2014 TELUS Cup
Outshot 40-14, the Halifax McDonald’s managed to earn a single point in a tie with Moose Jaw, and they have their goaltender to thank for it. Justin Ritcey made 38 saves, many of the spectacular variety, and is a worthy No. 1 on the 3 Stars of the Day.
Before he tended goal for the Montreal Canadiens, before he won gold with Canada at the World Juniors, before he won a Memorial Cup with the Spokane Chiefs, Dustin Tokarski helped the Prince Albert Mintos hoist the TELUS Cup in 2006.
Four years before he was a first-round selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Brian Propp was a 16-year-old star forward with Yorkton Parkland, helping his team reach the 1975 Wrigley Cup in Oshawa, Ont.
Before they were NHL defencemen with the Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers, respectively, Eric Gryba and Luke Schenn patrolled the blue-line of the Saskatoon Contacts and won a national championship in Gatineau, Que.
On April 26, the night before the TELUS Cup is handed out, Chad Brownlee – a CCMA Award winner, Juno Award nominee and 2003 third-round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks – will take the stage at the Moose Jaw Curling Club.
Which team has won the most National Midget Championships? Which team scored the most goals in a game? How many TELUS Cup alumni have played in the NHL? Get all the answers in the official TELUS Cup Guide & Record Book.
The host Generals saved the best for last in their TELUS Cup opener, getting goals from Dawson Davidson and Ben Verrall 57 seconds apart midway through the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and earn a tie with the Macs.
Special teams was key for the Grenadiers and Rockets; both teams scored once on the power play and Okanagan added a goal shorthanded as the teams skated to a draw to open their TELUS Cup schedules at Mosaic Place.
Dakota Boutin, Teal Sobkowicz, Lance Yaremchuk and Keegan Kjargaard scored goals, and Connor Ingram made 30 saves, helping the Mintos to the first win at the 2014 TELUS Cup, beating the Young Nationals in the tournament opener.
The long wait is almost over for the Generals; after a 45-day layoff thanks to a first-round elimination in the SMAAAHL playoffs, Moose Jaw is back on the ice at Mosaic Place as TELUS Cup hosts.
A return to the McDonald’s name meant a return to Canada’s National Midget Championship for Halifax, which is back at the tournament for the fifth time ever, more than any team in this year’s field.
The Grenadiers used the No. 1 offence in the LHMAAAQ and a 5-0 playoff overtime record to earn their second TELUS Cup berth ever, and the opportunity to end Quebec's longest TELUS Cup drought ever.
Owners of a 17-4-2 postseason record, the Young Nationals will look to become the first team from Canada's largest city to win a gold medal in the history of Canada's National Midget Championship.
The lone team in Moose Jaw to have previously won the TELUS Cup - in 2006 and 2007 - the Mintos are on the second-longest winning streak in National Midget Championship history, 14 games and counting.
The #MarchtoMooseJaw is compete for the Rockets, who beat the five-time defending BCMML champions, and the two-time defending TELUS Cup champions, both on the road, to book their trip to Saskatchewan.
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2014 TELUS Cup: PA 1 - CHA 1
Apr 22, 2014
Goaltending stole the show as the Mintos and Grenadiers tied.
2014 TELUS Cup: MJ 3 - OKA 3
Apr 22, 2014
Another tie for both the Generals and Rockets, this time a 3-3 game.
2014 TELUS Cup: TOR 3 - HFX 0
Apr 22, 2014
Longo a marqué deux fois pour procurer un premier gain aux Young Nationals.
2014 TELUS Cup: CHA 3 - OKA 4
Apr 21, 2014
Special teams was key as the Rockets and Grenadiers skated to a tie.
2014 TELUS Cup: HFX 2 - MJ 2
Apr 21, 2014
The Generals scored twice in the third period to earn the draw.
2014 TELUS Cup: PA 4 - TOR 1
Apr 21, 2014
Four different players scored to give the Mintos the first win.
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