Hawks, Dukes well rep­re­sented

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - SPORTS - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

The Tren­ton Golden Hawks and arch ri­val Welling­ton Dukes will be well rep­re­sented at the 2018 Eastern Canada Cup All- Star Chal­lenge set for Novem­ber 19- 21 at Tren­ton Com­mu­nity Gar­dens.

The On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League ( OJHL), in part­ner­ship with the City of Quinte West and in con­junc­tion with the Cen­tral Canada Hockey League ( CCHL), Mar­i­time Hockey League ( MHL), North­ern On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League ( NOJHL) and Que­bec Ju­nior Hockey League ( QJHL), Wed­nes­day re­leased the ros­ters of the 12 teams com­pet­ing in the All- Star Chal­lenge.

A to­tal of 240 play­ers from five leagues will be on dis­play for NHL and col­lege and univer­sity scouts dur­ing the three- day event.

Among the Golden Hawks tak­ing part are de­fence­men Michael Man­nara and Ma­son Hardy on Team OJHL Oates, and de­fence­man Sa­muel Duch­esne and for­ward Grif­fin Fox on Team OJHL Nieuwendyk. Hawks head coach Thomas Milne and ath­letic ther­a­pist Sarah Dit­mars will join Dukes head coach John Druce on the bench for Team OJHL Haw­er­chuk.

Dukes for­wards Eli­jah Gon­salves, An­drew Ri­naldi, Dal­ton Ban­croft and Daniel Panetta will all suit up for Team OJHL Oates, while de­fence­man Zach Uens and for­ward Tyson Gil­mour will play for Team OJHL Haw­er­chuk.

An­other l ocal prod­uct, Bloom­field na­tive Jet Alexan­der of the North York Rangers, who was just named the OJHL’s Kewl Goal­tender of the Month for Oc­to­ber, will suit up for Team OJHL Oates.

The eighth an­nual all- star show­case event is be­ing hosted for the fourth time by the OJHL. This is the sec­ond straight year the Tren­ton Golden Hawks have been se­lected as the co- hosts of the pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment. The Gar­dens was also the host site for both the 2017 Win­ter Show­case and the 2017 Dud­ley He­witt Cup.

The 240 play­ers on the 12 all­star teams will com­pete in a tour­na­ment for­mat that will con­sist of four teams from the OJHL and two teams from each of the CCHL, QJHL, MHL and NOJHL. A to­tal of 21 games will be played to de­ter­mine the cham­pion. Teams will play mod­i­fied two-pe­riod games in a round- robin with quar­ter fi­nals, semi- fi­nals and a cham­pi­onship game. Teams will be awarded three points for the win, two points for the over­time win and one point for the over­time loss.

The QJHL’s St. Louis squad de­feated Team CCHL Red in last year’s fi­nal.

The Eastern Canada Cup All-- Star Chal­lenge is one of the pre­mier ju­nior A hockey events in the coun­try and pro­vides tremen­dous ex­po­sure for the top prospects of the five leagues to play in front of scouts from all over the hockey world – in­clud­ing the NHL, NCAA, CHL and U Sports.

Ad­di­tion­ally, it also serves as a player iden­ti­fi­ca­tion event for the coach­ing staff for Team Canada East in player se­lec­tion for the yearly train­ing camp and sub­se­quent en­try into the World Ju­nior A Chal­lenge.

Ticket pack­ages are now on sale for the event. Sin­gle Day passes cost only $ 10, while three­day passes are avail­able for only $ 25. Chil­dren un­der 18 are $ 5. Pur­chases for all passes are avail­able on line at https:// tick­ets. tren­ton­gold­en­hawks.ca/

AMY DEROCHE/ OJHL IM­AGES

Tren­ton Golden Hawks Ma­son Hardy and Welling­ton Dukes Zack Uens have both been se­lected to play in the 2018 Eastern Canada Cup All- Star Chal­lenge set for Tren­ton Com­mu­nity Gar­dens Nov. 19- 21 where 240 play­ers from five leagues will show­case their tal­ents to NHL and col­lege and univer­sity scouts.

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