Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Three Canes Invited to Development Camps

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is excited to announce that Brayden Burke, Brady Reagan and Darian Skeoch have all been invited to participate in National Hockey League Development Camps.

Burke, 19, will partake in the Calgary Flames development camp that will begin July 3rd. The Edmonton, Alberta product had a career year in 2015-2016 finishing tied first in the WHL in assists and third in WHL scoring with 109 points (27g-82a) along with 44 penalty minutes while appearing in all 72 regular season games. He added four points (2g-2a) in five playoff games.

“I’m excited to get down there and see what it’s all about,” said Burke. “It’s nice to have someone want you considering what happened with the draft and all. I’m going to go play my game and I think everything is going to go well. I know I can play with these kind of players and I know I can produce points against these kind of guys. I just have to go in confident and play my game.”

Reagan, 18, has been invited to the Ottawa Senators development camp that began on Tuesday – he is one of 12 defensemen invited to the Senators camp. The Calgary, Alberta native set career highs in games played (71), goals (6), assists (14), points (20), plus-minus (+22) and penalty minutes (63) during the 2015-2016 campaign.

“It’s very exciting for me and it’s a great opportunity to showcase myself, but just getting invited is a huge honour,” said Reagan from Ottawa. “It’s very professional and it’s hard work, like any other hockey camp or team. I hope to prove that I’m a big physical presence with some offensive strength as well, but I’m just looking to get noticed.”

Skeoch, 19, will travel to California to take part in the Anaheim Ducks development camp that will begin on Thursday. The hulking defenseman, originally from New Liskeard, Ontario, quickly developed into a solid stay-at-home defenseman in his rookie season with the Hurricanes. In 59 appearances, Skeoch registered seven points (1g-6a) with a plus-7 rating and 106 penalty minutes.


“Getting an invite to the [Ducks] camp, I’m just extremely excited and honoured to be going. I thought it was a really good fit, I think Anaheim was probably the best fit for me,” said Skeoch. “I’m just going to go in and just try to show them my style of play, keep it simple and play a physical game. I think it’ll help my confidence.”

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Hurricanes 2016-17 Regular Season Schedule

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League, have released their 2016-2017 regular season schedule.
 
The Hurricanes will begin their 30th Anniversary Season by kicking off the regular season on Friday, September 23rd when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Hurricanes will play a total of 72 regular season games, including 36 home games at the ENMAX Centre and 36 on the road. Marquee match-ups will include the defending WHL Champion Brandon Wheat Kings on January 31st and February 24th and the reigning regular season champion Victoria Royals on October 12th and February 17th .
 
In 2016-2017, the Hurricanes will face the rival Medicine Hat Tigers seven times (three at home, four away) including two home-and-home sets. The ‘Canes will also face the Kootenay Ice a total of seven times (four at home, three away) while facing the Edmonton Oil Kings, Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels each six times each (three at home, three away). Of the 72 game schedule, the Hurricanes will play a total of 32 games against Central Division opponents, 24 against the East Division, 11 against the BC Division and five against the US Division. T
 
he schedule will include four three-in-three weekends over the season. The Hurricanes longest home stand will be four games from February 17th until February 24th. The longest road trip will be three games on four separate occasions.

You can see the Hurricanes full 2016-17 WHL Schedule here: http://www.lethbridgehurricanes.com/schedule/257/205
 
HOME DATES TO REMEMBER:

Friday, September 23rd, 2016 – vs. Medicine Hat Tigers (Season/Home Opener)
 
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 – vs. Victoria Royals (Defending Regular Season Champions)
 
Saturday, October 15th, 2016 – vs. Regina Pats (First Meeting Since Playoffs)
 
Tuesday, January 31st, 2016 – vs. Brandon Wheat Kings (Defending WHL Champions)
 
Friday, March 17th, 2016 – vs. Medicine Hat Tigers (Home Finale) 

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hurricanes Add to Hockey Staff

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday the hiring of Darcy Wakaluk as the team’s new Goaltending Coach and Bob Bartlett as the new Director of Player Development and Senior Scout. The team also announced that Assistant Coaches Mike Craig and Josh MacNevin will return for the 2016-2017 season.

