Team CCHL Robinson blasted Team QJAHL St. Louis 5-0 to capture the 8th annual Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge Wednesday at Trenton Community Gardens.
The final of the three-day event was a penalty-filled affair that saw 132 minutes in penalties handed out, as Team Robinson from the Central Canada Hockey League erupted for four goals in just over four minutes in the opening period and rolled to the win over the Quebec league entry.
Trenton Golden Hawks forward Steven Elliott scored twice for Team Nieuwendyk of the OJHL in the tournament while Hawks forward Griffen Fox added one assist. Wellington Dukes forward Andrew Rinaldi scored once for Team Oates of the OJHL, while Dukes forward Elijah Gonsalves had one assist.
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.
Twelve all-star teams competed in the tournament format, consisting of four teams from the OJHL, two teams from each of the Central Canada Hockey League, Quebec Junior Hockey League, Maritime Hockey League and Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
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.
It was the second straight year the Trenton Golden Hawks of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League has hosted the prestigious tournament and OJHL Commissioner Marty Savoy was very pleased with how the event went.
In a statement on Thursday Savoy said it was a great opportunity for 240 Canadian Junior Hockey League players on 12 all-star teams to showcase their talents in front of scouts from every level of the game.
The event was hosted by the OJHL, in partnership with the City of Quinte West and the Golden Hawks.
Savoy said the support of the city was very much appreciated by all five eastern Canadian Junior A leagues, and a special thank-you needed to go out to the staff and volunteers from the city who once again treated everyone who went to the challenge with amazing hospitality.