Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hurricanes Sign Draft Pick Dylan Cozens

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have signed prospect Dylan Cozens to a Western Hockey League’s Standard Player Agreement.

Cozens, 15, was selected 19th overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes on May 5th in Calgary. The 6’2, 159-pound centreman played with the Delta Hockey Academy during the 2015-2016 season where he registered 31 points (19g-12a) along with 18 penalty minutes in 31 games. He also added six points (5g-1a) in three post-season games.

“We’re really pleased to get him apart of the organization right off the bat here. He comes from a really good family. He’s a quality player and he’s a quality kid,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “He’s a really good player and he’s going to be a really good add for us eventually in our organization.”

“I think any time you can have a big strong centre-ice man that plays hard and is hard to play against, it makes your team a lot better. Dylan has a lot of improving to do, he has a lot of development to do. He’s not the finished product, but we know he’s going to work hard to prepare himself to be a Hurricane when that happens,” added Anholt.

The right-hand shot forward is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. Prior to joining the Delta Hockey Academy, Cozens spent two seasons with the Whitehorse Mustangs Bantam A team before moving away from home. In 35 games over two years, he registered 31 points (17g-14a).

“I was just really happy [getting drafted] by Lethbridge, my dad lived there for a bit, so it was pretty cool,” said Cozens. “I’m very excited to sign my first contract and I was really happy to do that with Lethbridge.”

Cozens is one of seven Hurricanes prospects invited to take part in Provincial U-16 summer camps in preparation for the 2016 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup in Calgary in October. He is one of 80 players invited to take part in British Columbia’s Male U-16 Provincial Camp scheduled to take place July 13-17 in Shawnigan Lake, BC.

(From the Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Canes Prospects Invited to Provincial Camps

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is proud to announce that seven prospects drafted in the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft have been invited to their Under-16 Provincial Camps in preparation for the 2016 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup slated to take place in Calgary, Alberta in October.

Of the seven players selected by their province, three are from Alberta, two from British Columbia and one from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The Hurricanes first round selection (19th overall) forward Dylan Cozens, as well as defenseman Alex Cotton, who was selected in the fifth round (99th overall) were two of 80 players selected to attend the Male u-16 Provincial Camp scheduled to take place July 13-17 in Shawnigan Lake, BC.
Forward Max Neill, who was picked with the 184th pick in the ninth round, took part in the Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence Top-40 Camp in Winnipeg from May 12-15 where he was named as one of 28 forwards selected in the Top-40 players.

The Hurricanes second round pick (41st overall), defenseman Nolan Jones was invited to the Under-16 Male SaskFirst Summer Camp. He was one of the Top-43 U-16 players, and one of 12 defenseman, invited to the camp that will run August 1-5 in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.

Twin brothers, Justin and Adam Hall, who were selected in the seventh and eighth rounds respectively and defenseman Kirby Proctor, who was taken with the 52nd pick in the third round are the three Hurricanes prospects invited to take part in the Hockey Alberta U16 Program Summer Camp.

(From Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Canes Select 12 Players at Draft; Trade Sittler to Chiefs

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club completed the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft by selecting a total of 12 players including six forwards, four defenseman and two goaltenders.

With their first round draft pick, 19th overall, the Hurricanes selected forward Dylan Cozens from the Delta Hockey Academy. The 6’2, 159-pound centreman is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. In 25 games with Delta this season, Cozens recorded 31 points (19g-12a) along with 18 penalty minutes while adding six points (5g-1a) in three post-season games.

"Cozens is a big kid that has some skill. He’s a centreman that we look forward to adding to our club one day," said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. "We were happy to get him where we did [at 19]. We had him earmarked."

With their second round pick, 41st overall, the Hurricanes selected defenseman Nolan Jones from the Moose Jaw Warriors Bantam AAA. In 28 games, the Moose Jaw product recorded 44 points (24g-20a) along with 100 penalty minutes. He also added six points (1g-5a) in 11 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors Midget AA squad.

Prior to the third round, the Hurricanes traded goaltender Jayden Sittler along with the 107th overall pick to the Spokane Chiefs for the 52nd and the 140th overall picks. The team then selected defenseman Kirby Proctor 52nd overall from the Pursuit of Excellence. In 25 games, Proctor recorded 17 points (4g-13a).

In the fourth round, 85th overall, the Hurricanes took goaltender Josh Langford from the Dallas Stars Bantam AAA who had a 2.61 goals against average and a .905 save percentage this season. With 99th overall pick, the team selected another defenseman taking rearguard Alex Cotton from the Yale Hockey Academy.

"It was important for us to add a goalie. I would’ve liked to pick one earlier, but some goalies went too soon for us to make a move," said Anholt. "Brent and Rob have seen [Langford] play and we feel he has some upside."

In the sixth round, 129th overall, the ‘Canes selected forward Evan Ladouceur. They followed it up by selecting twin brothers Justin and Adam Hall with the 140th and the 158th overall selections. In the eighth round, the Hurricanes elected to take another goaltender selecting Carter Wickson with the 173rd overall pick.

With two picks in the ninth round, the Hurricanes took forward Max Neill 184th and defenseman Conrad Solypa at 195th overall. In round ten, the Hurricanes picked forward Skylar Gutierrez with the 217th overall pick; he is the younger brother of former Hurricanes forward Justin Gutierrez.

The Hurricanes concluded the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by passing in rounds 11 and 12.

