Manitoba Wins WHL Cup, Carels Named MVP

Photo Credit: The WHL

10 CSSHL student-athletes have helped Team Manitoba capture their first ever WHL Cup, with Pilot Mound Hockey Academy (PMHA) defenseman Carson Carels being named tournament MVP.

Alongside Carels, eight players from RHA Winnipeg and one from the Northern Alberta Xtreme (NAX) were on the roster. RHA Winnipeg U17 Prep head coach Jeff Borse was an assistant coach on the staff.


  • Kaden Allan – RHA Winnipeg U18 Prep (Spokane Chiefs, 2-24)
  • Carson Carels – Pilot Mound Hockey Academy U17 Prep (Prince George Cougars, 1-15)
  • Koy Funk – RHA Winnipeg U18 Prep (Calgary Hitmen, 4-77)
  • Carter Haney – RHA Winnipeg U17 Prep (Regina Pats, 6-112)
  • Aiden Jacobson – RHA Winnipeg U17 Prep
  • Zach Lansard – RHA Winnipeg U18 Prep (Regina Pats, 4-78)
  • Brek Liske – Northern Alberta Xtreme U18 Prep (Everett Silvertips, 1-10)
  • Layne Schofield – RHA Winnipeg U17 Prep (Victoria Royals, Listed)
  • Peyton Shore – RHA Winnipeg U17 Prep (Red Deer Rebels, 5-100)
  • Daxon Yerex – RHA Winnipeg U18 Prep (Swift Current, 3-52)

*WHL Team and 2023 WHL Draft history in brackets

Team Manitoba defeated Team Alberta 6-5 in a shootout in the finals. Carels scored twice, Liske had two assists and Funk scored another while Shore made 53 saves. Shore would stop five of the six shooters he faced while Liske scored on back-to-back shots, after missing his first attempt, to secure the victory.

Carels and Liske finished first and second among defensemen with five and four points respectively. Team BC forwards Liam and Markus Ruck led the entire tournament with 11 and 10 points in just five games. Liam had a tournament high seven goals, while Markus led all skaters with eight assists.

Carels, Liske and the Ruck twins made up four of the five skaters on the WHL Cup All-Star Team, with Shore occupying the lone spot in goal.