A pair of Swift Current Broncos’ prospects helped their respective teams win Junior A league championships.
Jackson Keane and Cameron Hughes both extended their seasons when their teams reached the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, which will be held in Dauphin, MB next week.
Keane, 16, won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League championship with the Winnipeg Blues. They capped a Cinderella run through the playoffs by defeating the Western Canada Cup hosts in five games in the championship series. The Blues needed a win in the Survivor Series over the Winkler Flyers just to face the first-place Selkirk Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs. They upset the top seeded Steelers before pulling off another upset over the Steinbach Pistons and then the Dauphin Kings. Winnipeg had finished 34 points behind Selkirk in the regular season.
Keane, a 5’9’’, 140-pound forward, finished the regular season with 16 goals and 21 assists in 52 games during his first junior season. He added four goals and two assists in 13 playoff games. Keane was the Broncos’ fourth-round pick, 73rd overall, in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
Hughes, 17, was a member of the Spruce Grove Saints, who won the Gas Drive Cup as the Alberta Junior Hockey League champions with a series sweep of the Drumheller Dragons.
Hughes tied for third in AJHL playoff scoring with 17 points and led all skaters with 16 assists in 18 playoff games. He was 15th in regular season scoring with 57 points in 52 games. Hughes was selected by the Broncos in the ninth round of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Saints also won the AJHL title in 2010 and 20111 and have played in the championship series in five of the past six years.
Hughes committed to the University of Wisconsin Badgers in February and is considered a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft. Keane has not committed to either the Broncos or the college route.
The five-team Western Canada Cup will begin April 26 and concludes May 4 with the top two teams advancing to the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship in Vernon, BC from May 10-18.