Bandits forward TJ Hughes named CJHL Top Forward finalist for 2021-22 season

CALGARY, AB. – Brooks Bandits forward TJ Hughes has been named a finalist for the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Top Forward Award for the 2021-22 campaign.

Each of the finalists were determined through a voting process completed by the CJHL’s nine-member leagues, for their respective contributions over the course of the regular season.

Hughes was first recipient of the newly created AJHL Top Forward award after recently earning the AJHL Leading Goal Scorer award. The 20-year-old forward scored a remarkable 66 goals and 127 points as well as a league leading 10 game-winning goals in the regular season.

Hughes (Hamilton, ON) is the first AJHL player to reach the 60-goal mark since the 2000-01 season and set a team record for most goals in a season.

The third-year Bandit was second overall in the AJHL Scoring Race with 127 points and an average of 2.1 points per game with seven hat tricks.

He will enter the AJHL Record Book with the eighth most goals scored in a single season and third in the category of powerplay goals in a single season with 28.

In November 2021, Hughes was selected as the Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Player of the Month and the CJHL 2nd Star of the Month as he recorded 30 points in 12 games and extended a 28-game point streak.

He was recognized as the Viterra AJHL Star of the Game 15 times in 2021-22. Hughes was also the recipient of the Brooks Bandits Top Forward award.