Just six teams remain in the quest for the biggest prize in Canadian midget hockey. The Okanagan Rockets, Halifax McDonald’s, Prince Albert Mintos, Toronto Young Nationals, Grenadiers de Chateauguay and host Moose Jaw Generals will all clash next week to raise the Telus Cup as Canada’s National Midget Champions.
One Regina Pats prospect knew he would be participating in this tournament when the season got going and hopes a year of work will soon pay off. 2012 3rd Round Bantam Draft pick and signed prospect Rykr Cole is a member of the hosting Generals. Cole and his teammates are the most rested of the squads after bowing out of the SMAAAHL playoffs in their first round matchup with the Regina Pat Canadians.
“(The layoff) has been real good. Lots of rest and just having some time off has been good,” said Cole just days away from the tournament opener. “I think in the past two weeks we’ve been having a lot of hard practices and just getting back up to game tempo. I think that’s what we needed with having the Telus Cup in (a few) days now.”
When the Generals open the tournament on Monday, April 21st, it will be the first time the hosts have seen true game action in 45 days since their playoffs came to an end March 7th in Regina. Cole registered two points (1G, 1A) in four playoff games this year after finishing second on the Generals during the season with 45 points (23G, 22A) in 41 games.
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