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Monday, June 30, 2014

Pats sign Jacob Elmer



Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced today the team has signed prospect forward Jacob Elmer (’98) to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

The Calgary, AB product was the Pats’ 6th round pick (116th Overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. 

 “It feels great,” said Elmer after signing with the Pats.  “The work starts now and I just have to become a better player, stronger and just push myself to the next level to crack a spot on the roster next year.  It’s just one step closer to being where I want to be.”

The 6’1”, 152 lbs. forward tallied 71 points, including 37 goals, in 52 games to lead the Mountaineers in points (tied) and goals.  At the 2013 World Sport School Challenge in Calgary, Elmer put up six points (2G, 4A) in six games.

Elmer will compete for a spot on the Pats roster when Training Camp opens August 21st at the Cooperators Centre.  The Blue and White play their first pre-season game August 28th in Regina against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Spokane extend Nachbaur

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs today announced head coach Don Nachbaur has signed a two-year contract extension. With the extension added to Nachbaur's previous contract, he is now signed with Spokane through the 2016-17 season.

"I'm exceptionally grateful to Bobby [Brett], Tim [Speltz], and the Chiefs management from top to bottom for the opportunity to extend my tenure with the Spokane Chiefs," Nachbaur said. "I am excited to continue developing our players and work with the rest of our hockey staff to provide a quality team for our loyal and deserving fans.

"I enjoy coaching in Spokane and being part of the Spokane community."

Nachbaur, the 11th head coach in Chiefs' franchise history, will enter his 5th season with the Chiefs - and 16th in the WHL - with the upcoming 2014-15 season. Currently with 598 career coaching victories, he could become just the fourth WHL head coach to eclipse the 600-win mark, joining Ken Hodge (742), Lorne Molleken (603), and Don Hay (609). Hay, now with the Kamloops Blazers, is the only active WHL coach ahead of Nachbaur in career wins.

"Don has done a great job of getting the most out of our players and keeping our team competitive in a very tough U.S. Division," said Chiefs' General Manager Tim Speltz. "He is very committed to our organization and his players in their development both as players and as young men. Don has earned this extension and we are proud to have him coach our team."

Nachbaur is a three-time winner of the WHL's Coach of the Year award, most recently winning with Spokane following the 2010-11 season. In previous WHL head coaching stints, Nachbaur racked up 202 wins with the Seattle Thunderbirds (1994-00) and 229 wins with the Tri-City Americans (2003-09).

The Spokane Chiefs' Bud Light Opening Night at Spokane Arena is Saturday, September 27.Ticket packages for the 2014-15 regular season are on sale now and begin as low as $96. Stop by the Chiefs' Ticket Office or call a Chiefs Ticket Account Executive at (509) 535-PUCK for more information.

Courtesy Chiefs PR 

Blades send Millar to Everett in a Trade


SASKATOON, SK -  The Saskatoon Blades have acquired a conditional 5th round pick from the Everett Silvertips in exchange for forward Graham Millar.

The pick Saskatoon has acquired is for the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

"Given the depth we have in front of Graham, this was a move we needed to make to bring in a good asset," said Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods.  "The trade will give him a new opportunity to play more in Everett while continuing our path to rebuild this team on the ice."

Millar, a 1996-born player from Penticton, BC, was a rookie with the Saskatoon Blades in 2013-14.  The 6'2, 180 pound right-winger appeared in 61 games for Saskatoon, scoring 7 goal and, adding 6 assists to go along with 37 PIMs and a -22 rating.

Millar was an undrafted player, being listed by the Saskatoon Blades in 2011.

The Blades would like to wish Graham all the best with the Silvertips.

Cody Nicholet
Manager Communications
Manager Community Relations
Saskatoon Blades

Saturday, June 28, 2014

95 CHL Players Selected in NHL Draft

Philadelphia, PA – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 95 CHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft held this weekend in Philadelphia representing 45% of the 210 players picked by all 30 NHL clubs.

 

The 95 CHL players includes 20 selected in the first round led by defenceman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts who became the eighth straight player from the CHL to be selected first overall when he was chosen by the Florida Panthers.  The first round total marks the league’s third highest in over 30 years matching 2008, 1998, and 1987, behind only the 2011 NHL Draft where 21 CHL players were chosen and last season when a record 22 CHL players were picked in the draft’s opening round. 

 

The second round of the 2014 NHL Draft featured 15 CHL players bringing the league’s two-round total to 35 representing over 58% of the top-60 selections.  19 of the first 60 players selected were from the Ontario Hockey League matching a league record in modern draft history set at the 2011 NHL Draft. 

