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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Blazers acquire Braid from Saskatoon

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers have acquired 18-year-old forward Chasetan Braid from the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a 5th round WHL Bantam pick in 2017.

Braid played last season with the Saskatoon Blades, picking up four points. 

This season, the Chauvin, Alberta native had four points in three WHL preseason games and has a goal and an assist in three WHL regular season games.   

“Chasetan is a competitive player,” commented General Manager, Craig Bonner. “We believe he can contribute to our line-up. We wanted to add a player who competes hard, and will create some internal competition.” 

The 6’0” and 168lb forward will join the Blazers for practice on Friday afternoon and is expected to be in the line-up on Saturday, October 10th when the Blazers host the Victoria Royals. 


Tim O’Donovan

Director of Hockey / Media Administration

Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club


Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 146 WHL Alumni are on National Hockey League opening day rosters for the start of the 2015-16 season.

Led by the Vancouver Canucks, whose roster includes nine WHL grads, all 30 NHL Clubs boast at least one former WHL player. The Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs enter the 2015-16 season each with seven WHL grads on their respective rosters. 

Of the 146 WHL grad
uates listed on opening dayrosters, 16 are currently on the injured reserve lists of NHL Clubs.

Below is the complete list of WHL Alumni who are on NHL opening 
day rosters for the 2015-16 season:

Anaheim Ducks (5)

Ryan Getzlaf; Calgary Hitmen
Anton Khudobin; Saskatoon Blades
Clayton Stoner; Tri-City Americans
*Kenton Helgesen; Calgary Hitmen
*Nate Thompson; Seattle Thunderbirds

Arizona Coyotes (7)

Kyle Chipchura; Prince Albert Raiders
Shane Doan; Kamloops Blazers
Stefan Elliott; Saskatoon Blades
Boyd Gordon; Red Deer Rebels
Martin Hanzal; Red Deer Rebels
Jordan Martinook; Vancouver Giants
Michael Stone; Calgary Hitmen

Boston Bruins (3)

Brett Connolly; Prince George Cougars
Joe Morrow; Portland Winterhawks
*Zdeno Chara; Prince George Cougars

Buffalo Sabres (7)

Tyler Ennis; Medicine Hat Tigers
Cody Franson; Vancouver Giants
Evander Kane; Vancouver Giants
Mark Pysyk; Edmonton Oil Kings
Sam Reinhart; Kootenay ICE
*Josh Gorges, Kelowna Rockets
*Brendan Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders

Calgary Flames (6)

Mikael Backlund; Kelowna Rockets
Lance Bouma, Vancouver Giants
Deryk Engelland; Moose Jaw Warriors
Micheal Ferland; Brandon Wheat Kings, Saskatoon Blades
Brett Kulak; Vancouver Giants
Kris Russell; Medicine Hat Tigers

Carolina Hurricanes (3)

Victor Rask; Calgary Hitmen
Kris Versteeg; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kamloops Blazers, Red Deer Rebels
Cam Ward; Red Deer Rebels

Chicago Blackhawks (4)

Marian Hossa; Portland Winterhawks
Duncan Keith; Kelowna Rockets
Brent Seabrook; Lethbridge Hurricanes
*Michal Rozsival; Swift Current Broncos

Colorado Avalanche (6)

Tyson Barrie; Kelowna Rockets
Blake Comeau; Kelowna Rockets
Nick Holden; Chilliwack Bruins
Jarome Iginla; Kamloops Blazers
Cody McLeod; Portland Winterhawks
Brad Stuart; Regina Pats, Calgary Hitmen

Columbus Blue Jackets (6)

Matt Calvert; Brandon Wheat Kings
Kevin Connauton; Vancouver Giants
Brandon Dubinsky; Portland Winterhawks
Scott Hartnell; Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan Johansen; Portland Winterhawks
Ryan Murray; Everett Silvertips

Dallas Stars (5)

