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Justin Auger continues championship run with AHL Calder Cup Triumph

Last season, the Waterloo native hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup as a member of the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm.

This past weekend, the forward sipped from the Calder Cup after the Manchester Monarchs ousted the Utica Comets in five games to win the American Hockey League’s top trophy for the first time in franchise history.

“I’ll never get sick of celebrating,” said Auger. “I could celebrate every year.”

It was a dream season for the recently turned 21-year-old.

Auger seemed primed for a return to Guelph last fall for his overage season after three years with the Storm. But a strong showing at Los Angeles’ training camp forced the Kings to rethink their plan for the fourth round draft pick.

After being cut from the NHL camp, the winger continued to impress with the Kings’ minor league affiliate in Manchester, NH and never looked back.

“I came to camp ready to work and be the best player I could be,” said Auger, who grew up playing for the Waterloo Wolves organization. “I think they saw that and they made the call to keep me up for the year.”

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