It is down to the final six as the top midget hockey teams from across Canada are in Moose Jaw, SK competing at the 2014 TELUS Cup.
The Moose Jaw Generals (hosts) are joined by the Regional Champions – Prince Albert Mintos, Okanagan Rockets, Toronto Young Nationals, Grenadiers de Chateauguay and Halifax McDonald’s.
The Prince Albert Mintos, who won back to back titles in 2006 and 2007 are the only previous champion competing and will rely on that previous experience once again. PA hosted the West Regional Championship and finished with a 2-1 record. They were shutout by Notre Dame 4-0 in their final round robin game only to face Notre Dame in the Championship which they won 4-3 to book their ticket to the TELUS Cup.
Mintos Forward Kody White was drafted by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 11th round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and he finished the season with 23 points (9G, 14A) in 44 games. The 17-year old then added a goal and an assist in the playoffs.
The “March to Moose Jaw” has been anything but an easy one for the Pacific Regional Champion Okanagan Rockets.They knocked off the always tough Vancouver NW Giants to win the BC league and then took out the two-time defending TELUS Cup Champion Red Deer Chiefs in the Pacific Regional. After taking the first game 3-1, the Chiefs responded with a 7-1 thrashing in game 2. In the third and deciding game, Hurricanes prospect Tanner Browne tied the game in the final minutes sending it to overtime which the Rockets would win 3-2. That thrilling win ended the playoff run for the Chiefs and it also booked their first ever spot in the national championship for Okanagan. Browne tallied 22 points (5G, 17A) in 40 regular season games with the Rockets.
(Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)