TEAM WHL ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, announced today the roster for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia at the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series on November 13 and 14 in Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Sask.
 
Returning to this year’s roster are seven members of Team WHL from the 2018 event, including three of the top-10 selections from the 2019 NHL Draft in Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades (Chicago Blackhawks, Round 1 – Pick 3), Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants (Colorado Avalanche, 1-4), and Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (Buffalo Sabres, 1-7). Returning forward Nolan Foote of the Kelowna Rockets (Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-27 – 2019) will add to the team’s strength at the forward position while a trio of 2018 NHL Draft selections, including Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs (New Jersey Devils, 1-17), Jett Woo of the Calgary Hitmen (Vancouver Canucks, 2-37), and Calen Addison of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-53), will once again bolster the team’s blue line.
 
Team WHL will feature a strong Saskatchewan flavour, including Regina product Carson Focht of the Calgary Hitmen (Vancouver Canucks, 5-133 – 2019), Estevan product Cole Fonstad of the Everett Silvertips (Montreal Canadiens, 5-128 – 2018), Yorkton products Kaedan Korczak of the Kelowna Rockets (Vegas Golden Knights, 2-41 – 2019) and Nolan Maier of the Saskatoon Blades (NHL Draft Eligible, 2020). Finally, a trio of hometown stars join Team WHL, including Saskatoon products Adam Beckman of the Spokane Chiefs (Minnesota Wild, 3-75 – 2019) and Connor Zary of the Kamloops Blazers (NHL Draft Eligible, 2020), along with Prince Albert product Braden Schneider of the Brandon Wheat Kings (NHL Draft Eligible, 2020).
 
NHL Central Scouting identified both Schneider and Zary on its ‘Players to Watch’ list as top-ranked prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft.
 
Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 5 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Saskatoon on Wednesday, November 13, before continuing on to Prince Albert for Game 6 to conclude the series on Thursday, November 14. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will host Games 1 and 2, while the Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4. For the first time since 2013, the event will close with two games in the WHL.
 
Team WHL Roster:
Forwards

Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Beckman, Adam Saskatoon, Sask. 2001-05-10 Spokane Chiefs MIN 2019 (3-75)
Burzan, Luka Surrey, B.C. 2000-01-07 Brandon Wheat Kings COL 2019 (6-171)
Chyzowski, Ryan Kamloops, B.C. 2000-05-14 Medicine Hat Tigers Eligible 2020
Cozens, Dylan Whitehorse, Yukon 2001-02-09 Lethbridge Hurricanes BUF 2019 (1-7)
Dach, Kirby Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. 2001-01-21 Saskatoon Blades CHI 2019 (1-3)
Focht, Carson Regina, Sask. 2000-02-04 Calgary Hitmen VAN 2019 (5-133)
Fonstad, Cole Estevan, Sask. 2000-04-24 Everett Silvertips MTL 2018 (5-128)
Foote, Nolan Engelwood, Colo. 2000-11-29 Kelowna Rockets TBL 2019 (1-27)
Hamaliuk, Dillon Leduc, Alta. 2000-10-30 Kelowna Rockets SJS 2019 (2-55)
Krebs, Peyton Okotoks, Alta. 2001-01-26 Winnipeg ICE VGK 2019 (1-17)
Tracey, Brayden Calgary, Alta. 2001-05-28 Moose Jaw Warriors ANA 2019 (1-29)
Zary, Connor Saskatoon, Sask. 2001-09-25 Kamloops Blazers Eligible 2020


Defenceman

Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Addison, Calen Brandon, Man. 2000-04-11 Lethbridge Hurricanes PIT 2018 (2-53)
Byram, Bowen Cranbrook, B.C. 2001-06-13 Vancouver Giants COL 2019 (1-4)
Korczak, Kaedan Yorkton, Sask. 2001-01-29 Kelowna Rockets VGK 2019 (2-41)
Schneider, Braden Prince Albert, Sask. 2001-09-20 Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2020
Smith, Ty Lloydminster, Alta. 2000-03-24 Spokane Chiefs NJD 2018 (1-17)
Woo, Jett Winnipeg, Man. 2000-07-27 Calgary Hitmen VAN 2018 (2-37)

 
Goaltenders

Player Name Hometown DOB WHL Club NHL Draft
Hofer, Joel Winnipeg, Man. 2000-07-30 Portland Winterhawks STL 2018 (4-107)
Maier, Nolan Yorkton, Sask. 2001-01-10 Saskatoon Blades Eligible 2020

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series will represent the event’s return to both Saskatoon and Prince Albert. In 2005 and 2014, the event made an appearance in Saskatoon, while Prince Albert played host in 2008.

