The ALLIANCE stage is set as the league finalist Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and Hamilton Huskies have both clinched spots at the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour. Joining them following a win over the Huron-Perth Lakers on Monday are the Waterloo Wolves, who secure their spot by way of securing the ALLIANCE’s third place seed, defeating Huron-Perth in two-out-of-three games.
Elgin-Middlesex currently leads Hamilton 3-1 (pts.) in the ALLIANCE Championship Series after they eliminated Lambton and Huron-Perth to reach the final round. Hamilton scored series wins over Brantford and Waterloo to reach the Championship Series.
Elgin-Middlesex, Hamilton and Waterloo join four GTHL teams in the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Toronto Marlboros, Toronto Nationals and Vaughan Kings that have already punched their ticket to the annual showcase.
Here’s a closer look at the three ALLIANCE teams preparing to compete at the 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour from March 17-23 in Toronto.
Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (Regular season: 25-0-8, 1st ALLIANCE)
Week 13 OHL Cup Ranking: 4th
Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2015 (1-3-0, 5th Subban Division)
Players to Watch: Hunter Haight (C), Brady Stonehouse (RW), Owen Van Steensel (LW)
Notable Alum: Shane Bulitka (North Bay Battalion), Matthew Philip (Owen Sound Attack), Mark Woolley (Owen Sound Attack)
Hamilton Huskies (Regular season: 22-7-4, 3rd ALLIANCE)
Week 13 OHL Cup Ranking: 5th
Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2005 – as Hamilton Reps (2-1-0, 2nd Shanahan Division)
Players to Watch: Justin Dezoete (RW), Cristobal Tola (C), Riley George (G)
Notable Alum: Isaac Nurse (Hamilton Bulldogs), Mark Duarte (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Waterloo Wolves (Regular season: 25-4-4, 2nd ALLIANCE)
Week 13 OHL Cup Ranking: Honourable Mention
Last OHL Cup Appearance: 2019 (0-4-0, 5th Shanahan Division)
Players to Watch: Evan Klein (LW), Liam Eveleigh (D), Andy Reist (C)
Notable Alum: Mitchell Hoelscher (Ottawa 67’s), Keean Washkurak (Mississauga Steelheads), Nathan Allensen (Barrie Colts)