 

Of the 95 CHL players selected, the OHL led the way with 41 players, followed by the Western Hockey League with 37 players equaling their second highest league total in modern draft history also set in 2007 and behind only the 2010 and 2005 drafts where 43 WHL players were selected.  The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League had 17 players selected this season.

 

“NHL Draft day is all about the players and their opportunity to celebrate with their family, friends, billets, and teams,” said CHL President David Branch. “On behalf of the CHL I would like to congratulate all of our players and their families on this special day, as well as our teams and coaches who help ensure the success of the CHL’s development model for student athletes as the number one supplier of talent to the NHL.”

 

Of the 210 players selected, 124 were forwards (62 CHL), with 65 defenceman chosen (28 CHL), and 21 goaltenders (5 CHL).  The top player at each position was selected from the CHL including Ekblad who became the first defenceman since 2006 to be chosen first overall.  Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice was the first forward selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres, and Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders was the first goaltender selected 34th overall by the Calgary Flames.

 

44 different CHL teams developed NHL Draft picks in 2014 including the MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings who set a franchise record with five players selected.  The Calgary Hitmen and Plymouth Whalers also had five players chosen, while four different clubs had four players selected including the Portland Winterhawks and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, along with the Kootenay Ice and the Niagara IceDogs who both set franchise records this season.  The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles led the QMJHL with three players selected matching 2004 and 1998 as their best draft in franchise history.  Former first overall pick in the QMJHL Entry Draft, Daniel Audette, also became the first NHL Draft pick in the two-year history of the Sherbrooke Phoenix when he was selected in the fifth round by the Montreal Canadiens.

 

27 of the NHL’s 30 teams selected at least one CHL player with the exception of the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Washington Capitals.  The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings led the way with seven CHL players selected with all seven from the OHL.  The Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks each had six CHL players selected, while the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, and Tampa Bay Lightning each had five CHL players selected.  The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks led all Canadian NHL teams with four CHL players selected, followed by the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets with three each, the Edmonton Oilers with two, and both the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs with one.

 

Following the 2014 NHL Draft, a total of 10,388 CHL players have been selected since 1969 representing just under 50% of all players.

 

CHL Players Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft:

 

(Click on a player to watch post-draft interview)

 

First round (20 CHL players):

1.    Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts) – Florida Panthers

2.    Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice) – Buffalo Sabres

3.    Leon Draisaitl (Prince Albert Raiders) – Edmonton Oilers

4.    Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs) – Calgary Flames

5.    Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals) – New York Islanders

6.    Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen) – Vancouver Canucks

7.    Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels) – Carolina Hurricanes

9.    Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads) – Winnipeg Jets

10.  Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes) – Anaheim Ducks

12.  Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs) – Arizona Coyotes

14.  Julius Honka (Swift Current Broncos) – Dallas Stars

17.  Travis Sanheim (Calgary Hitmen) – Philadelphia Flyers

19.  Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting) – Tampa Bay Lightning

21.  Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm) – St. Louis Blues

23.  Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels) – Colorado Avalanche

24.  Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Vancouver Canucks

26.  Nikita Scherbak (Saskatoon Blades) – Montreal Canadiens

27.  Nikolay Goldobin (Sarnia Sting) – San Jose Sharks

28.  Joshua Ho-Sang (Windsor Spitfires) – New York Islanders

30.  John Quenneville (Brandon Wheat Kings) – New Jersey Devils

 

Second Round (15 CHL players):

31. Brendan Lemieux (Barrie Colts) – Buffalo Sabres

32. Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings) – Florida Panthers

33. Ivan Barbashev (Moncton Wildcats) – St. Louis Blues

34. Mason McDonald (Charlottetown Islanders) – Calgary Flames

37. Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers) – Carolina Hurricanes

43. Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener Rangers) – Arizona Coyotes

44. Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes) – Buffalo Sabres

45. Brett Pollock (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Dallas Stars

48. Nicolas Aube-Kubel (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Philadelphia Flyers

49. Vaclav Karabacek (Gatineau Olympiques) – Buffalo Sabres

50. Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs) – Los Angeles Kings

54. Hunter Smith (Oshawa Generals) – Calgary Flames

58. Christian Dvorak (London Knights) – Arizona Coyotes

59. Brandon Halverson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – New York Rangers

60. Alex Lintuniemi (Ottawa 67’s) – Los Angeles Kings

 

Third Round (14 CHL players):