The six-game CIBC Canada Russia Series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. Team CHL has won 12 times in event history, with Russia emerging victorious on four occasions.

The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Tickets for Games 5 and 6 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series are available now. Complete ticketing options available at the links below.

2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule
Game 1 – Monday, November 4 at Saint John, N.B.
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 5 at Moncton, N.B.
Game 3 – Thursday, November 7 at Kitchener, Ont.
Game 4 – Monday, November 11 at London, Ont.
Game 5 – Wednesday, November 13 at Saskatoon, Sask. – TICKETS
Game 6 – Thursday, November 14 at Prince Albert, Sask. – TICKETS

For event information, please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca

16 WHL PLAYERS SELECTED TO REPRESENT CANADA AT WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced its 66-player roster, including 16 players currently playing for or drafted by one of the Western Hockey League’s 22 member Clubs, to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, November 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta. and Swift Current, Sask.

The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

Featured among the 16 WHL players named to the roster are the top five selections from the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft – forwards Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta. / Edmonton Oil Kings), Sean Tschigerl (Whitecourt, Alta. / Calgary Hitmen), Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers) and defencemen Carson Lambos (Winnipeg, Man. / Winnipeg ICE), Nolan Allan (Davidson, Sask. / Prince Albert Raiders).
 

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB   Hometown WHL Club
Jayden Grubbe F 6-2 189 2003-01-12   Calgary, Alta. Red Deer Rebels
Dylan Guenther F 6-0 167 2003-04-10   Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings
Conner Roulette F 5-10 158 2003-05-13   Winnipeg, Man. Seattle Thunderbirds
Matthew Savoie F 5-9 181 2004-01-01   St. Albert, Alta. Winnipeg ICE
Cole Sillinger F 5-11 185 2003-05-16   Regina, Sask. Medicine Hat Tigers
Logan Stankoven F 5-7 167 2003-02-26   Kamloops, B.C. Kamloops Blazers
Sean Tschigerl F 6-0 181 2003-04-11   Whitecourt, Alta. Calgary Hitmen
Kai Uchacz F 6-1 190 2003-06-24   De Winton, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds
Nolan Allan D 6-1 188 2003-04-28   Davidson, Sask. Prince Albert Raiders
Nolan Bentham D 6-3 186 2003-06-12   Victoria, B.C. Victoria Royals
Carson Lambos D 6-0 204 2003-01-14   Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg ICE
Kyle Masters D 5-11 159 2003-04-09   Edmonton, Alta. Red Deer Rebels
Graham Sward D 6-2 168 2003-09-12   Abbotsford, B.C. Spokane Chiefs
Olen Zellweger D 5-9 165 2003-09-10   Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Everett Silvertips
Tyler Brennan G 6-3 193 2003-09-27   Winnipeg, Man. Prince George Cougars
Thomas Milic G 5-11 154 2003-04-14   Coquitlam, B.C. Seattle Thunderbirds

In July, 112 players were invited to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp and introduced to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. The players chosen to represent Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for Hockey Canada, with assistance from U17 Program of Excellence management group lead Martin Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que./Shawinigan, QMJHL), as well as regional scouts Rob Simpson (Ontario), Jason Smart (West), Darren Sutherland (Atlantic), Shaun Sutter (West) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

“After a successful development camp with the top young players in the country, there were many difficult decisions made to select the 66 players that will compete at this year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge,” McEwen said. “We feel this group exemplifies the values of the Program of Excellence and will represent Canada with pride as we compete for a gold medal this November.”

The tournament opens with all three Canadian teams in action Saturday, November 2 (7:00 p.m. MT); Team Canada Red takes on Russia at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current and Team Canada Black faces off against Team Canada White at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will air the semifinal in Medicine Hat on Friday, November 8, as well as the bronze and gold medal games on Saturday, November 9; please check local listings for details. Media accreditation for the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge can be requested online.