Jamie Benn; Kelowna Rockets
Cody Eakin; Swift Current Broncos, Kootenay ICE
Vernon Fiddler; Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers
Travis Moen; Kelowna Rockets
Colton Sceviour; Portland Winterhawks, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Detroit Red Wings (3)

Landon Ferraro; Red Deer Rebels, Everett Silvertips
Mike Green; Saskatoon Blades
*Darren Helm; Medicine Hat Tigers

Edmonton Oilers (7)

Brandon Davidson; Regina Pats
Andrew Ference; Portland Winterhawks
Rob Klinkhammer; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Seattle Thunderbirds, Portland Winterhawks, Brandon Wheat Kings
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins; Red Deer Rebels
Griffin Reinhart; Edmonton Oil Kings
*Jordan Eberle; Regina Pats
*Martin Gernat; Edmonton Oil Kings

Florida Panthers (3)

Quinton Howden; Moose Jaw Warriors
Alex Petrovic; Red Deer Rebels
*Steven Hodges; Chilliwack Bruins, Victoria Royals

L.A. Kings (5)

Milan Lucic; Vancouver Giants
Brayden McNabb; Kootenay ICE
Jeff Schultz; Calgary Hitmen
Jordan Weal; Regina Pats
*Dwight King; Lethbridge Hurricanes

Minnesota Wild (5)

Devan Dubnyk; Kamloops Blazers
Matt Dumba; Red Deer Rebels, Portland Winterhawks
Darcy Kuemper; Red Deer Rebels
Nino Niederreiter; Portland Winterhawks
Jared Spurgeon; Spokane Chiefs

Montreal Canadiens (4)

Tomas Fleischmann; Moose Jaw Warriors
Brendan Gallagher; Vancouver Giants
Carey Price; Tri-City Americans
Dale Weise; Swift Current Broncos

Nashville Predators (5)

Victor Bartley; Kamloops Blazers, Regina Pats
Paul Gaustad; Portland Winterhawks
Barret Jackman; Regina Pats
Seth Jones; Portland Winterhawks
Shea Weber; Kelowna Rockets

New Jersey Devils (3)

David Schlemko; Medicine Hat Tigers
Damon Severson; Kelowna Rockets
Jordin Tootoo; Brandon Wheat Kings

New York Islanders (4)

Johnny Boychuk; Calgary Hitmen, Moose Jaw Warriors
Travis Hamonic; Moose Jaw Warriors, Brandon Wheat Kings
Ryan Pulock; Brandon Wheat Kings
*Thomas Hickey; Seattle Thunderbirds

New York Rangers (5)

Emerson Etem; Medicine Hat Tigers
Dylan McIlrath; Moose Jaw Warriors
Jarret Stoll; Edmonton ICE, Kootenay ICE
*Mackenzie Skapski; Kootenay ICE
*Nick Tarnasky; Vancouver Giants, Kelowna Rockets, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Ottawa Senators (6)

Jared Cowen; Spokane Chiefs
Curtis Lazar; Edmonton Oil Kings
Clarke MacArthur; Medicine Hat Tigers
Zack Smith; Swift Current Broncos
Mark Stone; Brandon Wheat Kings
*Chris Phillips; Prince Albert Raiders, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers (6)

Radko Gudas; Everett Silvertips
Brandon Manning; Chilliwack Bruins
Brayden Schenn; Brandon Wheat Kings, Saskatoon Blades
Luke Schenn; Kelowna Rockets
Nick Schultz; Prince Albert Raiders
Ryan White; Calgary Hitmen

Pittsburgh Penguins (1)

*Eric Fehr; Brandon Wheat Kings

St. Louis Blues (6)

Jay Bouwmeester; Medicine Hat Tigers
Kyle Brodziak; Moose Jaw Warriors
Troy Brouwer; Moose Jaw Warriors
Joel Edmundson; Moose Jaw Warriors, Kamloops Blazers
Ryan Reaves; Brandon Wheat Kings
Scottie Upshall; Kamloops Blazers

San Jose Sharks (3)

