Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Duke & Cooper in Final CSS Ranking

NHL Central Scouting released their Final Draft rankings Tuesday morning and a pair of Lethbridge Hurricanes are on the list ahead of the June draft.

Reid Duke has been on the radar all season long, first on the “watch list” and then ranked in the top 100 North American Skaters at the mid-term rankings in January. Duke winds up ranked 137th among North American Skaters heading into the draft. The 18-year old native of Calgary put up solid numbers with 15G, 25A for 40 points in 62 games which was good for 3rd in team scoring.

 Taylor Cooper is ranked 160th among North American Skaters. The 18-year old from Sherwood Park appeared for the first time at the mid-term rankings where he was listed 148th. At that time, Cooper had just played a couple of months after coming to the Hurricanes as part of the Ryan Pilon trade. At the mid-term rankings Cooper had 8 points in 18 games with the Hurricanes. He finished the season with 24 points (12G, 12A) which was tied for 6th in team scoring.

Hurricanes listed player Chase Phelps is 163rd among North American Skaters. Phelps finished the year with 51 points in 39 games for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. He also played for Team USA at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament last August where the Americans claimed the Silver medal.

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 27-28th at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The complete final rankings list can be found at www.nhl.co.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)

Thanks,
Pat

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Hockey Hounds Present $96,000 to Education Fund

The Lethbridge Hockey Hounds provided another financial boost to the Hurricanes Hockey Club at their annual dinner Thursday night. 


Hockey Hounds President, Cliff Nelson and Treasurer Garry Eggli presented Hurricanes Business Manager Terry Huisman and Hurricanes Board Vice-President Brian Wichers with a cheque for $90,600 for the Education Fund. The money raised from 50/50 draws through the season is evenly 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, including contributing to the WHL Players Education Fund. Since that time they have surpassed $1 million dollars in contributions.

 

The Western Hockey League announced in November that a total of 305 WHL graduate players have been awarded WHL Scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. For the season that means WHL Clubs will contribute $1.9 million to those graduates utilizing the scholarship.

 

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)


Thanks,

Pat

Hurricanes Prospects at TELUS Cup

Three Lethbridge Hurricanes prospects continue their season this week as the Western and Pacific Regionals for the TELUS Cup get underway.

 

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan hosts the Western Regional Championships starting today with the host Mintos opening the tournament against the Thunder Bay Kings. After finishing the season third in the SMAAAHL standings with a record of 28-11-4-1, the Mintos playoff run ended in the Semi-Finals with a loss to the Battlefords Stars. The Hurricanes drafted Mintos Forward Kody White in the 11th round in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and he finished the season with 23 points (9G, 14A) in 44 games. The 17-year old then added a goal and an assist in the playoffs.

 

The puck drops on the Pacific Regional Championships Friday night in Red Deer where the Chiefs host the Okanagan Rockets. The best of three series features a pair of Hurricanes prospects going to head to head as Tanner Browne (Rockets) squares off against Andrew Nielsen(Chiefs). Both Defencemen put up similar numbers through the regular season with Neilsen registering 18 points (3G, 15A) in 35 games while Browne tallied 22 points (5G, 17A) in 40 games. The 6’4, 230 lb. Nielsen followed up with 5 assists in 11 playoff games, while the 5’11, 201 lb. Browne had 1G, 2A in 6 postseason games. Game 2 of the Pacific Regional is Saturday and Game 3, if necessary, will be played Sunday afternoon in Red Deer.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Saskatoon (Brandon) Wins WHL Draft Lottery

The WHL Bantam Draft lottery was held today at the WHL Office in Calgary to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involved the six non-playoff teams (Lethbridge, Kamloops, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince George and Red Deer) from the 2013-14 season. A team could only move up a maximum of two positions in the Bantam Draft.

A Saskatoon Blades ball was drawn, meaning Saskatoon moves up two spots in the first round of the draft, and will select first overall. The Lethbridge Hurricanes will have the second selection, the Kamloops Blazers will select third, the Moose Jaw Warriors have the fourth selection, the Prince George Cougars will select fifth, and the Red Deer Rebels will have the sixth overall selection.

With six balls in the lottery, the Hurricanes had the best chance at picking first overall, but Head Scout Blake Robson is still pleased. “There’s a lot of depth at the draft this year and from what we’ve seen there’s probably 4 or 5 guys that could go first or second. It will be an interesting day and at number two we’re going to get a top end player that will step in as a 16-year old and start contributing right away.”

