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Updated: 2018-04-21T03:45:50.673-06:00


Hurricanes & Swift Current Blockbuster Trade


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Monday that they have acquired forwards Logan Barlage and Owen Blocker, defenseman Matthew Stanley, goaltender Logan Flodell, a first-round draft pick in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, a third-round pick in 2020 and a conditional second-round draft pick in 2021 from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for forwards Giorgio Estephan and Tanner Nagel and goaltender Stuart Skinner.Barlage (Bar-LOGGY), 16, was the fourth overall pick by the Broncos in the 2016 Bantam Draft. The product of Humboldt, Saskatchewan has seven points (1g-6a) along with 17 penalty minutes in 37 games this season for Swift Current. The 6’4”, 201-pound forward collected 76 points (37g-39a) in 44 games last season for the Prince Albert Mintos in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. In his bantam draft year, Barlage scored an impressive 125 points (60g-65a) in 30 games with his hometown Humboldt Broncos Bantam AA team.Blocker, 17, was originally drafted in the second round (32nd overall) by the Broncos in the 2015 Bantam Draft. The 6’1”, 190-pound forward from Oakbank, Manitoba has skated in 27 games this season for Swift Current scoring just one goal while adding 20 penalty minutes. In 70 career WHL games, Blocker has collected two points (1g-1a). He had 32 points (13g-19a) along with 88 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Eastman Selects Midget AAA team in 2015-2016.Stanley, 19, was a 12th round (248th overall) draft pick by Swift Current in the 2013 Bantam Draft. The 6’1”, 177-pound rearguard from Balmoral, Manitoba has appeared in 40 games this year collecting four assists along with 40 penalty minutes. In 91 career games for the Broncos, he has earned five helpers along with 90 penalty minutes.Flodell (Flow-DELL), 20, was originally a third round draft pick (47th overall) by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2012 Bantam Draft. In 35 games this season with the Broncos, the overage goaltender from Regina, Saskatchewan has posted a 24-8-3-0 record with a 3.07 goals against average and a .913 save percentage along with three shutouts. Last season with the Saskatoon Blades, Flodell finished with 22 victories along with a 2.81 GAA and a .912 SV%. He was named an Eastern Conference second-team all-star last year.“This was obviously a difficult trade to make, as you can imagine, but one we felt we had to do,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “To be able to get Barlage in the trade was the key to this move. He’s a big, young guy who has a lot of potential and we think he will be a real good player who will be an important piece to our now and future. And to get Flodell, Blocker and Stanley to help us now is important; plus the draft picks.”Nagel, 19, was an Alternate Captain for the Hurricanes. After being acquired from the Portland Winterhawks, he appeared in 107 career games with the Hurricanes collecting 24 points (13g-11a) along with 128 penalty minutes. He added four points (2g-2a) and 12 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games last year for the ‘Canes.Estephan, 20, who was the ‘Canes 25th Captain in franchise history ends his tenure with the Hurricanes having appeared in 297 regular season games scoring 297 career points (119g-178a) along with 101 penalty minutes. He added another 28 points (13g-15a) in 23 post-season games. The former fourth overall pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft finishes fifth in all-time franchise games played (297), tied for seventh in all-time points (297), ninth in all-time goals (119) and fourth in all-time assists (178).Skinner, 19, was originally drafted by the Hurricanes 17th overall in the 2013 Bantam Draft. The Edmonton product finishes having played in 182 career games for the ‘Canes posting an 88-66-8-5 record with a 3.30 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. He also posted a 3.18 GAA and a .911 SV% in 24 career post-season games with the Hurricanes. Skinner finishes first in career games played by a goaltender in Hurricanes franchise history (182), first in minutes played (9,[...]

Hurricanes Holding Don Cherry Night


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club will host the ‘WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX Night’ this coming Friday, October 27th at the ENMAX Centre when the ‘Canes host the Calgary Hitmen.

The Hurricanes will wear special Don Cherry themed jerseys that will be then autographed and available via an online auction that will commence at 7:00 pm on Friday and will a run until 11:30 pm on Wednesday, November 1st. All proceeds raised during the online auction will be donated to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. The auction will also include a jersey signed by Don Cherry himself.

Additionally, there will be Don Cherry bobbleheads available for the first 1,000 fans through the doors on Friday night. There will be only one bobblehead permitted per person and you must be present to claim it. There will also be a Don Cherry cutout that will be available to take photos with, as well as Don Cherry chap-stick and 4,000 player cards available for fans.

