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TELUS CUP REGIONALS in Morden, Manitoba April 1-4, 2010
Sunday April 5th
SWIFT CURRENT TO HOST PRESTIGIOUS MIDGET AAA HOCKEY TOURNAMENT APRIL 2009
Swift Current, SK - Swift Current will host the Western Regional Midget AAA Telus Cup Qualifier tournament in April 2009, announced Home Hardware Legionnaire General Manager Jim Dekowny at a press conference earlier today.
The Western Regional Midget AAA Qualifier is the precursor to the prestigious Telus Cup Nationals held each spring.
This will be the first time the tournament has been held in Swift Current, SK in the celebrated 75-year history of the Legionnaires. The city was chosen from a field of seven other applications to host this major event.
"After setting forth the host criteria, it was decided to award the 2009 Regional Qualifier to the Swift Current Legionnaires," announced SMAAAHL President Lloyd Friesen. "Their detailed submission carried support from many different agencies throughout the community. We are looking forward to a very successful event in Swift Current."
The bid committee, a co-operative effort between the Swift Current Broncos and the Home Hardware Legionnaires, was comprised of Larry Johnson (Legionnaires President), Kent Woods (Legionnaires Head Coach), Jim Dekowny (Legionnaires General Manager), Marc Habscheid (Legionnaires Alumni) and Dean Chynoweth (Swift Current Broncos Head Coach/General Manager).
"Swift Current, and the Province of Saskatchewan, have a reputation for excellence in hosting large-scale events of this nature," comments Legionnaires General Manager Jim Dekowny. "We are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to showcase our facilities and hospitality, and are confident this event will be the first of many held in the new iPlex."
Participating teams include the host team Swift Current Legionnaires and the AAA league champions from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario.
The Saskatchewan Hockey Association is pleased to hear that the SMAAAHL has chosen the Swift Current Legionnaires to serve as the host of the 2009 Telus Cup Regional Championship. The City of Swift Current and Swift Current Minor Hockey have a terrific history of hosting Regional events such as Western Female Midget AAA Championship in 2007 and a World Under 17 Regional Event in 1997. The Telus Cup Regional has proved to be a tremendous event each time it is hosted in Saskatchewan due to the exhaustive work of volunteers in the host community. The Saskatchewan love of hockey truly comes through as the event is extremely well attended and the financial legacy the event leaves behind in the community ensures minor hockey programs continue to prosper for years to come. The SHA looks forward to working with the host committee in Swift Current and we are confident that they will put on the best event they possibly can.
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The committee acknowledged the support of the community as integral to the success of their event bid.
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PRINCE ALBERT MINTOS OFF TO TELUS CUP WHICH STARTS MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007
Red Deer Optimist Rebels 2 - Prince Albert Mintos 3
Sunday, April 29, 2007
PREVIEW: ONE GAME, WINNER-TAKE-ALL - MINTOS AND OPTIMIST REBELS MEET WITH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE
After 15 round robin games and two semi-finals, it all comes down to two teams, one game, and one prize: the 2007 TELUS Cup. The Prince Albert Mintos and the host Optimist Rebels are the final two teams standing in Red Deer, and one will walk out of the Enmax Centrium on Sunday night as the national Midget champion.
When the teams clashed in the round robin on Thursday night, the result was arguably the best game of the preliminary round. The Mintos snapped Marc Boulanger’s shutout streak at 207:34, the Optimist Rebels’ home winning streak at 27 games, and walked out of Red Deer Arena with a 2-0 victory.
With the TELUS Cup’s Top Goaltender (Carsen Chubak), Top Defensive Player (Lewis Laczko) and Top Forward (Tyler Fiddler), the Mintos are strong from the goal line out. Prince Albert has the tournament’s best powerplay and penalty killing, meaning the Optimist Rebels will need to try to keep the game 5-on-5 if they look to grab a lead and hold it against the Mintos.
The Mintos allow a lot of shots on goal - 172, third among the four semi-final teams - and that is where Chubak comes in. He was spectacular against Red Deer in the round robin, stopping all 25 shots, becoming just the second goaltender in 50 games in 2006/07 to shut out the Optimist Rebels.