Prior to the start of play, the teams will take to the ice for pre-tournament games on Thursday, October 31, (7 p.m. MT). Team Canada Black will match up against Finland at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon, Sask., Sweden will play the Czech Republic at the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks, Alta., Team Canada White will face off against Russia at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current and Team Canada Red will meet the United States at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

After a successful ticket launch, event organizers have announced that single-game tickets will be available for purchase starting at $10 for youth and $15 for adults on October 16, and can be purchased online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

Medicine Hat and Swift Current will receive the net proceeds from all ticket sales as a legacy of the event to support grassroots hockey within their communities. Additionally, recent editions of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge have resulted in as much as $6 million in economic impact within the host communities.

More than 1,800 NHL draft picks have suited up since the inception of the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (previously known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, including 14 first-overall draft picks since 2001 (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015; Auston Matthews, 2016; Jack Hughes, 2019).

For more information on the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

WHL ANNOUNCES RULE CHANGES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today two rule changes that will take effect immediately. The rule changes were approved Tuesday, October 8 at the WHL General Managers meeting in Calgary.
 
The rule changes to be in effect for games beginning tonight include:

  1. Double-Minor Penalty – High-Sticking

When a double-minor penalty has been assessed due to an injury from high-sticking, the Referee will instruct the Video Goal Judge to review the situation to either confirm or overturn the penalty. This means that in every situation when a double-minor penalty is assessed for injury due to a high stick, the Video Goal Judge must review the situation.
 
There are three possible outcomes from a Video Review in this scenario:

  1. Video Goal Judge confirms that a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking is to be assessed;
  2. The penalty is overturned because the Video Goal Judge determines the injury was caused by a teammate’s stick or the puck;
  3. The review is inconclusive and the original call on the ice stands – a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking is assessed.

It is important to note that the Video Goal Judge is only to be used to review a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking that was assessed on the ice by the on-ice officials. The Video Goal Judge cannot be used to add a penalty that was not originally assessed. The Video Goal Judge is also not able to assess a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking when only a single Minor Penalty for High-Sticking has been assessed on the ice by an on-ice official.

  1. Face-off Location

When a delayed penalty is signalled, and the team not being penalized ices the puck, the ensuing face-off will be conducted at one of the two face-off circles in the penalized team’s end zone. Previously, the face-off would have been moved outside the blue line.

As a result of the elimination of the above exception, when the team not being penalized ices the puck the ensuing face-off will be conducted at one of the two face-off circles in the penalized team’s end zone.

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

WHL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE, TICKETING INFORMATION FOR 2019 WHL CUP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League, in partnership with BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Hockey Manitoba and Hockey Canada, announced today the tournament schedule and ticketing information for the 2019 WHL Cup, which will begin Wednesday, October 23, at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alta.

The WHL Cup features the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Ticket Information
Tournament passes featuring all ten games are now on sale until October 22 at a discounted rate of $30 per pass. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Click HERE to purchase your tournament pass.

Event Schedule
Wednesday, October 23
3 p.m. MT – Team Saskatchewan at Team BC
6 p.m. MT – Team Alberta at Team Manitoba

Thursday, October 24
3 p.m. MT – Team BC at Team Manitoba
6 p.m. MT – Team Alberta at Team Saskatchewan

Friday, October 25
3 p.m. MT – Team Manitoba at Team Saskatchewan
6 p.m. MT – Team BC at Team Alberta

Saturday, October 26
1 p.m. MT – 3rd at 2nd
4:30 p.m. MT – 4th at 1st

Sunday, October 27
9:30 a.m. MT – Bronze medal game
1:00 p.m. MT – Gold medal game

About the WHL Cup
The majority of players participating in the event will have been selected in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. The WHL Cup, formerly known as the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, has been sponsored since 2009 by the WHL and has been made possible through financial support provided by the WHL, Hockey Manitoba, BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Canada.

This year will mark the eighth year of the event. The first ever WHL Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alta., in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2010, the WHL Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games. In 2011, the Moose Jaw Warriors and Saskatchewan Hockey Association hosted the event at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, Sask. In 2012, the tournament was hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena, the home of the WHL. In 2013, the tournament was again hosted in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena. In 2014 and 2018, the WHL Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games. Since 2015, the WHL Cup has been hosted in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Team Alberta is a five-time champion of the WHL Cup, hoisting the trophy in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, while Team British Columbia won the event in 2012 and 2017.

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

AMERICANS’ WARM NAMED WHL ELI WILSON GOALTENDING GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

The Western Hockey League announced today that Tri-City Americans goaltender Beck Warm has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending September 29, 2019.

Warm won both road games for the Americans this weekend, posting a 0.50 goals-against average, stopping 69 of 70 shots for a .986 save percentage, and recording one shutout.