While Don Cherry himself won’t be present, his daughter Cindy will be at the game. Cindy Cherry is a live kidney donor herself having donated a kidney to her younger brother Tim. Currently in Canada, there are close to 4,500 Canadians awaiting organ donation – 76 percent of whom require a kidney.

To receive more information on the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX or to sign up to become a donor, visit Fans are encouraged to dress up in their best Don Cherry outfit for the game!

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


WHL Going to 68 Game Schedule


The Western Hockey League announced today the WHL Board of Governors has adopted a 68-game schedule for the WHL Regular Season, effective for the 2018-19 season. The decision was made at the WHL Board of Governors meeting, which was held Wednesday in Calgary.

The WHL Regular Season schedule currently sees each team play 72 games, which has been the case since the 1975-76 season. Playing four less games during the Regular Season will serve to reduce travel and balance the schedule while providing more time for players to focus on training and skill development, as well as their academic studies. Further details on the schedule format will be released at a later date.

The Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League currently play a 68-game regular season schedule. With the WHL reduction in games, it will result in all three Canadian Hockey League member leagues playing the same number of games.

“By reducing our WHL Regular Season schedule, I believe this further demonstrates our WHL Club commitment to providing our players with the best possible environment to develop, both as hockey players and student athletes,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “The WHL takes great pride in being a world leader in player development and education opportunities, and we are fully committed to enhancing our player experience on an ongoing basis.”

(WHL Release)


Calen Addison Named to WHL Players to Watch List


The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Service issued its Preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft Tuesday and Lethbridge Hurricanes defenseman Calen Addison was ranked as a ‘B’ Level skater.

Hurricanes defenceman Calen Addison. Photo credit to Doug Wescott.

Addison, 17, is in his second season with the Hurricanes. The former second overall pick in the 2015 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, Addison appeared in 63 games last season with the ‘Canes registering 33 points (9g-24a) along with a plus-6 rating and 52 penalty minutes.
The product of Brandon, Manitoba added two assists in 13 post-season games last year.

The sophomore rearguard has collected three assists along with four penalty minutes in four regular season games so far this year. Addison, along with Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio, was a key member of Team Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Tournament in August helping Canada to a Gold medal.

The ‘B’ rating indicates a second or third round candidate for the 2018 Entry Draft. TSN’s Craig Button had Addison ranked 38th among skaters eligible for the 2018 draft on his pre-season draft rankings.

Addison is one of 27 WHL players ranked for the upcoming draft by Central Scouting.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


WHL TRADE; Canes Swing Deal With Cougars


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday that the team has acquired 1997-born defenseman Tate Olson from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for a third round selection in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Olson, 20, was originally drafted by the Cougars in the second round (24th overall) in the 2012 Bantam Draft. In his four year career, Olson has skated in a total of 252 games registering 107 points (23g-84a) along with a plus-12 rating and 236 penalty minutes. The left-handed rearguard appeared in 67 games last year for Prince George collecting 26 points (7g-19a) with a plus-9 rating and 60 penalty minutes.
The product of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft in the seventh round (210th overall). He had a career offensive season in 2015-2016 with the Cougars when he finished with 47 points (9g-38a) along with 90 penalty minutes.
“Tate’s one of the premier defenseman in the league and any time you get a chance to add a guy like him you have the obligation to do that,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “I think coming out to the Eastern Conference will be a nice change for him. Tate is certainly capable of playing the power play, he’s got a lot of attributes and we think he can be a real good player for us.”
Olson will be sidelined until the beginning of November after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Hurricanes Add Two Players to Roster


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced on Wednesday it has added overage forward Jack Flaman and 1999 born forward Zach Cox from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. 

Flaman, 20, was undrafted in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The Vibank, Saskatchewan product was a member of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants for the past two seasons. In 2016-2017 Flaman recorded 22 points (15g-7a) along with 31 penalty minutes with the Giants finishing fourth on the team in goals. He has appeared 147 career WHL games with the Giants and Portland Winterhawks. 

Cox, 18, was originally selected in the eighth round (167th overall) by the Regina Pats in the 2014 Bantam Draft. The 6’4”, 188-pound right-winger appeared in 58 games last season with the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he recorded 25 points (10g-15a) along with 45 penalty minutes. Cox has skated in four games with the Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL where he registered one goal and three assists. Both Flaman and Cox are expected to play this weekend for the Hurricanes. 

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)

The Hurricanes brought in Flaman since defenceman Brennan Menell signed an entry level deal with the NHL's Minnesota Wild. He's eligible to play for the Wild's ANHL team in Iowa. It's not known if and when Menell will return to Lethbridge.


Mascot Twister Retiring After 30 Years


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have learned that the clubs mascot Twister has decided that after 30 years with the team he has decided to retire.