Brenden Dillon; Seattle Thunderbirds
Martin Jones; Calgary Hitmen
Patrick Marleau, Seattle Thunderbirds

Tampa Bay Lightning (2)

Braydon Coburn; Portland Winterhawks
Tyler Johnson; Spokane Chiefs

Toronto Maple Leafs (7)

Michael Grabner; Spokane Chiefs
Joffrey Lupul; Medicine Hat Tigers
Martin Marincin; Prince George Cougars, Regina Pats
Dion Phaneuf; Red Deer Rebels
Roman Polak; Kootenay ICE
James Reimer; Red Deer Rebels
Morgan Rielly; Moose Jaw Warriors

Vancouver Canucks (9)

Sven Baertschi; Portland Winterhawks
Adam Cracknell; Kootenay ICE
Derek Dorsett; Medicine Hat Tigers
Alexander Edler; Kelowna Rockets
Dan Hamhuis; Prince George Cougars
Jannik Hansen; Portland Winterhawks
Luca Sbisa; Lethbridge Hurricanes, Portland Winterhawks
Brandon Sutter; Red Deer Rebels
Jake Virtanen; Calgary Flames

Washington Capitals (4)

Karl Alzner; Calgary Hitmen
Jason Chimera; Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings
Braden Holtby; Saskatoon Blades
Brooks Laich; Moose Jaw Warriors, Seattle Thunderbirds

Winnipeg Jets (6)

Dustin Byfuglien; Brandon Wheat Kings, Prince George Cougars
Andrew Ladd; Vancouver Giants, Calgary Hitmen
Adam Lowry; Swift Current Broncos
Tyler Myers; Kelowna Rockets
Nicolas Petan; Portland Winterhawks
Paul Postma; Swift Current Broncos, Calgary Hitmen

* injured reserve


COREY ST. LAURENT | Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

3 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the third edition of the BMO CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2015-16 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. 


BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 3




Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Erie Otters (4-0-0-0)




Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (7-1-1-0)




Calgary Hitmen (4-1-0-0)




Brandon Wheat Kings (3-1-0-1)




Shawinigan Cataractes (7-2-0-0)




Barrie Colts (4-1-0-0)




Rimouski Oceanic (6-1-0-0)




London Knights (2-0-1-1)




Red Deer Rebels (4-1-0-0)




Drummondville Voltigeurs (7-2-0-0)



Honourable Mention:

Victoria Royals (4-1-0-0)



Prince Albert Raiders (4-1-0-0)



Windsor Spitfires (3-0-1-0)






Paul Krotz

Director, Communications

Canadian / Ontario Hockey Leagu

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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-Some great news this week for three former Regina Pats. 4th all-time leading scorer Jordan Weal is on the Los Angeles Kings opening day roster. Last year's captain Braden Christoffer signed a 3-year entry level deal with the Edmonton Oilers and last but not least, former captain Brandon Davidson has made the Oilers opening day roster as well.

Davidson, the now 24 year old will start the year with the NHL club. It's really an incredible story for the Taber Alberta product. From being an undrafted bantam player to an Oilers 6th round pick in 2010, to his cancer diagnoses and beating that before now making the NHL. "Things are well right now." Davidson said. "I was able to have a good camp and I was put in a lot of good positions to have success. Over the years of trying to get in, it's nice to finally see some results and see my hard work paying off."

The road to the NHL was not the typical one for Davidson. Before he ever wore a Pats uniform he worked a job to buy his own sticks and equipment. "I had a very loving, supporting family that did whatever they could to get me to practice and to get me on time and stuff. My family has played a huge role in all of this and helped me tremendously. There have been a lot of things that were defining moments. I had to work as a kid to get by as a person before a hockey player. I think that contributes to who I am and how hard I work and I think throughout the years those things have payed off."

Davidson joined the Pats at 18 as an undrafted free agent in 2009, played in 59 games and recorded 34 points and 37 penalty minutes. That following summer he was selected in the 6th round of the 2010 NHL entry draft by the Oilers. He would play three seasons total in Regina and in his career scored 22 goals, 113 assists, 191 PIM'S and was a plus 36 in 200 games played. He captained the club in his 20-year-old season.