Friday, Warm stopped 31 of 32 shots in a 3-1 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds. He stopped all 21 shots through the opening 40 minutes, then stopped 10 of 11 shots in the final 20 minutes. He was named the first star of the game for his efforts.

Saturday, Warm spoiled the party in the Spokane Chiefs’ home opener. He stopped all 38 shots for the third shutout of his WHL career, turning aside 13 shots in the first, 12 in the second, and 13 more in the third. Warm was again named the first star of the night and was also recognized as the WHL’s first star of the night for Saturday’s action.  

In four games this season, Warm has posted a 3-1-0-0 record, 1.97 GAA, .941 SV%, and one shutout.

The 6-foot-0, 172-pound product of Whistler, B.C. was originally listed by the Americans and has steadily become one of the top goaltenders in the league. In 111 WHL regular season games for his career, Warm has a 54-41-6-1 record, 3.18 GAA, .907 SV%, and three shutouts.

Up next for the Americans is their first trip north of the 49th parallel on Wednesday, October 2 (7:05 p.m. PT) when they travel to Prospera Place to face the Kelowna Rockets.

HURRICANES’ COZENS NAMED WHL ON THE RUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Dylan Cozens has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week  ending September 29, 2019.

The seventh-overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2019 National Hockey League Draft made a dominant return to the WHL this weekend, posting six points (3G-3A) and a plus-two rating in a weekend split for the Hurricanes.

Friday, Cozens factored into both Hurricane goals in a 5-2 loss to the Red Deer Rebels. He scored Lethbridge’s first goal at even strength and then added a primary assist on the team’s second goal. For his efforts, Cozens was recognized with the second star of the game.

Sunday in the provincial capital, Cozens posted a pair of goals and four points to pace the Hurricanes in a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Cozens scored a short-handed goal in the second period, then added the game-winning goal and two assists as the Hurricanes broke open the 2-2 game in the third. Cozens was named the first star of the game and the second star of the night in the WHL.

After an extended stay at training camp with the Sabres, the 18-year-old Cozens has picked up where he left off last season as one of the team’s offensive leaders. In a full 68 games during the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, Cozens posted 84 points (34G-50A), including eight power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and four game-winning goals. The Hurricanes chose Cozens 19th overall at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Whitehorse, Yukon was a recipient of the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy in 2018 as the WHL’s Rookie of the Year. To date, Cozens has recorded 144 points (60G-84A) in 130 WHL regular season games, including 17 power-play goals, three short-handed goals, and eight game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in 35 WHL playoff games, posting 29 points (14G-15A).

The Hurricanes will begin a two-game home stand starting Wednesday, October 2 (7:00 p.m. MT) against the Saskatoon Blades.

The Winnipeg ICE are pleased to announce seasoned play-by-play announcer Mitch Peacock

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg ICE are pleased to announce seasoned play-by-play announcer Mitch Peacock will be the voice of the Winnipeg ICE.  

Peacock has been calling games on-and-off for more than 20 years, including the past four seasons in the American Hockey League.

A long-time Winnipeg resident, Mitch’s hockey play-by-play career includes time in the WHL as the voice of the Prince Albert Raiders as well as stints in Roanoke, VA (ECHL), Canmore (AJHL), Penticton (BCHL) and Fort McMurray (AJHL). His resume features NHL experience too with four years as a rinkside reporter on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and three seasons hosting Calgary Flames’ radio.

Highlights outside of hockey include play-by-play roles on CBC’s coverage of the Sochi, Rio and Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

All Winnipeg ICE games are streamed live on CJOB.com. Additionally, all Saturday and Sunday games are broadcast live on 680 CJOB.

The next Winnipeg ICE broadcast will be Friday, September 27 when the ICE visit the Saskatoon Blades. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 P.M. CT.

Winnipeg ICE 2019-2020 mini packs are available now! Save by purchasing 10 or 12 home games at the ICE Cave – Wayne Fleming Arena at the University of Manitoba at winnipegICE.ca.

BAFARO, KINDOPP, & ROSS NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

Toronto, Ont. – The 2019-20 Canadian Hockey League season is officially underway and early performances by six players from coast-to-coast have earned them a position in the debut edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week.

This week’s forward group is headlined by Peterborough Petes centre Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect who led the circuit with seven points, all coming as helpers, as he was dubbed the OHL On the Run Player of the Week. The Russian-born forward’s efforts guided the Petes to a 1-1-0-0 showing to begin the year.