Twister notified the club on Thursday of his decision stating that the Dairy Queen Home Opener on Friday, September 22nd against the Medicine Hat Tigers will be his final game.

Photo credit to Lethbridge Hurricanes

“This decision did not come easy by any means,” wrote Twister in a letter to the team and fans. “It was very apparent to me during the Whoop Up Days Parade in August that I am ready to step away and spend more time with my family.”

Twister spent 30 years as the Hurricanes mascot joining the team in their inaugural season in 1987. He was a member of all four teams that went to the Western Hockey League Finals, including the Championship victory in 1997.
“Being considered Southern Alberta’s favourite mascot was a dream come true,” added Twister.

“We are very sad to hear of Twister’s decision to retire,” said Hurricanes General Manager of Business Operations, Terry Huisman. “His contribution to our franchise for 30 years has been very impactful. We want to thank Twister for all of his efforts over the last three decades.”

The Hurricanes, who are slated to open the 2017-2018 season next Friday, September 22nd against the Medicine Hat Tigers will announce Twister’s successor prior to next week’s Dairy Queen Home Opener.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Hurricanes Back in Black Financially


What a difference a few years makes, not to mention a very competitive hockey team on the ice.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes told shareholders Tuesday night at the ENMAX Centre during the club's 2017 Annual General Meeting, that the organization is no longer in the negative.

President Doug Paisley speaks to media following 2017 AGM

The Hurricanes posted a profit during the 2016/17 WHL season of $731,710 and that had a lot to do with a long playoff run. That profit, coupled with a nice little profit the season before has helped turn around what looked to be a sinking ship. The team is now in a positive net financial position of more than $320,000.

A massive difference given just four seasons ago when the community-owned hockey club was bleeding money. In fact, during the AGM Tuesday night Paisley, GM Peter Anholt, and Business Manager Terry Huisman were all given rounds of applause for playing a big part in what has been a massive turnaround. 

The Hurricanes averaged 3700 fans a game during the 2016/17 season. Already, the club has sold more than 2100 season tickets, well ahead of last season and we are still over a week away from puck drop.

The following is a media scrum with Doug Paisley following the AGM

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Hurricanes Ink Import (F) Yegor Zudilov


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Tuesday that they have signed forward Yegor Zudilov to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.

Zudilov, 16, was selected in the first round, 48th overall in the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. The Russian-born forward will turn 17 on September 10th. In 2016-2017, Zudilov registered 65 points (31g-34a) along with 18 penalty minutes in 36 games with Avangard Omsk U17 in the Russia U17 league. He also appeared in one game with Omskie Yastreby of the MHL where he was held pointless.

Zudilov is one of two import players on the Hurricanes roster heading into training camp later this week joining Igor Merezhko after forward Egor Babenko signed a contract in the Kontinental Hockey League with Lada Togliatti.

The Hurricanes open their 2017 ENMAX Training Camp this Thursday, August 24th at the ENMAX Centre beginning with Rookie Camp. Main Camp will start on Saturday with the annual Red versus White Intrasquad game to be held on Tuesday, August 29th.

Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Canes' Acquire Rights to Austin Wong From ICE


Photo credit to Okotoks Oilers
The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have acquired the rights to forward Austin Wong from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for defenseman Tyler Strath and a conditional fifth round pick in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Wong, 16, will turn 17 on Saturday. He is the younger brother of former Hurricanes forward Tyler Wong. Austin, who is 5’10, 175-pound spent the 2016 2017 season with the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he recorded 20 points (10g-10a) along with 150 penalty minutes in 53 games. He added an additional five points (3g-2a) and 36 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.

“Austin played Junior-A last year as a 16-year-old in Okotoks and had a good season. Okotoks has done a nice job developing him and we are excited to acquire his rights from Kootenay,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “We think this moves helps build the depth to our 2000-born age group. Obviously there is a history with the family, so we know the pedigree with what we are acquiring in Austin.”

In 2015-2016, Austin racked up an impressive 75 points (44g-31a) and 72 penalty minutes in 37 games with the AC Avalanche Minor Midget AAA in the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League. He was originally drafted by the Ice in the 11th round, 232nd overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Austin will attend the Hurricanes camp this weekend. The Hurricanes open their 2017 ENMAX Training Camp this week beginning with rookie camp on Thursday, August 24th at 4:00pm. For a full schedule of both Rookie and Main Camp please visit

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Hurricanes Ready For Training Camp


The Lethbridge Hurricanes get their 2017 WHL training camp underway this week.

