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Saturday, January 30, 2016

RECAP: BLADES 7 PATS 3


The Regina Pats were in Saskatoon on Saturday for the back half of a home and hoem set with the Saskatoon Blades. The Pats won the opener at the Brandt Centre on Friday 4-0 thanks to a 28 save shutout from Tyler Brown and Riley Woods led the offense with 2 goals. The win put the Pats 11 points up on the Blades in the East Division standings. The Pats held a 3-1-0-1 record against the Blades heading into Saturdays 6th meeting of the season. The Pats were again without Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs on the back end as well as forwards Adam Berg, Aaron Macklin and Jared McAmmond. The Blades were also missing their leading scorer Cameron Hebig and overage defenceman Bryton Sayers for a second straight game. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Cole-Brooks-Wagner
Woods-Leschyshyn-Zablocki
Holmes-Smith

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Schioler-Freadrich
Hilsendager-Pouteau

Brown
Hollett
Blades
Zajac-Shmyr-Gay
Graham-Sloboshan-Soshnin
MacKenzie-McCarty-Paterson
Christensen-Gingras

Hajek-Reid
Waltz-Leslie
Bishop-Perillat
Kustra

Smith
Hamm

Pats scratches - Williams, Berg, Macklin, McAmmond and Hobbs. 
Blades scratches - Sayers, Hausinger, Hebig and Draude. 

In the first period the Blades got off to a fast start when Braylon Shmyr stole a puck right in front of the Pats goal and then scored his 13th at 1:11 and it was 1-0. Then after offsetting minors the Pats took another penalty and went down 4 on 3. The Blades made it 2-0 when Connor Gay ripped a puck into the top corner for his 16th with assists to Wyatt Sloboshan and Dustin Perillat at 3:02 and it was 2-0. The Pats turned the momentum on the powerplay after that. Jared Freadrich jammed in his 4th on a scramble in the crease at 6:35. Sam Steel and Adam Brooks the assists and it was 2-1. The Pats got the game back even at 15:52 when Adam Brooks led a two on one and fed Robbie Holmes who buried his 2nd goal in as many games in the WHL and it was 2-2. That was the score after one with the Pats leading on the shot clock 13-6.

In the second the Blades got off to another fast start and 34 seconds in Wyatt Sloboshan finsihed his own rebound for his 13th with the lone assist to Libor Hajek and it was 3-2. Then 27 seconds later the Blades went up 4-2 when Braylon Shmyr fed Nick Zajac in front and he scored his 12th at 1:01. The game stayed that way until 15:29 when Braylon Shmyr scored his second of the night and 14th to make it 5-2. The Pats got that one back 17 seconds later when Adam Brooks fed Riley Woods all alone in front and he buried his 5th on the back hand. Sergey Zborovskiy the second helper and it was 5-3 at 15:46. That was the score after 40 minutes, the Pats outshot Saskatoon 12-11 in the period and led 25-17 overall.

In the third Jordan Hollet replaced Tyler Brown in the Pats goal to start the period. Colton Waltz made it 6-3 Saskatoon just 1:43 into the frame with his 3rd of the year on a nice end to end rush that he finished on the wrap around. Then at 11:17 Braylon Shmyr completed his hattrick when he banked a shot from the goalline off the back of Jordan Hollett and in for his 15th with assists to Colton Waltz and Jantzen Leslie and it was 7-3, that was the final score. The Blades outshot the Pats 8-7 in the period but the Pats led overall 32-25.

The Pats went one for 4 on the powerplay in the game and the penalty kill was 1 for 2.

The third star of the game went to the Blades Colton Waltz who had a goal and an assist. The second star to Saskatoons Nick Zajac who scored in his 300th career game and the first star to Braylon Shmyr who had a hattrick and an assist. 

The Pats are off now until Friday when they will host the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock. 

Scoring Summary 

1st Period

Blades Goal at 1:11. Braylon Shmyr (13) unassisted.

Blades 4v3 PP Goal at 3:02. Connor Gay (16) from Wyatt Sloboshan and Dustin Perillat.

Pats PP Goal at 6:35. Jared Freadrich (4) from Sam Steel and Adam Brooks.

