Monday, 19 December 2011

Hurricanes Well Represented at Mac's Tournament

It’s the Christmas break in the Western Hockey League but work continues through the holidays for the scouting staff of the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Staff will be in Calgary for one of the biggest Midget AAA tournaments around – the Mac’s Midget Tournament which runs from December 26th through January 1st. The Lethbridge Hurricanes are proud to announce 11 of their draft picks will be lacing up the skates at the Mac’s which is tied with Medicine Hat and Spokane as having the most players by a WHL Club in the tournament. The players are:

1996-Born Players:

• D – Ryan Pilon, 2011 1st round Bantam pick (Beardy’s Blackhawks)
• F – Reid Duke, 2011 1st round Bantam pick (Calgary Royals)
• F – Carter Amson, 2011 2nd round Bantam pick (Saskatoon Blazers)
• F – Kolten Olynek, 2011 2nd round Bantam pick (Saskatoon Contacts)
• D – Bryton Sayers, 2011 3rd round Bantam pick (Prince Albert Mintos)
• F – Tyler Wong, 2011 5th round Bantam pick (UFA Bisons)

1995-Born Players:

• D – Joel Topping, 2010 2nd round Bantam pick (Red Deer Rebels)
• D – Lenny Hackman, 2010 9th round Bantam pick (UFA Bisons)
• F – Chris Thorimbert, 2010 10th round Bantam pick (Saskatoon Blazers)
• D – Brandon Scheidl, trade with Portland (Saskatoon Contacts)
• G – Christopher Tai, Listed player (Greater Vancouver Canadiens)

Last year’s Mac’s Tournament featured 6 players currently on the Hurricanes roster – Macoy Erkamps, Craig Leverton, Sam McKechnie, Jay Merkley, Jamal Watson, Jaimen Yakubowski and Tanner Kovacs. The 6 players this year have combined for 22 goals and 37 assists (59 points) through the first half of the season.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)



  1. That's such good news for these young guys. Another step in the development of their careers!

    Good luck to all of them!

    Merry Xmas!

  2. It is nearly impossible to predict where they go from here, but to be playing at a high level -- many of these kids are big parts of their squad -- months or a year after being drafted is a good sign for the organization. Also, great radio show last night!

  3. After revisiting this post again, I'm going to say that I'm a little surprised that Tyler Wong was a call up a few games ago for the Canes. He is a 5th Round pick? He's obviously done well so far this year for his club and caught the eye of the coaching staff. I remember him in the preseason camp and thought he looked strong on his skates, but didn't realize he was THAT strong for a smaller player!

    Good for him and good for the Canes for recognizing his abilities!

  4. Pretty good first day for the boys:
    Tyler Wong- 2 assists
    Reid Duke- 1 goal
    Bryton Sayers- 2 assists
    Only dark spot was Chris Tai who let in 9 goals on 41 shots in a 11-1 loss. Ouch. Hopefully he gets better.... Future's looking great! Keep up the good work boys!