2016 Telus Cup Preview: North York Rangers
After having won arguably one of the tougher regions of the Telus Cup, mostly due to the large amount of teams involved, the North York Rangers come in looking to go the distance at the qplex in Quispamsis.
They finished first in the Greater Toronto Hockey League this season and averaged almost five goals per game, so you can bet their offence will be a large part of whether or not they have success this week. With 13 players born in 1998 on the roster, the Rangers are full of veterans and could be seen as one of the favourites to win it all.
Only time will tell, so now we watch and see what they can do this week.
Head coach: Rob Vessio
Regular season record: 22-4-7 (51 points)
Goals for: 148 (4.48 per game)
Goals against: 76 (2.30 per game)
Players to Watch:
F – Aidan Casey
One of the many 1998-born players on the Central representatives, Casey lead the team in regular season and playoff scoring. He had 38 points in 33 regular season contests and added 30 points in 21 post-season games for the Rangers.
F – William Calverley
The Scarborough, Ontario native has been a steady producer up front for North York putting up 28 points in the GTHL regular season and notching 28 more in the playoffs. Those totals were good enough for third in regular season scoring and the second most points in the post-season for his team. Expect Calverley to be one of the Rangers top producers in the tournament, alongside Casey.
Between the Pipes:
Based on the information provided to me at the time of this preview, I would expect Alexander to be the starter, at least to begin with for North York, after starting 14 of the teams 22 playoff games. He finished the regular season schedule with a record of 10-1-4 and posted a 12-2-0 mark in the playoffs while allowing 22 goals.
The man who looks like he’ll start the tournament as the backup netminder for the Rangers when the tournament opens up tomorrow, Henderson should be well prepared should his team need him to come in and backstop them. Despite playing 18 of their 33 games in the regular season and grabbing a 12-3-3 record, the Oakville, Ontario native only played 8 playoff games and allowed 15 goals. His post-season record of 6-1-1 is proof he can come in and help his team in important games such as the ones coming up this week.