Sunday, 1 September 2013

Canes Bring 10 New Players Into Pre-Season

Following the 2013 Lethbridge Hurricanes Training Camp, the team  announced ten players will continue their tryout with the club.

Forwards Giorgio Estephan, Kolten Olynek, Reid Nemeth, Zach Goberis and Carter Amson will be joined by Defencemen Bryton Sayers, Brandon Kennedy, Kade Jensen, Thomas Lenchyshyn and Goalie Jonny Hogue.

During Training Camp, 2011 2nd round pick (25th overall) Olynek had 10 points (3G, 7A) while 2012 picks Estephan registered 6 points (4G, 2A) and Goberis had five (4G, 1A.)

Lethbridge Hurricanes Head Coach Drake Berehowsky commented “I was impressed with the compete level at camp. The ten that are sticking around have earned the extended look through practice time and some exhibition games.”


The Hurricanes also made a roster move, by releasing veteran Forward Michael Sofillas. The native of Morden, Manitoba missed the entire 2011-2012 season with concussion symptoms. During his 119 games played with the Hurricanes, he tallied 6 goals and 20 assists.


Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson calls Sofillas “a character player both on and off the ice, who worked extremely hard to come back and return to the lineup last season. We thank him for his commitment and dedication to the Hurricanes and we want to wish Michael all the best in the future.”

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)




  1. One of the most impressive players throughout the training camp name is missing off the list of players advancing to the main camp. Chase Phelps, who the Hurricanes staff was very high on and figured to be a lock on this team, is not on the list. Phelps was the best forward bar none of the rookies and was head and shoulders ahead of some of the vets. But for whatever reason, Chase is heading back to Minnesota to continue his development. Disappointing for his potential teammates (had great chemistry with Reid Duke and Brady Ramsay)and for this club. Hurricanes have turned the corner with 3 former NHL players coaching this team and from the looks of the training camps this team is going to benefit from Berehowsky, Lukowich and Craig. Who knows what the reasons were for saying "no" to the Hurricanes? But one can only hope that things change and we eventually see him in a Hurricane uniform next season. You can bet the Hurricanes will not drop his name from the protected list, there is far too much talent there for another WHL team grab onto. Disappointing yes, but for whom the most? The team or Chase?

    Dump'n Chase

  2. Dump'n Chase-
    According to Pat's twitter, Phelps went home to make a decision on what he wants to do, according to GM Robson. He should know in a week or so what he wants to do. I do agree that he was one of the best rookies at camp, and his chemistry with Duke was amazing. I hope he sees that he has the potential to make a huge impact here. Not all is lost yet!

  3. Thanks Jay,
    I do not have twitter, so I missed out on this information.
    Here's hoping that he returns. His return would most certainly benefit the team but just as importantly, himself as well.

    Dump'n Chase

  4. He's a highly sought after USHL prospect, they'll make him a pretty good offer, it's a win for the Canes that he even elected to come to camp and he seemed to enjoy the process.Losing out on Colt Conrad is no big deal (another USHL prospect) as he never grew past 5-8. He's got skill, but when you're pushing for six-foot Phelps, tough to justify an investment on yet another sub-5-10 forward