Red Deer had almost everything in the round robin: the highest-scoring offense, the stingiest defense, the hometown crowd. The only thing missing was a perfect record and first place, something the Mintos took away from them. Expect the Optimist Rebels to come out hungry, fired up, and looking for revenge.
While Prince Albert may have the tournament’s best penalty killing statistically, the Optimist Rebels have been arguably the best team at this year’s TELUS Cup when shorthanded. Red Deer has scored six shorthanded goals in as many games, and allowed only four powerplay goals in 43 opposition opportunities. The top-ranked Prince Albert powerplay will be looking to improve their man advantage numbers, but need to watch out for a potential scoring chance the other way.
A 13-game winning streak at the National Midget Championship - they went 7-0 in Charlottetown, PE last year en route to their first national title - along with their win over the Optimist Rebels on Thursday means the Mintos should be considered favourites to win their second consecutive TELUS Cup. But with an expected crowd of close to 6,000 people, many of them cheering for the home team, anything can happen.
Prince Albert Mintos 2 - Vancouver NW Giants 1
Monday, April 23
MINTOS HOLD OFF GIANTS
By Kelsie Fraser
The defending champions got the 2007 TELUS Cup started off on the right foot as the Prince Albert Mintos topped the Vancouver North West Giants 2-1 on Monday afternoon in Red Deer, AB.
The Mintos opened the scoring early in the first on a powerplay goal by Jadon Potter, and pushed the lead to two when Brant Henry-Norton capitalized on a bad giveaway by Giants goaltender Kyle Nielsen.
After the second goal, Giants goaltender Graeme Gordon stepped in to replace Nielsen and was solid the rest of the way, not allowing a puck to cross the goal line.
The Giants almost got on the board in the second after a giveaway by Mintos goaltender Jordan Washburn, but the open net was missed and the score remained 2-0 for Prince Albert through 40 minutes.
Gordon was peppered with shots early in the third but managed to hold his team to only a 2-0 deficit.
Aaron Klatt got the Giants to within one at 2-1, scoring with 1:33 remaining on the clock, but the Pacific representatives could not get another puck past Washburn.
The Mintos may have picked up the win, but they feel it definitely wasn’t their best effort. “We came out a little rusty and that’s one thing that we will really need to improve on for our next game,” said the Mintos’ Lewis Laczko, a member of Prince Albert’s 2006 championship team.
Laczko was named Player of the Game for the Mintos, while Graeme Gordon earned the honour for the Giants.
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 1 - Prince Albert Mintos 3
Tuesday, April 24
BIG THIRD PERIOD LEADS MINTOS OVER BLIZZARD
Special teams can make or break a game, but in Tuesday night’s match-up between the Prince Albert Mintos and the Séminaire St-François Blizzard, they played a huge part in a 3-1Mintos win.
Despite taking 14 minor penalties and being outshot 35-26, Prince Albert managed to come away with the victory.
After the first 20 minutes the game remained scoreless, but with numerous opportunities on the powerplay for each team.
The Blizzard broke the deadlock early in the second period, as Michael Trudel converted on a powerplay.
But Prince Albert’s Tommy Brown rallied back to even the score close to the midway point of the second, another powerplay marker.
Despite being outshot 31-9 through 40 minutes, the Mintos refused to quit, and took the lead on another powerplay goal, this one coming off the stick of Ryan Fox.
They extended their lead to 3-1 just 53 seconds later as Lewis Laczko picked up the insurance marker
Along with special teams, goaltending also played a gigantic role. Carson Chubak of Prince Albert was peppered with shots early on in the game but managed to keep his team in it long enough for their offense to come alive.
In the dying minutes of the game he came up with a huge glove save to keep the score at 3-1, and thwart a possible Blizzard comeback.
“Obviously special teams are important, but our goaltender stood on his head and he is a big reason why we won,” said Mintos captain Tommy Brown following the win.
Chubak earned Player of the Game for the Mintos, while David Savard was received the honour for Séminaire St-François.
Prince Albert Mintos 3 - St. John's Maple Leafs 2
Wednesday, April 25
MINTOS GET SCARE IN WIN OVER MAPLE LEAFS
The Prince Albert Mintos remained perfect at the 2007 TELUS Cup, but just barely, after a tight 3-2 win over the St. John’s Maple Leafs on Wednesday afternoon at Red Deer Arena. The loss dropped the Atlantic Region champions to 0-3.