62. Justin Kirkland (Kelowna Rockets) – Nashville Predators

63. Dominic Turgeon (Portland Winterhawks) – Detroit Red Wings

68. Rinat Valiev (Kootenay Ice) – Toronto Maple Leafs

71. Connor Chatham (Plymouth Whalers) – New Jersey Devils

72. Alex Schoenborn (Portland Winterhawks) – San Jose Sharks

73. Brett Lernout (Swift Current Broncos) – Montreal Canadiens

74. Brycen Martin (Swift Current Broncos) – Buffalo Sabres

75. Alex Peters (Plymouth Whalers) – Dallas Stars

77. Blake Siebenaler (Niagara IceDogs) – Columbus Blue Jackets

79. Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors) – Tampa Bay Lightning

81. Dylan Sadowy (Saginaw Spirit) – San Jose Sharks

84. Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion) – Colorado Avalanche

85. Keegan Iverson (Portland Winterhawks) – New York Rangers

90. Michael Amadio (North Bay Battalion) – Los Angeles Kings

 

Fourth Round (10 CHL players):

93. Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers) – Colorado Avalanche

96. Josh Wesley (Plymouth Whalers) – Carolina Hurricanes

99. Chase De Leo (Portland Winterhawks) – Winnipeg Jets

101. Nelson Nogier (Saskatoon Blades) – Winnipeg Jets

102. Alexis Vanier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – San Jose Sharks

107. Julien Pelletier (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Columbus Blue Jackets

114. Alexis Pepin (Gatineau Olympiques) – Colorado Avalanche

115. Brent Moran (Niagara IceDogs) – Dallas Stars

117. Michael Bunting (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Arizona Coyotes

119. Ben Thomas (Calgary Hitmen) – Tampa Bay Lightning

 

Fifth Round (9 CHL Players):

122. Richard Nejezchleb (Brandon Wheat Kings) – New York Rangers

124. Jaedon Descheneau (Kootenay Ice) – St. Louis Blues

127. Clark Bishop (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Carolina Hurricanes

131. Ryan Rehill (Kamloops Blazers) – New Jersey Devils

133. Dysin Mayo (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Arizona Coyotes

139. Tanner Faith (Kootenay Ice) – Minnesota Wild

140. Daniel Walcott (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – New York Rangers

147. Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix) – Montreal Canadiens

149. Rourke Chartier (Kelowna Rockets) – San Jose Sharks

 

Sixth Round (14 CHL players):

154. Aaron Haydon (Niagara IceDogs) – Dallas Stars

156. Kyle Pettit (Erie Otters) – Vancouver Canucks

157. Jake Marchment (Belleville Bulls) – Los Angeles Kings

161. Brandon Baddock (Edmonton Oil Kings) – New Jersey Devils

162. Aaron Irving (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Nashville Predators

167. Chase Lang (Calgary Hitmen) – Minnesota Wild

168. Radel Fazleev (Calgary Hitmen) – Philadelphia Flyers

169. Reid Duke (Lethbridge Hurricanes) – Minnesota Wild

170. Cristiano DiGiacinto (Windsor Spitfires) – Tampa Bay Lightning

171. Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts) – San Jose Sharks

172. Chandler Yakimowicz (London Knights) – St. Louis Blues

173. Jaden Lindo (Owen Sound Attack) – Pittsburgh Penguins

176. Samuel Blais (Victoriaville Tigres) – St. Louis Blues

180. Matthew Mistele (Plymouth Whalers) – Los Angeles Kings

 

Seventh Round (13 CHL players):

183. Keven Bouchard (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Edmonton Oilers

184. Austin Carroll (Victoria Royals) – Calgary Flames

185. Cameron Darcy (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Tampa Bay Lightning

186. Mackenze Stewart (Prince Albert Raiders) – Vancouver Canucks

187. Kyle Jenkins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Carolina Hurricanes

190. Francis Perron (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Ottawa Senators

193. Edgars Kulda (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Arizona Coyotes

195. Patrick Sanvido (Windsor Spitfires) – Dallas Stars

197. Olivier LeBlanc (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Columbus Blue Jackets

200. Lukas Sutter (Red Deer Rebels) – New York Islanders

204. Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Colorado Avalanche

209. Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs) – Los Angeles Kings

210. Jacob Middleton (Ottawa 67’s) – Los Angeles Kings

 

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Canadian / Ontario Hockey League

37 WHL Players taken in NHL Draft

Philadelphia, PA – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 37 WHL players were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.


Nine of the WHL players selected in the 2014 NHL Draft were chosen in the first round, including four players selected among the Top 10.

Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice was the first WHL player selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, chosen by the Buffalo Sabres with the second overall pick.  Reinhart, a product of Vancouver, BC, becomes the highest drafted player in Kootenay Ice franchise history, and just the third Ice player to be chosen in the first round of the NHL draft.

