FRED PAGE CUP:  The action starts this week

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FRED PAGE CUP:  The action starts this week
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CORNWALL, Ontario – The latest edition of the Fred Page Cup – Eastern Canada’s nod to the best in Junior A hockey – is shaping up to be quite a talent fest.

After being beat out of the CCHL playoffs in a heartbreaker two weeks ago, the host team Cornwall Colts are looking for revenge as they prepare for the tournament. Also meeting them as representatives from the CCHL are the Carleton Place Canadians. The Canadians are now two time CCHL Bogart Cup champions after beating the Pembroke Lumber Kings in an emotional victory this past weekend. Jason Clarke’s squad is coming out sticks blazing with talent and will sure be a team to keep an eye on.

Canada’s east coast representative is coming in the shape of the Dieppe Commandos out of New Brunswick. The Commandos gunned down the Nova Scotia, Truro Bearcats in a four game sweep to capture their first Maritime Hockey League, Kent Cup. Forward Robbie Graham, who came into the Dieppe fold from the QMJHL’s Baie Commeau Drakkar, has led the league in points averaging over a point a game and should be an exciting man on the ice to watch.

The best might be saved for last. In Quebec, the LHJQ championship was won by College Francais de Longueuil after beating the Sherbrooke Cougars four games to two. Forward Maxime Guyon carried Longqueuil throughout the season w ith 87 points in 52 games. Look for his offense on the ice in Cornwall.

Needless to say, the Cornwall Civic Complex will be rocking once again with on ice junior sensations. The Fred Page Cup takes place April 29th-May 2nd and tickets can be purchased at the box office.

On Tuesday the complex will be host to a Cornwall Colts and Cornwall Royals alumni game. Come see if the stars you used to cheer on still have it. Game time is 7 p.m.

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