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AJHL Releases Update
Following the 2020 AJHL Annual General Meeting over the weekend, the league released some more information on the 2021 season.
It was stated that the league is in full preparation for the season to begin in September should Provincial health regulations allow. They’ll be releasing a tentative schedule in early July which will also have plans in place if the season is delayed.
Other news coming out regarding the schedule was the movement of the 2021 AJHL Showcase in Camrose. The showcase is traditionally held on the final weekend of September; however, it was decided that it would be rescheduled for sometime in the second half of the season.
There was also a few rule and staff changes that can be found at the bottom of the release. Read all of that here.
Ken Bracko Award Winner Announced
The AJHL handed out the Ken Bracko Award for AJHL Executive of Year for the first time over the weekend.
The league described the winner of the award as an individual who demonstrates outstanding commitment, guidance and support to their franchise and the League in the namesake of long-time Calgary Canucks Governor Ken Bracko.
The winner of the award was Sherwood Park Crusaders President Kevin Love. Also nominated for the 2020 Ken Bracko Award was Lloydminster Bobcats Governor Shane Tomayer, Brooks Bandits President Paul Seaton and Calgary Canucks President Arthur Yasinski.
We’ve been working with Kevin and the Crusaders for five years now, and they gave us the opportunity to develop as journalists. We’d like to congratulate Kevin on his award.
Bandits Name Makin As Assistant Coach
After Scott Cunningham departed the team last week, the Brooks Bandits went out today and brought back Taylor Makin to the organization and named his their new Assistant Coach.
Makin was a member of the 2012-13 Brooks Bandits which was the year they won their first RBC Cup. He played in 50 games that year scoring 18 goals and 50 points.
Last season, Makin was an Assistant Coach of the Grande Prairie Storm after being hired midway through the season.
Holloway & Savoie Ranked By McKenzie
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Bob McKenzie released his final 2020 NHL Draft rankings early Monday morning.
There were a couple of names on that list that might’ve jumped off the page to AJHL fans.
The first one came at 16th, where Dylan Holloway was ranked. Holloway played in the NCAA for the University of Wisconsin last season but was a member of the Okotoks Oilers for two years before that. In his final season in Okotoks, he was named the AJHL Most Valuable Player after scoring 40 goals and 88 points in 53 games.
The other AJHLer on the list was Carter Savoie at 84. Savoie had a tremendous season with the Crusaders helping lead them to franchise-record 49-9-0 season. He also hit a significant milestone by hitting the 50 goal mark – finishing with 53 – and finished one point shy of 100. At the end of the season, Savoie was named to the Viterra North All-League team.
Other players with a chance of hearing their name called in Montreal are Michael Benning (Sherwood Park Crusaders), Ethan Edwards (Spruce Grove Saints), and Alex Young (Canmore Eagles).