Saturday, 24 September 2016

Canes Beat Tigers 4-2 on Opening Night

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked a new WHL with a bang, beat the rival Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2 Friday night in front of a packed house at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes raised their 2015-16 Central Division Championship banner prior to puck drop on opening night. Both teams were missing a number of significant players due to NHL camps going on right now. Canes goalie Stuart Skinner played a big role for Lethbridge in this game as the Tigers held a healthy 43-20 edge in shots on goal.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring with rookie Calen Addision scored his first-ever WHL on a power play to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. The Canes power play struck again before the end of the period. Ryley Lindgren scored his first of the year and it was 2-0 Lethbridge after one period.

In the second, Medicine Hat got on the board with a power play goal of their own. Matt Bradley beat Stuart Skinner to cut the lead to 2-1, but before the period the Hurricanes would regain their two goal lead. Brady Reagen tipped into a point shot to make it 3-1 Lethbridge through 40 minutes of play.

In the third, the Hurricanes added another one. Jordy Bellerive scored his first of the year at the 5:52 mark to give Lethbridge a 4-2 lead. The Tigers managed to get one more before it was all said and done. Ryan Jevne scored a power play goal to again cut the Hurricanes lead in half, but that's as close as they would get. The Hurricanes skated away with a 4-2 victory in front 5009 fans at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes and Tigers will play again Saturday, this time in Medicine Hat for the Tigers opener.


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Hurricanes This Week

The new Hurricanes This Week podcast is back courtesy of Jordan Karst and 110 Percent Podcast.

It's planned to be a weekly show, heavily focused on the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Western Hockey League.

The first show of the 2016-17 WHL season was recorded this week and can be found below. It can also be found on the website:

On first show of the season, Jordan welcomes Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt, Play-by-Play Voice Dustin Forbes, and Lethbridge Herald Sports Editor Dylan Purcell.

Topics on this first show include the Hurricanes opening weekend games against rival Medicine Hat, the Canes recent 2016 Annual General Meeting. what to expect from the team on the ice this season, and the current roster. I also have an interview with Hurricanes Board President Doug Paisley.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Canes Trade For Goalie From Seattle

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Tuesday that they have acquired goaltender Ryan Gilchrist from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Gilchrist, 18, is a product of McLaughlin, Alberta. The undrafted netminder appeared in three games in the pre-season with the T-birds posting a 1-0-0-0 record along with a 3.51 goals against average and a .875 save percentage. The 6’4”, 188-pound puck-stopper spent the 2015-2016 season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Canmore Eagles where he appeared in 22 regular season games posting a 9-8-2-0 record with a 3.77 goals against average and a .888 save percentage.

“We felt that we needed to add some goaltender depth and with acquiring Ryan he gives us that,” said Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt. “He’s a big kid who played in the AJHL last year and with him being a year younger than Kegler, we felt it was the right move.”

Kegler, 19, appeared in two games for the Hurricanes in the ENMAX Pre-Season posting a 1-1-0-0 record with a 4.50 goals against average and a .873 save percentage.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Hurricanes Turn Nice Financial Profit of $197,000

Some very positive financial news for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. 

The hockey club held its 2016 Annual General Meeting at the ENMAX Centre MOnday night with 120 people in attendance.

The Hurricanes posted a profit this past Western Hockey League season of just over $197,000, a major turnaround compared with significant financial losses from seasons prior. Board President Doug Paisley says it's great to see. He says it's clear if you put a solid product on the ice, people are going to come and buy tickets, food, and drinks and that all translates into profitability. Even with that, Paisley gives a a good portion of the credit to the man in charge of hockey operation, General Manager Peter Anholt. 

Pailsey also notes those few playoff games last season made a huge difference for the team financially. He says each post-season game brings in roughly $50,000 in the early rounds and that can make a massive difference to a team's bottom line. About 120 shareholders attended the 2016 Annual General Meeting at the ENMAX Centre Monday (Sept. 19). The hockey club also budgeted for a profit of close to $92,000 this season, without the playoffs factored in. 

Business Manager Terry Huisman reported the hockey club increased revenues last season in every category and the organization is continuing to find new revenue streams as well. Last year's season ticket holders totaled 2150, which was an 11% increase over the season before. 

The team also elected three new members to its Board of Directors Monday night including Mike Wuchterl, Brodie Sheahan, Cheryl Lane. Re-elected were Tyler Brack & Reid Williams.

Here were some of the highlights of Monday's meeting as I posted on Twitter:

* The Lethbridge Hurricanes auditors report shows the hockey club posted a financial profit during the 2015-16 WHL season of $197,235.

* Compared with loss in 2014-15 season of more than $486,000, this past year saw a positive financial turnaround of more than $680k for Canes.