I had a chance to have good chat with Canes General Manager Peter Anholt. You can listen to that on the link below.

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Thursday, August 24th
Team A Practice: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Team B Practice: 5:15pm – 6:15pm
Goalie Session: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday, August 25th Game (Team A vs. Team B): 9:00am – 10:15am
Veterans Skills Session: 10:30am – 11:45am
Game (Team A vs. Team B): 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday, August 26th Rookies Game (Team A vs. Team B): 9:00am – 10:15am


Saturday, August 26th Team A Practice: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Team B Practice: 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Team C Practice: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Sunday, August 27th Game (Team A vs. Team B): 9:00am – 9:45am
Game (Team A vs. Team C): 10:00am – 10:45am
Game (Team B vs. Team C): 11:00am – 11:45am
Game (Team A vs. Team C): 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Game (Team B vs. Team C): 5:00pm – 5:45pm
Game (Team A vs. Team B): 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Monday, August 28 th Game (Team A vs. Team B): 9:00am – 9:45am
Game (Team A vs. Team C): 10:00am – 10:45am
Game (Team B vs. Team C): 11:00am – 11:45am
Game (Team A vs. Team C): 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Game (Team B vs. Team C): 5:00pm – 5:45pm
Game (Team A vs. Team B): 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Tuesday, August 29th Pre-Game Skate (Team Red): 10:00am – 11:00am

Pre-Game Skate (Team White): 11:15am – 12:15pm
Red vs. White Inter-squad Game: 7:00pm (ENMAX Centre)

Canes Addison Heading to Ivan Hlinka Cup


The Western Hockey League will be represented by six players on Hockey Canada’s 22-player roster for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, scheduled for August 7 to 12 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Hockey Canada announced its 22-player roster Tuesday afternoon following its five-day National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp.

Representing the WHL on Hockey Canada’s roster for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup are forwards Luka Burzan (Moose Jaw Warriors / Surrey, B.C.), Jackson Shepard (Kamloops Blazers / West Vancouver, B.C.), Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets / Kelowna, B.C.) and defencemen Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs / Lloydminster, Alta.), Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes / Brandon, Man.) and Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors / Winnipeg, Man.).

All but two of the 22 players represented their country at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international tournament hosted annually in Canada that features three Canadian teams (Red, White, Black) and five international teams. Canada’s team also includes 15 players who’ve worn the red-and-white in international competition overseas – six having donned the Team Canada jersey at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, in April; and 11 having competed for Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

“We’ve had a great selection camp here in Calgary, with all 44 players showing us what they’re made of,” said Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes / Calgary, Alta.), head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. “As a best-on-best tournament, the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup allows us to showcase the very best Canadian talent in this age group. We are ready to make Canadians proud with how we represent them on and off the ice.”

Kisio and assistant coaches Drew Bannister (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL / Sudbury, Ont.) and Daniel Jacob (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL / St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.), along with Hockey Canada’s new head scout Brad McEwan (Whitewood, Sask.) and regional scout Barclay Branch, joined Bruce Hamilton (Kelowna Rockets / Saskatoon, Sask.) of the management group of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence to select this year’s Hlinka roster from the 44 players who attended the selection camp.

Canada has won gold 20 times in 25 years of summer under-18 competition and will play in Group B this year with Finland, Russia, and Slovakia; Group A consists of the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

The Canadians will face the Czech Republic in a pre-tournament game on August 5 in Breclav, and official open the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on August 7 against Russia. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals on Friday, August 11, with the gold-medal game scheduled for Saturday, August 12.

Kisio Head Coach of Canada's Men's U-18 Team


Hockey Canada announced that Brent Kisio (Calgary/Lethbridge, WHL) will lead Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team as head coach following the departure of Paul McFarland, who has accepted an assistant coaching position with the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers.

Photo credit to Hockey Canada

Kisio is entering his third season as head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and was originally slated to work as an assistant coach under McFarland for the National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp and 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. His experience with the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence includes as head coach of Team Canada White at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and winning a silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Pacific at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

With Kisio taking the reins behind the bench, Hockey Canada has added Drew Bannister (Sudbury, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) as an assistant coach for this summer’s U18 group.

Bannister was named head coach of the Soo Greyhounds in 2015 after an 18-year pro career with Anaheim, Edmonton, the New York Rangers, and Tampa Bay of the NHL; his career also included playing in Europe. Drafted by the Lightning in 1992, he’s represented Canada on the international stage as a player and coach. Bannister won gold at the 1994 World Juniors as a player, and he’s also won gold as a head coach with Team Ontario at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Bannister was also an assistant coach with Team Ontario at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

“Both men are experienced and detail-oriented hockey coaches that know what it takes to compete and win in short-term competition,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “With both having been a part of our Program of Excellence the past couple of years, they will bring their knowledge and passion of the game in helping our players develop and succeed at an elite level.”

