Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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.

Monday, 10 July 2017

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)

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

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)

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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)

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Monday, 26 June 2017

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)

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

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)

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Monday, 5 June 2017

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)

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