Two Flyers prospects are playing in the Canadian Hockey League championship for the Memorial Cup.
The Memorial Cup is contested between the three champions of the OHL, WHL, QMJHL, and a host city.

Those teams are the London Knights, Moose Jaw Warriors, Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Saginaw Spirit this season.


Defensemen Oliver Bonk and forward Denver Barkey, who were drafted last season by the Flyers, will be playing for the Memorial Cup as members of the London Knights in the championship game Sunday night.


Bonk was selected 22nd overall

in the 2023 draft, while Barkey was picked 95th overall. Bonk played 60 games in the regular season for London, recording 67 points, while Barkey played 64 games, recording 102 points. Both players have played three games so far in the Memorial Cup tournament, recording one goal and three assists each.

The IIHF World Championship wrapped up this past Sunday in Czechia. Team Czechia took home the gold, beating Switzerland in the championship. Team Sweden defeated Team Canada in the bronze medal game, and Team USA lost to the eventual champions in the quarterfinals. The Flyers had two players representing their nations at the World Championships: forward Joel Farabee for Team USA and goaltender Sam Ersson for Team Sweden.

Through eight games, Farabee scored one goal (which was shorthanded) and one assist. At the same time, Sam Ersson split his starts with Minnesota Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson. Ersson started four games, winning three with a 1.44 GAA and 89.13 SV%.


Other Hockey News

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are in the conference finals, where the Florida Panthers and New York Rangers are tied 2-2, and in the west, the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars are also tied 2-2.

The AHL is also in its conference finals for the Calder Cup, where the Coachella Valley Firebirds, affiliates of the Seattle Kraken, are up 1-0 over the Milwaukee Admirals, affiliates of the Nashville Predators. In the East, the Hershey Bears and Cleveland Monsters will start their series on Thursday night in Chocolate Town. The Bears are AAA affiliates of the Capitals, while the Monsters are affiliated with the Blue Jackets. Last season’s Calder Cup Final was won by the Bears in seven games over the Firebirds.

The ECHL Kelly Cup Finals are set to begin this weekend, with the Kansas City Mavericks facing off against the two-time defending champion Florida Everblades. The Mavericks are AA affiliates of the Seattle Kraken, and the Everblades are in the Florida Panthers’ farm system.

The Professional Women’s Hockey League crowned its first championship this week when Minnesota defeated Boston in five games of a best-of-five series.


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