Let the games begin on the Road to the Esso Cup. The 67-day journey to Morden, Man., starts with 101 Midget teams, but only six will face off for a national championship.
When the 2016-17 season opened, 101 Midget teams had the opportunity to become national champions. Now, which teams remain?
With the MFMHL regular season in the rearview mirror, the host Pembina Valley Hawks have their sights set on the Esso Cup.
The St. Albert Slash ran away from the rest of the AFHL, opening with 13 straight Ws and winning the league by 26 points.
The Greater Vancouver Comets turned BCFMAAA into their playground, winning 29 of 30 games and allowing only 34 goals.
The race for the NSFMHL went down to the very last game, with Metro Boston Pizza claiming its seventh title in eight years.
Two-time defending West Region champions, the Saskatoon Stars cruised through the SFMAAAHL with a +122 goal differential.
Early-season success was key for the Mid Isle Wildcats, who started 12-0 to build a big lead they would never relinquish.
Led by high-scoring captain Ashton Bell, the Westman Wildcats won their final 18 games to finish atop the MFMHL standings.
Jennifer Botterill and Sami Jo Small, Manitobans and Olympic gold medallists, will speak at the Esso Cup awards banquet.
The puck drops April 23 in Morden, with the host Pembina Valley Hawks meeting the West Region champions in their opener.
Six teams will face off next spring for a national championship, and full-event packages are available for as low as $60.
The host Pembina Valley Hawks opened the season with a pair of wins, kicking off the 204-day road to the 2017 Esso Cup.