From there Davidson joined the professional ranks in 2012/13, starting the season in the AHL. However in November of 2012 he received some news no 21-year-old expects. He was diagnosed with cancer, had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy which put his career in jeopardy. But Davidson beat the disease and returned to the ice that season with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL where he played 11 games.

The following season he played an entire year in the AHL with Oklahoma City and then again last year another 55 games in the AHL before he got his first call up to the NHL. On December 10th 2014, Davidson played his first game as an Oiler in Anaheim against the Ducks. He played 11 more games with Edmonton that season and scored his first NHL goal on March 30th 2015 in Colorado. "It was a long journey." Davidson reminisced. "I started back in the East Coast after the chemotherapy and the surgery and worked my way up from there. I am ever thankful for all the support the Oilers have given me over the years and especially my family as well. I have had a tremendous support team and system and I owe it all to them and I am very happy with where I am at."

Now the work continues for 'BD' who wants to remain with the big club this season and be apart of the excitement that is growing with the team. There are eight defenceman on the Oilers roster and Davidson is seen by many as the 8th guy but will get some looks this year. He was kept over Nikita Nikitin who is on an NHL contract and will make $4.5 million dollars playing in the AHL. 1st round pick Darnell Nurse was also sent to Bakersfield. Davidson would have had to clear waivers to be sent down and the Oilers obviously did not want to risk that.

The Oilers open the regular season Thursday in St. Louis. You can hear my full interview with Davidson during the 1st intermission of Sundays Pats game against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

On a personal note, Davidson is a guy that does not come around very often. On and off the ice an incredible person and player. Could not be happier to see him succeed and I know that is echoed by everyone who was a part of the Pats organization during his 3 year career.

-As for the current Regina Pats, yes it was a tough weekend but everyone needs to take a pill and not jump on these guys. Yes the powerplay and penalty kill has struggled, yes their best players were not at their best in the two games but the comments that came into my blog this week are frankly embarrassing. It's four games into the season and fans are already writing off over half the teams players. Last year the team started oh and 2, the year before 1 and 5 and both times made the playoffs. I propose we wait more than 4 games to make any judgement on this team.

- The Pats are back in action on Friday when they host the Vancouver Giants at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock.  They wrap up the 5 game home stand on Sunday against Edmonton before heading out on a week long trip through Alberta.

- The Regina Thunder clinched home field in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday with a 30-20 win in Calgary over the Colts. Colton Klassen ran for  175 yards and Jaeden Marwick threw 2 touchdowns in the victory.

Here is a Week 8 PFC recap courtesy Ryan Watters at


The Game of the Week was in Calgary as the Colts hosted the Regina Thunder in a second place showdown.

It was the Thunder that wore down the Colts defence with the run game capturing a 30-20 victory to move into sole possession of second place heading into the final weekend of the year.

Colton Klassen carried 29 times for 175 yards and dominated.  Victor St. Pierre rushed six times and scored a touchdown.

Through the air Jaeden Marwick finished 17 of 22 for 139 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes.  Preston Bews caught four passes for a team high 45 yards and a major.  Ashton Vien’s only catch was a four yard touchdown strike.

Thunder kicker Kristopher Calcutt connected on three field goals including one from 38 yards.

The Thunder defence was terrific in the fourth quarter, shutting out the Colts offence.  Marcus Hall led the club with four tackles, Dustin Erbach picked off a pass and Vien blocked a kick.  Matthew Williams and Ryan Filyk recovered fumbles.

Heading into the final weekend the Thunder (5-2) will host the Edmonton Huskies (1-6) on Sunday afternoon.

The Calgary Colts were frustrated by the Thunder defence gaining just 88 yards on the ground.  The ineffective running attack forced the Colts to throw.

Quarterback John Kiesman was 18 of 33 for 330 yards and a major.  He found eight different receivers as Jesse Kutz led the way with three catches and 120 yards and the lone major.

