Friday, 17 April 2015

Canes Hire New Strength & Conditioning Coach

Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced today that Trevor Hardy has become the organizations new Strength and Conditioning Coach on a two-year agreement.

Hardy spent eight years with the Hurricanes in the same capacity from 1996 to 2004 helping the Hurricanes to the Memorial Cup during the 1996-1997 season. Hardy has worked with many great former ‘Canes including Rob Klinkhammer and Dale Purinton among others. He is a member of the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame.

Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt says he’s excited to have Hardy back on board, “Trevor has come highly recommended through many people in, not only the Lethbridge community, but also the hockey community. He has a proven track record of working with many teams and individuals.”

Off-ice conditioning continues to come to the forefront. This will be a process; a marathon, not a sprint. It will entail both out of season conditioning and in season. Both are very important to the success of any team,” continued Anholt. “We are always trying to improve our program. Trevor has worked with our hockey club in past years and we are very excited about welcoming him back.”

Hardy, who is the owner/operator of Hard Training, says he’s looking forward to the opportunity, “I’m very happy to meet and to begin working with the players and to help create the healthiest, most development sports culture in junior hockey.”

We want to create the highest level of success and that means using time as affectively as possible. We want [the players] to have every possible resource to improve as much as possible [from] strength training, nutrition and psychology,” added Hardy.

Hardy has already begun working with Hurricane players.

(Hurricanes Media Relations)


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Shareholders Q & A With Conmissioner

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club would like to announce that the club will be hosting a Shareholders Question and Answer period with Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison on Monday, May 4th, 2015.
The meeting will commence at 7:00 pm and will take place at the Canadian Western Bank Lounge at the ENMAX Centre (2510 Scenic Drive, South).
The Hurricanes encourage all Shareholders to attend this meeting.
(Hurricanes Media Relations)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Skinner Named to Pre-Competition Camp for U-18 Worlds

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced today the roster that will represent Canada at the upcoming U-18 World Championships in Switzerland and Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner has been named as one of six underage players to participate in pre-competition camp.
Skinner and the five other underage players will take part in the pre-competition camp and exhibition games, but will not compete in the full tournament itself as they will return to Canada prior to the start of the world championship.

The 16-year-old Skinner just completed his first full season in the Western Hockey League with the Hurricanes posting a record of 13-20-2-3 in 43 appearances and posted a 3.69 goals against average with a .909 save percentage with one shutout. The Edmonton, Alberta, product represented Canada playing for Team Canada Black at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario, in November.

Skinner, who is already in Switzerland, says this is just another great honour, “It’s quite a privilege. It’s really an honour to be here in Switzerland playing in exhibition [games] of the U-18 tournament. Just the whole experience of coming over to Europe to play hockey for your country, it’s a complete honour to be here and do that.”

“Playing at the U-18 tournament is definitely going to help me in the future. It’s an absolutely honour to be here and having this opportunity to play for your country is always a privilege and I’m just happy to be here,” Skinner continued.

“I plan on just taking everything in to get as much as I can out of [this] to take that with me to my season next year and just use this to my advantage to get better every day,” added Skinner. “Being at this tournament you’re playing against the best of the best of the other countries. It’s definitely a challenge for me. It’s the best of the best going head to head and it will definitely make me better.”

The full tournament will take place from April 16-28, 2015 in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland.

(From Hurricanes Media Relations)


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Nielsen, Estephan, Jensen Make Final Draft Rankings

The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Service announced their final draft rankings for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday and three Lethbridge Hurricanes cracked the list as Andrew Nielsen, Giorgio Estephan and Kade Jensen all were listed among North American skaters.

Nielsen, the highest ranked of the three ‘Canes, came in a 52nd – a 17 spot jump from the midterm rankings where he was ranked 69th. In his rookie season with the Hurricanes, Nielsen appeared in 59 games collecting 24 points (7g-17a) finishing second in scoring among defenseman. The Red Deer product, who was listed by the Hurricanes after not being selected in the WHL Bantam Draft, is ranked sixth among Western Hockey League rearguards.