Wakaluk joins the Hurricanes after spending the past 12 seasons as the Goaltending Coach of the Calgary Hitmen. Before his time with the Hitmen, Wakaluk also spent three seasons as the Goaltending Coach of the Kamloops Blazers and one season as an Assistant Coach with the Vancouver Giants.

Prior to his coaching career, the Pincher Creek, Alberta product played three season in the Western Hockey League from 1983 to 1986 with the Kelowna Wings/Spokane Chiefs franchise. A Buffalo Sabres seventh round draft pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Wakaluk went on to play 181 games in the American Hockey League and 191 games in the National Hockey League with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes. He was a member of the 1987 Calder Cup Champion Rochester Americans and was the first goaltender in AHL history to score a goal in 1987. He was also a teammate of Hurricanes assistant coach Mike Craig for three seasons with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise.

“We’re adding a real good person, any time you can add good people to your staff that’s first and foremost, along with that Darcy’s experience speaks for itself. Playing in our league, being an NHL player and he’s coached in that league for a number of years, it really, really fits for us,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt.

Bartlett joins the Hurricanes after spending the past five seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Bartlett in no stranger to Lethbridge or the Hurricanes as he was an instrumental person in bringing the Hurricanes to Lethbridge after the Broncos were relocated to Swift Current in 1986. He spent 11 years (1974 to 1985) as a scout for the Broncos. After acting as an Advisor to the Hurricanes, he served as the team’s General Manager from 1990 to 1995 leading the team to the 1991 WHL Final and Division Title.

“Bob being the person that he is makes it such a great add for us. His history here in Lethbridge speaks for itself and his hockey history speaks for itself, it’s just a really good fit for us to add Bob to our staff, but also for [Bob] to be able to finish his hockey career with our organization is important too,” said Anholt.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Monday, 20 June 2016

Four Hurricanes Taking Part in Hockey Canada Summer Camps

Hockey Canada announced Monday the rosters for the upcoming Summer Showcase to be held in Calgary, Alberta from July 26th to August 6th and four Hurricanes will take part. The Summer Showcase will see the Under-17 and the Under-18 age groups compete.

Hurricanes prospects Calen Addison and Josh Tarzwell will take part in Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp in preparation for the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge to take place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, from October 30th to November 5th. A total of 111 players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defenceman and 63 forwards – will participate in practices and games on one of six different teams.

Addison, 16, was the second overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes. The Brandon, Manitoba product appeared in four regular season games and three playoff games last season with the Hurricanes. He registered 15 points (8g-7a) in 15 regular season games with the Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA team after recovering from a broken leg.

Tarzwell, 16, was selected 24th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. The Red Deer, Alberta native collected 18 points (9g-9a) along with 14 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Red Deer Chiefs Midget AAA. He also added three points (1g-2a) in five post-season games with the Chiefs. Tarzwell made his WHL debut on January 23rd against the Moose Jaw Warriors and appeared in two games with the Hurricanes.

Current Hurricanes players Jordy Bellerive and Brett Davis were named to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp. A total of 44 players – four goaltenders, 16 defenceman and 24 forwards – will participate in practices and three Red-White intrasquad games.

Bellerive, 17, was selected by the Hurricanes second overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. The North Vancouver, BC, product had a productive rookie season with the Hurricanes collecting 36 points (11g-25a) along with 75 penalty minutes in 65 games finishing second in WHL scoring among 1999-born players. Bellerive represented Canada-Red at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last fall.


Davis, 17, was selected in the fourth round (78th overall) in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes. In his first full season in the WHL, Davis collected nine points (5g-4a) along with 17 penalty minutes. The Oakbank, Manitoba native represented Canada-White at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last fall winning a Gold Medal.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Hurricanes 2016 Pre-Season Schedule

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club, in partnership with the Western Hockey League, have announced their 2016 pre-season schedule.

