WHL ANNOUNCES FIVE-GAME SUSPENSION FOR THUNDERBIRDS’ MCNELLY


WHL ANNOUNCES FIVE-GAME SUSPENSION
FOR THUNDERBIRDS’ MCNELLY
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Cade McNelly of the Seattle Thunderbirds has been suspended five games for a cross-check major and game misconduct he received during WHL Regular Season Game #287 in Spokane on Tuesday, December 3.
 
McNelly’s suspension will start Friday, December 6 when Seattle visits Victoria. McNelly will be eligible to return to the lineup for WHL Regular Season Game #344 on Sunday, December 15.
 
Though there was no injury to the opponent on the play, McNelly is a repeat offender, including being previously suspended for a cross-check major and game misconduct.

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.
  -30-
For further information, please contact: 

Taylor Rocca
Director, Communications
Western Hockey League
roccat@whl.ca   Share Tweet Forward Share   Twitter Facebook Website Instagram Email     Copyright © *2016* *Western Hockey League*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
2424 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB  T2N 3Y9

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

CHIEFS’ HUGHES NAMED WHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that forward Bear Hughes of the Spokane Chiefs has been named WHL Rookie of the Month for November 2019.

A ‘C’-rated prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft, Hughes recorded 12 points (5G-7A) and a plus-12 rating in 12 games during November. The Chiefs went 7-3-2-0 in the calendar month, remaining in third place in the competitive U.S. Division.

During the month of November, Hughes recorded points in eight of his team’s 12 games, posting four multi-point efforts. The final point of the month for the Port Falls, Idaho product was an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime against the Victoria Royals Saturday night.

Throughout November, Hughes was recognized as the first star of the game and third star of the game once.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound forward has posted 20 points (10G-10A), including one power-play goal, in 22 WHL games during the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season. Originally listed by the Chiefs, Hughes has posted 22 points (12G-10A) in 24 WHL regular season games, including one power-play goal. He’s also appeared in three WHL playoff games.

Hughes and the Chiefs are in action Tuesday, December 3 (7:05 p.m. PT) when they play host to the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

WHL Rookie of the Month
November: Bear Hughes, Spokane Chiefs
September/October: Cole Sillinger, Medicine Hat Tigers

WHL SENDS EIGHT PLAYERS TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SELECTION CAMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce today eight WHL players have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, scheduled for Monday, December 9 to Thursday, December 12 in Oakville, Ont.

Five first-round NHL Draft selections headline this year’s representation from the WHL, led by returning defenceman Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs).

Joining Smith at the National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp are goaltender Joel Hofer (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks), defencemen Calen Addison (Brandon, Man. / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C. / Vancouver Giants), Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask. / Brandon Wheat Kings), along with forwards Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), and Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta. / Winnipeg ICE).

WHL Invitees – Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp 

Goaltenders H W DOB Hometown WHL Club NHL
Joel Hofer 6’5” 172 7/30/2000 Winnipeg, Man. Portland Winterhawks STL ’18 (4-107)
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 COL ’19 (1-4)
Braden Schneider 6’2” 210 9/20/2001 Prince Albert, Sask. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2020
Ty Smith 5’11” 175 3/24/2000 Lloydminster, Alta. Spokane Chiefs NJD ’18 (1-17)
Forwards            
Dylan Cozens 6’3” 185 2/9/2001 Whitehorse, Yukon Lethbridge Hurricanes BUF ‘19 (1-7)
Nolan Foote 6’4” 200 11/29/2000 Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna Rockets TBL ’19 (1-27)
Peyton Krebs 5’11” 180 1/26/2001 Okotoks, Alta. Winnipeg ICE VGK ‘19
(1-17)

COMPLETE SELECTION CAMP ROSTER

In total, Hockey Canada named four goaltenders, 10 defencemen, and 17 forwards to the 31-man roster.

“After a long evaluation process through summer camp, the early weeks of the CHL season and the Canada-Russia Series, we are nearing the final steps in selecting the roster that will represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Hockey Canada’s Head Scout Brad McEwen. “We are expecting a highly competitive camp from these 31 players, and we know there will be many difficult decisions when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in the Czech Republic.”

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, home of the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11-12. Tickets for selection camp are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, starting at $15 plus fees.

The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will air all 31 games at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, providing wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament.

Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and #WorldJuniors.



https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ywgwf-four-points-winnipeg-south/

WHEAT KINGS’ REINHARDT NAMED WHL ON THE RUN PLAYER OF THE WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Brandon Wheat Kings forward Cole Reinhardt has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending December 1, 2019.

Earning the award for the second time this season, the 19-year-old recorded eight points (4G-4A) and a plus-seven rating in two games as the Wheat Kings split a home-and-home set against the Winnipeg ICE. The win kept the Wheat Kings six points ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors for the second wild card spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Friday, Reinhardt posted a career-high five points in a 7-4 win against the ICE. The performance included the second hat trick of his WHL career and a pair of assists. He scored the second, sixth, and seventh goals of the game for the Wheaties, adding helpers on their third and fifth goals of the game. He was named the first star of the game and first star of the night in the WHL.

In Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the ICE in Winnipeg, Reinhardt recorded a goal as part of a three-point night.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound product of Calgary, Alta. is enjoying a strong first half of the season, posting 28 points (17G-11A) in 28 games, including three power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and two game-winning goals. His 17 goals are tied for fifth in the WHL.

Reinhardt was originally selected by the Wheat Kings in the ninth round, 197th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. For his WHL career, Reinhardt has 114 points (61G-53A) in 224 WHL regular season games, including 14 power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and 10 game-winning goals.

Brandon returns to action on Tuesday, December 3 (7:00 p.m. CT) when they play host to the Swift Current Broncos at Westoba Place.

ROCKETS’ BASRAN NAMED
WHL ELI WILSON GOALTENDING GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Brandon Wheat Kings forward Cole Reinhardt has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending December 1, 2019.

Earning the award for the second time this season, the 19-year-old recorded eight points (4G-4A) and a plus-seven rating in two games as the Wheat Kings split a home-and-home set against the Winnipeg ICE. The win kept the Wheat Kings six points ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors for the second wild card spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Friday, Reinhardt posted a career-high five points in a 7-4 win against the ICE. The performance included the second hat trick of his WHL career and a pair of assists. He scored the second, sixth, and seventh goals of the game for the Wheaties, adding helpers on their third and fifth goals of the game. He was named the first star of the game and first star of the night in the WHL.

In Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the ICE in Winnipeg, Reinhardt recorded a goal as part of a three-point night.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound product of Calgary, Alta. is enjoying a strong first half of the season, posting 28 points (17G-11A) in 28 games, including three power-play goals, one short-handed goal, and two game-winning goals. His 17 goals are tied for fifth in the WHL.

Reinhardt was originally selected by the Wheat Kings in the ninth round, 197th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. For his WHL career, Reinhardt has 114 points (61G-53A) in 224 WHL regular season games, including 14 power-play goals, two short-handed goals, and 10 game-winning goals.

Brandon returns to action on Tuesday, December 3 (7:00 p.m. CT) when they play host to the Swift Current Broncos at Westoba Place.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Calgary, Alta. –
 The Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets goaltender Roman Basran has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 1, 2019.

Basran made two appearances this week, posting a 1-0-0-1 record with a 0.96 goals-against average, and stopped 46 of 48 shots for a 0.958 save percentage along with one shutout. Earning three of four points from their two games this week, the Rockets are now 5-0-0-1 in their last six games and still sitting second in the B.C. Division, four points behind the Kamloops Blazers.

In Tuesday’s matchup against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Basran stopped all 27 shots through regulation and overtime for his first shutout this season. Though Basran did take the loss in the shootout, allowing one goal on three attempts, he was named the second star of the game for his efforts. Saturday against the Prince George Cougars, Basran stopped 19 of 21 shots in a 3-2 win for Kelowna. Basran stopped two shots in the first, 11 in the second, and six in the third.

The 18-year-old from Vancouver, B.C. was originally selected by the Rockets in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. In 20 games this season, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound goaltender has a record of 11-5-1-2, 2.49 GAA, 0.917 SV%, and one shutout. For his WHL career, Basran has compiled a 37-27-4-3 record, 2.68 GAA, 0.911 SV%, and four shutouts in 82 WHL regular season games.

Basran and the Rockets will begin their road trip through the East Division on Friday, December 6 (7:00 p.m. CT) against the Prince Albert Raiders.

