Ice reassigned 3 players

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg ICE Hockey Club announced on Thursday that the club has reassigned 2003-born forward Skyler Bruce, 2003-born forward Chase Bertholet and 2003-born forward Evan Waldie.

Bruce has been reassigned to a team that will be announced at a later date. Bertholet will head to the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League and Evan Waldie has been reassigned to Sherwood Park of the Alberta Midget Hockey League.

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No. 8 Bisons football visits Alberta looking to get back into win column

WINNIPEG – While the No. 8 ranked Manitoba Bisons (1-1) are coming off their first loss of the season, spirits are high heading into a Week 3 matchup with the Alberta Golden Bears (1-1) at Foote Field on September 13, 2019.

Kickoff will be 8 p.m. CDT, with fans able to watch the game on CanadaWest.TV (fee required) or listen on CJSR 88.5 Edmonton.

The Bisons may have lost 24-10 at No. 4 Calgary last Friday but feel confident after holding the defending Hardy Cup finalists — and a team that hasn’t lost a regular season game since 2017 — to a scoreless second half. That’s just the third time since the 2013 Vanier Cup that Calgary has been shut out for an entire half.

Special teams have also an area of strength for Manitoba through two weeks of Canada West action. Running back and return specialist Michael Ritchott racked up 190 return yards against Calgary (135 on kick returns, 55 on punts) and currently sits third in U SPORTS in kick return yards per game (33.9) and first in punt return yards per game (22.0). For his performance against the Dinos, Ritchott was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week.

Though they’ve dominated the matchup with Alberta in recent years — to the tune of an 8-2 record over the last ten and a season sweep in 2018 (W 37-21, W 37-27) — head coach Brian Dobie is preparing for a new-look Golden Bears team in 2019.

“I think Alberta is the most improved team in the conference. Their defence has got athletes. Their defensive secondary to me looks like it’s loaded up. They’re doing a lot of crazy stuff [with offensive coordinator Greg Knox],” said Dobie in his weekly debrief.

“They’re all over the place, they’re doing things that the conference really hasn’t seen before. They’re taking defensive linemen and playing them back at five yards, and then running at you and stunting around that. They’re extremely dynamic and active and there really isn’t a distinctive pattern to it. So, to play around that, an offence has to be really disciplined and secure in its rules. It will be really important that our offence adhere to that.”

The aerial attack has been key for the Golden Bears this season, as they rank seventh in U SPORTS in passing yards per completion (13.4). Quarterback Brad Launhardt has been efficient as well, passing for 577 yards with a 58.1 per cent completion rate through two weeks. Interceptions have been an issue, however, as Launhardt has four.

After this week, the Bisons prepare for their Homecoming Game on Saturday, September 21, as they take on the UBC Thunderbirds at 2 p.m. at IG Field

105 WHL PLAYERS ATTENDING NHL CAMPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
 
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce 105 WHL players will attend NHL rookie and training camps in September. All players are eligible to return to the WHL for the 2019-20 season.

Of the 105 players attending, 58 were selected in the NHL Draft, including Saskatoon Blades forward Kirby Dach, who was selected third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks, and Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram, who was selected fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche, at the 2019 NHL Draft. Twenty-one players are currently free agents heading into their 20-year-old season with their respective WHL Club. Twenty-two players were provided NHL camp invites.

Nineteen WHL member Clubs are represented, with three teams leading the charge. The 2019 WHL Champion Prince Albert Raiders, as well as the Edmonton Oil Kings and Spokane Chiefs each have nine players at NHL camps.

Six teams follow closely with seven players attending NHL camps. The Kelowna Rockets, host of the 2020 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia, have seven players attending NHL camps. The Calgary Hitmen, Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Saskatoon Blades, and Vancouver Giants also have seven players in attendance with NHL teams.

Overall, the U.S. Division is sending the most players out of any WHL division, with 32 players off to NHL camps. The Central Division will see 28 players attend NHL camps with the East Division sending 25 and the B.C. Division sending 20. Overall, 56 forwards, 38 defencemen and 11 goaltenders from across the WHL will attend NHL camps in 2019.