Pats Goal at 15:52. Robbie Holmes (2) from Adam Brooks. 

2nd Period

Blades Goal at 0:34. Wyatt Sloboshan (13) from Libor Hajek.

Blades Goal at 1:01. Nick Zajac (12) from Brylon Shmyr.

Blades Goal at 15:29. Braylon Shmyr (14) from Nick Zajac and Libor Hajek.

Pats Goal at 15:46. Riley Woods (5) from Adam Brooks and Sergey Zborovskiy. 

3rd Period

Blades Goal at 1:43. Colton Waltz (3) unassisted.

Blades Goal at 11:17. Braylon Shmyr (15) from Colton Waltz and Jantzen Leslie.


Here are the Radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1Uz08kP

Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock: http://bit.ly/1nFmRRP





Pats - Blades Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (21-21-3-4) play the back half of a home and home set tonight at Sasktel Centre against the Saskatoon Blades (17-28-4-0). The Pats hold a 3-1-0-1 record against their division rivals heading into tonight’s 6th of 8 meetings on the year. Puck drop is at 7:05 with the pre-game at 6:40 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Regina
Saskatoon
Record
21-21-3-4
17-28-4-0
Goals For/Against
154/173 (-19)
140/202 (+44)
Powerplay
15.5% (32/207)
16.7% (33/198)
Penalty Kill
76.7% (161/210)
82.0% (182/222)
Team Save Percentage
0.901
0.882
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-45-72)
Cameron Hebig (22-27-49)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
Libor Hajek (3-15-18)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
48-45-56-7
39-42-54-4
Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.66 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats put forward a strong effort at the Brandt Centre on Friday night in a 4-0 win over the Blades. Riley Woods led the way offensively with 2 goals while Chase Harrison added two helpers in the victory. Tyler Brown made 28 saves for his second career shutout.

What a Debut Robbie Holmes
Pats call-up forward Robbie Holmes played in his first ever WHL game last night against Saskatoon. In the 3rd period of the contest the 16-year-old gloved down a rebound off the cross bar and buried his first WHL goal to give the Pats the 4-0 lead. Holmes was an 11th round pick of the Pats back in 2014 and will play again tonight in Saskatoon.

Brown has Blades Number
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown shutout the Blades for the second time this season last night making 28 saves. In 5 starts against Saskatoon this year, Brown holds a 3-1-0-1 record with a 1.39 goals against average and a .955 save percentage.  

Playoff Picture
The Pats with their win last night extended their lead over Saskatoon to 11 points with 23 games left in the regular season. The Medicine Hat Tigers and Edmonton Oil Kings both won last night as well so Regina sits 2 points ahead of Edmonton and 5 points up on the Tigers. The Moose Jaw Warriors lost their game last night and the Pats are within 6 points of 3rd in the East Division and 8 points back of Prince Albert for 2nd. The Blades enter the night 9 points back of Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Medicine Hat – February 5, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Prince George – February 6, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats @ Prince Albert – February 12, 7:00 PM – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)









Friday, January 29, 2016

RECAP: PATS 4 BLADES 0


The Regina Pats kicked off a big weekend against their divison rivals the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night at the Brandt Centre. The Pats entered the day 9 points up on Saskatoon in the Eastern Conference standings. The Pats were coming off a 4-0 loss to Brandon on Sunday and the Blades lost their last game, also to the Wheat Kings 6-2 on Saturday. The Pats were 2-1-0-1 against the Blades heading into Friday's contest but were without defencemen Connor Hobbs and Colby Williams as well as forwards Adam Berg, Aaron Macklin and Jared McAmmond. As a result the team called up 16-year-old forward Robbie Holmes from the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL. The Blades were missing their top scorer Cameron Hebig as well as defenceman Bryton Sayers. Here are the lineups for the contest with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Cole-Brooks-Wagner
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Woods-Leschyshyn-Zablocki
Holmes-Smith

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Schioler-Freadrich
Pouteau-Hilsendager

Brown
Hollett
Blades
Zajac-Shmyr-Gay
Graham-Sloboshan-Soshnin
Draude-McCarty-Gingras
MacKenzie-Christensen-Paterson

Waltz-Perillat
Hajek-Reid
Bishop-Kustra

Hamm
Smith

Pats scratches - Williams, Berg, Macklin, McAmmond and Hobbs. 
Blades scratches - Leslie, Sayers, Hausinger and Hebig. 

