Road to the 2019 National Junior A Championship: SIJHL
There were the Thunder Bay North Stars, and then everyone else in the SIJHL this season. The North Stars ran roughshod over the league from the first drop of the puck in September, earning points in their first 11 games (including nine-straight wins) en route to a massive 21-point edge over second-place Red Lake.
Road to the 2019 National Junior A Championship: CCHL
Ho hum … another season, another regular-season title for the Carleton Place Canadians, who made it six years in a row atop the CCHL. The Canadians weren’t quite as dominant as during their 53-win campaign in 2017-18, but they were still pretty darn good.
Road to the 2019 TELUS Cup: BCMML
For the first time ever, the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds sit atop the BCMML standings. League champions a year ago, the Thunderbirds carried that momentum into the 2018-19 season, opening with 18 wins in 22 games before holding off Cariboo by a single point.