The following is a list of WHL players, sorted alphabetical by team, who will attend NHL rookie and training camps:

Position, Name, NHL Team, Status
Brandon Wheat Kings (4)

F Luka Burzan Colorado Avalanche 2019 – Round 6 (171st)
F Marcus Kallionkieli Vegas Golden Knights 2019 – Round 5 (139th)
F Ben McCartney Philadelphia Flyers Eligible 2020
G Jiri Patera Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 6 (161st)

 
Calgary Hitmen (7)

F Carson Focht Vancouver Canucks 2019 – Round 5 (133rd)
F Mark Kastelic Ottawa Senators 2019 – Round 5 (125th)
F James Malm Calgary Flames Free agent
F Riley Stotts Toronto Maple Leafs 2018 – Round 3 (83rd)
D Jackson van de Leest Calgary Flames Eligible 2020
D Jett Woo Vancouver Canucks 2018 – Round 2 (37th)
D Egor Zamula Philadelphia Flyers Signed (2018)

 
Edmonton Oil Kings (9)

F Vladimir Alistrov Toronto Maple Leafs Eligible 2020
F Trey Fix-Wolansky Columbus Blue Jackets 2018 – Round 7 (204th)
F Liam Keeler Edmonton Oilers Eligible 2020
F David Kope Calgary Flames Eligible 2020
F Josh Williams Pittsburgh Penguins Eligible 2020
D Ethan Cap Edmonton Oilers Eligible 2020
D Conner McDonald Ottawa Senators Free agent
D Wyatt McLeod Colorado Avalanche Eligible 2020
D Matthew Robertson New York Rangers 2019 – Round 2 (49th)

 
Everett Silvertips (7)

F Connor Dewar Minnesota Wild 2018 – Round 3 (92nd)
F Bryce Kindopp Colorado Avalanche Free agent
F Riley Sutter Washington Capitals 2018 – Round 3 (93rd)
D Jake Christiansen St. Louis Blues Free agent
D Gianni Fairbrother Montreal Canadiens 2019 – Round 3 (77th)
D Wyatte Wylie Philadelphia Flyers 2018 – Round 5 (127th)
G Dustin Wolf Calgary Flames 2019 – Round 7 (214th)

 
Kamloops Blazers (3)

F Martin Lang Carolina Hurricanes Eligible 2020
D Montana Onyebuchi Calgary Flames Eligible 2020
D Quinn Schmiemann Tampa Bay Lightning 2019 – Round 6 (182nd)


Kelowna Rockets (7)

F Nolan Foote Tampa Bay Lightning 2019 – Round 1 (27th)
F Dillon Hamaliuk San Jose Sharks 2019 – Round 2 (55th)
F Leif Mattson Carolina Hurricanes Free agent
F Kyle Topping Carolina Hurricanes Free agent
D Sean Comrie Philadelphia Flyers Eligible 2020
D Kaedan Korczak Vegas Golden Knights 2019 – Round 2 (41st)
D Jake Lee San Jose Sharks Eligible 2020

 
Lethbridge Hurricanes (6)

F Logan Barlage Colorado Avalanche Eligible 2020
F Jordy Bellerive Pittsburgh Penguins Signed (2017)
F Dylan Cozens Buffalo Sabres 2019 – Round 1 (7th)
F Jake Leschyshyn Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 2 (62nd)
F Nick Henry Colorado Avalanche 2017 – Round 4 (94th)
D Calen Addison Pittsburgh Penguins 2018 – Round 2 (53rd)

 
Medicine Hat Tigers (4)

F Ryan Chyzowski Winnipeg Jets Eligible 2020
F James Hamblin Toronto Maple Leafs Free agent
F Brett Kemp New York Rangers Eligible 2020
G Mads Søgaard Ottawa Senators 2019 – Round 2 (37th)

 
Moose Jaw Warriors (3)

F Justin Almeida Pittsburgh Penguins 2018 – Round 5 (129th)
F Brayden Tracey Anaheim Ducks 2019 – Round 1 (29th)
D Josh Brook Montreal Canadiens 2017 – Round 2 (56th)

 
Portland Winterhawks (7)

F Cody Glass Vegas Golden Knights 2017 – Round 1 (6th)
F Jake Gricius San Jose Sharks Free agent
F Reece Newkirk New York Islanders 2019 – Round 5 (147th)
D Clay Hanus Ottawa Senators Eligible 2020
D Henri Jokiharju Buffalo Sabres 2017 – Round 1 (29th) (CHI)
D John Ludvig Florida Panthers 2019 – Round 3 (69th)
G Joel Hofer St. Louis Blues 2018 – Round 4 (107th)