* The Lethbridge Hurricanes are budgeting for a profit during this upcoming season as well (2016-17) to the tune of roughly $96,190.

* Hurricanes GM Peter Anholt tells AGM there are "new expectations" with this hockey club after a very good season in 2015-16.

* GM Anholt says Lethbridge is viewed now as place where players want to come and play. Players & coaches big reason why the positive change.

* Anholt: "We've got an older team, a good team. There's no reason why we shouldn't be very competitive, right there in the Central Division."

* GM Anholt asked what are the chances of (D) Andrew Nielsen coming back after pro camp. Anholt: "Slim to none."

* Newly elected members to Hurricanes Board of Directors: Mike Wuchterl, Brodie Sheahan, Cheryl Lane. Re-elected: Tyler Brack & Reid Williams.


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Hurricanes Acquire (F) Tanner Nagel From Winterhawks

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday that they have acquired forward Tanner Nagel from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for the WHL playing rights to goaltender Shane Farkas.

Nagel, 18, hails from Mossbank, Saskatchewan. The right-handed winger appeared in 38 games during the 2015-2016 season with the Winterhawks tallying one goal and 32 penalty minutes. He also dressed in 23 games last season with the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (Junior-A) where he registered seven points (6g-1a) along with 21 penalty minutes.

The 6’0”, 192-pound forward was undrafted in the WHL Bantam Draft. He spent the 2014-2015 season with the Tisdale Trojans of the Saskactchewan Midget AAA Hockey League where in 43 games he had 42 points (12g-30a) along with 69 penalty minutes.

Farkas, 17, was drafted in the fourth round (67th overall) in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes. The unsigned netminder spent the 2015-2016 season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Canadian Sport School Hockey League where he posted a 2.56 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. He is currently with the West Kelowna Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League (Junior-A).

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Six Hurricanes Heading to NHL Camps

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is excited to announce that six players will be attending National Hockey League camps, including: Tyler Wong, Giorgio Estephan, Brayden Burke, Egor Babenko, Brady Reagan and the newly acquired Brennan Menell.

Wong, 20, will attend the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp along with former Hurricanes defenseman Andrew Nielsen. The Hurricanes Captain signed an Amateur Try-Out with the Maple Leafs American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, after the WHL season ended last year. Wong appeared in three games with the Marlies in 2015-2016 registering one assist. The Cochrane, Alberta product also took part in the Maple Leafs Rookie Development Camp in the summer.

Estephan, 19, will take part in the Buffalo Sabres training camp. The Edmonton, Alberta product was drafted by the Sabres in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in the sixth round (152nd overall). Estephan appeared in six AHL games after the Hurricanes season completed dressing with the Sabres affiliate, the Rochester Americans. The centre-man had one goal in his six appearances. He also took part in the Sabres Rookie Development camp in the spring before spending the entire summer in Buffalo.

Burke, 19, has been invited to take part in the Calgary Flames camp after being passed up in the NHL Draft in June. The Edmonton, product finished third in Western Hockey League scoring in 2015-2016 registering 109 points (27g-82a) and a plus-36 rating. Burke took part in the Flames Development camp in the spring and will attend the Young Stars prospect tournament in Penticton with Calgary.

Babenko, 19, is going to attend Arizona Coyotes camp. The Tyumen, Russia product is coming off a great rookie season with the Hurricanes where he accumulated 69 points (29g-40a) along with a plus-26 in 67 games last year. He took part in the Coyotes Rookie Development camp in the spring.
Reagan, 19, is set to take part in Ottawa Senators camp. The rugged rearguard from Calgary is coming off a career year with the Hurricanes last season that saw him register 20 points (6g-14a) and a plus-22 rating in 71 games. He was invited to the Senators development camp.

Menell, 19, will participate in Philadelphia Flyers camp. The Minnesota native was recently acquired by the Hurricanes. The right-hand shot defenseman had 53 points (7g-46a) last season with the Vancouver Giants.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes Release)


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Home Opener Tickets Available at DQ

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club, in partnership with Dairy Queen, are excited to announce that fans can now receive tickets at all Dairy Queen locations in Lethbridge for the Dairy Queen Home Opener.

Fans will receive two tickets to the Dairy Queen Home Opener upon purchasing two burger, fries and drink combos (excluding the $6 and $7 meal deals) at all Dairy Queen locations in Lethbridge. Only limited supplies are available.

The Dairy Queen Home Opener will take place on Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm when the Hurricanes welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre. The game will also see the Hurricanes kick off their 30th Anniversary Season.

The Hurricanes wrap up the 2016 ENMAX Pre-Season this Thursday and Friday with games in the Crowsnest Pass. Individual game tickets are now on sale by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328).

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)