One only has to look at the upcoming NCAA ‘Frozen Four’ series to see the success of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
A total of five MJHL alumni will be participating in college hockey’s prestigious, sudden-death series to be played April 9-11 in Boston.
The MJHL players are:
Shane Luke Providence College (Dauphin Kings)
Joel Messner University of Nebraska – Omaha (Selkirk Steelers)
Brendan O’Donnell University of North Dakota (Winnipeg Blues)
Stephane Pattyn University of North Dakota (Portage Terriers)
Bryn Chyzyk University of North Dakota (Dauphin Kings)
“This is extremely exciting and positive for our league and fans,” says MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis. “Our league continues to make positive strides and improvements. The caliber of our player is excellent, and reflected in the young men who will be playing in the Frozen Four.”
These are heady days for the MJHL. In addition to the excitement of MJHLers playing in the Frozen Four, the battle for the Turnbull Trophy begins April 8 (Wednesday) in Portage with the Terriers taking on Steinbach Pistons. (The complete best-of-seven schedule can be found on the MJHL website.)
The Terriers, who will be hosting the RBC Cup next month, were ranked No. 1 in the CJHL for the most part of the past season. They also set a new MJHL record for fewest losses in regulation time. Meanwhile, the Pistons are returning to the championship final ─ winning the league two seasons ago.
“There’s lots of excitement and interest for our fans,” says Davis. “It was an excellent, highly-competitive season. Our league final is the culmination of a highly successful season.”