The Fort Saskatchewan Bantam AAA Rangers are taking on western Canada's best.
 
After winning the provincial championship, which was last done in 1988, the Bantam AAA Rangers will be taking their talents to Saskatchewan. The Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship goes from March 30 to April 8 at the Legends Centre in Warman.
 
"The guys are excited and looking forward to the opportunity," said head coach Nick Trudeau. "For us as a team we're just trying to keep everybody relaxed and rested to ensure we bring our top game."
 
Trudeau added that they've seen some of these teams before, so they're preparing accordingly.
 
The Rangers first game will be Thursday (Mar 30) against Swift Current at noon; later that day, they face the host, the Sask Valley Vipers, at 5:00 p.m.
 
On Friday (Mar 31), Fort Sask faces arguably their toughest competition, the Burnaby Winter Club, and on Saturday (Apr 1), the Rangers take on the Winnipeg Monarchs.
 
A full schedule of the tournament can be found on the Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship website.
 
Tournament Preview
 
Alberta: Fort Saskatchewan Rangers
Regular season record:  27-7-2 
The Rangers got past the powerhouse St Albert Raiders and Lethbridge Goldenhawks en route to a provincial championship without having a single player crack the league's top 15 list for scoring. Alex Thacker led the team with 23 goals and 34 assists (57 points). Thacker was followed by Noah Boyko and Raphael Pelletier with 52 points. Watch for Sebastien Cossa, he was the league MVP and top ranked goalie for the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, putting on some amazing performances throughout playoffs.
 
Host: Sask Valley Vipers
Regular season record:  18-8-4 
The Sask Valley Vipers were swept in the league finals by the Swift Current Broncos. Josh Pillar put up 54 points in 25 regular season games and 10 goals with nine assists in 10 playoff games.
 
Saskatchewan: Swift Current Broncos
Regular season record:  19-4-7 
The Broncos averaged more than five goals per game this season, but had over half scored by three players.  Reed Jacobson had 39 goals and 31 assists, Riley DeKowny had 31 goals plus 25 assists and Hayden Wilm had 36 points. Watch for Keagon Little who proved to be a playoff performer for the Broncos as he finished tied for the team lead with 14 points in 10 games.
 
Manitoba: Winnipeg Monarchs
Regular season record:  28-5-1 
The Monarchs finished first place in their league and went 8-0-0 in a pair of playoff sweeps, before beating Pembina Valley in the provincial final. Reese Belton led the team with 30 goals and Braden Fischer had a team leading 57 points. Watch for goaltenders Fraser Senebald and Brett Murphy, they combined for 12 shut-outs this season.
 
British Columba:  Burnaby Winter Club Bruins
Regular season record:  27-0-1 
The Bruins rolled through their league this season only allowing 36 goals total. Watch for Ryan Helliwell, he's one of the highest ranked defenders entering the draft and has verbally commitment to the University of Notre Dame for 2020-2021.

More Local Sports

JPII boys dominate home opener

A small and quick JPII squad was victorious Monday night (December 11) on home court.

Chiefs fall to Stony Plain in overtime

A couple of controversial calls ended in Fort Sask taking home a single point.

Sting senior girls take home silver

Two tournaments, two medals.

Former NHLer finding home with Senior AAA Chiefs

Darren Reid has an impressive resume.

Fort Mac tops Fort Sask for U19 gold

It was a battle to the very end for the Ice in their game against Fort McMurray on Sunday (December 3).

JP II brings home silver in the David Thompson Sting Cup

The St. John Paul II senior boys and girls basketball teams did well over the weekend.

Chiefs dump Stony Plain at home

Fort Sask. proved they are a legitimate contender with a full lineup.

Tolide Judo Kwai shows strong performance in Red Deer

Tolide Judo Kwai of Fort Saskatchewan sent five Judoka to the Red Deer Tournament.

Chiefs fill the back of the net against Innisfail

It was only a matter of time before the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs broke through this season.

Fort High Sting girls looking to lean on returnees

The Fort Saskatchewan High senior girls basketball team will be relying on a strong core of returning players this year.

Noah Boyko gets first taste of WHL regular season

Noah Boyko got to hit the ice with the big club over the weekend.

Ardrossan U12 girls take home gold

Indoor soccer season is here and Ardrossan is off to a good start.

JP II senior girls fall just shy of zones

The St. John Paul II senior girls volleyball team were six points short of booking their ticket to zones.

Caleb Nolin steals the show with a 76 save weekend

The Minor Midget Rangers picked up two huge wins this weekend, largely thanks to their netminder.

Local product making physical impact as rookie

Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey is continuing to pump out Western Hockey League (WHL) players.

Hawks knock off Beaumont in OT thriller

The Fort Saskatchewan Junior B Hawks showed they can compete with the league's elite, defeating the Beaumont Chiefs 4-3 in OT.

Chiefs drop another nail-biter at home

The Senior AAA Chiefs couldn't pull off the upset on Sunday afternoon.

Comeback championship win for Fort High Sting

It was a comeback to remember.

Chiefs push Allan Cup hosts to the brink

The Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs showed up this weekend proving they can compete.

B final tournament win for Atom Fury

Fort Saskatchewan's Atom Fury did well in the recent Fire on Ice Tournament.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Volunteer for Habitat’s Home for the Holidays Event!

05 December 2017 8:30 am - 16 December 2017 4:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity Fort Saskatchewan Build Site, Fort Saskatchewan





Habitat for Humanity is recruiting volunteers for Fort Saskatchewan!

12 December 2017 8:30 am - 16 December 2017 4:00 pm

Ft Saskatchewan Build





Science Club (ages 5-10)

12 December 2017 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, Fort Saskatchewan





Writers' Group

12 December 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, Fort Saskatchewan





Book Club

13 December 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library, Fort Saskatchewan





Diabetes Management workshop

15 December 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan





Senior Girls Basketball Tournament: Fort Sask High vs. JP II

15 December 2017 12:00 pm

St. John Paul II Catholic High School, Fort Saskatchewan





Login