Brandon Herrod scored the winner for the Mintos midway through the final period, firing a shot short-side past Maple Leafs goaltender Kyle Downer, who made 29 saves in a losing cause.
Although Prince Albert came away with the win and ran their winning streak at the National Midget Championship to 10 games, dating back to 2006, head coach Tim Leonard says he has yet to see the best from his team at this year’s tournament.
“We sure want to live on the edge it seems,” Leonard said following the game. “We’re just not ourselves here, and we’re going to have to figure it out pretty quick. We’re 3-0, but we’re not happy with the way we’ve played.”
Travis Statchuk opened the scoring for Prince Albert, converting a beautiful set-up from Player of the Game Tyler Fiddler just past the midway point of the opening 20 minutes.
The lead as stretched to 2-0 early in the second period after Brennan Wrigley redirected a Tommy Brown shot past Downer. Brown’s shot was going well wide, but Wrigley was able to get the shaft of his stick on the puck.
Vincent Paiement got the Maple Leafs on the board three minutes after Wrigley’s marker, picking the top corner over the glove of Mintos goaltender Jordan Washburn, who stopped 23 shots.
Chad Earle, who was named his team’s Player of the Game, tied it for St. John’s early in the final period before Herrod got the winner for the West Region champions.
The Mintos face their biggest test yet on Thursday night, when they face the host Red Deer Optimist Rebels, while the Maple Leafs travel to Olds, AB on Thursday to face the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars.
Red Deer Optimist Rebels 0 - Prince Albert Mintos 0
Thursday, April 26
PREVIEW: UNBEATEN VS. UNBEATEN - OPTIMIST REBELS TAKE ON MINTOS
The 2007 TELUS Cup round-robin’s marquee match-up - a battle of two unbeaten teams - take place on Thursday night at Red Deer Arena as the host Optimist Rebels take on the Prince Albert Mintos.
The defensive clinic continued for the Optimist Rebels on Wednesday night as they recorded their third straight shutout in a 5-0 win over Vancouver. They are just the second team in the last 12 years to record three shutouts at a National Midget Championship. The other? Last year’s Prince Albert Mintos.
Red Deer has really spread around the scoring, much as they did during the Alberta Midget Hockey League season. Fourteen players have recorded at least a point, led by tournament scoring leader Kyle Reynolds’ seven (four goals, three assists).
The Mintos may not be the dominating team they were in 2006, when they went 7-0 on the way to their first national championship, but they are undefeated and in a great spot to try and be the first team ever to go back-to-back.
The two-headed monster of Carsen Chubak and Jordan Washburn between the pipes for Prince Albert has been spectacular, allowing only four goals in three games, while the powerplay is the second-best at the TELUS Cup, converting at a 17.4 per cent clip (four goals in 23 chances).
One impressive streak will end on Thursday night - the Optimist Rebels are unbeaten in 27 games on home ice, while the Mintos have won 10 games in a row at the National Midget Championship. The winner has the inside track at first place, while the loser faces a tougher test in Saturday’s semi-final.
Sault Ste. Marie North Stars 1 - Prince Albert Mintos 4
Friday, April 27
PERFECT AGAIN - MINTOS WRAP UP UNDEFEATED ROUND ROBIN
Five games, five wins - the Prince Albert Mintos are perfect once again in the round robin at the TELUS Cup after a 4-1 win over the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars on Friday afternoon at Red Deer Arena.
Travis Statchuk scored powerplay goals in each of the first two periods and Shay Neufeld and Ryan Fox added goals with the man advantage in the final 20 minutes as the Mintos used a lethal powerplay to stop to Central Region champions.
Statchuk got Prince Albert on the board early in the opening period, capitalizing after a scramble in front of North Stars goaltender Thomas Gravelines.
After Kevin Closs tied it for Sault Ste. Marie early in period two on another powerplay, Statchuk’s powerplay point shot eluded Gravelines, giving the Mintos the lead for good.
