WARRIORS’ TRACEY NAMED CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK 02/26/19

WARRIORS’ TRACEY NAMED
CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie forward Brayden Tracey of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending February 24 with 11 points (6G-5A) in four games, including a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Tracey recorded four-consecutive multi-point games last week as the Warriors recorded three wins in four appearances to improve to a 34-16-6-2 record, good for third place in the WHL’s East Division. His week began Monday with a three-point night, including two power-play tallies as the Warriors fell just short of a comeback in a 4-3 loss to the top-seeded Prince Albert Raiders. The 2019 NHL Draft hopeful then followed up that performance four nights later with another two-goal effort in a 4-2 win against the Swift Current Broncos in which he was recognized as the game’s third star. On Saturday, Tracey was named second star after picking up another three points, including one goal and two assists, in a 5-2 victory over the Regina Pats. Tracey then closed out the weekend with another three points as he recorded one goal and two assists in Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Kootenay ICE.

A 17-year-old from Calgary, Alta., the 6-foot-0, 174-pound Tracey is starring in his first full season with the Warriors after appearing in five games plus two playoff contests a year ago. In 58 games with Moose Jaw this season, the 21st-overall selection from the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft has tallied 73 points (31G-42A), good for first among CHL rookies and third in team scoring behind fellow forwards Tristin Langan (45-51-96) and Justin Almeida (25-62-87). He is listed 73rd among North American skaters for the 2019 NHL Draft in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings.

Also considered for the award this week was Detroit Red Wings prospect Joseph Veleno of the Drummondville Voltigeurs with seven points in three games, including two goals and five assists, and Guelph Storm forward and Philadelphia Flyers draft pick Isaac Ratcliffe, who registered seven goals and two assists for nine points in three games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Maxime Comtois (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Samuel Asselin (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Ethan Crossman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

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.



RED-HOT BLADES MAKE WAY INTO KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS 02/20/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019
 
Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week twenty-two edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Still leading the Western Hockey League, the Prince Albert Raiders claimed second spot in this week’s rankings with wins against the Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors and a pair of losses to the Brandon Wheat Kings. With Monday’s 4-3 win against the Warriors, the Raiders surpassed the 1972-73 Saskatoon Blades for the second-most victories in a 68-game season with 47. With 10 games remaining in their season, the Raiders are on pace to surpass the 1971-72 Calgary Centennials, who hold the WHL record with 49 victories in 68 games. The Raiders will continue their pursuit of the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Friday, February 22 (7:00 p.m. CT) as they play host to the Kootenay ICE.  

Ranked in the seven spot for another week, the Everett Silvertips went 3-1-0-1 on a five-game stretch this past week. Their week started Thursday with a shootout loss to the Red Deer Rebels, but rebounded with a 3-1 win against the Kelowna Rockets Friday. After the Silvertips took a 4-1 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds Saturday, they bounced back again with a pair of 4-1 wins against the Prince George Cougars. The Silvertips improved to 3-0-0-0 this season against the Cougars, outscoring them 14-3 in the process. Beginning a four-game home stand, the Silvertips will play host to the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday, February 22 (7:35 p.m. PT).

Finding their way into the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings this week were the Saskatoon Blades, who haven’t lost in regulation since January 12, rattling off a 11-0-2-0 run in their past 13 games. Goaltender Nolan Maier has been a big part of the team’s rise since the start of the calendar year, posting a 12-1-2-0 record, 2.33 goals-against-average, and a 0.918 save percentage. That has him tied for the most wins in the league during that span. On the cusp of clinching a spot in the 2019 WHL Playoffs, the Blades will make their final trip of the regular season to Manitoba, taking on the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday, February 22 (7:30 p.m. CT).

Earning honourable mentions this week were the Vancouver Giants and Portland Winterhawks.

Having already secured a spot in the 2019 WHL Playoff, the Giants continue to lead the B.C. Division, closing in on their first division crown since the 2009-10 season. The Giants can get closer to that goal Friday, February 22 (7:30 p.m. PT) when they host the Victoria Royals at the Langley Events Centre.

The Portland Winterhawks booked their spot in the 2019 WHL Playoffs Sunday with a 5-2 win against the Thunderbirds. Saturday, Joel Hofer (St. Louis Blues) recorded the fourth shutout of his WHL career, 2-0 against the Red Deer Rebels, en route to capturing WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week and Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week honours. Wins Sunday and Monday against the Thunderbirds and Giants respectively were aided by back-to-back hat tricks from WHL leading scorer Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks), who became the first player in the WHL and CHL to reach 100 points this season. The Winterhawks are on the road Friday, February 22 (7:05 p.m. PT), closing out their season series against the Tri-City Americans.
 
Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 22:
 

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (49-7-0-1) 1 19
2 Prince Albert Raiders (47-8-1-2) 2 20
3 Ottawa 67’s (44-9-3-2) 3 19
4 Drummondville Voltigeurs (44-10-2-0) 4 17
5 London Knights (39-10-6-1) 5 18
6 Halifax Mooseheads (42-12-2-1) 6 22
7 Everett Silvertips (41-14-1-2) 7 13
8 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (40-13-2-1) 8 20
9 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (37-12-6-1) 7
10 Saskatoon Blades (37-13-8-0) 2
       
  Honourable Mention:    
  Vancouver Giants (39-14-2-1) 10 14
  Portland Winterhawks (36-16-3-3) 1
  Oshawa Generals (37-18-3-0) 0

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 announce player and goaltender of the week 02/18/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

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

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Carolina Hurricanes prospect and Brandon Wheat Kings captain Stelio Mattheos has been named the WHL On the Run Player of the Week for the week ending February 17, 2019.

Mattheos recorded nine points (4G-5A) and a plus-seven rating in three games as the Wheat Kings won three-straight games against division-leading clubs, taking down the Edmonton Oil Kings and sweeping a home-and-home series against the Prince Albert Raiders. 

The wins improved the Wheat Kings’ record to 6-3-0-1 in their past 10 games, placing them four points behind the Red Deer Rebels for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

At home Wednesday, Mattheos recorded a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win against the Oil Kings. He scored Brandon’s fourth goal, also picking up assists on the team’s third and fifth goals to earn first-star honours in the contest. 

Friday in Prince Albert, Mattheos recorded a pair of primary even-strength assists in a 5-4 overtime win. Mattheos’ first assist came on the team’s second goal while his next helper came in third period as part of the game-tying goal to force overtime. 

Mattheos saved his best performance for last, recording a hat trick and four points Saturday in a 6-3 win at home against the Raiders. Mattheos scored the second, third, and fifth goals of the game for Brandon, adding a primary even-strength assist on the team’s first goal. His efforts earned him first-star honours for the game and the second star of the night in the WHL.

Overall, Mattheos recorded seven points (3G-4A) at even strength with a goal and an assist coming on the power play. Mattheos was selected by the Hurricanes in the third round, 73rdoverall, at the 2017 NHL Draft. Through 52 games this season, he leads the Wheat Kings and ranks fourth in WHL scoring with 82 points (37G-45A), including 18 power-play goals, and four game-winning goals. 

At the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, the Wheat Kings selected the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Mattheos first overall. In 240 WHL regular season games, the 19-year-old Winnipeg, Man. product has recorded 264 points (120G-144A), including 50 power-play goals, four short-handed goals, and 18 game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in 45 WHL Playoff games, recording 25 points (12G-13A), including one power-play goal and one game-winning goal. 

The Wheat Kings continue a four-game homestand Monday, February 18 (2:30 p.m. CT) when they play host to the Swift Current Broncos at Westoba Place. 



WINTERHAWKS’ HOFER NAMED
WHL ELI WILSON GOALTENDING GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019
 
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Hofer of the Portland Winterhawks has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 17, 2019.

In 120 minutes of action, Hofer posted a 2-0-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against-average, stopped 59 of 61 shots for a 0.967 save percentage, and earned his third shutout this season. Hofer produced back-to-back wins for Portland to help them clinch a spot in the 2019 WHL Playoffs. 

Saturday, Hofer stopped all 25 shots sent his way in a 2-0 shutout of the Red Deer Rebels. Hofer stopped seven shots in the first, 12 in the second, and six in the third for the fourth shutout of his WHL career. Hofer was named the first star of the game and the third star of the night for his performance. 

Sunday, Hofer stopped 34 of 36 shots in a 5-2 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds, allowing the Winterhawks to extend their run of consecutive appearances in the WHL Playoffs to a tenth season. Hofer stopped 11 shots in the first, 13 in the second, and 10 in the third for the victory while the Thunderbirds went one-for-two on the power play. 

The 6-foot-3, 157-pound Hofer has excelled in 11 games with the Winterhawks. Acquired in early January by the U.S. Division club, Hofer has posted 7-4-0-0 record, 2.76 GAA, 0.920 SV%, and two shutouts with his new club. In 41 games this season with the Winterhawks and Swift Current Broncos, Hofer has a 13-25-2-1 record, 3.67 GAA, 0.907 SV%, and three shutouts. 

