Inside the Greater Metro Hockey League with the Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show host Jay Houslander talks with GMHL Niagara Whaler rookie General Manager Andrew Ferlatte about his transition from a player in 2018-2019 to a general manager in the summer of 2019 as well as GMHL president Bob Russell on as a guest to discuss the GMHL expanding to western Canada.

https://youtu.be/jrDxdI8V2Ik

WHL COMPLETES FIRST ROUND OF 2019 WHL BANTAM DRAFT 05/02/19

WHL COMPLETES FIRST ROUND OF
2019 WHL BANTAM DRAFT

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019
 
Red Deer, Alta. – The Western Hockey League completed the first round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft this morning at the Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre in Red Deer, Alta.

After retaining the first-overall pick from the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery, the Winnipeg ICE used the pick to select forward Matthew Savoie (St. Albert, Alta. / Northern Alberta Xtreme Bantam Prep).

Of the 22 players selected there were 14 forwards and eight defencemen. Of those, 11 came from British Columbia, with seven from Alberta, three from Manitoba, and one from Saskatchewan.
 
A total of 13 players were selected from Canadian Sports School Hockey League teams in the first round.

Players eligible for the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft were 2004-born players residing in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Click HERE for a complete list of all players selected, including vitals. Photos of players can be found via this Dropbox link. Please credit all photos to the CSSHL.

2019 WHL Bantam Draft Results – First Round

#1 – Winnipeg ICE
Name: Matthew Savoie                 Position: Forward             Hometown: St. Albert, Alta.
Previous Team: Northern Alberta Xtreme Midget Prep
Stats:  31 GP – 31G – 40A – 71PTS –  53 PIM

#2 – Winnipeg ICE
Name: Conor Geekie               Position: Forward       Hometown: Strathclair, Man.
Previous Team: Yellowhead Bantam AAA Chiefs
Stats:  31 GP – 49G – 37A – 86PTS –  58 PIM

#3 – Prince George Cougars
Name: Keaton Dowhaniuk          Position: Defence    Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alta.
Previous Team: OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep
Stats:  25 GP – 8G – 27A – 35PTS – 34 PIM

#4 – Prince George Cougars
Name: Koehn Ziemmer                       Position: Forward        Hometown: Mayerthorpe, Alta.
Previous Team: OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep
Stats:  29 GP – 37G – 39A – 76PTS –  16 PIM 

#5 – Brandon Wheat Kings
Name: Nate Danielson            Position: Forward        Hometown: Red Deer, Alta.
Previous Team: Red Deer Bantam AAA Rebels
Stats:  29 GP – 26G – 33A – 59PTS –  16 PIM

#6 – Brandon Wheat Kings
Name: Tyson Zimmer    Position: Forward                 Hometown: Russel, Man.
Previous Team: Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats:  26 GP – 22G – 30A – 52PTS –  27 PIM

#7 – Kamloops Blazers
Name: Mats Lindgren    Position: Defence                 Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C.
Previous Team: Burnaby Winter Club Bantam Prep
Stats:  27 GP – 4G – 22A – 26PTS –  20 PIM

#8 – Seattle Thunderbirds
Name:  Jordan Gustafson        Position: Forward         Hometown: Ardrossan, Alta.  
Previous Team: Fort Saskatchewan Bantam AAA Rangers
Stats:  33 GP – 31G – 39A – 70PTS –  16 PIM

#9 – Saskatoon Blades
Name: Brandon Lisowsky       Position: Forward         Hometown: Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Previous Team: Burnaby Winter Club Bantam Prep
Stats:  26 GP – 32G – 17A – 49PTS –  50 PIM

#10 – Seattle Thunderbirds
Name: Kevin Korchinski                     Position: Defence         Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask.
Previous Team: Saskatoon Bantam AA Generals
Stats:  31 GP – 10G – 37A – 47PTS –  34 PIM

#11 – Moose Jaw Warriors
Name:  Denton Mateychuk    Position: Defence         Hometown: Dominion City, Man.
Previous Team: Eastman Bantam AAA Selects
Stats:  36 GP – 23G – 38A – 61PTS –  12 PIM

#12 – Medicine Hat Tigers
Name:  Oasiz Wiesblatt                       Position: Forward        Hometown: Calgary, Alta.  
Previous Team: Calgary Bantam AAA Bisons
Stats:  28 GP – 19G – 36A – 55PTS –  94 PIM

#13 – Calgary Hitmen
Name: Grayden Siepmann      Position: Defence         Hometown: Abbotsford, B.C.
Previous Team: Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats: 29 GP – 8G – 21A – 29PTS –  14 PIM