A 6’1”, 183-lb centre, Reinhart finished tied for fourth in the WHL in scoring with 105 points, including 36 goals, and was named the WHL Player of the Year and Sportsman of the Year.  Reinhart joins his two older brothers, Griffin of the Edmonton Oil Kings (4th overall, New York Islanders, 2012) and Max, a former member of the Kootenay Ice (64th overall, Calgary Flames, 2010) in being drafted by an NHL Club.

Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders became the highest drafted German-born player in the history of the NHL Draft when the Edmonton Oilers selected him with the third overall pick.  Draisaitl put up 105 points during the 2013-14 WHL regular season.

Jake Virtanen of the Calgary Hitmen was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, chosen by the Vancouver Canucks.  Virtanen, an Abbotsford, BC, product, led all NHL Draft-eligible players in the WHL with 45 goals during the 2013-14 season.

Red Deer Rebels’ defenceman Haydn Fleuryrounded out the four WHL players selected among the Top 10, being chosen seventh overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.  Fleurynetted eight goals and 46 points this season for the Rebels, and was named the Top Defenceman at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

24 WHL forwards were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft while 13 defencemen were chosen.

Since the NHL Draft’s inception in 1969, a total of 1,854 WHL players have been selected by NHL Clubs

2014 NHL Draft, WHL Players

1st Round
#2. Buffalo Sabres – Sam Reinhart; Vancouver, BC; Kootenay Ice
#3. Edmonton Oilers – Leon Draisaitl; Cologne, GER; Prince Albert Raiders
#6. Vancouver Canucks – Jake Virtanen; Abbotsford, BC; Calgary Hitmen
#7. Carolina Hurricanes – Haydn Fleury; Carlyle, SK; Red Deer Rebels
#14. Dallas Stars – Julius Honka; Jyvaskyla, FIN; Swift Current Broncos
#17. Philadelphia Flyers – Travis Sanheim; Elkhorn, MB; Calgary Hitmen
#23. Colorado Avalanche – Conner Bleakley; High River, AB; Red Deer Rebels
#26. Montreal Canadiens – Nikita Scherbak; Moscow, RUS; Saskatoon Blades
#30. New Jersey Devils – John Quenneville; Edmonton, AB ; Brandon Wheat Kings

2nd Round
#32. Florida Panthers – Jayce Hawryluk;Roblin, MB; Brandon Wheat Kings
#45. Dallas Stars – Brett Pollock; Sherwood Park, AB; Edmonton Oil Kings

3rd Round
#62. Nashville Predators – Justin Kirkland; Camrose, AB; Kelowna Rockets
#63. Detroit Red Wings – Dominic Turgeon; Cherry Hills, CO; Portland Winterhawks
#68. Toronto Maple Leafs – Rinat Valiev;Nizhnekamsk, RUS; Kootenay Ice
#72. San Jose Sharks – Alex Schoenborn; Minot, ND; Portland Winterhawks
#73, Montreal Canadiens – Brett Lernout; Winnipeg, MB; Swift Current Broncos
#74. Buffalo Sabres – Brycen Martin; Calgary, AB; Swift Current Broncos
#79. Tampa Bay Lightnigh – Brayden Point; Calgary, AB; Moose Jaw Warriors
#85. New York Rangers – Keegan Iverson; St. Louis Park, MN; Portland Winterhawks

4th Round
#99. Winnipeg Jets – Chase De Leo; La Mirada, CA; Portland Winterhawks
#101. Winnipeg Jets – Nelson Nogier; Saskatoon, SK; Saskatoon Blades
#119. Tampa Bay Lightning – Ben Thomas; Calgary, AB; Calgary Hitmen

5th Round
#122. New York Rangers – RichardNejezchlebSlavia Praha, CZ; Brandon Wheat Kings
#124. St. Louis Blues – Jaedon Descheneau; Edmonton, AB; Kootenay Ice
#131. New Jersey Devils – Ryan Rehill; Edmonton, AB; Kamloops Blazers
#133. Arizona Coyotes – Dysin Mayo; Victoria, BC; Edmonton Oil Kings
#139. Minnesota Wild – Tanner Faith; Wilcox, SK; Kootenay Ice
#149. San Jose Sharks – Rourke Chartier; Saskatoon, SK; Kelowna Rockets