In the coming weeks, 44 players will be put through their paces on and off the ice as they vie for a spot on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team during a week-long selection camp. A 22-player roster will be selected to compete at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in August, leaving directly from camp to wear the red-and-white at the storied tournament hosted in the Czech Republic and Slovakia this year.

Hockey Canada’s scouting staff will continue to monitor players following their return to their home clubs, with an eye for putting together the best available team to compete at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship in Russia next spring.

(Hockey Canada Release)


Canes' Select Russian in CHL Import Draft


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday that they have selected forward Yegor Zudilov with the 48th overall pick in the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

Zudilov, 16, will celebrate his 17th birthday on September 10th, 2017. The 6’3”, 180-pound forward appeared in 35 games with the Avangard Omsk Under-17 team in the Russia Under-17 League in 2016-2017 collecting 65 points (31g 34a) along 18 penalty minutes. The Russian-born Zudilov registered 63 points (31g-32a) with 18 penalty minutes in the Russia Under-16 League in 2015-2016 with Avangard Omsk U-16 team.

Zudilov also appeared in one game in the MHL with Omskie Yastreby in 2016 2017 where he was held pointless.

The last time the Hurricanes took part in the CHL Import Draft they selected Egor Babenko (5th overall) and Igor Merezhko (65th overall) in the 2015 Import Draft. Babenko has appeared in 133 regular season games with the ‘Canes over the last two years collected 124 points (53g-71a) with 72 penalty minutes and a plus 33 rating. In two seasons, Merezhko has dressed in 128 games registering 31 points (2g-29a) with 149 penalty minutes and a plus-22 rating.

The Hurricanes elected to pass with the second pick, 108th overall.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Four Hurricanes Heading to NHL Development Camps


The Lethbirdge Hurricanes Hockey Club would like to congratulate four members of the 2016-2017 roster on being invited to National Hockey League Development Camps as Jordy Bellerive, Giorgio Estephan, Stuart Skinner and Tyler Wong will take part in camps.

Photo credit to Lethbridge Hurricanes

Bellerive, 18, had been invited to take part at the defending two-time Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins camp. Bellerive, who was passed over in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on the weekend, is one of 24 forwards invited to take part in the Penguins camp from June 28 until July 1 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pennsylvania. The product of North Vancouver appeared in 70 games during the 2016-2017 regular season with the Hurricanes registering a career-high 56 points (27g-29a) along with 86 penalty minutes. He added 14 points (7g-7a) in 20 post-season games.

Estephan, 20, will take part at the Minnesota Wild’s development camp. The 1997-born forward was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft but was unsigned. Estephan had a career season with the Hurricanes in 2016 2017 scoring 89 points (35g-54a) along with 39 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. Estephan added 24 points (11g-13a) in 18 post-season games.
Skinner, 18, will compete in the Edmonton Oilers development camp. The three year Hurricanes goaltender was drafted by his hometown Oilers in the third round (78th overall) in the 2017 draft. Skinner is the all-time Hurricanes leader in games played by a goaltender (151) and saves (4,462). In a career-high 60 games in 2016-2017, Skinner posted a record of 34-18-3-2 with a 3.26 goals against average (GAA) and a .926 save percentage (SV%) with two shutouts. He appeared in all 20 Hurricanes post-season games earning a 3.09 GAA and a .916 SV%.

Wong, 21, will suit up at the Vegas Golden Knights camp that started on June 26. Wong completed his WHL career with the Hurricanes in 2016-2017 recording a career-high 51 goals and 109 points. He added 24 points (11g-13a) in 20 post season games. The product of Cochrane, Alberta signed an American Hockey League contract with the Golden Knights AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves on May 18th.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Hurricanes Home Opener September 22nd


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is excited to announce the 2017-2018 Dairy Queen Home Opener will take place on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00 pm as the Hurricanes will welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers.

It will be the seventh straight year that the ‘Canes will open the season against the Tigers. The ‘Canes are 4-2-0-0 in the last six season openers against Medicine Hat have defeated the Tigers 4-2 last season.

The Hurricanes posted a 3-4-0-0 record against the Tigers in the 2016-2017 regular season, posting a 2-1-0-0 record at the ENMAX Centre and a 1-3-0-0 record in Medicine Hat. The ‘Canes eliminated the Tigers in the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs defeating Medicine Hat in overtime in Game 7 at the Canalta Centre.