WHL On the Run Player of the Week
November 25 – December 1: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 18 – November 24: Logan Barlage, Lethbridge Hurricanes
November 11 – November 17: Cole Reinhardt, Brandon Wheat Kings
November 4 – November 10: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
October 28 – November 3: Oliver Okuliar, Lethbridge Hurricanes
October 21 – October 27: Jake Gricius, Portland Winterhawks
October 14 – October 20: Orca Wiesblatt, Calgary Hitmen
October 7 – October 13: James Hamblin, Medicine Hat Tigers
September 30 – October 6: Ty Smith, Spokane Chiefs
September 23 – September 29: Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes
September 20 – September 22: Bryce Kindopp, Everett Silvertips

WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
November 25 – December 1: Roman Basran, Kelowna Rockets
November 18 – November 24: Roman Basran, Kelowna Rockets
November 11 – November 17: David Tendeck, Vancouver Giants
November 4 – November 10: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants
October 28 – November 3: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
October 21 – October 27: Shane Farkas, Victoria Royals
October 14 – October 20: Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers
October 7 – October 13: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
September 30 – October 6: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
September 23 – September 29: Beck Warm, Tri-City Americans
September 20 – September 22: Roddy Ross, Seattle Thunderbirds


BARLAGE & FRANKLIN NAMED TO VAUGHN CHL TEAM OF THE WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2019 Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 10th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Nov. 18-24. This week’s team features a pair of players from the Western Hockey League.

Headlining the forward ranks is Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Logan Barlage who finished with nine points (3G-6A) over three appearances. His top performance came with a season-high five-point effort against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday in which he finished with one goal and four assists in an 11-2 win that earned him third-star honours. For his efforts, Barlage was recognized as the WHL On the Run Player of the Week.

Also up front is London Knights centre and Washington Capitals first-round pick Connor McMichael whose week saw him finish with eight points counting three goals and five assists over a trio of appearances. McMichael, who is currently riding a 14-game point streak, put up his best showing of the week with a four-point night against the rival Kitchener Rangers on Friday in which he recorded a hat-trick and added one assist to power his squad to a 5-1 road victory and claim first-star honours.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Kamloops Blazers right-wing Zane Franklin who impressed over three contests, collecting seven points (5G-2A). With all three performances seeing Franklin record at least two points, his best showing came against the Prince George Cougars on Friday as he notched two goals and added one assist in the 4-3 final that saw him claim third-star recognition.

On the blue line, Flint Firebirds rearguard Riley McCourt shined across three appearances as he finished the week with three goals and five assists for eight points. Against the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday, McCourt was a top performer for his squad as he tallied four assists – three of which came on the man advantage – in the 6-4 final. That performance helped McCourt earn recognition as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Rounding out the beck end is Knights blue-liner and San Jose Sharks first-round pick Ryan Merkley, who has continued to impress in his first season in London as he finished the week with two goals and five assists for seven points across three games. His best showing came against the Rangers on Friday as he finished with three assists and third-star recognition in the eventual 5-1 road victory.

Between the pipes, Victoriaville Tigres rookie netminder Nikolas Hurtubise was nearly unbeatable across his first two appearances of the season as he stopped a combined 64 shots over 120 minutes to come away with a pair of victories. His most impressive effort came in a 30-save outing against the Quebec Remparts on Saturday in which he recorded his first career shutout in a 2-0 win. In all, Hurtubise wrapped up the week with an incredible 0.50 goals-against average and .985 save percentage, earning him recognition as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings As of Nov. 11

2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings
As of Nov. 11
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (2)
2. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
3. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (3)
4. College Français Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (4)
5. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (6)
6. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (7)
7. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (5)
8. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (12)
9. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (8)
10. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (11)
11. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (9)
12. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (14)
13. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (16)
14. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (13)
15. Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ) (HM)
16. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (10)
17. Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ) (20)
18. Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) (18)
19. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (19)
20. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (15)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL); Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL); Blind River Beavers (NOJHL); Panthères de St-Jérôme (LHJAAAQ); South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL)

2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings As of Nov. 4

2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings
As of Nov. 4
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (2)
3. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (4)
4. College Français Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (5)
5. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (13)
6. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (3)
7. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (6)
8. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (7)
9. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (9)
10. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (16)
11. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (10)
12. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (11)
13. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (14)
14. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (20)
15. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (15)
16. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (18)
17. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (12)
18. Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) (8)
19. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (17)
20. Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ) (HM)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Blind River Beavers (NOJHL); Burlington Cougars (OJHL); Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ); South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL); Edmundston Blizzard (MHL)

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