Hurricanes General Manager Brad Robson reiterated that point saying nothing changes. “Where we are today there’s probably three players all close together, all three are very good players. If you polled all 22 times, all of them have those top three guys so it doesn’t change anything we’re still going to get a good player.”

The order of the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2013-14 WHL regular-season standings.

2014 WHL BANTAM DRAFT 1st ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION
Following is the order of selection for the 1st round of the WHL Bantam Draft:

1. Saskatoon Blades
2. Lethbridge Hurricanes
3. Kamloops Blazers
4. Moose Jaw Warriors
5. Prince George Cougars
6. Red Deer Rebels
7. Tri-City Americans
8. Vancouver Giants
9. Prince Albert Raiders
10. Brandon Wheat Kings
11. Kootenay Ice
12. Swift Current Broncos
13. Regina Pats
14. Spokane Chiefs
15. Everett Silvertips
16. Seattle Thunderbirds
17. Medicine Hat Tigers
18. Victoria Royals
19. Calgary Hitmen
20. Edmonton Oil Kings
21. Portland Winterhawks
22. Kelowna Rockets

For the 2nd and all subsequent rounds of the WHL Bantam Draft (not including traded picks) the Lethbridge Hurricanes will select 1st overall.

Players eligible for the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft will be 1999-born players with the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft being held on Thursday, May 3rd in Calgary.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

WHL Draft Lottery Wednesday

The 2014 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery will be held at the Western Hockey League office in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday, March 19, at 11:00 AM MST.

The Bantam Draft Lottery will involve the six non-playoff teams from the 2013-14 season, and will determine the order of the first six picks in the 1st round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

The Lottery will use a total of 21 balls and the allotment of balls will be as follows:

Lethbridge Hurricanes - Six balls
Kamloops Blazers - Five balls
Saskatoon Blades - Four balls
Moose Jaw Warriors - Three balls
Prince George Cougars - Two balls
*Prince Albert / Red Deer - One ball
(*Sixth lottery Club will be determined following Tuesday’s tiebreaker game)



A team can move up a maximum of two positions in the Bantam Draft. Only one ball is drawn in the Lottery.

The following are the scenarios that can take place following the Lottery selection:

1). If Lethbridge wins the lottery, Lethbridge will have the first pick, Kamloops will have the second pick, Saskatoon will have the third pick, Moose Jaw will have the fourth pick, Prince George will have the fifth pick and Prince Albert / Red Deer will have the sixth pick in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

2). If Kamloops wins the lottery, Kamloops will have the first pick, Lethbridge will have the second pick, Saskatoon will have the third pick, Moose Jaw will have the fourth pick, Prince George will have the fifth pick and Prince Albert / Red Deer will have the sixth pick in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

3). If Saskatoon wins the lottery, Saskatoon will have the first pick, Lethbridge will have the second pick, Kamloops will have the third pick, Moose Jaw will have the fourth pick, Prince George will have the fifth pick and Prince Albert / Red Deer will have the sixth pick in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

4). If Moose Jaw wins the lottery, Lethbridge will have the first pick, Moose Jaw will have the second pick, Kamloops will have the third pick, Saskatoon will have the fourth pick, Prince George will have the fifth pick and Prince Albert / Red Deer will have the sixth pick in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

5). If Prince George wins the lottery, Lethbridge will have the first pick, Kamloops will have the second pick, Prince George will have the third pick, Saskatoon will have the fourth pick, Moose Jaw will have the fifth pick and Prince Albert / Red Deer will have the sixth pick in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

6). If Prince Albert / Red Deer wins the lottery, Lethbridge will have the first pick, Kamloops will have the second pick, Saskatoon will have the third pick, Prince Albert / Red Deer will have the fourth pick, Moose Jaw will have the fifth pick and Prince George will have the sixth pick in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft.

The Lottery only applies to the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft. For each round following the first round, WHL teams shall draft in the inverse order of final regular season standings with Lethbridge receiving the first pick.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Ramsay & Derko Sign ECHL Tryout Contracts

One day after seeing their Western Hockey League careers come to a close, a pair of Lethbridge Hurricanes are taking the next step. Forwards Brady Ramsay and Josh Derko have signed amateur tryout contracts with teams in the East Coast Hockey League.