The full Hurricanes schedule will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, June 27th, at 1:00pm.

Season Tickets for the 2017-2018 regular season are on sale now. To purchase your Season Tickets for next year, visit the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre of call 403-329-SEAT (7328). 

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Hurricanes Release Pre-Season Schedule


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League, have announced their 2017 ENMAX Pre-Season Schedule.

The Hurricanes will play a total of five exhibition games in 2017 including again appearing in the Crowsnest Nest Pass Tournament. The ‘Canes will begin their pre-season schedule on Friday, September 1st, 2017 when they will host the Medicine Hat Tigers at Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre in West Lethbridge.

Full exhibition schedule:

Friday, September 1st, 2017 – Hurricanes vs. Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:00 pm, Nicholas Sheran Arena

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 – Hurricanes at Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:30 pm in Taber

Friday, September 8th, 2017 – Hurricanes vs. Swift Current Broncos – 7:00 pm, ENMAX Centre

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 – Hurricanes at Swift Current Broncos – 7:00 pm in Swift Current

Friday, September 15th, 2017 – Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice – 7:00 pm in Crowsnest Pass

Season Tickets for the 2017-2018 Hurricanes season are on sale. Reserved your seat by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Skinner Named to U-20 Goaltending Camp


Hockey Canada announced Monday that Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner is one of 30 netminders from across Canada that will take part in the annual Program of Excellence goaltender camp. The camp will take place from June 9-11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Skinner, 18, is one of seven goaltenders that will take part in the Under-20 camp in preparation for the 2018 World Junior Championship summer development camp. The three-year Hurricane joins fellow Western Hockey Leaguers Carter Hart (Everett) and Ian Scott (Prince Albert) as the only other WHL goaltenders to attend the U-20 camp. Three goaltenders from the Ontario Hockey League and one of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will also take part.

Skinner just completed his third season with the Hurricanes helping them to the Eastern Conference Championship Series for the first time since 2008. The 6’4”, 195-pound puck-stopper appeared in all 20 post-season games posting a 3.09 goals against average (GAA) and a .916 save percentage (SV%). Skinner collected a record of 34-18-3-2 during the 2016-2017 regular season with a 3.26 GAA and a .905 SV%.

The Edmonton, Alberta product recently attended the National Hockey League Draft Combine in Buffalo, New York last week and is slated to be selected in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in Chicago later this month.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Canes Sign 2017 First Round Pick


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have signed prospect Noah Boyko to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.

Boyko, 15, was selected in the first round (16th overall) in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft earlier this month. The product of St. Albert, Alberta suited up in 36 regular season games with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League where he registered 52 points (25g-27a) along with 14 penalty minutes. He finished tied for second on his team in scoring.
“I was just hoping to get drafted and I’m pretty happy being drafted by Lethbridge. It’s a great organization and I’m glad to be a part of it,” said Boyko. “I didn’t even think about it, we just read over the rules and contract, and just signed.”

In two seasons with the Rangers, Boyko collected 79 points (43g-36a) in 69 games. He enjoyed a strong 2017 playoffs as well with the Rangers adding 18 points (7g-11a) with four penalty minutes in 14 post-season games finishing second in league playoff scoring. He helped the Rangers to an AMBHL and Provincial Championship, helping them advance to the 2017 Western Bantam Championships where he added ten more points (6g-4a) in five games.

“I think it’s great to sign your first round pick. We knew there wasn’t going to be any troubles but at the same sense it makes summer that much better when you can sign these guys early and you don’t have to worry about it throughout the summer,” said Hurricanes Head Scout Rob MacLachlan. “He’s very well-spoken and he’s very smart. When we signed him and looked over the contract he asked some really good questions, so that shows that he pays attention to detail and he definitely wants to be a Lethbridge Hurricane.”

“He can play centre or wing. He has good acceleration and covers a lot of ice with his long stride. He likes to be moving at full speed and he shoots the puck hard. I’d compare him to Justin Gutierrez; probably a touch better skater and maybe a little bit better skill. He’s a big tall, lanky kid with some bite in him,” added MacLachlan.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Tyler Wong Named CHL Humanitarian


The Canadian Hockey League last week announced the 10 national award winners for the 2016-17 season including Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters who earned Sportsnet CHL Player of the Year honours.

A trio of Western Hockey League representatives brought home hardware from the national awards, including Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings/Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect Award), Sam Steel (Regina Pats/Chrysler Top Scorer Award) and Tyler Wong (Lethbridge Hurricanes/Mastercard Humanitarian of the Year Award).

The awards were presented as part of the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup festivities in Windsor. 