The Colts did manage a rushing touchdown as Dylan Minshull scored on one of his nine carries.

On the defensive side of the ball Dylan Niedermaier had a terrific game, making a game high eight tackles, five assists and forced a fumble.  Conner Robinson picked off a pass and J-Min Pelley collected a pair of sacks.  Chris Schwarz and Alex Ogbongbemigo also had a sack while Colton Burr and Fabian Ross recovered fumbles.

On Sunday the Colts (4-3) will head to Saskatoon to face the top seeded Hilltops (7-0) looking for payback after a Week 1 loss.


Speaking of the Hilltops they played their final road game of the season blasting the Edmonton Wildcats 41-17 behind 537 yards of total offence and 26 first downs.

The offence was extremely balanced with 276 yards through the air and 263 on the ground.  Quarterback Jared Andreychuk was 10 of 25 for 254 yards and threw three touchdowns.  His top target was Evan Kopchynski who made five receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns.  Ryan Turple lone reception was a nine yard touchdown strike.

On the ground Logan Fischer and the offensive line was simply great.  Fischer ran 18 times for 153 yards and a score, while Des Vessey also scored on nine carries.

Defensively the Toppers allowed all 17 points in the second quarter.   Quinn Pierce made seven tackles, Cole Benkic intercepted a pass and Matt Kozun and Blake Adams had a sack each.

The Hilltops (7-0) will play for their first undefeated season since 2008 on Sunday when they host the Colts (4-3).

The Edmonton Wildcats only managed 62 yards on the ground against the Hilltops defence and did all of their scoring the second quarter.

Quarterback Jordan Olson finished 25 of 42 for 278 yards and a touchdown to Landyn Vick.  Ryan Smith caught nine passes for 92 yards and Tristan Schutlenkamper hauled in six passes for 91 yards.

Olson did rush four times and did score a major with his legs.

The Cats defence was on the field for the majority of the game.  James Ens collected a Conference high nine tackles and recovered a fumble.  Cameron Maschmeyer tallied five tackles and Tony Savchuk intercepted a pass.

The Wildcats (1-6) will host the Winnipeg Rifles (3-4) on Sunday in the regular season finale.


The Rifles won their third game of the season by blowing out the Edmonton Huskies 60-8 collecting 551 yards of total offence.

Quarterback Jamie Ybarra Jr had his best game as a Rifles finishing 17 of 24 for 347 yards and threw four touchdowns.  Former Okanagan Sun Zach Regert caught six balls for 113 yards, Julian Barnares caught a pair of Ybarra’s touchdowns, while Ian Lee and Michael Ritchott had the others.

In the run game Odun Ogidan rushed 11 times for 96 yards and score.  Ritchott had a second touchdown on the ground and Timothy Demidiuk also scored a major.

The Rifles special teams also got on the scoreboard as Kai Madsen returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown.

Defensively Bready Will was outstanding with six tackles, three special teams tackles, had a knockdown and two interceptions.  Michael Penner had eight tackles, Tyrone Hastings had the lone sack and Joshua Onyebuchi and Evan Vitt recovered fumbles.

The Rifles (3-4) have clinched the final playoff spot and will try to finish 500 when they go back to Edmonton to face the Wildcats (1-6) on Sunday.

The Edmonton Huskies dropped their third straight despite collected 424 yards of total offence and a very balanced attack.  They tallied 230 yards on the ground and 232 through the air.

Quarterback Bradley Launhardt finished 10 of 19 for 145 yards and a touchdown to Dylan Stanton for the lone score.  Eight different receivers hauled in a pass.

Tyler Lewis led the charge on the ground with 15 carries and 119 yards.

On the defensive side Chase Paylor, Jassen Brown and Branden Modin each made five tackles.  Paylor also had a sack and Braden Jackson intercepted a pass.

The Huskies (1-6) will close out the 2015 season with a trip to Regina (5-2) to face the Thunder on Sunday afternoon.