Topping the charts in the WHL was Everett Silvertips captain Bryce Kindopp, who led all league scorers with six points counting three goals and three assists to help his club earn a split through the first two games of the new campaign. The veteran forward was recognized as the WHL On the Run Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Quebec Remparts right-wing Pierrick Dube, who potted a hat-trick Sunday to lead his club to a 6-4 victory over the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Across two contests, Dube has collected five points to come away as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

The blue line begins with Erie Otters defenceman and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Jamie Drysdale, who matched a franchise record Saturday in recording five points counting one goal and four assists in an 8-5 triumph over the Hamilton Bulldogs. The high-water mark draws Drysdale even with Steve Montador and David Froh as the only Erie rearguards to have scored five points in one game. Drysdale’s five points lead all OHL defenders.

Partnering on the back end is 19-year-old defenceman Seth Bafaro of the Vancouver Giants whose five points including two goals and three assists lead all WHL blue-liners in the season’s early goings. Bafaro enters Friday’s contest against the Portland Winterhawks as his club’s leading scorer.

Between the pipes, the top performance came from Seattle Thunderbirds netminder Roddy Ross, whose lone appearance proved to be busy as he turned aside 50 shots in an eventual 4-1 decision versus the Kamloops Blazers, giving the Philadelphia Flyers sixth round pick a leading .980 save percentage.



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bout 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.

WHL TO OPEN 2019-20 SEASON THIS EVENING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

  • WHL Club Logos – LINK
  • WHL Opening Week Logo – LINK
  • 2019-20 WHL Official Guide – LINK
  • WHL Player Headshots – LINK
  • Division & WHL Club Previews – LINK
  • Exclusive WHL Live rate for Media – LINK


Saskatoon, Sask. – Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison officially launched the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season Friday from Saskatoon. Beginning this evening, the WHL enters its 54th season as all 22 WHL member Clubs across Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest open their quest to hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions.
 
“This is the time of year everyone associated with the WHL, especially our players and fans, can’t wait to get another season underway,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “As the world’s top producer of NHL talent at this year’s Draft, the WHL and our member Clubs take great pride in not only providing the highest level of competition in the system but also the most comprehensive education and scholarship program. We are looking forward to another very competitive season as our Clubs battle for the Ed Chynoweth Cup and a berth in the 2020 Memorial Cup in Kelowna.”
 
WHL Hockey Returns to Winnipeg
On Saturday, September 21, WHL hockey will return to Winnipeg for the first time since the conclusion of the 1983-84 WHL season as the Winnipeg ICE are set to debut against their Manitoba rivals, the Brandon Wheat Kings, at Wayne Fleming Arena.
 
The Wayne Fleming Arena, which will be home to the ICE for two seasons, underwent $1.2 million in upgrades this offseason.
 
Kelowna Prepares for 2020 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia
For the second time in three years and third time in five years, the Canadian Hockey League’s best will compete for the Memorial Cup in Western territory as Kelowna prepares to host the 102nd edition of the annual event from May 22-31, 2020. The Memorial Cup returns to Kelowna for the first time since 2004, when the host Rockets claimed the national championship on home ice. Led by Tom Dyas, Chair of the Host Committee for the 2020 Memorial Cup, preparations are well underway.
 
Over $10 Million Invested in Capital Improvements to WHL Arena Facilities
All WHL Arena Facilities across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest United States underwent over $10 million in capital improvements prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, including the installation of new NHL-licensed acrylic rinkboard systems, improved video scoreboards, and upgraded lighting standards. The improves are designed to address player safety and improve the fan experience.
 
Return of WHL Cup to Calgary
Following a one-year break due to the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the WHL Cup returns to Calgary from October 22-27, 2019. Featuring the brightest U-16 stars from the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, Team B.C., Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan and Team Manitoba will all converge on Winsport’s Markin MacPhail Centre to compete for WHL Cup supremacy. Catch tomorrow’s WHL stars as they represent their provinces in Calgary this October.
 
Pats & Hitmen to Face-off in 2019 WHL Prairie Classic
The WHL is headed outdoors for the first time since 2011 as the Regina Pats play host to the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday, October 27 at Mosaic Place. The outdoor contest will be the third in WHL history and second featuring the Pats and Hitmen, who previously met in 2011 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. The event will be part of Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic Week, which also features an NHL outdoor game between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, October 26 at Mosaic Place.
 
