Friday, 15 August 2014

Hurricanes Sign Russian Import (F) Milekhin

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are pleased to announce their top pick from the 2014 CHL Import Draft, Nikita Milekhin, has signed the Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.


On July 2nd, the Hurricanes used their 3rd overall pick to select Milekhin, a 1997-born right winger who played for Moscow Dynamo last season. The 6’1, 170 pound forward played in 26 games last year where he registered 21 points, including 13 goals and added 12 PIM’s. He followed that up with 6G, 1A in 15 playoff games.


Yuri Yanchenkov with International Scouting Services says Milekhin is a very good skater with good puck skills and hockey sense and his progress has been getting better and better.

(Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)




Hurricanes 2014 Camp Schedule

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are excited to announce the dates for their 2014 Training Camp which runs August 21-24. 
Once again the Hurricanes are proud to announce that ENMAX is the official sponsor of training camp and the Pre-season.
The Hurricanes will open camp on Thursday, August 21 with on-ice testing scheduled to start at 5:00pm. Training camp will feature Hurricanes players and prospects with all ice sessions and scrimmages at the ENMAX Centre free and open to the public.

2014 Training Camp Schedule

Thursday, August 21
5:00 – 6:00 pm                 Team A (on ice testing)
6:15 – 7:15 pm                 Team B (on ice testing)
7:30 – 8:30 pm                 Team C (on ice testing)
8:45 – 9:45 pm                 Team D (on ice testing)

Friday, August 22
8:00 – 9:15 am                 Team A practice
9:30 – 10:45 am               Team B practice
11:00 – 12:15 pm             Team C practice
12:30 – 1:45 pm               Team D practice
2:00 – 3:15 pm                 Team A vs. Team B
3:45 – 5:15 pm                 Team C vs. Team D

Saturday, August 23
9:00 – 10:15 am              Team A vs. Team D
10:30 – 11:45 am            Team B vs. Team C
2:00 – 3:15 pm                 Team B vs. Team D
3:30 – 4:45 pm                 Team A vs. Team C

Sunday, August 24
9:00 – 10:30 am              Bronze Game
10:45 – 12:15 pm           Championship Game

(Camp rosters are expected to be posted on August 20th) 
Following Training Camp, the Hurricanes will kick off their 2014 Exhibition season Friday, August 29 at a tournament in Regina. They’ll return home Friday, September 5 to host the Calgary Hitmen in Coaldale before hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, September 10 at the ENMAX Centre. Lethbridge will close out their exhibition schedule at the 6 annual “Thunder Challenge” in the Crowsnest Pass on September 12 and 13.
The Hurricanes DQ Home Opener will be against Medicine Hat at 7:00pm on Friday, September 19 at the ENMAX Centre.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Hurricanes Sign Prospect (D) Ethan King

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are pleased to announce prospect Ethan King has been signed to the Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.

The 1999 born defenceman from Vernon, BC was the Hurricanes 2nd round (23rd overall) draft pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Standing 6’4 and 210 pounds, King is already a towering blue liner and in 55 games with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy he registered 36 points, including 30 assists.

Hurricanes Head Scout, Blake Robson, calls him a “big physical defenseman that is hard to play against and he’s the kind of player you love to have on your team.” Hurricanes General Manager Brad Robson added “we’re excited to have him at training camp and see the progress he has made this past year.”

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are set to open their 2014 Training Camp presented by ENMAX on Thursday, August 21st continuing right through the weekend until Sunday, August 24th concluding with the Championship Game starting at 10:45am.

All on-ice sessions will be held at the ENMAX Centre and they are free and open to the public. The full schedule will be released in the coming days.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)


Monday, 11 August 2014

GM Brad Robson Talks Training Camp

As the Lethbridge Hurricanes inch closer to start of their 2014 WHL training camp, which happens to be starting a week earlier than usual this year, I took some time to have a coffee and sit and chat with General Manager Brad Robson.

The entire training camp interview is below. Robson and I cover a number of topics in this 7 minute interview. Camp opens August 21st with the Hurricanes first pre-season games set for August 29th and 30th in Regina.


Friday, 1 August 2014

Hurricanes/Lukowich Settle Out of Court

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club and Mr. Brad Lukowich have settled Mr. Lukowich’s claim arising from his departure from the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club in February, to their mutual satisfaction.

Lukowich stated “I appreciate the Hurricanes willingness to resolve these matters constructively. My wife Cara, our daughters and I have grown very fond of the city of Lethbridge and all it has to offer. My goal is still to teach and coach at the highest level possible the game that gave me so much so that I can give back. I look forward to the next opportunity to pursue that goal.”

Brad Robson, General Manager stated “Although we initially announced Brad was terminated for cause, it has subsequently been determined by the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club that his departure was not for cause. The Club extends their sincere appreciation for his services and wish him success. Brad's strength is his focus on player development. I expect to see him involved in hockey operations next season."

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes website)



Friday, 18 July 2014

Bryan Maxwell Speak With Lethbridge Media

Photo from Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations
The Lethbridge Hurricanes officially introduced Bryan Maxwell to the team's coaching staff Friday morning.

The club announced earlier in the week that Maxwell has been hired to join Drake Berehowsky and Mike Craig behind the bench for this upcoming Western Hockey League season as the Canes new Assistant Coach. 

Maxwell was a very successful WHL coach in years past with Medicine Hat, Spokane, and the Hurricanes.  Lethbridge media had a chance to speak with him for the first time since the announcement was made a few days ago.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Bryan Maxwell Joins Coaching Staff

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are pleased to announce the hiring of Bryan Maxwell as Assistant Coach, joining Head Coach Drake Berehowsky and Mike Craig behind the bench.
“I really appreciate the opportunity to start coaching again” commented Maxwell. “I really enjoyed coaching and making a difference with the players and I feel it’s been kind of wasted lately not being able to help in the area, but I’m so excited to help turn this thing around and help get us going in the right direction.” 

Maxwell spent more than a dozen years coaching in the WHL, being named WHL Coach of the Year with Spokane in the 1991-92 season. He coached the Hurricanes for six years from 1995-96 to 2002-03. During his time in Lethbridge, Maxwell compiled a record of 397-382-69and he’s thrilled to be getting back to what he says he was meant to do. “I’m really looking forward to working with the defense, so I don’t feel it’s a challenge, I feel it’s what I know and it’s what I was supposed to do.

General Manager Brad Robson couldn’t be happier to have Maxwell back with the club. “Bryan gives us lots of coaching experience, his expertise has always been well known for schooling and putting defensemen in the NHL and pro levels over the years. Bryan’s leadership and coaching ability will improve our hockey club defensively and working with the penalty kill will also help our club moving forward.” Robson went on to say “with Bryan’s hiring and the recent hiring of Peter (Anholt), both men give us lots of experience in coaching and more importantly mentorship for everyone on and off the ice.”

Head Coach Drake Berehowsky echoes Robson’s comments saying “Bryan brings a wealth of knowledge to our hockey club. He’s coached kids at this level and winning starts with a strong defense.”

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)