Sault Ste Marie’s Keegan Stevenson Invited to NHL Canuck Development Camp

Source: Saultsports.com

Within an hour of the 2019 National Hockey League draft wrapping up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sault Ste Marie’s Keegan Stevenson received a call from the west coast from the Vancouver Canucks to attend their 2019 development camp. The 2019 Development Camp, which will be held at UBC Father Bauer Arena from June 25th – 27th. The camp begins on Tuesday, June 25th and features on-ice skill practices and off-ice workouts each day.

The 2000 year born Guelph Storm forward who will not turn 18 until December 31st will board a plane on Sunday, June 23rd to participate in the Canucks development camp. The 6’1” and 175 lbs forward had 19 goals and 15 assists and tallied 12 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games with two powerplay and two shorthanded goals included in his 2018 – 2019 OHL season. In 23 postseason games and helping his Storm to a Memorial Cup in Halifax in May 2019, Stevenson scored three goals and assists in the 2019 playoffs. The 17-year-old Sault Ste Marie native played in all four games at the 2019 Memorial Cup with Guelph.

“I obviously wish I was drafted in the draft and I was a little disappointed but getting that call after the draft to come to their camp made things a lot better. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to be able to go to a camp and I can’t wait! I’m happy for everyone who got drafted and I wish them all good luck at the camps,” said Stevenson.

Grizzlie Newhook Named 2019 CJHL John Grisdale Top Prospect Award Winner

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Alex Newhook of the Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) has been named the second annual recipient of the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s John Grisdale Top Prospect Award after being the first CJHL player taken in the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver when he was selected in the first round, 16th overall, Friday, June 21st by the Colorado Avalanche.

The John Grisdale Top Prospects Award is presented annually to the highest selected CJHL player chosen in each year’s NHL Draft and is in named after the former BCHL commissioner and CJHL Life Member.

The inaugural recipient of this honour was Jacob Bernard-Docker who was selected in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas when he was chosen 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators.

Bernard-Docker starred on defense in the CJHL with the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) and recently completed his freshman season at the University of North Dakota.

As for Newhook, he was earlier named the CJHL’s Most Valuable Player and Top Forward for the 2018-19 campaign in voting completed by each of its 10 member leagues across the country and pockets of the northern U.S.

The 18-year-old from St. John’s, N.L., had a tremendous year with Victoria, leading the BCHL in scoring by notching 38 goals and doling out a league-best 64 assists as his 102 total points placed him 18 higher than his closest rival. Newhook also boasted two separate point streaks of 10 games or more in 2018-19, including amassing 28 points overall in the final 10 contests of the campaign on 13 tallies and 15 assists.

He also won bronze as an assistant captain with Canada West at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge and participated in the 2019 CJHL Prospects Game in Okotoks, Alberta, in January where he had an assist in aiding Team West’s 5-2 triumph over Team East.

Newhook is currently committed to attend Boston College on NCAA Division I scholarship in the fall.

JOHN GRISDALE AWARD RECIPIENTS (Highest CJHL player selected in NHL Draft)
2019: Alex Newhook, (F) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) – 1st round, 16th overall (Colorado Avalanche)
2018: Jacob Bernard-Docker, (D) Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) – 1st round, 26th overall, (Ottawa Senators)

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)

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.

Once There Was 133, Now There is 81

from Junior Hockey Network

In September 2018, 133 Canadian Junior Hockey League franchises stepped on the ice for their quest to Brooks, Alberta in May 2019 for the chance to hoist the Royal Bank Cup national championship trophy.

On March 11th, 103 teams were remaining in the hunt for their league championships for the chance to represent their respective league in the nation’s regional championships this spring across Canada to join the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. As of March 18th, there are 81 teams that are still remaining in their quest of the junior ‘A’ national championship.