(From the Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Hurricanes Do Well at WHL Awards

The Western Hockey League announced Wednesday at the Year-End Awards Ceremony in Calgary that Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt was named the recipient of the WHL’s Executive of the Year and Captain Tyler Wong was named the WHL’s Humanitarian of the Year while Head Coach Brent Kisio finished as runner-up as the WHL’s Coach of the Year.

Anholt, who was named the recipient of the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s top executive, just completed his first full season as the GM of the Hurricanes after being promoted to GM in December of 2014. Anholt constructed a Central Division winning team, making some key trades acquiring Cory Millette, Justin Gutierrez and Arvin Atwal as well as selecting Egor Babenko and Igor Merezhko in the CHL Import Draft. He also reshaped the team’s scouting staff hiring Rob MacLachlan as the teams new Head Scout as well as appointing Brent Kisio as the new Head Coach.

“It’s nice to be recognized by your peers, the quality of people that are in this league is unbelievable, and that I’m recognized by them is fantastic, but really it’s a team award,” said Anholt. “It’s what our whole staff did. But most importantly, it says a lot about what we’ve done with our players and that they want to be Hurricanes, they want to stay Hurricanes and that they want to be successful as Hurricanes.”

Wong, who just completed his fourth season with the Hurricanes, was the recipient of the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Humanitarian of the Year after finishing as the runner-up last season. The ‘Canes Captain spearheaded an initiative that saw him and teammates Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk each donate five dollars of their own money for each goal they scored during the 2015-2016 season to KidSport Lethbridge and Taber helping raise over $6,000.00. In addition, Wong was a key member at many school visits and minor hockey practices and even took time out of his own personal schedule to help at Dr. Probe Elementary School where he volunteered as a teacher’s assistant in a grade five classroom.

“It’s a big honour to be recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year. I feel it’s very important for us as WHL players to give back to the community and show that we want to be a big foundation in the community to give back,” said Wong. “My parents always taught me to be really thankful for everything I’ve been given; it’s something I really take pride in is giving back.”

Anholt becomes the first Hurricanes GM to be named as the WHL’s Executive of the Year, while Wong joins Jamie Pushor (who was the first ever recipient in 1992-93) and Jason Widmer (1993-1994) as the other Hurricanes to be named as the WHL’s Humanitarian of the Year.

(From the Lethbridge Hurricanes)


Monday, 2 May 2016

GM Anholt Talks WHL Bantam Draft

The Western Hockey League holds its 2016 Bantam Draft on Thursday, May 5 in Calgary.

For the first time in a long time, the Lethbridge Hurricanes do not have a top five selection. They will choose 19th overall for their first selection in the draft.

On Monday I chatted with General Manager Peter Anholt about the draft and you can hear that conversation below.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Burke & Babenko Make Final NHL Draft Rankings

The National Hockey League’s Central Scouting final rankings for the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft was released Tuesday and two Lethbridge Hurricanes cracked the list as Brayden Burke and Egor Babenko were both ranked.

Burke was the highest ranked of the two Hurricanes being listed 63rd among North American Skaters, a five spot jump from his 68th ranking in the midterm rankings. Burke had a career season shattering his previous career high in points.

The Edmonton, Alberta product lead the Hurricanes in scoring with 109 points (27g-82a) along with a team-high plus-36 rating and 44 penalty minutes. Burke finished tied for first in assists in the WHL and was third in league scoring. He was the first Hurricane to reach the 100-point plateau since Jeremy Jackson who registered 102 point in 2002-2003. Burke was also named an Eastern Conference second team All-Star.

Babenko came in at 106th among North American skaters after being ranked 77th in the midterm rankings. The product of Tyumen, Russia had a tremendous first season in the WHL registering 69 points (29g-40a) along with a plus-26 rating and 36 penalty minutes in 67 games this season. He was fifth in team scoring and was third in plus-minus on the Hurricanes. Babenko finished third in both goals and points by a rookie.

A total of 51 Western Hockey League players were listed in the NHL’s final rankings; the highest ranked WHLer being Calgary Hitmen’s defenseman, Jake Bean. An additional nine WHL goaltenders were ranked in the final rankings, the highest being Everett Silvertips netminder, Carter Hart.

The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is slated to take place in Buffalo, New York at the First Niagara Center from June 24-25.

(From the Lethbridge Hurricanes)

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Wong Signs AHL Amateur Try Out Contract

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club would like to congratulate forward Tyler Wong on signing an Amateur Try Out with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Wong, who is the longest serving Hurricane, was named the 25th Captain in franchise history at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season. The now 20-year-old had a career year this season registering 89 points (43g-46a) along with 42 penalty minutes and a plus-17 finishing second in team scoring only behind Brayden Burke.

Wong was named the Hurricanes Fan Favourite award winner for the fourth straight year at the Hurricanes year-end awards ceremony. He was also the recipient of the Scholastic Award, the Herman Elfring Community Relations Award and the Three Star Award.

The Cochrane, Alberta product has skated in 248 career games over five seasons with the Hurricanes accumulating 189 points (92g-97a) along with 171 penalty minutes. He is 15th on the all-time Hurricanes game played list, 15th in all-time goals and tied for 20th in all-time points in franchise history.

Wong is the third Hurricane player to sign an AHL ATO in the last week as Giorgio Estephan and Andrew Nielsen have also both signed ATO’s. Wong will join Nielsen with the Marlies.

(Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club)