6th Round
#161. New Jersey Devils – Brandon Baddock; Vermillion, AB; Edmonton Oil Kings
#162. Nashville Predators – Aaron Irving; Edmonton, AB; Edmonton Oil Kings
#167. Minnesota Wild – Chase Lang; Nanaimo, BC; Calgary Hitmen
#168. Philadelphia Flyers – Radel Fazleev; Kazan, RUS; Calgary Hitmen
#169. Minnesota Wild – Reid Duke; Calgary, AB; Lethbridge Hurricanes

7th Round
#184. Calgary Flames – Austin Carroll; Scottsdale, AZ; Victoria Royals
#186. Vancouver Canucks – MacKenzeStewart; Calgary, AB; Prince Albert Raiders
#193. Arizona Coyotes – Edgars Kulda; Riga, LAT; Edmonton Oil Kings
#200. New York Islanders – Lukas Sutter;Lethbridge, AB; Red Deer Rebels

Past WHL – NHL Draft Results
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, including eight in the 1st round.
A total of 32 WHL players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, including six in the 1st round.
A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the 1st round.
A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including seven in the 1st round.
A total of 31 WHL players were selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the 1st round.
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 24 WHL players were selected in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft


Jeff Hubert

Director, Communications

Western Hockey League



 

 

Friday, June 27, 2014

9 WHL Players selected in 1st Rd of NHL Draft

Newark, NJ – Nine players from the Western Hockey League heard their named called in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, on June 27, including four players selected among the Top 10.


Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice was the first WHL player selected in the 2014 NHL Draft, chosen by the Buffalo Sabres with the second overall pick.  Reinhart, a product of Vancouver, BC, becomes the highest drafted player in Kootenay Ice franchise history, and just the third Ice player to be chosen in the first round of the NHL draft.

A 6’1”, 183-lb centre, Reinhart finished tied for fourth in the WHL in scoring with 105 points, including 36 goals, and was named the WHL Player of the Year and Sportsman of the Year.  Reinhart joins his two older brothers, Griffin of the Edmonton Oil Kings (4th overall, New York Islanders, 2012) and Max, a former member of the Kootenay Ice (64th overall, Calgary Flames, 2010) in being drafted by an NHL Club.

Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders became the highest drafted German-born player in the history of the NHL Draft when the Edmonton Oilers selected him with the third overall pick.  Draisaitl put up 105 points during the 2013-14 WHL regular season.

Jake Virtanen of the Calgary Hitmen was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, chosen by the Vancouver Canucks.  Virtanen, an Abbotsford, BC, product, led all NHL Draft-eligible players in the WHL with 45 goals during the 2013-14 season.

Red Deer Rebels’ defenceman Haydn Fleury round out the four WHL players selected among the Top 10, being chosen seventh overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.  Fleury netted eight goals and 46 points this season for the Rebels, and was named the Top Defenceman at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

Rounding out the first round of WHL selections, Swift Current Broncos’ defenceman Julius Honka was selected 14th overall by the Dallas Stars, Calgary Hitmen defenceman Travis Sanheim was selected 17th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers, Red Deer Rebels’ Captain, Conner Bleakley was chosen 23rdoverall by the Colorado Avalanche, Saskatoon Blades forward Nikita Scherbak was drafted 26th overall by the Montreal Canadiens, and Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward John Quennville was selected 30th overall by the New Jersey Devils.

2014 NHL Draft, WHL Players

1st Round
#2. Buffalo Sabres – Sam Reinhart; Vancouver, BC; Kootenay Ice
#3. Edmonton Oilers – Leon Draisaitl; Cologne, GER; Prince Albert Raiders
#6. Vancouver Canucks – Jake Virtanen; Abbotsford, BC; Calgary Hitmen
#7. Carolina Hurricanes – Haydn Fleury; Carlyle, SK; Red Deer Rebels
#14. Dallas Stars – Julius Honka; Jyvaskyla, FIN; Swift Current Broncos
#17. Philadelphia Flyers – Travis Sanheim; Elkhorn, MB; Calgary Hitmen
#23. Colorado Avalanche – Conner Bleakley; High River, AB; Red Deer Rebels
#26. Montreal Canadiens – Nikita Scherbak; Moscow, Russia ;Saskatoon Blades
#30. New Jersey Devils – John Quenneville; Edmonton, AB ; Brandon Wheat Kings


Past WHL – NHL Draft Results
A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, including in the 1st round.

A total of 32 WHL players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, including six in the 1st round.
A total of 33 WHL players were selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the 1st round.
A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, including seven in the 1st round.
A total of 31 WHL players were selected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including five in the 1st round.
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 37 WHL players were selected in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, including nine in the 1st round.
A total of 24 WHL players were selected in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft
A total of 43 WHL players were selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft


Jeff Hubert

Director, Communications

Western Hockey League



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blades name Brockman Assistant Coach

SASKATOON, SK -  The Saskatoon Blades are extremely pleased to announce that they have hired Dean Brockman as their new assistant coach.

