Dudley Hewitt Cup
BLADES DUDLEY HEWITT CUP HISTORY:
The Dudley Hewitt Cup tournament is held each spring in Ontario pitting a host club and the champions of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) and the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).
The Oakville Blades advanced to both the 2008 Dudley Hewitt Cup in Newmarket, Ontario and the 2010 Dudley Hewitt Cup in Sault Ste Marie, ON. The team captured the tournament crown on both occasions, against the host Newmarket Hurricanes in 2008 and the SIJHL champion Fort William North Stars in 2010.
The 2010 tournament was held in Sault Ste Marie, ON by the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). The Thunderbirds were joined by the Blades (Ontario Junior 'A' Hockey League Champions), the Fort William North Stars (Superior International Junior Hockey League Champions) and the Abitibi Eskimos (Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Champions).
In Game 1 the Blades outpowered the Abitibi Eskimos by a 6-0 score, outshooting the NOJHL champs by a final total of 50-15. Oakville carried their strong play into Day 2, beating the host Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL by a score of 3-1. In their final round-robin game (and a preview of the championship) the hockey club prevailed in OT beating the North Stars from Fort William 2-1. With the win, Oakville improved to 3-0-0 in the round-robin and an automatic place in the final.
Facing Fort William for a 2nd time in the championship game, the Blades found themselves killing a 5-on-3 PP very early in the Dudley Hewitt Cup's opening period, but stole the momentum with a fantastic shorthanded marker to open the scoring. The North Stars would tie the game at 1-1 in the 2nd period with a SH goal of their own, before the Blades potted the championship winner midway through the final frame. With the 2-1 victory, Oakville collected their 2nd Central Canadian title since 2008. Blades forward Kellan Lain picked up the tournament 'Most Valuable Player' award, while Kyle Badham earned the 'Top Scorer' award and Ryan Murphy the championship game MVP.
For more information, including box scores from the 2010 tournament, click on the tournament tab in the side menu bar.
The 2008 tournament was held in Newmarket, Ontario by the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Provincial Junior "A" Hockey League. The Hurricanes were joined by the Blades (Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League Champions), the Dryden Ice Dogs (Superior International Junior Hockey League Champions) and the Sudbury Junior Wolves (Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Champions).
In game 1, the Blades shook off a slow start to defeat the SIJHL's Dryden Ice Dogs 5-1 in convincing fashion. In their 2nd game Oakville was able to defeat NOJHL's Sudbury Junior Wolves 5-3. In the final game of the round robin, they defeated the host Newmarket Hurricanes 5-2. The 3-and-0 record gave the Blades a bye into the Dudley Hewitt Cup final. On semi-final Friday the Newmarket Hurricanes used a last minute marker and an overtime winner to defeat the Dryden Ice Dogs and set up an all-OPJHL championship.
Oakville controlled the final game from the start, building a three-goal lead at two separate points during the game before closing out the Hurricanes by a final score of 6-3. Blades forward Nick McParland picked up the tournament 'Most Valuable Player' award, 'Top Forward' award, as well as the tournament 'Top Scorer' award.
For more information, including box scores from the 2008 tournament, click on the tournament tab in the side menu bar.