Portage's own Riley Borody was traded away from his hometown team ahead of the 2022-23 season, however, he still has a chance to take part in the Centennial Cup in front of his friends and family.
The forward was shipped to the Dauphin Kings during the preseason and played in just 16 games before being traded again. Borody found his footing with his new team, the Kam River Fighting Walleye, who are now just one win away from making it to the most prestigious event in Junior A hockey.
Game 7 of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) goes down tonight as the Fighting Walleye host the Thunder Bay North Stars for a spot in the Centennial Cup.
Borody has been a major contributor since arriving in Kam River, scoring 19 points in 28 regular season games and putting up a point-per-game so far in the playoffs. The Portager has three points in two games in the finals, including the opening goal in a Game 5 victory.
Prior to the season, Borody spoke with PortageOnline and said, "Words can't even describe how excited I would be" for the opportunity to play in a Centennial Cup in his hometown. While it may not be with the team he cheered for growing up, Borody has the opportunity to make that dream a reality tonight.
In his one full year with the Portage Terriers, Borody put up eight points in 37 games. He tripled that point total this season.
The winner of tonight's Game 7 will play in the Centennial Cup's opening game on May 11 at 11:30 a.m. against the Battleford North Stars.