No trophy was awarded for the AJHL’s Leading Scorer last season but still, when it comes to picking players to watch out for this 2021-22 Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) season, look no further than T.J. Hughes of the Brooks Bandits, who sat atop the leader board for points when the 2020-21 season drew to a close.
Hughes had an impressive campaign last season, emerging as one of the most prominent scorers in 2020-21, averaging 1.6 points per game.
The 19-year-old puts on dazzling displays night-in and night-out for the Bandits, scoring multiple highlight reel goals, along with 3 game-winners (GWG) last year. It was a shortened season, yes. Incomplete and unprecedented, indeed, but all told, Hughes notched 15G, 16A, 31 points in 20 games, which was enough to lead the entire league. His performance earned him AJHL Player of the Week in May.
Now heading into his third year of Junior ‘A’ hockey in Brooks, Alta. Hughes (Hamilton, ON) is once again poised to become one of the top offensive players in the AJHL. Not only does he possess gifted mitts, but Hughes goes about his business the right way: he stays fit and he has fun. His leadership abilities have been recognized as well, with Hughes wearing an ‘A’ on his Bandits sweater early this season.
With 6 points, (2G, 4A) in 4 games in the AJHL exhibition season, and a 4-game points streak ongoing, Hughes looks ready and able to once again push to the top when the regular season kicks off September 17, 2021.