 

Brockman joins the Blades from the Humboldt Broncos, where he was a 4-time SJHL Coach Of The Year, most recently in 2013.

 

"Dean is a winner, plain and simple," said Saskatoon Blades general manager and head coach Bob Woods.  "He brings experience, leadership and a winning mentality to this organization.  He's proven himself at the SJHL level and with Hockey Canada and we're very excited to welcome him to the Saskatoon Blades."

 

Brockman has spent the last 10 seasons as the general manager and head coach of the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos.   During those 10 seasons he was named SJHL Coach Of The Year in 2013, 2009, 2008 and 2007.  Prior to that, Brockman was the assistant coach of the club from 1997 until 2003, while also serving as general manager.

 

"This is obviously a great opportunity for me and one that I have been seeking for a while," said Brockman.  "The Saskatoon Blades are a team that I watched growing up, going way back to the days of Jackie McLeod.  I'm certainly looking forward to doing everything that I can to help this team win games."

 

Team success has been a regular theme when looking at Brockman's history.  The product of St. Benedict, Saskatchewan, guided the Broncos to four Anavet Cup Championship titles in five appearances at the event, which matches up the SJHL and MJHL Champions.

 

Brockman also has a history of success with Hockey Canada.  He coached Canada West to a Silver medal at the World Jr. A Championship in 2012, taking home a Gold medal at that same event as an assistant coach one year earlier in 2011.   

 

The Blades would like to welcome Dean and his family to the organization.


Courtesy Cody Nicholet. Blades PR

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

44 Invited to Team Canada U-18 Development Camp


 
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Wednesday the 44 players who have been invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp that will be held from Aug. 2-5 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, prior to selecting the team which will travel to Europe to compete in the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

The 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is scheduled for Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Of the 44 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament six consecutive years and nine of the last 10.

The camp roster includes 18 players from the Western Hockey League, 15 from the Ontario Hockey League, 10 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and one who played U.S. high school hockey last season.

In total, 40 players (four goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 20 forwards) competed at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and three players (Mathew Barzal, Lawson Crouse and Travis Konecny) helped Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team win a bronze medal as under-agers at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland.


The players, born in 1997, were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s head scout for men’s national teams, in consultation with head coach Derek Laxdal (Stonewall, Man./Edmonton, WHL), assistant coaches Jody Hull (Petrolia, Ont./Peterborough, OHL) and Eric Veilleux (Quebec, Que.,/Baie-Comeau, QMJHL), and the Program of Excellence management group. 

The Program of Excellence management group has been confirmed for the 2014-15 season; it is comprised, as it was in 2013-14, of Bruce Hamilton (Kelowna, WHL), Sean Burke (Phoenix, NHL), Joël Bouchard (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), and Mark Hunter (London, OHL). This group works directly with Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.) and Canada’s National Junior Team policy committee in setting direction for the program.

“It is always a challenge to select players given the depth of talent in Canada,” Jankowski said. “As a staff, we will have difficult decisions to make, but our goal remains to select the best team, and to represent Canada proudly at this event.

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, and follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada.ca, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men

André Brin                                 Francis Dupont                            Keegan Goodrich

Director, Communications            Manager, Communications            Coordinator, Media Relations

Hockey Canada                           Hockey Canada                           Hockey Canada              

Pats Regular Season Schedule

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Western Hockey League today released the schedule for the 2014-15 regular season. 

The 2014-15 WHL regular season begins Friday, September 19th, with seven games on the schedule to kick off the Opening Weekend of the season.  The Pats are among the teams launching the schedule as they head to Brandon to take on their Manitoban rivals, the Wheat Kings.

Opening Weekend continues Saturday night (September 20th) with a full slate of 11 games, including the Pats Home Opener in the back half of their home and home with the Wheat Kings.

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In addition to the WHL regular-season schedule, the WHL and the Cities of Brandon, MB, and Saskatoon, SK, will serve as the official hosts for two games of the 2014 SUBWAY® Super Series in November.  Team WHL will face Russia in Saskatoon on Monday, November 10, and in Brandon on Tuesday, November 11.

Once again, the majority of WHL regular-season games will be played on weekends.  Of the 792 total games, 568 are scheduled for the weekend, with 235 to be played on a Friday, 260 on a Saturday and 73 on a Sunday.  Additionally, 11 weekday games occur on various holidays throughout the season, meaning 73% of the schedule is played on a weekend or non-school days.  During the week, Wednesday night has 118 matches scheduled, 86 games will be played on Tuesday, 11games on Monday, and nine contests will be played on Thursday.

