Wednesday, April 16, 2014
"Under Mike's leadership, the Calgary Hitmen were a team that challenged for the top position in our conference," said Moore. "It was a difficult decision for us today but we believe that a change is necessary in order for our team to reach the next level of success. We would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Hitmen organization. He is an exceptional person and we wish him the very best as he moves forward in his career."
Associate Coach Brent Kisio, Assistant Coach Joel Otto and Goaltending Coach Darcy Wakaluk will remain with the team.
Assistant Manager, Communications
CALGARY, AB. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Wednesday the 23-player roster for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, taking place April 17-27 in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland.
The roster includes three goaltenders, sevendefencemen and 13 forwards.
The players, born in 1996 and 1997, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Ryan Jankowski, in consultation with head coach Kevin Dineen (Toronto, Ont.) and assistant coaches Trevor Letowski (Thunder Bay, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) and Gord Murphy (Willowdale, Ont.). Jankowski evaluated the players during the 2013-14 season, following them along with numerous other candidates during league play, as well as during the 2013 and 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenges.
The roster includes 12 players from the Western Hockey League, six from the Ontario Hockey League and five from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In total, 20 players (two goaltenders, five defencemenand 10 forwards) competed at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, one in 2012, 18 in 2013 and two in 2014.
The roster also includes 13 players (DanielAudette, Julio Billia, Clark Bishop, Alexandre Carrier, Haydn Fleury, Jayce Hawryluk, JoeHicketts, Jared McCann, Mason McDonald, Roland McKeown, Ryan Pilon, Brayden Point and Jake Virtanen) who helped Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team win the gold medal at the 2013 Memorial of IvanHlinka tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last summer
One player, defenceman Roland McKeown, returns from last year’s National Men’s Under-18 Team that won Canada’s third gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.
Six under-age players who travelled to Finland to participate in pre-tournament games (Jansen Harkins, Graham Knott, Nathan Noel,Jérémy Roy, Nicolas Roy and ParkerWotherspoon) will return to Canada. The players were added to Canada’s training camp roster to get added experience playing international competition.
Canada played two pre-tournament games ahead of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, losing 3-2 to the Finland on April 11 before beating Denmark 7-2 on April 14.
Canada is a three-time gold medallist at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, winning in 2003, 2008 and 2013.
The 2014 IIHF Hockey U18 World Championship opens for Canada on April 17when it faces Sweden. Canada will also face Germany, Slovakia and Russia in the preliminary round.
TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will broadcast Canada’s final preliminary round game against Russia on April 22, as well as both semifinals on April 26and both medal games on April 27. Check your local listings for game times in your area.
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For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team and the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, please visitwww.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along through social media atwww.facebook.com/hockeycanada,www.twitter.com/hockeycanada andwww.twitter.com/hc_men.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
This past season Troock had 58 points on 24 goals and 34 assists. In nine playoff games he had seven points on four goals and three assists. In four seasons with the T-Birds Troock has appeared in 144 games and has 45 goals and 56 assists for 101 points.
"Early in his career Branden had to overcome a number of injuries. But this year fans got to see his skill and potential for a full season," said Farwell. "Dallas obviously saw the huge potential he has and the big upside he has to reach his full potential. It is always great to see our players get a chance to move on and play at the next level and we wish him luck as he starts his career as a pro player."
Troock was originally selected by the Stars in the fifth round, 134th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. Troock was the T-Birds first round selection, 12th overall, in the 2009 Bantam Draft.
T-Birds 2014-15 season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
Courtesy Ian Henry, T-Birds PR
Monday, April 14, 2014
Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Medicine Hat Tigers’forward Cole Sanford is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 13, 2014.
Sanford recorded four goals and seven points over three games in the past week as the Tigers continued their WHL Eastern Conference second-round series versus the Kootenay Ice.
On Thursday, April 10, Sanford recorded an assist in a 7-4 loss to the Ice in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series in Cranbrook, B.C. On Saturday, April 12, with the Tigers facing elimination, Sanford stepped up to score four goals and two assists for six points while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 9-2 win over the visiting Ice in Game 5 of the series. Sanford was held without a point in a 4-1 road loss to the Ice in Game 3 on Wednesday, April 9.
Sanford, an 18-year-old from Vernon, B.C., is in his second season in the Western Hockey League with the Tigers, and finished third on the team in scoring with 33 goals and 73 points along with a +43 rating during the 2013-14 regular season. A sixth-round pick, 117th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft,Sanford has amassed 35 goals and 84 points in 125 career regular-season contests. He is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.
The WHL has also nominated Brendan Burkeof the Portland Winterhawks for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. A native of Scottsdale, AZ, Burke posted a 2-1 record over three games in the past week, allowing six goals on 89 shots for a 2.02 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage while helping the Winterhawks eliminate the Victoria Royals in the second round of the WHL playoffs. On Monday, April 7, Burke stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced in a 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series in Victoria, B.C. On Tuesday, April 8, Burke made 27 saves on 30 shots as the visiting Winterhawks edged the Royals 4-3 in Game 4 of the series. On Thursday, April 10, Burke turned in a 31-save effort while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 5-1 win over the Royals in Portland, clinching the Winterhawks a 4-1 best-of-seven series victory. Burke, who turned 19 in March, is in his third season in the WHL with the Winterhawks. Selected by Portland in the 3rd round, 49th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Burke has appeared in 99 career regular-season games, posting a 65-17-4-3 record with eight shutouts. He was chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 6th round, 163rd overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Apr. 7 – Apr. 13: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers
Mar. 31 – Apr. 6: Damon Severson, Kelowna Rockets
Mar. 24 – Mar. 30: Jaedon Descheneau, Kootenay Ice
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Collin Valcourt, Prince Albert Raiders
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Feb. 24 – Mar. 2: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Morgan Klimchuk, Regina Pats
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Taylor Leier, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Derrick Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Todd Fiddler, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Mike Aviani, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Chandler Stephenson, Regina Pats
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Matt Pufahl, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Julius Honka, Swift Current Broncos
Morgan Klimchuk made his professional debut with the Abbotsford Heat this past weekend. Klimchuk didn’t register any points over two games. He was called upon in the shootout on Sunday, but didn’t score on the attempt. Pats Captain Kyle Burroughs played a pair of games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this weekend, putting five shots on goal over the two contests.
Chandler Stephenson took another step toward playing in the professional ranks next season. The Saskatoon, SK product signed an NHL Entry Level Contract with the Washington Capitals over the weekend. Stephenson was drafted in the 3rd Round (77th Overall) by Washington in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He led the Pats with 89 points (30G, 59A) in 69 games this season and led the WHL with eight shorthanded goals.
Last week the Pats announced the 17th Annual Pats Wickenheiser Golf Classic coming up Monday, June 16th at the Deer Valley Golf Course. Entry into the tournament is $325 which includes a catered lunch and supper, all on course activities and a limited edition Pats golf bag (retail value $200). To register, fill out the attached registration form and email it to email@example.com, drop it off at the Pats Office or call 306-522-7287 before May 30th.
Congratulations to Griffin Mumby’s billets, the Kosior Family, who were named the WHL Finalists for the CHL and Dodge Canada’s Dodge Family All-Stars Contest. Wayne, Joanne and Landon Kosior won a trip to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup in London, ON as WHL Finalists and could come home with a 2014 Dodge Caravan.
Wednesday, April 30th – Season Ticket Early Bird Deadline/WHL Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 1st – WHL Draft
Friday, May 30th – 17th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic Registration Deadline
Monday, June 16th – 17th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic
Regina Pats Hockey Club