Brady Ramsay, 21, signed with the Stockton Thunder which reunites him with former Lethbridge Hurricanes teammate Landon Oslanski. Ramsay was passed over in the Bantam Draft but scouts noticed his play and invited him to training camp. His grit, tenacity and toughness along with his offensive upside are what he’s showcased throughout his time in the WHL. The Calgary native played his entire WHL career with the Hurricanes registering 129 points (53G, 76A) in 255 career games.
20-year old Josh Derko signed his ATO with the Gwinnett Gladiators. Derko was acquired in a deadline trade with Swift Current in the 2012-2013 season. The native of Sherwood Park, AB suffered a knee injury in late December but was able to return to play the final five games of the season. Despite being limited to just 42 games this season, his strong physical play made him tough to play against. Derko tallied 53 points (29G, 24A) in 207 career WHL games.
Both Derko and Ramsay are expected to join their respective teams later this week.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Hurricanes Lose 14th Straight to End Season

LETHBRIDGE - The Medicine Hat Tigers dealt the Lethbridge Hurricanes their 14th consecutive loss to end this WHL season as they defeated the Canes 6-2 Sunday afternoon at the ENMAX Centre.

Not the start the Hurricanes were hoping for in their final game of this WHL season. The Tigers opened things up with three goals in the first 12 minutes of the first period. Chad Butcher got things going with a tip shot past Stuart Skinner to make it 1-0. Six minutes later Medicine Hat would go ahead 2-0 when Jacob Doty snapped home the puck, beating Skinner on the short side. A couple of minutes later the Tigers would add another, this time on a power play. Miles Koules was allowed to simply skate right in and lift a backhander over Skinner to make it 3-0 Medicine Hat through 20 minutes of play. The Tigers also had a goal called back in that period. The Hurricanes were out shot 12-10.

In the second, the Tigers would score again to go ahead 4-0. Cole Sanford, who's having a career season lifted a shot over Skinner to increase Medicine Hat's lead. The Hurricanes finally broke the shut out bid of Medicine Hat's goalie Nick Schneider when Brady Ramsay scored in his last-ever Western Hockey League game. That was his 15th of the year and cut the Tigers lead to 4-1 after 40 minutes of play. It was also a power play goal. The Tigers held a 23-19 edge in shots.

In the third, the Tigers would keep the offence going. They'd make it 5-1 when Curtis Valk notched his 47th goal of the season. That would pretty much seal the game for Medicine Hat. The Hurricanes did however get one more. Riley Sheen scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season to cut the Tigers lead to 5-2, but Medicine Hat added one more before it was all said and done. Connor Hobbs scored on the power play and the Tigers skated away with a 6-2 victory. The Tigers out shot Lethbridge 33-26. The Canes went 1/5 on the power play and the Tigers 2/4. The Hurricanes end the year on a 14 game losing skid. They end the year with a franchise-worst 12-55-2-3 record in 72 games

2013-2014 Hurricane Player Awards

Community Relations Award: Jamal Watson
Scholastic Players of the Yerar Award: Tyler Wong
Hardest Working Award: Brady Ramsay
Top Defenceman Award: Lenny Hackman
Top Scorer Award: Riley Sheen
CJOC Three Stars Award: Jamal Watson
Fan Favourite Award: Tyler Wong
Perseverance, Dedication, & Sportsmanship Award: Tyler Wong
Rookie of the Year Award: Giorgio Estephan
Most Valuable Player: Brady Ramsay

Final Hurricanes This Week Radio Show 

To wrap things up, we will bring back the Hurricanes Media Roundtable Monday night on CJOC. Dylan Purcell from the Lethbridge Herald and Paul Kingsmith from Global TV will join Fred and I in-studio to go over the season that was for Hurricanes. There will be plenty talk about given this season turned out nothing like anyone expected when the puck first dropped back in September.  The show starts at 7:00 pm MDT.

WHL Draft Lottery

The WHL's Draft Lottery will take place on Wednesday (Mar. 19) in Calgary. The Hurricanes, finishing last in the league overall will have the greatest chance at getting the first overall pick. The Canes can only move down one spot, so they can pick no worse than second overall. If the Hurricanes do get the first overall selection in the May 1st Bantam Draft it would be first time in franchise history.

That's All She Wrote!

As tough as this season been, it's been a pleasure to broadcast the games on 94.1 CJOC. On behalf of myself and Colour Analyst Fred Jack, thank you to all those who tuned into Hurricanes hockey. You are the reason we have kept doing what we do. And even in tough times we tried to do the best job and in the most professional manner possible. Thank you to all our listeners once again!

Thanks,
Pat