The 792 game regular season concludes on Sunday, March 22nd, with the 2015 WHL Playoffs and the battle for the Ed Chynoweth Cup beginning on Friday, March 27th.

Regina Pats 2014-15 Season Tickets are available now!  Reserve your seat for the upcoming campaign by visiting or calling the Pats Office at 306-522-7287.  For more information on the benefits of becoming a Pats Season Ticket Holder, visitReginaPats.com.

 

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club




Penguins Hire Johnston from Winterhawks

The National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins have announced the hiring of Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston as their new head coach.

 

Johnston took over the Winterhawks’ hockey operations in October 2008 and quickly turned the franchise into one of the elite teams in the Western Hockey League. He compiled a record of 231-114-10-10behind the bench, with four straight Western Conference championships and the 2013 Ed Chynoweth Cup as Western Hockey League champions.

 

His 231 wins as a coach are second in team history behind only Ken Hodge, while his winning percentage of .660 is first among all Hawks coaches who spent at least 100 games behind the bench. 

 

“I’m excited about the opportunity to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins, this has been a dream of mine since I started coaching,” said Johnston. “Without Portland this wouldn't have been possible and I am truly grateful to Bill Gallacher, the players and staff I have worked with over the last six years. The time has gone by fast but it will always be memorable.”

 

“On behalf of Bill Gallacher and the entire Winterhawks organization, we wish Mike the very best in Pittsburgh,” said Portland Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “Mike’s accomplishments in turning this organization into a perennial championship contender are second to none, and he is leaving us with a great infrastructure that we believe will allow our success to continue.”

After taking over in October 2008, Johnston then led the Hawks to the biggest turnaround in franchise history in 2009-10, as the team improved by 48 points and clinched their first playoff berth in four years, advancing to the second round of the playoffs.

 

The following season in 2010-11, the Winterhawks won the U.S. Division and earned their first 100-point season since 1997-98 and first of four straight Western Conference titles. They appeared in the WHL Championship again in 2011-12, advancing to Game 7 vs. the Edmonton Oil Kings.

 

In 2012-13, the Hawks put together one of the greatest seasons in WHL history. They set franchise records in wins (57) and points (117), and won the U.S. Division title and the Scotty Munro Trophy as regular season champions. They won their third straight Western Conference Championship and defeated the Oil Kings in six games to win the WHL title and a spot in the MasterCard Memorial Cup, where they advanced to the championship game.

 

In 2013-14, the Winterhawks set a franchise record with a 21-game winning streak, winning the U.S. Division once again and their fourth straight appearance in the WHL championship series, making them just the fourth team in league history and first since 1978 to win four straight conference titles. The Hawks made it to Game 7 of the Final against the Oil Kings, the third straight time the two teams met in the championship series. Portland also became just the third team in league history to produce three straight 100-point seasons.

 

In addition to the incredible team success, the Winterhawks had 20 players selected in the NHL Draft during Johnston’s tenure, including six in the first round. Already, six of those players have seen NHL action: Ryan Johansen, Nino Niederreiter, Sven Baertschi, Tyler Wotherspoon, Ty Rattie and Seth Jones.

 

Under Johnston the Winterhawks also became a leader in the players’ educational efforts, with all players, including college players, taking courses to further their education. Those efforts led to the Hawks being named the 2012-13 WHL Scholastic Team of the Year.

 

Premier Membership season tickets and 20, 12 and 6-game plans for 2014-15 are on sale now. Contact the Winterhawks today at 503-236-HAWK orseats@winterhawks.com to guarantee the best seat locations. 

 

Courtesy Winterhawks PR

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Well I was as surprised as everyone yesterday morning when news hit that the Pats had relieved Head Coach Malcolm Cameron of his duties. Josh Dixon and Bill McGuigan are also not returning after tendering their resignations earlier this month. 

I can tell you I will miss these three guys. They were outstanding people and great to work with. They are all great at their jobs and I have no doubt will find success as they go forward. The bus rides and off days won't be the same next year but that's how it goes in this business. 

General Manager Chad Lang met with the media yesterday to talk about why the move was made. He outlined that because of the resignations of Dixon and McGuigan they decided to start fresh. Yes I know people will think there is something more than that after an East Division pennant winning season but the honest truth is that there is not. It was nothing Malcolm Cameron did wrong it was simply a tough situation. 

