In four short years, the PlayStation Platinum Cup has become the must-attend Atom-aged tournament in the province. While some of the top teams from ALLIANCE, GTHL, OMHA, and HEO will be competing on the ice, the event has become about the extra circulars taking place throughout the weekend, including a trip to Scotiabank Arena and singings by Leafs alumni.
“I’m most looking forward to playing the hockey games, but I’ve also been practicing on my PlayStation 4,” explained Tyler Appleby from the Atom “A” York Mills team. PlayStation, the tournament’s title sponsor, ensures players are entertained in between games in the PlayStation Lounge.
“I’ve heard you can meet Leafs alumni and you get to play video games,” said Evan Arland of the Atom “A” Ted Reeve Thunder squad. “I saw a picture of the PlayStation Lounge and it looks really cool.”
While the off-ice activities are always a highlight, Scott Smith of the Atom “AA” Humber Valley Sharks has been focusing on his team raising the cup itself.
“My team is playing really well now so I hope we have a shot to win. I am preparing for the tournament by practicing really hard and trying to get better.”
Here’s what teams can expect when they hit the ice at the MasterCard Centre starting on Friday, November 23.
The Ted Reeve Thunder sit first in the Atom East division, with only one loss on the season. They will face some tough competition against the Riverside Rangers, who have only recorded two losses on the season. The Port Credit Storm and Quinte West Hawks round out the division, with both teams sitting middle-of-the-pack in their respective Leagues.
Division two is anyone’s to take, with all four teams posting similar records on the season. The Nickel City Coyotes have been heating up, coming off a three-game winning streak heading into the tournament. The third-place York Mills squad has won three of their last four, while the Humber Valley Sharks are coming off an 11-0 weekend win. Who will be able to ride the momentum into the PlayStation Platinum Cup?
The Missauga Jets sit at the top of the Atom West “AA” division in the GTHL, while the Burlington Eagles are coming off a SilverStick tournament win in early November. It will be up to the Kitchener Jr. Rangers and Eastern Ontario Cobras to provide the upset in the division.
The Markham Waxers and Oakville Rangers have both seen success lately in getting into the win column. Both teams sit near the top of their respective divisions. North Toronto is headed into the tournament coming off a big victory over the first place Forest Hill Force, while the London Jr. Knights will aim to rebound from a loss.
The Vaughan Kings are coming off a five-game winning streak headed into the PlayStation Platinum Cup. The Whitby Wildcats will also be full of confidence after notching a much-needed win over the weekend. The Markham Waxers and Kanata Blazers will be bringing their A-game to aim for the upset.
There has been no stopping the Halton Hurricanes in regular season action. The Hurricanes are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, earning them the top spot in their division. The Markham Majors, Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, and Chatham Cyclones will look to bring the streak to an end.