For his WHL career, the 18-year-old product of Winnipeg, Man. has appeared in 60 WHL Playoff games, posting a 21-28-3-2 record, 3.40 GAA, 0.909 SV%, and four shutouts. 

The Winterhawks are back in action Monday, February 18 (3:00 p.m. PT), taking on the Vancouver Giants at the Langley Events Centre. 

WHL On the Run Player of the Week
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Cole Fonstad, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Connor Dewar, Everett Silvertips                                                               
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Justin Almeida, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Noah Philp, Seattle Thunderbirds
Dec. 27 – Dec. 30: Noah Gregor, Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Dante Hannoun, Victoria Royals
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jett Woo, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Tristin Langan, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Riley Woods, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Alexander Alexeyev, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Mark Kastelic, Calgary Hitmen
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Brett Leason, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson, Saskatoon Blades
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 21 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach, Saskatoon Blades

WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Mads Søgaard, Medicine Hat Tigers
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Reece Klassen, Spokane Chiefs                                                       
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: James Porter, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Taylor Gauthier, Prince George Cougars 
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Nolan Maier, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 27 – Dec. 30: Dean McNabb, Regina Pats
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jiri Patera, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Max Paddock, Regina Pats
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips 
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants 
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Sept. 21 – Sept. 23: Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers

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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Matt Stairs to Headline 2019 Regina Red Sox Sports Dinner & Auction

Regina Red Sox Report

Matt Stairs to Headline
2019 Regina Red Sox Sports Dinner & Auction

The Regina Red Sox are proud to announce that Matt Stairs will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Regina Red Sox Sports Dinner & Auction presented by The Water Warehouse.

Stairs, considered by many to be a Canadian baseball legend, is sponsored by 9 agents from Century 21 Dome Realty Inc.

This year’s dinner will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Turvey Centre.

Matt Stairs Career Highlights
• Born in St. John, New Brunswick
• Made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Montreal Expos on May 29, 1992
• Played in 1,895 games over 19 seasons 
• 1,366 hits
• 265 home runs
• 717 walks
• 899 RBI
• Scored 770 runs
• 30 stolen bases
• Career batting average of .262
• Career On Base % of .356
• Won the 2008 World Series as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies
• Holds the MLB record for career pinch hit home with 23
• 265 career home runs ranks 3nd all-time for Canadian born players behind Larry Walker (383) and Joey Votto (269)

Played with 13 teams and 12 franchises 
Montreal Expos (1992–1993); Chunichi Dragons (1993); Boston Red Sox (1995): Oakland Athletics (1996–2000); Chicago Cubs (2001); Milwaukee Brewers (2002); Pittsburgh Pirates (2003); Kansas City Royals (2004–2006); Texas Rangers (2006); Detroit Tigers (2006); Toronto Blue Jays (2007–2008); Philadelphia Phillies (2008–2009); San Diego Padres (2010); and Washington Nationals (2011)

Broadcasting Career
• 2012: NESN sports – Boston Red Sox studio analyst
• 2014: Phillies television broadcasting crew as a color analyst

Coaching Career
• 2017: Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach.
• 2018: San Diego Padres hitting coach

Hall of Fame 
• Inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in June 2012. 
• On February 4, 2015, was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

The Regina Red Sox is a not for profit, community organization. This yearly event is necessary to sustain the team and continue its on-field success.

For information on the dinner please contact:
Sharon Clarke 
Red Sox Director
306.529.8509 
sharonclarke@accesscomm.

The Weyburn Beavers are excited to announce Beau Rabedeaux as the Assistant Coach for the 2019 Season.

Reported By Weyburn Beavers

The Weyburn Beavers are excited to announce Beau Rabedeaux as the Assistant Coach for the 2019 Season.

Rabedeaux is in his first year as a graduate assistant baseball coach at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Rabedeaux is a 2018 graduate from the University of Jamestown with a degree in health and fitness administration. A four-time letterwinner at UJ, Rabedeaux helped lead the Jimmies to national tournament appearances in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

During his tenure at Jamestown, Rabedeaux broke into the top-10 list for single-season wins in 2016 and also sits third on the all-time appearances list with 64.

Rabedeaux is a Seattle, Wash. native and is is currently working on his Master’s of Business Leadership degree at William Penn.

Rabedeaux was a RHP for the Beavers in 2017.