Road to the 2018 TELUS Cup: West Regional
Will it be Kenora, Notre Dame, Thunder Bay or Winnipeg that waves the West banner in Sudbury?
Jason La Rose
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April 5, 2018
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One year before it welcomes the nation at the 2019 TELUS Cup, Thunder Bay is hosting the best in the west for the regional tournament, with three of the most decorated teams from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario part of the field.

The Notre Dame Hounds are one of only three teams to win Canada’s National Midget Championship on four occasions, the host Thunder Bay Kings are two-time national champions and perennial participants in the West Regional, and the Winnipeg Wild are back for the third year in a row and sixth time in seven years, although they continue to search for their first regional title.

West remains the most successful region since the start of the six-team format in 1984, winning 16 gold medals – more than double any other region – but it hasn’t claimed the national title since 2014. The three-year drought is the longest for West teams since a four-year championship-less run from 1989-1992.

RECENT CHAMPIONS (TELUS CUP FINISH)
2017 – Regina Pat Canadians (fourth place)
2016 – Saskatoon Contacts (sixth place)
2015 – Regina Pat Canadians (bronze medal)
2014 – Prince Albert Mintos (gold medal)
2013 – Saskatoon Contacts (fourth place)

KENORA THISTLES
HNO REPRESENTATIVES

Regular season record: 23-20-5 (10th in MMAAAHL)
Goals for: 151
Goals against: 184
Leading scorer: Dylan Winsor (20G 30A 50P)

Playoff record: 0-3
Goals for: 6
Goals against: 12
Leading scorer: Cooper Witherspoon (2G 1A 3P)

ROAD TO THE WEST REGIONAL
HNO championship: lost to Thunder Bay 3-0 (3-7, 1-2, 2-3 OT)

Last national championship appearance: 2004 (fourth place)
Total national championship appearances: 1 (2004)

NOTRE DAME HOUNDS
SMAAAHL CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 39-2-3 (1st in SMAAAHL)
Goals for: 195
Goals against: 67
Leading scorer: Luke Mylymok (32G 29A 61P)

Playoff record: 9-0
Goals for: 38
Goals against: 14
Leading scorer: Brad Morrissey (5G 12A 17P)

ROAD TO THE WEST REGIONAL
Quarter-final: defeated Saskatoon Blazers 3-0 (4-1, 8-0, 4-2)
Semifinal: defeated Swift Current 3-0 (5-2, 4-1, 4-3)
SMAAAHL championship: defeated Prince Albert 3-0 (3-1, 3-2, 3-2)

Last national championship appearance: 2010 (gold medal)
Total national championship appearances: 10 (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 2009, 2010)

THUNDER BAY KINGS
HOST & HNO CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 7-10-1 (NAPHL) & 12-3-1 (LJHL)
Goals for: 127
Goals against: 88
Leading scorer: Jacob Anttonen (16G 17A 33P)

Playoff record: 3-0
Goals for: 12
Goals against: 6
Leading scorer: Michael Vecchio (2G 3A 5P)

ROAD TO THE WEST REGIONAL
HNO championship: defeated Kenora 3-0 (7-3, 2-1, 3-2 OT)

Last national championship appearance: 1997 (gold medal)
Total national championship appearances: 8 (1975, 1976, 1985, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997)

WINNIPEG WILD
MMAAAHL CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 41-5-2 (1st in MMAAAHL)
Goals for: 325
Goals against: 107
Leading scorer: Kyle Bettens (40G 55A 95P)

Playoff record: 9-1
Goals for: 42
Goals against: 21
Leading scorer: Kyle Bettens (6G 8A 14P)

ROAD TO THE WEST REGIONAL
Quarter-final: defeated Central Plains 3-1 (5-2, 1-4, 3-2, 8-3)
Semifinal: defeated Winnipeg Thrashers 3-0 (4-1, 8-2, 5-4)
MMAAAHL championship: defeated Brandon 3-0 (2-0, 2-1, 4-2)

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

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

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