- The MLB playoffs are here! Was a great start last night in New York where the Yankees lost to the Houston Astros 3-0. Not a Yankee fan, glad they are out after one game. Much like their entire second half of the season, the offense was all dried up last night. Good riddance! Tonight's Pittsburgh, Chicago Cubs wild card game should be fantastic but I wish it was Thursday already when the Jays host the Rangers.

- Interesting that Toronto has decided to go with Marco Estrada in game 3 after Price and Stroman instead of R.A. Dickey. Dickey will get game 4 if it is necessary. If it is not then he wouldn't pitch until game 3 or 4 of the Championship series. I like the move, Estrada has been so good since the all-star break and the knuckleballer scares me. Even if he has had a good second half as well.

- The NHL season starts tonight! Jeeze October is a good month. MLB, NFL, CFL, NHL and of course the WHL. It does not get any better.

- Be sure to catch tonight's episode of Pats TV on Access 7 starting at 6:30. My guests this week are forward Austin Wagner, defenceman James Hilsendager and goaltender Tyler Brown.

That's all I have for today, have a great week everyone!


Monday, October 5, 2015

Four Pats prospects named to 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup

Regina Pats prospects Riley Krane (BC), Dawson Barteaux (MB), Jack Lenchyshyn (MB) and Mackenzie Belinski (MB) have been named to their respective provincial rosters for the 015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. Here is the news release from the Western Hockey League.

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League, in partnership with BC Hockey, Hockey Alberta, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, and Hockey Manitoba as well as in association with Hockey Canada, announced an event schedule, ticket information and team rosters for the 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup at a media conference in Calgary earlier today.

This year’s event will take place from Wednesday October 28th to Sunday November 1st at the Markin MacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary, AB. Rosters for Team British Columbia, Team Alberta, Team Saskatchewan and Team Manitoba were announced at the media conference.

Click Here for Team Rosters

The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will feature the highest-rated players in the under-16 age category from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The tournament will be a four-team round robin format and is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence for players. Additionally, the event assists the four provincial hockey associations in evaluating top prospects for future high performance programs.

“The Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup provides the top prospects in each province with their first opportunity to compete against the best players in their age group,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “The WHL, together with the four Western Branches and Hockey Canada, are proud to support this first step in the Program of Excellence which will showcase the future stars of the WHL and Canada's National Teams for the first time.”

The majority of players participating in the event were selected in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft or have since been listed by WHL Clubs. 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 fifth year of the event. The first ever Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup was held in Blackfalds, Alberta in 2009 and featured four of the top eight players selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 2010, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge 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, Saskatchewan. 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, the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup was not contested due to the Canada Winter Games. Team Alberta is a three time champion of the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, capturing the title in 2009, 2011 and 2013 while Team BC won the event in 2012.


Advance ticket sales will be available online including Early Bird pricing until October 25th. All additional ticket sales will be available at the venue. For all ticket and event information please visit the event website at

Tournament Passes:            
Adult - $40 (Early Bird - $30 – Online)                                  

Student (15-24) & Senior (60+) - $30

Day Passes:

Adult - $15

Student & Senior - $10

Youth (14 & Under) – Get in free with their minor hockey jersey or Halloween costume (Wednesday – Sunday)

*All games will take place at the Markin MacPhail Centre (WinSport) in Calgary, AB. All times local.

Wednesday, October 28
3:00 p.m. - Saskatchewan @ Manitoba
7:00 p.m. - British Columbia @ Alberta

Thursday, October 29
3:00 p.m. - Alberta @ Saskatchewan
7:00 p.m. – British Columbia @ Manitoba

Friday, October 30
3:00 p.m. - Saskatchewan @ British Columbia
7:00 p.m. - Manitoba @ Alberta

Saturday, October 31
1:00 p.m. – Semi-Final (3rd Place @ 2nd Place)

Sunday, November 1

9:30 a.m. – Bronze Medal Game (4th Place @ Semi-Final Loser)

