In the end it was the Melfort Mustangs who hoisted the Cup in the SJHL’s simulated Canalta Cup playoffs on NHL 20.
The Mustangs won the simulated Game Five over Yorkton Terriers 4-2 on Monday, taking the virtual final series four games to one. It was Kyle Bosch of Melfort who was named the playoffs Most Valuable Player.
Following the simulated game the Mustangs were presented with the Canalta Cup, which looked oddly similar to the Stanley Cup.
The SJHL had turned to the NHL 20 simulation as a way to entertain fans following the cancellation of the 2020 playoffs due to COVID-19. The simulation had picked up where league play had left off in the middle of the first round of the playoffs.m The simulated games were streamed live on the gaming platform Twitch.tv.
Despite being a heavy favorite going into the playoffs the Battlefords North Stars were unable to translate that into success in the simulation, falling to Yorkton in the semifinals in seven games.
The next major event for the SJHL is the SJHL Bantam Draft, which takes place June 5.