Saskatoon & Prince Albert Host CIBC Canada Russia Series
The CIBC Canada Russia Series returns to Saskatchewan as Saskatoon and Prince Albert will play host on November 13 and 14, respectively. The WHL’s emerging stars will take to the ice at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon and the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert as part of a six-game series featuring all three Canadian Hockey Leagues in a preview of the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, scheduled for December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2020 in Czech Republic.
 
Red Deer to host 2020 WHL Awards, Bantam Draft
For the third consecutive year, Red Deer will welcome the WHL Awards and Bantam Draft on Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7, respectively.
 
25th Year of WHL Scholarship Sets Records; More Success Targeted in 2020
The 2018-19 WHL season marked the 25th anniversary of the WHL Scholarship and it was another record-setting year for North America’s premier amateur hockey scholarship program. In total, 405 WHL graduates accessed WHL Scholarships over the course of the 2018-19 academic season, representing contributions by WHL Ownership in excess of $2.7 million last year alone. The 405 WHL Scholarships represent a record-high for the program.
 
With over 6,000 WHL Scholarships having been accessed by WHL graduate players since 1993-94, WHL Clubs have made an investment of over $25 million over the history of the WHL Scholarship program.
 
As more WHL graduates choose to access their WHL Scholarship, the expectation is that the WHL Scholarship program will once again set records in 2019-20. The WHL projects exceeding 390 WHL Scholarships awarded to graduate players during the Fall 2019 academic semester alone. 
 
Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a guaranteed, full-year WHL Scholarship, including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees to a post-secondary institution of their choice. WHL players can also access financial assistance for post-secondary courses while playing in the League prior to accessing their WHL Scholarship. The WHL and Athabasca University have partnered to offer, through online and other distance education vehicles, fully-accredited university courses to any WHL player or WHL Graduate interested in further pursuing post-secondary studies while playing in the WHL or after they graduate from the League.

What We Stand For: The WHL Player Experience
The WHL is fully committed to providing our players with a world-class hockey experience. We believe our WHL Member Clubs offer our players the highest quality of hockey experience available in the world today and this can be best described by our three key cornerstones: Development, Education and the Environment.
 
Development:
We provide the highest level of competition for junior age players in North America. The quality of our coaching, facilities and professional support services offers the ideal setting for players to develop their skills. The 2019-20 WHL Regular Season sees the return of an elite group of coaches with extensive NHL and international experience, including Dave Lowry (Brandon Wheat Kings), Willie Desjardins (Medicine Hat Tigers), and Manny Viveiros (Spokane Chiefs).
 
Education:
The WHL offers the most comprehensive education program in North America. WHL Clubs are governed by League-wide education standards to ensure players not only achieve their high school academic goals, but also qualify for post-secondary studies. While playing in the WHL, players receive financial assistance for post-secondary course. The WHL also offers a full guaranteed scholarship to all our players, which can be applied to any post-secondary institution of choice.
 
Environment:
The WHL is committed to offering the best possible experience we can for our players, including a mandatory series of national health and wellness programs, such as the CHL Drug Education and Anti-Doping program, the Red Cross RespectEd program and our new Canadian Mental Health initiatives, among others. When combined with our WHL Seven Point Plan player safety initiative, these programs provide our players with a safe and healthy environment in which to develop.
 
WHL Community Initiatives
The WHL is proud to give back to its communities through a number of community initiatives scheduled for throughout the 2019-20 season, including the third run of RE/MAX presents WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation. This campaign has proven to be one of the single largest organ donor awareness campaigns the Kidney Foundation of Canada has ever seen. With the support of Don Cherry, his family and the entire Coach’s Corner team, the 2019-20 edition of RE/MAX presents WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation will be the best one yet.
 
In 14 Canadian markets across the WHL, Wawanesa will be hosting Toy Drives as part of WHL game nights. This initiative will see toys collected and distributed to a number of local charities across WHL markets and is part of a larger initiative across the entire CHL that ensures underprivileged children are provided with simple joys during their formative years.
 
For the second year, Fountain Tire returns with the Fountain Tire 3 Star campaign in the WHL’s Canadian markets. The program will once again recognize outstanding citizens who give back to their community. During the 2018-19 WHL season, a number of tremendous individuals were called upon as part of the Fountain Tire 3 Star campaign and recognized for incredible efforts in their community. Beginning in mid-October, the 2019-20 edition of the campaign will call for nominations of this year’s local “3 Stars” and includes an in-venue presentation in January and February 2020 to recognize those outstanding citizens and what they do to make their communities a better place to live in.
 