#14 – Swift Current Broncos
Name:  Matthew Ward                       Position: Forward        Hometown: Richmond, B.C.
Previous Team: Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats:  30 GP – 24G – 40A – 64PTS – 42 PIM

#15 – Spokane Chiefs
Name: Ben Thornton               Position: Forward         Hometown: Abbotsford, B.C.
Previous Team: Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats:  30 GP – 13G – 32A – 45PTS –  28 PIM

#16 – Brandon Wheat Kings
Name: Rylen Roersma                        Position: Forward         Hometown: Raymond, Alta.
Previous Team: Lethbridge Bantam AAA Golden Hawks
Stats:  29 GP – 23G – 21A – 44PTS – 30 PIM

#17 – Regina Pats
Name: Layton Feist                 Position: Defence         Hometown: Coldstream, B.C.
Previous Team: North Zone Bantam AAA Kings
Stats:  20 GP – 8G – 14A – 22PTS –  14 PIM

#18 – Edmonton Oil Kings
Name: Caleb Reimer             Position: Forward          Hometown: Surrey, B.C.
Previous Team: Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats:  30 GP – 18G – 27A – 45PTS –  12 PIM

#19 – Victoria Royals
Name: Jason Spizawka                        Position: Defence        Hometown: Victoria, B.C.
Previous Team: Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats:  28 GP – 2G – 23A – 25PTS –  26 PIM

#20 – Kamloops Blazers
Name: Connor Levis               Position: Forward        Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Previous Team: St. George’s School Bantam Prep
Stats:  26 GP – 24G – 38A – 62PTS –  22 PIM

#21 – Swift Current Broncos
Name: Tyson Jugnauth                       Position: Defence         Hometown: Richmond, B.C.
Previous Team: Central Zone Bantam AA Rockets
Stats:  16 GP – 8G – 6A – 14PTS –  12 PIM

#22 – Prince Albert Raiders
Name: Niall Crocker              Position: Forward         Hometown: Delta, B.C.
Previous Team: Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats:  30 GP – 18G – 27A – 45PTS – 36 PIM

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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Bandits Win AJHL Championship Over the Saints in Four Straight

from Junior Hockey Network

The 2018 Alberta Junior Hockey League champions, the Spruce Grove Saints were looking to starve off elimination down 3 – 0 to the 2019 RBC Cup hosts, the Brooks Bandits in Spruce Grove, Alberta on Tuesday, April 16th at the Grant Fuhr Arena. With a game four win, the Bandits would advance to the 2019 Doyle Cup Championship against the British Columbia Hockey League champions.

Scoring Summary
Brooks Bandits (2) @ (0) Spruce Grove Saints
Period 1
(no scoring)

Period 2
16:57 – Brooks Bandits (PP) – Jakob Lee (Andrew Lucas, Simon Gravel)

Period 3
19:56 – Brooks Bandits (EN) – William Lemay (unassisted)

Goaltenders
Brooks Bandits – Pierce Charleson (22/22)
Spruce Grove Saints – Matthew Davis (26/28)

SIJHL Names Miner Stratton Pickett 2018/19 Scholastic Player of the Year

from Junior Hockey Network

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday, April 9th that Stratton Pickett of the Red Lake Miners has been named the SIJHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.

With the honour, Pickett also becomes the SIJHL’s nominee for the Hockey Canada/Canadian Junior Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year Award, which will be announced at the Canadian National Jr. A Championship this May in Brooks, Alberta.

An Honour Roll student in high school, Pickett has been accepted to attend the University of Victoria where he will be enrolled in the Engineering Program at the school, in B.C.’s provincial capital.

The 20-year-old Gem, Alberta product also had a solid campaign on the ice for Red Lake registering a career single-season-high 49 points on 24 goals and 25 assists.

Pickett was earlier selected as the SIJHL’s Top Defensive Award recipient for the 2018-19 season.

The following is the list of all-time SIJHL Scholastic Player of the Year recipients

2018-19: Stratton Pickett, Red Lake Miners
2017-18: Joe Newhouse, Thunder Bay North Stars
2016-17: Jesse Talakoski, Thunder Bay North Stars
2015-16: Kyle Pouncy, Dryden GM Ice Dogs
2014-15: No recipient
2013-14: Daniel Del Paggio, Thunder Bay North Stars
2012-13: Joel Bogacki, Fort Frances Lakers
2011-12: Mason Prout, Thunder Bay North Stars
2010-11: Morgan McNeill, Fort Frances Lakers
2009-10: Andrew Childs, K&A Wolverines
2008-09: Michael Thibert, Thunder Bay Bearcats
2007-08: Graeme Harrington, Dryden Ice Dogs
2006-07: Jacob Cahoon, Thunder Bay Bulldogs
2005-06: Jeff Herringer, K&A Golden Hawks
2004-05: Andrew Fernandez, Fort William North Stars
2003-04: No recipient
2002-03: Rylan Vesa, Thunder Bay Bulldogs
2001-02: Tony Sikich, Northwest Wisconsin Knights

Photo: Patrick Boucha

WHL Announces Six-Game Suspension for Royals’ McDonald – 04/03/19

Calgary, Alta. –  The Western Hockey League announced today that Kody McDonald of the Victoria Royals has been suspended for six games for receiving a match penalty during a WHL Playoff game in Kamloops on Wednesday, March 27.

