Halton Hurricanes book ticket into OHL Cup Showcase

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Published March 21, 2023 at 10:32 am

The Halton Hurricanes, led by Tyler Hopkins and Matthew Schaefer, have locked up a berth in the 2023 OHL Cup that begins Tuesday, March 28th at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto. HALTON HURRICANES PHOTO

The Halton Hurricanes have secured a spot in the OHL Cup Showcase after a solid showing at the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) Championship weekend in Oakville.

The Hurricanes were one of four teams to book a spot in the 2023 OHL Cup that begins Tuesday, March 28th at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto.

Also clinching a berth in the U16 championship were the Peterborough Jr. Petes (OMHA Champions) – 33-1-2, 68 pts. (1st Place, ETA), Southern Tier Admirals (OMHA Finalists) – 30-2-4, 64 pts. (2nd Place, SCTA) and the York-Simcoe Express (OMHA 4th Place) – 30-1-5, 65 pts. (2nd Place, ETA).

After finishing first in the South Central Triple A Hockey League (31-2-3, 65 pts.), the Hurricanes placed third at the OMHA championships.

The No. 3 ranked team in the OHL Cup rankings has been one of the most polarizing teams of the U16 age group. The SCTA champions come into the OHL Cup with a 51-5-7 record.

The Hurricanes will have one of the most complete groups coming into the OHL Cup and one that scouts have followed all season.

The Canes boast a potent offence with names like Team Ontario forward Tyler Hopkins, SCTA goal-scoring king Tanner Lamas well as Brady Smith.

On the blue line, the smooth-skating duo of Team Ontario captain Matthew Schaefer and Casey Bridgewater eats up big minutes.

Halton has the talent to go toe-to-toe with any team that crosses their paths in next week’s tournament.

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