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start and scored 1:40 in. Austin Wagner banged in a rebound for his 18th with assists to Adam Brooks and Rykr Cole and it was 1-0. The team kept pressing after that and thought they had the 2-0 lead but the goal was called off on inconclusive evidence. They did find the 2-0 goal on the powerplay at the 15 minute mark. Chase Harrison found Riley Woods with a cross ice feed and Woods buried his 3rd. Sergey Zborovskiy with the second helper on the poweprlay goal. The Pats took the 2-0 lead to the break and led on the shot clock 15-7.

In the second the Blades started to find their game and Tyler Brown had to be sharp. Saskatoon had two poweprlays in the period and Brown stood tall keeping the Pats ahead by 2. The Pats had a powerplay of their own in the period but did not score. They almost went ahead 3-0 twice. First Rykr Cole hit the post on a wide open net and then in the dying seconds Brock Hamm made a massive save on Cole Sanford in tight to keep it 2-0 and that was the score after 2. The Blades outshot the Pats 13-11 in the period but Regina led overall 26-20.

In the third the Pats made it 3-0 at 1:46. Riley Woods burned up the right wing and scored his second of the night, 4th of the season from Lane Zablocki and Chase Harrison. 59 seconds later Luc Smith took a turnover and fired off the cross bar. Robbie Holmes followed, gloved down the loose puck and scored his first career WHL in his first ever game at 2:45 to make it 4-0 Regina. Tyler Brown did the rest stopping 8 shots in the frame and 28 overall for his second career shutout. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 11-8 in the period and 37-28.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 5 in the game while the penalty kill was 3 for 3.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Chase Harrison who had two assists in the win. The second star to Tyler Brown who made 28 saves for the shutout and the first star to Riley Woods who scored twice. 

The Pats and Blades will play in a rematch on Saturday night in Saskatoon at 7:05 on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 1:40. Austin Wagner (18) from Adam Brooks and Rykr Cole.

Pats PP Goal at 15:00. Riley Woods (3) from Chase Harrison and Sergey Zborovskiy. 

2nd Period

NO SCORE

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 1:46. Riley Woods (4) from Lane Zablocki and Chase Harrison.

Pats Goal at 2:45. Robbie Holmes (1) from Luc Smith.


Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1P37wBg

Post game interview with assistant coach Brad Herauf: http://bit.ly/1Q02gOK

Post game interview with forward Riley Woods: http://bit.ly/1m3g56G








Pats - Blades Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (20-21-3-4) kick off a home and home set at the Brandt Centre tonight against the Saskatoon Blades (17-27-4-0). Tonight is the 5th of 8 meetings between the two clubs with both teams winning twice so far, one of the Pats losses came in a shootout in Saskatoon. Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Regina
Saskatoon

Record
20-21-3-4
17-27-4-0

Goals For/Against
150/173 (-23)
140/198 (-58)
Powerplay
15.4% (31/201)
16.9 % (33/195)

Penalty Kill
76.3% (158/207)
82.0% (178/217)

Team Save Percentage
0.898
0.882

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (27-44-71)
Cameron Hebig (22-27-49)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (12-16-28)
Libor Hajek (3-15-18)

Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
46-45-54-7
39-42-54-4

Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.66 yrs


The Lead Up
The Pats were last in action on Sunday when they lost at home to the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0. Jayce Hawryluk led the way with two goals and an assist and the Wheat Kings limited the Pats to 22 shots on goal. The Brandon powerplay scored three times in the contest.   

The Blades are coming off a 6-2 loss to Brandon on Saturday. The Wheat Kings John Quenneville led the way offensively with a goal and three assists while Red Duke recorded a hattrick. Cameron Hebig scored both Blades goals in the loss.  