Neufeld and Fox rounded out the scoring in the third period, giving the West Region champions their 12th consecutive win at the National Midget Championship while sending the North Stars to their 15th straight loss, dating back to 1999.
Despite the loss, Sault Ste. Marie head coach Mike Hall was impressed with his team’s performance.
“We could not be prouder of the way our kids played today,” Hall said following the loss. “They had absolutely nothing to play for, we were already eliminated, and they came out and played as hard as they could.”
Jadon Potter picked up the Player of the Game award for the Mintos, while Jerry Petingalo took home the honour for the second straight game for the North Stars.
Prince Albert will now wait for the result of the two Friday night games before finding out who they will take on in Saturday’s semi-final.
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 2 - Prince Albert Mintos 4
Saturday, April 28
MINTOS TO PLAY FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN
The Prince Albert Mintos have clinched their second consecutive berth in the gold medal game at the TELUS Cup after a 4-2 semi-final win over the Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard on Saturday afternoon.
The Blizzard came out flying to open the first period, putting pressure on the Mintos and goaltender Carsen Chubak. But it was only a matter of time before the West Region champions got control of their nerves and began to skate like the only unbeaten team at the tournament.
“One of our main goals, as a team, was to wear them down on the forecheck,” said Jadon Potter, who was named Player of the Game after a two-goal effort. “We put pressure on them, made them make quick decisions, and they made a few mistakes.”
Potter got the Mintos on the board first, firing a shot past a screened Adrien Lemay just past the eight-minute mark of the opening period.
They then added another at 1:03 of the second when Ryan Fox sprung Travis Statchuk for a breakaway. Statchuk went high to the blocker side of Lemay to make it a 2-0 game.
The Blizzard, however, refused to go away, scoring their first of the game on the powerplay after a scramble in front of the Prince Albert goal. Sebastien Trudeau put the puck past a sprawling Chubak, giving his team life just 54 seconds after Statchuk’s goal.
Saint-François pulled even less than five minutes later on another man advantage, as Maxime Gravel finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play, with Trudeau and Jonathan Hazen picking up helpers.
Potter got the eventual game-winner six minutes later, finishing off a two-on-one with Brennan Wrigley for his second goal of the game.
The Blizzard threw everything they had at Chubak and the Mintos in the final 20 minutes, but the defending national champions would not be denied a second consecutive appearance in the championship game, and Tyler Fiddler sealed it with an empty-net goal with just 16 seconds to go, running the Mintos’ winning streak at the TELUS Cup to 13 games.
Guillaume Goulet was named Player of the Game for the Blizzard, who will play for bronze on Sunday morning against the loser of Saturday’s second semi-final.
2007 TELUS CUP AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
- SEMI-FINALS SET FOR SATURDAY -
RED DEER, AB - The 2007 TELUS Cup, Canada’s 29th National Midget Championship, held its Awards Banquet on Friday night in Red Deer, AB. The tournament’s Awards Committee named the recipients of all seven individual awards. » Photo Gallery
The awards were based on the tournament’s round-robin, which ran from Monday to Friday.
The 2007 TELUS Cup award winners are:
TELUS Most Valuable Player - Marc Boulanger (Red Deer Optimist Rebels - HOST)
The force between the pipes for the Optimist Rebels, Boulanger played every second for the team over its last eight playoff games in Alberta, and saved his best for the National Midget Championship. Three consecutive shutouts, 207:34 of scoreless hockey, and a huge reason the hosts were able to grab the second spot in the round robin, Boulanger had a miniscule 0.50 goals against average and a .974 save percentage in four games.
Top Forward - Tyler Fiddler (Prince Albert Mintos - WEST)
The best offensive player on the best team during the round robin, Fiddler finished tied for second in scoring (one goal, five assists in five games), and picked up at least one point in four of the Mintos’ five games. He also picked a great time for his first goal, scoring the game-winner in Thursday night 2-0 win over the Red Deer Optimist Rebels, snapping the host’s 27-game home unbeaten streak.
Top Defensive Player - Lewis Laczko (Prince Albert Mintos - WEST)
One of six Mintos returning from the 2006 TELUS Cup championship team, Laczko was a defensive force, helping the Mintos allow just five goals in five games, the second best goals-against mark in the round robin. He also chipped in with three points (one goal, two assists) while taking only four penalty minutes, playing mainly against the opposition’s top players.