 
Prince Albert Raiders (9)

F Cole Fonstad Montreal Canadiens 2018 – Round 5 (128th)
F Parker Kelly Ottawa Senators Signed (2017)
F Brett Leason Washington Capitals 2019  – Round 2 (56th)
F Aliaksei Protas Washington Capitals 2019 – Round 3 (91st)
D Zack Hayes Anaheim Ducks Free agent
D Max Martin Boston Bruins Free agent
D Bradyen Pachal Vegas Golden Knights Free agent
D Sergei Sapego Toronto Maple Leafs Signed (Toronto Marlies)
G Ian Scott Toronto Maple Leafs 2017 – Round 4 (110th)

 
Prince George Cougars (3)

F Josh Maser New York Rangers Free agent
D Cole Moberg Chicago Blackhawks 2019 – Round 7 (194th)
G Taylor Gauthier Boston Bruins Eligible 2020

 
Red Deer Rebels (2)

D Alexander Alexeyev Washington Capitals 2018 – Round 1 (31st)
D Dawson Barteaux Dallas Stars 2018 – Round 6 (168th)

 
Saskatoon Blades (7)

F Kirby Dach Chicago Blackhawks 2019 – Round 1 (3rd)
F Eric Florchuk Washington Capitals 2018 – Round 7 (217th)
F Kristian Marthinsen Washington Capitals 2017 – Round 7 (213th)
F Riley McKay Chicago Blackhawks Free agent
F Chase Wouters Anaheim Ducks Eligible 2020
D Nolan Kneen Colorado Avalanche Free agent
D Scott Walford Winnipeg Jets Free agent

 
Seattle Thunderbirds (4)

F Henrik Rybinski Florida Panthers 2019 – Round 5 (136th)
F Matthew Wedman Florida Panthers 2019 – Round 7 (199th)
D Jarret Tyszka Dallas Stars Free agent
G Roddy Ross Philadelphia Flyers 2019 – Round 6 (169th)

 
Spokane Chiefs (9)

F Jaret Anderson-Dolan Los Angeles Kings 2017 – Round 2 (41st)
F Adam Beckman Minnesota Wild 2019 – Round 3 (75th)
F Jake McGrew San Jose Sharks 2017 – Round 6 (159th)
F Luke Toporowski Winnipeg Jets Eligible 2020
F Eli Zummack Tampa Bay Lightning Eligible 2020
D Noah King New Jersey Devils Free agent
D Filip Kral Toronto Maple Leafs 2018 – Round 5 (149th)
D Ty Smith New Jersey Devils 2018 – Round 1 (17th)
G Lukas Parik Los Angeles Kings 2019 – Round 3 (87th)

 
Tri-City Americans (5)

F Krystof Hrabik St. Louis Blues Free agent
F Sasha Mutala Colorado Avalanche 2019 – Round 5 (140th)
F Kyle Olson Buffalo Sabres Free agent
D Mitchell Brown Minnesota Wild Eligible 2020
G Beck Warm Washington Capitals Free agent

 
Vancouver Giants (7)

F Milos Roman Calgary Flames 2018 – Round 4 (122nd)
D Bowen Byram Colorado Avalanche 2019 – Round 1 (4th)
D Kaleb Bulych Carolina Hurricanes Eligible 2020
D Alex Kannok-Leipert Washington Capitals 2018 – Round 6 (161st)
D Dylan Plouffe Montreal Canadiens Free agent
G Trent Miner Colorado Avalanche 2019 – Round 7 (202nd)
G David Tendeck Arizona Coyotes 2018 – Round 6 (158th)


Winnipeg ICE (2)

F Peyton Krebs Vegas Golden Knights 2019 – Round 1 (17th)
F Michal Teplý Chicago Blackhawks 2019 – Round 4 (105th)

Bisons football ranked third in Canada West preseason coaches’ poll

EDMONTON — The high-powered Calgary Dinos are the unanimous choice to top Canada West football this season, as the annual preseason coaches poll was unveiled Wednesday.

Calgary, who went 8-0 during the 2018 regular season before eventually losing in the 82nd Hardy Cup to the Saskatchewan Huskies, earned all five first-place votes from the coaches to finish with 25 points in the poll.

The Dinos were dominant in 2018, outscoring their opponents in the regular season by an average of more than 26 points per game. They return many key components from their eye-popping offence, including reigning Hec Crighton winner Adam Sinagra. The star quarterback leads an offence that should once again post big numbers.

