Monday, 8 April 2013

Canes Prospect Olynek Off to Telus Cup

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2011 draft pick Kolten Olynek and the Saskatoon Contacts are headed back to the 2013 TELUS Cup.

Olynek and his teammates return to Canada’s Midget-AAA Championship after shutting out the Thunder Bay Kings 3-0 on Sunday to win the Western Regionals for the second straight year.

The Contacts dropped the opener of the tournament 4-3 to the Kings on Thursday before running the table to claim the title. Friday, the Contacts won 3-1 over host Kenora and followed that up with a 4-1 win over Winnipeg on Saturday. Olynek wrapped up the tournament with 4 points (2G, 2A) in the 4 games played and now Saskatoon will be looking to improve on last year’s Bronze Medal when the puck drops on the TELUS Cup later this month.

The Contacts last won the national championship in 2005 and if they can win it all again this year, it will mark the third straight year a Lethbridge Hurricanes prospect has won the tournament. Last year, Joel Topping won it all with Red Deer, and in 2011 it was Adam Henry with the Winnipeg Thrashers.

The 2013 TELUS Cup also features the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs, Sault North Stars, Ottawa Jr. 67’s and Valley Wildcats. The only berth left to be decided is in Quebec. The tournament takes place in Sault Ste. Marie, ON from April 22nd – 28th.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)