta Midget Hockey League’s No. 1 offence and No. 1 defence, the runaway scoring leader in the league and a season-ending seven-game winning streak, helping them outlast four other teams.
For the first time since 2007 there is a new team atop the BCMML; the Cariboo Cougars allowed one goal or less in every game during a 13-game winning streak, and used the league’s best defence to end Vancouver NW’s reign.
The Winnipeg Wild posted 17 consecutive ‘W’s from Nov. 15 to Jan. 11, Jeremy Leipsic finished with a 21-point lead in the scoring race and the Wild rode the MMAAAHL’s best offence and defence to first place.
Few teams across the country were as dominant as the Moncton Flyers, who won their fourth consecutive NBPEIMMHL regular season title with a 31-1-1 record, two winning streaks of at least 11 games and a remarkable +104 goal differential.
The St. John’s Maple Leafs used 12 consecutive wins from Nov. 29 to Jan. 16, the No. 1 offence in the Newfoundland & Labrador Major Midget Hockey League and 10 of the league’s top 25 scorers to sit atop the regular season standings.
The Halifax McDonald’s started their season with 11 wins in the first 12 games to take an early lead atop the NSMMHL standings, but needed a shootout victory in their regular season finale to clinch first place for the second year in a row.
The New Liskeard Cubs went from worst to first in 2014-15, almost tripling their win total from nine to 25 thanks to the league’s best offence (161 GF) – led by four of the top five scorers in the GNML – and best defence (113 GA).
The defending Central Region champions – and this year’s regional hosts – the Toronto Young Nationals made it three straight regular season championships, helped by a 19-game unbeaten streak and just 43 goals against in 33 games.
The Windsor Jr. Spitfires strung together two winning streaks of at least 11 games and they iced the league’s top two scorers, helping them shake off back-to-back losses to open the season and top the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario standings.
The Ottawa Senators were simply dominant, losing only two of 28 games, scoring 53 more goals than any other team, allowing 28 fewer, finishing with a remarkable +101 goal differential and icing five of the OEMHL’s top eight scorers.
The defending OMHA champions made it consecutive ETA regular season titles; the Ajax/Pickering Raiders opened the season with 12 wins and a tie in their first 13 games, lost just two of 17 on home ice, and led the league in scoring.
The Brampton 45’s ran away with the SCTA regular season title; they went unbeaten on home ice, opened the season with an eight-game unbeaten streak, finished with a 10-game run and had the league’s No. 1 offence and defence.
Make it back-to-back regular season championships for the Commandeurs de Lévis, who had the No. 1 offence and No. 2 defence in the LHMAAAQ and were a perfect 9-0 in overtime and shootouts to comfortably sit atop the final standings.
Helped by a pair of seven-game winning streaks, an unbeaten record on home ice and two of the league’s top four scorers, the Tisdale Trojans survived a two-horse race atop the SMAAAHL, finishing one point ahead of Regina.
The Centre Premier Tech will welcome five regional champions from coast to coast when Rivière-du-Loup, Que., and the LHMAAAQ's Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame play host to Canada's 42nd National Midget Championship.