Top Goaltender - Carsen Chubak (Prince Albert Mintos - WEST)
Chubak only played two of his team’s five round robin games, but he played in arguably the two most important, shutting down both the Seminaire Saint-Francois Blizzard and the Red Deer Optimist Rebels. Chubak allowed only one goal on 60 shots, including a shutout over the tournament hosts, stopping their 27-game unbeaten streak at Red Deer Arena. His stand-on-his-head performance in the opening 40 minutes against the Blizzard - he stopped 30 of 31 shots - allowed the Mintos to come back and win that game.
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Matthew Bell (Vancouver North West Giants - PACIFIC)
The captain of the Giants, and one of their top blueliners, Bell constantly found himself on the ice against the other team’s top scorers. Not only did he help the Pacific representatives to the semi-final with his shut-down defensive play, but he did it all while not recording a single penalty minute.
Top Scorer - Kyle Reynolds (Red Deer Optimist Rebels - HOST)
Reynolds’ seven points were good enough for him to finish as the top scorer at the 2007 TELUS Cup. Reynolds scored four goals and three assists in five games, with five of his seven points coming in the Optimist Rebels’ 10-0 romp over St. John’s on Wednesday night. He also finished as Red Deer’s leading scorer in the regular season.
Esso Scholarship - Jamie Leveille (Vancouver North West Giants - PACIFIC)
A Grade 11 student, Leveille has a perfect 4.0 grade point average, with a more than 95% class average. He was also a rock on the blueline for the Giants, who surprised many by knocking off Seminaire Saint-Francois on Thursday and qualifying for the semi-finals. Leveille has aspirations of being an engineer, and plans to attend Carleton University on Ontario.
PRINCE ALBERT MINTOS (West Region)
The defending TELUS Cup champions are back, looking to become the first team in the 29-year history of the National Midget Championship to repeat. The Mintos knocked off the Yorkton Harvest and Saskatoon Blazers to set up a match-up with the Hounds for the league championship. The back and forth series needed overtime in the fifth-and-deciding game, and it was Sterling Labatte who played the hero, sending Prince Albert to the West Regional. The Mintos went undefeated in the round-robin, and topped the host Brandon Wheat Kings 4-3 in an exciting championship game to move on to the TELUS Cup. Defenceman Tommy Brown led the Mintos, and all SMAAAHL defencemen in scoring, registering 66 points (19g, 47a) in 44 games.
PLAYERS DRAFTED IN THE WHL DRAFT:
46th (3rd Round) 2006 - Brandon Herrod - Prince Albert - F 6’0” 180 1991-09-11
70th (4th Round) 2004 - Lewis Laczko - Portland - D 6’0” 185 1989-05-18
120th (6th Round) 2006 - Brant Henry-Norton - Saskatoon - F 5’10” 155 1991-11-20
121st (7th Round) 2005 - Curtis Kulchar - Regina - D 6’1” 185 1990-03-24
133rd (7th Round) 2005 - Ryan Fox - Calgary - F 6’0” 180 1990-04-26
147th (7th Round) 2006 - Tyson Newell - Medicine Hat - 6’0” 160 1991-04-17
166th (9th Round) 2004 - Tommy Brown - Lethbridge - D 5’9” 165 1989-08-07
177th (9th Round) 2004 - Sterling Labatte - Prince Albert - F 6’1” 190 1989-03-08
201st (11th Round) 2004 - Kirk Mastad - Saskatoon - D 6’1” 180 1989-01-16
BRIEF MINTO HISTORY
By now we’ve all heard of the Prince Albert Mintos. They finished the round-robin an impressive 5-0, hammered Chateauguay 8-0 in semi-final action and their leading scorer Matthew Robinson is leaving crowds in awe with his goal scoring touch.
All of this only leads to only one question: What on earth is a Minto?
Minto’s assistant coach Wally Lynds said the team is named after a district in Scotland.
Back in the 1800s, the land was controlled by a baron without a proper name of distinction. They decided to call him the Earle of Minto, or Lord Minto.
