Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Another honour for Lethbridge Hurricanes Captain Tyler Wong. 

Wong has been named the WHL's Eastern Conference Humanitarian of the Year for the third consecutive season. As team captain, the 21 year old Wong has established himself as an exceptional ambassador for the Western Hockey League, both on and off the ice. Building upon success from its inaugural season in 2015-16, Wong carried forward with the ‘Canes KidSport program in 2016-17, donating $5 to KidSport Lethbridge & Taber for each goal he scored. The initiative raised over $6,000 in 2015-16 and after setting a goal to raise $10,000 in 2016-17, Wong recruited Ryley Lindgren (now of the Swift Current Broncos), Giorgio Estephan and Jordy Bellerive to accept the challenge in support of KidSport. With the help of the community and alumni, Wong’s initiative surpassed its goal by raising over $13,000 this season. 


In addition to his contributions towards KidSport Lethbridge & Taber, Wong played a vital role in many other ways within the community, including through the “Hurricanes Spread Christmas Cheer” program in support of local foodbanks in southern Alberta. Along with coaches and teammates, he helped deliver food hampers and toy baskets and visited senior homes during the holiday season. Beyond this, Wong volunteered as a teacher’s assistant in a local classroom, served as a volunteer on-ice instructor for a number of minor hockey teams throughout the season and most recently worked with the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association to help individuals with mental and physical disabilities through horseback riding. 

This season, Wong was voted as the Hurricanes “Fan Favourite Player” for fifth time, ensuring a clean sweep of the award across the duration of his WHL and Hurricanes career – a feat achieved by no other player in Lethbridge Hurricanes history. - WHL Release

Hurricanes Advance to East Final

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club are excited to announce that they will face the Regina Pats in the Eastern Conference Final of the 2017 Western Hockey League Playoffs after winning Game 7 over the Medicine Hat Tigers in overtime on Tuesday night.

Hurricanes celebrate OT winner Tuesday in Medicine Hat

The Hurricanes and Pats will begin their third round best-of-seven series on Friday, April 21st in Regina at the Brandt Centre. The Hurricanes will host Game 3, Game 4 and if necessary Game 6 at the ENMAX Centre.

The full schedule for the third round of the post-season:

Game 1 – Lethbridge at Regina, Friday, April 21st, 7:00 pm
Game 2 – Lethbridge at Regina, Saturday, April 22nd, 7:00 pm
Game 3 – Regina at Lethbridge, Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00 pm
Game 4 – Regina at Lethbridge, Wednesday, April 26th, 7:00 pm
*Game 5 – Lethbridge at Regina, Friday, April 28th, 7:00 pm
*Game 6 – Regina at Lethbridge, Sunday, April 30th, 6:00 pm
*Game 7 – Lethbridge at Regina, Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:00 pm

Tickets for Games 3 and 4 in the third round of the post-season are already on sale and can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s. 

Walk-Up Pricing for Round 2:

Adult (18+) $30.00
Senior (65+) $27.00
Youth (3-17) $22.00

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)

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Pat

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Canes This Week: Apr 17, 2017

The latest playoff edition of the Hurricanes This Week podcast is up.

Host Jordan Karst welcomes former Lethbridge Herald Sports Editor, Dylan Purcell and former Hurricanes Board Member and radio Colour Analyst Dick Gibson to the program.

Joe McFarland also stops by with another audio blog, while Jordan, Dylan, and Dick talk WHL playoffs and break down Tuesday's big Game 7 between the Hurricanes and Tigers in Medicine Hat.



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Pat

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Three Canes Make Central Scouting's Final Draft List

Jordy Bellerive, Ryan Bowen, and Stuart Skinner all made NHL Central Scouting's final 2017 draft list which came out Tuesday.

In total, 58 WHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in advance of the 2017 NHL Draft, scheduled for June 23 and 24 in Chicago.

Heading the list is Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, Man. / Brandon Wheat Kings), who was ranked first among North American skaters on both the midterm and final rankings. Joining Patrick in the top five is Michael Rasmussen (Surrey, B.C. / Tri-City Americans), ranked fifth after having moved up from sixth in the midterm rankings. Rounding out WHL representation in the top 10 is Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks), ranked sixth after having advanced from eighth in the midterm rankings.

A total of 13 WHL skaters land in the top 31, including Juuso Valimaki (11th – Tri-City Americans), Kailer Yamamoto (17th – Spokane Chiefs), Henri Jokiharju (19th – Portland Winterhawks), Jaret Anderson-Dolan (21st – Spokane Chiefs), Kole Lind (23rd – Kelowna Rockets), Nick Henry (25th – Regina Pats), Aleksi Heponiemi (26th – Swift Current Broncos) and Nikita Popugaev (28th – Prince George Cougars).