Slotting in behind the Dinos in the poll were the Huskies (21), who earned Calgary’s first-place nod and second-place votes from the rest of the conference.

Despite being picked sixth in last year’s preseason poll, Saskatchewan posted a stellar season as they finished 5-3 before going on to capture the program’s first Hardy Cup since 2006 thanks to a pair of road playoff wins. The Huskies enter 2019 looking to secure the program’s first home playoff date since 2014.

Rounding out the poll were the Manitoba Bisons (15) and UBC Thunderbirds (14), who came in third and fourth respectively, while the Alberta Golden Bears (8) and Regina Rams (7) finished fifth and sixth.

The 2019 season opens Friday night with a pair of games, as the Bisons host the Huskies on the Canada West Football Showcase at 7 p.m. CDT. The game can be seen on SaskTel (49 (SD), 349 (HD)), TELUS (998), and BellMTS (1802).

Also playing Friday are the Dinos and Bears from Foote Field in Edmonton. That game is available exclusively on Canada West TV.

Rounding out Week 1 action are the Regina Rams on Saturday at 7 p.m. PDT. The game is available on SaskTel (48 (SD) & 348 (HD)), and Canada West TV.

2019 CW FOOTBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Team – Points (First-place votes)

  1. Calgary Dinos – 25 (5)
  2. Saskatchewan Huskies – 21 (1)
  3. Manitoba Bisons – 15
  4. UBC Thunderbirds – 14
  5. 5. Alberta Golden Bears – 8
  6. 6. Regina Rams – 7

NOTE: Coaches ranked all opponents 1-5. First-place votes worth 5 pts., second-place worth 4 pts. etc.

HOCKEY CANADA NAMES 16 WHL PLAYERS TO NATIONAL MEN’S SUMMER UNDER-18 SELECTION CAMP 06/26/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019
 
Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 16 Western Hockey League players, as part of a group of 44, to attend Canada’s national men’s under-18 team selection camp. The camp will take place at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta. from July 26-30th.

The players – four goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 24 forwards – will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech, and Piestany, Slovakia. The breakdown of WHL players led by first-overall 2017 WHL Draft selection Kaiden Guhle of the Prince Albert Raiders, includes one goaltender, five defencemen and 10 forwards.

“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. “The under-18 camp is unlike any other, as players are being evaluated from the moment they arrive at camp and are preparing to compete in short-term competition. Historically, Canada has been successful at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition.”

One of the only true, best-on-best competitions for this age group, the Hlinka Gretzky Cup will see Team Canada play its preliminary-round games at Ice Bors Arena in Breclav. The event will run from Aug. 5-10, with Canada facing off against the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland in preliminary play before the tournament wraps up with the bronze and gold medal games on Aug. 10.

The team will be guided on the bench by head coach Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta. / Vancouver Giants) and assistant coach Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont. / Everett Silvertips). Dyck was named the head coach of the team earlier this month when Dan Lambert stepped aside from the position after accepting an assistant coaching role with the Nashville Predators.

Also joining Dyck and Williams are six other WHL staff members, including management group member Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont. / Moose Jaw Warriors), goaltending coach Adam Brown (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), video coach Andrew Doty (Calgary, Alta. / Lethbridge Hurricanes), equipment manager Gord Cochran (Williams Lake, B.C. / Regina Pats) as well as guest coaches Mark O’Leary (Owen Sound, Ont. / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Ryan Smith (Winnipeg, Man. / Medicine Hat Tigers).

In 2018, the tournament was rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and hosted in Canada, with Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., serving as co-hosts. Canada captured gold on home ice, defeating Sweden 6-2 in the gold medal game.

Canada has won gold 22 times in 28 years of summer under-18 competition, along with two silver medals and one bronze.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team and the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