The fourth Earle of Minto came to Canada in 1884, working together with general Middleton in the Riel rebellion before being named governor general of Canada in 1904, he said.
“At that time Canada was looking for ways of showing unification and national identity and as such, sports and past times became very popular. Any of the sports that really started to grow and catch on, a lot of the politicians got behind them and supported them because it helped promote national unity and identity in Canada as a young country.”
The Stanley Cup was made by Lord Stanley around this time, as well as the Gray cup, he said.
“Those politicians through that era tried to promote and support sports and that’s why a lot of our national trophies are connected to high profile politicians.”
Lord Minto made the Minto cup at this time, which is still a national junior lacrosse trophy.
The link wasn’t just between politicians and trophies, but between politicians and teams as well, he said.
“There was a senior hockey team started in Prince Albert in 1909 and they called themselves the Mintos.”
Deemed a professional team in 1911 because of two payed players, the Mintos were allowed to compete for the Stanley Cup.
“In 1911, they went to Winnepeg and played off against an Ontario team called the Bearcats and were beat in a two game series. The Bearcats then went back to Ontario and played off against the Ottawa Senators, who won the Cup.”
The Mintos senior team stayed afloat until the 1930’s, then changed into a junior team, he said.
“In the late 40’s right up into the 60’s they were a Junior A hockey team and played in the Saskatchewan junior hockey league.”
When an arena was built in Prince Albert in the mid 1900’s they called it the Minto arena.
The Minto arena burnt down in 1961 and without enough money to build another, there was no Mintos team for the next 10 years.
In 1972 the present day Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL were formed as a provincial Junior A team. They had a contest to see what the team’s name would be, the winner chose the name Mintos, said Lynds.
“One gentleman actually bought the original Mintos club and the name so the junior team picked the second name of Raiders instead.”
After a number of years a couple of local men were granted permission to start a team, which they called the Prince Albert Midget Raider Mintos, he said.
“The reason the Raider name was in there is because the original Midget AAA hockey team was administered by the Junior Raiders team.”?1n 1995 when the minor hockey association of Prince Albert took over the Mintos Midget team the Raiders name was dropped, making them the Prince Albert AAA Midget Mintos.
“It’s been that way ever since,” he said.
“In actuality the Midget AAA team hasn’t been in existence for a long time but the Mintos name in hockey has been in Prince Albert since 1909.”
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TELUS CUP CHAMPIONS - 2006
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI - For the second year in a row, a team from Saskatchewan has been crowned TELUS Cup National Midget Champions. The Prince Albert Mintos (West) defeated the Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific) in the longest game in National Midget Championship history 5-4 in triple overtime to complete their perfect tournament with a 7-0 record.
It was the Calgary Buffaloes who opened the scoring in the first when Tournament MVP Mike Connolly converted on the power play 3:08 into the first period.
Prince Albert replied shortly after as Adam Matlock beat Jacob DeSerres to even things at 1-1 after one period.
The Mintos scored three consecutive goals in the second period to extend their lead to 4-1 as the Tournament's Top Forward added his 11th and 12th goals of the tournament to surpass Sidney Crosby's 11 goal output in the 2002 Championship.
Calgary forward Mark Lyons narrowed the gap to two as he scored on a short handed opportunity blasting one past Mintos goalie Dustin Tokarski, but the Buffaloes still trailed 4-2 heading into the final period. Calgary's 15 year old Jordan Eberle, the Tournaments Most Sportsmanlike Player, brought Calgary to within one when he fired a shot top shelf over the shoulder of Tokarski at 12:44 of third.
With just 3:41 remaining, the Tournament MVP and Buffaloes go to guy, Mike Connolly, scored his second of the game to tie things up at 4-4.
After going two scoreless overtime periods, the Mintos captain Ron Meyers was the hero scoring the winning goal in the longest game in National Midget Championship, as it took 102 minutes and 24 seconds to determine a winner.
Jacob DeSerres made 57 saves in the loss for Calgary, while Dustin Tokarski earned his fifth win of the Championship with a 61 save performance.
Player of the game for the Mintos with two goals and one assist was forward Matthew Robertson, and Mike Connolly also notched two goals and one assist and took the honours for the Calgary Buffaloes.
