Friday, August 30, 2013

CCHL regular season opens with annual Fall Showcase

Press Release

The CCHL (Central Canada Hockey League) is proud to be hosting their annual Fall Showcase at the Bell Sensplex this Labour Day week-end (August 30th - September 2nd). All 12 teams will be under one roof playing three regular season games to kick-off the 2013-14 campaign. The league will build on the success of last season where the Cornwall Colts won the league championship after the league enjoyed its best parity in years.
Kevin Abrams, CCHL Commissioner is excited about the upcoming year, “we hope to continue to be one of the premier Jr. A leagues in the country and believe the overall depth is even deeper this coming year.” The CCHL regularly boasts 3-4 teams in the weekly Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Top 20 and former Cornwall Colt Michael Pontarelli earned CJHL Top Player in the inaugural National awards presented last season. It’s these successes that further illustrate the high caliber of play while also focusing on player development. The league boasts impressive results with 18 alumni currently playing in the NHL, 189 competing in the NCAA and 62 in the CIS.
This week-end is a popular one, the Sensplex will be busy as scouts and recruiters will take in the 18 games to initially identify future talent. Abrams likes the showcase concept, “it’s very important as everyone can come together in a single venue and get to evaluate our players, many will get on the radar of NHL, NCAA, CIS and major junior programs.”  The CCHL will also host a subsequent “Hockey Day in Canada” in Carleton Place (Saturday, February 8th, 2014) when all 12 teams will play one game.

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