The St. James Canucks are beyond satisfied with the way they ended the season.
The squad captured the MMJHL Championship last week after taking down the Pembina Valley Twisters in five games. Former Central Plains Capital Jaxon Blight was a member of the Canucks, and says the feeling of winning it all is unmatched.
"It was very exciting. I don't think the team had won it all for like 28 years, or something like that," Blight explains. "So, for us to bring back a trophy was huge. We had a lot of support at our games. With the championship on the line in Game 5, the Iceplex was pretty packed, and it was a pretty unreal feeling."
He describes the atmosphere of the series.
"Every game was pretty nerve-wracking as it was a really fast-paced series," Blight explains. "The Twisters played very fast and were a deep team, so we knew it was going to be a tough series. There were a lot of people out at those games, which made them feel even more nerve-wracking."
Blight says this was his first time winning a championship outside of a high school provincial tournament and adds it'll definitely be one of his fondest hockey memories. The 21-year-old has now played his last year of Junior Hockey and says it was a dream come true to end it on top.
"Being in my last year, there's nothing I wanted more than a championship to cap off my Junior career," says Blight. " I was really happy we were able to get the job done."
The Oakville, Manitoba product almost didn't have this opportunity as he played elsewhere earlier in the season.
"I started the year off in Stonewall but got traded here in December," Blight continues. "In Stonewall, we were second-last, whereas St. James was the number one team and a winning organization. It was definitely a lot more fun, and I had played with a few of the boys before, so I kind of knew the group already. That made it even easier to fit in."
In Stonewall, Blight totalled 13 points in 19 games this season and added six more points after the trade. In the postseason, he put up four points for the Canucks.
Blight says the main thing he learned from this playoff run is the importance of health and how big of a factor injuries can play. The local forward plans to continue his hockey career in the SEMHL next season as a member of the Portage Islanders.