Road to the 2018 TELUS Cup: Central Regional
Ajax-Pickering. Hawkesbury. Rockland. Sudbury. Toronto. Waterloo. Who will make the trip north?
Jason La Rose
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April 2, 2018
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Cinderella didn’t get an invite to the Central Regional – all six of the teams competing in Rockland, Ont., finished either first or second in the respective leagues in the regular season, including a quartet of titlists: the Rockland Nationals, Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves, Toronto Young Nationals and Waterloo Wolves went a combined 103-14-8.

The region has been among the most consistent in recent years, owning two gold medals, a silver and bronze since 2013, and a pair of previous national champions are in the field this year; Sudbury became the first Central team to hoist the TELUS Cup in 2008, while Toronto was Canada’s best in 2015.

The Nickel Capital Wolves are playing with house money in Rockland; they will host the TELUS Cup later this month, and will look to get two-thirds of the way towards their championship treble with a third regional crown in the last 11 years.

RECENT CHAMPIONS (TELUS CUP FINISH)
2017 – Mississauga Rebels (bronze medal)
2016 – North York Rangers (gold medal)
2015 – Toronto Young Nationals (gold medal)
2014 – Toronto Young Nationals (fourth place)
2013 – Ottawa Jr. 67’s (silver medal)

AJAX-PICKERING RAIDERS
OMHA CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 21-5-7 (2nd in OMHA-ETA)
Goals for: 148
Goals against: 78
Leading scorer: Jacob Winterton (33G 19A 52P)

Playoff record: 9-1-2
Goals for: 49
Goals against: 27
Leading scorer: unavailable

ROAD TO THE CENTRAL REGIONAL
ETA semifinals: defeated York Simcoe 3-1 (4-1, 5-0, 2-3, 3-2)
OMHA qualifying series: defeated Whitby 3-0 (4-1, 3-2, 8-2)
OMHA round-robin: 2-0-2 (first place) (tied Niagara North 4-4, tied Markham 4-4, defeated Oakville 4-3, defeated Whitby 3-2)
OMHA championship game: defeated Whitby 5-3

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

HAWKESBURY HAWKS
HEO REPRESENTATIVES

Regular season record: 27-11-3 (2nd in HEO)
Goals for: 146
Goals against: 88
Leading scorer: Brandon Brazeau (33G 16A 49P)

Playoff record: 4-2
Goals for: 15
Goals against: 14
Leading scorer: Yanic Crete (5G 3A 8P)

ROAD TO THE CENTRAL REGIONAL
Central hosting semifinal: defeated Kanata 2-0 (2-1 OT, 3-2 OT)
Central hosting final: lost to Rockland 2-0 (1-4, 2-4)
Central qualifying series: defeated Ottawa 2-0 (4-1, 3-2 OT)

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

ROCKLAND NATIONALS
HOST & HEO CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 36-2-3 (1st in HEO)
Goals for: 149
Goals against: 52
Leading scorer: Rocco Testa-Basi (24G 19A 43P)

Playoff record: 4-0
Goals for: 16
Goals against: 3
Leading scorer: Cameron Last (0G 8A 8P)

ROAD TO THE CENTRAL REGIONAL
Central hosting semifinal: defeated Nepean 2-0 (4-0, 4-1)
Central hosting final: defeated Hawkesbury 2-0 (4-1, 4-2)

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

SUDBURY NICKEL CAPITAL WOLVES
GNML CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 31-4-1 (1st in GNML)
Goals for: 195
Goals against: 83
Leading scorer: Tommy Vlahos (22G 27A 49P)

Playoff record: 6-1
Goals for: 21
Goals against: 14
Leading scorer: Mathew Dokis-Dupuis (4G 4A 8P)

ROAD TO THE CENTRAL REGIONAL
Semifinal: defeated Kapuskasing 3-0 (5-0, 3-2, 5-4 2OT)
GNML championship: defeated North Bay 3-1 (2-5, 2-1, 2-1, 2-1 OT)

Last national championship appearance: 2012 (sixth place)
Total national championship appearances: 5 (1987, 1994, 1998, 2008, 2012)

TORONTO YOUNG NATIONALS
GTHL CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 25-4-4 (1st in GTHL)
Goals for: 158
Goals against: 59
Leading scorer: unavailable

Playoff record: 12-1-2
Goals for: 63
Goals against: 26
Leading scorer: unavailable

ROAD TO THE CENTRAL REGIONAL
Quarter-final: defeated Markham 4-0 (4-1, 4-1, 4-1, 8-4)
Semifinal: defeated Toronto Titans 4-0-1 (3-1, 2-2, 6-1, 5-0, 5-2)
GTHL championship: defeated Vaughan 4-1-1 (4-2, 5-0, 4-4, 3-2, 3-4, 3-1)

Last national championship appearance: 2015 (gold medal)
Total national championship appearances: 4 (1976, 2001, 2014, 2015)

WATERLOO WOLVES
ALLIANCE CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 31-4-0 (1st in Alliance)
Goals for: 177
Goals against: 55
Leading scorer: Tyson Hillier (33G 21A 54P)

Playoff record: 9-1-2
Goals for: 60
Goals against: 23
Leading scorer: unavailable

ROAD TO THE CENTRAL REGIONAL
Quarter-final: defeated Kitchener 3-0 (7-0, 6-0, 5-1)
Semifinal: defeated Huron-Perth 3-0 (4-2, 6-2, 5-2)
Alliance championship: defeated Windsor 3-1-2 (4-4, 2-4, 7-1, 2-2, 6-2, 6-3)

Last national championship appearance: 2003 (fifth place)
Total national championship appearances: 1 (2003)

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Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
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Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
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