Mastercard Humanitarian of the Year Award: Tyler Wong

Lethbridge Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong is the CHL’s Humanitarian of the Year after being named a finalist for the award last season, establishing himself as an exceptional ambassador for his team and the league both on and off the ice. The 21-year-old from Cochrane, AB, carried forward the ‘Canes KidSport program he introduced a year ago which donates $5 to KidSport Lethbridge & Taber for each goal he scores. Powered by 51 goals of his own and with the help from teammates, alumni, and the community, the initiative surpassed all expectations and raised over $13,000 this season. Finalists for the award were Garrett McFadden of the Guelph Storm and two-time nominee Samuel Laberge of the Rimouski Oceanic.

(From Canadian Hockey League)


Mike Craig Not Returning as Assistant Coach


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Friday that Assistant Coach Mike Craig will not return for the 2017-2018 season as he will pursue other opportunities.

Craig, 45, spent four seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Hurricanes serving under Head Coach’s Drake Berehowsky, Peter Anholt and Brent Kisio. Craig was originally hired in August of 2013.

During his tenure with the Hurricanes, Craig was a key member in helping the franchise build towards success. After a 12 win campaign in his first year, Craig remained and was a big part of helping the ‘Canes improve every year including guiding the Hurricanes to back-to-back forty win seasons and helping them to the Eastern Conference Championship Series in 2016-2017.

“I have enjoyed my time with the Hurricanes and am grateful for the opportunity they have given me to start my career in coaching,” said Craig. “I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here but feel it is time to pursue other opportunities in hockey. I wish the Hurricanes organization continued success moving forward.”

After assuming defensive coaching responsibilities in 2015, Craig helped develop the Hurricanes defensive core as a sound and steady group. In 2016-2017, each member of the ‘Canes defensive core finished with a plus rating while totaling career high in numbers led by Brennan Menell who finished second in scoring among defenseman in the Western Hockey League with 71 points (12g-59a).

“Mike has been a great Hurricane for the last four years and was a big part of the resurgence of the ‘Canes,” said Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “He is good friend and I wish him and his family all the best in the future. Mike will always be highly regarded within our organization for what he brought to our team.”

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Kisio Named Assistant For Ivan Hlinka Tournament


Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio has been named as an Assistant Coach for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 team that will compete at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

Kisio, 34, served as the head coach of Team Canada White at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and an assistant coach with Team Pacific in 2013. The product of Calgary, Alberta was hired by the Hurricanes in the summer of 2015. In two seasons with the ‘Canes, Kisio has posted an overall record of 88-43-5-4 in 140 games behind the bench; a winning percentage of .661%.
He led the Hurricanes to Eastern Conference Championship Series in 2016 2017 eventually falling to the Regina Pats in six games. He currently sits fifth all-time in franchise victories among head coaches.

The 2017 Ivan Hlinka Tournament will take place later in the summer. 

AHL's Chicago Wolves Sign Tyler Wong


The Chicago Wolves announced Thursday that forward Tyler Wong has signed a standard player contract with the club for the 2017-18 season.

During his overage season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2016-17, Wong led the Western Hockey League with 51 goals and finished third in league scoring with 109 points (51G, 58A). Those totals also allowed him to pace all Hurricanes skaters in the regular season.

In the 2017 WHL Playoffs, he and teammate Giorgio Estephan each finished with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points to lead the club. Wong’s statistics included two game-winning goals, a short-handed marker and an overtime tally.

Wong spent his entire five-year junior career with Lethbridge and left his mark in its history book. The Cochrane, Alberta, native finished his time with the Hurricanes third in goals (143), fourth in games played (317) and sixth in points (298).

The 21-year-old served two seasons (2015-17) as team captain and was voted Fan Favorite each of his five seasons in Lethbridge. He also earned the Scholastic Player Award three consecutive seasons (2013-16), as well as the Community Relations Award for two (2015-17). Wong earned team MVP honors for the 2016-17 season and twice has been the club’s leading scorer (2014-15, 2016-17).

At the American Hockey League level, Wong skated in three games for the Toronto Marlies during the 2015-16 season. He made his professional debut on April 9, 2016, against the Syracuse Crunch and collected his first AHL point – an assist – on April 17 against the Rochester Americans.

Wong joins second-year forward Bryce Gervais on the list of skaters under contract with the Wolves for the 2017-18 campaign. The 2017-18 schedule features four new opponents: the Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls and Tucson Roadrunners. For information about tickets and schedules for the upcoming season, visit

Wong to Receive Key to City of Lethbridge


Mayor Chris Spearman will present the Key to the City to Tyler Wong, the former captain of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Bestowed at the discretion of the Mayor, the Key to the City is a municipal government’s highest honour and is given to recognize the outstanding civic contributions of each recipient. Mayor Spearman will present the Key to the City to Wong at the beginning of the regular City Council meeting on Monday, May 8 at City Hall. 