Banner Raisings
There will be a handful of banner raisings throughout the opening weekend of the 2019-20 WHL season, providing special memories for fans across Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
 
On Friday, September 20, the Prince Albert Raiders will send four banners to the rafters of the Art Hauser in recognition of their Ed Chynoweth Cup victory, 2018-19 WHL Regular Season Championship, WHL East Division title and WHL Eastern Conference crown. With the rival Saskatoon Blades visiting, the excitement will reach a fever pitch.
 
The Everett Silvertips will raise the Club’s seventh U.S. Division championship banner at Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday, September 20, when they welcome the Tri-City Americans to town.
 
The Vancouver Giants will send two new banners to the rafters of the Langley Events Centre to celebrate their 2018-19 B.C. Division title and WHL Western Conference crown on Friday, September 27, when they open their home slate against the Portland Winterhawks.
 
In Edmonton, the Oil Kings will celebrate their 2018-19 Central Division championship banner at Rogers Place on Sunday, September 22. Fans can bear witness to the Oil Kings Central Division championship banner in Ford Hall as they enter Rogers Place prior to the game.
 
Anniversaries
The Medicine Hat Tigers will be celebrating 50 seasons of hockey in Southern Alberta. Established in 1970, the Tigers represent one of the most storied franchises in WHL history, having claimed five WHL Championships (1973, 1987, 1988 2004, 2007) and two Memorial Cup titles (1987, 1988) since inception.
 
Up the road, the Calgary Hitmen celebrate 25 seasons of hockey in the Stampede City. First taking to the ice in 1995, the Hitmen also serve as a modern day WHL success, having staked out WHL Championship titles in 1999 and 2010.
 
NOTES FOR MEDIA: Approved 2019-20 CHL/WHL Media Accreditation has been distributed. Please inquire with your local WHL Club to collect. Should you not receive your credentials prior to the start of the season, 2018-19 CHL/WHL Accreditation will be valid through WHL Opening Week (September 20-29).

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.
 

TEAM WHL COACHING STAFF ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 CIBC CANADA RUSSIA SERIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada, announced today the coaching staff for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia at the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
 
Saskatoon Blades Head Coach Mitch Love will be behind the bench to serve as Head Coach for Team WHL for the first time. He will be joined by Prince Albert Raiders Head Coach Marc Habscheid and Regina Pats Head Coach Dave Struch, who will serve as Assistant Coaches.
 
Team WHL will host Team Russia November 13 in Saskatoon and November 14 in Prince Albert.
 
The 35-year-old Love, now in his second season with the Saskatoon Blades, was named an assistant coach for Canada’s National Junior Team this past May. Love, a native of Quesnel, B.C., previously served as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, where he helped Canada capture gold.
 
The 56-year-old Habscheid, currently in his sixth season with the Prince Albert Raiders, has represented Canada at numerous international events over the course of his career. In 2003, the native of Swift Current, Sask. served as the head coach for Canada’s National Junior Team at the World Junior Championship, taking home a silver medal. Most recently, he helped the Raiders claim the Ed Chynoweth Cup as 2018 WHL Champions.
 
The 48-year-old Struch, currently in his second season as head coach of the Regina Pats, served as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sweden this past April. Struch, a native of Flin Flon, Man., previously represented Canada as head coach of Team Canada Black at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
 
The six-game CIBC Canada Russia Series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team. For the first time since 2013, the event will close with two games in the WHL.
 
Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 63-25-2-6. The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years, with Russia winning the event in 2018 – its first title since 2014.
 
The 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series is supported by title sponsor CIBC, the Official Bank of the CHL, along with associate sponsors Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
 
Tickets for Games 5 and 6 of the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series are available now. Complete ticketing options available at the links below.
 
2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule
Game 1 – Monday, November 4 at Saint John, N.B.
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 5 at Moncton, N.B.
Game 3 – Thursday, November 7 at Kitchener, Ont.
Game 4 – Monday, November 11 at London, Ont.
Game 5 – Wednesday, November 13 at Saskatoon, Sask. – TICKETS
Game 6 – Thursday, November 14 at Prince Albert, Sask. – TICKETS
 
For event information please visit http://chlcanadarussia.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.
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