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Road to the 2024 TELUS Cup: Kensington Wild

The Atlantic champions completed a monumental turnaround, culminating with a historic appearance on the national stage

Jason La Rose
April 18, 2024

The Kensington Wild will have the shortest trip to Membertou for the 2024 TELUS Cup, but they’ve come an awfully long way to get there.

The post-pandemic years have been tough on the Wild, who won just 18 of 73 regular-season games across three seasons from 2020-23 and suffered a pair of playoff sweeps at the hands of the Charlottetown Knights (there was no postseason in the COVID-shortened 2020-21 campaign).

But then came 2023-24.

Kensington finished second in the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island U18 Major Hockey League (NBPEIU18MHL) and led the league in goal scoring, earning almost as many wins before the calendar turned to 2024 (13) as it did the previous two full seasons (17).

The Wild got their revenge on Charlottetown in the P.E.I. final, sweeping aside the Knights in four straight, and cruised through the Atlantic Regional with four wins and an overtime loss, capped by a 10-0 romp over the Halifax Macs in the regional final.

Ethan Dickson led the charge offensively, sitting atop the NBPEIU18MHL scoring chart with league-leading totals in goals (31), assists (44) and points (75), 20 points more than the next-highest scorer and 26 more than any other Wild skater. Between the pipes, George Gallant fashioned a league-best .929 save percentage across 17 appearances.

It’s the first time a team from Prince Edward Island has won the Atlantic championship since 2004, and the first time a team from Kensington will play for Canada’s Men’s U18 National Club Championship since 1976.


New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island U18 Major Hockey League
P.E.I. final: defeated Charlottetown Knights 4-0 (5-1, 5-4, 6-1, 6-2)

Atlantic Regional
Preliminary round: 1st place – defeated Halifax Macs 3-2, lost to Dartmouth Majors 2-1 OT, defeated Moncton Flyers 6-2, defeated Pinnacle Growlers 7-0
Final: defeated Halifax Macs 10-0


Record (W-L-OTL): 21-10-4 (2nd in NBPEIU18MHL)
Goals for: 180 (1st in NBPEIU18MHL)
Goals against: 120 (2nd in NBPEIU18MHL)
Longest winning streak: 5 (Sept. 23-Oct. 14)
Top 3 scorers:
- Ethan Dickson – 31G 44A 75P (1st in NBPEIU18MHL)
- Liam Arsenault – 15G 34A 49P (4th in NBPEIU18MHL)
- Eddy Doyle – 15G 23A 38P (11th in NBPEIU18MHL)


Record: 8-1
Goals for: 49
Goals against: 14
Top 3 scorers:
- Ethan Dickson – 9G 13A 22P
- Liam Arsenault – 9G 5A 14P
- Derek Andrews – 4G 8A 12P


1976 – Kensington | 13th place | 0-6-0 | 4GF 47GA


Eddy Doyle – Halifax Mooseheads 2023 (4th round, 75th overall)
Michael Arsenault –Drummondville Voltigeurs 2022 (6th round, 102nd overall)
Ethan Dickson –Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2022 (13th round, 234th overall)

For more information:

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Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

Jeremy Knight
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Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

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