Pats Call Up Holmes
The Regina Pats added 16-year-old forward Robbie Holmes to their roster for this weekends games. Holmes was an 11th round pick of the Pats in 2014 and in 22 games this season with the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL has 4 goals and 3 assists.

Injury Bug Bites
The Pats have had a rash of injuries over the last two weeks. First they lost defenceman Connor Hobbs at the end of the U.S. road trip and then last weekend forwards Adam berg, Aaron Macklin and Jared McAmmond all went down due to injury. The Pats will likely play a man short tonight against Saskatoon.

It’s a Big Weekend
Tonight is the first half of a home and home set between the Pats and the Blades. Regina is looking to stay above the Edmonton Oil Kings and Medicine Hat Tigers in the Eastern Conference standings. They sit 2 and 5 points back respectively. The Blades meanwhile are 7 points back of  Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the Conference and are 9 points back of the Pats.

Steel Plays at Top Prospects Game
Pats forward Sam Steel was among the 40 top draft eligible players to take part in the 2016 BMO NHL/CHL Top Prospects game in Vancouver last night. The 17-year-old is ranked 29th in North America at the midterm by the Central Scouting Service. Steel and Team Cherry lost 3-2 to Team Orr. It was Orr's 6th straight win the the prospects game.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Saskatoon – January 30, 7:05 PM – Sasktel Center (CKRM)
Pats Vs Medicine Hat – February 5, 7:00 – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Prince George – February 6, 7:00 – Brandt Centre (CKRM)








TEAM ORR 3 TEAM CHERRY 2

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Giants forward Ty Ronning opened the scoring in front of his hometown crowd, but he and his Team Cherry teammates fell by a 3-2 score to Team Orr in the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Thursday.
 
Ronning tallied the opening goal just 3:09 into the first period to ignite the Giants faithful, beating Everett Silvertips netminder Carter Hart who was in goal for Team Orr. The goal would be the only one Hart would concede as he turned aside 15 of 16 shots before giving way to Dylan Wells (OHL) midway through the game with the score 1-0.
 
While Hart’s night was over, Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Zach Sawchenko took over in net for Team Cherry halfway through the second period.
 
Team Orr’s Pascal Laberge and Pierre-Luc Dubois went on to rattle off three points each in a winning cause. Laberge, with two goals, earned Jim Gregory Player of the Game honours as Team Orr took a sixth straight decision at the event dating back to 2011. Despite being outshot 36-27, Team Orr improves to an all-time mark of 13-4-0-0 in the event.
 
Hart was joined by Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen), Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors), Libor Hajek (Saskatoon Blades), and Simon Stransky (Prince Albert Raiders) on Team Orr.
 
Ronning and Sawchenko suited up alongside Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings), Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets), Lucas Johansen (Kelowna Rockets), Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Sam Steel (Regina Pats) for Team Cherry.
 
In total, 12 WHL players performed in the event. Top 2016 NHL Draft prospect and Vancouver Giants forward Tyler Benson was unable to participate due to injury.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pats call up Robbie Holmes

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats have recalled forward Robbie Holmes (’99) from the Sherwood Park Kings (AMHL) for this weekend’s games against Saskatoon.  Holmes was the Pats’ 11th round, 232nd overall, pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.  The 6’2”, 170 lbs. forward has seven points (4G, 3A) in 22 games played this season.
·         Regina Pats recall F Robbie Holmes from Sherwood Park (AMHL)
The Pats go up against the Saskatoon Blades in a home-and-home this weekend.  The key set of games opens at the Brandt Centre Friday night in a 7 p.m. puck drop.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.ca, the Brandt Centre Box Office and Safeway locations throughout Regina.

