Did you expect this? Nationally ranked for the better part of the last two months? How about battling for first place in the Viterra North Division? Or 21 wins through the first 29 games?
Even the most optimistic of Crusaders fans likely couldn’t have predicted this start to the season for the Cru.
“We weren’t sure how all the pieces were going to come together,” head coach Adam Manah said. “Luckily for us, things have come together nicely in terms of the western league pieces we’ve got back and the additions we’ve been able to make.”
You’d have to go as far back as 2002-03, the Nick Holden days, to find a time the Crusaders were as high as fifth in the CJHL national rankings…so what’s different about this group?