I have the utmost respect for Malcolm and how he handled the situation the way he did. He expressed his disappointment yet remained professional and has not kept a grudge. He knows the way hockey works better than most. He will land on his feet no doubt. 

A lot of names have been thrown around in terms of a replacement since yesterday morning. No question there will be a bunch of applicants. The coaches available with WHL experience include Lorne Molleken, Dave Struch and Steve Young. The head coach of the Yorkton Terriers Trent Cassan would warrant an interview. I can't even speculate who would be the front runner but with the new owners commitment to alumni, I wouldn't be surprised to see a former Pat behind the bench in some capacity. All I know is that the club would probably like to get this done sooner rather than later. 

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On to some other Pats news that's a little more uplifting. Forward Dryden Hunt is hoping to hear his name called this weekend in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia. Hunt is coming off a break out year scoring 21 goals and 40 points and is ranked 144th in North America in Central Scoutings final list. 

Dryden says he is trying not to think about this weekend too much. "Obviously its in the back of my head. It's my summer and I try not to think about hockey too much but its the draft and anytime you're up for the draft and are ranked like that its pretty special so I'm definitely thinking about it and I'm excited for the day to come."

There were a number of NHL teams that followed Dryden around this season, especially in the second half of the year. Hunt says his agent has talked with a few of those teams. "My agent as talked with a couple teams here and there and they said (they are looking at him in rounds) 5 through 7. Anywhere in there I am on their list so I guess we will see. If I do get drafted that's awesome, if not I will just work harder."

Hunt has overcome a lot in his young career to get to this point. He missed all but 2 games in 2012-13 with a severe concussion. Then after a slow start last year he turned it on and finished 7th in team scoring and 5th in goals. He says it would be that much more satisfying because of all that. "Missing a whole year... I think last year if you would have asked if I would be up for the NHL draft I would have thought you were crazy. I had a rough start but came on in the second half which was nice. To score those 20 goals was awesome and to be up for the NHL draft is huge as well... You think of all the players that get drafted every year and just to be apart of all the players on that draft list next weekend would be pretty special. It would mean the world to me and my family so obviously I'm excited, if it happens I will be very thankful and grateful but if it doesn't I will work harder next year."

The Nelson B.C. native is the lone Pat ranked ahead of the draft. Other 1st year eligible players are Defensemen Griffin Mumby, and Chase Harrison and forward Adam Brooks.

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Another feel good story is that forward Morgan Klimchuk has been invited to Canada's National Junior Summer Development Camp. Klimchuk is in his last year of eligibility for the World Juniors which will be in Toronto and Montreal this year. Morgan is one of 22 forwards invited. I talked to him this week and he is excited. "Whenever you get a chance to represent your country, even if its only at a development camp its something that's pretty special. To get this opportunity its something I've really been working towards and I'm very grateful for and I'm looking to make the most of it."

There is no shortage of big names on the camp roster and some fellow first round NHL draft picks. He says he is starting to prepare already. "Yeah I've started, its beneficial I get to attend a development camp in Calgary (Flames) before that on the 4th of July. That will help get things going with skating in the summer and make sure you are at your peak physical condition and you are also getting ready for your NHL camps and junior camps as well so preparation starts now."

Klimchuk says it would be great to make the team this year. "That would be huge. That would be a very big honor for myself. That would be the ultimate goal for a junior hockey player within the Canadian National Program is to play for the world junior team. I think everyone sits at home at Christmas and watches that team play and that would be something very special to be apart of."

Klimchuk has won gold medals with Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the World Under 18 Hockey Championship. 

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Quick Hits

-Why is there all this talk about people not showing up to Rider games. Once the regular season starts it will be a thing of the past. 

-I cannot wait to see what happens before the game on Sunday against Hamilton when they honor the Grey Cup team from the year before. 

-I can't believe Peter King is going to be in Regina. Definitely need to shake his hand. 

-The Blue Jays have picked up a couple big wins at home over the Yankees over the last two days. June is almost over and they are still in first place. The hope for the playoffs is still alive. Wouldn't mind seeing AA make a couple moves before the deadline next month to supplement this roster. Here's hoping they can stay afloat through these recent injuries. 

-Found Myself thinking of George Y. at Four Seasons yesterday watching Greece beat Ivory Coast and advancing to the final 16 for the first time ever at the World Cup. Gotta love when an underdog pulls it out, crazy they didn't score until that final group stage game and still made it through. 

-England is done and so now my allegiances lie with the Dutch. 

-Will the rain please leave us alone so the Regina Red Sox can get their season in... 

That's it for today, have a great Canada Day long weekend. 

Phil
@PhilTheThrill18