WHITEHORSE, YT – The Whitehorse Huskies senior men's hockey team will not be defending their Coy Cup title in 2018.

The Huskies, who lifted the Cup on home ice last spring, made the announcement this morning. It's a decision that came after much discussion between the board of directors, the coaching staff and the players.

They didn’t do it the easy way, but when you’re raising a championship trophy on home ice it hardly matters how you got there.

The Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies are the 2017 Coy Cup Champions, after defeating the Kelowna Sparta 7-4 in Saturday’s final. The Sparta had the bye to the final while Whitehorse had to play an extra game to get in, but for the Huskies the extra game only seemed to motivate them further.

The Coy Cup will be at Takhini Arena Saturday evening and the Whitehorse Huskies have a chance to lift it in front of their hometown fans.  

Ted Stephens led the offensive charge for the Huskies, notching three goals and adding a pair of assists as they downed the Terrace River Kings 7-3 in the semi-final. Adam Henderson also has a big night, recording two goals and two helpers, while Kevin Petovello picked up a goal and three assists.

Despite a frantic comeback attempt late in the third, the Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies fell to the Terrace River Kings 7-6 in their second game of the Coy Cup tournament.

Ted Stephens recorded two goals and two assists for the Huskies and was named the game’s second star. The line of Stephens, Derek Klassen and Kevin Petovello combined for a total 10 points on the night.

The Huskies would strike first early in the opening frame, as Petovello snapped home the rebound off of a shot from Stephens. Klassen also picked up an assist on the play. 

Adam Henderson potted a pair of goals and netminder JJ Gainsforth was huge in relief, as the Whitehorse Huskies downed the North Island Capitals 6-3 to pick up their first win of the Coy Cup tournament.

The Huskies were down 1-0 after the first 20 minutes, thanks to a goal from Capitals forward Karl Hagg.  It remained that way partway through the second, but then the Huskies found their scoring touch.

The Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies will enter the Coy Cup on a roll, after sweeping their weekend rematch with the Kelowna Sparta by scores of 5-3 and 4-2.

The line of Kevin Petovello, Ted Stephens and Derek Klassen combined for 12 points, while Jon Olthuis backstopped the Huskies to both victories.

It was a successful weekend for the Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies, as they swept their series versus the visiting Kainai Braves.

Sunday evening’s game was a lopsided affair, with 11 different Huskies players hitting the score sheet en route to a 16-1 victory. Kevin Petovello led the way with four goals and two assists while Derek Klassen and Kane Dawe each posted three goals and three assists. 

Offence wasn’t a problem for either team this past weekend, as the Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies welcomed the Kelowna Sparta to Takhini Arena.

The Huskies were on the winning end of what can only be described as a barnburner Friday night, downing the Sparta 11-7. Adam Henderson led the way with four goals, but the line of newly appointed captain Derek Klassen, Ted Stephens and Kevin Petovello was absolutely dominant.

The Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies are 2-0 to start their season, after back to back wins against the Bonnyville Pontiacs this weekend.

Sunday’s game was a 7-6 shootout thriller, with Evan Campbell sniping the game winner top shelf past Pontiacs goalie Tanner Schalin. 

The Huskies trailed 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes. Andrew Pettitt got the Huskies on the board, assisted by Tyrell Hope and Daniel Cletheroe.  

The Whitehorse Huskies have been selected as the host of the 2017 Senior Male AA Championship, the Coy Cup.

The championship will be held in March 2017 at Takhini Arena.

“We are looking forward to Whitehorse hosting the Coy Cup in March,” said BC Hockey Adult Male Coordinator, Trevor Bast. “The Huskies have reignited Senior hockey in the community over the past year, and we know they will put on a great event.”