About the Regina Pats
Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world.  Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division.  To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit
www.reginapats.com.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

3 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the eighteenth 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 18
 
Rank:Team:Last Week Rank:Number of Weeks Ranked:
1Erie Otters (37-7-1-0)118
2Val-d'Or Foreurs (36-9-2-1)39
3London Knights (34-8-2-1)218
4Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (35-8-3-1)417
5Kitchener Rangers (32-8-4-0)514
6Lethbridge Hurricanes (36-12-0-0)68
7Kelowna Rockets (33-11-3-0)712
8Shawinigan Cataractes (31-12-3-0)-14
9Brandon Wheat Kings (30-13-2-2)-8
10Gatineau Olympiques (32-13-2-1)99
    
 Honourable Mention:  
 Saint John Sea Dogs (29-13-4-0)-1
 Kingston Frontenacs (30-13-2-1)-1
 Windsor Spitfires (29-12-5-0)-4
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Paul Krotz
Director, Communications
Canadian / Ontario Hockey Leagu

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- The Regina Pats came away from two games on the weekend against the two top teams in the division with two points. I think anyone going in would have taken that. Yes the coaching staff were not impressed with the teams play in the win over Prince Albert but two points is two points. Tyler Brown was fantastic in the game making 31 stops, he has really rebounded after his injury and put together three solid starts.

The Brandon Wheat Kings then came to the Brandt Centre on Sunday and for the first time this year they looked like the team I expected them to be. The flat out dominated. From the goaltender out, they moved the puck with ease won 4-0. Yes the Pats would have liked to be better in the contest but credit has to go to the Wheat Kings in this one. They are rounding into form, look out rest of the WHL.

- Can we take a moment and recognize the Lethbridge Hurricanes. They have won 10 in a row and 16 of 17. They LEAD the entire WHL with 72 points in 48 games. They have scored more goals than anyone with 207 and have given up the 5th least number of goals with 135. The Hurricanes are for real, huge kudos to Peter Anholt and Brent Kisio who have done a fantastic job turning that team around.

- Pats forward Sam Steel is in Vancouver today ahead of tomorrows BMO NHL/CHL Top Prospects game. Steel will play with Team Cherry for the game which includes all the top draft eligible players in the CHL. Looking forward to watching what he and the others do tomorrow night. Unfortunately the Giants Tyler Benson cannot play in the game because of an injury but Ty Ronning will take his place, he is having a great year.

- The injury bug has really bit the Pats this week. With Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs already out. Now Adam Berg is dealing with a shoulder injury and Aaron Macklin and Jared McAmmond both have concussions. That leaves the Pats short a forward and we can expect a call-up announcement today.

- What a massive weekend it is for both the Pats and the Saskatoon Blades. The two will play in a home and home starting Friday at the Brandt Centre. The Blades enter the weekend 9 points back of the Pats in the standings and are 7 points behind Edmonton for the final wild card spot. The Pats are 2-2-0-0 against Saskatoon this season.

- Former Regina Pats forward Patrick D'Amico has really taken off since being traded to the Atlanta Gladiators. He  has 9 goals and 13 points in 23 games. Had just 4 points in 17 games with the Colorado Eagles. Here is a good article on the former Pats forward.
http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/sports/professional/gladiators/gladiators-linemates-d-amico-murovich-a-perfect-match/article_ecdf607a-a6c0-530f-bc71-0e490235f3f0.html

- Pavel Padakin is also finding some success in the ECHL. After being sent down from the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms to the Reading Royals of the ECHL the former Pat and Hitmen has  13 points in 17 games played. 

- Morgan Klimchuk is back from his injury with the Stockton Heat of the AHL and is starting to fins his offensive touch. The Flames 1st round pick is on the board with his first pro goals and now has 3 to go along with 3 assists in the last few games. Good to see!

- Former captain Kyle Burroughs is back in the AHL with Bridgeport after his shoulder injury and surgery. He has 9 games played with 5 assists and 9 PIM's.

- I am so looking forward to next weekends Super Bowl. The two best defences in the league and then the grizzled veteran QB in Peyton Manning against the upstart phenom in Cam Newton. I would like to see Manning ride off into the sunset with a championship but at the same time I would like seeing a team like the Panthers who are the usual suspects in these games come away with a win. I just hope it is a good game at the end of the day.

- Be sure to catch tonight's episode of Pats TV on Access 7 starting at 6:30. My guests this week are forwards Austin Wagner and Adam Berg as well as assistant coach Brad Herauf.

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

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM








Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CHL Announces Roster Changes for 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

-Giants’ Ty Ronning added to Team Cherry replacing injured Tyler Benson

-Sting’s Jakob Chychrun named Team Cherry Captain, Rockets’ Dillon Dube named Alternate

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Ty Ronning of the Vancouver Giants has been added to the Team Cherry roster for the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be played on Thursday January 28 at Pacific Coliseum.