Wong, who played his entire five-year Western Hockey League career as a member of the Hurricanes, was recently name the 2017 winner of the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy as the league’s Humanitarian of the Year. He was also named the Eastern Conference Humanitarian of the Year for a third consecutive season. Wong’s off-ice work in the community included establishing a local ‘Canes Kidsport program which raised more than $13,000 this season, joining coaches and teammates to help local food banks deliver food hampers and toy baskets, visiting seniors’ homes during the holiday season, and volunteering elsewhere in the community. He was also voted the Hurricanes Fan Favourite Player all five years he played with the team.

Traditionally, the Key to the City is given by the mayor to a visiting dignitary or to a deserving resident. It typically is presented as a larger-than-life-sized model key, and it represents the city’s welcome by placing the city at the recipient’s disposal. The practice of presenting a Key to the City dates back to medieval times, when admission to a city was often hampered by walls, locked gates and many legal restrictions. Possession of the Key symbolized free entry. By the mid-1800s, it was customary to bestow a Key to the City as a symbol of goodwill indicating that the recipient was free to come and go at will.

(City of Lethbridge Release)


Hurricanes Select Nine Players in WHL Draft


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club selected a total of nine players in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft on Thursday in Calgary including five forwards, three defenseman and one goaltender.With their first round selection, 16th overall, the Hurricanes drafted forward Noah Boyko from the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Bantam AAA. The product of St. Albert, Alberta shoots right-handed and is 5’11” and 164-pounds. He appeared in 33 games with the Rangers in 2016-2017 registering 52 points (25g-27a) along with 14 penalty minutes.“[Noah] is a big forward who played wing and can play centre. He’ll probably be a 6’3” player. He skates very well and he can score; he never breaks stride and scores a lot of goals and shoots at full stride,” said Hurricanes Head Scout Rob MacLachlan. “We thought he would be around [our pick], there was a chance he could’ve been gone by then so we’re happy to get him at 16. I see him has a top three winger.”The Hurricanes held two second round selections. At 37th overall, the ‘Canes selected goaltender Bryan Thomson from the Notre Dame Hounds. Thomson who is 6’2”, 160-pounds posted a 3.72 goals against average and a .895 save percentage in 18 games. The ‘Canes then took defenseman Jonah Regier at 38th overall, also from the Hounds. The 6’1”, 151-pound rearguard registered five points (2g-3a) in 20 games with Notre Dame.“[Thomson] is very, very athletic and is very committed – all he wants to be is a goaltender. He was my number one ranked goaltender all year and I never faltered from Bryan being our number one guy,” said MacLachlan. “I didn’t know whether Thomson would get to us or not [at 37].”After not having a third round draft pick, the ‘Canes selected one forward and one defenseman in the fourth round. At 73rd overall, the ‘Canes picked rearguard Owen Forfellow from the Yale Hockey Academy. In 28 games, Forfellow had six points (1g-5a) in 28 games this season. The ‘Canes then selected forward Drew Englot with the 76th overall selection. Englot recorded 14 points (4g-10a) in 30 games with the Notre Dame Hounds.“Englot is a 6’3”, high energy power forward and he never stops. He goes hard and goes to the net, he does it all,” said MacLachlan. “He’s got pretty good skill. He isn’t going to be a pure goal scorer but he’s going to put a lot of goals up in the future.”In the sixth round, 130th overall, the Hurricanes drafted forward Daniel O’Neill from the Delta Bantam Prep where he had eight points (2g-6a) in 29 games. The ‘Canes then selected defenseman Jeff Montoya from the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes with their seventh round, 147th overall pick.The Hurricanes had three ninth round draft picks to round out the Bantam Draft. At 187th the ‘Canes picked forward Jacob Boucher before selecting forward Ben Mosher at 189th. The ‘Canes then traded the 192nd overall pick to the Portland Winterhawks.“I think bringing in the Boucher kid is good. I said to our [scouts] that he reminds me of Tyler Wong. He’s a smaller body but he is full of energy and he never stops. He goes 110 percent when he steps on the ice he plays like Tyler Wong does,” explained MacLachlan.“We had a plan going into [the draft] in what we wanted to accomplish and I think we did it. We wanted to draft some size and speed is crucial and I think we got all of that.”(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)Tahnks,Pat[...]