In a thrilling finish for the Bronze medal earlier in the day, the Patriotes de Chateauguay (Quebec) came from behind to beat the Toronto Junior Canadiens (Central) 4-3 in a shoot out. Patriotes Alexandre Leduc scored the only two Quebec goals in the shoot out to help Chateauguay capture the bronze medal in his teams first year of existence.
The 2007 TELUS Cup will be held at the end of April, 2007 in Red Deer, Alberta.
West - Quebec
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Charlottetown, PE | 14:00 AST
Charlottetown Civic Centre
By Jonathan Russell
PREVIEW: The Prince Albert Mintos had perhaps the most impressive round robin, finishing with a perfect 5-0 record. Heading into the playoffs with a staggering 26 goals for and just 6 goals against, Prince Albert's Matthew Robertson proved he is among the countries top young players. Contributing 5 goals and 5 assists in just 5 round robin games, and named the tournaments top forward, the assistant captain is the brain behind a well-organized offense.
The Mintos will be lead into the semi-final by captain Ron Meyers, who scored 7 total points in the first round, good enough for third highest scorer for Prince Albert.
If Robertson is the brain of the Mintos, Defenseman Tommy Brown is the heart. Brown was the highest scoring defenseman of the opening round, with 3 goals and 6 assists.
Saturdays first semi-final game is shaping up to be a David and Goliath encounter, but we all know what happened with those two.
Patriotes de Chateauguay just squeaked by the St. John's Maple Leafs with a 2-3 record for a chance to upset the giants.
Unlike Prince Albert, who has 7 players among the tourney's top 20 scorers, Chateauguay looked for the offensive talents of Simon-Yves Lazure, the lone Quebec point-getter in the top 20, with 1 goal and 4 assists in 5 games.
But Patriotes round robin goal scorers Joel Champagne and Alexandre Leduc will help provide the offense, shouldering the burden of breaking through a tight Prince Albert defense.
Big defenseman Yann Sauve, ranked first overall by QMJHL scouting, will anchor Chateauguay's defense and likely be the busiest player on the ice. Saturday's game will be a good test for the 16 year-old, who will want to show the "Q" why he's #1.
The Patriotes will have to play more disciplined hockey if they want to have a chance for the finals. Chateauguay logged the most penalty minutes in the round robin with 225 in just 5 games.
The 2006 TELUS Cup, Canada's National Midget Hockey Championship Winner:
TELUS Most Valuable Player- Mike Connolly - Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific)
Most Sportsmanlike-Jordan Eberle - Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific)
Top Goaltender-Alan Reynolds - Toronto Junior Canadiens (Central)
Top Defenceman-Chris Markiewicz - Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific)
Top Forward-Matthew Robertson - Prince Albert Mintos (West)
Top Scorer-Mike Connolly - Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific)
Esso Scholarship-Mark Lyons - Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific)
After an incredible week of round robin action, the semi-finals are set and will takes place on Saturday, April 28 at the Charlottetown Civic Centre. As the number one seed Prince Albert Mintos (West) take on the number four seed, Patriotes de Châteauguay (Quebec) at 2:00 pm AT/1:00 pm ET. In the second semi-final game, the number two seed, Toronto Junior Canadiens (Central) will battle the number three seed, the Calgary Buffaloes (Pacific) at 7:30 pm AT/6:30 pm ET.
The Gold medal game will take place on Sunday, April 30th at 12:00 pm AT/11:00 pm ET and will be broadcast live on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada's official broadcaster.
TELUS CUP REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
SASKATCHEWAN MIDGET AAA LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
PRINCE ALBERT MINTOS
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Telus Cup Regional Champions
Hockey Manitoba is pleased to annouce that Morden, MB and the Pembina Valley Region have been awarded to host the 2010 West Region Midget AAA Championship tournament scheduled April 1-4, 2010.
The West Region Championship is a qualifiying event for the TELUS Cup (National Championship) which sees champions from Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan, and the Host team. The Midget AAA - Pembina Valley Hawks will be the Host team for the 2010 West Regionals.
The 2010 TELUS Cup will be held in April 2010 in Lévis, Que., with the Commandeurs de Lévis serving as the host team. See the following link for up to date action.