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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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Winnipeg ICE Hockey Club announced on Tuesday that it has acquired a conditional 2021 eighth round draft pick 06/25/19

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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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.