The Hurricanes will play a total of six exhibition games that will include again appearing in the Crowsnest Pass Tournament with the Kootenay Ice and Calgary Hitmen. The Hurricanes will begin their exhibition schedule on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 when they will host the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Coaldale Ice Arena.

It will be the third consecutive season that the Hurricanes will play a pre-season game in the Town of Coaldale. Last year, the Hurricanes dropped a 2-1 decision to the Swift Current Broncos. In each year, the Hurricanes have played in front of a sold-out Coaldale Ice Arena. Tickets for the game will be for sale at a later date.

Full Exhibition Schedule:

* Friday, September 2, 2016 – Hurricanes vs. Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:00 pm in Coaldale
* Saturday, September 3, 2016 – Hurricanes at Medicine Hat Tigers – 7:00 pm in Taber
* Friday, September 9, 2016 – Hurricanes vs. Swift Current Broncos – 7:00 pm at ENMAX Centre
* Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Hurricanes at Swift Current Broncos – 7:00 pm at Credit Union i-Plex
* Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice – 7:00 pm in Crowsnest Pass
* Friday, September 16, 2016 – Hurricanes vs. Calgary Hitmen – 7:00 pm in Crowsnest Pass

The Hurricanes and the WHL will announced the regular season schedule later this month. The Hurricanes will begin their defense of the 2015-2016 Central Division title when they open the 2016-2017 regular season on Friday, September 23rd against the Tigers at the ENMAX Centre.
Season Tickets are now available for purchase for the 2016-2017 hockey season by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328).

(Lethrbidge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Hurricanes Golf Classic Goes July 18th

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is excited to announce that the 2016 Annual Hurricanes Golf Classic is set to take place Monday, July 18th at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort (185 Canyon Blvd W).

The Annual Golf Classic will begin with registration at 11:00 am with lunch provided. Shotgun will be at 1:00 pm. There will be a capacity of 144 spots available to take part in the day. Following the round of golf, there will be a dinner and a live and silent auction.

Former Hurricanes that will be taking part in this year’s event include Colton Yellow Horn (2003 2006), Zane Jones (2014-2015), Brent Henke (2008-2010) and Scott Grieco (1992-1996).

To register or to sponsor the 2016 Hurricanes Golf Classic, visit www.lethbridgehurricanes.com or call the Hurricanes Office at (403) 328-1986 for more information.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Hurricanes Sign Prospect Nolan Jones

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

Jones, 15, was selected in the second round (41st overall) in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6’0, 150-pound defenceman appeared in 28 games during the 2015-2016 campaign where he registered 44 points (24g-20a) along with 100 penalty minutes with the Moose Jaw Warriors Bantam AA to lead all rear-guards in scoring in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League.

“We’re really excited to get Nolan signed. It’s another step for us to keep adding good players into our system and get them committed to the Lethbridge Hurricanes,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “I think he’s a two-way defenceman. He certainly can defend but he has that puck moving ability also. He skated really well and competes hard. We really think he’s going to be a real strong player over his career.”

“He’s going to play triple-A in Moose Jaw next year and hopefully that will put him in a situation where he’s ready to play as a 16-year-old for us, if he’s not he can always go back to triple-A for another year,” added Anholt.

In two seasons with the Warriors Bantam AA, the left-hand shooting Jones registered a total of 74 points (36g-38a) along with 183 penalty minutes in 58 games.

“I was very excited. It’s good to get it over with early so I can focus on training for the rest of the off-season,” said Jones. “I had a lot of emotions [on draft day]. I was extremely excited and happy. I was very happy to go to [Lethbridge], it’s not too far away from home and it’s a great organization and a nice place.”


Jones is slated to take part in the Saskatchewan Under-16 Male SaskFirst Summer Camp from August 1-5 in Wilcox. He will be one of 12 defenceman.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat