Thursday, 20 December 2012

12 Hurricanes Prospects Playing at Mac's Tournament

The Lethbridge Hurricanes scouting staff will be kept busy through the Christmas holidays keeping a close watch on nearly a dozen of their draft picks who are competing at the prestigious Mac’s Tournament in Calgary.

As always, the tournament runs from December 26th through January 1st, 2013. The Lethbridge Hurricanes are proud to announce that 12 of their draft picks have been selected to play which is the most among all the Western Hockey League teams. Prince Albert follows with 11 players, and Medicine Hat, Regina and Saskatoon each have ten. The players are:

97-Born Players:

•F – Giorgio Estephan, 2012 1st round Bantam pick (Edmonton SSAC)

•F – Kody White, 2012 11th round Bantam pick (Prince Albert Mintos)

96-Born Players:

•F – Kolten Olynek, 2011 2nd round Bantam pick (Saskatoon Contacts) *

•F - Carter Amson, 2011 2nd round Bantam pick (Saskatoon Blazers)

•D – Bryton Sayers, 2011 3rd round Bantam pick (Prince Albert Mintos)

•G – Jonny Hogue, 2011 8th round Bantam pick (Lethbridge Pronghorns)

•F – Colby Chartier, 2011 8th round Bantam pick (UFA Bisons) •F – Reid Nemeth, 2011 9th round Bantam pick (Calgary Royals)

•D – Phoenix Worth, 2011 10th round Bantam pick (Greater Vancouver Canadians)

•G – Joey Desrosiers, Listed player (Leduc Oil Kings)

•D – Greydon Robinson, Listed player (Calgary Royals)

95-Born Players:

•G – Ryan Ferguson, 2010 4th round Bantam pick (Calgary Royals)

*Olynek who leads the Saskatchewan Midget Triple-A Hockey League and his Saskatoon Contacts with 50 points (21G, 29A) in 23 games will not compete at the Mac’s as he was named to Team West for the World Junior Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Victoriaville/Drummondville, Quebec starting on December 29th.

Last year’s Mac’s Tournament featured 11 players – 6 of whom are currently on the Hurricanes roster – Ryan Pilon, Reid Duke, Tyler Wong, Joel Topping, Lenny Hackman and Christopher Tai. The five have combined for 40 points (5G, 35A) through the first half of the season while in goal Tai has a record of 2 and 1 in his 3 games played.

For more on the 35th annual Mac’s tournament visit

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)



  1. If the pre-tourney games are any predictor, we may be in for a beating at the WJ this year. It may be the first year in a while (14 years?) with no medal for Canada??

    I look forward to seeing some good news for the Canes in this year's Mac's Tourney!! - Richie.

  2. Brad Robson's comments on your last show Pat leads me to believe not all of these young draft picks will be with the team next year.

    Richie.....don't be fooled by one game. The team didn't play very well, but let's cut them a little slack for the jet lack I'm sure they were feeling. Also, for a guy who is so critical of the referring in the Dub, you should be a little more critical of the reffing in the Finnish game. It was BRUTAL for both sides.

    I think we'll see a better Malcolm Subban as well as a better team overall in the upcoming games.

    Good point about the Mac's tourney Richie. Coach Oester has a pretty talented team. Hope they play as well as they are capable.

    Good luck Horns and go Canada!