“The WHL takes incidents of this nature very seriously,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Actions of this kind are unacceptable to the WHL.”

McDonald was assessed a five-minute match penalty at the 7:58 mark of the third period of Victoria’s 6-3 loss at Kamloops on Wednesday, March 27, which was Game 4 of the best-of-seven first-round series between the Royals and Blazers.

McDonald has served two games of his suspension and will be eligible to return on Saturday, April 13 for Game 5, if necessary, of Victoria’s second-round series against the Vancouver Giants.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

For further information, please contact: 

Taylor Rocca
Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League
roccat@whl.ca

WHL Announces Eight-Game Suspension for Thunderbirds’ Richards – 04/03/19

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Sean Richards of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been suspended for eight games for a checking-from-behind major penalty and game misconduct, he received during a WHL Playoff game in Seattle on Wednesday, March 27 versus Vancouver.
 
“Player safety is the first priority for the WHL at all times,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “The WHL will continue to take a strong position in dealing with checking-from-behind penalties and players classified as repeat offenders.”
 
Richards was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind at the 4:16 mark of the first period of Seattle’s 4-3 win versus Vancouver on Wednesday, March 27, which was Game 4 of the best-of-seven first-round series between the Thunderbirds and Giants.
 
Richards has served two games of his suspension. Having exhausted his WHL eligibility as a 1998-born player, Richards will be required to serve the remaining six games of his suspension during the 2019-20 season, should he continue his playing career.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

Sportsnet Announces Broadcast Schedule for 2019 WHL Playoffs Featuring Raiders & Blades – 04/03/19

Calgary, Alta. – Delivering the sights, sounds and stars of the Canadian Hockey League to viewers across Canada, Sportsnet is set to deliver exclusive national coverage of the 2019 WHL Playoffs, beginning this week, featuring three games between the Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatoon Blades.

As Canada’s Home of Hockey, Sportsnet drops the puck on its 2019 WHL Playoffs coverage with Game 1 of the best-of-seven, second-round series between the Raiders and Blades on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. MT (Sportsnet 360) from the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert.

Sportsnet will continue its second round coverage of the 2019 WHL Playoffs by carrying Game 2 between the Raiders and Blades on Sunday, April 7 at 6 p.m. MT, once again from the Art Hauser Centre. The Sportsnet broadcast schedule for the 2019 WHL Playoffs will close out Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. MT with Game 3 from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

Returning to provide the latest news, analysis and insight to fans across Canada is play-by-play announcer R.J. Broadhead, game analyst Sam Cosentino and host Rob Faulds.

The Prince Albert Raiders finished 2018-19 as winners of the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy – awarded annually to the WHL’s Regular Season Champions. Led by 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason (Calgary, Alta.) and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott (Calgary, Alta.), the Raiders advanced to the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs after defeating the Red Deer Rebels in four games.

The Saskatoon Blades finished the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season in second place in the East Division, trailing only the Raiders. Led by 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kirby Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.) and Washington Capitals prospect Eric Florchuk (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.), the Blades advanced to the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs after defeating the Moose Jaw Warriors in four games.

In addition to Sportsnet’s coverage, all games throughout the 2019 WHL Playoffs will be available streaming live at WHLLive.com.

About Sportsnet
Sportsnet is Canada’s #1 sports media brand. Uniting Canadians through sport, Sportsnet’s multimedia offerings include Sportsnet (consisting of 4 regional channels: East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet World, the Sportsnet Radio Network, Sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet NOW, the Sportsnet app, and podcasts. Sportsnet is the official Canadian NHL national multiplatform rights holder, and is the regional broadcaster for the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Sportsnet also has extensive coverage of the Blue Jays, as well as NBA, MLB, Grand Slam of Curling, Rogers Cup, CHL, IndyCar, WWE, Premier League, and FA Cup. Sportsnet is part of Rogers Media, which is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit Sportsnet.ca.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

For further information, please contact: 

Taylor Rocca
Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League
roccat@whl.ca