Ronning, an 18-year-old from Burnaby, BC, has 26 goals and 15 assists for 41 points in 45 games and ranks second on the Giants in scoring this season.  The third-year forward was listed 82nd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in last week’s Midterm Rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft.  Ronning will compete in place of teammate Tyler Benson who is unable to participate due to injury.

The CHL also announced today that defenceman Jakob Chychrun of the Sarnia Sting will serve as Team Cherry captain in place of Benson, while Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube has been named an alternate captain for Cherry joining Julien Gauthier of the Val-d’Or Foreurs.

Listed second in North America in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings, the 17-year-old Chychrun hails from Boca Raton, Florida, and has seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points in 42 games and was the first overall pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He follows former Sting and first overall pick Steven Stamkos who served as captain in this event in 2008 playing for Team McDonald/Vernon.  Dube is second in Rockets scoring with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 40 games.  The 17-year-old from Cochrane, AB, was listed 35th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Chychrun and Gauthier were originally announced as Team Cherry alternates earlier this month with Team Orr leaders that include captain Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights, and alternates Jake Bean of the Calgary Hitmen, and Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

The 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner BMO Bank of Montreal, and CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet, TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

For more information please visit www.bmotopprospects.ca.

BMO and the Canadian Hockey League:

BMO Financial Group and the Canadian Hockey League announced BMO as the Official Bank of the Canadian Hockey League in 2011. The sponsorship builds on BMO’s partnership with the CHL of more than 10 years and affirms BMO’s exclusivity as a financial services sponsor of the league in the retail banking category. It also engrains a presence with the 48 teams which currently participate in the BMO CHL Affinity MasterCard program, which enables CHL fans to support their favourite teams through a co-branded credit card.


Paul Krotz
Director, Communications
Canadian / Ontario Hockey League





Monday, January 25, 2016

Hurricanes Estephan named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Giorgio Estephan has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 24th, 2016.

Estephan recorded eight points (3g-5a) to go along with a plus-8 rating in three games to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a record of 3-0-0-0 for the week and extend their season-high win streak to 10 straight.

On Wednesday, January 20th against the Spokane Chiefs, Estephan was in on all four Hurricanes goals as he recorded four points (1g-3a) to guide Lethbridge to a 4-0 victory. Estephan also finished the game with a plus-4 rating and earned second star honours. On Saturday, January 23rd, Estephan recorded another multi-point performance with a goal and two assists to propel the Hurricanes to a 4-3 overtime victory against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Estephan was named the game’s first star for his efforts. The following night, Estephan scored the opening goal against the Edmonton Oil Kings which stood as the game winner in a 3-0 victory.

The 18-year-old Edmonton, AB native has collected 63 points (27g-36a) in 48 games this season to sit tied for seventh in scoring amongst all WHL skaters. The 6-0, 189 lb forward is in his third WHL campaign with Lethbridge and has amassed 139 points (63g-76a) in 179 career WHL regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Jordan Papirny of the Brandon Wheat Kings for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Papirny, a 1996-born netminder from Edmonton, AB posted a record of 2-0-0-0 with two shutouts. On Friday, January 22nd, Papirny was named the game’s first star for his 33 save performance against the Prince Albert Raiders in a 3-0 shutout win on the road. On Sunday, January 24th against the Regina Pats, Papirny maintained his consistent play as he turned aside all 22 shots he faced to guide the Wheat Kings to a 4-0 victory and earn back-to-back shutouts. Currently in his third season with Brandon, Papirny has posted an 86-37-10-7 record with 11 shutouts in 143 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
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Jon Martin, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Jesse Gabrielle, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Jackson Houck, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyson Baillie, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Justin Gutierrez, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Rihards Bukarts, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Adam Helewka, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Giorgio Estephan, Lethbridge Hurricanes

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
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 12 – Oct 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raider
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Declan Hobbs, Kootenay ICE
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Jordan Papirny, Brandon Wheat Kings