Estephan is the only Hurricanes forward to be ranked coming in at 144th. The Edmonton native, who was left off the midterm rankings, exploded in the second half of the season collecting 47 points (22g-25a) in his final 43 games of the season. Estephan finished third in ‘Canes scoring only behind Jamal Watson and Tyler Wong and more than doubled his previous career high of 24 points set during the 2013-2014 campaign.

Jensen was the final Hurricane listed at 184th. The Calgary product was ranked 164th in the midterm rankings. The sophomore blue liner set career highs in goals, assists and points picking up 19 points (4g-15a) in 64 games this season while asserting himself well as a power play quarterback picking up 12 of his 19 points on the man advantage.

The NHL Entry Draft takes place June 26-27 in Sunrise, Florida.

(Hurricanes Media Relations)


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Hockey Hounds Donate $90,300

The Lethbridge Hockey Hounds once again contributed the Lethbridge Hurricanes Education Fund donating a whopping $90,300. The money raised from the 50/50 draws throughout the season is even dispersed to each game winning ticket and the Education Fund. 

The Lethbridge Hockey Hounds have been proud supporters of hockey in Lethbridge for more than 40 years. Since their inception in 1971, the Hockey Hounds have had four main objectives that includes contributing to the WHL Players Education Fund. 

Hurricanes General Manager of Business Operations, Terry Huisman, says that the contributions made by the Hockey Hounds every year is a key to help players advance, “We want to thank the Hockey Hounds for the hard work they do. Education is very important to, not only the league, but also the Lethbridge Hurricanes and it helps the players attain their goals of education after hockey.”

Since they began contributing, the Hockey Hounds have donated more than one-million dollars.

(Hurricanes Media Relations)


Monday, 30 March 2015

Canes Hold Public Info Session

A large crowd turned out to a public information session Monday night at the ENMAX Centre regarding the current status of the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club.

A lot of information was provided in the one hour meeting and when it was all said and done, there wasn't one single question asked from the floor. Media spoke with President Doug Paisley after. You can listen to that below in its entirety. A summary of what was discussed is in point form below the interview.

Here is a synopsis on what was talked about and the information provided:

* Because this was not a shareholders meeting, no financial information was provided

* 75% of shareholders must vote "yes" in order for a motion to pass. This was referring to a future vote on selling the club

* At the last AGM, a motion was put forward asking that shareholders hold a vote on selling the hockey club to a private owner

* President Doug Paisley says WHL staff will be at the next Hurricanes shareholders meeting to answer questions

* Vice-President Reid Williams stated the Board is confident it's moving in the right direction under GM Peter Anholt

* Board calls Anholt "Breath of fresh air" for the hockey club

* In a statement, Anholt said he is focusing on the WHL Bantam Draft, the Import Draft, and then will turn his attention to hiring a Head Coach

* Anholt stated he's spoken a fair bit with highly-touted prospect Jordy Bellerive and his family and noted getting him to sign is "a work in progress".

* Crowd told total re-branding of the club a few seasons ago cost $70,000. $18,000 just for the new logo

* Hurricanes recent Celebrity Sports Dinner with Paul Coffey brought in $47,000.

* Local promoter Ron Sakamoto spoke as well and said: "this Board has accountability, transparency, and pride".

* Those in attendance were encouraged to buy a share. Crowd told the Canes are worth between $6 million & $7 million.

* This past season's attendance was an average 2982. That's the lowest attendance for the club in the last 15 seasons.

* Goal is to sell 2000 seasons tickets and have an average attendance of 3500 per game


Friday, 27 March 2015

Canes Getting Set For Info Session

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are holding a public information session Monday night, March 30th in the Lounge at the ENMAX Centre.

Unlike a shareholders meeting, this one is open to anyone wanting to attend. It starts at 7:00 pm. I spoke with Board President Doug Paisley this week about the info session to get an idea of what will be discussed.

You can listen to the whole interview below.