1:30 p.m. – Gold Medal Game (Semi-Final Winner @ 1st Place)


(Player, WHL Club - NHL Draft/Current NHL Club – Branch Team)


Matt Dumba, Red Deer Rebels - Minnesota Wild - Team Alberta

Derek Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks - Pittsburgh Penguins - Team Saskatchewan

Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton Oil Kings - Edmonton Oilers - Team BC

Morgan Reilly, Moose Jaw Warriors - Toronto Maple Leafs - Team BC


Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen - Vancouver Canucks - Team BC

Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings - Florida Panthers - Team Manitoba

Connor Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels - Colorado Avalanche - Team Alberta

Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors - Tampa Bay Lightning - Team Alberta

Ryan Gropp, Seattle Thunderbirds - New York Rangers - Team BC

Haydn Fleury, Red Deer Rebels - Carolina Hurricanes - Team Saskatchewan


Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds - New York Islanders - Team BC

Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets - Arizona Coyotes - Team Alberta

Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars - Winnipeg Jets - Team BC

Brendan Guhle, Prince Albert Raiders - Buffalo Sabres - Team Alberta

Ethan Baer, Seattle Thunderbirds - Edmonton Oilers - Team Saskatchewan


Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants - 2016 NHL Draft - Team Alberta

Brett Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors – 2016 NHL Draft - Team Manitoba

Sam Steel, Regina Pats - 2016 NHL Draft - Team Alberta

Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings - 2016 NHL Draft - Team Alberta

Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings - 2017 NHL Draft - Team Manitoba

COREY ST. LAURENT | Senior Manager, Communications

Western Hockey League

Raiders Gardiner named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince Albert Raiders forward Reid Gardiner has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 4th, 2015.

Gardiner collected five points (3g-2a) in two games to help the Prince Albert Raiders earn a pair of victories this week.

On Friday, October 2nd against the Vancouver Giants, Gardiner recorded two points (1g-1a) and scored the shootout winner to lift the Raiders to a 5-4 win. The following night, Gardiner recorded another strong multiple point effort with three points (2g-1a) including the overtime winner to propel the Raiders to a 5-4 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. Gardiner was also named the game’s first star on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Humboldt, SK native is currently tied for first in team scoring with eight points (4g-4a). The 5-11, 195 lb forward is in his fourth WHL campaign with Prince Albert. Gardiner has amassed 136 points (67g-69a) in 195 career WHL regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Coleman Vollrath of the Victoria Royals for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Vollrath, a 1995-born netminder from Calgary, AB, registered a 1.50 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in winning both of his starts. On Friday, October 2nd, Vollrath had a productive outing as he stopped 26 shots to lift Royals to a 4-2 win against the Kamloops Blazers. The following night, Vollrath turned aside 25 shots against the Blazers in a 5-1 win and claimed second star honours. Currently in his fourth season with the Royals, Vollrath has posted a 56-35-4-4 record with seven shutouts in 118 career WHL regular season appearances.

WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg, Victoria Royals
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders

Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (WHL Nominee)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals

COREY ST. LAURENT | Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League

Blades - Ice Trade

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club tonight announced the Club has traded 20-year-old Forward Jon Martin to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

"Our 1995-born Bantam group was a very deep and talented class, and parting ways with an individual like Jon Martin is an extremely tough decision. Jon will get a great opportunity to continue his WHL career as a member of the Broncos. We wish Jon all the very best with Swift Current and thank him for his many contributions to our Hockey Club over the past four years," added Chynoweth.

Jon Martin was a seventh round selection (135th overall) in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft. In 250 career regular-season games with the ICE he compiled 72 points (35-37-72) and 346 penalty minutes. Martin attended NHL Training Camp with the Vancouver Canucks in 2014 and 2015.

Including long-term injuries, the ICE are now carrying 25 players (three Goaltenders, ten Defensemen and 12 Forwards).

Chris Wahl
Director of Sales & Public Relations
Kootenay ICE Hockey Club