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Road to the 2022 TELUS Cup: Pacific Regional

The Calgary Buffaloes and the Vancouver NE Chiefs have earned their spots in the Pacific Regionals. Who will move onto the TELUS Cup?

Bernadette Larose
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March 30, 2022
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After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Calgary Buffaloes return to the Pacific Regional. With starting goaltender Nicholas Jones named playoff MVP in the Alberta Elite Hockey League, the Buffaloes, who won the last Pacific title in 2019, swept the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in a best-of-five series.

The Vancouver NE Chiefs booked their ticket to the Pacific Regionals after a 4-2 win against the Vancouver NW Hawks to win the B.C. Elite Hockey League. The Chiefs dropped only one postseason game, with Dryden Kuramoto sitting atop the playoff leaderboard with 11 points in seven games.

RECENT CHAMPIONS (TELUS CUP FINISH)
2019 – Calgary Buffaloes (4th place)
2018 – Lethbridge Hurricanes (bronze medal)
2017 – Leduc Oil Kings (5th place)
2016 – Lloydminster Bobcats (4th place)
2015 – Strathmore Bisons (4th place)

CALGARY BUFFALOES
AEHL CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 25-12-1 (3rd in AEHL)
Goals for: 159
Goals against: 89
Leading scorer: Myles Gauld (21G, 21A, 42P)

Playoff record: 8-2
Goals for: 36
Goals against: 17
Leading scorer: Kaiden Wiltsie (12G 1A 13P)

ROAD TO THE PACIFIC REGIONAL
Quarterfinal: defeated Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 (0-1, 5-0, 2-0)
Semifinal: defeated Calgary Flames 3-1 (4-3, 4-2, 4-5, 6-2)
Final: defeated Fort Saskatchewan Rangers 3-0 (4-1, 3-2, 4-1)

Last national championship appearance: 2019 (4th place)
Total national championship appearances: 8 (1985, 1987, 1989, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2019)

VANCOUVER NE CHIEFS
BCEHL CHAMPIONS

Regular season record: 26-4-1 (1st in BCEHL)
Goals for: 161
Goals against: 104
Leading scorer: Tomis Marinkovic (21G, 19A, 40P)

Playoff record: 6-1
Goals for: 33
Goals against: 18
Leading scorer: Dryden Kuramoto (3G 8A 11P)

ROAD TO THE PACIFIC REGIONAL
Quarterfinal: defeated North Island Silvertips 2-0 (10-3, 6-2)
Semifinal: defeated Greater Vancouver Canadians 2-1 (2-4, 4-3, 4-2)
Final: defeated Vancouver North West Hawks 2-0 (3-2, 4-2)

Last national championship appearance: none
Total national championship appearances: none

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Hockey Canada

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emadziya@hockeycanada.ca 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

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Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

jknight@hockeycanada.ca

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