WHL Players – National Men’s Summer Under-18 Selection Camp 

Name Position Height Weight Born Hometown WHL Team WHL Draft
Dylan Garand Goaltender 6’0” 170 06/07/02 Victoria, B.C. Kamloops Blazers KAM 2017 (3,58)
Tyrel Bauer Defenceman 6’3” 206 03/23/02 Cochrane, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds SEA 2017 (2,41)
Kaiden  Guhle Defenceman 6’3” 186 01/18/02 Sherwood Park, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders PA 2017 (1,1)
Daemon Hunt Defenceman 6’0” 198 05/15/02 Brandon, Man. Moose Jaw Warriors MJ 2017 (1,15)
Luke  -Prokop Defenceman 6’4” 202 05/06/02 Edmonton. Alta. Calgary Hitmen CGY 2017 (1,7)
Ronan Seeley Defenceman 5’11” 175 08/02/02 Olds, Alta. Everett Silvertips EVT 2017 (1,20)
Jakob Brook Forward 6’2” 173 03/15/02 Roblin, Man. Prince Albert Raiders PA 2017 (2,40)
Kyle Crnkovic Forward 5’7” 153 02/10/02 Chestermere, Alta. Saskatoon Blades SAS 2017 (1,10)
Jack Finley Forward 6’5” 203 09/02/02 Kelowna, B.C. Spokane Chiefs SPO 2017  (1,6)
Ridly Greig Forward 5’11” 155 08/08/02 Lethbridge, Alta. Brandon Wheat Kings BDN 2017   (1,8)
Seth Jarvis Forward 5’9” 164 02/01/02 Winnipeg, Man. Portland Winterhawks POR 2017 (1,11)
Ryder Korczak Forward 5’9” 157 09/23/02 Yorkton, Sask. Moose Jaw Warriors CGY 2017 (2,29)
Connor McClennon Forward 5’8″ 151 06/25/02 Wainwright, Alta. Winnipeg ICE WPG 2017 (1,2)
Jake Neighbours Forward 6’0” 196 03/29/02 Airdrie, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings EDM 2017 (1,4)
Justin  Sourdif Forward 5’11” 163 03/24/02 Surrey, B.C. Vancouver Giants VAN 2017 (1,3)
Ozzy Wiesblatt Forward 5’10” 187 03/09/02 Calgary, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders PA 2017 (2,25)


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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Winnipeg ICE Hockey Club announced on Tuesday that it has acquired a conditional 2021 eighth round draft pick 06/25/19

The Winnipeg ICE Hockey Club announced on Tuesday that it has acquired a conditional 2021 eighth round draft pick from the Victoria Royals in exchange for 2001-born forward River Fahey.



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Vegas Golden Knights selected Winnipeg ICE Captain Peyton Krebs 17th overallat the 2019 NHL Draft 06/21/19

The Vegas Golden Knights selected Winnipeg ICE Captain Peyton Krebs 17th overallat the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on Friday evening.

The Okotoks, Alberta native is the first ICE player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft since 2014.

Krebs has played two full seasons with the ICE after being selected first overall by the organization at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The 2001-born forward has scored 37 goals and added 91 assists for 128 points in 137 regular season games.

The 17th overall draft pick has represented his country on the international stage on numerous occasions. Most recently, Krebs wore the ‘C’ for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in April. He was also the captain for Team Canada Red at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. In addition, Krebs was a member of the gold medal winning Canadian squad at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

On Wednesday, Krebs was named to the 43-man roster for Hockey Canada’s upcoming National Junior Team Summer Development Camp.

He became the 23rd captain in ICE franchise history in early December 2018.

Krebs becomes the fourth player in ICE franchise history to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. The other three include Sam Reinhart (second overall, Buffalo Sabres), Dan Blackburn (10th overall, New York Rangers) and Steve McCarthy (23rd overall, Chicago Blackhawks).

Rounds two through seven of the 2019 NHL Draft will take place beginning at 12:00 p.m. Central Time on Saturday.

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WHL SENDS 12 PLAYERS TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP 06/19/19


WHL SENDS 12 PLAYERS TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019
 
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce today 12 WHL players have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp July 27 to Aug. 4 in Plymouth, Mich.

The group of WHL talent is led by WHL and Canadian Hockey League Defenceman of the Year Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils) of the Spokane Chiefs and features six forwards and five defencemen. Defencemen Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins) of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Jett Woo (Vancouver Canucks) of the Calgary Hitmen, as well as forward Cole Fonstad (Montreal Canadiens) of the WHL Champion Prince Albert Raiders represent the three other players already selected in the NHL Draft.

Seven WHL players attending the camp are eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, set to be held June 21-22 at Rogers Place in Vancouver, B.C. Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants is ranked second among North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings and is the CHL’s top-ranked prospect in addition to earning an invitation to the camp.  

Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades, Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and Peyton Krebs of the Winnipeg ICE, ranked within the top 10 skaters in North America, also earned camp invitations. Nolan Foote of the Kelowna Rockets, ranked 37th among North American skaters, and Luka Burzan of the Brandon Wheat Kings, ranked 126th, will be attending the camp. Calgary Hitmen forward Carson Focht is also eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Two of the 43 players invited to the camp are eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft in Montreal, Que., with Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Braden Schneider occupying one of those slots. The Prince Albert, Sask. product has represented Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

The Wheat Kings and Hitmen lead the WHL contingent with each boasting a pair of players invited to the camp. Eight other WHL member Clubs are represented by a single player. The WHL will also be represented on the team staff by assistant coach Mitch Love, head coach of the Blades.

WHL Invitees – Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp              H W DOB Hometown WHL Club NHL Defence             Calen Addison 5’10” 180 4/11/2000 Brandon, Man. Lethbridge Hurricanes PIT ’18 (2-53) Bowen Byram 6’1” 192 6/13/2001 Cranbrook, B.C. Vancouver Giants Eligible 2019 Braden Schneider 6’2” 210 9/20/2001 Prince Albert, Sask. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2020 Ty Smith 5’11” 177 3/24/2000 Lloydminster, Alta. Spokane Chiefs NJ ’18 (1-17) Jett Woo 6’0” 203 7/27/2000 Winnipeg, Man. Calgary Hitmen VAN ‘18
(2-37) Forwards             Luka Burzan 6’1” 190 1/7/2000 Surrey, B.C. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2019 Dylan Cozens 6’3” 185 2/9/2001 Whitehorse, Yukon Lethbridge Hurricanes Eligible 2019 Kirby Dach 6’4” 195 1/21/2001 Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Saskatoon Blades Eligible 2019 Carson Focht 6’0” 177 2/4/2000 Regina, Sask. Calgary Hitmen Eligible 2019 Cole Fonstad 5’10 165 4/24/2000 Estevan, Sask. Prince Albert Raiders MTL ’18 (5-128) Nolan Foote 6’3” 188 11/29/2000 Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna Rockets Eligible 2019 Peyton Krebs 5’11” 180 1/26/2001 Okotoks, Alta. Winnipeg ICE Eligible 2019
The five goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 25 forwards will be split into two teams – Red and White. The Canadians will play four games in Plymouth, taking on the United States twice in addition to singles against Finland and Sweden.
 
Brad McEwen, head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group member Mark Hunter put the roster together, and will continue to monitor the athletes through the start of the 2019-20 season ahead of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
 
“We’re very pleased with the group that will be brought together in Plymouth,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams. “This is a development opportunity for some of the younger athletes, and it’s a great opportunity for our coaching staff and players to start developing solid relationship ahead of the World Juniors.”

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

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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Matthew Savoie, the first overall selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement 06/13/19

The Winnipeg ICE Hockey Club announced on Thursday that Matthew Savoie, the first overall selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement with the organization.

“Today is an exciting day for the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg ICE franchise,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager. “Matt is an elite player and we are excited that he has chosen the WHL and Winnipeg ICE to continue his development.”

Savoie, from St. Albert, Alberta, played in 31 regular season games with the Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) during the 2018-2019 season. In those 31 games, he recorded 31 goals and added 40 assists for 71 points. The five-foot-nine, 165-pound forward added three goals and 12 points in five playoff games helping NAX capture a league championship.

Savoie led his team in assists and points and finished fifth in league scoring. He received the Midget Prep Division MVP Award following the season.

In addition, Savoie suited up for Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. He scored six goals and added seven assists for 13 points in six tournament games helping Alberta earn a bronze medal.

Following the 2017-2018 campaign, Savoie was named the CSSHL Bantam Prep Most Valuable Player after recording 28 goals and 69 assists for 97 points in 30 regular season games with the Northern Alberta X-Treme Bantam Prep.

Savoie is the third player from the 2019 draft class to sign with the organization following Conor Geekie (first round, second overall) and Daniel Hauser (sixth round, 120th overall).

ICE RELEASE 100 MORE SEATS AT WAYNE FLEMING ARENA AHEAD OF 2019-2020 REGULAR SEASON

The Winnipeg ICE also announced on Thursday that it has released 100 additional seats at Wayne Fleming Arena ahead of the 2019-2020 regular season.

Winnipeg ICE 2019-2020 season seat memberships are available for as low as $45.75 per month (applicable ticket processing fees and taxes not included).


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