Ian Scott (second – Prince Albert Raiders) and Stuart Skinner (fifth – Lethbridge Hurricanes) land in the top five amongst North American goaltenders.

The Tri-City Americans lead all WHL clubs with seven players ranked, followed by the Portland Winterhawks (five), Brandon Wheat Kings, Regina Pats and Spokane Chiefs (four each).

The WHL leads the entire Canadian Hockey League with 13 skaters ranked in the top 31, followed by the Ontario Hockey League with 11 skaters and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with three skaters.

Of the 58 WHL players listed in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings, two have been nominated for WHL Awards, including Heponiemi (Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy - Rookie of the Year) and Tyler Steenbergen (Brad Hornung Trophy - Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year), both of the Swift Current Broncos.

At the 2016 NHL Draft, a total of 34 WHL players were selected, including four during the first round.

Jordy Bellerive moved up to #82 among North American skaters. He was listed at #91 at the mid-term rankings.

Ryan Bowen dropped to #204 among North American skaters, from a mid-term rank of #112.

Stuart Skinner is ranked #5 among all North American goaltenders. His ranking improved from #8 at mid-term.

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Pat

Estephan: WHL Player of the Week

The Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Giorgio Estephan has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 9, 2017.

Estephan registered seven points (4G-3A) in three games, helping the Hurricanes score a Game 7 victory over the Red Deer Rebels to advance to the second round of the WHL Playoffs, where they’ve since split the opening two games of their best-of-seven series with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

On Tuesday, April 4, Estephan provided a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win versus Red Deer, earning third-star recognition as he helped the Hurricanes claim a Game 7 victory to advance to the second round of the WHL Playoffs. After being held off the scoresheet on Friday, April 7, he made a major impact the following night. Estephan scored three goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in a 7-4 win at Medicine Hat on Saturday, April 8, as the Hurricanes evened their best-of-seven series with the Tigers.

Estephan, who was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round (152nd) of the 2015 NHL Draft, is currently tied for the WHL Playoffs scoring lead with 13 points (5G-8A) through seven games, alongside teammate Tyler Wong.

The 19-year-old product of Edmonton finished the WHL regular season second on the Hurricanes in scoring with 89 points (35G-54A) in 68 games.

The 6-foot, 191-pound centre has accumulated 239 points (101G-138A) in 258 career WHL regular season outings. Additionally, he has 17 points (7G-10A) to his credit through 12 career WHL playoff games.

He was originally a first-round pick (fourth overall) of the Hurricanes at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Estephan and the Hurricanes will look to make use of home ice as they host the Medicine Hat Tigers for Games 3 and 4 in their best-of-seven series Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12, respectively, at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge.

(From WHL.ca)

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Pat

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Kisio Talks Second Round Series

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are now turning their attention to Medicine Hat as the team gets ready for their second round playoff series against their biggest rivals.

It's the first time since 1991 that these two Higwhay 3 rivals will be hooking up in the post-season, so it's expected to be a heavily watched series.

In fact, The WHL on SHAW announcing Wednesday afternoon it would be broadcasting the entire series, which begins on Friday, April 7th in Medicine Hat at 7: 300 pm MDT.


I had a chance to speak to Hurricanes Head Coach Brent Kisio the morning after the Game 7 victory over Red Deer and talked to him about the upcoming series with the Tigers.



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Pat

Hurricanes - Tigers Playoff Schedule

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club are excited to announce that they will face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the second round of the 2017 Western Hockey League Playoffs after winning Game 7 over the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes and Tigers will begin their second round best-of-seven series on Friday, April 7th in Medicine Hat at the Canalta Centre. The Hurricanes will host Game 3, Game 4 and if necessary Game 6 at the ENMAX Centre.
The full schedule for the second round of the post-season:

Game 1 – Lethbridge at Medicine Hat, Friday, April 7th, 7:30 pm
Game 2 – Lethbridge at Medicine Hat, Saturday, April 8th, 7:30 pm
Game 3 – Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, Tuesday, April 11th, 7:00 pm
Game 4 – Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 pm
*Game 5 – Lethbridge at Medicine Hat, Friday, April 14th, 7:30 pm
*Game 6 – Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, Sunday, April 16th, 6:00 pm
*Game 7 – Lethbridge at Medicine Hat, Tuesday, April 18th, 7:00 pm
(* if necessary)

Tickets for Games 3 and 4 in the second round of the post-season will go on sale on Wednesday, April 5th at 9:00am and can be purchased online, by calling 403 329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.

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Pat