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Road to the 2024 TELUS Cup: Calgary Buffaloes

Very good at both ends of the ice, the Pacific champions are bringing a 200-foot game to Membertou

Jason La Rose
April 16, 2024

Defence wins championships, but that doesn’t mean you can sleep on the Calgary Buffaloes in the offensive end.

The Buffaloes allowed less than three goals a game in the Alberta Elite Hockey League (AEHL) regular season and gave up only 25 in 12 playoff games, capped by a shutout of the Vancouver NE Chiefs – a team that averaged almost six goals a game in its run to the B.C. title – in the deciding Game 2 of the Pacific Regional.

But again, let’s not forget what Calgary can do with the puck.

The Buffaloes paced the AEHL with 199 goals in 38 games, scoring 29 – almost a goal a game – more than second-best St. Albert. Cooper Williams and Caleb Matthews were the dynamic duo up front; Williams’ 29 goals led the league, while Matthews topped the loop with 50 assists and 68 points.

In all, seven Buffaloes averaged at least a point a game and eight reached double-digits in goals.

Calgary took control of the AEHL South Division with a season-high nine-game win streak from Dec. 20 to Jan. 28 that saw it outscore its opponents by a combined 56-16.

It faced early adversity in the playoffs, dropping the opener of its best-of-three series against the Red Deer Chiefs, but has lost just once in 11 games since, clinching a ninth appearance at the TELUS Cup.

The Buffaloes have never failed to reach the semifinals at Canada’s Men’s U18 National Club Championship and have taken home a medal from six of their eight trips, including a national championship in 1989.


Alberta Elite Hockey League
Quarterfinal: defeated Red Deer Chiefs 2-1 (3-5, 5-1, 6-2)
Semifinal: defeated Calgary Flames 3-1 (6-1, 2-5, 3-1, 5-2)
Final: defeated Sherwood Park Kings 3-0 (4-3 2OT, 2-1 3OT, 6-2)

Pacific Regional
Final: defeated Vancouver NE Chiefs 2-0 (3-2, 1-0)


Record (W-L-OTL-T): 27-9-0-2 (1st in AEHL)
Goals for: 199 (1st in AEHL)
Goals against: 106 (2nd in AEHL)
Top 3 scorers:
- Caleb Matthews – 18G 50A 68P (1st in AEHL)
- Cooper Williams – 29G 22A 51P (5th in AEHL)
- Christian Stephanson – 17G 28A 35P (13th in AEHL)


Record: 10-2
Goals for: 46
Goals against: 25
Top 3 scorers:
- Caleb Matthews – 11G 14A 25P
- Cooper Williams – 8G 7A 15P
- Brayden Gourley – 5G 7A 12P


2019 – Calgary Buffaloes | 4th place | 3-4-0 | 25GF 23GA
2009 – Calgary Buffaloes | silver medal | 3-2-2 | 29GF 21GA
2008 – Calgary Buffaloes | 4th place | 2-4-1 | 17GF 22GA
2006 – Calgary Buffaloes | silver medal | 4-3-0 | 30GF 25GA
1998 – Calgary Buffaloes | bronze medal | 5-1-1 | 41GF 26GA
1989 – Calgary Buffaloes | gold medal | 5-2-0 | 26GF 18GA
1987 – Calgary Buffaloes | bronze medal | 4-3-0 | 28GF 21GA
1985 – Calgary Buffaloes | bronze medal | 3-3-1 | 25GF 23GA


Rhys Jamieson – Everett Silvertips 2023 (2nd round, 32nd overall)
Cooper Williams – Saskatoon Blades 2023 (2nd round, 41st overall)
Townes Kozicky – Prince George Cougars 2023 (2nd round, 44th overall)
Caleb Matthews – Victoria Royals 2022 (3rd round, 91st overall)
Christian Stephanson – Winnipeg ICE 2022 (7th round, 154th overall)
Colten Scott – Seattle Thunderbirds 2022 (11th round, 236th overall)

For more information:

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Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

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Spencer Sharkey
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Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
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Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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