It was a quiet week in the AJHL with not much news coming out.
We had a couple of players sign letter of intents to the Saints and Canucks. And also saw the Dragons send a pair of players to the SJHL.
Here’s what went on:
On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that 00 F Cameron Pollock-Hughes would be joining the Calgary Canucks for the 2018/19 season. Pollock-Hughes is a Calgary native who spent last season with the Calgary Flames MAAA‘s where he skated in 35 games scoring 21 points (11Gs, 10As).
The newly signed forward places a defensive style of game, but can also contribute well offensively. Back in Minor Midget, he put up 49 points (21Gs, 28As) in 37 games proving his offensive potential.
In the only trade from the past week, Brendon Borbely was brought in from the Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) in exchange for the 20-year-old brother duo of Nate and Clay Keeley.
Borbely is a 99-born defenceman who had a career year with the Klippers in 2018 scoring 12 points. Before his time in the SJHL, he spent time in the AJHL with the Lloydminster Bobcats before he was moved at the start of the 2017/18 season.
Brendon Borbely becomes the Dragons first announced signing of the offseason.
Spruce Grove Saints
The Spruce Grove Saints bring in another highly skilled offensive forward to add to their group of already top-class forwards in the form of Bruce MacGregor from the Northern Alberta Xtreme.
MacGregor spent two years with the Xtreme program scoring 60 points in 65 games with this most recent season being his best with 37 points in 35 games.
The 2001-born forward is entering the season with already a little AJHL experience under his belt. In 2018, the young offensive forward was called up to play two games for the Bonnyville Pontiacs. MacGregor faired well over his short time with the Pontiacs scoring a single point against the Whitecourt Wolverines.
If he can transfer his skill over the Junior A level, the Saints may have just found themselves another gem.
Earlier this week, Team Canada invited 40 of their top prospects to the World Junior Showcase in Kamloops.
Two of those 40 prospects are former AJHL stars Ian Mitchell (Spruce Grove Saints) and Jacob Bernard-Docker (Okotoks Oilers).
Mitchell is a Chicago Blackhawks prospect who had an excellent freshman season at the University of Denver scoring 30 points.
As for Bernard-Docker, he was recently drafted by the Ottawa Senators and will be attending the University of North Dakota next season.