ROAD TO THE NATIONAL JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP
Total Teams – 133
*Teams Temaining – 81

CENTRAL REGION
NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Blind River Beavers
Cochrane Crunch
Elliot Lake Wildcats
Espanola Express (missed playoffs)
French River Rapids (missed playoffs)
*Hearst Lumberjacks
*Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
*Powassan Voodoos
*Rayside-Balfour Canadians
*Soo Eagles
*Soo Thunderbirds
*Timmins Rock

ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Aurora Tigers
Brampton Admirals
Brantford 99ers (missed playoffs)
*Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Burlington Cougars
Cobourg Cougars
Georgetown Raiders
Kingston Voyageurs (missed playoffs)
Lindsay Muskies (missed playoffs)
*Markham Royals
Mississauga Chargers (missed playoffs)
*Newmarket Hurricanes
*North York Rangers
*Oakville Blades
Pickering Panthers (missed playoffs)
*St. Michael’s Buzzers
Stouffville Spirit (missed playoffs)
Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Toronto Patriots
Trenton Golden Hawks
*Wellington Dukes
*Whitby Fury

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Dryden Ice Dogs
*Fort Frances Lakers
*Minnesota Iron Rangers
*Red Lake Miners
*Thief River Falls Norskies
*Thunder Bay North Stars

EAST REGION
CENTRAL CANADA HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Brockville Braves
*Carleton Place Canadians
Cornwall Colts
*Hawkesbury Hawks
*Kanata Lasers
Kemptville 73’s
*Navan Grads
Nepean Raiders
*Ottawa Jr. Senators
Pembroke Lumber Kings
*Rockland Nationals
*Smiths Falls Bears

LIGUE DE HOCKEY JUNIOR AAA DU QUÉBEC
*Forts de Chambly
L’Everest de la Côte-du-Sud (missed playoffs)
Flames de Gatineau (missed playoffs)
*Inouk de Granby
Revolution du Lac St-Louis (missed playoffs)
*Collège Français de Longueuil
Rangers de Montréal-Est (missed playoffs)
Arctic de Montréal-Nord (missed playoffs)
*Titan de Princeville
*Prédateurs de Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon
*Panthères de Saint-Jérôme
*Cobras de Terrebonne
*Braves de Valleyfield

MARITIME HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Amherst Ramblers
*Campbellton Tigers
*Edmundston Blizzard
Grand Falls Rapids
Miramichi Timberwolves
Pictou County Crushers
*St. Stephen Aces
*South Shore Lumberjacks
*Summerside Western Capitals
*Truro Bearcats
Valley Wildcats
*Yarmouth Mariners

PACIFIC REGION
ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Bonnyville Pontiacs
*Brooks Bandits
Calgary Canucks
Calgary Mustangs
*Camrose Kodiaks
*Canmore Eagles
Drayton Valley Thunder
Drumheller Dragons
*Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Grande Prairie Storm
Lloydminster Bobcats (missed playoffs)
*Okotoks Oilers
Olds Grizzlys (missed playoffs)
*Sherwood Park Crusaders
*Spruce Grove Saints
Whitecourt Wolverines

BRITISH COLUMBIA HOCKEY LEAGUE
Alberni Valley Bulldogs
*Chilliwack Chiefs
Coquitlam Express
*Cowichan Valley Capitals
Langley Rivermen
Merritt Centennials
Nanaimo Clippers
*Penticton Vees
*Powell River Kings
*Prince George Spruce Kings
Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Surrey Eagles (missed playoffs)
*Trail Smoke Eaters
*Vernon Vipers
*Victoria Grizzlies
*Wenatchee Wild
West Kelowna Warriors

WEST REGION
MANITOBA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Dauphin Kings
Neepawa Natives (missed playoffs)
OCN Blizzard (missed playoffs)
*Portage Terriers
Selkirk Steelers
*Steinbach Pistons
Swan Valley Stampeders
*Virden Oil Capitals
Waywayseecappo Wolverines
Winkler Flyers (missed playoffs)
*Winnipeg Blues

SASKATCHEWAN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
*Battlefords North Stars
*Estevan Bruins
*Flin Flon Bombers
*Humboldt Broncos
*Kindersley Klippers
La Ronge Ice Wolves (missed playoffs)
*Melfort Mustangs
Melville Millionaires (missed playoffs)
*Nipawin Hawks
Notre Dame Hounds
Weyburn Red Wings
*Yorkton Terriers